- Medium (almost finished with the whole series): I love this show. I love Patricia Arquette. I love her teeth, I love her acting, I love the character she plays, I love that she’s a regular medium sized female lead in a television series. I also adore the Character Bridgette played by Maria Lark.
- Ultimate Force (still on season 1): This is a damn bloody and violent show with mostly men and guns. In spite of all the testosterone, the acting is really good. I may not be able to stick with it though. Not because of the gore. I’m not even sure why. It’s already been off the air for a few years but there are four seasons total. I really love Tony Curran‘s nose. It’s fierce. Right, but I also think he’s a great actor.
- Covert Affairs (just a few episodes): This one is already annoying me. I find the blind agent Auggie to be smug and have failed to really enjoy the main character. I am watching it because I miss MI5. I also need to say that the first time I saw the actor Sendhil Ramamurthy (also in Ultimate Force) my first thought was that it was probably a curse to be a man and be that pretty. He may be the most beautiful man alive and I can’t believe him in the roles he’s playing.
- Castle: It’s back. I’ve seen the first episode of the new season and I’m pretty sure my irritation is only going to grow in this season. I still love this show but it seems like one of the ones that will just string me along to the bitter fucking end where Castle and Beckett will never be able to get their shit together to be together and both of them are going to piss me off in the process. The thing is, I can’t hate the characters, I blame the writers of the show. This is a popular formula and I stop watching shows when they become tedious with their teasing and their “almost” hook ups. So stupid. Why can’t they be together and still be a team? They can still annoy each other and bicker- no need to have one or the other. Whether or not I continue watching “Bones” hinges on the same issue.
- Rookie Blue: I like this show. Kinda. I kinda don’t. I can’t decide. I think the main character, Andy McNally, is super stupid. But the rest of them are pretty okay. Mostly I’m just interested in the Dov character and I can’t stop looking at Gail just because she’s so striking.
- Combat Hospital: This show is really compelling. I love medical shows. I really do. I’m not even sure why. The acting and the story lines in this show are fantastic. It’s possible I’ll get tired of it by the next season, hard to say. Right now I’m bummed it’s done.
- Pan Am (Pilot): I watched the pilot episode and it’s not promising. The main thing I was left with is the nagging need to know how Maggie started off with long bohemian style curly hair and in a half an hour cab ride to the airport ended up with a Funicello-style flip? Did the cabby cut and style it for her? Does this character wear a wig while she works and then lets her wild side down when she returns to her sty of an apartment? I also dislike the blatant campy crap which dumbs down what could, maybe, turn out to be an interesting show. I do like the costumes. I’ll give it at least one more chance to impress but my brain will never let go of that hair thing.*
I interrupt this exciting television show list to ask “It’s 12 pm, do you know where your tuna is?” because my brain just shouted it in my head and I like to share.
It would apparently also like to suggest that “what’s good for the goose often isn’t good for anyone”. (These bits of brain flotsam were pulled right out of the nonstop stream of dialog inside my head.)
- Lie To Me: Such a fantastic show. I have nothing else to say. Except: Tim Roth! Oh, wait, I do have something else to say. The hair people who do Kelli Williams’ hair on the show are doing her a major disservice. At least through the whole first season. I think last season they wised up a little.
- MI-5: Excellent show. I’ve loved every season of it so far. But how could I not like a show featuring Richard Armitage as a bad-ass spy? As long as he doesn’t have a mullet, he’s golden. But he’s not why I watch the show. The whole cast is brilliant and it’s easy for me to invest myself in their future. I do love spy shows like this one.
- The Mentalist: I am afraid that Simon Baker gets cast as very similar characters in different shows. Luckily I like the character type he plays. But I like him better in the Mentalist than I did in the Guardian. Absolutely love the supporting characters too, with special emphasis on the (sadly underused) Kimball Cho (Tim Kang). Okay, maybe he’s not really underused but the focus has been more on Wayne and Grace and while they are good too, I like Cho the best. His deadpan delivery is unmatched.
- Downton Abbey: I can only see it online on PBS so it will be a while before I see the new season. It is really engaging and well done. The costumes are superb and I’m still hoping the show won’t go down the tragic route.
- Bones: I was done watching this show last season but then I saw the last few episodes and now that Bones and Seely have finally gotten together and she’s apparently going to have his baby, I have to see if they’re going to actually work it out. If they decide to have it but not be together, I’m not going to keep watching. My needs are simple and they’re classic and they’re very boring. I always want the girl to get the boy. Or the boy to get the boy. Or the girl to get the girl. Whatever, I want the couple I’m rooting for to get together and if I get strung along and teased for too many seasons, I abandon ship. So this show is on probation.
That’s my lineup for right now. I have entered into a complete book lull. At this time in my life I don’t want a show or a book to turn my world upside down or inside out. I’m not an intellectual (as is obvious to most people) and I don’t have lofty or major expectations from my entertainment. I want interesting stories with happy endings. I want the couple to get together and work things out. I want the killer to be caught. I want the broken people healed.
I just want it to be well done.
I finally finished the boring book I was reading. It met all my criteria for entertainment except for that last one. It was not well done, it was not well written, and it was not engaging. I need to find some new books to read but I don’t want to be disappointed.
There you have it. I just needed to share my thoughts on all those shows because I largely watch them alone (a couple of them I watch with my mom) and I want to put my comments somewhere. Now you can read them and agree or disagree. And please feel free to tell me what you’re watching right now- I’m totally interested to know!
*Not the show’s fault my brain is obsessive to a clinical level.