|Still makes more sense than watching TV on your damn iPhone|
My cable spectrum is technically infinite, on-demand has become a possibility through a huge number of channels (through my cable or via various internet services), the TV "season" still exists at the networks, but only kinda... the start of Fall is no longer when new shows air. Now that's literally every week of the year. And Netflix proved you could dump whole seasons on people at once and let the audience and God sort it out. You can now jump into a show in season 3, and just find the prior seasons on Hulu or Netflix...
The one, great trick I have decided upon is to wait and see if my trusted pals will watch a whole series and tell me if they felt the ending was satisfactory. Series now have endings and finales. They no longer limp along, becoming a pale version of their former selves, getting by on the faithful habits of watchers who are just seeking familiarity. Look, I got burned by both X-Files and Lost, and I'm not doing it again.
Fortunately for all of us, a year and half isn't all that long in TV terms, so it's not like my TV habits have changed greatly since I went to go get milk and cigarettes in 2013 and never came back.
- Archer - which wasn't super great last season, but remained entertaining.
- The Americans - which somehow got even better in Season 2 and has completely flipped my 1990's impression of Keri Russell. I really thought I'd get bored of the concept, but the long game of Season 2 versus the episodic nature of Season 1 really delivered.
- Mythbusters - undergoing major changes, which we should see come to fruition this week. No more Build Team, but maybe getting back to the raw nature of Season 1 is a good idea.
- Parks 'n Rec - a bit of a mess of a a show continuity wise, but that's hardly the point of the program, so I'll just take what I can get, and I'll always appreciate a show that treats government employment in the trenches as something other than a total joke (just a partial joke)
- The League - although I think we're agreed that the last season was our final season as the joke has run out of steam
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - which was feeling pretty thin last season. This is the show I watch out of habit.
- Mad Men - I don't even try to recommend Mad Men anymore. It's not like anyone has done anything but try and inform me it sucks. But, it's still the best written show on TV, so there.
- Black Dynamite - started off with a bang for it's first season by just being a great satire, and with Season 2 has become one of the most subversive shows I've seen on TV. But with dick jokes
- The Flash - I'm not watching Gotham because I did Smallville, and I'm pretty sure I know how this show will go. But Flash has ditched the teen-angst fantasy of Arrow for a show that's as close to a fun superhero show as anything I've seen on TV since... probably the last Flash TV show. Sure, it's got death and family tragedy, but our hero wants to be a hero, he's not being punished. It's his idea. And while it occasionally suffers from the fact it's on the CW and it's just going to be that way, it's been a fun ride.
- Sleepy Hollow - I tuned in to hate-watch, decided I genuinely liked it's goofy charm, and then turned on it this season. So I'm done. Sorry, Jamie, you're on your own.
- New Girl - Shut up. I know you thought you were too clever to be tricked into watching this show, but it's really funny if you also believe that nobody really grows up after the age of 11.
- Breaking Bad - via Netflix. The problem we've run into is that the show is super depressing. We could probably finish it pretty quickly, but every time I look at it, I think "well, what horrible thing will happen to the Whites this week?" It's beautifully written and amazingly well acted, but... yeah. I'll wrap it up over the summer, probably.
- Silicon Valley - which I just read on Gerry's fb page was renewed, so it got moved to this section
- True Detective - which was really good, but I was a little surprised to see late-night, booze fueled college-years conversation applied to a police case lauded as deep character development. But the story was good, acting and direction fantastic, and they used Juice Newton on the soundtrack. And I'll watch Season 2.
- Axe Cop - Axe Cop got a TV show!
- History Detectives - canceled just this week
- Cosmos - dang, that was a really good show
- The Roosevelts - Of course I watched this Ken Burns documentary. Phenomenal show. May be on PBS.org. You can go look.
- Wonder Woman - probably counts
- Peaky Blinders - a 1919, British set crime drama starring Cillian Murphy in a factory town. It's so nice when everyone involved feels like they're actually trying.
- Agent Carter - obviously
I plan to watch:
- Black Mirror
- Marco Polo
- The Wire
I am also watching or have watched some of these things that are TV-ish:
- Sports, like UT and other college football and some San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Cubs
- Elvira has put her various shows up on Hulu
- Our weird local 24 Hour news network, TimeWarner Cable News
There's probably also lots of other stuff I've watched and liked, but this post has gone on long enough and I don't really care about it that much, now that I think about it. I'm certainly not going to spend any time worrying about shows I watched and didn't like or complain about any particular shows, because all of our lives are too short for that nonsense.