Today, however, is a pop culture post – and probably the last post for the year since I’ve been taking care of things at home and traveling recently.
With the year winding down I can look back and there have been a decent number of TV shows I watched this year (as well as some not so decent ones). Yes, there are plenty I didn’t watch due to lack of time or previous investment. I’m not saying that this list is the best the year had to offer. Rather, it’s an evaluation of what I’ve had time to watch, and why I watch it – even if I don’t necessarily love it.
So, what new and old series entered and stayed in my life this year, and why?
· The Walking Dead – AMC’s newest horror show has kept me surprisingly entertained. I say surprising because I personally am usually not a fan of horror genre items, and in fact will usually watch horror shows and movies with friends just so we can make fun of them and the clichés that appear in them. But “The Walking Dead” has managed to present a fairly interesting storyline with decent characters and story twists that keep me emotionally invested. And before anyone asks, I have not read the comics. I can’t compare the TV show to the material it’s based on.
· Glee – The second season for “Glee” began and will continue next year. But truthfully, I only continue with this show now because I watched season one, and even then, I only started halfway through the entire season because I was an Idina Menzel fan and I was ecstatic to see her star in something. “Glee” admittedly is hit and miss. The writing is not always its best, although when it is good I can easily watch an episode twice to hear the dialogue and watch the characters. The cover songs, however, are probably the only reason it’s still on my list. And before anyone asks – Kurt’s my favorite. His voice is stunning.
· NCIS – This is another cop show that is both stereotypical yet quirky enough to be different. I’ve kept watching this show because I enjoy the characters interacting and I’m curious to see what happens next in their personal stories. The show, however, is truly the typical cop show. There’s a formula to it that makes it boring and often predictable. So in the end, if NCIS didn’t have characters like Gibbs and Abby, I wouldn’t still be watching.
· Law and Order: SVU – This show is a bit darker and controversial, which is why even if it messes up in its delivery occasionally I continue to watch it. This is another show I’ve been watching long enough to feel invested in the characters and know a decent bit about them (noticing a trend with how I pick shows to watch yet?). It’s hard to say whether or not I’d keep watching if the leads left, though, because I do tend to enjoy darker plots and crimes. At least even if there’s a formula to the show, it makes me think and makes me interested in the topic. I can’t say normal “Law and Order” did that for me too well. Thank you for daring to be the show that makes me think and feel something other than nothing, SVU.
· Mythbusters – “Mythbusters” over the years has gone downhill a little bit. I liked the original episodes more, and over time the show’s been altered a bit to become more like other shows in terms of its presentation. But still: it’s science and explosions – so even if the science isn’t always perfect, it does offer the pyro in me some enjoyment. What else is there to say about this one?
· House – Finally, there’s the cranky doctor and his new girlfriend. Honestly, could a show be more formulated? And coming from a family with multiple doctors, I can honestly say: the medicine is way too flawed. It makes me miss “Scrubs” and I’ve learned never to watch this show with my family if I want to listen to the characters talk; but even when they do talk, they don’t always make me feel as invested as I once did. And yet despite going downhill, I still watch this show. Why? Honestly, I’m not sure. I’ll get back to you next year!