This week the first round of new episodes made their way to the air. I watched The Big Bang Theory, Guys with Kids and Last Man Standing, the only shows haven’t been eliminated. I enjoyed them for different reasons. The Big Bang Theory felt like the good old show again. I missed the very first scene though, so I feel like I might have missed the better Leonard stuff. Guys With Kids was fun to see the flashback versions of the characters. Last Man Standing wasn’t quite as good as usual. That’s more or less that order I would put them in.
That said, I think I will end my network sitcom power rankings since a full half season is a pretty good indicator of what I thought of these shows. Keep on reading for the final results (not counting this week’s episodes):
Continue reading Network Sitcom Power Rankings – Fall 2012
I’m tired of the argument that television is terrible compared to what it used to be. I couldn’t disagree more. There are too many awesome TV series for me to even stay caught up on and I watch a hell of a lot of TV. Someone who watches significantly less TV than I do is sure to be able to fill their tight watching schedule with some amazing productions.
Sure there continues to be more singing/dancing/crying “reality” shows each season, but that’s because so many people tune in. Not that all reality shows are terrible, I enjoy the hell out of a lot them. Top Shot, Amazing Race, Survivor and the Apprentice are some of my favorites. I would classify those as game shows though… That’s a whole other discussion that I might get into at a later date.
There are a number of great network shows, the premium cable channels produce high quality stuff, and now basic cable channels like FX, AMC, Syfy, USA and TNT are setting new standards for the medium. Remember when original cable series consisted of stuff like Mortal Kombat: Konquest? Now we have Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Falling Skies, Psych, Mad Men… the list goes on.
If there’s anything bad about television today it’s that there is too much of it. The excellent shows are spread wide and far across the schedule. Sure that would have been a huge problem 20 years ago but it really isn’t today. We have DVR, Tivo, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon… There are so many ways to find and watch great television. Even the classic series some yearn for are right at our fingertips!
There may be a ton of junk on the airwaves but it has never been easier to find something better to watch.