Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Current TV

As old readers of the blog will know, one of my main areas of interest is TV shows. I'm not a channel flipper at all, but I do try to keep up with a certain number of shows. I figured a run down of what I'm watching currently would be interesting. These are in no particular order.

Chuck - Pretty much just riding this one out since it's the last season. It hasn't been the best for a while now but it's still enjoyable. The later part of this season has been a bit strange. It's like monster of the week episodes that you think are going to be larger but aren't and yet they try to tie it into something larger? Certainly curious to see how they end it.

Castle - Tuned into this one pretty much for Nathan Fillion, but stayed due to it being a good procedural while still having enjoyable main characters. Most other procedurals I have tired either get too dark or I couldn't care less about the leads. Castle manages to avoid that.

Pysch - Similar to Castle now that I think about it, just a whole lot sillier. It's always fun to see what they reference. Lately it's almost been a little too silly, which is saying a lot for this show, but I'll forgive it that for a while.

Parenthood - Every episode makes me love it and yet it's something we always put off watching. Hard to explain why. I sometimes feel they try to fit too many story lines in one episode or they try to give all the characters something meaningful to do every episode and it just doesn't work. When it does work, it's like nothing else on TV. Shades of Friday Night Lights. At the very least it's nice to watch a show with plot lines I have a chance of relating to.

The Office - I have a hard time quitting shows. It has it's moments but they are few and far between now. Still, it's comfortable, which has it's place I suppose.

Up All Night - With where I am in life it's hard not to watch a comedy about a couple dealing with a new child and still trying to have a real life. I could use a little less Ava, and Reagan crosses into unrelateable a little too often, but that's nit picking mostly. Seeing the working mother / stay at home dad thing done fairly well and not completely played for laughs is nice as well. Occasionally makes me think about gender roles in a way I wouldn't expect from a comedy.

30 Rock - Always good, just not on yet.

Ringer - We started watching just for SMG and it's certainly been interesting with it's twists and it's turns, but at some point I just stopped caring. It just feels too soapy while seemingly trying not to be soapy. Also, the step-daughter's plot lines need to die.

Terra Nova - Only made it threw a few episodes. It's an interesting idea, kinda Lost-y, but most of the characters are beyond boring and that doesn't bode well. I'll keep track of the plot via recaps.

Hart of Dixie - Came for the setting (eastern shore of Mobile Bay), have stayed due to it's Gilmore Girls feel. It doesn't always work, and Jamie King especially is a bit ... much, but I'll probably ride out the season.

New Girl - I like this show, I do, and I'm certainly in the pro-Zooey camp, but sometimes everyone feels like too much of a caricature. Shows like this often need a little while to find their footing so I'm sticking with it for now.

Glee - When it's good it's really really good, and when it's bad, it's awful. Still, I'm the kinda guy that goes to musicals and sings along to Les Mis and Wicked so it's a show I'll always watch.

Once Upon a Time - I love the idea of the show and so far they've done a good job of using source fairy tales without being completely defined by them. Feels very Lost-y due to the fairy tale flashbacks but I think it's working so far. At times it's a bit too heavy handed, but I know shows like this have missed before due to being vague, so I'll forgive it for now.

Fringe - I felt they took a gamble this season with the plot line and I was about one episode away from getting really annoyed, but recently I'm back on board. Last season was just so good it's hard to live up to.

Sweet Lord I watch a lot of TV, and that's not even counting Dr Who, Downton Abbey, and the occasional Mad Men.


At 4:40 PM, Blogger Jessamyn said...

Don't fret Chad. I watch all of those plus a bunch more. I've got issues.

I'm enjoying your new attention to the blog. I need to do the same.


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