One of the painful parts of moving to a new geographic area (in the 21st century) is that by default, you’re going to lose your DVR. And along with it, you lose all of the series that you program it to record automatically. So naturally, with my eye on a move in five (!!!) weeks, I decided to make a list of the shows that I will want to program my NEW DVR in New York City to record…
Because obviously I can’t be expected to actually turn the television on at a specific day and time to watch a show. I mean… Who does that?!
And since I’m saving the list anyway, I thought I’d give my readers to opportunity to dissect my fragile little brain through analysis of my favorite shows. Ready?
- American Dad
- Burn Notice
- The Cleveland Show
- The Comedy Central Roast (all)
- Covert Affairs
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- Fairly Legal
- Family Guy
- How I Met Your Mother
- Lie to Me
- NCIS: Los Angeles
- The Office
- Robot Chicken
- The Rotten Tomatoes Show
- RuPaul’s Drag Race
- RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
- Saturday Night Live
- South Park
- Tabatha’s Salon Takeover
- Traffic Light
- United States of Tara
- The Voice
- The Walking Dead
So what does this say about me? Well first of all, subtract the two “RuPaul” shows, because those are Sal’s, not mine. (Though I do from time to time watch it with him, I confess.) But if you look at the others, there are a few recurring themes.
Clearly, animated comedies are among my favorites. South Park started it all, and Family Guy perfected it… American Dad and The Cleveland Show just continued a good theme. I love ’em all. They’re sarcastic, they’re goofy, they often contain pop culture references that leave me rolling on the floor. (For purposes of discussion, we’ll include Robot Chicken in this category.
I also like shows that feature spies, undercover agents, and so on. Burn Notice is an old favorite, and Chuck is just plain delightful — funny, heartwarming, and yet full of good action scenes. Covert Affairs is somewhat like Chuck, but from a feminine perspective, and I’m becoming increasingly fond of it as the series progresses. And we’ll include NCIS: Los Angeles in this category, though it’s more like a combination of good ol’ criminal science shows and buddy-cop dramas.
Lots of other witty, sarcastic comedies made the list. The Daily Show is brilliant, plain and simple. How I Met Your Mother is funny but has good “dramedy” moments. The Office may be losing steam a bit, but I’m cautiously optimistic that the next season will be a good recovery. The Rotten Tomatoes Show blends comedy and movie reviews. Traffic Light has some good relationship comedy bits, but may not make it through a second season on my DVR. And of course, Saturday Night Live is hit-or-miss, but when it works, it really works… If only they’d just hire Justin Timberlake into the cast full-time, right? (Comedy Central Roasts are just shockingly, deliciously evil.)
Fairly Legal, Lie to Me, and United States of Tara all are compelling dramas with fantastic characters.
And like most television viewers in this day and age, I have a bit of the reality TV bug. I’ve given up on what passes for classics in the reality TV genre: American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?, and America’s Got Talent have all graced my screen in years past, but I’ve lost interest… I do really enjoy The Voice for the keeping the best parts of other reality talent shows, and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover just wows me with its business management principles.
And, fine… I watch Glee. Go on and hate on me for it if you like — but it’s starting to recover some of its original promise.
Four of my favorite shows aren’t on this list, because I buy the season passes on iTunes. Anybody want to take a guess for what they are? Reply below if you’ve got an idea what’s missing, or if you’d like to share your own favorite shows or opinions about mine.