The other day I read this article in the LA Times by their critic about what TV she would watch were it not her job. I agreed with a few and it inspired me to share my faves. ‘Cause I have to say, after a couple years of not much to look forward to other than The Daily Show or Ugly Betty, some 30 Rock or a bit of Mad Men, I’m in love again. There is a reason I walk away from the computer.

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Castle on ABC. I used to love mystery novels so this one about a mystery writer teaming with a cop is my cup of tea. Nathan Fillion, the lead, is also my cup of whatever he wants. Handsome and quippy with topical references. Sigh, he might go on my list. Throw in the sweet relationship with his daughter and his mother, and that’s on my Tivo. Downside, LA is clearly the stand-in for NYC, and for location savvy gal like myself, it looks kind of lame sometimes, but nowhere near as lame as the overly slick CSI franchise (blech).

The Good Wife on CBS. On ER, Juliane Margulies kind of bugged, but not here. On The Good Wife, she is the working mom dealing after life slapped her in the face. For her, the slap was her politician hubby (Chris Noth- Mr Big) involved in a political scandal that exposed his infidelity and landed him in jail. Since I’ve been forging ahead after my “money manager” went to jail I watch with a “you go girl!” enthusiasm.

Modern Family on ABC (Hey, ABC is geared toward a female demo). The pilot was super funny. The rest have been not as funny, but good. Yes, they have the have a skinny woman who looks about 34 with three kids, the oldest being 15 (who looks 20), but other than having to suspend my inner math, I do enjoy this show. The gay couple really make it. When they go to a mommy and me class and feel self-conscious, it struck a blow for all of us who have gone to those classes or groups feeling like all the other moms are friends or who worry where our kids rank developmentally.

The Middle on ABC. Why isn’t this being talked about? The most realistic mom on TV is played by Patricia Heaton. I love that her kids are all losers and her husband really looks like he would be her husband. Her house is messy, and she is always running around between her job and her kid’s school or taking care of elderly relatives. It’s not like The Cosby Show where the parents calmly sat and waited at home to talk to their smart kids. Or In the Motherhood where they all too cute with their jeans tucked in boots. Downside, they always tack on a voiceover with a “but all in all, my life is great.” That undercuts the realness that has transpired for the last 25 minutes. They don’t need to. It’s still a comedy, she still loves her family, we get it, don’t need the forced Pollyana bit.

These can all be watched online as well.

Okay, so that’s what I do after the kids are asleep. How about you?

9 thoughts on “My TV

  1. I’m with you. I stumbled into Castle and The Good Wife and like them both, esp. Castle. Oh I have always like that Nathan Fillion (but I can never remember his name)
    I will check out the others now that I have a heads up.
    I must admit that I love me some Glee. It’s just edgy enough not to be corny and being a lover of the musical…it’s a great escape show for me.

  2. I have tivoed two Glee’s and haven’t watched them yet. I expect to love them as I think Jane Lynch is so funny.
    Arrested Development was good. Did you see Jason Batemen’s movie, “Extract”? had some of the same feel.

  3. See, we even like the same television programs!

    When Mad Men takes it’s seasonal nap, try picking up on the very dark dramedy Breaking Bad. It’s terrific. And also on the very dark side, Dexter, which has yet to make an appearance this year. I also enjoy The Mentalist.

    Now if I could only stay awake for the end of the shows….

  4. i have heard about breaking bad. I like that actor. Dexter is too dark for me. The mentalist kind of cracked me up because I thought his mental shtick wasn’t that compelling, but the characters act like it is. but, that guy is a honey.

  5. With you on The Good Wife.

    With other commenters on Glee. Jane Lynch is hysterical.

    Grumpy at NBC for not yet bringing back their ER replacement Southland, the cop drama they showed six episodes of at the end of last season.

    Eagerly awaiting new season of Big Love (HBO). NOTE FROM DAPHNE yes, love it too. missed last season when we cut HBO for $ reasons, but now have it back.

    Hoping for another season of Hung (HBO). NOTE: I like it too. Still haven’t seen all of this year. My brother in law edited the pilot.

    Obsessed with, shame shame shame, The Biggest Loser. For some, it’s junk food that gets them. For me, it’s junk TV.

  6. I have to hop on the Glee bandwagon, too. It’s one of the rare shows that actually lives up to its hype.

    It’s a few years older show but still great (and surprisingly, still quite topical)- the West Wing. I started TiVoing episodes for my nursing sessions and I’m hooked! Bravo shows back to back episodes twice daily, so I’ve watched almost the entire series since my son was born. Love it.

    I have to say, with the exception of Glee, I don’t want to watch new shows. I get attached and then they get canceled (Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip).

    NOTE FROM DAPHNE: loved west wing. I thought Studio 60 tried to have the same urgency and drama as west wing, but with lower stakes and that blonde girl with the lisp who read cold it didn’t work for me.

  7. I have a frighteningly long list of shows that I get excited to see in my Tivo. At present, they are, in no particular order:
    Glee – clever, funny, and 100% entertaining
    Modern Family – pee your pants hilarious, fab ensemble cast
    The Mentalist/Medium/Flashforward/Fringe – these are my “cop show”/Scie-Fi genre of program. I love them all. I hear ya, Daphne, on Simon Baker’s “schtick” — but I think the show’s appeal is his modern-day sherlock holmesiness.
    The Good Wife – first rate drama – loving marguiles in this role, and Mr. Big is doing great work as a sleazy pol
    Nurse Jackie/Mercy – interesting medical dramas that are strangely similar, but I like them both.
    Eastwick – love love love this one
    The Office/30 Rock – solid performers in the hilarious comedy genre
    Brothers and Sisters/Desperate Housewives – good juicy “people magazine” type feeling dramas.
    Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice/House – good medical dramas
    2 and a Half Men/How I met your Mother/Old Christine/Cougar Town – sometimes funny, sometimes stupid filler I’ll watch when nothing else is on
    Project Runway – one of my favorite “reality” shows
    Other shows I watch, that are on hiatus:
    Mad Men – one of my all time favorites
    Lost – unbelievable drama
    Dollhouse – a little cheesy, but very entertaining
    Chuck – totally funny and entertaining spy show
    American Idol – can’t really explain the attraction, but there you have it
    Big Love
    United STates of Tara – amazingly funny, insightful drama starring Toni Collette as a multiple personalitied wife, sister and suburban PTA mom.
    In Treatment – Byrne is just sexy

    Wow – maybe i need an intervention. That’s a lot of tv.

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