I have to admit that I am not a big television watcher. I am terrible at watching on a schedule no matter how much a show appeals to me. The only reason I have watched as much as I have is because we watch things together. This fall I decided to give a few new shows a try because I feel like I stopped really watching television about 7 or 8 years ago. The only two shows I have kept up with in that time are House and NCIS. There were other shows, but they long ago went off the air and I never bothered to find anything to replace them. As it is, I buy the DVD sets of both those shows every fall. I have loved the shows for years, but I still forget to actually watch them regularly. Anyway, between avenues like the library and Netflix, we have been doing a bit better about watching shows. I thought I would talk about a few that come to mind for something 'different'.
Community: Season 1: My friend Court suggested that we give this show a watch. It was on Netflix and it looked funny. The guy and I both really enjoyed it! It was fun, refreshing, and entertaining enough to watch over a short period of time. We have the second season to watch very soon.
The Tudors: Season 1 and 2: We are a bit divided on this show. I really want to know what happens next, but the guy got bored. He figures that now that Anne is dead it is a bit anti-climatic from there. Plus, this is the sort of show you need to know what is going on to enjoy it, so he wants to go back and re-watch part of the second season before watching the third. At this point we will probably just wait until we have a bit less to watch.
NCIS: The reason we are not getting around to the further seasons in other shows is because we are currently re-watching this show before we watch the new season I just got for my birthday. We are currently on the second last disc of the second season. It is going to be a while! If we had to pick, I think both of us would say this is our favourite show.
Supernatural: Season 1 and 2: This is another show we both really enjoyed, but it has so many seasons now it sort of got pushed to the back burner. I think after we watch a couple other things I would like this to be our 'winter project'. Don't get me wrong, I love NCIS, but just like with my reading there is always many other things calling for my attention!
True Blood: Season 1: Another split vote. I actually plain do not like this show. I know it is very popular, but it just is not for me. The guy on the other hand really enjoyed this first season. I think it is mainly because I lack the interest that we haven't moved on to season 2. He would like to and we probably will at some point.
The Game of Thrones: This is my fault. We watched the first episode, both really enjoyed it, but then I wanted to read the book before finishing. I read the book, but we still haven't got back to the show. (I also still have never reviewed the book...) I would really like to see how this series plays out.
Downton Abbey: I don't know what is wrong with me, but this series keeps getting pushed to the back burner. I have been watching it by myself, but there just seems to be so much else going on that I haven't got through the whole thing yet. At this point I would have to go back and watch the whole thing over again in order to finish the last few episodes. I really need to get around to that!
The Muppet Show: Season 1: I tell you, I am having a wicked hard time with this show. I thought it would be a fun trip down Memory Lane, so I got the first season from the library. It skipped so bad it was terrible! Then, it screwed up entirely and we had a battle with the DVD player to get the disc back out. That DVD player wound up breaking, so I am not sure if it was the DVD or the player. The next time I attempted to watch it, I was doing so on my computer. Then, my computer broke and with all the excitement (ha) around that time, I still haven't managed to get back to it. It is a really fun show, though. The cc's little guy (who is really not so little any more) had never really seen The Muppets before, so this was educational to him.
American Dreams: Season 1: We rearranged things in the bedroom so we can watch movies in there now. The only thing is that normally I read, but I have been trying to at least watch this show occasionally. It is normally something I watch when the cc is working back shift. I am not sure what I think of it yet. On the one hand, I really like it, but on the other hand I am not sure I love it. We will see what happens.
Mad Men: Another show that I really love, but have managed to fall very far behind in. I think I have only seen the first season in its entirety. One of these days I will get back to it!
Rome: Season 1 and 2: This is the show the guy has been watching by himself. When we first started dating we used to catch an episode here and there on TV all the time, so the first gift I ever bought him was the first season. We watched both and it is a really well-done show. The cc decided to re-watch it recently. I have tuned in for an episode here and there, but generally I seem to be doing something else when he watches it.
House: I love this show. I seem to really like medical shows considering how much I used to love ER. After ER lost steam for me, I got into watching this show and I love it. I received the newest season for my birthday, so there will be a House marathon in my future. I actually wish I could have had it before the new season started because I am rather curious about the teasers I have been seeing, but that would be a huge undertaking for me!
Bones: This is a show that I will watch whenever I see it on television, but never religiously. I am determined to watch it from beginning to end, but I am really failing at this. When I first got the first season we watched the first episode. It has been months, so I thought maybe I should watch it myself. I have made it through the first episode... It is not that I don't like the show, but mainly that I have just been busy with other things. The thing that annoys me is that this show has all these seasons and I feel like the replay the same ones over and over again on television. I caught a random episode the other night and I had all ready seen it before.
I am sure there is more, but that is all I can think of at the moment. Another show I watch on television occasionally is The Mentalist. I have enjoyed what I have seen, but I have watched it very sporadically, so I am usually lost on the sub-text. I am hoping that one day I can go back to the beginning and see what I am missing.
New Fall Shows:
Before I end this, I thought I would talk about the few shows we have managed to watch so far this autumn.
New Girl: We forgot to watch the new episode last night, but the first two episodes were a lot of fun. So far this is a show that we can both agree on, but I was disappointed that they made a cast change. We are going to try and watch the third episode this evening, so I am looking forward to seeing how the show is progressing.
The Secret Circle: I still haven't found time to watch episode 3 and episode 4 airs tomorrow, but so far this show has potential. I really enjoy witches and I am not sick of them like I am some of the other paranormal fads. The guy can take it or leave it, but he does like it when I wait for him.
The Playboy Club: Yes, I actually have seen this show. We had the TV on the other night when the first episode aired and when the cc saw what it was, he decided that he was going to watch it. I was only sort of paying attention, but I have to admit I enjoy the music aspect of the show. I got really into it when a couple of those scenes aired. The first episode is all we have managed to watch, but we do have the 2nd and 3rd. I don't think this show is doing very well, is it?
Pan-Am: This show was being advertised here, there, and everywhere. I was actually rather looking forward to it because I enjoy shows that are period pieces. I have only managed to watch the first episode so far, but it was mostly enjoyable. I am not sure if I enjoyed it quite as much as I was hoping, though. I will have to see how the 2nd episode works out for me.
A Gifted Man: Okay, I never intended to watch this show, but my friend explained the first episode to me and it sounded rather interesting. I enjoy medical shows, this one centres around a surgeon, but it also incorporates a ghost element. The ghost element is the weird part, but so far I think this is my favourite new show of the season. I am not hearing a lot about it, though, and it has a bad time slot, so I am thinking it will be cancelled...
Up All Night: We tried this show, but the first episode didn't do a lot for us, so we will probably give the show a pass. I expected it to be a lot funnier than it was.
The truth of the matter is, when it comes to television I would rather read and the guy would rather watch random shows that he stumbles upon. If I watch TV randomly, I usually tune into either the History Channel or the Sci-fi Channel. He does about the same. What shows do you consider favourites? What shows have you been enjoying that are just starting out this fall? Later in October I am also curious about Once Upon a Time and Grimm.