Oct 16 2014
It’s that time of year again – your favorite TV shows are back, or about to come back. Yes, the huge, big deal shows – Mad Men, Game of Thrones – are approximately 46 months away from just starting to think about a teaser trailer for the new season, but the “kick back and enjoy it” shows have either started up again, or are about to. Archer will be back in a few months. New Girl is a few episodes into the new season. Community is coming early 2015. Parks and Rec will be back mid-season for a last hurrah. Bob’s Burgers just came back about a week ago.
When it comes to shows like these, where I’m pretty much in it for the sheer entertainment, I tend to care about what happens and what direction the series is going. This is a pretty odd stance – I didn’t care about The Wire or Breaking Bad in this way. It has something to do with the fact that those shows were so good, I didn’t need to care – I trusted them enough that I knew wherever they went, it would be awesome. I know it doesn’t make any logical sense. It’s kind of like how you don’t want to step away from the TV during an important game, because your team is somehow affected by the invisible Concern Rays shooting out of your head. If your team is really, really good, they don’t really need your help. Which is to say I don’t feel particularly concerned with how Mad Men is going to wrap up; it’s a brilliant show, I’m pretty sure whatever they do is going to be awesome. But New Girl could so easily become terrible – it’s already kind of teetering on the edge. I feel like I have to care about it more.
So, in the spirit of those Invisible Concern Rays, here are a few things I hope happen to my favorite underdog shows.