And I’m no exception. It’s not just sweaters and putting pumpkin slop in everything that gets me going, it’s FALL TV!!
This fall tv season is unbelievable. I feel so alive!
So let’s get to it.
Pitch: This is my favorite new show. It is not careful or subtle. It is delicious, edge of your seat plotting, and completely entertaining. It is a pleasure stew: lady athlete + underdog + is he her mentor or her lover? + opulent art direction thanks to the show’s partnership with professional baseball.
This Is Us: People keep saying this is the new Parenthood. It’s not, but every scene with Sterling K. Brown is so fantastic that I don’t really care about the lackluster other siblings.
Speechless: THIS IS THE NEW PARENTHOOD! It’s not a drama, but the core of the show is very Jason Katims’y
Designated Survivor: I’m only putting this in here because you are going to love this Mom. It has things moms love: Kiefer Sutherland and fake West Wing.
The Good Place: original, fresh, a little Parks and Rec’ish, and finally the Kristin Bell vehicle she/we deserve
Better Things: less painful that Louie. I can watch Pamela Adlon do anything.
High Maintenance/Insecure (the new HBO comedies): Great! I already loved these as internet shows and they are not ruined by their move to HBO
*brief note: because Atlanta is kind of in the same category as the HBO comedies and Better Things, I want to note that I respect the hell out of it as a show, but man what a bummer. I am basically never in the mood to watch it
Queen Sugar: because it is on OWN you might not think of this as prestige, but it is. It is also not afraid to linger the camera on pretty people. It also has lots of interesting things to say about the racial politics of farming!
Transparent: Some people don’t like this season. I think it’s great. The Jewish stuff will make you super Judaism-curious (that’s the show’s line, not mine) and there is more Kathryn Hahn, which is all I ever really want.
Fleabag: This show killed me. Two thumbs up. Please let me know when you have finished the final episode so we can discuss.
Luke Cage: I haven’t seen this yet, but based on his performance in Jessica Jones I’m psyched!
Divorce and Westworld: also haven’t premiered yet, but I’m definitely going to watch them because 1) Sharon Hogan and 2) I like cyborgs.
Returning shows that are great:
I’m giving Masters of Sex another chance. I skipped out a couple of episodes in last season and I’m not really confused jumping back in. Sometimes shows need a chance to reboot.
Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal (HTGAWM bores me because there is too much plot)
Younger! Will she smooch old guys or young guys this season? I vote old guys.
Halt and Catch Fire (the lady boss saga continues now with Lee Pace impersonating Steve Jobs).
I have also been notified that I’m slacking in my PBS viewing: Poldark and Indian Summers are both pretty and sort of replacements for Downton Abbey/Outlander. I’m still not totally into them so I just watch them while I fold laundry. Let me know if I should be giving them more of my attention.