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And we’re back!!! Yeah I know finally.

My top 10 shows of the 2013-14 season (September- May)

    1. True Detective- HBO went all out with this unique series that stars Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson two actors only know for big production movies delivered stellar performances in this MUST WATCH series. Check out the promo- 
    2. Hannibal- Bryan Fuller known for pushing the limits of TV (Pushing Daisies) created stunning dark visuals that live up to all the old movies about Hannibal Lector. Season 2 just continues to get better despite it’s ratings struggles. Never too late to jump aboard the NBC series. Season 1 Promo- 
    3. Da Vinci’s Demons- Created by David S. Goyer so of you know him from the short live ABC series “FlashForward”. It revolves around a  fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci’s early life and even fictional those who know history will see plenty of facts around the series. The show was just renewed for a 3rd season. Check out the Season 1 promo– 
    4. Banshee– Set in the small town of Banshee, PA this action packed series revolves around an ex-con who assumes the identity of the killed sheriff of the town who tries to win back his former lover. Full of conspiracy and endless action. The show was just picked up for season 3. Season 1 promo– 
    5. Suits– The USA network series continues to get better with every season. Its not your typical lawyer drama which is based around a extraordinarily smart lawyer who get hired by a big firm. The catch, he doesn’t have a law degree. The show will back for season 4 this summer. Season 1 promo– 
    6. The 100– This new apocalyptic series centers on earth be unlivable or so they they think because of a nuclear apocalypse. Its now too late to jump in on the CW series still airing season 1. Promo– 
    7. Grimm– While it didn’t grab my attention at first the show just keeps getting better.  Inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales the show will back for season 4 on NBC.Grimm
    8. Arrow- Based DC Comics character Green Arrow, the action series keeps getting better. A bright spot for The CW.
    9. Chicago Fire– Action, drama and fire of course. The show has just been improving  this season. It will back for season 3 on NBC. Season 1 promo– 
    10. Parks and Recreation– The lovable comedy still shows its strength as it ages. It will back for season 7 on NBC. (if you follow me you know im obsessed with it)

– Aaron Z

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Well, after a sabbatical of ages, it’s time to once again post about America’s true pastime, (No. Not baseball.) TV shows. There have been an onslaught of new series this season, as well as many veteran, returning series. Though many shows struggled this season, ratings wise, many of those were magnificent shows. I will attempt to do those shows justice, and recognize them in a top 10 best shows of the season list. Many networks (Cough, cough. The CW) stepped up their game, this season, and gave us surprisingly great shows, with solid storylines. Choosing only 10 shows, from a season full of amazing shows will be a difficult task, but I shall attempt to do so…

 

1)  Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was an attention grabber from the very beginning. The show has a magnificent cast, and great storylines, that weren’t completely ripped from the plethora of Marvel movies that have been published. Shield has presented itself to be a unique show that expands on storylines that weren’t necessarily shown in the movies, etc. Shield, for me, is almost like a replacement for LOST. (Don’t start rioting over that comment) Shield has the same amount of mystery (At least in the beginning) as LOST, and it keeps you wondering and guessing, until the season begins drawing to a close. I’m not one to rally behind a Marvel production, simply because it’s Marvel, but Shield has shown great promise, and it is definitely a show worth checking out.

2) The 100

The 100 (CW)

Let’s all praise The CW, as they finally have 3 shows that are mentionable (which is up from only 1, that they had last year)! The 100 began late in the season, and was captivating from the very first episode.  I am a huge fan of post apocalyptic/Science Fiction type shows, and the 100 is just that. Basically, the 100 is about the last remaining individuals of the human race, and their struggle to survive. The generation lives on a space station, the Ark, as it is known, and they face the danger of extinction as the life support systems begin to fail. Realizing that they only have months to live, the established government decides to send a group of juvenile prisoners to Earth, which has been irradiated from nuclear war, to try to set up a colony. When the teens land on Earth, they find that all is not what it seems, as they encounter indigenous people who don’t necessarily want their territory to be disturbed.  Arguably, the teens are up against Oliver Queen, who is in the forest hunting them. All in all, you simply must give this show a look-over. It’s rare that I recommend a CW show, so trust me on this one.

2.5) The Tomorrow People (Looks like I had 11 favorite shows this season. I knew it would be impossible to choose only 10…)

The Tomorrow People (CW)

Okay, Okay, I know what you’re thinking. How did two CW shows manage to make a top 10 list? Even though, The Tomorrow People may have slightly ripped off Jumper (Does anyone remember that movie?), it still turned out to be a pretty great show. The Tomorrow people is centered around a group of paranormal individuals who have special abilities, i.e, teleporting, telekinesis, etc. These individuals are engaged in a secret war with an organization known as Ultra. Basically those are the bad guys who want to eliminate the paranormal population. The show has a few unforeseeable twists and turns, and keeps you engaged throughout the season.  Though the future of this show hangs in the balance, I feel that it has a fighting chance, in terms of a renewal. All said, The Tomorrow People is an interesting show that is worth checking out.

3)  Crisis

Crisis (NBC)

Okay, all of you haters calm down. There’s always that one doomed NBC show that I cling to every season, (The Firm, Deception) and this year it’s Crisis. Crisis surrounds a group of elite students from a private school that are kidnapped, and leveraged to get their affluent parents help the kidnapper expose a government experiment (and possibly exact revenge). So far Crisis has been engaging and interesting throughout. Each episode the kidnappers seem to be one step ahead of the agents who are tirelessly pursuing them. Crisis has all of the makings of a great show, but it is simply missing the ratings. The show has mystery, government conspiracies, and much more entwined in it to create a gripping series. Plus, Zac Efron’s girlfriend plays a lead role in the show, so, there’s that… Though the show may be a one hit wonder, I definitely suggest you check it out.

4) Arrow

 

Arrow (CW)

An unheard of anomaly has occurred, and the CW has three shows that are in my top 10 favorites. Arrow is the veteran show around the CW, and it has continued to be a success. This season is a bit more slow-paced than the first, which is why it didn’t land the #3 spot. However, many new developments have occurred since we last saw Oliver Queen. (NO SPOILERS). The vigilante has become a bit more restrained, and not so much of a, well, vigilante. Of course many things from Oliver’s past come back to haunt him, and towards the end of the season a major character falls victim to an enemy of the green arrow. That’s all I’m saying in regards to story progression! Of course, Arrow continues to present the crime fighting action that we all love, and the character progression continues this season. If you haven’t watched Arrow, you simply must!

5) The Blacklist

The Blacklist (NBC)

Oh, NBC, how proud I am that you finally found a durable and lasting show. The Blacklist is one of the most successful shows of the season, as it was renewed about midway through its debut season. The show centers around a career criminal who has been on the run from authorities for years. One day, he simply turns himself in to the FBI and wants to speak with one agent, and one agent alone. Elizabeth Keen. Reddington, The international criminal, offers up a blacklist with criminal names galore, in exchange for immunity. A Task force is assembled, including Keen and Reddington, and the cases begin. However, all is not what it seems, and Reddington’s motives aren’t exactly clear. I find that this show has everything that a person could want. It has the police drama aspect, much like L&O, as well as the mystery, and underlying conspiracy. Of course, the cast is what truly makes the show. Names such as James Spader and Meagan Boone make the show what it is. If you haven’t seen The Blacklist, I highly recommend that you check it out.

6) Elementary

 

Elementary (CBS)

It’s Elementary, dear reader, Elementary. Of course if you’re a proponent of the other Holmes based show, ‘Sherlock’ and haven’t seen Elementary, you don’t know what you’re missing. Elementary takes a character that has been around for ages, and modernizes it, and redefines how we think of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Of course, Watson is played by a female, which is an interesting spin on the tale. The two lead roles are played by Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, and the interactions between the two truly make the show what it is. So if you’re an all around sleuth, and love a good crime based drama, you should definitely check out Elementary.

7) Perception

Perception (TNT)

Perception is a show that I will rally behind, indefinitely. The show centers around a brilliant college professor and part-time FBI consultant. The genius professor, Daniel pierce, suffers from schizophrenia and suffers many hallucinations, that sometimes help him solve the cases that he consults on. The show has an ensemble of great cast members, and the storyline is indeed solid.  The show is a crime solving drama with a unique twist. The show highlights the side of mental diseases that many of us never realized. Perception is definitely worth your time, and I recommend you check out both seasons 1 and 2. Get ready for season 3, premiering this June!

8) Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire (NBC)

Another epic series from the great Dick Wolf! Chicago Fire is on its second season, and it is still going strong. The storylines never cease to engage me, and the drama is off the charts. The show presents story arcs that always run smoothly, and its unique ability to tie in with rookie show, Chicago P.D. makes it that much more interesting. I can see Chicago Fire being the new L&O and being around for a long while. Of course, I highly recommend that you check out Chicago Fire.

9) Revolution

Revolution (NBC)

Alright, Alright, settle down. We all know Revolution has lost the fast paced mysterious drama that we all loved in season 1, but season 2 has managed to keep my interest. Of course, a good bit of the intrigue from season 1 has been revealed, but there’s still plenty to be told in the final episodes of season 2. The patriot story arc has been going way too slow, and I feel that the show needs to speed up (Cough, we all remember The 2nd season of The Walking Dead…). However, I feel that Revolution has a good bit left to offer and if it somehow manages to pull in a 3rd season, I will be looking forward to it. So go ahead, check out Revolution seasons 1 and 2!

10) The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project (FOX)

We finally arrive to The Mindy Project. The underdog of television, and the phoenix that rose from the smoldering ashes. The Mindy Project is a lovable comedy that had a wary future after both of its season finales. However, even though the masterminds at FOX aired the episodes out-of-order, and received dreadful ratings, The Mindy Project has endured! Aside from all of the surface issues, The Mindy Project is a solid and quip comedy that is hard not to love. And to all of those haters out there, Go watch Hart Of Dixie, or something… #MindyMixer

 

Well, there’s more than a few shows that I had to cut from my list, but they definitely deserve recognition. Revenge is still serving it up nice and cold and The Following is still revolving around eerie serial killers. I also must mention Law and Order: SVU, as everyone seems to be abandoning our 15 year veterans, for Voight and his rookie team over at Chicago P.D. P.D. is a great show, no doubt, but we have to realize that no one beats Benson and the team… and in conclusion I think I owe a few past shows a shout-out. A ‘In Memoriam” remembrance, if you will..

 

Let’s all remember these shows that would make my top 10 list, any day, any time…

Alphas:

Alphas (2011-2012)

Yes, I’m still in sorrow over the loss of Alphas. Perhaps if Stan Lee were involved, we would have gotten more than 2 seasons. Anyway, if you get a chance, give Alphas a look. Definitely a worthy show that died well before its time. RIP –

 

Last Resort:

Last Resort (2012-2013)

Okay, so here’s another show that left this world before its time. Last resort was a pretty epic show, no matter what anyone says. Daisy Betts and Andre Braugher made the show magnificent, along with a little help from Scott Speedman. Though the show wrapped up rather well, with its series finale, I still wanted more. However, with the upcoming arrival of TNT’s new eerie naval set drama, The Last Ship, I do hope that the void left by Last Resort will be somewhat filled. Do check the single epic season of Last resort, if you get a chance. RIP –

 

The River:

The River (2012-2012)

Don’t start judging me, right away. The river was an epic one season show that was very reminiscent of LOST. (That’s right, I just went there). The river presented so many creepy mysteries, and all around strangeness. However, as usual, the ratings were the downfall of this great series. If you get a chance, check out the dozen or so episodes of The River. Great show, that should not have been taken from this world…. RIP

Okay, Enough reminiscing for one day. I do hope that this list and the previous one have given you enough shows to check out for a while. I Wish I could’ve added 20 or so shows in the top 10 list, however, that is in no way possible. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D definitely wins the season in my book, and that is my top recommendation for this season. #HailHydra, and feel free to comment about these, and other shows! (Go easy on the criticism; I’m sensitive.)

Be on the lookout for Aaron‘s top 10 list, and see what kind of television legends he has listed..

 


8/7c Whitney on NBC

8:30/7:30c Guys with Kids on NBC

9/8c Law & Order SVU on NBC:

10/9c Chicago Fire on NBC:

10/9c Nashville Recap on ABC:

“Clips reveal Rayna James’ and Juliette Barnes’ intersecting stories.”


Based off a segment that “The Morning After” on hulu does here is my list of shows that you should catch, commit or drop.

Not a complete list. Share your favorites in the comments .

Aaron’s @zaffuto234 List

NBC’s Revolution: Commit

The show continues to grow its main characters and the power mystery is bringing me back every.

Fox’s Ben and Kate: Catch

The show cant seem to find its grove continually but when it does you have a great cast that makes you laugh.

Fox’s New Girl: Commit

Its funny and continues to be.

Fox’s Raising Hope: Commit

I cant get enough of the quirky comedy.

Fox’s The Mindy Project: Drop

Just don’t find any of the character very likable.

ABC’s Don’t Trust The B**** In Apartment 23: Catch

The show had James trying to put together a Dawson’s Creek reunion so the show is worth watching at times.

NBC’s Go On: Commit

Though not Matthew Perry’s best work he alone makes the show worth watching weekly.

NBC’s The New Normal: Catch

When its funny its very funny.

NBC’s Chicago Fire: Commit

The whole cast brings this show to life. Full of suspense, action and plenty of drama.

ABC’s Nashville: Commit

Stellar cast and great drama is enough to keep me around.

CW’s Arrow: Commit

Action packed story draws you in every week.

NBC’s Whitney: Drop

NBC’s Guys with Kids: Catch

What can I say, I on occasion enjoy a comedy that requires zero thinking. It reminds me of shows you find on TBS such as “Men At Work” or “Sullivan and Son”.

NBC’s Up All Night: Drop

The show lost its steam completely for me with the season 2 changes.

NBC’s The Office: If you stuck with it from the start Commit, the casual viewer will want to Catch as the show has had its ups and downs this final season.

NBC’s 30 Rock: Commit

Its final season has been terrific and it will be sad to see this one go.

NBC’s Parks and Recreation: Commit

The only show on tv that makes you really care about politicians and government. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

ABC’s Last Resort: Commit

Though the ratings have been awful the show is incredible and the mystery and cast is worth checking out weekly.

ABC’s Scandal: Commit

A bit of everything. Scandal packs so much into a single episode leaving the suspense and drama at a high.

CBS’s Person of Interest: Drop

I got into the show for the first few episodes of season one but as soon as the show took a break I had completely forgotten about it and had little reason to start watching again.

NBC’s Grimm: Commit

The show continues to impress me weekly. Who would of thought a show launching on a Friday would be doing so well now in its 2nd season and stronger then ever, story wise and ratings.

ABC’s Once Upon A Time: Catch

ABC’s Revenge: Commit

Commit for now. The complex story is starting to make me long for season 1 but I’m committed for now.

ABC’s 666 Park Avenue: Commit

Low ratings be damned I’m fully enjoying the show.

USA’s Burn Notice: Commit

Season 6 has been on fire with lots of high paced action.

CW’s Beauty and the Beast: Drop

Just didn’t find any of the characters likable and the plot has been done before and much better.

CW’s Emily Owens M.D: Drop

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory: Drop

Yes, I’m aware im going to get a lot of smack for this one. I liked the show briefly then I found NBC’s more unique line up in the same time slot and never looked back.

The Walking Dead: Commit

Scott’s List

My Personal List Of What Shows  To Commit To, Catch, Or Drop:

NBC’ Revolution: Commit

Revolution Is An Intriguing Drama Series That Will Keep You On The edge Of Your Seat Each And Every Week.

Fox’s The Mob Doctor: Catch

Although The Future Of This Show Is Most Likely Doomed, I Would Recommend That You Check It Out. I Enjoy Watching The Show Each Week. Also If You’re A Fan Of Medical Dramas, This Show Is For You.

NBC’s Go On: Catch

Go On Isn’t Quite A Relatable Show, Which Is Why It Get’s The “Catch” Rating. However, The Characters Are Eccentric And  Funny, And The Show Is All Around Fun. If You’re Looking For A Simplistic, Family Comedy, This Is It.

Fox’s Raising Hope: Commit

Raising Hope Is A Hilarious, Relatable Comedy, That Has Been Renewed Three Times. The Cast Members Are Relatable, And Entertaining. I would Recommend That You Commit To This Show, 100%.

ABC’s Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23: Catch

This Show Is Hilarious, But A Bit Raunchy, At Times. The Cast Roster Includes A Colorful Array Of Comedic Talent. The Show Packs Many Laughs Into An Episode, And It Is A Funny Comedy, To Watch.

NBC’s The New Normal: Catch

This Show Pushes The Limits, With An Old Grandma Who Constantly Makes Homophobic, And Racial Remarks. However, Somehow, NBC Was Able To Craft This, So That The Viewers Found It To Be Funny. Overall, The New Normal Is A Whole Hearted Comedy, That I Recommend You Should Catch Sometime.

CBS’s Vegas: Drop

Vegas Is Not As Great As I Expected It To Be. The Storyline Is Dull, And Contains A Lot Of “Fillers”. I Found Myself Constantly Looking At The Time, To See How Much Longer The Episode Was Going To Be On. Despite The Big Name Cast Members, Vegas Is Far Below Par.

FOX’s The Mindy Project: Catch

The Mindy Project Is A Fun Show, With Quirky Characters. I Recommend That You Watch The Show, When You Get A Chance To do So.

NBC’s Whitney: Catch

I Watched Whitney, When It Premiered Last Year, And Found The Show To Be A Fun, Simplistic Comedy. I Recommend That You Watch The Show, When You Want A Laugh.

NBC’s Law And Order: Special Victims Unit: Commit

Law And Order: SVU Is Perhaps The Best Branch Of The Law And Order Genre. The Show Is Intriguing, And You Can Start Watching From Basically Any Point In The Show, And Still Grasp The Story. I Started Watching The Show Around 2 Years Ago, And It Instantly Grasped My Loyalty.

NBC’s Guys With Kids: Commit

It’s Rare That I Recommend Committing To A Comedy, But This Show Deserves It. The Show Is Simplistic, But The Characters Are Highly Relatable. Also, The Show Is Produced By The Comic Genius, Jimmy Fallon. I Find Myself Watching The Show Every Week, And Impatiently Waiting For The Next Episode.

ABC’s Nashville: Commit

Nashville Swept Over Me, After Watching The Pilot Episode. I Feared, After Watching The Promos, That I Wouldn’t Like This Show, But I Was Wrong. The Show Has A Great cast Lineup, And The Storyline Is Ever So Addicting. And Don’t Worry About The Country Music Aspect Of The Show. I Highly Dislike Country Music, But That Didn’t At All Stop Me From Loving The Show.

NBC’s Chicago Fire: Commit

NBC’s New Hit Drama, Chicago Fire, Has Definitely Made An Impact, On Me. I Thought The Show Would Be Interesting, When I Heard About It A Few Months Back. Little Did I Know, This Show Is Addicting, And Difficult To Not Watch. The Show Is A Mix Between a Medical Drama, And An Action Movie. I Would Definitely Suggest That You Commit To This Show.

CW’s Arrow: Commit

Arrow Has Made Me A Huge Fan Of The Show. When You Think Of Arrow, Think Of An Epic Mix Between, Batman, The Cape, Along With A Hint Of Superman. This Show Has Become A Weekly Part Of My Wednesday Life. If You Haven’t Yet Watched Arrow, You Really Need To Do So, And Become A Regular. You Won’t Regret This Decision.

NBC’s Up All Night: Catch

Up all Night Is Almost Worthy Of The “Commit” Rating, But Not Quite. I Became A Fan Of The Show, After It Premiered, Last Year. The Show HAs 2 Quirky Lead Characters, And Laughs Galore.

Fox’s Ben And Kate: Catch

Ben And Kate Is A Rather Simplistic Comedy That Packs A Boatload Of Laughs Into A 30 Minute Timeslot. The Character’s Are Relatable, And The Show Is Fun.

TruTv’s Conspiracy Theory W/ Jesse Ventura: Catch

I’ve Recently Become A Regular Viewer Of  This Show, And It Is Highly Intriguing. This Show Revolves Around Jesse Ventura, And His Investigation Of Conspiracy Theories. I’ve Never Believed In Many Of The Conspiracy Theories That Are Out There, But This Show Has Me second Guessing Myself. Even If You Don’t Believe In Conspiracy Theories, I Recommend That You Check This Show Out.

NBC’s Last Resort: Commit

Although The Future Of This Show Is Foggy, I Would Definitely Recommend That You Commit To It. This Show Is Full Of Action, and It Even Has A Cloud Of Mystery Surrounding It. I’ve Become A Fan Of This Show, And I Would Recommend It.

ABC’s Scandal: Commit

Scandal Is A MAgnificent Drama Created By Shonda Rhimes. Scandal Manages To Grasp My Intrigue, And Loyalty, Each And Every Week. Scandal Has Everything That A Person Could Want: Drama, Romance, Humor, Conspiracy, Mystery, Intrigue. This Show Is Somewhat Underrated, But It Truly Is Great.

CBS’s Elementary: Commit

Although This Is A Show that Has Received Heavy Criticism, I Can See It’s True Potential. Before Watching Elementary, I  Thought That It Would Be A Dull Show. However, That’s Not The Case. Elementary Has Likeable Characters, And Something For Every Viewer. The Show Is Basically A Show About Crime Solving, So You Can Expect The Weekly Dose Of Mystery, Intrigue, Action, etc. I Feel That This Show Is Highly Underrated, And Should Receive A Bit More Praise.

ABC’s Revenge: Commit

Revenge Is A Magnificent And Addicting Drama. This Show Has Everything: Drama, Romance, Conspiracy, Cover-Ups, Murder, Plotting, etc. The Show Took Me By Storm With It’s Epic Series Premiere, Last Year. From Then On, I’ve Become a Big Fan Of The Show. The Show Will Keep You Guessing, And It Will Keep you On The Edge Of Your Seat, Every Week.

ABC’s 666 Park Avenue: Commit

Although The Ratings Of This Show Are Terrible, That Doesn’t Reflect Upon The Content Of It. This Show Is An Interesting And Mysterious Drama, tha tIs Full Of Supernatural Entities. When You Think Of This Show, Think Of LOST. 666 Park Avenue Can Be As Confusing And Mysterious As LOST, At Times. However, This Show Is Highly Addictive, and Entertaining.

AMC’s The Walking Dead: Commit ∞

What Can I Say About This Show? Regular Viewers Of This Show Know How Epic And Addicting It Is. I Got Started On This Show, By Watching A S1 Marathon 2 Years Ago, And I’ve Been A Huge Fan Since. This Show Has Everything That You Could Want: Romance, Action, and Of Course Violence And Zombies! For Those Of You Who Have Yet To Watch The Walking Dead, You Need To Do So, Immediately.

~ Scott R.  – @NBC_CHUCK_FAN

Which ones would you catch, commit or drop? Share in the comments below.

The poll contains all the shows we will be covering on Wednesday night. If you are watching something different shout out in the comments below.