Mid-Season T.V.: Or, What the Heck Was I Thinking?


When I was a kid, I always looked forward to when school started up. Not just the first day, mind you, the entire year. I thrilled at what the school year might hold for me—what would I learn? Who would I meet? And what projects would I work on? Yeah, I was a dork, so what? I just loved the potential of the upcoming school year; it was essentially my clean slate. However, my zealous attitude towards school would inevitably wear off sometime during the first month. Instead of hopping out of bed, I would drag myself like a turtle to the bus. During the first week of school, I would do my homework the second I got home; but as the weeks progressed, school took a backseat to DuckTales (woo ooo!) and Darkwing Duck (hmmm…do I have duck issues?). Eventually, the excitement and the procrastination would balance out, and I would have a noneventful but productive school year.

 

I kind of feel like the same thing happened to me with the fall TV lineup. Before the season started, I set my DVRs to record any and all shows of interest. If I didn’t watch all of my shows on the night they aired, I would quickly view them the following morning. Soon, my interest began to wane. I said good-bye to a few of the shows that either sucked big time or just didn’t mesh with my interests (that being said, how is Outsourced still on the air?). And so my DVR became slightly less full. As with school, my enthusiasm diminished. I didn’t watch shows as often, and sometimes found myself skipping them entirely. Or, when I did decide to watch shows, I would be shocked to find reruns—even though it was only a few weeks into the season (thanks, baseball and election coverage). Now I can say the dust has settled and I have attained the coveted midseason perspective. Rock on.

 

Mondays: I used to look forward to Mondays. Night of a hundred laughs (50 for How I Met Your Mother, 50 for The Big Bang Theory). Now, while I still an enamored with HIMYM, I haven’t found another sitcom to replace the void that The Big Bang Theory left when it moved to Thursday.

HIMYM has not let me down. If you haven’t watched this show, you are missing one of the best sitcoms on television, hands down. Just watch it, you owe it to yourself (High six!).

Castle is still a winner in my book. I know I gush about Nathan Fillion, but it’s well-deserved as he is an awesome actor—and perfect for this role.

House reminds me of the saying, “same old thing, different day.”  I feel like its starting to recycle plotlines, and I am just not as in to the show anymore. It’s one of those shows where, if it’s on, I will probably watch it; if not, eh.

Lie To Me is a midseason replacement for the show about a conman leading double lives that no one remembers because it only aired one or two episodes before it got axed. I had seen Lie To Me before, and am still kind of into it. Tim Roth is awesome (All right, everybody, be cool, this is a robbery!! OK, he doesn’t say that in this show…. yet) and I enjoy watching it. However, I will probably be catching it on hulu.

Hawaii 5-0 is a show that I really enjoyed, but stopped watching for some reason. I am not quite sure why this happened, but it did. I guess these episodes can just build up in my DVR until I take time to watch them.

 

If you had to watch only one show on Monday, watch Castle and HIMYM. Or, should I have said if you could only watch two shows…..

 

Tuesdays:

Glee:Remember when Glee was good and you looked forward to seeing it on TV, anxious to hear what they would sing? Yeah, I do too, but I don’t feel that way anymore. I’m just super disappointed and very underwhelmed—not that I have a lot to base this on since they have had very few new episodes lately. Alas, I’m a sucker, I will watch for one more week (I say that every week).

Raising Hope is seriously my favorite show of the year. Any show where a dad deliberately scares his child so he can have a quality hug is OK in my book.

No Ordinary Family is surprisingly better than I thought it would be. I liked the first episodes more than the more recent ones, but here’s hoping it stays the course.

The Biggest Loser: I am still hooked. I tend to hulu this bad boy and watch it on Wednesdays. I find it inspiring—even amidst the awkward product endorsements that are interspersed through the show.

 

Tuesday’s show to watch? Raising Hope, Raising Hope, Raising Hope.

 

Wednesday: I think this used to be a crappy day for TV, but now it’s one of the best. What happened?

The Middle is so painfully funny. Sometimes I am uncomfortable watching it—I don’t know if it is because I feel for the characters or because I was one of them. Sue, watch out: you will probably end up owning 3 cats (one with a bad eye, one with an amputated leg, and one with a foul disposition) and a dog, and posting movie reviews online when you grow up. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Modern Family is consistently funny (Hey, we don’t have a parrot). If you don’t get that reference, you aren’t watching enough of this show.

America’s Next Top Model: I still watch the show. I still enjoy the show. I still have a problem.

Hell’s Kitchen: Do I even remember this show? It’s been on hiatus for so long, I think it will take a serious hit in viewers. I know I am certainly not as into it anymore (heeey batter, batter, batter; sa-wing batter!).

 

One to watch: Critics (and most of the country) will disagree with me, but I am partial to The Middle.

 

Thursday: Didn’t Thursday used to be called must-see TV? As I said in Wednesday’s post, what happened?

The Big Bang Theory: While I love, love, love this show, it seems a little off this season. Granted, their “a little off” still warrants several laughs and a chuckle out of me, but I am used to a five chuckle show minimum!

Bones: I still love it, my husband still hates it. Hey, I feel there is a reality show to be made with that concept. Think about it and get back to me.

The Mentalist: Aside from having one of the most long and pointless chase scenes I have seen on television for a while (during the horsey episode), the show is pretty good. Not great– there is a new sheriff in town if you want a brilliant investigator (see Sunday)–but good. I just wish they would spend more time with the supporting cast; they are excellent.

 

One to watch: Bones, Bones, the musical fruit!!! Hey, it’s a catchy song.

 

Friday: Um, I still have a life and don’t watch TV on Friday. I play Fallout: New Vegas instead. Ha! And you thought I was a loser!

 

Saturday: OK, you got me– I’m still playing Fallout on this day as well.

 

Sunday:Yeah! Finally time to wrap up the TV week, say good-bye to the little weekend you had, and prepare for Monday.

The Amazing Race: For Sunday TV, it’s acceptable TV. Some of the players are a little irritating; but I want the father-son team to win, and so I watch.

Undercover Boss: If there is nothing else on, I watch this show. I am a little irritated that the bosses tend to not make the company better, they just give crap to the people that trained them while they were undercover. It’s like stopping the leak in the dam with chewing gum.

Masterpiece Mystery (Sherlock Holmes): This is a present-day Sherlock Holmes and it kicks investigative butt. It is totally my new favorite show, filled with quality acting and quality writing. Switch the channel to PBS (go ahead, it won’t bite) and watch this amazing show (it’s only on for a few episodes). When the series is done, I will be sure to write more about it. The episodes are a little long (85-95 minutes), but so worth the time.

The Walking Dead: Yeah, I know, this is on AMC and we don’t get cable, but we saw part of the first episode at a friend’s house. We liked it so much that we bought an episode on Amazon watch instantly, and will watch the rest of it tonight. So good. So scary. So many bad dreams after watching it.

 

One to watch: Masterpiece Mystery (Sherlock Holmes). Trust me and watch it. You will be glad you did.

 

Have a wonderful day! Happy viewing! 😀


4 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Trish

    I sang Duck Tales woo ooo! right along with you :) And good recap, I agree with you on a lot of these (except the Fallout thing… I’m watching football on Saturday)

    November 3rd, 2010

  2. Liz

    I agree with most of your recap.

    Although I have on my list:
    Thursday- Vampire Diaries
    Friday- Smallville- it’s the last season so why not.

    Blanks are filled in with MW2 but soon to be replaced with Black Ops!

    November 3rd, 2010

  3. meg

    Liz–Hmmm– I may have to check out those shows. They both sound like shows I would like. Maybe I will catch them on DVD. 😉

    November 4th, 2010

  4. meg

    Trish–Sadly, the Duck Tales theme song has been stuck in my head all day. It just won’t leave!!!

    We usually watch football on Sunday as well…. but since we are on the West Coast, it’s done pretty early. Man, I watch way too much TV. 😀

    November 4th, 2010

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