I apparently represent an utterly wrong and doomed demographic. Some of my favorite shows didn’t even finish their inaugural seasons, in particular Heist (axed after only 4 episodes) and Threshold, which didn’t even finish it’s season. But mercifully, there are plenty of shows out there to keep this couch potato firmly budding at home:
1. The Office (US) is one of the most cruel, yet oddly enough, simultaneously kind comedy shows out there. For a time, my production assistant insisting I’m the spitting image of Rainn Wilson put me off the show, but I’ve learned to come to terms with resembling him (allegedly). Anyway, great quotes at Wikiquote
2. Boston Legal has some of the most delightful repartee (see Wikiquote) and it’s probably my favorite TV show. There’s the Unofficial Fan Site. The fun of seeing a coldly calculating James Spader being best friends with William Shatner as a priapic old perv is enhanced by a kind of reunion of old TV favorites, from Candice Bergen to Rene Auberjonois.
3. Prison Break. Nail-biting cliffhangers. The Fugitive on a grand scale.
4. Heroes (the Wikipedia entry’s pretty thorough) because no one can have enough of X-Men style stories.
5. Dr. Who. Self explanatory.
6. Torchwood. A spin-off from Dr. Who. Like X-Files but without your wanting to strangle Scully.
7. Spooks. The espionage series takes on 21st century sophistication.
8. Supernatural. Imagine pretty, narcissistic, bitchy Hardy Boys dueling ghouls and demons. Fun.
9. The State Within. A brief series but the latest in the British TV renaissance.
10. Close To Home. I don’t know why I enjoy this show so much, but there’s something I find calming in the story of a Heartland attorney.
11. Criminal Minds begins and ends with nifty quotes (quoted and compiled in Wikiquote) there’s Mandy Patinkin see the fan site, Criminal Minds Online. Because really, we’ll never be sick of wacky serial killer stories, will we?
12. Desperate Housewives. It’s campier by the year, but thank God this season is an improvement on the last.
13. Extras some fun quotes at Wikiquote. With The Office, one of the cruelest but most hilarious shows, ever. More bittersweet than The Office, though. The cameos are brilliant.
14. Ghost Whisperer. Formula fun. You know how every episode will begin and end. And it’s not really scary. But it’s startling enough to keep you wanting to come back for more of Jennifer Love Hewitt.
15. House I hear the medicine’s lousily written. But a cranky, snarly, snappy Hugh Lawrie is the perfect character to watch after a tough day’s work.
16. How I Met Your Mother. It’s going to be legendary!
17. My Name is Earl if you liked Raising Arizona, this is the White Trash version (here’s some quotes from Wikiquote).
18. Standoff: this is a show with the kind of chemistry among the lead characters that leaves you rooting for them (instead of wanting them plowed under by a runaway thresher).
19. Weeds has to be one of the wittiest and most ruthless dissections of suburbia out there.
20. CSI: New York. Because we’re all into one of the three flavors of CSI sooner or later. And I forgot NUMB3RS. It’s like watching a magic show every week.
In view of the above, nifty would be to have a TVMax.
In other weekend odds and ends: I love it when some survey firms send you money to entice you to answer questionnaires. Time Magazine recently sent one out on Toyota, and it came with a dollar bill! Which lead me to two things you can do with your fresh, crisp, free dollar bill: Enroll it in Where’s George? Loads of locations for the Philippines. Or, play OmegaBuck.
Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories are online, complete with the original illustrations! There’s a free audiobook version, too.
Carlos Celdran on how people ignore our mainstream culture and how the Philippine consulate in New York City’s been subdivided and seen better days.
Wierd Meat samples dog meat. theory.isthereason is fascinated by a service that sends you toast with your name (or a tag phrase of your choice) branded on it.
The Mother of All Wheelchairs.
Does the 1% rule apply to this blog?
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