Television sure is good right now. I guess this is because crappy reality shows are crowding the schedule so badly that only quality "regular programming" is making it on the air. In any event, I am watching more shows now than I have been in quite a while.
For anybody who is actually interested in my television viewing habits, a list of my "Top 10 Must-See Shows" follows in an extended entry after today's movie quote.
Movie Quotable of the Day: "Chucky says Aunt Maggie was a bitch and got what she deserved!"
Yesterday's Answer: Mystery Men
(1999) with Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, and WIlliam H. Macy.
- Veronica Mars. Why? My favorite show on television, with some of the best dialogue and smartest writing I've seen since Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me were cancelled. What? Veronica is a high school student who helps her private investigator father, but also does some investigating on her own into the murder of her best friend and missing mother.
- Eyes. Why? New show that had one of the strongest pilots to ever air. Subsequent shows have not disappointed. What? A risk management agency has more interesting problems going on behind the scenes of their own firm than those they are hired to investigate.
- Greys Anatomy. Why? A cross between Scrubs and ER that is better than either of them in many ways. What? Follows both the personal and professional lives of surgical interns from their first days on the job.
- CSI and CSI: NY. Why? Despite five seasons and two spin-offs, the show just hasn't diminished in quality or interest. And, while CSI: Miami is a crap imitator with the dreadful David Caruso, the New York version is quite different and wonderfully darker in tone. What? Drama about Crime Scene Investigators and the technological side of solving crimes.
- Desperate Housewives. Why? Delicious guilty pleasure. Oh, and in addition to Teri Hatcher, the show is pretty good too. What? After a puzzling suicide in suburbia, the secret lives of the women of Wisteria Lane unfold in surprising ways.
- Lost. Why? Mind-bending plot twists and creative writing make it a must-see. What? After a mysterious plane crash, survivors of the doomed flight struggle for survival on an even more mysterious island.
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU Why? Surprisingly, I never much cared for the original Law & Order Show, but both spin-offs are gold. Probably because the show leads are amazingly good, and the writing top-notch. What? Criminal investigation shows with legal drama thrown in for good measure.
- Scrubs. Why? Funny. What? A comedy about the professional and personal lives of young doctors.
- Arrested Development. Very funny. What? After his father is arrested, his only responsible son is left to keep his family from falling apart, which isn't easy given their spoiled lives and dysfunctional nature.
- Las Vegas. Why? Fine action and even finer ladies. What? Follows the professional (and sometimes personal) lives of employees from a fictional Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the crazy world that is life in Sin City.
Sure there are others that I am still keeping up with (Alias, South Park, JAG, The Simpsons, Numb3rs, Survivor: Palau, Boston Legal, Medium, West Wing, House, and The O.C.), but not as religiously as the above shows. And now that Family Guy is coming back, I think I'm in real trouble... how am I going to find time to ride my motorcycle with so much television clogging up my schedule?