It’s been a long, long time since my husband and I have had a good collection of television shows that we were wrapped up in all at once. Until this year, that is.
With the explosion of fairy tales reimagined all over the place (with a big thanks to Tim Burton and his Alice in Wonderland project for kicking off the trend), new audiences are being pulled into primetime shows right and left.
I couldn’t have stopped watching these shows if I tried, so it’s a good thing that the end of the season has arrived with the start of summer’s heat waves. Here are my favorite primetime TV shows for this year, in no particular order.
If you’ve missed the boat on any of these shows (except Awake), there’s still time to catch up on all the missed episodes over the summer before the new TV season starts in September 2012.
And remember, we still have the new Dallas to get us through the summer!
Best TV Show – Grimm
Grimm has to be my new favorite TV show of all time. Grimm is a sophisticated creature-based show set in modern day.
Although I’m not a fan of police dramas or crime scene investigation (CSI) shows, the fairytale element in Grimm puts a new twist on this genre that’s just plain irresistible.
If you remember your Grimm’s Fairy Tales from childhood, you may find the storylines in Grimm eerily familiar. If your fairytale repertoire is less than perfect, don’t worry – you can read up on the extensive Grimm Wikis online to get the details.
Grimm returns Fall 2012 on Fridays at 9pm PST.
Once Upon a Time
Okay, so the list is written in a somewhat order! I love Once Upon a Time, a television show about fairytale characters who have fallen under a curse by an evil queen to live in a modern day town, but none of them remember who they really are. The evil queen is now the mayor, the savior comes to town to break the curse, yadda yadda. The episodes are woven with smart flashbacks which leave just enough intrigue to keep you wondering from beginning to end.
I love Once Upon a Time, and I can’t wait for season 2!
I watched Awake faithfully every week, just dying to know how the writers would keep the show going past 1 season with Britten’s split lives and breakthrough flashbacks. Apparently, the network wondered the same thing, because one of my favorite shows, Awake, got canceled.
Awake had the most compelling pilot I have ever seen in my life, hands down. This show gave me faith in good television writing again. At least the writers were allowed to wrap up the storyline with a good 2 part finale so that viewers weren’t left hanging and cheated out of their closure (Jericho, anyone?).
I will miss Awake and look forward to the next projects from the writers and actors. Watch full episodes of Awake on NBC.com for free here.
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory focuses on 4 extremely intelligent physics researchers and their beautiful (but not intellectual) neighbor Penny.
The jokes are funny, especially if you’ve ever been the smartest nerd in your class. I am most decidedly like the character Sheldon Cooper, a logical “Vulcan” guy with extreme OCD, a germ freak, neat freak, and misfit with modern society! I can’t get enough of Big Bang, and I even had dinner 2 tables over from Johnny Galecki (who plays the lead character, Leonard) a few weeks back. Lucky me!
I’m far behind on Mad Men, and I’m still trying to catch up so I can watch the new season on TV with the rest of the world. This 1960s historical drama is authentic, true to period, and has characters which are deeply created with layers of true humanity. The lives of several key characters working at a Manhattan advertising agency are followed, swirling around the main family of the Drapers.
The details are superb, the settings, vintage clothing, and expired social norms are enough to captivate any viewer. Mad Men is available on Netflix streaming.