This past weekend I watched two great shows that I definitely want to recommend. The first is a SciFi alien drama that airs on TNT called Falling Skies. Noah Wyle (of ER fame) stars as a father of 3 sons surviving with a rag-tag group of civilians and makeshift fighters/army months after an alien invasion.
To me the show is like a great mix of Jericho, V (the original, not the remake), and The Walking Dead. It actually reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead TV show except with more action and plot development. There’s also no Lori so that’s a plus…although beware the “Carl Jr” who isn’t quite as stupid as Carl from TWD, but exists probably because Steven Spielberg (who produces this show) has some sort of requirement to have a kid and sappy family moments with him.
Seriously though, the aliens are creepy, there’s action in every episode, and there’s some good character development. The acting is pretty good too with the aforementioned Wyle and Will Patton (Remember the Titans) plus Moon Bloodgood (Terminator: Salvation). It has its drawbacks – mainly a lack of female characters (but, again, on the plus side I’d rather have less strong women than another Lori).
It’s not a watch instantly show, so I had to get it in DVD form. It is, however, available in Instant Video on Amazon. I might end up doing that for Season 2 – depending on how Season 1 ends (1 disk left to watch).
The other show that I checked out this weekend was Happy Endings. Yes, ok, the premise sounds like it’s trying to be a Friends clone. Six friends (including Elisha Cuthbert, Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton) who spend just about every minute of every day together experience life in the city, relationships, friendships, and being co-dependent on one another. Seriously, there’s siblings, a married couple, and a failed relationship (aka. Ross and Monica, Monica and Chandler, and Ross and Rachel). Todd VanDerWerff at the AVClub didn’t think much of the show. But then again, he also liked Traffic Light and Perfect Couples. So…if lame comedies are your thing then you’re not going to like this show. Todd also thought this show would be better as a multi-camera show with a live studio audience. Yeah…2012 called 1995. They discussed it and agreed that if this format gave the world shows like Whiteny and that Chelsea show then it sucks and good shows are single cam now. It’s true that the two central characters that the show focuses on are kind of lame, but that’s OK. It’s not about these two and the will they/won’t they plot; it’s about everyone else and how they basically riff off of each other.
I’m never quite sure how to describe a comedy. In describing a show like Community, Modern Family, or Happy Endings there’s a big failing. What the show is about doesn’t really get across how funny it is. And, of course, humor is subjective. If you’re not into pop culture references – or even references that the show doesn’t explain (because, really, nothing ruins a joke more than having to explain it) then Happy Endings isn’t for you. But I have the feeling that if you’re in the 20-40 year old demographic then this show may become required watching for you.
Anyway, It’s on Amazon or do what I did and check it out from your local Library!