Friday, September 25

Fall 2009 TV Round-Up

Herein, my opinions on the comedy and drama shows currently on the air in the US:

Shows I Love and Would Totally Marry

Lost, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, Party Down, Burn Notice, Breaking Bad, Better off Ted, House, How I Met Your Mother are all great shows that rarely have an off day. Joining them is Community, easily the best new show of the season and, based on the first two episodes, maybe the funniest thing on TV right now.

Shows I Like Well Enough As Friends

These shows are flawed, but I enjoy them enough to watch without any regrets or dirty feelings. I don't really have any specific complaints about The Office, which is amazing at what it does, it just doesn't make me laugh as often as the top tier comedies. Dexter, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dollhouse, Sons of Anarchy, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are all entertaining. Weeds had temporarily dipped into the category below, but came back with a really strong season 5. I'm going to tentatively list Glee here as well, although I suspect it's going to fade rapidly and I'll be surprised if I'm still watching it next year.

Shows I Feel Dirty About Watching

Rescue Me and Californication started out amazing, but are now mere shadows of their former selves. I still feel compelled to follow along, despite their general shittiness, largely because they haven't become quite so offensively bad that I'm forced to stop watching (see below). Entourage was never very good in the first place, but it's basically just groin candy. Ditto Gossip Girl, which someone else got me hooked on and I haven't been able to quit. (I know. Shut up.)

Shows I Stopped Watching After They Raped My Brainpan

I used to love 24 and Heroes, but they become so offensively, eye-bleedingly stupid that they made me want to punch babies. Same for True Blood—except it started out that way, and I still somehow choked down a full season of it. Chuck lost my interest after after a season and a half, mostly out of sheer boredom, and while The Simpsons is better than most of the other comedies on TV, I just can't watch it anymore. It makes me too sad.

UPDATE 10/29: Added FNL and Breaking Bad to the top tier, an oversight the first time around since they weren't on at the time.

2 comments [add yours!]:

spanky said...

To keep this post from getting too ridiculously long, I didn't include sketch, variety, or foreign shows like The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Michael & Michael Have Issues, Tim & Eric, and various fruity BBC shit like QI, Shameless, Skins, Robin Hood, etc.

Anonymous said...

Suprised you didn't list Glee and Dancing with the Stars, fagmo