The series finale of The Big Bang Theory aired yesterday in the US. It was a laugh-free occasion.

There is a minor controversy brewing about one of the storylines in the finale. Skip past the quote if you are spoiler phobic.

As discussed in this article from Vulture:

At the same time, it’s completely reasonable that, after having long felt that she did not want children, Penny might change her mind. It happens a lot! But the way this story plays out makes light of her previous resolve. The pregnancy is presented as a settled event; there is no scene where Penny discovers she’s pregnant, no moment where she and Leonard discuss it, and no suggestion that this was a complicated decision for her. There’s no suggestion that it even was a decision for her.

In other TV news, after 3000 episodes the US version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire is coming to an end. Source: Variety


These are the notable new and returning shows that aired this week - meaning you can go right ahead and stream them now…

Returning Shows: Mary Kills People (s3), The Rain (s2), Harrow (s2), MARVEL’s Agents of SHIELD (s6)


It’s Bruno - Netflix (US)

Stars: Eddie J. Hernandez, ZsaZsa Gabone, Solvan Naim

This short-form series follows a man and his beloved dog, Bruno, as they stroll through the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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LA’s Finest - Spectrum (US)

Stars: Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union, Sophie Reynolds

Spin-off from the Bad Boys movie franchise. L.A'.s Finest follows Syd Burnett paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna, a working mom with an equally complex past. Syd is pushed to examine whether her unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two women don't agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles.

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Years and Years - BBC One (UK)

Stars: Jade Alleyne, Maxim Baldry, Sharon Duncan-Brewster

Years And Years follows the Lyons, a busy Manchester family. Daniel's getting married to Ralph, Stephen and Celeste worry about their kids, Rosie's chasing a new fella and Edith hasn't been home for years. Presiding over them all is Gran, the imperial Muriel. But when their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years.

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Five Bedrooms - Channel 10 (AUS)

Stars: Kat Stewart, Hugh Sheridan, Stephen Peacocke

Five Bedrooms tells the story of five different people at different times of their lives. They bond after they found themselves seated together at the singles table, at a wedding. After a few too many drinks, the solution to all of their problems seems to be buying a house together. A five bedroom house.

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PLEASE NOTE: There is no trailer available for this as Channel 10 in Australia do not release promotional material to its YouTube channel. Also note that this brand new show did not rate within the top 15 shows that aired that night.

The Virtues - Channel 4 (UK)

Stars: Kat Stewart, Hugh Sheridan, Stephen Peacocke

Joseph uses alcohol to numb the pain and loneliness of an existence that is gradually eating away at him. He decides to confront the past he fled when he was still young. He discovers a loving home with his sister, whom he hasn't seen for 30 years, and establishes a deep spiritual relationship with his sister-in-law, a fiery young woman. When the dark secrets he has kept buried since childhood return to the surface, Joseph must choose revenge or forgiveness.

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