TV Meme, Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching
This is the first season in a while that I haven’t had a proper bubble show in my viewing list. I’ve almost always had a “MORE PEOPLE NEED TO WATCH THIS SHOW OR ELSE IT WILL DIE” show in my lineup, be it Veronica Mars, Pushing Daisies, Middleman, or any of the other shows I sent packs of M&Ms or Mars Bars or NYC postcards or whatever to.
Castle seemed to be on precarious footing after season 1, but for now, it’s safely renewed for a third, thanks to solid ratings and an ABC exec’s wife’s crush on Nathan Fillion. And Dollhouse was pretty bubbly, but Joss seemed to do his best work when he was operating under the belief he would be canceled, so I wasn’t too broken up to see it axed. Except for how I wouldn’t get to see Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj on my teevee every week anymore, and that’s tragic.
(I am so gay for Dichen Lachman. Maybe because she needs to play Kitai. The number of photos I took of her versus Joss, Eliza, and Fran at the SDCC Dollhouse panel last year verges on creepsterdom.)
Anyway, to answer the question, I’m going to surprise myself and say I wish more people were watching Community. It no bubble show; it doesn’t need higher ratings to stay afloat. It was just renewed, in fact. But as Jane Espenson raves, “it’s a master class on new and fresh ways to tell jokes. And on how to actually be about something at the same time.” (How much do I love that Jane is blogging again? A lot, I can tell you.)
It’s consistently hilarious, and it’s a love letter to film and television culture. Also, Abed is a god. It’s very episodic, so you don’t need to watch every episode to understand or fully appreciate it. Just tune in and be entertained!