October 2, 2010

#098: Fall TV Time

In the last couple weeks all the new tv shows have started up.  This year I am trying to cut back the number of shows I watch, mainly because most of them are just a waste of time.  However, there are several that I enjoy keeping up with on a weekly basis.  Overall I felt like it was a pretty good start to the season. For the last 3 years or so I have been DVRing everything then watching it back later. It makes it much easier to manage, though I don't get all the clever references to The Office that get posted on Facebook and Twitter until I am able to catch up later..

Castle: One of my favorite new shows from last year, and it got off to a good start on season 2.  One of the only crime dramas that I enjoy watching.  I used to watch a couple of the CSI's, along with Criminal Minds, but I stopped following those a couple years ago.  Castle is a solid show.  If you don't watch it, it's worth checking out.

Glee: For some odd reason I really enjoyed this show when it first started out.  I am not much for singing and dancing, but in the context of the show it worked. If it was corny at first I didn't notice it.  However, sometime towards the end of last season it got really corny, and somewhat lame.  It has started out the same this year.  I am not saying it is totally a bad thing.  It can still be enjoyed for what it is, however I am liking it much less than I used to.  I will probably continue to watch because it is still fun, and my wife really enjoys it.

Community: I watched the first 2 episodes of this show, then stopped because I didn't really like it.  Late last season I started hearing a lot of good things about it, so right at the end I went back and watched all the episodes.  It took some time for me to get into it, but once I did I thought it was the best comedy of the year.  I don't know if it is as flat out funny as Modern Family, but it is much more clever.  The first 2 episodes of season 2 have been really good. The show is so self-aware and is able to capitalize on that style. I'm hoping it continues to provide us with great episodes.

Modern Family: One of the shows that I really look forward to watching each week. There isn't much to think about, it is just a fun time. Last season was great!  This season hasn't started off as strong.  Episode one seemed like a throw-away from the end of last season.  The second episode was better.  They have been doing this thing where they put in these really sweet moments, and it just hasn't been working well for me.  It's a personal preference, but I could do without that stuff. Still, the show is really funny, and I always enjoy watching it.

The Big Band Theory: I caught the last few episodes of last season and will probably continue to watch it this year. It is funny, but sometimes I find it annoying.  Not a huge fan, but it is alright.

$#*! My Dad Says: I watched half of the first episode... but I had to turn it off.

Outsourced looked like a promising new comedy this year. The first episode was okay, but it did very little to get me excited about watching weekly. I think it will get better as it sets up the characters more, but I don't really see it being nearly as big a hit as its NBC brethren. Who knows, it's hard to tell after one episode.

The Office: One of my favorite comedies ever continues to slide downhill.  The episodes still contain a lot of funny jokes that make me laugh, but the show has lost the connective tissue that held it together.  The Office has been so uneven.  It used to be set apart from all other comedies out there, but now it is just hanging in the pack. I really wish it would be over at the end of this season when Steve Carell leaves.  I will have to watch next year out of curiosity, but I don't have good feelings about how it will turn out.  I could be wrong.

Anyway, that's what I've been watching this week. Are there any other shows I should add to my line-up?  I thought about watching The Event, but I am not sure I want to make the commitment.

Here is the list of shows that I used to watch but I have completely stopped over the past couple seasons. I just got to the point where I felt like I was wasting time while watching them.  I am thinking about adding Chuck to this list.

Brothers And Sisters
Desperate Housewives
Extreme Makeover
The Biggest Loser
CSI: New York
Criminal Minds
30 Rock
Parks And Recreation
How I Met Your Mother
2 And  A Half Men

To replace these I am hoping to get the first 2 seasons of Breaking Bad from Netflix.  When I am done with that I will move on to Mad Men. Seems like a pretty good trade-up to me.

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