But first, a note about old shows. Don’t you find it reassuring when you come across a program you once watched to discover that the program has held up well? I was dozing off one night and switched channels to The Fugitive, which was well acted and paced with smart dialogue. I suspect Mannix, another show I always watched, would not hold up as well. I recently tuned into Gunsmoke, which was excellent, but Bonanza was awful and amateurish. I don’t recall making this distinction when I was kid.
New shows, and some not so new, that I recommend:
Elementary. A modern day Sherlock Holmes living in NY battles drug addiction, assisted by a female Watson. I was hoping this would be good, and it’s brilliant. The plots are clever, the dialogue doesn’t insult viewers, and the production quality is superior. CBS dramas have a certain look about them that I don’t care for, but this one is an exception. Seems like a cable production.
Monday Mornings. As of this post, only two episodes have aired, but it’s gripping. It’s a medical show that highlights the meetings surgeons have to discuss cases that have not gone smoothly, produced by David Kelley, who knows a thing or two about television.
Newsroom. This Aaron Sorkin show on HBO got some bad press, which I don’t understand. The show is funny and provocative and topical.
Louis C.K. This show is better than his stand-up, which is funny but raunchier and less nuanced than the program. While his show is thirty minutes, it’s not a sit-com, not a drama. I’m not sure how to categorize it. Just a glimpse into Louis C.K.’s mind since he writes and edits every episode, which is hard to fathom.
Breaking Bad. This might be my favorite of all these shows and I can’t wait for the final eight episodes in July. There’s been so much written about this show, so if you haven’t watched or read anything about it, you’re missing something most suspenseful and chilling and funny, too.
I’d love to hear your recommendations.