Since we’re about halfway through the 2015-2016 television season, (although who can tell what the halfway point is these days since networks split seasons into multiple parts).
This of course leads to DVR chaos, and lots of reshuffling. Sometimes I miss the old September-May format, because it was easier to keep track of things.
Anyways, since most shows are now back or about about to restart after a long break. I thought this would be a good time to grade the handful of new shows I watch on a regular basis. There is no particular order to my list, just a few thoughts on each shw. Here we go:
“Quantico” is the biggest surprise of the year. I went in thinking this was going to be nothign more than “Grey’s Anatomy” at school, but boy was I way off.
Starring Priyanka Chopra, the series has impressed from the start. It has been the season’s highest-rated Sunday broadcast series, thanks in part to a huge DVR and VOD following. But all the twists and turns in the story probably helped too.
“Quantico” score: 9.5
“Code Black” (CBS)
The hospital drama isn’t faring too well in the ratings. That’s a shame, because this is a very good series.
What I like best is that “Code Black” focuses on what happens at the hospital, and nothing more. Very rarely do you see the characters in a setting that has nothing to do with medecine.
CBS has been wanting to find a hit medical show for several years, so I’m hopeful the network isn’t ready to pull the plug on this one yet. I’m still hoping for a season two. Or at the very least, a Luis Guzmán spinoff.
“Code Black” score: 8
“Blindspot” is the crime thriller starring a tattooed Jaimie Alexander. The show has been the highest-rated of the new fall series and was the first rookie to be picked up for a full season. And I think it was one of the first to be renewed for next season as well.
“Blindspot” I thought, was really finding its groove before the long holiday hiatus. I hope and pray this show doesn’t go off the deep end in the second half like “The Black List” did.
“Blindspot” score: 8
The best thing about “Supergirl”? Melissa Benoist and Calista Flockhart. These two are the heart and soul of the show. Without them, this show doesn’t work at all. And their scenes together are often the highlight of the episode.
The worst part of “Supergirl”? Single episode stories.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying this show. But for a series like this to work, it need multi-episode arcs. This villain of the week business slows down any momentum the show has because we know everything will be settled at the end of the hour.
Hopefully the upcoming crossover with “The Flash” should shake things up. But once again, this is going to be a one episode story.
Chicago Med (NBC)
I stopped watching “Chicago Fire” when they killed off Lauren German. And for other reasosn, I never watched “Chicago P.D.”
I only gave “Chicago Med” a shot out of curiosity, and I’m glad I did. Med is surprisingly good, has a huge cast, and they’re all very likable. The series has a few cliches here amd there, but what made me stick with the show was Oliver Platt. That guy can do it all!
“Chicago Med” score: 8.5
Jessica Jones (Netflix)
When it comes to villains, the Marvel movies have Loki and…. I guess they just have Loki. But the Netflix Marvel show have the best villains
in the Marvel universe.
I think this may have been David Tennant’s best performance ever. Add to that the fantastic Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and you get one of the darkest super-hero shows of all time.
“Jessica Jones” score: 10