Let's face it: There's a lot of TV to wade through right now, so it's easy to overlook or even forget everything that happened. Not to worry if you've missed some things, though, because we've combed through this week's small screen entertainment to highlight the moments that mattered most — for better and for worse — and now we're doling out dabs for those shows and news items that really got our attention. From the scenes that tugged on our heartstrings to the moments that made us angry to the developments that had our jaws scraping floor, here are our superlative awards for this week.
Best return to form: Phew! The True Detective Season 3 premiere proved that the messy architecture of Season 2 was just a fluke! This time, instead of meandering off into some convoluted, overacted and frankly boring clash of gangsters and lawmen (and women), the show is getting back to basics, with a chilling new crime and some clever in-references to the debut run to make the mystery-unraveling process even more fun. Put simply, True Detective is good again. Celebrate accordingly.
The "oh boy here we go" moment: Big Brother: Celebrity Edition's newest cast list is a doozy, but we have to imagine that the inclusion of Anthony Scaramucci — who is known for his choice lingo — will yield some uproarious headlines.
Pettiest company drama: Don't let those cutesy little Twitter exchanges fool you; Netflix and Hulu are still very much competitors, and never was that more clear than this week, when Hulu up and surprise-dropped its own Fyre Festival documentary just days before Netflix was previously scheduled to launch its own. Streaming services can be so savage.
Finest character focus: We expected nothing less, but Schitt's Creek's fifth season opener was a blast. Even better, it put the spotlight directly on Catherine O'Hara's Moira Rose in all her feathered glory, and if it could just stay that way all season long, we'd be delighted.
Most spectacular downfall: Poor Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). The woman has been through it, and this week on Vikings, we finally got to see just how much worse for the wear she is after losing her kingdom. The mighty has fallen, but hopefully not for too long.
Best bringing-it-home moment: black-ish continued its essential exploration of race relations in America through the lens of the Johnson family this week. Only this time, the episode dove into the issue of colorism (which is discrimination based on skin tones, rather than just race), and it was a difficult, but important topic for the family and audiences at home.
Biggest gasp: This week, Riverdale decided to really toy with our emotions by ending on a cliffhanger about the fate of Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), and while we're sure it's not as bad as it seems (nope, nope, can't hear you), how dare they.
Guiltiest pleasure: The reality competition scene has officially gone off the rails with The Masked Singer, and you know what? We can't look away, and we don't exactly want to either. The show centers on a group of celebrities (we're not talking A-listers by any stretch here, but still) who are all decked out in the most ridiculous full-body costumes so that they can be judged solely on their singing skills. It's pretty surreal, but somehow it works. This week, it was the deer whose true identity came to light, so if you'll excuse us, we've gotta get back to deep-reading into every little hint drop these animals have given us about the IDs of the rest of 'em.
Most seamless transition: Bringing in the iconic Pike for Star Trek: Discovery's second season could've been a disaster, but thanks to Anson Mount's charisma, it's been smooth sailing so far for the ship so far.
Most GIF-able moment: As it turns out, there was a reason Ted Danson was adorkably learning to do the "floss" on the set of The Good Place that one time; as the gang headed into the IHOP (the International-Dimension Hole of Pancakes) this week, Michael busted out his terrible rendition of the Backpack Kid's dance to distract everyone from his lack of a Plan B. He's ... not good at it, in the best way.
Serving up steam: Nothing like a good power outage to get the ball rolling on Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)'s will-they-or-won't-they romance on Grey's Anatomy. We're gonna need a fan after hearing them sling Italian at each other all episode long.