okayawesome: laura roslin (abed takes notes!)
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Fall is here, and while back in New Hampshire that meant beautiful leaves turning and shit like that, here it means there's lots of American TV to carry me through my boredom. Last year, I was too busy to really catch anything new, but between my back injury and packing up to move (I have a gooorgeous new apartment, y'all), I've had nothing to do, so it's basically been NOTHING BUT PREMIERES for me.

Let's see how everything stacks up!

In no particular order:

REVENGE: Definitely my favorite new drama so far. I'm a sucker for anything related to the Count of Monte Cristo, so it was a given that I would watch this, but I'm glad that it's actually looking decent so far. It's just close enough to the source that I can see where most of the character inspirations lay, but having a girl in the lead is a really nice change. The tone of the show is soapy... but, let's face it, the book is hella soapy too in some places. Unless something Gankutsuou-level drastic happens, this is a keeper for the season.

RINGER: Let's face it, we're all watching for Sarah Michelle Gellar. Also, it has good eyecandy. The plot seriously makes no fucking sense, though. And can we laugh forever about that horrible boat scene in the pilot?

UP ALL NIGHT: Surprisingly cute! I don't know what I was really expecting, but Will Arnett definitely makes a far better romantic lead than I ever could have pictured. I find Maya Rudolph sort of hit-or-miss, but I think she works. Christina Applegate rules.

PAN AM: Boring. The music is horrifyingly bad. The costumes are predictably cute, because it's '60's drag, but. Boring.

THE PLAYBOY CLUB: I watched five minutes of this and turned it off. Ugh. Done with exploiting rape for the purpose of (stupid, poorly done) character development.

NEW GIRL: I had to come back and write about this one because I realized I forgot about it, which sort of says a lot. IDK, it's cute enough, but again, I'm sick of "let's tell stories about women by talking about how they affect men!" I'll probably give it a shot anyway.

PARKS AND RECREATION: Let's just face it now, this was the best returning premiere. Flawfree show continues to be flawfree. I loved everything about it, especially Ann actually having a good storyline, and everything about the people that are Ben Wyatt, Leslie Knope, and Ron Swanson. AND DONNA, God, I love her. If I had to take one point off, it would be for Chris's tragic wig.

COMMUNITY: Why was everyone so down on this premiere? I thought it was a perfectly acceptable episode. IDK, I haven't been passionately in love with Community since season one (except for flashes of s2 like Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas), but I still laugh at it plenty.

MODERN FAMILY: I quit. No, really, I quit. How did that show win the Emmy against the two I just mentioned? I laughed exactly once, and that was at Dylan, who is apparently now gone.

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA: This is one of those shows that kind of just keeps on chugging, like, forever. It's not as funny now as it was in its s2/s3 heyday, but shit like the rum ham and the Waitress on ecstasy had me snorting, so.

THE OFFICE: I legitimately don't know why I still watch this show, and yet, I'm not quitting until the end.


THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: My friend said that this show has amazingly consistent writing, and I sort of agree in terms of sheer quality level. It's never going to be Breaking Bad (see below), but it's pretty much always good now that the crap that was the first half of season one is past. I have my issues with the whole Andie storyline, but other than that, I continue to be sold. Plus, like five seconds into the premiere I was already like, "Oh God, this is SO MUCH BETTER THAN TRUE BLOOD."

RAISING HOPE: Did not watch this at all last season, caught up on the entire thing just in time for the premiere. WHAT A CUTE SHOW. Honestly, I think it's already better than Modern Family... certainly season two, if not season one. The premiere was adorable, too -- Jimmy and Sabrina's actors are getting pretty good at actually acting, where they used to be totally outshone by Garrett Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton. I like that they just went ahead and aged Hope up instead of trying to keep her a baby baby.

BREAKING BAD: Okay, look... you know how when people convert to religions, they can get even more hardcore about them than the people who grew up with them? That's where I am with Breaking Bad. I am officially the craziest, most die-hard Breaking Bad convert in the universe. I legitimately believe -- no, I know that this is not only the best show on television, but MILES ahead of any plausible competition. Even Game of Thrones. EVEN MAD MEN. I still have my reservations about seasons one and two, but holy crap, season three and the currently-running season four have been nothing but incredible every step of the way. Like, every second. This show deserves every Emmy that it can possibly win. If it were a movie, it would deserve every Oscar. It's just that fucking unbelievably good. WATCH BREAKING BAD, PEOPLE.

TRUE BLOOD: IT SUCKED. THAT'S NOT A PUN. The Marnie plot had potential, and then they ruined it. But after that cluster-fuck of an ending, maybe I can just... not watch it anymore next year. PS: How awful to go from Breaking Bad to True Blood on the same night. Yeeeurgh.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Like TVD, is just basically always guaranteed to be quality. The season was funny, the ending was funny... that show is just always consistently hilarious to me. Plus, Michael J. Fox was in the ending, and that dude is one of my heroes. (And Wanda Sykes and Susie Essmman pretty much are too.)

SIRENS: Whatever, I just want to talk about Sirens even though it ended weeks ago. What a surprisingly decent show, considering I only watched it in the first place to see Richard Madden kiss boys! I'm really happy it got renewed, even if I have to wait forever to see it again.


Meanwhile, I quit The Big Bang Theory and Grey's Anatomy without bothering to watch the premieres. I just... can't seem to drum up the interest in either of them. OTOH, totally going to be catching Once Upon a Time when that comes out. My beloved Cougar Town is pushed to midseason, and I guess so is 30 Rock? :( Mad Men is pushed to FOREVER (seriously, MARCH, WTF). Game Of Thrones and Sirens are both back in April, and Misfits... when the hell is Misfits back, anyway?

So... anyway, I like TV. Let's talk about TV.
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