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Thursday, January 24, 2019

2018-2019 Fall TV Season Review

Television is a big thing for me. My parents were very strict about TV time when I was a child and we didn’t have cable TV growing up so now I am crazy about TV shows and make it a point to watch as much of it as I can whenever I have the time. There are so many good shows out there and sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough time to enjoy them all. What usually happens for me is that I watch a few episodes during the start of the season (both new and returning shows) and then I decide from there which ones to eventually weed out of my roster. That way when I binge-watch, I know I have enough time to watch shows that I know I will enjoy. This year’s 2018-2019 US Fall TV season, I did just that. I picked all the shows that I wanted to see then started weeding them out from there.

So much to watch, so little time... (photo credit: geralt on pixabay.com)


To make it easier to share what I think about this year’s batch of shows, I categorized the shows I’ve watching this season according to Never Let Go (shows that will always be my guilty pleasure), Promising (shows with potential to be favorites, but could also end up in Meh), Meh (shows that are neither good or bad, but I will watch them if I have nothing to do and they are on TV), and Just Stop It (shows that I have stopped watching this season). With that explanation, let me get right to it!


Never Let Go


Dynasty – It can be cheesy, campy and it can be corny at some point, but that’s what makes this show SO MUCH FUN!

NCIS Family – NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, NCIS New Orleans have been favorites of mine since the first episode of each show, I can’t imagine the season without these shows.

Law & Order SVU – Another show that I’ve followed through the years, I feel like my season isn’t complete without Olivia Benson putting another bad guy (or girl) in prison.

Criminal Minds – Daniel Henney. I’m sure you get it by now. If not, please look at the name of my blog. I'm devastated that the show is going to end after the next season!

Will & Grace – This resurrected version of the show is possibly even better than the original. I love how they tackle serious topics that make me cry (like Grace’s #MeToo story) but it can also make me laugh and smile during their comedic moments. I’m glad this show is back.

Magnum PI – There’s something about Jay Hernandez that is just so charming that even when the show doesn’t seem to have that much going on, I find myself entertained by it. I have a feeling this will be one of my guilty pleasures.

MacGyver – I’ve watched the original when I was a kid and I enjoy watching it today. I’m still waiting for the day that they convince Richard Dean Anderson to do a cameo (something he said he’s not interested in). A girl can dream, right?

Hawaii Five O – I thought this show was over with the changes in the cast but I think that the change has worked well for the show and has breathed new life into it. I’ve seen this one since season one, I don’t think I’ll stop until it’s over.

Survivor – I haven’t seen the show in a long time but this season’s castaways had such interesting personalities that I found myself watching the show from start to finish! I know that they didn’t make it to the final four but I am a big fan of the Brochachos! As for the new season coming up, I think I'll pass.

Keeping up with the Kardashians – This is my ultimate guilty pleasure. You can love them or hate them, but I choose to love them and enjoy every minute of their reality (?) show.


Promising


DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – I love how the team has changed every season, it keeps the show entertaining. This season’s crew and the circumstances surrounding them, along with the hilarious situations they get themselves into, makes me a fan of this show.

The Flash – I love how this show always has a lighter, more positive side despite the serious topics that they sometimes tackle. I’d take positive vibes over dark ones any day.

Supergirl – I’ve always been a Superman fan so by association (and the fact that he does appear in this one from time to time), I am enjoying watching this show. I miss Calista Flockhart though.

Blindspot – This was actually on my Just Stop It list last season but given how they have given the show a new twist, I found myself watching and enjoying this show again.

Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox – My inner nerd is so jealous of Megan Fox for being able to travel to interesting historical places and going inside the labs, museums, dig sites and all to get an inside look at some of the lost facts about our history. I’ve only seen a couple of episodes so far but I can’t wait to see the rest of the season!

Charmed – I know a lot of the fans of the original hate this, but I think that it is promising. We can’t keep comparing it to the original, this is a different set of Charmed ones, pretty much in the same way that the Charlie’s Angels movies always have a different set of angels. If you just enjoy it without thinking of the original, I think it’s not that bad!

A Million Little Things – I remember reading somewhere that this show is the This is Us for friendships. I guess it kind of is. I’ve teared up a couple of times watching this show and it is very relatable. Sometimes it can be boring but something always happens (a twist to the story here and there) to pull me back in.

Manifest – This has been a bit of a weird show but I guess it’s the weirdness that keeps me glued to it the way that Lost was a weird premise but kept the fans glued to the TV.

Legacies – The continuation of the stories of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. It’s a little too teen angsty for my taste, but I do like how the story of the past shows are continued. As long as they keep referring to the older shows in some form or another, I’ll be watching this.

The Haunting of Hill House – I’ve seen the entire season on Netflix. It’s a good show, not as scary as I expected but I did like what it was all about. I wonder what the next season will be like if they ever make one.


Meh


Station 19 – It’s the Grey’s Anatomy version of Chicago Fire. The characters are interesting, but the plots tend to look the same after a while.

911 – At this point I’m only watching for Jennifer Love Hewitt. 

Chicago Med – Like Station 19, I feel that the characters in this one are interesting, but I have been watching way too many medical shows this season that I am starting to jumble them all together. Something’s gotta give eventually and this one might be it.

The Resident – Another medical drama, there’s currently an interesting arc going on involving Jenna Dewan’s character. I’m keeping this on my list to see how that goes.

The Good Doctor – As much as I admire Freddie Highmore’s acting, the show is getting to the point where it is becoming a bit boring for me. I hope they shake it up, otherwise this goes on my Just Stop It list. 

New Amsterdam – Ryan Eggold. That is all that is keeping this show on this list. 

How to Get Away with Murder – This one just needs to end. I feel that this just needs a good finale and they should leave it at that. 

Bodyguard – I’ve actually finished the season. Not as exciting as you’d think given the title, but entertaining, nevertheless. Wish there was more to it though. Something felt missing for me. But I can't deny Richard Madden's acting was really good in this one!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – It’s OK…well-hyped but it’s not as amazing as I’ve been hearing it was supposed to be. 

Titans – This is not the teen titans that my nephew watches on Cartoon Network that’s for sure. It’s pretty dark but if you are familiar with the characters you would be interested in their take on them in this show. I don't feel particularly attached to this show compared to other superhero shows out there though.


Just Stop It


Seal Team – I was watching for David Boreanaz. That’s it. I just couldn’t get myself attached to this show, no matter how hard I tried. Respect to the soldiers who fight the good fight but I just wasn’t enjoying this show anymore.

Black Lightning – I feel like I have way too many superhero programs on my list. Along with Arrow (which I stopped watching several seasons ago), I decided that I’d rather watch a lighter fare when it comes to my caped (or masked and otherwise) heroes.

Maniac – I watched the first episode and felt like I was watching something that was trying to be Black Mirror, only I couldn’t catch on. Could be my fault, but I just wasn’t entertained.

The Gifted – I tried to keep myself loyal and watch this show since I saw the first season, but it was getting harder and harder for me to understand what was going on since everyone in the show seemed to have their own agenda. It was also getting boring for me. 

The Romanoffs – I.TRIED.SO.HARD. The first episode was sooo boring. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of watching another one. 

The Rookie – Like Seal Team, I tried watching this for Nathan Fillion. The appeal is lost on me. I can see he’s trying to bring back the charm he had on Castle but it just isn’t working for me.

The Voice – This happens to me every season. I watch the auditions and the battles but after that, I lose interest. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I wonder what would keep me interested past that. 


What about you? What shows have you enjoyed watching? Any recommendations you’d like to share? Leave me a comment so I can check it out!

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