After I graduated from college, I pretty much swore off television. I would still watch Friends, How I Met Your Mother, or other shows I owned on DVD, but I refused to get cable. So I gave up on shows I had watched for years: Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl…among others.
There were a few different reasons. One was simply that these shows were starting to suck. After the Izzie/George dying debacle, I was over Grey’s. Desperate jumped the shark when they jumped ahead in time, and Gossip Girl was nothing like the books I had read and loved. But I had also recently started going to church and strengthening my faith. It was a lot easier to do that when I wasn’t surrounding myself with conflicting messages. I was able to read and think and pray, and try to discern what I really believed and what I had absorbed from culture.
Don’t get me wrong -I still watched Dexter, Law and Order SVU, and other shows on Netflix. But I kept myself from getting committed to new shows that I would feel compelled to watch week after week.
But this year, there were several shows I wanted to watch. New Girl and Up All Night were two that I originally planned to start – and then I got sucked in to so many! I catch some of them when they actually air, but the rest I watch online.
What I’m watching this season:
New Girl – I have a serious nerdy girl crush on Zooey Deschanel, so when I found out she was on a new TV show, I knew I would watch. It is, as advertised, adorkable. A little over the top at times, but I think it will find it’s feet and really take off. ( Fox, Tuesdays 9/8 C)
How I Met Your Mother – I have loved this show since May 2009. The guy I was dating introduced me to it. He owned the first couple seasons, and we spent the first days of our relationship watching this show. A month later we weren’t speaking, but my love for HIMYM remained. I own the first 6 seasons, but this is the first year I am watching it on television. Gotta say, I think I prefer waiting and watching them all at once on DVD. (CBS, Mondays 8/7 C)
2 Broke Girls – I had no intention of watching this one. I’d heard good things, but I didn’t want to start another show. Alas, Two Broke Girls comes on right after HIMYM, and I found myself watching this adorable sitcom! I love Max, because, let’s face it, I kind of am Max. You should totally check this one out. (CBS, Mondays 8:30/7:30 C)
Up All Night – Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph. So much goodness happening. It isn’t the best show on television right now, but I love it nonetheless. Maybe you appreciate it a little more when you are a parent… (NBC, Wednesdays 8/7 C)
Whitney – I have mixed feelings on this one. I can’t stop watching, but I’m not sure I really like it. It definitely have funny moments, but sometimes it feels forced. And I really disagree with some of the themes and premises. But it also makes me laugh. See, so conflicted. (NBC, Thursdays 9:30/8:30 C)
Once Upon A Time – I just started watching this one. It’s weird to see Ginnifer Goodwin on network television, and I can’t look at the actress who plays Emma without seeing her as the girl from HIMYM last season…but it is a good one. It comes from some of the writers from Lost, and is brilliant. (ABC, Sundays 8/7 C)
Grimm - I was hesitant to watch this one and Once Upon A Time since they both are sort of fantasy, but they are nothing alike. Grimm is basically a crime drama with some fantasy elements. The setting is gorgeous; it is based and filmed in Portland. Very ethereal and lovely, with dangerous elements. I like this show so far, but I’m not sure it will last. (NBC, Fridays 9/8 C)
Criminal Minds – I’ve been obsessed with the show for awhile. It is syndicated on A&E, so I watched so many episodes this summer. I still haven’t seen all of them, but I am now watching the new season on CBS. I love crime/legal dramas and this is one of the best ones on television. Though it often results in me double checking the locks on my doors at night! (CBS, Wednesdays 9/8 C)
What about you? Any shows you can’t stop watching this season?