Good TV: NOT an oxymoron

I love TV. Seriously. Well, let me qualify that: I love good TV, and luckily, there’s a surprising amount of it out there. My aim is to point some of that out.

Note: you will find few “network” shows on this list. Why? Because I despise 92% of “reality TV” (and the other 8% are cooking shows and the marvelous Deadliest Catch) and that’s about all that the networks feel like giving us these days. I like thoughtful dramas with a splash of smart sitcom. Hold the “reality” shows.

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TV Roundup

January: new shows, returning shows. Just a few highlights from recent viewing.

  1. Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5 (or is it 3.0?) started off with a BANG Friday night! Amazing character-driven action show. With the latest episode, BSG proves that it’s still the best drama on TV today. Seriously. I’m not making it up. Even if you don’t like SciFi, you should still be watching this show. It transcends SF in the best way possible.
  2. The Book of Daniel: Despite the controversy of two NBC affiliates (including one in my home state, KARK in Little Rock) pulling it, it’s NOT offensive. Well, not very, anyway. The thing that most uptight “Christians” (I hate to actually call them that) objected to — Jesus being a character in the show — I found the most compelling part of the show. The rest of it is mostly just a soap opera about a priest and the people around him (mostly his family). I thought, other than being a white guy, that Jesus was portrayed remarkably positively. I think I’ll give it a few more weeks, even though it conflicts with Numb3rs (one of the best dramas on TV) and Monk (a once-terrific show that may have jumped the shark).

Okay, maybe I should call this post a mini roundup.