I know I’m not the first person to say this, but there are some really good shows on TV right now. And thanks to hulu and the fact that networks offer a lot of their shows online, I can finally watch some of them. And with the Emmys last week and all the new shows this fall, it’s a great time to talk about the best of the best in TV.
What We Liked: My two favorite shows from last year had to be “Mad Men” and “Friday Night Lights.” “Mad Men” is just consistently brilliant and completely engrossing. I can’t recommend it as a show that restores your belief in humanity or one that will make you smile and laugh, but the acting is superb, and I still can’t decide if I like or despise the tortured Don Draper. And that keeps me coming back for more. Plus, not a small part of me wishes I could wear hats and gloves every day without sticking out like a sore thumb.
“Friday Night Lights” ended its run last year. It was never a huge hit, only earning decent ratings. But it was such a sincere, heartwarming show, with believable characters and story lines. I thought it did a good job of showing small town Texas and how important football and family are to so many people here.
New Shows to Watch: I talked with our resident media expert, Brandi Head, who handles our movie programs and does our movie and TV ordering. She highly recommended the new show, “Person of Interest” with Jim Cavaziel, saying it looked like a movie it was of such good quality. She also really enjoyed “New Girl,” starring the adorable Zooey Deschanel, which Brandi said was hilariously funny.
Emmy Winners: I didn’t watch every second of the Emmys – I usually tune in only for the big awards. It just feels good to have those shows that you love be loved by someone else (“Mad Men” won again for Best Drama, and Kyle Chandler finally received an Emmy for his work on “Friday Night Lights”). The good news is that we’ve gone ahead and ordered the TV shows of the big winners of the Emmys. So, we’ll be adding shows like “Justified,” “Good Wife,” and “Mike and Molly” in the next few weeks. Also, for those series that won, if we already had the first season, we’ve ordered any additional season that has been released since. So, if the silver screen is failing to capture your interest right now, with the typical lull between summer blockbusters and potential Oscar releases, you might want to think about turning to TV. There’s a lot to choose from, and a lot of it is actually quite good!