Donna C. Terrell

I Was Just Thinkin'

Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

on January 27, 2012

It’s the end of January, and we’re pretty much back in the TV swing of things. The Holiday Lull is over and the DVRs are humming again. That said, here are some shows you should be watching on a regular basis–(I have my nerve, don’t I? Dictating your TV life…) These shows are chosen based on entertainment value, originality and ingenuity.

ONCE UPON A TIME

I first caught the October premier, but it didn’t strike me. Then my best friend started raving about it, so I decided to give the show a closer look. I caught up during the Holiday Lull, and now I’m totally on board with the denizens of Storybrooke, Maine.

Why you should watch

The worlds of the present and the Fairy Tale. We get the backstory from the Fairy Tale, and you can’t help but root either for or against the characters in their present form. Some plots are self-contained and wrapped up within a show, and the ongoing threads–the evil queen/mayor who is at the cold heart of the matter and whether Emma/child of Snow White and Prince Charming will get closer to setting things right and breaking the curse–are very easy to follow. And you gotta love sincere, 10-year old Henry–Emma’s birth son and adopted son of the Evil Mayor, and purvey0r of all things fairy tale. He holds the book. (You have to have someone in these types of shows who has a clue, although it’s never explained HOW Henry knows what’s going on. Just go with it.)

GRIMM

This show reminds us that you never know who truly lives among us. Who knew the Fairy Tale world was so…grim? If you never read the real Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which are not pretty, this show is closer to what I guess the Brothers Grimm were talking about.

Why you should watch

Likeable Nick, who’s a detective and one of the last remaining descendants of the Grimms, and all the crazy stuff he has to deal with since he found out about his true calling. The “historical” information about and the weapons and equipment used to combat the dark side of the world of monsters would make the Pawn Stars guys squeal with delight. Gotta love Monroe, the resident know-it-all and Blutbod (werewolf) with a heart of gold fills in the blanks for Nick and adds comic relief. (See? Didja know a werewolf is actually a species called Blutbod? You can learn things from this show!)

How cool would it be to have a cross-over between Grimm and Once Upon a Time!! I could see Henry and Monroe comparing notes while Nick, Hank (Nick’s partner), and Emma butt heads with Mayor Queen.

PERSON OF INTEREST

Why you should watch

You are being watched. And if your number ever comes up, you will want the cunning Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson) and ultra-cool and tough John Reese (Jim Caviezel) on your side! These two guys work in secret by a machine that Finch built to save innocent lives and catch perps. By use of technolgy, weapons and plain ol’wit, street smarts, they try to prevent crimes from taking place. When I watch that ruggedly handsome Jim Caviezel, it’s  hard to imaging him playing Jesus (The Passion of the Christ) when he’s kicking tail as John Reese. What a range, huh? And Taraji Henson brings her brand of class to the table as Detective Carter, the cop who’s on Reese’s trail.

ALCATRAZ

Love the concept of this show! When Alcatraz closed in 1963, the prisoners were supposed to have been transferred of the island. Only they disappeared. Where did they go? And why are they back now? Who are they? Guess we’ll find out!

Why you should watch

Twists and turns! The sci-fi element! Jorge Garcia! This show captured my devotion from the very first episode. It also made me want to learn more about Alcatraz, the island where only the most notorious and nefarious crooks ended up. In a post-Lost world, this is the show that hopefully will have us speculating for quite a while.

Photo credits: IMDb; fox.com; cbs.com

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4 responses to “Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

  1. Shahidah says:

    How sad is it that I have been meaning to watch all of these shows and have only caught the first episode of Alcatraz which I was not impressed with. I was so excited to see it because HELLO J.J. Abrams is the man! I’ll try it again.
    Everyone I know is raving about Revenge but I haven’t tuned in yet. Have you seen it and what are your thoughts?

    • Sometimes shows have to grow on you. That’s how it was with Once Upon a Time. I haven’t seen Revenge–that could be a summer replacement show for me. And I TOTALLY agree–that J.J. Abrams is synonymous with GREAT TV!

  2. fakelikeme says:

    So, I LOVE Person of Interest. Haven’t seen the other two but I’ll check them out. Thanks for the tip! Nice blog btw. 🙂

  3. Thanks so much! Check them out when you have time– they’re GOOD TV!

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