(I haven't done one of these in a long time)
Recently I was commenting to my sister that I don't really watch much TV. I have one or two shows that I follow. Maybe it's time to assess that.
Samantha Who? (a woman with amnesia tries to find herself with the help of her friends and parents): I started watching it because of Christina Applegate, who was facing a character I was running at the time. Two years later I'm still trying to decide if I actually like it, or if I'm just waiting for something to happen. Applegate is charmingly ditzy, and not in a Kelly Bundy sort of way.
LOST (survivors of a plane crash must learn to live on a mysterious time-skipping island. Even those who escape come back): This show has its ups and downs, but I've been captivated by it. I came into the program late - not until the summer of 2004 - but I was immediately hooked. Despite the admitted lameness of Season 2, the show's writing and keep-'em-guessing plot keeps me coming back. It's one of the few shows that I'm upset if I miss it. I should mention that I'm a die-hard Skater, so I have to live in hope.
Castle (a writer uses his connections to be assigned as a ride-along/consultant to a pretty homicide detective): Ah, Nathan Fillian, the wicked glint in your eye is reason enough to watch you cross the street. Ever since Firefly I've been hung up on that naughty smirk. The premise of the show may be somewhat ridiculous, but the individual episode plots are interesting enough. What really surprised me was the rapport that Castle has with his teenage daughter.
The Unusuals (an independently wealthy detective is transferred to a precinct full of misfits and weirdos. And those are the officers): This is a pretty new series, and I'm enjoying it. One detective only talks about himself in the third person. One is terrified of dying at age 42 and wears a Kevlar vest full-time. One runs a restaurant that's open when he feels like it. One has a brain tumor and is choosing to ignore it rather than get treatment. One is actually a fugitive from justice. Little by little we learn each detective's secrets and how they're dealing with them.
Brothers and Sisters (the trials and tribulations of the Walker clan of Napa, California): Rob. Lowe. The problems of six little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But the Walkers can turn them into a conference call or a chicken dinner, and either will come equipped with a salad bowl full of wine. They put the fun in dysfunction. This is a family without boundaries, but with plenty of rules. There's conflict, peccadillos and scandal. And there's Rob Lowe. If Kitty steps out on him and he gets written out of the series, I'm gone, too.
Harper's Island (members of a wedding party on an island that was once the hunting ground of a serial killer are picked off one by one): Abby has arrived on Harper's Island off the coast of Washington state. Years ago, her mother was one of the victims of a serial killer who stalked the island and was eventually killed by her father, the sheriff. Now Abby's back to attend the wedding of her best friend to the woman of his dreams, whose father happens to have a bazillion dollars. Her old flame is there, as are various bridesmaids, groomsmen and their significant others. There are also a lot of young and pretty island residents. And for some reason, starting when the boat leaves the mainland, someone has begun picking them off. It's a little like LOST, in that there's the same "who will survive?" tension throughout, but it's a short-term commitment with an end in sight. I'd like to see more of these.
Bones (the adventures of Temperance Brennan, genius forensic anthropologist, and her FBI partner, Agent Seeley Booth): Booth and Brennan are now into their third or fourth season. They've got great chemistry, and the juxtaposition of head (Brennan) and heart (Booth). It's great fun to peel away the layers as they work together to solve case after case. The motley lab crew are also a great source of entertainment. The visuals can get a little oogie, though. If you don't have a strong stomach, this is not the show for you. But I love it.
You know...I watch a lot of television.
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