On the Idiot Box: "Drunk History," "The Exes" and "Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Don Cheadle (left and Will Ferrell in "Drunk History."

Drunk History
Tuesdays, 10pm, Comedy Central
Captive audience: Alcoholics; people who love watching alcoholics on camera.
Moment of truth: The popular Funny or Die web series comes to TV, once again finding the comedy in inebriated people trying to sound professorial. Host/repertory player Derek Waters and his famous friends recreate great moments in history, all told by Waters’ drunken pals. Those who don’t know anything about the web series may be baffled as to why comic celebs like Jack Black, Adam Scott and Fred Willard would want to appear in some wasted guy’s slurred perspective of an historical event. But for those who love to hear drunks attempt to tell stories, this is downright uproarious.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

The Exes
Wednesdays, 10:30pm, TV Land
Captive audience: 3rd Rock from the Sun fans; people who don’t like their sitcoms to try too hard.
Moment of truth: For kicks, I thought I’d check out one of TV Land’s old-school, multi-camera, filmed-in-front-of-a-live audience sitcoms, and, for some goofy reason, I chose this one. For those of who haven’t tuned in, it has Kristen Johnston as the divorce attorney/mother hen to her next-door neighbors, a trio of divorced men (Donald Faison, Wayne Knight and David Alan Basche). Yes, it’s as lousy as it sounds. The show is nothing but rampant dick/pussy jokes and forced farcical gags. And you know what’s crazy? It’s now in its third season. Man, I knew I should’ve went with Hot in Cleveland.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin
Mondays, 10pm, BBC America
Captive audience: Adrenaline junkies; danger cravers and people who love watching folks cheat death.
Moment of truth: Welsh escapologist Jonathan Goodwin is on a mission to bring back the good ol’ days of vaudeville and Houdini in this weekly reality program. He invites the TV audience (as well as on-set civilians, solely there to verify how bonkers this dude is) to witness him perform an ongoing array of dangerous, death-defying stunts, from dangling from a helicopter by his toes to smashing a car window with his fingers. It’s safe to say that people who love watching present-day daredevils do some crazy shit on camera will definitely get a kick out of this show.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

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