Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TV Shows: Year In Review (part 3 of 6)

Thankfully, the internet and On Demand cable have made it possible for me to actually follow the latest television programs this past year. Here are the ones I managed to keep up with.


As far as I can tell, you either get it or you don't. The only way this show would be better would be if it was about marching band instead- yes, I'm that big of a dork. I actually have to watch this show online the day after it airs because it conflicts with my Tuesday night drum practice (42nd Highlanders Regimental Pipes and Drums)- yes, I'm that big of a dork. Anyway, this show is definitely not for everyone (my husband can't stand it) and I actually would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 13 but I have stuck with it because every now and then they manage to do a rendition of a song that just hits me in a special place. I had chills when Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth sang Heart's "Alone"- yes, I'm that big of a dork.

Make It Or Break It

As if Glee wasn't dorky enough. This show is about a group of elite gymnasts who are training for the Olympics. It's pretty much drama, drama, drama of the cheesiest kind and I love it. So yeah, again, the only way this show could be better would be if it was about a marching band.


I think this has been my favorite show this season. It's just enough drama to be interesting but not so much that it's exhausting or depressing. A great balance of comedy and drama and the cast is perfect. If you're looking for a sentimental show that will make you laugh and cry in the same episode, check it out.

Raising Hope

The concept for this show intrigued me from the start and the comedy looked like it might be decent. I really enjoyed the first episode so I came back for the next one and liked it more and more. It is a surprising blend of sweet and quirky. I feel like it's kind of in the same vein as Malcolm in the Middle or Arrested Development. Good stuff.

Running Wilde

This show is kind of hit and miss for me. A lot of the time if feels like it's just trying too hard but there have been some good laugh-out-loud moments. Unfortunately, I don't think Keri Russell was the right choice for the female lead. She just doesn't seem to fit. If this show lasts, I'll probably stick with it but I won't be heartbroken if it disappears forever either.


I continue to enjoy this show in a big way. I feel like it has changed and evolved a bit but still works just fine. The story lines are fun, the cast is quirky, the lines are punchy. What's not to like?


I know this isn't the most sophisticated comedy on television but I have found it to be good for a few laughs. Honestly, I think the time slot it what is keeping this show alive but part of me hopes that it lasts. It is charming and silly and ridiculous, etc., etc. All the makings of your average sitcom.

So there it is, the TV shows I spent hours of my life watching this year. No huge regrets really.


Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I feel so much better about liking Make It or Break It now that I know you do too. :) It really is a fun show, and you kind of love to hate Lauren and Ellen, don't you?

Katie K said...

Okay, Emily, how did I not know you watched this show?! I thought I was the only person on the planet over the age of 12 that liked it. And yes, I do love to hate Lauren and Ellen. Sometimes when I get all fired up about it, I have to remind myself that it's just a silly TV show. =)

emily said...

Doesn't Raising Hope feel somewhat like home to you? I feel like a lot of the people we grew up with could be characters on the show. Glad to hear you appreciate it as well!

Katie K said...

Emily S., yes, I think there is something comfortable about the sort of low-class nature of the characters on Raising Hope. I love that it is so goofy but capable of being so sweet sometimes.