Hands down the best thing on television right now. A slick young con-man helps the FBI solve high-stakes crimes. It films on-location in Manhattan, which is refreshing in an age where everything else shoots in studio lots in LA and Vancouver. The characters are believable, likeable, and infinitely watchable.
I thought it looked like a typical throw-away sitcom, but ABC’s surprise hit is the best comedy on TV. Sure, it unceremoniously steals the mockumentary style of The Office (who in turn stole it from Christopher Guest), but I challenge you to watch an episode without laughing–heartily– several times. Even more surprising? It’s wholesome.
Andrea Anders is reason enough to watch this criminally under-appreciated show. I don’t know how it got renewed for a second season, which is likely its last, but it’s a quirky, geeky, pithy, feel-good, character-driven comedy, which is hard to find.
Parks and Recreation
Greg Daniels has a pattern. First seasons are a wreck (see The Office), but come sophomore year, warm up your TiVo. Parks is the best thing on NBC, and I never make it through an episode without laughing out loud.
Almost cancelled last season after poor ratings, Chuck is downright fun. A charming spy comedy that makes Los Angeles look habitable? You’ll have to see it to believe it.
The pilot episode rocked. The following three outings were less suspenseful, and failed to provide much momentum heading into a long winter hiatus. But Elizabeth Mitchell and Monica Baccarin are scene-stealers, and I’m dying to find out what these aliens are really after.
It’s predictable and highly episodic, true, but this network underdog has really grown on me. If nothing else, tune in for Troy and Abed. I’m just thankful it’s so different from my own college-centered pilot.