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Season 5 of 'Breaking Bad' delivers the monster inside

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LeBlanc, as a fictional version of himself, would win the Golden Globe for Best Sport in a TV Comedy if that category existed. He plays a dumb, crude actor who, in this week’s episode, can’t convince any of his former Friends costars to make an appearance on Pucks! since they all hate him so much. In the interest of getting laughs, LeBlanc allows himself to look like the worst kind of Hollywood creep, and you can’t help wondering if he really did pee on Jennifer Aniston’s Emmy.

Yes, the Hollywood-made Episodes comes to bury Hollywood. But in the act of doing so, it also redeems Hollywood, to a degree. After all, an industry willing to satirize itself this viciously can’t be all bad.

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Even with her many awards and her long-running hit series Friends, I feel that Lisa Kudrow is undervalued. Her movie career never really took off, nor did her TV career post-Friends. But that doesn’t mean her comic skills have declined. Kudrow’s current show, Web Therapy, is a hilarious vision of a vain, selfish, pompous, dishonest therapist — a character reminiscent of the aging actress she played on her tragically short-lived HBO series The Comeback.

Here, Kudrow’s Fiona Wallace pioneers a bogus web-chat form of therapy. While nominally concerned about her patients, Fiona obsesses on her looks and her husband’s political career in a series of interactions improvised by the actors. Guest stars like Meryl Streep and Rosie O’Donnell play people who are just as awful as Fiona — the kind of awful people you just can’t wait to spend more time with, that is.

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