Fall TV Shows: A Summary

This Fall has been all about TV for me. I haven’t felt motivated to blog, but I sure as heck can find the motivation to watch TV. Here’s my take on some of Fall’s new and returning shows.

New

Ghosted (Fox) – To be honest, I just wasn’t a fan of this one. I really like both Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, but it just didn’t have the comedic tone I was looking for. It was too…much in some ways. The jokes were too obvious. The show seemed too superficial.

Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) – I did not expect to love this show as much as I do. The characters are fun and interesting to me, not to mention pretty diverse. The idea of a crowd-sourced, crime-solving app is super intriguing to me. I like how there’s an overall case that they’re trying to solve with other secondary cases on each episode.

The Good Doctor (ABC) – When I saw this show was produced by the same people who made House, I knew I had to watch. I LOVED House and I love this show too. It’s a completely separate tone, but with all of the things that I think made House so watchable. There’s lots of hospital politics and cool graphics/special effects. If you’re super squeamish though, I might suggest passing on this. There are a lot of surgery scenes.

The Gifted (Fox) – I am just about ready to give up on this show. I just don’t really feel like any of the characters are super likable and the plot hasn’t gone anywhere since the first couple episodes. I love the Marvel universe, but I’m thinking I’ll replace this show with the next one.

Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu) – I read these comics about 10 years ago and really loved them so I was super excited to see that it was being turned into a TV show. I’m (for the most part) pretty happy with the casting and the first few episodes have been alright. I’m just worried that it’ll depart more from the comics than it already has. Also, I’m worried it’s going to get more…mature.

The Mayor (ABC) – This is another show that surprised me! There’s something about Courtney, his mom, his friends, and even Lea Michele’s character that is incredibly likable. I think the entire cast has really good chemistry and the show is just fun to watch. Even though it’s a comedy, it’s a great platform to bring awareness to certain social issues that are plaguing many cities across the country. Courtney comes across as very genuine and as someone who loves his city and really wants to help it even if he’s a little naive about some things.

Returning

The Good Place (NBC) – S2 – This show is fantastic! I was worried about how the second season would be after the end of season one, but they’ve pulled it off. I wondered if it would essentially be a repeat of the first season, but they’ve managed to keep it fresh without it being too Groundhog Day-y. The cast is great just like they were last season and I’m excited for it to start up again in the new year.

Superstore (NBC) – S3 – THIS SHOW IS SO UNDERRATED. But seriously, why does nobody talk about this show? It’s so funny! The show makes unbelievable things believable. I mean, they literally just found a dead employee in the wall of the store and it wasn’t weird. Also, I ship Amy and Jonah so hard. Talk about OTP.

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – S4 – Another show that is just…so great. I thought that perhaps I especially enjoy it because I’m half-Chinese, but my (non-Asian) husband loves it just as much! It’s a fun look back at what it was like growing up in the 90’s and the characters are all really likable as well.

This is Us (NBC) – S2 – I love this show, but I also hate this show. It just pulls my emotions all over the place and I don’t even know what to do with myself. I’m inevitably in tears after every episode. I JUST WANT THESE PEOPLE TO BE HAPPY. Beth is my spirit animal.

Speechless (ABC) – S2 – Minnie Driver is such a great actress and is such a perfectly flawed mother. I think some people could view her as overwhelming and annoying, but for me she’s pretty perfect. I think all of the characters on the show are exaggerated a little bit, but the show still works. I also love seeing a normal character with disabilities. In my enormously unqualified opinion, the show does a great job talking about issues and stereotypes that people with disabilities face in a realistic and respectful way.

Survivor (CBS) – S35 – I grew up watching Survivor and then kind of fell out of it in high school and college. Then, my husband and I started getting back into it and we are now addicted to all CBS reality shows (Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother). It’s awesome. Anyway, this season is pretty much just like all the others. This show knows what works and they keep doing it. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this season.

What are some TV shows you guys are watching? Do we watch any of the same shows?

 

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