Thursday, January 09, 2014

Queensryche ' The Warning'

If you’re totally unaware, I’m on a weekly pop culture podcast called The Less Desirables. There are three of us and I joined them to talk about my first love, television.

I give the week’s premiere dates, significant series finale dates, and I give my own reviews from time to time. Of course, being the critical jerk that I am, I give my opinion on shows that I’m not reviewing. Sometimes you don’t need to see a turd to know that something smells like a turd. Reality shows tend to give off that kind of essence.

Since I joined The Less Desirables, I’ve made best of / worst of the year lists. But this year I’m just going with the best of 2013. No worst. I’m trying to be more positive this year so I don’t want to weigh myself down with the negatives.

I had a difficult time coming up with my top five. There are SO many good shows on the networks and even streaming services. I prefer television these days to anything in the movie theaters. Just to give you an idea of how much I prefer television, I have had ‘The Fighter’ on DVD from Netflix since mid October. I have no burning desire to watch it although I hear that it’s a great film.

Before I get to my top five, let me give some honorable mentions.

First series that comes to mind… ‘The Following’ on FOX. It’s a show that makes Edgar Allan Poe creepy again. It’s full of twists and turns. Season one ended with a nice little cliffhanger and the second season starts up later this month.

I’ve only seen the pilot episode of the FOX series ‘Almost Human’, but from that one viewing I was hooked. I had to jump through hoops to get the pilot. For some reason, our DVR didn’t record it even though it recorded the second episode the following night. We just haven’t seen the other episodes because we’re so behind on ‘Arrow’, ‘Homeland’, ‘Masters Of Sex’, and ‘Sleepy Hollow’. And if Chigger’s kids binge-watched that mofo in a day it has to be good.

Since I mentioned ‘Masters Of Sex’ (Showtime), I gotta mention how good of a show it is. Sure, it’s a bit of a soap opera but there is plenty of nudity. And it gives you a historical view of the folks that challenged social attitudes towards sex and sparked the sexual revolution.

And the last honorable mention goes to another Showtime series, ‘Ray Donavan’.

The show started off the blocks fantastically, but as it went on the less I cared about it. The show reminds me a bit of ‘The Black Donnellys’ that ran for a short minute of NBC back in 2007. I’m not saying that it’s bad. I just didn’t have a burning desire to watch it as soon as possible.

Check out The Less Desirables latest podcast for my #5 and #4 of the Best New Shows of 2013. It’s free onr our website, iTunes, and with the Stitcher app. And I’ll write a little more in depth as to why I found them worthy of the best after you’ve had some time to digest the podcast.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I watched the season 1 of "The Following" recently and when the Joe Carroll character intones "Ryan..." to the protagonist (Kevin Bacon), he sounds just like the title character on Wilfred when he says "Ryan..." to that series protagonist (Elijah Wood). Coincidental? I think not.