Louie: Season Two (Twentieth Century Fox)
Sometime during the second seasons of Louis C.K.’s FX show, it became the best comedy on TV. The seeds are planted in the second episode, when a crazy homeless man chasing Louie is decapitated by a truck – possibly the single funniest moment of the entire series. But Louie transcends television’s guidelines midway through the 13-episode run, when Louie takes his two young daughters to visit an elderly aunt. During their long, boring drive, Louie cranks up the Who’s “Who Are You” and proceeds to rock out to the song – all six minutes of it – while behind the wheel. It’s brilliant. And it’s the cornerstone of this essential set.
Big Miracle (Universal)
This boring family film, based on a true story about a reporter and his activist ex who set out to save a family of whales trapped beneath a sheet of Arctic ice, certainly has good intentions. And stars John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore are less annoying than usual.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Paramount)
The writer-director sibling team responsible for Cyrus scores again with this sweet comedy (starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms) about a lazy dude who lives in his mom’s basement. He finds purpose when he helps his brother spy on his maybe cheating wife.
So-so comedy starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a recession-smacked metro couple settling into a new life on a neo-hippie commune. Dick jokes, Malin Akerman, and Justin Theroux’s hair angle for screen time, but once again Rudd saves the day.