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The State of the Television 
30th-Dec-2017 06:05 pm
As we arrive at the end of the year, it's time for the report on the state of the television (and associated DVRs) in our house. Otherwise known as "What the Heck Have They Been Watching?" The lists below are mostly ordered by day of the week, as that's my only hope of keeping track.

Shows That We Are Essentially Up-To-Date On
  • Scorpion
  • Me, Myself, and I
  • Lethal Weapon
  • NCIS: New Orleans
  • Legends of Tomorrow
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Young Sheldon
  • Mom
  • The Orville
  • The Good Place
  • Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • The Librarians

    Well, that's an odd little list. The science in Scorpion remains laughable, but the character dynamics are fun to watch. Me, Myself, and I was a sweet little series that completely failed to find an audience -- it might have been better paired with Young Sheldon which is -- in a surprise to us! -- a much nicer series than we feared it was going to be. Adam is the best thing that has happened to Mom -- it's fun having a character sit there and say so many of the things that we've been thinking.

    Lethal Weapon may well be my favorite show on TV right now. I say this as someone who has never watched any of the movies. It is a wonderfully nuanced funny show, with both romance and explosions. What's not to like?

    I worry that Legends of Tomorrow will suffer greatly with the cast changes, but we'll see what happens. Hawaii Five-O seems to be surviving its cast changes -- I don't believe it is long for the world in any case. SHIELD has been solid in its return to the lineup; I'm hoping that things pay off nicely. NCIS: New Orleans has been its usual comfortable self.

    The Big Bang Theory continues to be funny. The Good Place continues to be both funny and strange.

    And then there's The Orville, which took a ninety degree turn after the pilot episode and decided to be one of the better SF series that I've seen on TV in years. The ensemble is strong and McFarlane has been writing scripts to showcase them, not himself. I've been impressed.

    Oops! And I almost forgot to mention The Librarians as it just popped up again for its short run. Nothing new to see there, to be honest, but still a good light show to watch.

    Shows That We're In The Middle Of
  • Once Upon a Time

    Once Upon a Time is pretty much the only series that we've watched any substantial amount of this year that we're not caught up on. The reboot is interesting, but we're wondering how any of this is going to pay off and when. I suspect that the ratings will not be high enough to earn another season, but we'll see.

    Shows That We Have Barely Watched
  • Supergirl
  • 9JKL
  • Superior Donuts
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Inhumans

    We're behind on Supergirl, because Julie has spoken of wanting to watch it with us. As a result, we've only seen the Earth-X crossover episode, which we decided to watch out of order with the rest of the series.

    I would like to like Superior Donuts more than I do, but it is trying desperately to escape from the original shell of the play that it is based on and is having a hard time succeeding. But we are short on sitcoms on the viewing schedule right now...

    We have watched the beginning of Inhumans and will probably watch the rest of it -- eventually. Far from now eventually.

    We have watched one episode of 9JKL. Gretchen hates it. I thought the pilot was pretty awful, but had hope that things might improve. Eventually, we will get desperate enough to watch a few more episodes and find out whether or not we are going to delete the rest of them from the DVR.

    And then there's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which I am still interested in, but which was getting crazy enough by the end of last season that Gretchen was becoming unwilling to put up with it. We haven't even started this season yet; maybe we'll get to it together or maybe I'll watch it by myself.

    That's the score here.

    How are things where you are?
  • Comments 
    31st-Dec-2017 06:20 pm (UTC)
    Of your list, the shows that we have on series record are:

    NCIS: New Orleans - "Comfortable" is a very good description, though I greatly disliked how the last couple of episodes of last season played out.

    The Big Bang Theory - Still funny, and I like the way the characters have developed over the last few years.

    The Good Place - My current favorite comedy. I'll be placing both the first season as a whole and "Michael's Gambit" individually on my Hugo nominating ballot.

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Yep, solid is the word.

    The Librarians - Highly enjoyable. This year's Christmas episode didn't come close to Bruce Campbell as Santa, but then, what could?

    And I'm slowly, through reruns, discovering just how good Allison Janney and Anna Faris are together in Mom. I like the cast more than the scripts, so it hasn't made it onto the record list.

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