Fall TV Preview: The Shows We Love To Hate-Watch
5:00 pm, September 4th | by
Well-documented Jane Dough guilty pleasure The Newsroom ended last weekend (R.I.P.!). This was devastating, but luckily the beginning of September (and the end of summer) has served to remind us that many of our beloved fall shows will be returning in just a few short weeks, including a huge slate of guilty pleasure shows that give The Newsroom a run for its money. At The Jane Dough, we firmly believe in owning the things we love. In that spirit, here’s a slideshow you can reference the next time someone comes over and makes fun of your DVR listings.
Loathsome Quality: Much of the public’s ire with Girls, a show about four twentysomething girlfriends living in Brooklyn, was aimed at series creator, Lena Dunham. Critics, including a vicious Gawker weekly recap, dismissed the show as the out-of-touch and narcissistic tendencies of privileged white people.
Redeeming Quality: There are moments when Hannah Horvath is genuinely hilarious, and who isn’t a little out-of-touch and narcissistic from time to time, eh?
2. Grey's Anatomy
Loathsome Quality: Ah, Grey’s. We started off great when this show about spectacular looking medical residents started airing when I was in college. There were McDreamys and McSteamys for days. But then things took a turn for the cray, with certain people having sex with ghosts. Over the last few years things have only gotten stranger.
Redeeming Quality: Like those crazy relatives that you’ve grown used to, the characters of Grey’s Anatomy have been through a lot, so we tune in just to see what will happen. P.S. they are currently stranded on a mountaintop after surviving a plane crash. I did not make that up, and I need to know more.
3. New Girl
Loathsome Quality: Well, that depends on how you feel about the word “adorkable” — does it make you smile or force you to control your gag reflex?
Redeeming Quality: Schmidt, played by Max Greenfield, roughs up star Zooey Deschanel’s cotton-candy edges in a delightful way that’s still not mean-spirited. Also, it’s also nice to see a different kind of woman portrayed on television, even if she is of the cutesy variety.
Loathsome Quality: Former American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee hamming it up to play Marilyn Monroe (wha?) on Broadway.
Redeeming Quality: Bow down before Our Lady of Anjelica Huston! This series is pure show biz in all its jazz hands-y glory, has a great cast and, despite it’s cheesy lead player, is tons of outrageously campy fun.
5. The Newsroom
Hello, old friend. Sure, it's not technically coming back in the fall, but we wouldn't want to forget all the crazy/insane things that made it so great!
Loathsome Quality: Showrunner and creator Aaron Sorkin apparently did such a good job drawing a caricature of self-righteous real-life anchorman, Keith Olbermann, that his fictional host, Will McAvoy, comes across as a pretentious windbag. The show is also a little sexist.
Redeeming Quality: Sorkin didn’t get to be where he is without writing memorable characters (C.J. Cregg, anyone?) and the promise of future greatness, with just a mite less pedantry, might make next season worth watching after they iron out the kinks.