Oct 14, 2009

Drive-by body pierce

The Fall TV Season started a few weeks back, and because I thought you might be interested (you won't) I now give you my quick reviews of the shows I am watching this year.  Won't that be fun?  Sheesh...you could at least pretend.

  • The Amazing Race - Brilliant!  Especially this year.  One of the teams has a dude who has Asperger Syndrome.  I'm torn between rooting for him and laughing at/with him.  He's very funny and totally aware of his shortcomings when it comes to the social game.  I want him and his buddy to win this year.  That would be cool. (Un-Cool Update: Well, so much for that.)
  • How I Met Your Mother - A few years in and I wish they could just do a re-boot on this bad boy.  The main character and the gimmick suck!  The big one!  Would it really be too much to ask them to kill off Ted? They could make it funny.  Or try to make it funny.  Ted would probably ruin that too.  Sigh.
  • The Big Bang Theory - Will it jump the shark now that Penny and Leonard are a couple?  Who cares?  As long as they keep giving Sheldon all the best lines then I certainly don't.  And we named one of our cats after Wolowitz, so there.  Pfft!
  • NCIS - It's losing a bit of steam.  I don't think Ziva is a very interesting character and the slapstick humor employed by just about everyone except Mark Harmon is a bit annoying.  But that Mark Harmon sure is dreamy, isn't he?
  • NCIS: Los Angeles - It's only been a few weeks, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna stick with this one.  The main character, played by Chris O'Donnell, is interesting and his backstory seems even more so.  But if they can go an episode without LL Cool J telling someone that he was a Navy Seal it would go a long way toward keeping me as a viewer.  The whole "undercover" aspect is kinda stupid too.  Feh.
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine - What's that?  Earl watches this shit?  Yeah...I do.  It's actually pretty funny, in my opinion.  Richard and New Christine have broken it off so the title is a little mis-leading, but Wanda Sykes and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss continually bring the funny.
  • Survivor: Samoa - I've been less into this show this year so far than just about any other season.  I don't know why.  Maybe because I loathe Russell.  Then again I'm supposed to loathe Russell.  That's his character.  And I don't care if none of the attractive younger women and men get to wear bathing suits, I wanna see a Survivor: Antarctica one of these years.   
  • Community - Gia and I have been enjoying this one so far.  Even Chevy Chase, and there is no way I saw that coming.  I mean the guy hasn't been funny since...damn.  When was the last time Chevy Chase was funny?  Was Reagan in office?
  • The Office - I don't know how they do it, but this show remains consistently funny.  I loved the British version, but it was only a handful of episodes.  Yet the gimmick on this one still works.  Even the Wedding of the Year didn't slow it down too much.  Bravo!
  • Dollhouse - OK, let me be honest.  The whole point of this post was to let you all know how I felt about Dollhouse so far this year.  But I had already done an entire post about it just a few weeks ago.  Still, I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that DOLLHOUSE FUCKING ROCKS THIS YEAR!  Sooooo much better than last year's drek.  And it really all started with the missing episode from last year ("Epitaph One") and now we see where Whedon is going with all this.  It's darker, more demented and it features a lot less Topher.  Some still think there is too much Topher, but I'll take what I can get.  You should be watching Dollhouse.  Yes, even you!


Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Boob tube...heh heh.  Boob.


Anonymous said...

Dollhouse is definitely better this year. I haven't seen "Epitaph One" yet. I wanted to ask you if I should make it a priority to watch sooner rather than later?

2abes said...

how do you keep up with everything and still watch all these show on the tube. anyway you are missing a few reaaallllyyyy entertaining shows. Project runway, the two dance shows and glee. ok, my kids have commandeered the tivo and thats probably why i don't watch too much. luckily they also watch amazing race and survivor.

Verdant Earl said...

Ren - watch it IMMEDIATELY!!!! As in right now. Stop everything you are doing and watch it. Or, ya know, when you get a chance. But yeah, sooner rather than later.

2abes - Project Runway, the two dance shows and Glee? For a second I had to look to make sure this wasn't Slyde leaving this comment.

Anonymous said...

1.) Dollhouse is totally better this year. I am way more into it.

2.) If I didn't have a standing Thursday night date with a friend to watch Survivor, I'd have stopped watching it. It bores me this year plus Russell is a tool.

Slyde said...

i will not be satisfied until Topher is disembowled... really.

Verdant Earl said...

Hilly - Agreed and agreed.

Slyde - But Summer Glau is joining the cast in three weeks. SUMMER FUCKING GLAU!!!

hello haha narf said...

my favorite tv line of the year was delivered monday night on big bang: i will take you out, i swear to cow. (i laughed so hard it hurt.)

i'm a female and can't bring myself to watch anything called "dollhouse" - i just can't.

Suzi Q said...

Sometimes How I Met Your Mother has a couple of good lines so I watch it for a bit and then it gets to be a real drag so I quit again.

Big Bang Theory - BEST SHOW EVER! God I love those nerds!

I still love NCIS. I Heart McGeek. NCIS LA however, BRUTAL! I agree Chris O'Donnell could make it work and maybe that psycologist, but the rest of the characters are flat.

What about Criminal Minds? Do you still watch that one?

Verdant Earl said...

Becky - That "swear to cow" line has us cracking up too. Love it when Raj gets fired up. My favorite TV line from the past few years (hat tip to Water Logged Canine) is from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" courtesy of Charlie. "I will slap the face off your face!" Cracks me up!

Paige - McGeek is my least favorite character on the show. I'm an Abby fan. Sigh. And I still watch Criminal Minds most weeks, but I don't set the DVR for it. If it's on I watch it, but I don't obsess.

Kevin McKeever said...

The finding the mother part of HIMYM is definitely the weakest part of the show and how Ted every gets any (including Sarah Chalke!) is mind-boggling. Howeever, all the other characters make the show worth it.

Verdant Earl said...

Uncool - Ted is so unlikable though. Almost so bad that it makes me want to drop the show.

sybil law said...

How I met Your Mother is the dumbest name for a television show and I've refused to watch it based on that fact alone. I am very judgmental that way.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!! No Grey's Anatomy???


- Jennifer

Verdant Earl said...

Sybil - Whoa! You go!

Jenn - Um, no.

Anonymous said...

I have such a crush on Sheldon...

justsomethoughts... said...

give it to me SHELDON!
i couldnt help it. when harry met sally.
the name always makes me smile.

Water Logged Canine said...

These shows are awful.

Verdant Earl said...

AK - me too! Wait, what?

Duder - Sheldon will do your taxes. He he he.

Doggie - Well, they are no "Big Brother" or "Celebrity Apprentice", but what are ya gonna do?

Dave2 said...

Just for you, I downloaded the first two episodes of the new Dollhouse season.

And proceeded to fast-forward through them, because... an abused housewife and then a mother... seriously?!?

Sorry. It's just more of the same to me... :-(

Verdant Earl said...

Dave2 - Really? But have you seen the missing episode from last season, Epitaph One? For me, that episode changed how I look at everything with the show. Even Topher.

Bruce Johnson said...

I am surprised you didn't review FlashForward......one of the more interesting concepts I have seen on television in a long time.

(I loved the first episode of the Amazing Race where the Yoga Teachers got bounced right out of the gate because they couldn't figure out a license plate.....and they figured it was just the zen of allowing others to succeed......Losers. )

Verdant Earl said...

Bruce - I watched some of the first episode of Flash Forward, but it didn't grab me. That's not saying I won't watch it some time in the future, though.

Avitable said...

It amazes me how old man your taste in TV is. NCIS?

At least you have some NBC Thursday and Dollhouse in there to redeem it.

Verdant Earl said...

Avitable - Shocking, isn't it? Like a grown man listening to Avril Lavigne or something. Just doesn't make any sense. ;)

Michelle said...

Big Bang, HIMYM, Community, The Office!!!