TV Shows You SHOULD Be Watching

I feel like the title pretty much explains this article, so here it goes:

1) The League (Thursdays at 10:30PM)

No show has been consistently as funny in the way “The League” has been.  The whole premise is that it follows a bunch of regular guys who compete in a fantasy football league every year, but also follows them in their lives outside of the competition.  Everyone can relate to at least one character, and you can relate the rest to people you know.  The characters are real everyday people.  Don’t think if you don’t like fantasy football this show isn’t for you either.  A lot of the comedy comes from the guys in their every day life, and how the league integrates into it.  The bets they make, the competitions they create, and the rivalries that emerge all come into play when trying to deal with their daily functions.  The cast is also made up of a very talented group of comedians/actors who improvise a portion of the show, which creates a very genuine feel.  The show also gets some pretty great NFL cameos, starting Season 2 out with Chad Ochocinco.  “The League” is humor for the every day man, and has yet to not deliver.
Starring: Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi, Jon Lajoie, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton

2) Community (Thursdays at 8:00PM)

If any show has been keeping up with “The League” recently, “Community” is it.  Centering around a lowly community college, it follows a Spanish study group that become friends, whether they like it or not, and how they deal with their time at Greendale Community College.  Using a community college as the setting, it opens the door for even more college humor because it not only can put its own spin on college life, but play on the stereotypes of community college as well.  There is nothing wrong with community college, but it actually makes the ridiculousness of the show seem more believable in a way.  Like the group can get away with things they normally shouldn’t.  There are tons of cinematic and cultural references here though, and is extremely wittily written.  Again, the show assembled a top-notch comedic cast including the blatant egotism of McHale, the randomness of Glover, the nerdiness of Pudi, the innocence of Brie, the feminism of Jacobs, the crazy-old-guy-ness of Chase and the radical religiousness of Brown.  Throw in Ken Jeong as a very unique Spanish teacher, an increasingly creepy dean, and John Oliver as an under appreciated school psychiatrist, and you have such a clashing set of personalities there is never a shortage of material. Cameos to date include Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Betty White, and Hilary Duff; so you know the show is only building momentum.  Plus a Season 3 was just announced.  Catch up with this one and join the band wagon.
Starring: Joel McHale, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

3) The Walking Dead (Sundays at 10:00PM)

Do I really need to write why you should be watching this show?  Read any of my episode analysis’ so far and you should get a pretty decent idea why.  AMC gambled and created a zombie based drama, and audiences have been eating it up.  It gives horror fans a show that we can watch religiously, done with the production value of a feature film.  Its premiere broke records, and after only two episodes a 13 episode second season was ordered.  “The Walking Dead” is here to stay, and the competition should be very afraid.  The zombie apocalypse has never been as emotional and provocative, creating drama in ways shows with a much simpler premise have failed at.  I promise you will find yourself caring for characters and be sitting on the edge of your seat with anticipation every week.  The only problem?  Season 1 is reported as only 6 episodes.  2 left people!  Catch up and lets all wait with bated breath for Season 2.
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun

4) Blue Mountain State (Wednesdays at 11:00PM)

Not the most intelligent of shows, but delivers laughs non the less.  It took me some time to work up the courage to try this show, but my god it was worth it.  Choc full of stupid college humor, T’N’A, and vulgarity; “Blue Mountain State” shows why everyone wishes they played football in college.  But not even real life could be as fun as this TV show makes it.  It follows a college football team with a drinking problem, or in other words a drinking team with a football problem.  Rookie quarterback Alex Moran has the most coveted position in college football…backup quarterback.  Being the ultimate slacker, Alex spends every episode doing the least amount of work as possible while securing his position as backup.  Mix in all brawn no brain captain Thad Castle and Alex’s party animal best friend/roommate/team mascot Sammy, and again the characters are flawless.  They all work.  “Blue Mountain State” passes with flying colors for its efforts to show us what we all wish college was.
Starring: Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano, Ed Marinaro, Frankie Shaw, Page Kennedy

5) Archer (TBD)

I haven’t laughed this hard at a cartoon since Season 1 of “Metalocalpyse.”  Archer, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, is an unprofessional, womanizing, and egotistical “super agent” working for the ISIS spy agency.  A lot of the humor here comes from the relationships Archer has with the other characters.  The head of the agency is his alcoholic mother Malory, the other “super agent” is his ex-girlfriend Lana, the man now dating Lana is ISIS comptroller Cyril, and he treats his butler Woodhouse like garbage.  Example: throwing all his clothes away for not being able to poach an egg.  That’s just the kind of guy Archer is.  Rude an obnoxious, Archer bumbles through missions with only himself in mind and makes us laugh the entire way. He’s supported by his coworkers that have their on crazy quirks, but overall I deem “Archer” one of the funnies TV shows on the air right now, and one of the most perfect spy comedies ever.  Season 2 is set to premiere in January, so you’ve got some time to catch up people.  Get to it!
Starring (Voice): H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer


About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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2 Responses to TV Shows You SHOULD Be Watching

  1. Matt says:

    and hey I already watch all of these…usually with you.

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