So, we all know I’m obsessed with television and several of my favorite shows are big hits like Lost, Glee, American Idol, The Good Wife, House, 24, Greys Anatomy and 30 Rock to name a few. However, there are a lot of hidden TV gems out there that dont get the attention they deserve. Some are critically acclaimed (Damages), some are a laugh riot (Parks and Recreation) and some are just a guilty pleasure (Human Target). So, to honor these shows, I thought I’d give you a list of the TV Shows You Should be Watching… and I mean like today! I’m also including their websites so you can see where to view them online… Enjoy and catch up fast, because there is some seriously good (Southland) and fabulous (Rupaul’s Drag Race) stuff going on out there…
Damgaes (FX): It’s a twisty legal murder mystery thriller with amazing performances by Emmy winner Glenn Close, Emmy nominee Rose Byrne and fantastic new cast-members Martin Short, Campbell Scott and Lily Tomlin (in a wig you just have to see to believe).
Rupaul’s Drag Race (Logo): Rupaul is back for season 2 with a host of fierce and crazy drag queens. The show is like a mix of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model with a bevy of outrageous drag beauties. Seriously, it’s the best time you’ll have in front of the tube all week.
Human Target (Fox): Mark Valley plays a bodyguard for hire in this humorous and action packed adventure series. He’s assisted by great turns from Pushing Daisies’ Chi McBride and former Oscar nominee (and the new Freddie Krueger) Jackie Earle Hayley.
Southland (TNT): this LA based cop drama stars Regina King (Ray) and Benjamin McKenzie (of The O.C.) and a great ensemble in a tense and realistic program that brings the crime of the streets right into your home. Thank goodness TNT rescued this show from NBC after they callously dumped it last year.
Nurse Jackie (Showtime): returning this month for a second season, Nurse Jackie follows Edie Falco’s flawed and pill-popping nurse at home and at work. She’s hilarious and has great support from a diverse group of coworkers and her stable husband and two daughters. Falco erases all memories of Carmella Soprano in this dynamite dramatic comedy. She has to be considered the early front-runner for the Emmy this fall for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Parks and Recreation (NBC): after a shaky start last season, this wacky comedy has really found its stride this year with a strong hilarious ensemble and a brilliant front woman in another likely Emmy contender, Amy Poehler. It often outshines its Thursday night peer The Office as well.
Cougar Town (ABC): A third contender for that Emmy comes in the form of Courtney Cox-Arquette in her comeback series (I’m erasing all memories of Dirt thank you) the hilarious and surprisingly heart-warming Cougar Town. Aided by a ton of strong comedy vets like Busy Phillips and Ian Gomez, Cox-Arquettes has found comic gold and the show gets better with each week. Seriously, why aren’t more of the masses who enjoy the funniest show on tv, Modern Family, staying tuned to this great comedy?
And those shows are just the tip of the ice berg. I could add V, The New Adventures of Old Christine (yes, it’s still on and it’s a riot), Ugly Betty (in its fantastic final season), and Caprica to name a few. So, check them out. I bet you’ll enjoy them as much as I do, and report back.
Enjoy the shows!