Now, I'm no TV critic, but it is safe to say that I watch more television than the average individual, so I consider myself a reputable source. Unfortunately, I don't get to watch as many shows as I would like to. In fact, there are more that I want to watch than I actually have time to watch, but that is not your problem! I say all of that to discredit the list that I am about to show you as a complete analysis of all TV shows. This list is my own list of "Must See TV." These are the shows that I required myself to watch as soon as I could, over the past TV season, because I love them so very much. However, my love is personal, and I do not expect anybody to love the exact same shows as me. I'm not even going to claim that these are the best shows on television... Let them Emmy's do that. These are just the few shows that I was the most engulfed in throughout the year, and I want to share this with you, as I truly love my TV shows. Sure, there are movies that can capture your heart and memories, but nothing can connect you to characters like great television. So, here are the five shows that I loved the most, over the course of the 2012-2013 TV season:
5. The Office
The Office is undoubtedly one of my favorite comedies of all time, and I actually started watching the show before it was popular and continued to watch the show after it had lost its popularity. If you didn't get a chance, you can read , and maybe you will fully understand my love for this amazing show. There is no doubt that the final season was better than the previous, which probably wouldn't have landed anywhere near this list, but I still hate to have to put this great show at number five. I must be accurate, though!
4. The Celebrity Apprentice
Aside from my parents, I highly doubt that any of my readers actually watch The Apprentice, which is a darn shame! I know that many people hate Donald Trump, but I love him and the entire concept that surrounds the show. Unfortunately, the future of The Apprentice is not so clear, so let's pray that we get another season. Regardless, I love this show, and Trump is my bro... And I rhymed...
3. American Horror Story: Asylum
Had I made a list like this last year, there is no doubt that American Horror Story would have topped the list. There is no other show on television that has the ability to shock me, each and every week, quite like AHS. However, I didn't enjoy season 2 quite as much as season 1, probably because I knew that I was going to be shocked (if that's even possible). Regardless, it was still fantastic, and I cannot wait for season 3!
2. The Newsroom
I know that a lot of critics out there really, really hate The Newsroom, but I cannot figure out WHY?!? This new show, from the genius mind of Aaron Sorkin, was able to bring the news industry to its knees in each and every episode, which could be the reason we never hear any good NEWS about the show. The Newsroom's presence on this list is a result of its first season, which is the season that qualifies for the Emmy's next week. However, the season 2 finale is on tonight! So, go turn on HBO... right now!
1. New Girl
For me, the 2012-2013 television season will forever be remembered as the year that New Girl reigned supreme! There is no doubt that I enjoyed the creation of "Jess and Nick" and the hilarity that ensued, but there was never a dull moment throughout the entire season. No show has made me laugh this much in a single season since the third season of The Office, which is probably my favorite season of any comedy ever. So, kudos to New Girl! They may not have a chance to win next week, but they certainly take home all the imaginative awards that I give out as The Average Critic.
As an avid movie viewer, it is understood that I love watching The Oscars each and every year. In fact, I love pretty much any awards show. I even watched the VMAs this year (good grief, Miley!). However, there is absolutely no awards show that I love more than The Primetime Emmy's, and you can take that to the bank!
Here's the deal:
Even though I usually enjoy two or three of the best picture nominees at The Oscars, rarely am I truly in love with the film on a super-personal level. And, if the awards aren't personal, I could care less who wins. Sure, I may be pulling for a movie in a category or two, but, for the most part, I just want there to be some sort of huge upset... which rarely happens at The Oscars! When it comes to TV, though, if my show that I LOVE is nominated for an award, I'm going to cheer them on until their award is given out, and I will be holding out hope for every show, until the final award is passed out. Unlike The Oscars, The Emmy's are unpredictable, so make sure you watch next week!
Here are some folks, in various categories, that I will be cheering on, next Sunday: Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Lead Actress in a DramaJeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Lead Actor in a DramaMaggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Supporting Actress in a DramaMandy Patinkin (Homeland), Supporting Actor in a DramaJane Fonda (The Newsroom), Guest Actress in a DramaMargo Martindale (The Americans), Guest Actress in a DramaHenry Bromell (Homeland), Writing for a Drama Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Lead Actress in a ComedyJim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Lead Actor in a ComedyMayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Supporting Actress in a ComedyBill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Supporting Actor in a ComedyKristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Guest Actress in a ComedyBob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Guest Actor in a Comedy Greg Daniels (The Office), Writing for a Comedy Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Lead Actress in a Mini Series or MovieSarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum), Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or MovieZachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum), Supporting Actor in a Mini Series or Movie American Horror Story: Asylum, Miniseries or MovieThe Voice, Reality-CompetitionSaturday Night Live, Variety SeriesThe Colbert Report, Variety SeriesLate Night with Jimmy Fallon, Variety SeriesAnybody but John Stewart, Variety SeriesThe Big Bang Theory, Comedy Series
To my movie lovers,
Don't worry... I'm not turning this into a TV blog! There just isn't much going on, movie-wise, in September, and I needed something to write about. Hang in there! There are many more reviews to come...