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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Top 10 Shows You Should Be Watching  

So the TV season is in full swing, so I thought I'd give all you philistines a good talking to, and tell you what you should all be watching instead of fucking American Idol, The Bachelorette, Joey, or anything that involves a fat man married to a hot chick. Just. Stop. All of you. These shows deserve your viewership, and I guarantee they're better than anything else you're watching

10) Desperate Housewives - While guys may be turned off by this show, I gotta say you're missing out. Marc Cherry was right at the Globes when he said it wasn't a soap, so much as a satire. Sure, the arcs may be a bit out there, but damn if I'm not engrossed with each mystery that's compounded every week. Sure, Lynette may be one of the most poorly designed protagonists since The Dawson, but damn if Teri and Eva aren't comedic hotties.

9) House, M.D. - This one has fallen under a lot of people's radars, which is too bad, because it's easily the best medical drama in years. The lead character is a combination of abrasive asshole and... well, he's basically an abrasive asshole, but in a good way. The supporting roles each have an interesting back story to themselves, and so far, the patients have been unlike anything seen on medical shows before. Plus, you gotta respect a show that stars the Man Who Would Be Perry White.

8) Gilmore Girls - Still one of the best written shows on TV, even if the characters are becoming a bit predictable. My hatred of Rory has lessened a bit since the first few eps of the season, and the Christopher/Luke/Lorelai triangle shows serious promise. Probably not a show one can get into now after so many seasons, but try and catch it on ABC Family, it's well worth it.

7) Alias - I'm torn a bit, because for a show I've loved since episode one, I'm beginning to realize the arc-ness of it that held such promise appears to have been side-lined for more stand-alone eps to get in new viewers. The problem is, the stand-alone eps this season have just been fucking fantastic... if you missed Ice last week, you missed one of the coolest effects in the shows history (pun intended), as well as one of the strongest scenes Michael Vartan has ever done.

6) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - There's a reason Mariska Hargitay is finally getting recognized for her work on this show. If you've watched the show from the beginning (like me) you've witnessed a character grow and morph in truly believable ways, into one of the strongest female character's on television. Then, you get some of the most heart-wrenching stories ever thought up, both thought-provoking and long-lasting... I still question myself on the ending of Doubt, with Shannon Sossaman and Billy Campbell.

5) Lost - When the show started, I proclaimed it the best new show of the season, hands down... I've since come to my senses. I mean don't get me wrong, the show still has an awesome premise, with an excellent cast of characters, but lately I'm also beginning to see the cracks in the show (of which there are many, first and foremost being a certain LiveLinks pimping actress). That being said, this show easily fills the void of X-Philes everywhere, so if you're a fan of mystery-pseudo-sci-fi, this show is definitely a must-see.

4) Boston Legal - I was never a fan of of The Practice, so I was surprised to find out how enjoyable this show is. It's understandable though... technically, it's the first season of a David E Kelley show, which basically means it's spectacular. Of course, it may fall prey to the Kelley curse that says every subsequent season will suck, but we'll let that one go for now. BL is consistently one of the funniest dramas out there, with a stellar cast... bringing in Candice Bergen was a stroke of genius. Denny Crane.

3) 24 - The best season yet? Quite possibly... these first few hours have just gone to prove the genius that the show is, using the timing structure to perfection. For the first time, you almost get a feeling that the creators have the entire 24 hours planned, and they won't have to fall back on Cougar-related scenarios. Act 1, which just finished, was superb, and was designed perfectly as a set-up for the entire rest of the season. And hey, they actually made me like Chloe "Potato Face" O'Brian. Bring Back Chloe!

2) Veronica Mars - If you're not watching this show by now, well then there's no hope for you. I have a feeling this show is shunned by the same people who shunned Buffy. "I don't care how many rave reviews I hear, I'm just not going to watch a high school show with a female protagonist, that's for children". And if this is how you feel... well, I feel the same way I felt about people who laughed at Buffy. We don't want you as a fan anyway.

1) Battlestar Galactica - Being in The New World, we're many episodes behind those silly English-types, but I've already fallen completely in love with the show. This is how science fiction should be; character-driven, scientifically realistic, anti-heroes and confused villains, religious subtext, politically complex, all wrapped up in special effect laden, claustrophobic universe. I haven't been this excited about the return of the sci-fi genre since... well, I don't think I've ever been this excited.

posted by Holz | 1:12 PM | Rant & Rave, Bitches! (8)


Great list! I totally agree on most of these (and the others I haven't seen). I may be starting to sound like a broken record, but BSG is freaking amazing! I'm so glad you're excited (I knew you would be). I hope everyone gets excited about this show. As of Monday night, I have seen the whole season (13 episodes), and let me tell you--it only gets better.

By Blogger Kate, at 1/26/2005 2:59 PM  

Holz, it's going to be so hard to avoid spoilers for BSG. I pity you for that. Even AintItCoolNews spoiled the finale for those who were reading the reviews.

If it's possible, please please please try to remain unspoiled for it. You'll be thanking me afterwards.

I can't think of a comparable Buffy or Angel moment to give you an idea of how amazing it is.

By Blogger Manchild, at 1/26/2005 4:53 PM  

Funny thing is, I've never seen a single one of those shows. I've only seen the tail end of a couple Gilmore Girls episodes since it used to air right before Charmed.

By Blogger Stan, at 1/27/2005 8:58 AM  

"I've only seen the tail end of a couple Gilmore Girls episodes since it used to air right before Charmed"

And that, officer, is when I shot him in the head.

By Blogger Holz, at 1/27/2005 9:11 AM  

Hey! Charmed is cool. Makes you wonder why I never got into Buffy.

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