Lot 48: Fall TV Reviews!

November 4, 2012

Fall TV Reviews!

I have been wanting to write this post for a while but haven't had time to watch all the new shows. But now I have!

Probably my favorite new show is, of course, a comedy.  Go On. Its excellent.  Soooooo funny.  It's about a man whose wife died and he joins a loss support group.  I love the versatile characters and non of them are the typical characters I always see in new comedies. For instance, the characters in another new comedy, Ben and Kate.

 


The creator of this show is one of my very, very very favorite screenwriters, so I was suuuuper excited.  But I was so incredibly disappointed with the pilot. I didn't feel it was creative or new or inspiring.  It was boring and had the same old characters, as always.  This show is about a brother and sister who live together and the sister's daughter.  We have the goofy brother, responsible and unlucky in love sister, the slutty best friend, and the charming and funny sidekick.  Unique. I'm so disappointed in Dana Fox (the creator).



I'm sorry, it wasn't my cup of tea.  It wasn't funny, I didn't like the characters' personalities, and I just didn't find it funny.  I am sure it is doing very well though, I'm sure there are lots of people who like it.  It just wasn't my thing.


I have also been enjoying The Mindy Project.  Soooo hilarious!  I have always loved Mindy Kaling and have admired her writing on The Office and I am very much enjoying her show.  The only thing that bothers me is its another doctor show.  Oh my word.  How many of those do we need?  Yet another pretty, successful, smart doctor who just can't seem to find love!  How original.  But Mindy makes up for it in her characters, stories and dialogue.


 

Guys With Kids is also pretty good.  It's just about three guy friends who all live in the same building in Manhattan and the woes of raising kids.  It is a little tired at times, but those times are few and far between so I forgive. And the creator is Jimmy Fallon.  I have always thought he's funny.  Most of the time.  Is this the only new multi camera comedy?  Am I missing others?  But it's pretty good, its my lullaby each week I watch it before I go to sleep, so I guess that says a lot about the level of excitement it is. 




I fully, fully fully love this show.  It's about a new up and coming country star and a country star who has been #1 for a looooooooong time.  Which is surprising because I don't like country music, but wow, this is good tv.  Good drama, good acting, good writing, good singing, good songs, just all around good.  Man I love this show.  I get soooo excited when there's a new episode.  And for you fans of The Office, one of the leading men in the show is Josh from the Stanford branch.  Remember him?  The one Michael was jealous of?



I actually got through about three episodes of this before I got bored.  The premise is this the mob was going to kill this doctor's brother so she traded his life in exchange for a lifetime of no questions asked, under the table medical service.  Its okay.  The pace is pretty slow and I don't really like the main character, so its just a "eh" show and I stopped watching after three episodes.  So I guess the first few were okay.

I  couldn't do it, guys.  I could not get through the pilot.  I think I made it halfway through and I went to the kitchen to get dinner and I just never turned it back on.  I got bored.  Bad writing.  I was just... bleh.  I couldn't get through it.



Woah.  This was intennnnnnse.  Oh my word was it intense.  It was pretty slow to get me interested, it was 13 minutes before I was hooked which is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long for TV.  For movies, you have to be hooked by 5 minutes, for TV, my personal opinion is it's one.
I didn't fully understand what was happening and I don't speak military lingo so I wasn't sure what was going on, but I think they did a good job at recapping at the end. From what I gathered, it's about a submarine troop and they disobeyed orders to send missiles into Pakistan because it didn't come from the proper chain of command and now their own people are trying to kill them.  It was good it was really good but I don't think it's my taste.  Which is ironic if you know me well, but it's just a little too much for me.  I can handle a movie about natural disasters and missiles and soldiers dying because it only lasts an hour and a half, but I don't think I can watch an hour each week about it.  Once it ended, I was like, wow, I need to watch something happy now, that was really depressing. I might keep watching it if I have time, but don't think I'll watch it each week.  It's just too much.



Now we are getting into the wee bit cheezy side of television.  I really liked Arrow and I think I would like it more if I was a fifteen year old girl, but the writing seemed a little cheap to me (as in unimaginative and kind of  the same old tragic comic book story, which it is) but I fall for cheap and Stephen Amell is just so dang fine, I am going to keep watching it just so I can stare at him for an hour.  Yeah, that's probably the reason I'll keep watching it because I feels a bit like a soap.



Oh my word cheeeeezy.  I actually liked Kristin Kreuk (from Smallville) more than I thought I would and the show was compelling and interesting and the writing was fine, but there were times where I cringed a little bit when they loaded on the cheese.

There were a few I just couldn't bring myself to watch, like Revolution (I couldn't even make it through the previews) and Emily Owens, M.D. (another doctor show?  Really?) Animal Practice (Sorry, but I seriously have no interest in that) Made in Jersey (ummmm.... really?) The Neighbors (I run when I hear there are aliens involved) Malibu Country (sorry Reba, no interest) 666 Park Avenue (felt like a soap, got through half of it but not by choice, I was interrupted.)  I do want to watch Elementary but haven't gotten around to it yet and I think I'll give Partners a try.

And an update on the shows I was already watching, I stopped watching Once Upon A Time because it got boring and slow and I couldn't take the cheeze anymore, and I have picked up Parenthood from watching it over the summer and a few others that I picked up over the summer that I won't name as I don't want to be judged......

How are you liking the fall shows?  What are some of your favorites?  I would love to hear!

ps. I promise I get out and play and talk to real people.  But I really love TV.  So so so much. 



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