“And the good thing about the show is that there’s not really a shark to jump because in the pilot we kicked the shark in the teeth.”
— Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane on Sleepy Hollow)

Anybody else stoked for the second season of Sleepy Hollow?

Parenthood Season 4 thoughts

I’m four episodes into Season 4 of Parenthood and I have several thoughts about a season where I’m worried things might start to go off the rails for a show I love dearly:

  • Changing the theme song is such an odd choice that I hope doesn’t reflect a shift in the show’s personality. “Forever Young” was wholesome and all-American, like the show in its first three seasons. This new song feels soapier and more melodramatic. That’s my biggest fear with Parenthood: that after so many seasons of running back the same storylines, the stakes have to be upped to ridiculously dramatic (and unrealistic) levels to sustain a season’s worth of episodes. How did I get all of that from a new theme song, you ask? By unashamedly looking way too much into things, that’s how!
  • I love Ray Romano’s character of Hank, Sarah’s new boss. His dry sense of humor is a wonderful change of pace from the manic, goofy humor that tends to dominate the show. That said, if Sarah breaks Mark’s heart (again) by falling for Hank, I will never forgive her. But Sarah is attracted to men she thinks she can fix, and Hank is a grump who Sarah hopes to bring out of his shell. We’ll see, but I’m very worried about where this storyline is going.
  • Victor is an annoying caricature at this point. His only redeeming moment was playing catch will Joel, who I’ve long contended is the unappreciated gem of this show. I hope raising a son is the storyline Joel has long deserved. If it is, I’m annoyed with how easy it is to dislike Joel’s adopted son right off the bat. I understand introducing a character who’s different from the Braverman clan and having both parties struggle through an awkward transition phase. But Victor has shown zero redeeming qualities as a character thus far. He’s a brat. Julia worried that she was “waiting to fall in love with their son.” Join the club, sister.
  • The Bob Little campaign felt like the Dillon Panthers’ second season under Coach Taylor in that it was completely abandoned from one season to the next. There were two characters involved with that campaign and it only merits a passing mention in the fourth episode. Amber in particular was set for a juicy storyline as she struggled to balance her work with her feelings for Bob. Now she works at the Luncheonette. Come again?
  • Jettisoning Haddie, even temporarily, has done wonders for this season. Haddie was easily the show’s worst character. For all its strengths, the Jason Katims writing team struggles to write relatable teenage characters. Think Julie from Friday Night Lights, who failed to have one redeeming moment in five seasons. Haddie is built from the same mold. Her absence has been a blessing.
  • The Crosby-Jasmine-Jabbar family unit has shined this season. Jabbar is without a doubt the best young character on the show. He’s fun, innocent, and sweet. Getting married has mellowed Crosby and Jasmine out considerably, and made their relationship more palatable. The angst that surrounded them last season grew tiresome. I’m enjoying their development as a young family.
  • Zeek and Camille desperately need a single storyline to share or separate storylines to justify their continued screen time. They’ve been stuck in neutral since the first season. Camille in particular hasn’t had a relevant moment in a long time. I wouldn’t mind seeing far less of the Braverman patriarch and matriarch this season unless they’re given something interesting to do.

Now, those of you who are current with the show, sit back, chuckle, and say to yourself, “Just wait, Josh.” Go ahead, get it out there.

I’ll check back in at the end of the fourth season to see how things have changed for the Braverman clan as they head into Season 5. Until then… May God’s blessings keep you always, may your wishes all come true…

Have these people never seen Food Network Star before?

That’s the question I kept asking myself as I watched the Season 10 premiere of Food Network’s star-building series. I was shell-shocked by how unprepared most of the contestants were for explaining who they are to the judges. Seems easy, right? WRONG.

Seven of the 10 contestants completely bombed. Just crapped all down their leg as they stood on those boxes and introduced themselves. It was maddening. This show has been on the air for 10 seasons! How are you selected for this show without knowing the following things:

  • The judges want a unique point of view (POV)
  • Let your personality shine but don’t sound rehearsed
  • If you mess up, keep going – this is TV, after all

How many of the 10 hopefuls had a unique POV? None. You had best believe if I was a contestant on this show I would have looked at the shows on Food Network and the Cooking Channel, found a niche that hadn’t been filled, and make that my POV. How hard is that? Instead, the contestants get up there and ramble about their passion for food and how everything they make will be simple and fresh. You mean, unlike your fellow contestants who hate cooking and make their food with processed crap? Oh great, thanks for clarifying that. I was seriously worried.

Three of these contestants have actual potential. One of them I’m only including because of his apparent destiny to have a show called “Mi Amore” with Giada De Laurentiis where the hook is “How long before these two gorgeous Italians hook up?” One of the contenders is a full-blown cowboy who might be a tad bit insane. The final one cried during her red carpet premiere because she was thinking about her grandma.

Yeesh.

At least I’ll be able to watch this show and enjoy what a train wreck it’s become. The promos touted this season’s cast as the “best ever.” If that’s the case, I’d hate to see the bumbling idiots who didn’t make the cut.

AMC desperately needs a new hit. For anyone who watched the premiere of Halt and Catch Fire last night – how are you feeling about its potential?

Everything I Needed to Know About the World Wars, I Learned from the History Channel

This weekend I’ve caught up on The World Wars 3-part series that aired on History Channel starting on Memorial Day. History was a subject I typically breezed through in school without much retention. I remembered the highlights, but the minutiae of World War I & II escaped me until I watched this brilliant series. The 30-year conflict is told through the viewpoints of the world’s greatest leaders, and this has helped me gather a sense of the larger picture. Whereas history class can be jingoistic at times (it is called U.S. History, after all), this series does a nice job presenting a top-down view of the two wars.

After watching this series, I was profoundly saddened by how many hours of programming are wasted by History Channel on pawn shops and mountain men. I would kill for more high-budget series like The World Wars to help remind me of history’s most important events. For example: the rise and fall of the Roman empire. I’m completely clueless on that historical period. Yet I’ve been to Rome, so I’m interested now more than ever to learn about the history of the place I found so beautiful and fascinating. Or, to bring it closer to home, how about the Cold War or the Korean War? I have no clue about those two wars because our history classes always ended before we could talk about them. I’m essentially illiterate on two of America’s wars. That’s sad.

Maybe there are series out there from the History Channel that explain all these time periods I’ve thrown out. But I don’t know about them. Much like the Bible miniseries last year, I paid attention to The World Wars because History put some marketing dollars behind it. I’d like to see more of that from them. Create educational and entertaining series that you’re proud of and put money into promoting them. That way, myself and millions of other uninformed Americans can raise our historical IQ.

What would you like to see History Channel tackle next?

Netflix Gems: Freaks and Geeks

Netflix is a great way to relive TV shows that you missed out on or were too young to enjoy while they were on TV. At 12, I was too young to enjoy Freaks and Geeks when it first aired in 1999. Last year, I read about the show in a reunion issue of Entertainment Weekly and decided I’d check out the pilot on Netflix. There seemed to be a cult-like reverence for this show similar to what I saw with a movie like Wet Hot American Summer.

Freaks and Geeks was a revelation. I’d never seen such a smart comedy that so perfectly captured the essence of a certain experience (in this case, high school). I marvel at the show’s writers as much as the actors for the way they gave each character such a uniquely hilarious voice. Martin Starr was pitch-perfect as the nerdy but loyal Bill Haverchuck, and to this day he remains one of my favorite TV characters. Bill and his fellow geeks, along with James Franco and his band of “freaks” (including Seth Rogen and Jason Segel) found themselves in situations that defied typical sitcom tropes. Freaks and Geeks was wholly unique and worthy of the ongoing praise it receives. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

What other gems have you uncovered on Netflix?

The Rise of “Biblical” Shows
One of the more encouraging trends recently in television has been the rise of shows with some connection to the Bible. I’ve watched Supernatural for nine seasons now and since Season 4 the Winchesters have dealt with demons, angels, Heaven, Hell, the Four Horsemen, the Apocalypse, and a whole other slew of Biblical problems. Speaking of the Four Horsemen, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the Bible played a role in the first season of Sleepy Hollow, my favorite new show.
On June 19, Syfy’s new series Dominion will join the ranks of Biblically-inspired shows. Following the events of the 2010 movie Legion, this show pits a rebellious young solider against Heaven’s angels. The poster shown above is a great example of how Dominion will blend the classic angel iconography with modern combat (i.e. gunfights). Below that we have a poster for Constantine, a new NBC show premiering this fall based on the beloved comic. This series follows John Constantine, a “demonologist and master of the occult who makes it his life’s work to send wayward demons back to hell.” (There was a 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves, but unlike Legion, the NBC show has chosen to ignore that version.)
Sure, these shows oftentimes play fast and loose with the source material. But that’s not the point. In an increasingly secular world, I’m encouraged by the notion that the Bible still resonates in a very real way. If seeing Sam and Dean try to stop the Apocalypse on Supernatural inspires someone to pick up the Bible, that’s one more person reading the gospel who might not have read it otherwise. I hope this trend continues and we see more shows that lean heavily on elements from the Bible.
Are there any “Biblical” shows that I missed? The Rise of “Biblical” Shows
One of the more encouraging trends recently in television has been the rise of shows with some connection to the Bible. I’ve watched Supernatural for nine seasons now and since Season 4 the Winchesters have dealt with demons, angels, Heaven, Hell, the Four Horsemen, the Apocalypse, and a whole other slew of Biblical problems. Speaking of the Four Horsemen, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the Bible played a role in the first season of Sleepy Hollow, my favorite new show.
On June 19, Syfy’s new series Dominion will join the ranks of Biblically-inspired shows. Following the events of the 2010 movie Legion, this show pits a rebellious young solider against Heaven’s angels. The poster shown above is a great example of how Dominion will blend the classic angel iconography with modern combat (i.e. gunfights). Below that we have a poster for Constantine, a new NBC show premiering this fall based on the beloved comic. This series follows John Constantine, a “demonologist and master of the occult who makes it his life’s work to send wayward demons back to hell.” (There was a 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves, but unlike Legion, the NBC show has chosen to ignore that version.)
Sure, these shows oftentimes play fast and loose with the source material. But that’s not the point. In an increasingly secular world, I’m encouraged by the notion that the Bible still resonates in a very real way. If seeing Sam and Dean try to stop the Apocalypse on Supernatural inspires someone to pick up the Bible, that’s one more person reading the gospel who might not have read it otherwise. I hope this trend continues and we see more shows that lean heavily on elements from the Bible.
Are there any “Biblical” shows that I missed?

The Rise of “Biblical” Shows

One of the more encouraging trends recently in television has been the rise of shows with some connection to the Bible. I’ve watched Supernatural for nine seasons now and since Season 4 the Winchesters have dealt with demons, angels, Heaven, Hell, the Four Horsemen, the Apocalypse, and a whole other slew of Biblical problems. Speaking of the Four Horsemen, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the Bible played a role in the first season of Sleepy Hollow, my favorite new show.

On June 19, Syfy’s new series Dominion will join the ranks of Biblically-inspired shows. Following the events of the 2010 movie Legion, this show pits a rebellious young solider against Heaven’s angels. The poster shown above is a great example of how Dominion will blend the classic angel iconography with modern combat (i.e. gunfights). Below that we have a poster for Constantine, a new NBC show premiering this fall based on the beloved comic. This series follows John Constantine, a “demonologist and master of the occult who makes it his life’s work to send wayward demons back to hell.” (There was a 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves, but unlike Legion, the NBC show has chosen to ignore that version.)

Sure, these shows oftentimes play fast and loose with the source material. But that’s not the point. In an increasingly secular world, I’m encouraged by the notion that the Bible still resonates in a very real way. If seeing Sam and Dean try to stop the Apocalypse on Supernatural inspires someone to pick up the Bible, that’s one more person reading the gospel who might not have read it otherwise. I hope this trend continues and we see more shows that lean heavily on elements from the Bible.

Are there any “Biblical” shows that I missed?

Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer. Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer. Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer. Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer. Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer. Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer. Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer. Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer.

Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer

Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.

Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)

True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.

Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.

Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?

The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!

Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.

Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer.