Fall 2015 Review

I started this fall tv season in good spirits. Each fall I watch every pilot episode (sometimes more) in the hopes of finding my next big obsession. I’m currently a loyal viewer of around 20 on-air shows (yes, that number is correct) and I’m always looking to add to my collection. But unfortunately I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by this year’s crop of new shows. The premise to Quantico is interesting, but I only lasted two episodes. I tried to like Blindspot, but the whole tattoo thing is very Prison Break and I’m biased.  I loved the movie, Minority Report, but I gave up on the show after three episodes. I’ve only added three new shows to my repertoire and they can all arguably fall under the “guilty pleasure” category. Ok. They all definitely do.

Basically as the annoying little sister network, The CW constantly gets a bad rap. A show getting 3 million viewers on a main network would be grounds for cancellation, while it’s considered a hit for The CW. I really wanted to hate Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I really did. The basic premise, not to mention the show title, sounds like something I typically aim to avoid: Girl moves across the country to be close to an ex-boyfriend. But I can’t help it: I love Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This is a surprising turn of events since characters like Rebecca give me so much secondhand embarrassment that I end up muting the entire program (RIP, Glee). In the words of Chandler Bing, Rebecca is “hopeless, awkward, and desperate for love” and it’s a car crash I can’t help but enjoy watching. Plus, who doesn’t love random musical numbers? (again, RIP Glee).

I’m a sucker for superhero origin shows. I’m in the midst of a great Smallville rewatch and I’m currently a fan of The Flash. So, I had a good idea that I was going to like Supergirl. Is it too early to petition a Tom Welling/Superman cameo? Because I’d be all for that. Melissa Benoist plays a very likeable Kara Danvers, who is starting out on her superhero journey.  I’m still on the fence of whether I’m a supporter of Kara/James or Kara/Winn, but I’m enjoying the ride thus far.

Finally, Scream Queens. With all promo this show got over the summer, I had pretty high expectations. And like most of the reviews that I read, my expectations were nowhere near met. The premise is ridiculous. The dialogue is ridiculous. The characters are over-the-top and mostly unlikeable. But I don’t care, I’m hooked and ready for the season finale tonight. I still think the dad is the Red Devil, we’ll see.

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