My thoughts on TV shows we watch


If we’re not doing chores or running errands around my house we either watch movies from Netflix or TV shows we record at night to watch when we have more time. This Fall brought us a lot more choices to enjoy, somewhat.

We enjoy the occasional well written and acted crime dramas, but the ones we use to watch are becoming old and a little predictable—like most shows. After experiencing all the CSI spin offs we finally stopped watching them. The original we dropped after the loss of Grissom and CSI Miami only lasted two years in our house. New York we watched until this year because of the casting changes. I can understand actors moving on after a while doing the same thing, but sometimes these characters carry the show rather well.

Bones, Castle and Law & Order we also love to watch along with Body of Proof. Harry’s Law, which popped onto the airwaves last year, is a hit with us, but I have always liked David E. Kelly shows. We also catch repeats of Criminal Minds as often as we can.

The comedies that have flooded the airwaves in the past few years haven’t really caught my attention, but slightly on accident we discovered two that make me laugh—sometimes that is hard to do. Modern Family and Big Bang Theory are both hilarious shows that keep me laughing or smiling during the entire thirty minutes.

Modern Family is a spoof on all those reality shows out there (which I cannot bear watching). Although I hated Ed O’Neil in Married with Children this show has seemed to mature him into something I can watch.

The Big Bang Theory had a cast of brilliant young comedians that play two college professors, Leonard and Sheldon, and two Cal-Tech scientists, Wolowitz and Koothrappali that all have high IQ’s. The four of them are very content to spend their nights doing things geeky and wonderful from collecting comic books to playing Call of Duty. Wolowitz is the only one without an IQ over 120, but he graduated MIT. The only thing they are not comfortable with are interpersonal skills, which is what this show deals with when a beautiful free-spirited woman named Penny moves next door and Sheldon becomes interested in her. As I sit there watching this, listening to all the Sci-Fi and computer references I get a big chuckle and I see a little of me in all of them. Leonard is my normal sane self that goes through life wondering what will happen next yet taking it all in stride. Sheldon is my geekyness and my seldom seen attention to detail that likes everything as it is and wants nothing to change. Wolowitz is the charmer that thinks every woman wants him and thinks only of this and Koothrappali is the shy one that just has trouble talking to women.

As to Sci-Fi—there doesn’t seem to be that much out there now, except Fringe and Warehouse 13. Fringe we stopped watching this year because we got lost and confused. Speaking of Lost, we tried that too—one season and we were looking for a way off the island because we didn’t like being Lost.

This Fall bought in a few we thought would be interesting, Prime Suspect lasted only a few episodes with us and I already heard it was canceled. We tried out the three episodes of The Playboy Club and that one we won’t miss either. We only watched one episode of Charlie’s Angles before we decided that it wouldn’t last for two reasons, predictability and the fact that Charlie was going to have to pay for some improvements to the IBTC.

Person of Interest has kept ours. This is a very fresh idea and I do like the actors—somewhat flat but the show is action packed and it isn’t as predictable as most. Not that I am a conspiracy theorist but I can believe in the plot of this show, the government watching everyone through all the cameras in the city with the help of a super computer to catch terrorist through their actions. The persons of interest that the computer found don’t fit the profile of terrorist, but they are up to something and that is what Reese, Jim Caviezel, and Finch, Michael Emerson, have to figure out.

Revenge is another interesting show we found captivating, the story of the daughter of a framed man that comes back to the Hamptons to get revenge on the people that set him up. A show like this leaves you wondering if anyone is going to be left in the Hamptons when she is done.

Grimm caught our attention, it has its predictability but they are interesting stories. Run over and visit Kait Nolan’s blog for her views on this, mine are very similar. I like the quotes they have in the beginning but they don’t tell you what story they referance.

Last up is Terra Nova. The thought of Fox doing a Sci-Fi show where they send people back into the past to save their future comes clear when you think about them making an alternate timeline. This I can understand. It started out very good with a lot of great dinosaur graphics, but they must have blown their graphic budget on the first few episodes because now we get a few shots in the dark or one or two dinos per episode, or none at all. They are keeping the stories interesting.

Since most of these shows only have an hour to solve whatever problem crops up it still isn’t hard to think to yourself, ‘I saw that coming—gee, I could have written this.’

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About hutch1957

Brian Hutchinson was born in the cold windy city of Cleveland, Ohio over fifty-three years ago. Soon afterwards he found his roots, actually tripped over a few first, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In school, he quickly took an interest in literature and writing and over the past forty years has tried to improve his talents. His hobbies, or what managed to interest him for a short time, have been photography, ham radio, movies, science fiction and TV. After surviving marriage for 22 years and two kids, he became single again and remarried a year later, inheriting two more kids. In his spare time he enjoys self torture and playing WoW, reading and watching mysteries and scifi. He has had many professions, and has finally settled down as a Security Guard. Now he twitters and writes in his spare time, or while he is at work. (Which is really the same thing.)

Posted on December 4, 2011, in mystery, Science Fiction and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I watched maybe 2 seasons of the first CSI. Watched Criminal Minds until last year sometime. I used to like Cold Case as it was more about the story. Then they changed. So, I quit watching. I watch very little these days. Terra Nova. As you said, they need to ramp up folks getting eaten by dinosaurs. That’s why I watch. 🙂 Grimm is pretty good. Started watching that. Will watch the x-mas Eureka & Warehouse 13. Usually watch the bad movies on Saturday nights, the Syfy originals.

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