I was asked on Facebook last night after my last Babylon 5 post went live why I am still doing this if it sucks (paraphrased). I guess from the outside it looks like I’m pretty miserable with these posts, but I assure you I am not. I love TV and I love dissecting TV. And while this show is currently not thrilling me, the posts have become kind of their own reward in a weird way. Make no mistake, if the show gets to the point where watching it is an out and out chore, I have no issues chalking it up to “Not for Erics” and moving on, but we’re not there yet.
But that got me thinking – I rarely talk about the things I am absolutely in love with. With that in mind I have come up with a few shows that I like(d), love(d), or am looking forward to in the coming months. A full post of positivity!
These first 2 shows are only in the “like” category because I haven’t finished them yet. Great News (season 1 on Netflix, with season 2 hopefully coming soon) and Trial & Error (season 2 on Hulu with no word on where season 1 is). Both were short lived NBC sitcoms and both were completely hilarious.
— Great News stars Briga Heelan as Katie, a TV news producer. Her mother, played brilliantly by Andrea Mitchell becomes an intern on her show and it’s off to the races. The show is smart, fast, weird, and drove me to bouts of scream-laughing a number of times.
— Trial & Error in it’s first season was a weird show about a big city lawyer representing a small town murder suspect. I gather that season 1 was fine but when the show came back for season 2, it really when all out on the crazy. Kristin Chenoweth joins the cast as the latest totally insane murder suspect and the show doubles down on the surreal. From the completely bonkers laws of the towns of East and West Peck to the people, to the crime itself this show is totally nuts. Not seeing season 1 isn’t an impediment to season 2 either, it’s more or less standalone and the few references to the previous case can be easily overlooked.
— Netfilx’s American Vandal is a dark, moody, deadly serious (faux) docudrama about the silliest crimes at 2 high schools. In its brilliant first season, they tackled the crime of teacher’s cars being vandalized with spray painted penises and in the far darker and way funnier second season they try to track down the Turd Burgler and stop a wave of poop crimes at a Catholic High School. This show is so fun and silly and odd and it’s all handled in the most overwrought solemn tone which makes it all the funnier when actors deliver lines like “I didn’t draw the dicks!” and constantly talk about “poop crimes.” Yes, it’s sophomoric. It’s also delightful.
— Let me be the millionth person to tell you that Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which just won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy series, is just so fun and well done. I cannot recommend that enough.
— FOX’s The Gifted is like a dark Easter egg for X-Men fans. It gets a little mired down its own world building but it looks like this season is already starting a course correction. I am excited to see where it goes.
— I have already mentioned my adoration for Netflix’s BoJack Horseman before so I will just say that season 5 continues it’s previous trajectory and shows that even with a modicum of success BoJack is still a wreck.
— NBC’s The Good Place (now in it’s 3rd season) is pure joy. It’s hysterically funny, brilliantly conceived and perfectly realized. I could not adore this show more.
— CBS’ Mom, like BoJack Horseman, is a true laugh at your pain show. The season 6 premiere continues the story of Christy (Anna Farris) dealing with her gambling addiction while starting Law School in typical fashion (ie it all goes to hell). But, what I love about this show is how much it has grown and changed over the years and how the characters really show their love for each other. Dark and hilarious and loving- checks all of the boxes.
Looking Forward To
— NBC’s Superstore is back tonight and I could not be more thrilled. I binged the first 3 seasons over the summer and I can’t believe that I waited on this show. Funny, insightful and wonderfully performed, this is what a sitcom should be. Season 4 picks up in the aftermath of Amy (American Ferrera) and Jonah’s (Ben Feldman) televised tryst and I genuinely cannot wait to watch this show again.
— DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns to the CW on October 22. This show, out of all of the Arrowverse shows, has become my favorite because it is unapologetically insane. Season 3 ended with the Legends Captain Planeting themselves into a super furby and literally cuddling a demon to death. Seriously. That happened. And it was glorious. This season the team will be dealing with the magical fallout from that battle while travelling through time and generally being very weird.
— I have decided to go ahead and pick up Doctor Who again when it returns on October 7th. It’s not just new Doctor Jodie Whittaker, although there’s that, but the whole show seems to have an entirely new feel this time around. I became pretty bored with the show near the end of Matt Smith’s era and watched nearly none of Capaldi’s so I’m very interested to see how I feel about this new direction.
— Finally, the upcoming fourth and final season of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fills me with feelings. I am so sad that this show is ending but I am so happy it has been allowed to do what it has. A wacky weekly musical comedy about love and mental illness is a hard sell but I love that it has connected with so many people. It returns on October 12th.
And that’s not even all I am watching as I am working on HBO’s Barry, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp, Pop’s Schitt’s Creek, BBC America’s Killing Eve, CBS’s Survivor, and a couple of UK shows (Marley’s Ghosts and panel show Mock the Week).
I really love Peak TV and I only watch a small handful of the wonderful stuff that’s out there. Hope you find something in this list that strikes your fancy!