I have to say, we’re just about halfway through this year’s big television season, and I have kept more new shows than I usually do. Some shows have greatly proceeded expectations (here’s looking at you, Sleepy Hollow), and others have been just enough to keep me tuning in (that one’s to you, The Crazy Ones). Now, I think we’ve all spent far enough time complaining about all those shows that wasted 23 to 44 minutes of our entertainment leisure; it’s time to focus on the positive. I’m here to celebrate, and rejoice about all the fine returns to form some shows have made, as well as the debuts that came in and rocked our worlds. I enjoy a number of these shows, but only a few of them can be described as the best of the best.
Let’s begin, shall we?
Sons of Anarchy, Season Six
Keeping up with SoA has been a struggle at times, as I’ll be the first to admit the road to the end has been anything but smooth, but the way they’re bringing things to a close is just so epic. Remember, whether or not you were paying attention, this was a tragedy from the beginning. Crazy twists have been flying in from all fields, and our boys got deeper in the shit than ever before. I love the way Gemma’s character has transformed, and everything’s just got so…complicated. I know they’re basically criminals, but wow, this show can really make you care about them.
American Horror Story, Season Three
It’s quite simple; this stuff is just plain creepy. And, well, if you’re not watching to get the heebie-jeebies, what are you watching for? I think this is the strongest story yet, and way too many ridiculous moments to recount. Kathy Bates is at her finest, and Jessica Lange is doing Emmy-worthy stuff…again. Also, can we get some love for Danny Huston as the Axe-Man? Gotta love the throwback horror moments, like the nostalgic slasher who loves himself some jazz, and the chainsaw showdown behind their school. Plus, any man would be lying to say getting weekly doses of Emma Roberts isn’t a plus.
Arrow, Season Two
Arrow found itself up to avoiding the mess that is the sophomore struggle, and has come out with an even stronger product. While I still feel the show could do with a little less cheese (the boxing scene between Thea and Roy, anyone?), it’s become a sleek, action-packed show about a conflicted vigilante dealing with family. You thought Bruce Wayne had it tough, being alone all the time? Try doing the whole fighting crime thing with a family in tow, and then deal with some lady problems. If Bruce Wayne viewed all of Oliver Queen’s drama, he might consider himself a bit more lucky. But anyway, they’ve been doing such a great job with the villains, Merlyn was perfectly casted, I love the Ra’s Al Ghul stuff, BROTHER BLOOD is actually on national television, and even that Count guy is a fun little sub-villain.
Sleepy Hollow, Season One
Be honest, how many of us thought this show was actually going to be good? I don’t mind suggesting I first thought it was a completely silly idea, and you know what? It still is! It’s just written so well, it’s no longer silly, and it completely makes sense. The way they’ve tied the headless horsemen mythology with that of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. The chemistry of the main characters is fantastic, and the visuals have been pretty solid so far. Any show that can deliver quality swordfights is getting great marks in my book, but Sleepy Hollow was also able to help me remember I really like Orlando Jones, and he deserved more credit from me earlier.
Revenge, Season Three
Whenever I’m asked about this show, I have a one-line reponse: she’s like Batman, but sassier. That could also be changed to she’s like the Punisher, but more friendly. Seriously, Emily Thorn kicks ass, and watching her take down snotty-nosed Hampton folk that prefer illegal activities to otherwise legal ones, well, it’s a pleasure. The third season gets special recognition from me for recovering from the blunders made in season two. This show definitely dropped off somewhere last year, and got confused in storylines we didn’t care about. Thankfully, they’ve rebounded, and this year’s catfights between Emily and Victoria are totally vicious. Plus, Nolan’s outfits get even more eyebrow-raising, so there’s that. (other people would call his look stylish, as to which I smile and say, “ok.”)
The list of shows worth checking out certainly doesn’t end there: The Blacklist is delivering James Spader goodness week in and week out, The Brooklyn Nine-Nine has improved since the beginning and I’m connected to the characters already, The Originals is a wickedly fun spin-off, and there’s more. The five I’ve talked about have stood tall above the rest, and given me the most satisfaction in my television viewing. Haven’t been watching one or two, or all shows?