We Like to Watch: Feb. 21st-27th, 2011

Parkour competitors test the limits of their health insurance coverage.

There’s a lot of TV options to choose from. Too much for any one person to completely monitor, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to do our best to sift through all the listings and figure out what you should be watching every week…with all the highlights, lowlights and guilty pleasures you can stand.

Monday, Feb. 21st

10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

It turns out in the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 universe, Scott Caan’s “Danno” has a brother played my Dane Cook (above with Caan). The “Dane-O” jokes have already been made, but we’re curious to see how he plays the role, if he’s straight-up goofy or trying in vain to be serious. Depending on whether you like Cook or not, you can enjoy this episode for his appearance or his potential failure as a dramatic turn on TV.

Tuesday, Feb. 22nd

8:00 p.m. Jump City Seattle (G4)

Did you know there’s something called the Pro Parkour League? Hell, apparently there’s teams and everything competing in various cities across the country including Seattle, which plays host to this season of the free-running challenge show Jump City. This week’s throwdown will be at a place called Freeway Park. Pack extra gauze.

Also on Tuesday

10:00 p.m. Top Shot (History Channel)

This heat-packing game show has several more levels of danger to it than the usual spinning wheel/aging host variety. You never know what’s going to happen with the weapons. Plus, what’s to keep the pressure from getting to one of the contestants and making them snap, turning any regular challenge into the bell-tower scene from Parenthood? Probably armed guards. But even if that’s not your bag, this episode has giant explosions as the contestants blow up an ammo dump. That’s everyone’s bag.

Wednesday, Feb. 23rd

10:30 p.m. Three Sheets (Spike)

Unlike most travel shows, Sheets disregards unimportant aspects of a trip like “where to stay” and “what to eat,” focusing on the truly important: what to drink. Wednesday’s installment finds host Zane Lamprey heading to Portugal where he joins a club devoted to Port wine and, well, gets to drink lots of cool things we’ll probably never see, let alone taste.

Friday, Feb. 25th

9:00 p.m. Supernatural (The CW)

Supernatural has been around long enough to reach one of our most beloved TV tropes: having the characters encounter themselves as actors playing them as characters. Usually this occurs thanks to a dream sequence, but in this case, Dean and Sam are transported to an alternate universe where there’s an angel hitman. We don’t remember that happening when Mike Seaver realized his whole life was a TV show (so meta!), but apparently the concept has matured since then.


Tuesday, Feb. 22nd

8:00 p.m. Glee (Fox)

Not to get too creepy, but this week’s Glee revolves around the kids in the club getting blitzed at a party. This usually insufferable show promises to have a simulated striptease from crazy-hot star Heather Morris (who’s actually 24, so it’s not weird) which should make it slightly less unbearable than usual. Slightly.


Monday, Feb. 21st

8:00, 9:00 p.m. World’s Deadliest Towns (Animal Planet)

Oh man…World’s Deadliest Towns?! Is it a History Channel show about cities with terrible, bloody pasts, or maybe another ghost show? Nope, WTT is all about animals. Spotlighting locales where elephants and hippos are a danger to man doesn’t sound like a bad concept, but can anywhere in which those animals are considered a threat really be called a town? Someone get us an atlas, pronto…