Fall TV Review

It’s still a little early in the TV season, but I feel like doing reviews now

Sunday
The Simpsons
Family Guy
Still some of my favorite humor, I wonder how long these two can stay on the air. There’s always something to laugh at here. Never really got into American Dad (baby and dog humor is better than effiminate alien and German fish humor) and will give the Family Guy spinoff a shot, but don’t know how good it will be. B

True Blood
I haven’t read the books, but Anna Paquin is pitch perfect as the telepathic waitress who’s had it up to here with the thoughts of human men and is naturally intrigued when a vampire comes to town and she can’t read his mind. B

Desperate Housewives
I liked this show, was watching it from the beginning but was growing tired of some of the characters. The five year flash forward was a good point to jump off – I watched the first ep and it confirmed my decision. C

Robot Chicken
Metalocalypse
The only shows I’ve gotten into from Adult Swim, always funny (maybe ’cause they’re so short). B+

Z Rock
A great new mockumentary about a real rock band that in the series is more succesful as a children’s band. Plus being on IFC means nudity and swearing is allowed. B

Spaceballs
Avoid at all costs – bad animation and worse writing. Mel, I hope you got paid big for this. F

Monday-Thursday
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
I don’t want the country to be in a bad place during a crucial election, but these guys are at the top of their game. A

Monday
Chuck
Heroes
The best two hours of TV. I’m enjoying both the A and B stories on Chuck, and the lessons of season 2 have been learned on Heroes and there’s a lot of action and superpowers. A

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Dead Like Me (on hd.net)
Both good shows, both not quite as good as the first season, but still worth watching. B-

Tuesday
Eureka
Already blown through the first half of the season, with a twist midway through I never saw coming. A great mix of comedy and drama. B

Fringe
I enjoy J.J. Abrams’ shows, but this one is too close to X-Files. On the chopping block, but may watch more for now. C+

Gavin and Stacey
You’d thing a series about a couple meeting and getting married would be too sappy, but they play it right. It helps that it’s written by the folks who play the couple’s best friends, and they get the best lines. B+

The IT Crowd
An intriguing new British series about two guys running an IT department and their new boss who is technically deficient but socially proficient. Not bad, might improve more – and I’m curious to know how the US version will be. C+

Wednesday
Pushing Daisies
Another show that’s not as good as the first season, but I’m still watching for now – potentially next on the chopping block. B-

Knight Rider
I liked the TV movie, but the first ep was so horrible I couldn’t finish. D-

Thursday
Smallville
Pros: Lex, Lana and Kara are gone, Green Arrow is back (the fifth season where he showed up a lot was great) and Clark’s finally in Metropolis working at the Planet with Lois. Cons: Clark’s still not flying and is afraid to use his powers (after seven years!), Chloe’s in another love triangle and the new director of LexCorp is (so far) just a female version of Lex. Who am I kidding, I’ll watch until they take it off air. B-

Life On Mars
The pilot was very good (and a great 1973 establishing shot) with some sci fi elements and great acting, but something had to go and it looks like it will primarily be a police procedural. C+

SNL Thursday/ 30 Rock
30 Rock hasn’t started yet but Tina Fey has been superb on SNL, and I really enjoy the Thursday format of SNL. B+

Friday
Sanctuary
The pilot was badly paced, but I gave the next ep a shot and it was better. Plus who can resist another butt kicking babe in leather? B-

Star Wars: Clone Wars
I didn’t see the movie, but the series so far hasn’t been half bad. B-

Real Time With Bill Maher
Love or hate him, it’s the only place to find a nearly unrestricted discussion of current events. And I think “New Rules” are almost always funny. B

Saturday
Primeval
A team of scientists running around England trying to stop creatures coming in through portals to other times (including lots of dinosaurs). B-

Saturday Night Live
Not quite as great as Daily Show/Colbert Report but more hit than miss. B