5 TV Shows You Shouldn't Miss
I don't watch a whole lot of television anymore. Too much of what is aired today seems unoriginal and over done to me. Then we have the huge reality tv invasion. For the most part, I really hate it. In order to keep me tuning in, there has to be something worth watching on the program. Whether they bring some humor to my day or just spark my interest, here are five shows that have me hooked, in no particular order.
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory was created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and premiered on CBS in 2007. Set in Pasadena, CA the show focuses on Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, physicists who work at Caltech. Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki (of Roseanne fame) and Sheldon, played brilliantly by Jim Parsons are roommates. They are often joined by their friends/colleagues, Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyer). These guys are the embodiment of the term geek. Not only do they speak Kling On, they play Kling On Boggle. Enter the pretty blonde who just moved in across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard. Penny (Kaley Cuoco, formerly of 8 Simple Rules and Charmed) is an aspiring actress making ends meet by waitressing at The Cheesecake Factory. Leonard is instantly smitten. The show is very well written and really just plain hilarious. Jim Parsons steals the show. Sheldon is probably the funniest part of the show. His complete inability to play well with others makes for great scenarios. Now in its third season, The Big Bang Theory airs Monday nights at 9:30 EST on CBS. If you like to laugh, you'll love this show.
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser is one of the two reality-type tv shows that I enjoy. The show debuted in 2004 with trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper guiding overweight contestants on their path to healthy living. Contestants are brought to the Biggest Loser ranch and are cut off from their families and the stress of their everyday lives. Here, they are shown how to make healthy choices and spend the majority of their days working out in the gym with the trainers. Every week, the contestants weigh in and the two with the lowest percentage of weight loss "fall below the yellow line". The other contestants then decide which one of them will go home. The contestant who has the highest percentage of weight loss at the finale is the Biggest Loser and wins $250,000.00. The show is in its eighth season and it has helped so many people. The best part is that the contestants go home and really pay it forward; showing their friends and family how to live this healthier lifestyle. In some cases, they even speak at schools and other functions to tell their stories and inspire more people to live healthy lives. Many people find the inspiration to make the big changes in their own lives thanks to this great show, I love it. The Biggest Loser is hosted by Alison Sweeney and airs on NBC on Tuesday nights from 8:00-10:00 EST.
The Closer is a crime drama starring Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. Created by James Duff, Michael M. Robin and Greer Shephard, The Closer premiered on TNT in June of 2005. I have not missed a single episode. Brenda moves to Los Angeles from Georgia and takes charge ot the newly created Priority Murder Squad. The show is superbly written and has a stellar cast. Although nominated numerous times for outstanding performance, the cast has never won a Screen Actors Guild Award. Kyra Sedgwick was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series: Drama every year since 2006. She won in 2007. She has also won Satellite Awards in 2006 and 2007 for Best Actress in a TV Series: Drama. In 2006, Raymond Cruz, who plays Detective Julio Sanchez, won an Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor. Gina Ravera was nominated for her portrayal of Sergeant Irene Daniels the same year. Kyra Sedgwick brought home a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series in 2006. In 2009, she won the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Drama Diva.
In my opinion, one of the best parts of the show is the comedic relief that comes in the form of Detective Lieutenants Flynn and Provenza, played by Tony Denison and G.W. Bailey respectively. They can be in the middle of the nastiest murder investigation and still have you laughing out loud at their banter. The second part of their fifth season will premier on December 3rd at 9 pm EST on TNT.
Psych was created by Steve Franks. It premiered in July of 2006 on USA network. James Roday plays Shawn Spencer, the super observant son of a police detective. His father, Henry, played by Corbin Bernsen, trained him to be a detective. Shawn had other ideas for putting his photographic memory to use. He regularly solves crimes while watching the nightly news and calls in tips to the Santa Barbara police department for the reward money. That is, until head detective, Carlton Lassiter, played by Timothy Omundson, looks closer and begins to suspect Shawn of being involved in the crimes. Shawn pretends to be psychic to avoid being thrown in jail and then the chief of police starts calling him to help the department. Shawn ropes his best friend, Burton "Gus" Guster, played superbly by Dule Hill, into becoming his partner. The entire cast has a wonderful chemistry. It's very well written and they've done a great job of developing the characters and keeping the cases interesting. It's really a fantastic show. The second part of the fourth season will being in December. Psych airs on USA on Fridays at 10 pm EST.
Dexter is a crime drama loaded with suspense. It premiered on Showtime in October of 2006 and is based on characters created by Jeff Lindsay for his Dexter novel series. Dexter Morgan is a serial killer who obeys a personal moral code. By day, he works for the Miami Police Department as a blood spatter analyst. By night, he tracks down those who've hurt others and slipped through the cracks of the justice system to sate his need to kill. Dexter was found at a crime scene when he was just a child and Harry Morgan, one of the officers on the scene, adopted him. As Dexter gets older, Harry sees the darkness growing in his son and teaches him to kill without getting caught. He also teaches him how to pretend he's just like everyone else. The most important thing Harry teaches Dexter, though, is to only kill the criminals that the law can't touch. This show is graphically violent at times. Normally, I wouldn't watch a show with a lot of blood and gore. The story hooked me, though, and now I can't stop tuning in to see what will happen next. Dexter airs on Showtime and is currently in its fourth season.
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