9:00 pm: Happy Endings (ABC; 10/23) I think Happy Endings has taken over Modern Family‘s spot as ABC’s funniest show. The way I feel about this show now is how I used to feel about How I Met Your Mother in the good days (seasons 1-4)
9:00 pm New Girl (FOX; 10/25) Zooey Deschanel is still the weakest link in this cast but she improved as the season went on. Well, she didn’t necessarily improve. She just meshed better with her castmates. She’s about to lose this show to Schmidt (Max Greenfield). I haven’t seen a secondary character hijack a show from it’s star like this since Urkel.
I’m going to try something different and break my annual TV post by day. This way, it might be easier to digest
8:30 pm: Bob’s Burgers (FOX; 9/30)
The only Fox animated show I enjoy. It’s not always laugh out loud funny but it’s always interesting. This is one of those shows I wish were more popular. Maybe Seth McFarlane can attach his name to it.
9:00 pm: The Good Wife (CBS; 9/30)
I’ve been trying to take advantage of my “free time” and catch up on this show. I’m halfway through season two and think I’ll be able to finish (if this pesky wedding doesn’t get in the way). I’ve never been a big fan of Julianna Margulies but I’m warming up to her. She’s almost shows emotion in this show.
The fall television season of 2011 will be remembered for Homeland. It was easily one of the best first season of a show I’ve watched from start to finish. I debated doing a post about my top ten TV shows of 2011 but got lazy. I couldn’t decide whether Homeland or Breaking Bad would take the top spot. I thought nothing could top the fourth season of Breaking Bad but some of Homeland’s individual episodes (particularly “The Weekend” and “The Vest”) are up there with the best episodes of the year (another post I was too lazy to write).
Ultimately, my top ten TV shows of 2011 without any elaboration are:
Parks and Recreation
Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
Now that I’ve gotten that out-of-the-way, let’s talk about what shows could contend for a spot on the best television shows of 2012. Since I don’t watch these shows live, there’s no sense in listing it by time. New series are in bold.
Since I’ve moved to Los Angeles, the way I watch television has changed. I no longer have cable and rely mainly on the Internet (some means more legal than others). I’ve been fairly successful in keeping up with my shows without a DVR but the hassle of shows building up on my hard drive has made me quick to drop shows.
As I started contemplating this post, I bragged to myself that I could cut my viewing hours down to maybe 15 hours. The new crop of shows are not that appealing and most of the shows I currently watch I’m not completely enamored with. I’ll also admit that shows that Cindy and I aren’t both into are less likely to be watched regularly. Fall TV hours are 22.5 right now but by November, I think I can get to the 15 hours I so desire.
Since I don’t watch these shows when they air on TV, no point in listing times. New shows in bold.
This is going to be a strange TV season for me. No Lost for me to analyze. No 24 or Jack Bauer for me to cheer. Not even a Heroes for me to mock from afar. There are few shows I truly love now so feel free to call me during these shows. I may actually pick up.
Usually, I break this down in terms of what I’ll be watching live and DVRing then making a separate list for what I’ll be watching via other means (OnDemand, Hulu, other unsavory means). For your benefit, I’ll list everything I plan to watch by their airdate and time. Just know that, somehow, I’ll be watching all these shows at least once. Continue reading →