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10/26/2011

5 Fall TV Shows You Must Watch

Ahem. Is this thing on?

I haven’t blogged in ages. I could give you a million reasons why. But honestly, who cares? We have more important things to discuss here.

Like Fall TV.

You KNOW this is my favorite time of year. (Really, it is!) Baked, mashed, fried, scalloped, or au gratin, I become a couch potato every October.  And I love it.

There’s probably 100 shows on my DVR. No joke. I’ve suffered through some stinkers (Hart of Dixie, Pan Am, Playboy Club, Whitney, Charlie’s Angels, Last Man Standing and Man Up, you owe me 5.5 hours of my life back).

Others were disappointingly ok, despite having some awesome casting choices (like Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer, Dave Foley & Rhys Darby in How to Be a Gentleman, Michael Patrick King who created 2 Broke Girls, Jeremy Sisto & Cheryl Hines in Suburgatory, Hank Azaria in Free Agents, and Christina Applegate & Will Arnett in Up All Night).

A handful have already been (mercifully) cancelled.  But I’ve found 5 new shows that are already must-see TV.

Can you please watch them, so they don’t get cancelled too?


FOR A GOOD SCARE:
American Horror Story (FX)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Dylan McDermott & Connie Britton have moved clear across country to escape their marital problems (she delivered a stillborn baby, his grief drove him to cheat, she caught them in the act). Unfortunately, they’ve chosen to live in a haunted house that has killed every one of its former owners. A dude dressed in a black pleather sex suit lives in the attic. And a fang-toothed monster baby lives in the basement and eats people.

WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH:
I’m just scratching the surface of the crazy shit that happens on this show. You’ll have to watch each episode 2x to catch all the juicy bits.


FOR A SOAPY DRAMA:
Revenge (ABC)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A woman moves to the Hamptons to avenge the death of her father by picking off all the people who destroyed her family. She was just a young girl back in the day when he took the fall for a crime someone else committed. Now she moves among them, like a social assassin, unrecognizable while she dismantles their lives one by one.

WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH:
The people are pretty (and loaded), the setting is over-the-top. They say revenge is a dish best served cold.  Better grab the ice cream AND the chips for this one.



FOR YOUR INNER TWEEN:
The Secret Circle (CW)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A 16-year old moves to New Salem (what are the odds?) and discovers she is popular – and a witch. Or is she popular because she’s a witch? Regardless, she is the missing member of a magic circle.  And the kids don't get to hog all the power, their parents have the gift too (do yourself a favor and check out Gale Harrold -- try not to drool, he steals every scene).

WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH:
This is Heathers meets The Craft. You could skip it, but then they’d cast an evil spell on you AND play croquet with your head.



FOR A GOOD LAUGH:
Happy Endings (NBC)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Ok, technically this was a mid-season replacement in the spring, but it’s back for a regular season and I love it. The show follows 6 twenty-somethings in Chicago, two of whom were engaged but broke up on their wedding day. Think Friends, remixed. Monica = Jane. Chandler = Brad. Joey = Max (but gay). Phoebe = Penny. Ross = Dave. Rachel = Alex.

WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH:
If you don’t legit laugh at least once an episode, you have dead shark eyes.




FOR ANYONE (me) LIVING UNDER A ROCK FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS:
The Good Wife (CBS)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer… Peter Florrick. Juliana Margulies plays the dutiful wife, humiliated, but standing beside her cheating husband -- Illinois state's attorney, Chris Noth. This lasts for a little while. He goes to jail. She becomes independent. The amazing Alan Cumming reinvents his political image. More lies are revealed. She secretly dumps hubby and hops in the sack with yummy Josh Charles.

WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH:
Let’s face it, this show is already a HUGE hit. But if you’re late to the victory party, totally Netflix seasons 1 & 2 like I did.

 
Disagree?  See anything I missed?  Put the DVR on pause and comment below...
 
 
tags: entertainment

8 comments:

chris said...

YAY A NEW POST. Boo how could you not like Hart of Dixie. Summer Roberts as a heart surgeon is good TV!!!!

Anonymous said...

Once Upon a Time
I love America Horror Story to
:)

jessica said...

We're watching american horror story right now. SO FREAKIN SCARY!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

PRIME SUSPECT

Anonymous said...

I have to agree on "Prime Suspect". I also like to watch "A Person of Interest".

Anonymous said...

You should check out Grim I think you would like it.

Anonymous said...

How could you not be loving " Up All Night " ?

Jenny From The 'Brook said...

Chris: Because it's awful!

Anon #1 & #4: I couldn't get into Once Upon a Time or Grimm. Maybe I'll try again on DVD.

Jess: How much do you love that show??

Anon #2 & #3: Never saw them! Gritty shows really aren't my speed.

Anon #5: It's growing on me.