With all of television going on their mid-season “finale,” I thought it’d be fun to talk about them. Now, as always, there were many new shows debating this past fall. Let’s talk about those that made my cream of the crop and that won’t (hopefully) get cancelled.
5. Almost Human
This sci-fi show is pretty much a collection of all classic sci-fi movies. It has the look of Blade Runner, the feel of Demolition Man and Minority Report, and even has a Robocop. While it is a mish-mash of plenty of good movies, that’s not a strike against it because sci-fi plays on a lot of similar themes.
At its heart and what makes Almost Human fun to watch is the bromance between Karl Urban and Michael Ealy. I’ve always had a soft spot for buddy, action, comedy movies, which this is. While the plots may be fairly predictable and nothing new, it’s worth it alone to watch these two great actors go at it.
4. Sleepy Hollow
When I first heard of this show, I thought how could they make it a show? Surely, it must be a rather long mini-series or just a one season show like Revenge. But I was wrong.
Sleepy Hollow is in the same vein as Supernatural, but whereas that show is mostly serious, Sleepy Hollow is not. That doesn’t mean it’s goofy. It just means that it doesn’t give a shit. The characters do crazy things for the most outrageous plots. Somehow it all works. Partly because of the charm of Crane, but also because it doesn’t drag things out and keeps the wheels turning. Much like Almost Human, the chemistry between the stars is excellent.
3. The Michael J. Fox Show
While I’ve been a big fan of Michael J. Fox’s movies, I’ve never been a fan of his sitcoms. I gave this a shot even though I was slightly worried about how things would be with his Parkinson’s. I had worried that not only would things be awkward but that the show would focus on his dealings with Parkinson’s. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.
The Michael J. Fox Show is a solid family sitcom. Yes, they brushed upon his Parkinson’s in the pilot but only mention it in passing in each subsequent episode. It’s also a very traditional sitcom in that it’s focused on a more “normal” family. It’s very funny and has a ton of heart.
2. The Blacklist
I’m not big on crime or cop stuff. There’s only been about a handful of stuff I’ve enjoyed that fall into those two genres. However, the premise sounded interesting enough to try it out.
And I love it!
I’ve always been drawn to characters like the one James Spader plays. Be it Vegeta, Cole, or Thanos, those characters resonate with me. Maybe it’s because if I ever let go, all of me will be like them.
Aside from that, Elizabeth Boone plays an excellent Agent Keene. There aren’t many strong woman on television or in movies, but Keene is one. And she doesn’t rely on being sexy, which actually makes her more sexy.
While some people get bored of the “monster of the week” thing. Much like the early seasons of Supernatural, I actually think it works here.
1. The Goldbergs
I was afraid that this would be a gimmicky show, but because of my love of the 80s, I had to at least check out the pilot. As you can see, it’s an excellent show.
I like to describe The Goldbergs as The Wonder Years meets Roseanne. The 80s dressing isn’t just a gimmick or feel tacked on like it does in The Carrie Diaries. It’s crucial to the show and its own character Having grown up in that decade, it feels real. While the family is a bit wacky, they also have a ton of heart and truly care about each other. Not that it’s all sappy. The Goldbergs is also pretty hilarious.
Those were my top new shows of the fall 2013 season. What are yours?