This is my test for new TV shows.
A show may not start off with a bang, and then I may soon begin to feel some version of “Hmm… is this worth my time?” as I reach for the remote to change channels…
But wait! Now I say to myself, “I’ll give it 10 more minutes.” If it doesn’t grab me by then, whether via suspense, laughs, mystery, or some strong emotion evoked in me, I give it the boot.
Face it, there are just so many TV programs to watch (not to mention social media to wade through, books to read, etc…), I haven’t time for slogging through second-rate shows.
So, according to my ‘stringent’ requirements, here are some TV shows I have found well worth watching over the last couple of years. I urge you to catch them if you have access to them. Here they are, in alphabetical order, each one followed by a very short description. IMDb links provided.
9-1-1 – firefighters in LA and their dramatic stories.
Better Call Saul – shady lawyer Saul Goodman (from Breaking Bad) in New Mexico
Big Sky – outlaws and women detectives in Montana
Blue Bloods – NYC family with long history in law enforcement
Elementary – Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson solve mysteries in NYC (2018 was its last year, but reruns abound!)
Family Law – Vancouver lawyers in dysfunctional family win some, lose some
Killing Eve – MI6 duelling women spies with Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer
New Amsterdam – Doctors in NYC hospital
Pennyworth – gripping prequel to Batman, focuses on Alfred Pennyworth as a young man
Perry Mason – amazing alternative reboot of the ex-private eye, brilliant new lawyer
Prodigal Son – son of brutal serial killer tries to maintain a sane lifestyle
Raised by Wolves – Mother and Father, androids sent to another planet with some children (after Earth can no longer support life) are tasked with raising a new generation.
The Cleaning Lady – clever immigrant doctor becomes caught between the mob and the Law.
The Good Doctor – Doctors in LA stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) as autistic surgeon
The Handmaid’s Tale – post-apocalyptic story of women in servitude and their dangerous rebellion
Yellowjackets – female high-school soccer team, along with coaches, are in plane crash in middle of nowhere.
Young Sheldon – a laughfest featuring Sheldon Cooper (from The Big Bang theory) as an annoying youngster, his family, and schoolmates. Hllarity ensues!