Monday, January 20, 2014

What to Watch in 2014

January is mostly over now, so happily a lot of the shows we've been waiting for have returned. To break down every show I have on my #watchlist would be exhausting, and boring. Rather, I'll just post the shows that I try and catch each night of the week, and then talk about my favorite comedy, drama, and science fiction. Keep in mind that several of those shows are on break right now, and one of them won't be back until August of this year.

Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Once Upon a Time

How I Met Your Mother
The Blacklist
The Following
Mike & Molly
2 Broke Girls
Almost Human

NCIS: Los Angeles
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Person of Interest
Brooklyn 99
Chicago Fire
New Girl

The Tomorrow People
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Criminal Minds
American Horror Story
Chicago PD

The Big Bang Theory
The Crazy Ones
The Michael J. Fox Show
White Collar
Parks and Recreation
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Hawaii 5-O
Last Man Standing

Saturday Night Live
Doctor Who

Keep in mind, some of these shows I only watch when I can't find something better to do (American Horror Story, Dads). Some of them are new to me, and I'm not sure if I'm going to keep up with it (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Intelligence, The Tomorrow People). Some of them aren't back from break yet (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Scandal, Glee). And there are even a couple I only watch because my wife likes them (2 Broke Girls, Parks and Recreation). That doesn't mean I don't enjoy them, just that sometimes I could take it, or I could leave it. Oh, and lest I forget, I've also started watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I rarely watch it live, but it's pretty funny to catch it on Hulu. (That way you can pick which guest might be interesting, or read a review of how funny an ep might be.)

The Best Comedy on TV
This really wasn't close. I love The Big Bang Theory, but it's getting a little played out on syndication. Community is funny, but not nearly as funny as it used to be (adios Chevy Chase and Donald Glover). Instead, I confidently say #Brooklyn99 is the funniest show on tv right now. #AndySamberg is brilliant, and the rest of the cast is really good. Each episode is fresh and unique. Most recently, my new favorite character on television is #SergeantPeanutButter.

The Best Drama on TV
This is a tough one. #NCIS has consistently been my favorite show over the past 3 or 4 years.So far this season, a few shows have been better. #Scandal is so intense and amazing, but it's still on break. #Elementary is consistently brilliant, and if I was white, I'd want #JohnnyLeeMiller to play me in a movie about my life. #SVU has taken it up a notch, letting #CaptainCragen #DannFlorek and #SergeantMunch #RichardBelzer walk away. So it's with great difficulty, I have to say #PersonOfInterest has been the best drama of the season. I wish more people watched this, and the critics gave it more acclaim. They killed off a major character this season #DetectiveCarter, brought another to redemption #DetectiveFusco, and sent a main character into a spiral of depression and destruction #JohnReese #JimCaviezel. I thought the Reese/Carter romance was stretched a little thin, but it now has a little more realism the way #MrReese has dealt with it. I hope it stays strong for the rest of the season.

The Best Science Fiction on TV
I automatically want to say #DoctorWho. But Doctor Who isn't coming back again until August, and to be honest, #TheTimeOftheDoctor was a bit disappointing. I disliked it less, than much of the #DW fan base, and I've found myself defending it more than I think I should. Aside from DW, there isn't a whole lot more sci-fi to choose from. I'm not going to say #Intelligence after just one episode. So I guess I have to choose between #Revolution and #AlmostHuman. Revolution is good for post-apocalyptic fantasy, but this season has gotten a little bit wonky, and harder to watch. It's still good, but I'm afraid it's going to get cancelled. Grudgingly, I guess it goes to Almost Human. #KarlUrban is decent as a surly cop, but when I see him all I see is #DrMcCoy and Judge Dredd. I won't even hashtag Dredd because it was such a god-awful movie. #MinkaKelly might well be the hottest woman on tv. She was so hot in #FridayNightLights, I'm glad she looks like a grown (hot) woman now.It's also nice to see #MichaelIrby on tv again. I loved him as #Hammerhead on #TheUnit. But the real scene stealer is #MichaelEaly. His comedic sense is brilliant, and he totally sells it as an older model android than is used in the near future. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It's worth all 42 minutes.

As always, thank you for reading. I have to go now. It's almost 7pm on a Monday night. If you wonder what I'm doing, see above.

Peace, and out.

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