Arabian (arabian) wrote,

Quick thoughts on plenty lotsa shows!

Here's a quick rundown on all of the tv shows I'm still watching. (Summer shows that haven't aired in the Fall are not included.)

The Amazing Race - As always, I enjoy this reality show. Yeah, there are always a few contestants who aren't fun, but for the most part it's a great, heart-warming show and I loves it. I wanted either female team to win, and I genuinely loved both, but the second-to-last episode pretty much made it clear to me that my number 1 team was the doctors so I was quite pleased with their win. I know everyone thought it was predictable that they won, but I didn't because I'm so used to my faves not winning that I kept waiting for them to, well, not win. But they did, yay!!

Dexter - I watched the whole season in a row and I really enjoyed it. I loved the Lumen/Dexter relationship, and the twisty-turning of Deborah's reflections. I'm still not sold on Quinn, and probably never will be. The actor just doesn't come across as trust-worthy for me at all in his portrayal. I was a bit bored by some of the LaGuerta/Bautista stuff, but it wasn't much, so I was fine with it.

Leverage - I'm still watching it, but I'm not as into the show as I was before. In fact, I've had the last two episodes seating on my DVR for two weeks now. And I've been off with no reason to not watch them. After I watch them, I may decide whether I continue watching it or not. I just don't have as much time, so I'm being much more discriminating in my TV viewing habits.

The Event - I will watch it when it comes back, but the one new fall show that I was so excited about has really let me down (and based on the numbers, most other viewers). We'll see what happens with it. I do love Jason Ritter and Laura Innes, but the show is losing me fast.

How I Met Your Mother - I had decided I was done after last season. Done, done, done. They'd pretty much destroyed my ship (Barney/Robin). Had fucked up my fave character (Barney). Shoved an annoying, wtf? relationship between Robin and Don (ugh!) down my throat. And managed to make Lily even more annoying to me than she already was. I was finished. And then those bastards cast Jennifer Morrison in a recurring role. Damnit! I wasn't done. While I may not totally love Zoe, it's still JMo and I love her, and the show has mostly gotten back on track, but I'll never be able to love it the way I did prior to last season.

Chuck - Other than one episode (I'm forgetting which one now because, well, it wasn't that good), I've loved every episode so far this season. I think they've done a wonderful job with Chuck and Sarah, and I really hope that other showrunners are paying attention to how you CAN have a couple together and keep them strong without destroying the tension or bringing in ridiculous triangles that lessen the connection between the pair. The addition of Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mom has been wonderful, and the burgeoning friendship between Casey and Morgan has been fantastic. All in all, I've just been adoring this season.

Lie to Me - I'll admit it; I'm at the point where I'm watching this show for one reason and one alone: Tim Roth. When it's inevitably cancelled (as I have no doubt it will be this season), I'll be glad that I have one less show to watch. I'm just not enjoying it all that much, despite its early promise, but as long as I have Tim Roth on my screen I'll watch it to the very end.

The Closer - Fantastic summer, and fall season so far. I'm sad that it's coming to an end, but I think it's going out while still doing a fabulous job.

Castle - I've been really enjoying Castle this season. Practically every episode has ended leaving me with a smile on my face. It's not deep or particularly awesome television, but it's fun, sweet, comforting tv and I quite enjoy it.

Glee - I still think this show is ridiculously overrated, but I love Quinn, Kurt and Sue. And as long as I keep getting pretty songs and Dianna Agron is on the show, I'll continue watching. Although, if Agron leaves, I may just start listening to the pretty songs and give up on the show. The underuse of Quinn has been so frustrating for me.

NCIS - I love it. Like Castle, it's not deep, meaningful, awesome television, but I love the cast and characters and just enjoy sitting down and watching it.

Raising Hope - HI-larious. I do think the main character (sadly) is a little weakly played, but Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and the awesome dialogue and situations more than make up for it. I will say though that I can't help but wish that Bijou Phillips had played Sabrina instead of the pyscho-mom because I like her much better than the actress playing Sabrina. (She's the other weak link, in my opinion. Ah well.)

The Good Wife - I still think this is a fantastic show, well-acted, well-written (well, except for the kids who are almost consistently terribly written), and dynamic. It's not a show I obsess over, and I can't see myself ever doing so, but I sure as heck find every episode a stand-out hour of television.

Survivor - I enjoyed it this season, if only because it's possibly the first time ever where the weak got together and voted off the stronger players. The person I wanted to win most didn't (Brenda), but of who was left, I was quite happy with Fabio's win.

Cougar Town - It's so fluffy, and funny and fun and sweet and adorable and I just love it so!! And the different title additions each week crack me up. I find myself grinning and laughing my ass off with this show consistently. The chemistry among the cast is fantastic, and while I never had a problem with the early episodes -- I think it's been hysterical from day one -- I do very much adore the cul-de-sac crew and how the show centers around them now.

Better With You - I've followed Jennifer Finnigan's career since she was on The Bold and the Beautiful, and I've even met her a few times -- and she was a doll! -- so I watched this show for her. I love, love, love her and Josh Cooke's character and their relationship (and just found out that they were co-stars in the short-lived Committed that she did in 2005, I had started watching it, but had stopped, now I'm watching 'em all because I love them both). I don't really like the younger sister and Casey and his stupidity drives me insane, but I like the sibling stuff, and the parents, and whenever the whole family is together. I know it's a generic sitcom, but they've had a few moments that have cracked me up so very, very much.

Top Chef - Go Angelo! Go Carla! Go home, Jaime! Uhm, yeah, that's all I've got.

The Vampire Diaries - I love this show. If you even skim my journal, you know that. Yes, I was disappointed in the last aired episode, mainly because the previous episode loaded a buttload of guns and then not a single one was fired, plus it was fall finale episode, but overall, the show remains fricking damn awesome. End of story.

The Big Bang Theory - Still cracks me up so much. I still adore Sheldon (and Jim Parsons). I still love Penny, Raj and Howard. Bernadette being bumped up to regular cast status (for the episodes she's in) fills me with glee as I adore her so. And after a very rocky start in the season finale, I've now found that I frickin' love Amy Farrah Fowler too. Which leaves us with ... Leonard. Yeah, still not feeling him. And anytime they bring up the icky Penny/Leonard stuff, my heart drops and all the humor dissipates. God, they suck so much. But I genuinely continue to love everything else about the show. Nothing on television consistently cracks me up like this show.

Community - I've been pretty disappointed. *Sigh* And it actually started last season going a bit downhill for me. A little past mid-season it started going more full-fledged for meta, OTT stuff and that's not the show I fell in love with. Ah well. I still adore Annie, Abed, and Troy, and I still ship Annie/Jeff like whoah!, but the show doesn't touch me like it did when I first fell for it. It's just not the same. Humor is still there, although not as funny as it used to be for me, but the heart is missing more often than not. *Double sigh*

30 Rock - Still hilariously insane. I miss the English Wesley Snipes though.

The Office - I know there have been complaints that it's not been as good the last few years, but I haven't noticed a dip in quality -- other than finding that Dwight goes way too over the edge now and then. I still find it hilarious, and I still love all the characters and zany situations.

Fringe - I LOVE IT SO! It and TVD are the only two returning shows that have only increased my already overwhelming previous love. I fear this season will be the show's last, so I hope they are taken that into consideration so that we get a kick-ass ending. Joshua Jackson, I love you so! John Noble, you are consistently robbed of an Emmy. Anna Torv, you're doing fantastic work! Amazing show that has just built into this emotionally-intricately plotted and strongly developed characterized hour of television.

There ya have it, my thoughts on the shows I'm still watching. :)
Tags: 30 rock, angelo sosa, better with you, carla hall, castle, chuck, chuck/sarah, community, cougar town, dexter, dianna agron, fringe, glee, himym, jeff/annie, jennifer morrison, jim parsons, joshua jackson, lie to me, ncis, survivor, the amazing race, the big bang theory, the good wife, the office, the vampire diaries, top chef

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