Summer’s best TV shows are all wrapping it up and packing it away for another year and I am anxiously awaiting the return of my fall favorites.
At the top of my list is NBC’s “Parenthood.” Currently, one of the finest dramas on television and in my mind right up there as one of the all time top ten shows. It returns on September 11th and that can’t come soon enough. In the off season, I miss the Bravermans, the family this drama is centered around. They are like an extended family to me. When this show gets canceled (and they all inevitably do), I just might not recover if I don’t have my weekly dose of sappy family every week.
I was totally devastated when “American Dreams” was cancelled back in 2005 and my husband almost made an appointment for me with a therapist. But for now I will just enjoy this season of “Parenthood” and follow along with this series that warms my heart and causes me to hide my face at times so my husband can’t see my tears and worry over what my future reaction will be when this show bites the dust.
Next up on my short list would be CBS’s “The Good Wife.” It is back for it’s 4th season on September 30th and I am anxiously awaiting its return. “The Good Wife” has a superb cast and a storyline of political set-ups, sex and scandals. Most episodes are well done with intelligent dialogue and keeps me wanting to see more. The best part of the show, however, is Chris Noth. He is one of my favorite actors going back to the early days of “Law and Order” and as an added bonus he is a native of my home state of Wisconsin.
The next show that I can’t miss might just surprise you. Fx’s “Sons of Anarchy!” This show could not be much more different than “Parenthood.” It is a fast paced, dark drama about a renegade motorcycle club in a northern California city called Charming. And let me tell you, there is nothing charming about Charming. Except maybe Jax, one of main members of this brotherhood. Very easy on the eyes and oh so sexy! The name alone is sexy. Jax. One could have some pretty vivid dreams just with the name alone!
Ron Perlman is also one of the main characters in this show and another actor that I have enjoyed following his career since my oldest son played park league baseball with his daughter back in the late 80’s. He was starring in “Beauty and the Beast” at that time. “Sons of Anarchy” premieres on September 11.
TNT’s “Southland” is another must see show for me but it technically is not a fall show. It doesn’t return until February of 2013 this year but it would be right up there in my top five. It is a police drama set on the streets of Los Angeles and it is about as authentic as you can get. Regina King is one of my favorite actresses and her role as a lead detective in “Southland” allows her to fully showcase her talent.
I would probably give an Honorable Mention to CBS’s “Blue Bloods.” “Blue Bloods” is a drama about the Reagans, a multi-generational Irish family of cops that pretty much keep the New York City streets free of crime all by themselves. Just kidding, but the show sure makes one think so. Although this show can have plot lines that leave something to be desired at times, it has a strong cast and I enjoy watching the interaction between this family.
This list wouldn’t be complete unless I gave a shout out to “Modern Family.” I can’t believe I totally missed this show the first year it was on. This story is a comedy about a father and his two adult children and their families. It basically has three storylines within one and is smart and really, really funny the whole time pointing out the evolving nature of what embodies a “modern” family. It really is a must see for me. Keeps me laughing the whole half hour.
There are other shows that I watch and enjoy such as “48 Hours Mystery,” “Primetime,” “Dateline” and of course “NFL Football” ( Go Packers!) among others.
How about you? What will you be watching this fall? Any previews for the new shows that have caught your eye and might look like they are worth checking out?