Fall TV 2014

Hello friends! I’m skipping today’s BlogtemberChallenge prompt for a couple reasons: I’m awful at PhotoShop, and I’ve been wanting to talk about fall TV on here – and it starts this week! I’ll be back on the challenge tomorrow, so don’t you worry.

So here’s a weird thing: I haven’t had cable in over three years, but I adore TV. I watch dramas, comedies, reality shows – you name it. All of this viewing is done via HuluPlus – for less than $10 a month. It’s totally worth it if you ask me, even if I do have to wait a day (more like just a few hours if I watch in the morning!) to see my shows.

I wanted to give you all a glimpse of what I’m planning to watch this season, and find out what your favorites are!

Story of my life

Story of my life

The Mindy Project (premieres TOMORROW! September 16): I’ll admit, I didn’t like this when it first premiered. I thought Mindy (both the actress and the character) was flakey and shallow. But last year my friend Nicole insisted I give it another chance – she even gave me her season 1 DVDs to borrow the day she got them in the mail. I’m SO GLAD I re-watched, and caught up on season 2, because this is probably my favorite show now. Yep, I said it. I can’t wait to see how things unfold between Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano – my new favorite couple on television.

Grey’s Anatomy (premieres September 25) I don’t actually like Grey’s Anatomy. It was strong for a couple seasons, but really, no show needs to last eleven years. But I just can’t stop watching. It’s like a trainwreck. I need to know who dies of what random ailment, I need to know whether Derek and Meredith can go the distance, I need to know what the heck they plan to do without Sandra Oh in the cast. I will watch this show until it goes off the air, which I hope is soon.

There’s nothing I love more than a blunt redhead.

Scandal (premieres September 25) I’m starting to come off of this show a bit, too, even though a year ago I listed it among my favorites. If Olivia can stop chasing Fitz like a lovesick child, I can get back on board. I am really looking forward to this season, though, because I’ve heard they’re finally going to focus on my favorite character, Abby. You know how she’s always standing in the background making sarcastic comments while the gladiators work on a crisis? Yeah. That’s me.

How to Get Away With Murder (premieres September 25) I really, really didn’t want to pick up any new shows this season, but how can I resist another Shonda Rhimes drama?! Although if the above two are any indication, this will be good for about three seasons and then get ridiculous. Oh well. I’m on board anyway.

Parenthood (premieres September 25) Wow, Thursdays are going to be intense this year. I adore Parenthood, and sometimes I feel like the only one. The Bravermans remind me of my own family, especially now that we “kids” are all grown up and have our own lives. This is the last season for Parenthood, which makes me want to cry – but when does this show not make me want to cry?!

Saturday Night Live (premieres September 27) Yes, I still watch SNL every weekend. No, it’s not nearly as good as it was in the early 2000’s when I used to sneak out of bed to watch it live (sorry Mom). And yeah, I’m upset they’re replacing Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk. But I’m obsessed with comedy and I can’t. stop. watching. Also, my roommate and I entered the lottery for tickets this season, so keep your fingers crossed for us! (Also, one of the reasons I love Liberty Church so much: Yesterday we we watched a digital short during the sermon. And it was totally relevant.)

How can you not love a show that lets you stare at this face for 30 minutes a week?

How can you not love a show that lets you stare at this face for 30 minutes a week?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (premieres September 28) I binge-watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine in its entirety the day after it won two Golden Globes, back in January. I thought to myself, huh, this show must be good, I’ll watch the pilot tomorrow and judge for myself. Next thing I know, I’ve watched the entire series – nine or twelve episodes at the time. This show is probably the smartest comedy on television right now, and one of the only ones that consistently makes me laugh out loud. Plus Andy Samberg is adorable.

Now, those of you who know me well will notice that a couple of “my” shows are missing from this list. I’ve officially given up on Nashville after realizing that I only watched it for the music, which is made available on Spotify anyway. And I’m going to watch the first episode or two of New Girl, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be ditching that as well. Last season was awful – they did not handle the Nick and Jess relationship well at all – and I fear they won’t be able to restore the glory of season 2.

In the spring, I’ll be adding back Broad City and Parks and Recreation.

What are you planning to watch this season?

P.S. Remember when I blogged about my friend Courtney’s visit? She just posted a recap of her own, focusing on our foodie adventures. Check it out!

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6 thoughts on “Fall TV 2014

  1. laughing that you thought I didn’t know you were watching SNL all those years. I’m not as dumb as I seem. As for me…. Parenthood. The Voice. That’s about it. TV just isn’t doing it for me these days

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  2. I agree on your Grey’s assessment, 11 years is too long- but I’ve invested so much time now I have to see it through to the end! Have you tried Chicago Fire/Chicago PD? Chicago Fire is my favourite show right now, the spin-off Chicago PD tries a little too hard but it’s still not terrible (a glowing endorsement right?)
    Happy Monday!

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    • I’m glad you agree on Grey’s, Kim! I haven’t tried the Chicago Fire/PD shows yet but I’ll keep them in mind for the next time I feel the urge to start a new show! Seriously 90% of the shows I watch started with me binging multiple seasons at once.

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