All the fall TVs!

17 Oct

Posted by: mthep

Alex did such a great job covering all the comedies I’m looking forward to (Mindy! Liz! Leslie! Schmidt!), that I won’t take up valuable internet space with summaries of those shows too. But we know you need more shows to hibernate to, because it’s cold outside, and sitting inside where it’s warm is nice. Get yourself a pumpkin-flavored anything, and wrap yourself up in that old afghan that sat lonely and unused all summer long, because I’ve got even more recommendations to add to your Hulu queue.

Happy Endings: I had watched a couple of episodes of this during its 1st season, but I couldn’t get past how much I still hate Jack Bauer’s daughter, so I gave up on it pretty quickly. At the insistence of my boyfriend, I grudgingly watched a season 2 episode with him last winter, and had to admit that the show may be entertaining enough to put up with Kim Bauer. And that’s saying a lot. The show revolves around a group of friends who are all dysfunctional weirdos that generally make poor decisions, resulting in comedic antics. It’s a well-worn formula, but the snarky writing makes it seem shiny and new. You shouldn’t need to watch the show from the beginning to understand it, but I bet you’ll want to after seeing the 3rd season premiere on ABC, Tuesday, October 23, at 9:00/8:00c.

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23: (AKA Don’t Judge This Show By Its Crummy Title). I started watching last year because it was the only thing on in its time slot, and I also like to think that Jane Margolis kicked that pesky heroin addiction and is now BFFs with Dawson in NYC. After a few episodes of being genuinely surprised by how funny it was, I actually started looking forward to it.  James Van Der Beek is consistently amusing as himself, and this show is probably the best thing to happen to him since James Van Der Memes. There’s an edge of dark humor to the writing that gives the show a more unique feel than the usual network comedy, but it seems like they haven’t quite embraced that aspect yet. This show, like many of my high school teachers told me during parent-teacher conferences, “has potential.” Watch the season premiere on ABC, Tuesday, October 23 following Happy Endings, at 9:30/8:30c.

The New Normal: As a big fan of Modern Family, I couldn’t help but look forward to this show… but then I watched the pilot a few weeks ago, and my interest kind of bottomed out. Maybe I liked the idea of the show, better than the show itself? One of my favorite podcasts recently took it to task for relying heavily on stereotypes for the few gay and not-white characters,  so that’s not a very good sign either. Considering I’m already 5 episodes behind, I’m going to just let this one go a full season before watching it in bulk. I’m willing to give it a few more episodes before making my final judgement. You can find this show on NBC, competing with Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 on Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c.


Homeland: Ok, I’m a season late to this bandwagon, but I’m going to jump on the train now. I considered watching when I first heard about it, but I honestly couldn’t get past the awful promo poster. It looked like a 1980’s Richard Gear movie waiting to happen. I keep hearing really good things about this show, so I’m going to focus on watching Damian Lewis exist, and hopefully believing that Claire Danes is a responsible adult, and not an eternally melodramatic teenager. It airs Sundays on Showtime at 10:00/9:00c, and the 1st season is available from Netflix.

Dexter: **Spoilers if you haven’t seen season 6!**
I only started watching this show last summer, but I could. not. stop. once I started. However, after hearing the rumors of the romantic pairing in store for him this season, I just wanted to close my eyes and pretend that Dexter and Lumen boated off into the sunset in season 5,  and that’s where it ended. But it didn’t. So, we’re left with Deb pining for Dexter, in what is possibly the most disturbing storyline thus far, on a show about a serial killer. So that’s an accomplishment? Catch up on the last 6 seasons with Netflix, and if you’ve got the fancy cable, watch season 7 on Showtime, Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c.

Show That You Should Watch But I Cannot: American Horror Story. I managed to watch 6 episodes last year, but had nightmares for weeks. Despite how much I  enjoy Connie Britton, and how ah-mah-zing Jessica Lange was as the menacing neighbor, I had to quit watching so that I could start sleeping at night again. You see, I have this unfortunate condition wherein I am utterly terrified by any show or movie that is even remotely scary, but I still want to watch them. But I hate feeling scared. Being a grown-up who wants to sleep with the lights on doesn’t do much to inflate my self-esteem bubble. I will miss being riveted by this super disturbing show, and the concept for the 2nd season looks even creepier, so you will need to watch the premiere for me tonight, Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00/9:00c on FX.

2 Responses to “All the fall TVs!”

  1. athed October 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I forgot about “Don’t Trust the B!” I think Dawson is hilarious and I like the bitch girl. Also, I need to give “Happy Endings” another chance. I never find it that funny, but maybe my sense of humor is just being lazy.

  2. Elise October 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    American Horror Story you say? I may have to look into this one.

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