Non-Genre TV You Should Be Watching
Last week I mentioned my TV watching time is limited, and detailed which SF TV shows had been chopped off my list, and which were on the chopping block.
That’s not to say there aren’t any good non-genre TV shows, there are, I just like SF TV more. But when I find a really good one, I’ll add it to my watch list. I hear that the various CSI series are good as is House, but I’ve never watched them. First I have to bother to try and record them or find them online, then I have to actually watch an episode, which means that any non-genre show is starting from a deep hole for me.
But I have found two that I watch religiously:
Psych is one of those shows in which you either buy the premise and love it, or you don’t and you hate it. Shawn Spencer is one super observant person, but has to pretend to be psychic for the police to take him seriously. He and his partner Gus open a Psychic Detective Agency, the titular Psych, and work on cases for the police and the occasional client. What makes this show work is the chemistry between all the characters, especially Shawn and Gus, the humor and all the obscure TV, film and 80′s references in each episode, which are good for several LOL moments every time (the Mexican telenovela episode is a real hoot). If it’s any indication how much I like Psyche, once I watch a couple on Hulu, I immediately went out and watched all of the first two seasons. Add in some character development for the third season and you’ve got a compulsively watchable TV show. Here is a representative episode:
MacGyver meets The A-Team plus Bruce Campbell. It may not be the best show on TV and the lead actor isn’t the best at acting (although he’s become much better), but there’s something about its combination of humor and action that is very appealing, plus Bruce Campbell of course. In terms of quality, the second season is much better than the first as everyone seems to be hitting their stride in terms of storytelling and character development. It’s too bad it’s on fall hiatus because I want to see what happens next and just why the Burn Notice was ordered. Come on already! Haven’t seen it? Here’s the pilot:
But I know I’m probably not watching all of the good stuff on TV. What do you watch that I should check out? Keep in mind I don’t have HBO or Showtime, although that isn’t necessarily an issue.
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