: TV Time Bored to Death makes me laugh. I'm like "Meg! Come watch this show with me! It's about Jason Schwartzman being self-absorbed and awkward!" She's like "oh hooray my favorite. Too bad I have to sort my thread collection today, or I totally would. I'm not just saying that." But I'm like "but ... Ted Danson too, also being self-absorbed and awkward. You'd love it! Today Jim Jarmusch was on, playing himself." And she's like "was he self-absorbed and awkward?" and I'm like "yes!" and she's like "oh man TOO BAD I have all this thread to sort."
Community makes me laugh. There's not much to it, but I like it.
Modern Family makes me laugh. Is there much to it? I dunno. It's no Arrested Development. But I like it anyway.
The Office still makes me laugh. A couple of episodes ago, I had to leave the room for a minute because of the pain. That show, dang. A few seconds of sweetness and we'll endure an otherwise whole episode of nothing but pure brainmelting terror.
My favortie thing about Glee is that Mr. Schu's way of dealing with problems is to go along with something really dumb. (My second favorite thing about it is its approach to sex ed.)
House schmouse. Also, Lie to Me schmie to me.
Dollhouse is oh, fine. Did I hear rumors that they were going to can it? That'd be sad.
Meg loooooves Big Bang Theory. I don't really love it (but I like watching it with her). I think she may identify with Penny. Maybe more than a little. I don't like to think about that very hard, though, because the implications for me are, um. Well. Better saved for those 3:00am sessions of brutal self-reckoning. Not so suitable for blog posts or 22 minutes a week with a laugh track.
There's no The Shield, no The Wire, not even any dumb old Battlestar Galactica, and Lost and Burn Notice aren't due back for a while. Anything I'm missing?
1. On 2009-10-26, Vincent wrote:
I watched about 5 minutes of The Forgotten and about 20 minutes of Stargate: Universe.
I recently discovered It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Hulu, and I think I might love it. It's an exercise in making tragically unsympathetic protagonists just sympathetic enough for you to care about them.
Psych is like a love letter to television. It's hard to imagine a more well-meaning and fun show. It's the kind of fun like if a kids' talent show was actually brilliantly written and produced. Adorable is maybe the word.
I like Bones because it's a fluffy procedural that isn't about a bunch of hateful jerks (unlike CSI, House, and every other goddamn one). Plus Emily and David are just the best.
Castle hits the note exactly between Psych and Bones, plus it has Nathan Fillion being all funny and charming, too. It makes me happy to see him on TV.
Those three are like the trifecta of feel-good shows with smart writing (Burn Notice fits right in there, too).
Venture Brothers, Always Sunny, yes those too for sure.
"It's an exercise in making tragically unsympathetic protagonists just sympathetic enough for you to care about them." makes me think of kill puppies.
Far as TV, I've just started watching Damages. I'm not fully sure why I like it so much, but it's there.
I also tend to like Sons of Anarchy. Nothing like humans I can relate to digging themselves into some deep shit, then causing more trouble trying to get out of it. "The hot breath of chaos on their ass", to misquote Ron Edwards.
I <3 Dexter, especially for the way Dexter consistently feels like he's an awkward outsider and can't figure out his life because he's a serial killer masking himself as an ordinary joe. The joke, of course, is that we ALL feel that way, which makes Dex a lot more normal than he thinks he is.
This season hasn't quite knocked my socks off like last season did, but it's still very good.
Vincent, you should definitely ignore everyone talking about Leverage and watch the BBC's far-superior Hustle. These are criminals with a code, rather than superheroes doing criminal acts. It's an amazing and wonderful show about con artists that rarely falls down.
Roughly related, Sons of Anarchy made me look up the term "Nomad" in relation to motorcycle clubs.
A guy, or occasionally a group, not tied to anyone location but meant to be respected and cared for at each chapter. Possibly sent out by the leader or leaders to investigate problems in remote chapters... and deal with them, if necessary. This sounds... strangely familiar?
(My info is limited to Wikipedia, which may or may not be entirely accurate. Still, this is almost a hack that writes itself.)