As any of you who’ve read my blog know, I watch a lot of television and I mean a lot. But what most of you might not realize is that I have a husband, three-year old twins, a full-time job and hopes for some semblance of a social life.
My other obligations mean that a lot of my television shows have to be DVRed for viewing at a later time. But a handful of shows rank as must sees for me. I will go out of my way to watch these shows live and am gravely disappointed when I can’t.
So without further ado here is my list of appointment shows – television shows I schedule time to watch:
Chuck - Season 2 Cast - Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker, Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey, Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Sarah Lancaster as Ellie Bartowski, Ryan McPartlin as Capt. Awesome, Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes courtesy Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo
It’s nice to start out the week with a little humor. That’s why I watch Chuck. And what’s funnier that a Buy More slacker turned super spy with Adam Baldwin as his take-no-prisoners handler?
Chuck was happily not living up to his potential when he suddenly acquired a brain full of encrypted government secrets when the computer housing them was destroyed. Now he balances his day job as part of the Nerd Herd with his secret life – a life where the girl he has a crush on – CIA Agent Sarah Walker – and NSA Agent John Casey (Baldwin) protect him while helping him to unravel the secrets in his head.
I already outlined my Top 10 reasons for watching the show so I won’t bore you with that again. But if you are looking for a little lighter fare to add to your TV repertoire, then I highly recommend Chuck.
Chuck airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
FRINGE: When an unlikely trio uncovers a deadly mystery that involves a series of unbelievable events, they discover it may be part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology on FRINGE airing Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX. Pictured L-R: Lance Reddick, John Noble, Blair Brown, Kirk Acevedo, Anna Torv, Mark Valley, Joshua Jackson and Jasika Nicole ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Lavine/FOX
Out of all the new shows, Fringe is my favorite. Who doesn’t love a show where a cow has a recurring role? Seriously, the mystery is high in this high-tech X-Files-like show.
With the help of lovable “mad scientist” Walter Bishop and his brilliant, but loner son Peter, FBI Agent Olivia Dunham sets out to unlock the mysteries behind The Pattern. But Olivia has a few secrets of her own including a dead boyfriend who haunts her. But she’s not the only enigma – Peter, Walter, the Observer and Nina all have a mystery or two of their own.
I tune in every week for the weekly case, as much as for the overall intrigue. What is the Pattern? Who’s behind it? And what are they trying to do?
Fringe airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox. The next new episode airs on November 11.
BONES: L-R: TJ Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor and Eric Millegan. ©2007 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kwaku Alston/FOX
I followed Angel’s David Boreanaz to Bones four years ago, but stayed because I fell in love with the team of squints let by Dr. Brennan. Together the team of brilliant misfits solves murders based on a pile of bones.
Booth (Boreanaz) is a former sniper turned FBI agent who always gets his man. But this single dad also has a soft spot for Brennan and her team, and of course, his son. Brennan is his forensic anthropologist partner – brilliant, but socially inept. And that’s just the leadership of this team.
The cases are intriguing – after all where else do you see a case solved from nothing more than a femur — but the dynamics of the team are what keep me coming back for more.
Bones airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox. The next new episode airs November 5. You can catch reruns of this season on Mondays at 11 p.m. on TNT.
Supernatural - Season 4 - Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam courtesy Brian Bowen Smith/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment
I wait all week for this show. And if I only get to watch one show a week – Supernatural is it. In its fourth season, this sci fi series stars a beautiful 67 Impala and two demon hunting brothers – Jensen Ackles and Jared Paledecki as Dean and Sam Winchester – that are more than easy on the eyes. Need I say more!
Okay, if you need more than pretty faces and a hot car to sell you, I’ll continue. The show is about an epic battle between good and evil without being preachy. In fact the show does an excellent job of combining the spooky with excellent dialogue, super music, wit and lots of great pop culture references.
And the story itself is top-notch (in my opinion). Dean and Sam were raised by their late father to be hunters after their mother was killed by the powerful yellow-eyed demon Azazel. This season Dean has been pulled from the bowels of Hell by the angel Castiel to help prevent Armageddon and to keep Sam from being sway to the dark side through the use of his psychic powers – powers he acquired because Azazel dropped demon blood into his mouth when he was a child.
Supernatural airs on the CW on Thursdays at 9 p.m.
That pretty much wraps up a week for me. I spend the rest of the time catching up on my DVR.
What shows do you find yourself scheduling time in front of the tube for? What are your must see shows?