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Avitable’s Fall TV Schedule aka “What you should watch if you like good TV”

For some people, television is the “idiot box” and should be turned off unless you’re watching the news.  In my opinion, those people are the idiots.  Television is simply a means to transmit information, just like a book, a magazine, or a newspaper.  And just like those other media, there’s a lot of crap that comes through.  But if you know where to look, or if you just listen to me, you can enjoy intelligent, well-written television that will stimulate your mind just as much as a good book.


At 8 PM, watch “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS (September 20).  Even though the laugh track is obnoxious and the show tends to rely on the occasional cliche, it’s surprisingly fresh with just enough absurdity to make it fun.

At 8 PM, record “Chuck” on NBC (September 20).  Nerd spy humor at its best, with a great ensemble cast, this show has its occasional bad episode, but the fast-forward button can be your friend.

At 9 PM, try “The Event” on NBC (September 20).  This one is untested, and might be okay.  It might be utter shit.  The pilot will let us know.

At 10 PM, record both “Hawaii Five-O” on CBS (September 20) and “Chase” on NBC (September 20).  See if they hold your interest.


At 8 PM, watch “Glee” on Fox (September 21).  The music is fun, the writing has a tinge of darkness, and it will bring a tear to your eye.  Sue Sylvester is one of the most well-rounded, best written villainesses in recent television history.

At 8 PM, record “No Ordinary Family” on ABC (September 28).  I’m not actually holding out too much hope for this one being original or well-written, but the comic book geek in me can’t stay away.


At 8 PM, try “Undercovers” on NBC (September 22).  JJ Abrams hasn’t steered me wrong yet, with “Alias” and “LOST” (I haven’t seen enough of Felicity for a judgment call).  And it’s nice to see that the main characters are black without the story or show having anything to do with race at all.  Apparently, that post-racial society is arriving.

At 9 PM, watch “Modern Family” and at 9:30 PM, watch “Cougar Town” on ABC (September 22).  Both hilarious in their own inimitable ways, these comedies show that you can have funny writing without pandering to your audience or following a writing rulebook.


At 8 PM, watch “Community” on NBC (September 23).  If you didn’t watch the first season, you missed out. This show is THE funniest show on the air right now.  The group dynamic is outstanding, and each character is perfect.  The episodes from the first season that riffed on mobster movies and apocalypse/zombie films should have won Emmy awards.

At 8:30 PM, watch “30 Rock”, at 9:00 PM, watch “The Office”, and at 9:30 PM, try “Outsourced” on NBC (September 23).  If I need to explain why you should watch this block of television, it’s wasted on you.

At 8:30 PM, record “Shit My Dad Says” on CBS (September 23).  Who knows if this is going to be any good, but it’s a show based on a Twitter account.  How can I resist giving it a shot?

At 9:00 PM, record “Fringe” on Fox (September 23).  The best X-Files clone since . . . well, The X-Files.  Even though Joshua Jackson is a bit wooden, his co-stars more than make up for it.

At 10:00 PM, watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on FX (September 16). This show is so twisted that I have to pause it so I can laugh at parts of it.  It’s like “Seinfeld”, if the cast lived in Philadelphia and were even more reprehensible.


At 8:00 PM, record “Smallville” on the CW (September 24). I say to record it because on fast forward, you can turn an hourlong drama into about a fifteen minute highlight reel. And that’s all this show is worth.

At 9:00 PM, watch “Supernatural” on the CW (September 24). While this show started out as a predictable “Monster of the Week” show, it progressed into a fun, dark show with a rich canon.


Get your TV-addicted ass outside.


At 9:00 PM, watch “Dexter” on Showtime (September 26). I recently caught up on the last four seasons of this show and have absolutely loved it.  Bloody, cynical, shocking, and morbidly funny, “Dexter” is everything you need for a great Sunday night of television.

OTHER WEEKLY SHOWS: The Soup (Fridays at 10 PM on E!), Tosh.O (Wednesdays at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central), Destination Truth (Thursdays at 9 PM on Syfy), Ghost Hunters (Wednesdays at 9 PM on Syfy).

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90 Replies to “Avitable’s Fall TV Schedule aka “What you should watch if you like good TV””

  1. Holly B

    The only tv show Im excited for is NCIS ( not Los Angeles) this is my favorite show. I am interested in looking at Shit My Dad Says and the new one with Tom Selleck. Not much for reality tv. Give me some good comedy, detective or action show anytime.

      • B.E. Earl

        @Avitable, Here’s the problem with HIMYM: Everything except Barney! Ted sucks. Robin has become boring. Lily and Marshall are fine characters on their own, but their relationship has become tedious. Sure, BBT is incredibly stereotypical, and the writing could be better. But Sheldon, Raj and Wolowitz are hysterical. It took me a while to get past the nerd overload, but once I did I really started to enjoy it.

  2. Employee No.699

    I read the title and stopped there. It’s not that I don’t value your opinion, but its simply a tease.

    My TV viewing will be limited to Bollywood movies and the short list of U.S. shows they play in India…three seasons later.

    Thank goodness for ComCast OnDemand. I’ll at least be able to catch up with the following when I come home for visits:
    Big Love
    U.S. of Tara
    True Blood

    Other than that, I’m S.O.L Paul’s tried watching on Hulu and apparently it sucks ass; India blocks numerous websites. He was able to bypass Hulu, to an extent. He can watch for anywhere from 5-10 minutes at a time before it boots him off and then he has to get back on and find where he left off. Not worth it to me…unless its for Glee. I love my some Sue Sylvester!

  3. MariaV

    I really enjoyed Community and Modern Family last season. I have a soft spot for Chevy Chase.

    I haven’t seen either The Office or 30 Rock. I don’t know why.

    I am looking forward to trying No Ordinary Family. I could use some funny right now.

  4. SisterMerryHellish

    I cannot wait for Fringe to start again! Although the I can barely stand to look at the “other” Walter, I can look at Joshua Jackson’s woodenness all day. ALL DAY!

    Dexter was a favorite before I decided to nix the cable some years ago. It’s the only show I miss from it!

  5. WebSavvyMom

    –>Community is “STREETS AHEAD” of all the other comedies on the air today. I sometimes rewind it or watch it twice in a row because I am laughing so hard. As for the rest of your list, “Give Them A Sandwich.”
    My tv addicted friend Nadya and I can’t help but quote Community all the time.

  6. Jay

    I beat you by a couple of days, but I only posted about the new shows I wanted to try. I can’t believe how many there are this year. Although I’m sure out of all those new shows, I’ll only end up actually watching a couple of them.

    And seriously, what with the “do you really watch that much TV” judgmental shit? It’s not really that much. It can all be watched on Saturday mornings via the DVR or online.

    Oh, and you left off Hellcats. Come on, you KNOW you’re gonna watch that show. 😉

  7. Finn

    No “Sons of Anarchy”? Great show. And “The Middle,” which comes on before “Modern Family” on Wednesdays, is good too.

    The show is really called “Shit My Dad Says”? They didn’t change the name for TV? I’m curious to see if that’s any good.

    • Avitable

      @Finn, I’ve never tried “The Middle” – maybe I’ll give it a shot. I tried “Sons of Anarchy” and was bored with it. Most of FX’s shows like that and “The Shield” bore me for some reason.

      The CBS show is actually called “#!# My Dad Says” or something like that.

  8. Kizz

    I echo the cries for Big Bang Theory and Sons of Anarchy. Lots to love there. I’m interested in Terriers which is another FX offering on Wednesdays. I like the cast and the creators, not sure if it’ll be a Shield retread or not. Also looking forward to Boardwalk Empire, the Scorsese series on HBO.

    Oh I do love TV!

  9. Lisa

    We’ve been toying with the idea of getting rid of cable because we just don’t watch very much TV anymore so it’s hard to justify the expense. I do love HIMYM and NCIS though. I know…I’m weird 😉

  10. amanda


    We made the decision to cancel our cable earlier this year. For the most part I’ve been okay, and but you just listed ALL of my favorite shows. Now I am jonesing for some major TV time.


  11. Loukia

    I can’t wait for the return of Glee!
    And Modern Family!
    And The Office, but I’m getting bored of that show.
    And GREY’S ANATOMY! How could you forget that show!?!
    I just started watching Criminal Minds, it is great.
    What is the one new show I should start watching?

  12. Neeroc

    So I turned off my tv during an electrical storm at the beginning of August, and sort of forgot to turn it back on…I’m thinking premieres might change that but we’ll see. I’m already in shit with friends for not watching those 30 episodes of Coronation St. *g*

    Shit my dad says just seems too soon, the book just came out and what he’s tweeting once a month now?
    One of the networks up here decided to air an edited season of Dexter (the first) and that was the only one so GAH for that, I think they’re somewhere in my queue.

  13. gorillabuns

    I have to say, I watched “Nikita” this evening and I think I like it. It’s not as awesome as the original but I’m going to stick around for the next episode.

    Not sure why I had to share but since we watch all the same shows, I thought I would tell you about it.

  14. Rachael

    I am planning on watching most of the shows you mentioned! Except Dexter, which I am planning on starting soon with Season 1, and Smallville, because I gave up on that one a couple of seasons ago. I just couldn’t take it anymore. Supernatural is one of my top 5 shows on TV.

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