|Bland, pretty boy lead with quirky sidekick. I'd prefer to be/am already quirky sidekick role.|
Here's what REALLY bugs about the show: I've been watching since episode 1. And at no point in the myth building did the story indicate that evil queen/mayor KNEW that all the fairytale people had lost their memories. And suddenly in the last episode (which was also painfully predictable, to me, at least) she has magic powers in not magical land? Wha? This is what Linds and I spent time discussing. In depth. On the gchat. So I hate this show and yet will not stop watching it/obsessing over plot. I did finally gave up Gossip Girl so I feel like this is maturity.
|Does this look like a show you could ever take seriously? No. Not in the least.|
3. Prime Suspect. This show is apparently already dead, which is unfortunate. It is the most realistic cop show I've watched since Denis Leary's short lived The Job. I never watched the original BBC Prime Suspect so I can't, and won't, make comparisons. But for an American police procedural? This one slays. Maria Bello's character is a ball busting, badass whose male co-workers respect and fear her. She doesn't mince words, isn't easy to get along with, and is clever. She doesn't put up with shit. She's messy and complicated and imperfect. Just like *gasp* REAL WOMEN! (Jezebel even posited that her unlikeableness is what killed the show. I don't agree, as I actually found Bello's character really likeable, but it's an interesting theory.) The asides, in-jokes, and general banter that all the cops make are very very very much like the banter I am used to hearing around every police station I've been in. Which is several. Because that's how I spent my not cool teenage years: hanging around far too many cops. This also includes the time a NYPD detective took my dad and I around 1 Police Plaza in NYC and I saw how East Coaster's bantered. (Same as us.)
4. Pan Am. More soapy ABC crap. I can't resist. Here's the deal: I have a fairly active imagination. So when I do watch TV (often), I want to be thoroughly entertained by something fun and fictional (I do not do "reality" TV at all) and imagining being a Pan Am stewardess in the late 60s, one of whom is a CIA courier? That's kinda awesome. The show is thoroughly whitewashed and everyone is oh so pretty but it's fun the way it intertwines the history of the time with the characters. Though we're certainly not giving it points for accuracy. It's the far less existential version of Mad Men. Far. And it's set in places I don't get to visit often/ever. I mean, pretty people gallivanting around falling in and out of love? This is why TV was invented, people. (It was actually invented to sell you stuff, which makes sooo much sense. But pretty people is a close runner up. Because it still sells you stuff. "If you looked like this and bought these products, you're life could be amazing too!")
5. I already touched on this one but: Hart of Dixie. Classic fish out of water story: what happens when snobby NY doctor ends up as a general practitioner in Alabama? Hilarity and life lessons ensue, for everyone. And Jaime King wears too much mascara. As someone who basically lived that (except I was an undergrad and from the West Coast), it's a little bit relatable. Obviously over the top for TV but I get it. And, forgive me for this, it really does have heart. (Yeah, sorry, I cringed too.)
About the previous Hart of Dixie mention: Linds and I were talking about the Twitter run-in and she said, "It just goes to prove: even pretty, seem to have it all, Hollywood actresses have their own insecurities." Word, sister, word.
|Gratuitous Brooks picture because I can. And it's Christmas related. Thematic!|
The do not endorse list:
Any "comedy" that came out this season. 2 Broke Girls? No. Is rasssist, not funny, and while the Kat Dennings character is relatable on some level for us mid/late/just out of 20s girls, it's just...no. Whitney? No. I watched the first 3 episodes somewhat hopefully. Every last one had a rape "joke".
You will see no mention of CBS dramas on here because that channel is for old people.
Oh. Forgot one: I do kinda like The New Girl but I don't know why and I kind of wish I didn't because...just because. I don't like them constantly trying to change Jess when there's very obviously nothing wrong with her.