Is It TV, Or Is It Me?

I hear a lot of talk about how television as we know it is threatened or, “under attack”. Apparently people are leaving cable in droves and opting for streaming services. Ratings are down on many television programs/networks, and often, I hear that my generation is to blame (because Millennials ruin everything, duh). But I don’t think its as simple as blaming any particular demographic, or even finding fault in new technology. I think the problem is far more complex.

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The Four Best TV Shows of 2018*

*in my opinion anyway…

As I compulsively consume content, I’ve been having many feelings. Lots of nerdy happiness, and plenty of moments in which I thought of writing dedicated posts, but didn’t (because sometimes I struggle between wanting to over-analyze a show, and wanting to just enjoy it).

So I figured I could put together a post in which I could just generally ramble about the different shows I’ve been watching this season. More specifically, I want to talk about my favorites and the shows I think are the true winners of this season thus far.

 

Doctor Who

Holy shit have I fallen down the rabbit hole. I’m sorry. I’m sorry to all the hoards of fans that I perhaps judged because for some reason I can be stupidly stubborn about popular shows and refusing to jump on bandwagons. Well, I started watching some older Doctor Who (David Tennant is an angel) this summer and fell quickly in love. I’ve been watching the new Doctor Who (I LOVE Jodie Whittaker) since it began, and holy Tardis it is in-fucking-credible!!!

To those who have been Doctor Who fans for years, I’m sure they understand how hard I’ve fallen for this show. It’s just incredible. I’m loving the adventures they go on, the humor, and the feeling of family between the Doctor and her companions (love the casting here!). It’s just excellent. The Rosa Parks episode was absolutely my favorite, and somehow I survived Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and a million giant fucking spiders.

Fairly certain you can catch up on previous episodes online / through the BBC America app – which you should.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America, Sundays @ 8pm.

 

 

The Neighborhood

I remember when Monday nights were a comedy heavy night for me… 2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, TBBT… now there’s only one show that I watch on Mondays and it feels a little strange. The Neighborhood is a great new sitcom that delivers the comedy in that good comforting sitcom way. It’s great to see Beth Behrs on TV again, but I’ll be honest and say that the real gems on this show are Marcel Spears, Tichina Arnold, and of course Cedric the Entertainer! Marcel is easily my favorite – he’s always delivering the laughs and his body language always gets me!

If you’re looking for a feel good comedy to escape into, this is it. The Neighborhood airs on Monday’s at 8pm on CBS.

 

Young Sheldon

I’ve talked about this show briefly before – but I’ll say it again: I LOVE this show!! It’s such a good sitcom. It’s cute and so funny and just all around excellent. Even if you’ve never seen TBBT, I feel like this show could easily stand on its own. Meemaw is absolutely my favorite character and Annie Potts kills it every single episode. I feel like every time I watch, she tops the last episode. I could go on and on about Young Sheldon, but I’ll keep it brief and just say that it’s simply a wonderfully comforting and funny sitcom. If you’ve yet to see it – fix that immediately.

Young Sheldon airs on Thursdays @ 8:30pm on CBS.

 

The Cool Kids

I don’t think I’ve mentioned The Cool Kids yet, but I feel like its an underrated gem. It centers around four older people living in a retirement community and the adventures they get into. Trust me – they do! The casting is excellent – Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, and Vicki Lawrence (as well as excellent supporting cast and guests)! It sort of gives me Golden Girls vibes which is the highest of compliments, trust me. The snark level is high and I’m here for it. I also enjoy how the show focuses on an older age group which frequently is ignored (like The Golden Girls did). Of course the sociologist in me can’t help but analyze everything I watch. 😉

The Cool Kids airs @ 8:30pm on Fridays on FOX.

NCIS:LA Season 10 – The Prince – Recap & Review

We took last week off from recapping the show on here because we’re fans too and sometimes we just want to sit down and immerse ourselves in a show (or two…or three…or….)! BUT – if you’d like us to write about NCIS:LA weekly, please let us know in the comments because it’s definitely something we could try and do if its wanted! We might just do it anyways, you never know… 😉

Last week’s episode, Superhuman (S10,E2) was a damn good one full of all the intensity you’d expect from this show. The whole team (with the exception of Hetty – is she gone for good??) is back together and aside from working through the case, we were gifted some cute moments as well – like with Nell & Eric! I love them together so much!! Densi is great, but Neric??? Perfection!

Tonight’s episode, The Prince (S10, E3), has the team working together to try and protect a crown prince from assassins.

Spoilery Spoils past this point…

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NCIS:LA Season 10 Premiere – To Live and Die in Mexico – Review & Recap

So we’ve made it. Tonight, we finally got to see what happened to the team on NCIS:LA after last season’s two part cliff hanger finale. If you missed the finale, you can read a recap here. Tonight’s episode, To Live and Die in Mexico (S10,E1) opens up the spin offs tenth season with the team knocked out in their bombed out truck, where Deeks is having a dream/hallucination of him and Kensi in bed, with Kensi being pregnant (!!). Sam, Callen and Kensi come to, but Deeks is still knocked out, with his condition unknown.

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MOM Season 6 Premiere – Recap & Review

Tonight the sixth season of CBS’s MOM premiered. We’ve both been watching this show since the very beginning and it’s easily one of our top favorite sitcoms. Despite our love, we’ve never really talked about it all that much, so we felt it was time to change that!

Tonight’s premiere episode – Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime (S6, E1), starts off with Bonnie making Christie breakfast for her first day of law school (which made me hungry for pancakes). The show opening was also re-done with more of a focus on the adults rather than Christie’s kids which I absolutely love tbh.

At group, we learn that Bonnie’s wedding planning hasn’t been smooth sailing, that is, until she learns that she can literally turn it into a big day wrapped around her. Meanwhile, Christie’s first day of law school turns out to be harder than she thought (And that was before she has to take over for another sick waitress at work and forgets her backback full of books in the locked restaurant.) Bonnie dreams that Adam is cheating on a woman named Louise from Trader Joe’s who he thinks is cute. Christie’s troubles with law school get worse when she decides to quit law school, but advice from Marjorie and a woman’s speech at what is her first meeting spurns a flashback of her own first meeting that brought a change of heart. And of course we got Marjorie’s sage wisdom which the show would feel incomplete without (forget “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, I’m all for some Marjorie wisdom)!

Overall tonight’s episode reminded me why I love this show and I’m so glad that it’s back! The writing in combination with the cast is just the perfect combo, which was certainly evident in tonight’s episode. I was ammused by Bonnie’s fear of mimes, and her love for HGTV’s Property Brothers (And now I know what to call those windows above doors)! I’m absolutely looking forward to Bonnie and Adam’s wedding (I just hope that Adam’s handsome dog makes an appearance)! All in all, I liked the direction that tonight’s episode took the story in and it’s so good to have this comedy gem back for the season.

If you watched tonight’s premiere, please let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments!

 

Premiere Week – What We’re Watching – September 24-30, 2018

The time is finally here! It’s premiere week!! The blog has been a bit quiet (okay, very), as we transitioned from summer break into grad school again, but we’ve been waiting for this time to arrive. With shows returning, it almost feels like we have dropped back into our *true* routines. We thought we’d take a super quick break to give a run down of the shows we intend to watch this week!

This run down is for the week of September 24th, 2018 through September 30th, 2018. New shows are in bold!

 

Monday September 24th, 2018

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – Season twelve is unfortunately going to be the last season of TBBT and we’re a bit bummed about it. Sometimes I feel like we’re in a minority because we love the show, but hey – they’ve made it twelve seasons so clearly they’ve got at least a few fans! 😉 We will definitely be tuning in and it feels right to be starting off with such a good classic sitcom.

Young Sheldon (CBS) – I’d admit that when I first heard about Young Sheldon, I really was apprehensive. I just didn’t see it working out. Well I realized pretty early in season one that it DOES work and it’s one of my favorite new arrivals of last year. My favorite part is actually the set design. I think they have done an incredible job with making everything look appropriate for the time! I also enjoyed seeing Billy Gardell and I hope that he returns for season 2!

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Get the Look: TV Style – Roz Doyle, Frasier

When I was blogging on my old blog, I started a series on TV style. I actually only wrote one post for the series, but I had the best of intentions of continuing it further. Well, I’ve moved on, but I want to carry that series over to this blog because it’s still a topic I feel like exploring. It’s in no way earth shattering to talk about the fashion of various television characters, but I feel like so many of the sites out there that look at the topic are neglecting older programs. Fashion, like everything, always comes back around so what was on trend years ago, has or will return again. In my first post on this topic, I focused on Daphne Moon from Frasier. I loved her cozy 90s vibe that was heavy on florals. Today though, I want to side step and talk about another character from the show: Roz Doyle.

Roz Doyle was such a dynamic character. She was strong and independent, while also displaying her flaws and vulnerability. Roz exhibited confidence and held her own in her profession which was dominated by men. She was unapologetic for how she lived her life – whether others approved or not. I think that Roz is frequently an overlooked and underappreciated character when there is discussion of feminism as represented through television. Roz Doyle definitely fits the bill in my book. Technically, I suppose that she is a supporting character, but Roz is by no means an accessory. I don’t know if the wardrobe for Peri Gilpin’s character was all that purposeful or not, but I feel like it sends a message either way. Her outfits frequently present a confident independent career woman with glimmers of sexuality. She’s not your damsel. All hail Rozalinda!

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