Because I know you procrastinate by watching Glee

October is the new April — packed full of events, activities, mid-terms, Homecoming, Parents’ weekend, Quidditch, The Roots, etc.

But no matter how much work you have, you’re going to find time to keep up with your favorite TV shows. The real question is if you’re making the right TV choices this Fall. Still stuck watching Grey’s, Lost, and Entourage? You need some new options:

Prof. Jason Mittell recommends (for more reviews visit Prof. Mittell’s blog):

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO):  I was an ardent fan of this show for the first three seasons, found the fourth season underwhelming, and then let HBO lapse without going back to the DVDs. So season 7 is a return for me, and so far, I’m loving it. There’s still nothing more cringe-worthy than Larry being Larry, and when it’s working, the joy of watching a perfectly structured episode is unmatched – the “Vehicular Fellatio” episode was spectacular. While last week’s episode was more shaggy than I like, I can’t wait to see how the Seinfeld anti-reunion plays out. A-
  • Parks & Recreation (Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC): I enjoyed the first mini-season of this show last spring, recognizing that it was a work in progress with some solid talent on board. This season it’s made the leap, tackling some political topics with a great attitude and confidence. The penguin marriage episode was a highlight, and Louis CK’s guest role has been utterly charming. I only hope that NBC keeps it on despite weak ratings (but isn’t that the norm for all NBC shows these days?).  A-
  • Community (Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC):  I’m enjoying this series quite a bit – I expected the show to be much more frenetic and snarky in tone, but it’s actually a fairly traditional single-camera show. The characters still need more development and there’s been a weak storyline most episodes, but there’s a lot to work with and the performers seem up to the task. B+

The Campus recommends:

  • Lie To Me (Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Fox): After finding an audience in its first season and getting renewed for a second, the show made an intriguing decision – bringing in Shawn Ryan ’88, creator of “The Shield” and “The Unit,” to run the show.  Ryan, a Middlebury alum, is known not for one-episode procedural story arcs but rather for serial narrative stories.  Transitioning “Lie To Me” from a procedural to a serial, therefore, is an interesting decision. The series follows Dr. Cal Lightman, the world’s leading expert in deception.  He uses face-reading and physical cues to spot lies. Such a character could be captivating when involved in continuing personal storylines, rather than simply in solving cases. It would be interesting to see this ability develop in relationships and other scenarios outside of Cal’s career.
  • Modern Family (Wednesday, at 9  p.m. EST on ABC): The show follows three families: a white suburban family with two kids, an overprotective mother and a dad just trying to be cool; a rich, older man remarried to a young Hispanic woman with a son; and a gay couple just back from adopting a daughter in China.  At the end of the first episode, you discover that the three families are related. …This show reminds me of “Arrested Development” but less risky and “The Office” but with less heart.

Middblog wants to know: what are you watching?


2 thoughts on “Because I know you procrastinate by watching Glee

  1. Watch Trauma – the new series shot in San Francisco. This is the first major TV series that is actually being shot on location in SF since Nash Bridges finished in 2001.

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