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13th October 2014

TV Guide – Week 5

Ben Sutton tells us to give cartoons a go this week

Following on from the boom in comic book films recently, heroes and villains are making appearances on the smaller screen. With Arrow and Agents of Shield returning for a second series, but we’re also going to see The Flash get a series and a chance to witness the rise of Commissioner Gordon in Gotham, which premieres on Channel 5 at 9pm on October 13th. It promises to not only focus around the awesome character of Gordon but unveil the debauchery and mess of Gotham’s criminal hierarchy. For a US network drama, it’s going to be surprisingly dark and sinister and could be a very good show in its own right, perhaps more than just a Batman spinoff.

South Park has returned for its 18th season and if you’re fortunate enough to have Sky, you can watch it on Comedy Central right after Gotham finishes. South Park is certainly not what it once was and now perhaps tries to be overly satirical and topical rather than being funny and quite often it doesn’t pay off. The first episode centred around the Washington Redskins and the NFL which is something that is likely to go over most UK viewers’ heads. Although perhaps not as funny as it used to be, it is still a must watch as it can poke fun at the big issues better than any other show on TV.

If you prefer kids’ TV shows then Disney XD’s Gravity Falls is coming back for a second series this month and episodes from the first series are on every day as well. Gravity Falls is set in a weird, scary town of the same name where twins Mabel and Dipper Pines are trying to uncover its cryptic secrets. The show is genius on so many levels and may quite possibly be the funniest show on television currently; there’s a joke around one corner and a demonic spirit behind the next one in this crazy little show. It develops the characters beautifully and every character is so brilliantly crafted to begin with—it’s weird and it’s wonderful and just watch it.

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