My Nightly Viewings
Thanks to my now sporadic posting it seems like it wasn't that long ago that I posted one of these Grateful entries. Oh well. It only seems fitting anyway since Thanksgiving is just around the corner. O how I wish it would hurry up and get here. Can't wait to see the family in Bloomington. But I digress...
It's always difficult doing one of these tv postings because different shows air at different times of the year. The summer showings are now over so we're into the fall line-up which is markedly different. Plus, there's already been some casualties which included some shows I was starting to get into. Well at least one anyway. RIP "The Playboy Club". Was pretty sure with its content that it was going to last much longer. At least not a regular tv. So here's the best of the rest of what I currently view...
15. Death Valley
Did it really take this long for someone to come up with the brilliant idea to cash in on the zombie craze as a comedy show? I'm surprised the creators of "Shaun of the Dead" didn't try this. Or maybe they did? This show goes the extra step of incorporating werewolves and vampires too. Complete with a task force assigned to keeping them all in place. Plus, since it's MTV they don't hold back any gore. And believe it or not, it really is a comedy
14. Parks and Recreation
This was originally much higher last season. Thanks in large part to just the intro on that one episode where Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) appeared to remove his own tooth. That's how epic it was. But that was last season. It has fallen off a bit this year. Not enough to leave my watched list though. Bit players like Aziz Ansari keep me coming back for more
13. South Park
Hard to believe it's been on for 15 years now. I still remember when there was a rumor that they were going off the air after their third season. Glad that turned out to be false. Cartman and the boys just never get old. And the best thing with it being animated is that they never do have to age even though we do. Yet they continue to keep their topics timely. Is it too early to be cracking jokes on Penn State? Not if you're South Park
12. The Sing-Off
Like any talent show, this one can be really hit and miss from week to week. The one group that shines one week may not be as good the next week. However, there is always at least one standout performance. And it's always acapella. Their worst show is still better than any other "talent" show out there on their best day. Plus, the Dartmouth Aires performance of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was just flat out legendary
The premise alone had me hooked. So all those Grimm fairytales we heard as kids weren't actually fairytales but rather true stories? The creatures in the stories really exist among us and the Grimm family has been around for centuries to keep them in line? I can get with that. Even if the special effects are a little shoddy. I'm guessing they'll improve as the show goes on. Or rather hoping
They're slowly starting to come around this season. At least they've improved their musical selections from last year. However, I'm not too fond of how they're putting everybody in the same school now. Now not only is Blaine (Darren Criss) there but so is Vocal Adrenaline's teacher (Idina Menzel). What are the odds? Pretty soon Rachel's old boyfriend with the amazing voice will be there too. Actually, I hope they find a way to get him on the show more. He made every song better and the better the music is the better "Glee" is
Never thought there would come a day that this would be on a top 10 list for me when fellow Thursday nite line-up show "The Office" would be totally missing. But that was before Steve Carell left the show. As expected, "The Office" hasn't been the same since and the other Thursday shows have thrived since then. "Community" has been the biggest benefactor. That's in spite of the fact that a very much past his prime and no longer funny Chevy Chase keeps weighting the show down. As much as I appreciate all the great moments he gave us in the late 70s and early 80s, the show would be much better without him
8. The Walking Dead
Something just occurred to me while watching this show...in the apocalyptic zombie future eventually the survivors are going to run out of ammunition. And it should be happening sooner than later because they'll also be running out of gas without fuel tankers to replenish gas stations. I wish the show would have took us to that time period to see how these folks manage. I'm good with where they are though. Although I do want to see more zombies and less anguished pregnant survivors
7. How I Met Your Mother
This one has a unique distinction. It sits at this spot because not only are the new shows making me laugh but I'm still discovering old episodes in syndication which is running concurrently that also has me cracking up. The best thing about the show is it's never one person carrying it. They all have their moments where one is funnier than the next. Make no mistake though it's Neil Patrick Harris that remains the shows highlight. Well him and Jason Segel
6. Harry's Law
I think the last time I did a list like this when "Harry's Law" was also on that I mistakenly left it off. I could go back and check but that's too much work. At any rate, this show came along just in time to fill that void that "Boston Legal" left. I'm not feeling it this season as much as last though. I don't like that the brotha and the blond chick are off the show already and it's only the second season. Also, there also seems to be less focus on the neighborhood where the law office is located which made for some great storylines during the first season. We'll see how it pans out though
5. Sons of Anarchy
I told myself I was going to check out this series when it very first premiered a few years ago. I spaced it off and didn't. Next thing I knew they were a couple of seasons in so I decided not to worry about it. Then I kept seeing the buzz on The Book which made me change my mind this season. Didn't care if I was coming in midstream. Turns out it didn't matter a whole lot. As a matter of fact, I probably picked the best season to tune in since they have Rockmund Dunbar on board as the town sheriff now. Plus, how can you go wrong when you have Hellboy (Ron Perlman) as the gang's leader?
4. Modern Family
They haven't slowed up yet. Thank goodness. I love how they come on the perfect night of the week. Wednesday night the work week is half over and you need a little something to get you through those last two business days. Well then along comes the Dunphys and the Pritchetts. And every single character on the show is guaranteed to come thru with the funny. Even down to the kids. It's rare that a show does that. I sure hope they can keep it up
3. Happy Endings
I think I just realized why I like this show so much. It's because these group of friends all have the same type of sarcastic personality as me. It would be like hanging out with a bunch of me's. They are like a new and improved version of the whole "Friends" format. On a somewhat related but not really note, I still can't believe that Damon Wayans is old enough to have a son that looks as old as he does. I thought when Damon Jr. first started doing his thing that he'd be trying to rest on Pop's laurels but he's actually very funny in his own right
They are seriously killing me with these little short seasons they do of this show. It will be on for about five weeks of new episodes then it's on break. The good thing about that is there are new episodes throughout the course of the year in every season. The bad thing about that is it still feels like the new episodes are too far and far between. I've had to mess around and watch MTV's knock-off show "Ridiculousness" to fill that void in the meantime. Trust me...it doesn't come remotely close to the hilarity that John Tosh brings every episode on his show
1. American Horror Story
Someone tried to tell me that this was only going to be a 5-part mini-series type thing? Maybe they meant that this was supposed to be one season only. I can see that since the family is already trying to get out of the house. In the meantime, this show has proven to be ten times better than I ever thought it would be. If it was an actual horror movie it would be one of the best ones I've seen in quite a while. I thoroughly enjoy how each week gets more intense to than the next. I really hope they don't end this at just one season.