Fall TV: First Impressions

I’ve written about the Fall TV line up before, what I’m enjoying and what I’m not so much.  It’s interesting to go back and see what shows I initially enjoyed that I either don’t watch anymore or have been canceled, but it’s also interesting to see the shows that I have continued to watch from the beginning.

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I do have limitations to my TV watching.  First, we have a rule of one hour of TV a night.  Second, we don’t have cable.  We haven’t had cable for the majority of our marriage.  We do have Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, plus we have an antenna that gets the major broadcast channels.  Between these four things, we have plenty to watch.

We don’t always get to watch things live (or when they are scheduled on broadcast) which is another limitation.  If we miss something that plays on ABC, NBC, or FOX, then we can usually catch it on Hulu the day after.  But CBS is its own animal.  And you have to pay for that separately, which we are not really prepared to do right now.  So, you might notice a lack of the CBS shows in my list below.

So, now that all of that is out of the way, here are my first impressions for Fall 2017.

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The Good Doctor (ABC) – Shawn Murphy is a surgical resident at San Jose t. Bonaventure Hospital.  He is also autistic with a savant syndrome.  The story follows him and the rest of the hospital as they navigate through Murphy’s strengths and weaknesses.  So far, the rest of the cast is slightly two dimensional, as they are building the story around this autistic surgeon.  It’s very interesting, however, and I would like to see them dive into some of the attributes of autism like overstimulation.

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The Gifted (FOX) – Set in the Xmen Universe, mutants are now on the run from the government, who have deemed them a threat.  A family is caught in the middle when the parents find out that both of their kids have the mutant gene.  The father, a prosecutor who handles mutant cases, is forced to ally himself with the people he has been building a case against.  I’ve only seen the first episode, and if you have watched any of the trailers, you have seen the basic first episode.  The one thing I find interesting is that the family is portrayed as this strong unit, the parents and kids communicate with each other perfectly.  Even though the daughter hides the fact that she is a mutant, when it comes out, she is accepted unconditionally.  I know that they want us rooting for this family, but they just seem too perfect, at least in this first episode.

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The Brave (NBC) – Special task force sent behind enemy lines to rescue people who have been kidnapped.  It’s fast-paced and action-packed.  Lots of fight scenes and stuff exploding.  The first two episodes have had some girl power to them, as well.  There is a girl on the combat team (who shares gratitude with the leader in a stakeout scene that she is treated like anyone else).  And the second episode, the kidnapped woman was not a damsel in distress, but someone who could kick some serious butt.

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The Orville (FOX) –  Seth MacFarlane (you know, Family Guy) is the captain of a ship on an exploratory mission in space.  At first, I thought this was going to be a parody of Star Trek, and even though there are a lot of obvious homages to The Next Generation especially, it doesn’t feel like a parody.  Sure, there are a lot of funny moments, but there are some serious subject matters as well.  But overall, being a child of the nineties and loving Star Trek: TNG growing up, I really enjoy this show!

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Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC) – I haven’t watched the most recent episode yet, but I did watch the two-hour premiere.  It. Was. So. Slow.  I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t watch the last few episodes of last seasons Agents of Shield yet, but I’m struggling to care about these characters.  A lot of the scenes are predictable or even unnecessary (the one of that scientist packing her bags, I just didn’t get it).  Maybe the storyline will pick up, so I’m not giving up on it yet, but I usually drop a show by mid-season, and I feel like this one will be it.  But for now, I’m just there for Lockjaw (the dog).

Of course, I’m also watching The Good Place (NBC), Speechless (ABC), The Goldbergs (ABC), and Modern Family (ABC), as well as Brooklyn 99 (FOX).  All of these shows are returning this season and they are all short sitcom type shows that I really enjoy.

That’s all we are watching this Fall.  I know This is Us (NBC) is a fan favorite, but with my own life stuff, the timing just isn’t great.  Maybe I will binge watch it a couple years from now when this season of life is over.

Are there any shows that you are watching right now, or excited to see?

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Fall TV Lineup

Every year, I look forward to the new fall tv shows.  I watch the trailers in the summer, and carefully plan when I will watch all the pilot episodes (or returning shows first episodes).  We don’t have to watch them on television since we have Hulu, but there is something nice about looking forward to watching them old-school style if we are able to.  It’s like reading a new book or watching a movie just a little bit every week.

This year, though, there haven’t been a whole lot of shows that I’ve just been dying to see.  Plus, some of the trailers that were on this past summer are for shows that are coming out midseason next year.  It’s been quite a bummer.

In addition to that, there are some shows I’m avoiding right now because of my own recent circumstances.  “This is us” is one of those shows.  I’m glad that pregnancy loss is beginning to be a conversation in mainstream television (even in the trailer), but I just can’t right now, you know?  There are some other shows that we used to watch that now have a pregnant main character so we are going to skip them for the time being as well.

But!  There are a few shows that I have been enjoying, plus one that hasn’t debuted yet, so I wanted to share them with you.  All photos are taken from IMDB.com.

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Timeless (Mondays at 9 on NBC).  This show premiered this week.  I’m immediately drawn to period pieces.  Nothing is revealed in the pilot episode that isn’t shown in the trailer, though.  I want to give it a few more episodes because I felt like the original episode was a bit disjointed.  It was fun, though, and the places, or times, they teased for the upcoming episodes should be interesting.  Also, Matt Lanter is in it, and I liked him in Star-Crossed.  Hoping this will be good, but it’s TBD.

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Bull (Tuesdays at 8 on CBS).  It stars the guy from NCIS, Michael Weatherly, who plays a psychologist that does trial science.  Every week, it looks like it will be a different trial, addressing a different social concept.  The most recent episode was about gender bias.  I think it’s interesting.  I’m a big fan of social psychology so this show is right up my alley.  I will definitely be watching this season.

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Speechless (Wednesdays at 7:30 on ABC).  I love this show already.  Minnie Driver is phenomenal, and John Ross Bowie (played Kripke on the Big Bang Theory) is also incredible as the dad.  It’s really well done.  I have laughed out loud a couple times in the last few weeks.  Great story, great delivery, and a great show all around.

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The Good Place (Thursdays at 7:30 on NBC).  This is either going to be great or really uncomfortable to watch.  Ultimately, I’m watching it from a philosophical perspective – can someone who is “selfish” become altruistically “selfless”.  Plus, the fake cuss words crack me up.  Kristen Bell is hilarious, as well as the rest of the cast.

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The one show that hasn’t debuted yet that’s on my list is Pure Genius.  It’s about the incredibly rich tech guy who creates a state of the art hospital to treat extreme cases (with the hidden agenda that he will also be one of these cases soon).  I liked the trailer, although I know that there will be one pregnant case, but I don’t think it will be a major part of the season, just an episode.  We shall see, though.

Other shows that I’m continuing to watch this season are Brooklyn 99, Agents of Shield (the ghost rider story is good and I want to know all of it right now!), The Goldbergs, and Modern Family.  It’s a lot less than I usually watch, but I’m enjoying all of these so far.

What shows are you loving or looking forward to this year?