I have confessed my love of reading before on the blog. I was an English major in college, taught reading and writing to middle schoolers for 7 years, and am a regular visitor to my local library. If you followed along this summer, I shared my favorite summer reads HERE and HERE. My point is, I read A LOT…in the summer. Please don’t tell any of my former students, but come fall, my books are closed. They are closed, and I am propped up in my bed at 9-11pm several nights a week with my remote in hand.
Not only does fall mean the return of all of my favorite shows, but it also means an influx of totally new shows that I eagerly await. Usually Itunes offers many of the new series premiers for free, and I’m not embarrassed to say I watch A LOT of them. This fall I watched the premieres of about 10 new shows. A few I loved, a few were OK, and a few I couldn’t even finish (Selfie, I’m taking ’bout you). After my series premier binging, I had four new shows to add to my already full DVR scheduler.
Here’s the breakdown of my favorite of fall TV!
So, I’m already mourning the end of two of my favorite shows. Sons of Anarchy and Parenthood are in their final seasons, and with the start of each episode I feel a deeper tinge of sadness. I am totally emotionally invested in these two shows. I hyperventilate with anxiety during just about every episode of S.O.A. and sob like a baby during every episode of Parenthood. I actually looked at Shadd the other night while watching Parenthood and said, “I haven’t cried yet!” with pride. He responded with a “There’s still 10 minutes left.” And let’s just say 10 minutes later I was heaving sobs into my pillow. Can’t Joel and Julia just figure it out!???
Now while Parenthood deals with more real-life-this-could-actually-happen-to-you stuff, Sons of Anarchy deals with a world completely foreign to me. I’ve never ridden a motorcycle, never been involved a gang war, and my experience in the drug and prostitution trades is very limited. But this show is great, it’s so intense, and if you’re a viewer I know you’ll agree Charlie Hunnam is the bomb. The hot bomb. But, when your mom murders your wife and then her cover-up causes a full out gang war and subsequent deaths of about 50 people, there’s no way it’s going to end well. I’ll be white knuckling it for the rest of the season; what a ride it’s been!
There’s a few great new shows this fall; here’s my faves:
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Bird talked about this show in her FOUR FAVORITES last month, and I concur. It’s really good. Each week’s episode features a new murder mystery complete with courtroom drama and intrigue. On top of that there is a story arc that is obviously going to run the course of the season featuring another murder that is very close to home for the main characters. The last few episodes have left me in shock and rushing to text my friends that watch it.
STALKER: This is one you should not watch by yourself, unless you want to be completely freaked out that a crazy man is under your bed or hiding in the crawl space of your ceiling watching you sleep. I actually fast forwarded past a scene in last night’s episode, I was so scared, and I probably won’t be showering or going in my closet for a while. The show follows the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD and their cases. It’s scary. If you like The Following, you’ll love Stalker.
MADAME SECRETARY: I love a good political drama and this one is great. Tea Leoni plays the Secretary of State and the show takes a lot of its story lines right from today’s political headlines. I’ve never been a huge Tea Leoni fan, but she is amazing in this role. I’m now a huge fan. I love all the behind-the-scenes at the White House tid-bits we get (though I’m not sure how realistic they really are). If you miss West Wing, this might be the show for you.
THE AFFAIR: I actually cancelled my Showtime subscription a year ago, but this show made me renew it. OMG. It is so good. I’m two episodes in and I know two things: someone ends up dead and the two main characters are definitely about to begin an affair. Noah, married with children, meets Alison, a local waitress-also married, during the family’s summer vacation in Long Island, and trouble brews. What is cool about this show is that it is told from two perspectives. The first half of the show is through Noah’s eyes, and the second half though Alison’s. It’s very interesting to see the discrepancies between the two memories. Men are from Mars…you know the deal. This is probably my favorite of the new Fall shows-there’s a little bit of mystery, a lot of suspense, and just enough guilty pleasure naughtiness.
What have you been watching this Fall??
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