Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Where We Are Today…

It’s that time of year when the networks are adding even more new programming to our already full TV plates.  But before we get started on the New Year in Review, Amber West and I decided to recap our 2011 Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday ratings, from best to worst.

While I’m not quite sure where everyone else stands, this crazy television and food obsessed girl has gained her share of comfort weight over the past thirty weeks – figuratively, of course.  Thirty weeks — it seems a bit unreal that WatchWed has been around that long.  Add up the time and count the amount of MacNCheese and Junk Food TV that we’ve reviewed, the added pounds become a bit easier to understand.

First, let’s take a quick look at the review system:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

Some of the ratings have been around since Watch Wednesday opened its doors for business, but our palates became a bit more refined over time and it took watching a few series to understand we didn’t quite have the proper scale in place.  After considerable thought, we added Gourmet MacNCheese TV, Twice Baked Potato TV, and NyQuil Induced Viewing TV to the menu.   After all, a good chef always tweaks his or her recipes depending on the comment cards left behind by the diners, right?

It makes the most sense to begin with our favorites, the best of the best – the GTV (Gourmet TV) rated programs.  Leading the way for this television viewer will always be Criminal Minds, Bones, and Burn Notice.  Not one of these shows can sit on the DVR for more than an hour without burning a hole in the table cloth – they are that hot.

That’s not to say other plates didn’t also deserve a top-nod, including Blue Bloods, and our favorite cons on Leverage and White Collar.  And, believe it or not, there are many other programs that fit into this category that we’ve yet to review (and our explanations are Justified).

But who can afford a bone-in filet, horseradish mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a glass of $100 wine with every meal?  It appears not Fox, since our GTV alternate reality favorite, Fringe, is on the rocks.  Or rumor has it anyway…

Back to the more affordable dishes…

Most of us enjoy a homemade meatloaf with the rich and creamy guilty pleasure Velveeta Shells & Cheese (also known as MacTV, MacNCheese TV) on the average night.

And what goes better with this more affordable meal than the fantastic new supernatural series, Grimm; the action packed scenes, beautiful scenery, and the leading man eye-candy of Hawaii Five-o (that’s Alex O’Loughlin for anyone who may not already know); as well as the two new rookie programs that have both been renewed for a second season: Suits and Franklin & Bash?

Seriously – try it.  Curl up on the sofa with a warm bowl of the cheesy favorite, and check out one of these programs.  They’ll promise to fill you and leave you satisfied, wanting more.

Before we eat the last bite, we must pay our respects to the MacTV great that has given us eight seasons of laughter, tears, mystery, intrigue, and drama – the REAL housewives of Wisteria Lane, the Desperate Housewives.  It won’t be long before the housewives leave us forever, well until syndication anyway.

Moving on…

Because this girl likes to enjoy a few meals while reminiscing about the good ol’ days of high school, Pretty Little Liars and MTV’s surprising hit, Teen Wolf, also satisfy the carb-craving that everyone needs filled every once in a while (the mystery and intrigue of these YA series doesn’t hurt either).

And for the nights when cooking just doesn’t quite seem like an option, there’s always that trusty bag of greasy potato chips we keep hidden in the pantry.

Television’s equivalent to the JFTV (Junk Food TV) bag of tasty goodness is the same – it’s not the best thing in the world for us, but we must have more than one episode: Unforgettable, Being Human, Law & Order: SVU, Warehouse 13, and the late TNT drama, Memphis Beat.

Yes, Jason Lee’s blues singing detective show has been cancelled, but don’t worry – he’s joined the cast of another JFTV show and returned to his comedic roots in Up All Night.

Next are the days when we really just need something to fill our bellies and ruin our cholesterol, much like a Twice Baked Potato (TBPTV). 

For days like these, we have the AMC original hit, The Walking Dead.  This post-zombie-apocalyptic television series fills the supernatural undead void we’ve had for years (although a particular someone in this house is still waiting for the Frankenstein monster television program before he’s perfectly satisfied).  The survivors working together to make the most of a bad situation makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  And then the bloating feeling hits us like a ton of bricks, proving the show isn’t the best thing out there for us – but it sure is fun to savor while it lasts.

Perhaps tasty, warm, fuzzy, and savor aren’t the best words to use when describing a zombie television show, but we think it gets the point across.

And sadly, we left one program Still Simmering (SSTV) on the back burner and completely forgot to pay more attention to it, but we will…especially since Alphas was picked up for a second season.  For this, our readers have our deepest apologies.  The re-review will come in time before the premiere of season two on SyFy, promise.

All this serious talk may lead one to believe we’re all business around Watch Wednesday, but we’re not.  We love to laugh too, and a few of the network funnies received the same critical reviews as the dramas.

Hindsight is always 20/20, therefore we need to re-file the one MacTV rated sitcom (How I Met Your Mother) into the JFTV rating list along with Two and a Half Men and 2 Broke Girls.  For some reason, HIMYM has its viewers crying at the end of episodes instead of laughing here recently, which kind of defeats the purpose of the sitcom and explains the need for the downgrade – something just isn’t the same.

And just like my dinner plate, there will be no Liver and Onions TV (LOTV) for the audience today, and hopefully not anytime soon.  Yuck!

Okay, that is a ton of television.  I didn’t even include the reviews of a few of my Netflix and marathon-style TV favorites (MacTV Charmed and Tru Calling, as well as the Gourmet TV Twin Peaks and Moonlight).  Does anyone notice the Alex O’Loughlin trend?

It’s a lot to take in, but tell us:

What do you think?  Which shows already in progress need to be in our list? Are there any new shows that you are looking forward to?  We’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s blog and catch up on where her reviews sit to date.

Come back next week when Amber and I begin the new season of Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

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24 Responses to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Where We Are Today…

  1. Every once in a while I think about Alphas and wonder where it went. Oh well. I was just on Amber’s blog telling her one of you should check out Flashpoint. It’s up there with Criminal Minds for me. 😀

    • Hey, Angela! Alphas went on a seasonal hiatus but is coming back. I’m really growing to love SyFy’s original programming…

      I’ve seen Flashpoint and I LOVE Ion TV (from Amber’s comment section; I comment-jack sometimes). When there’s nothing on TV, which is a really rare case for me, I’ll watch a Criminal Minds or Ghost Whisperer mini-marathon on Ion. Good to know that I can now catch old episodes of Flashpoint too! We’ll have to see what we can do.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Amber talked like she’s never watched Covert Affairs. If you haven’t either, you need to.

  3. My first reaction was “Where is Person of Interest???” Then I saw that Amber had that one. Whew! You scared me for a minute there.

    I definitely see the Alex O’Loughlin theme here. Hawaii Five-O, Moonlight…because he’s just the sexiest thing on TV. Personally, I like him best on Moonlight.

    Do you feel like Nick’s personality is finally evolving on Grimm? He’s starting to get a little less boring. Love the show, especially Monroe.

    • Amber West says:

      HIJACK! Glad you found POI over at my place. LOVE that show.

      And I think Nick is becoming more interesting, but Monroe is definitely the show-stealer for me. 🙂

    • We both love Person of Interest, Lauralynn! I love the Reese one-liners and the fact that the Detective is slowly but surely joining in the game. “This is what we do.”

      I also must agree that Alex O’Loughlin is one of, if not THE sexiest men on TV. Mick, McGarrett. Either one.

      Nick’s personality is definitely evolving on Grimm, but I still lean toward Monroe as my favorite on the the show. After watching last week’s Ogre episode, I wish Nick had a superpower himself. He got his butt kicked.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Catie Rhodes says:

    Recommendations:

    *Have either of you tried Breakout Kings? The second season starts very soon.

    *I’d also recommend Sons of Anarchy. You can now watch the first 3 seasons on Netflix Streaming. They’ll surely do a marathon of Season 4 before Season 5 starts next fall. It’s a cool show, and the music is great.

    *Breaking Bad. You can watch the first three seasons on Netflix Streaming. They’ll surely re-run season 4 before the 5th and final season runs this summer.

    *Hell on Wheels. The first season just ended. This is a cool show. Well-written characters and full of hot guys (Common & Anson Mount).

    *Justified. I know you watch it, but have you profiled it? We’re watching the 1st season on Netflix DVD. I can see the charm.

    Thanks for opening up for recommendations.

    • Catie, my guy and I enjoy Breakout Kings. The second season starts in March! I think we may have seen a commercial that said one of the Kings goes down…I wonder which one and how?

      Justified is a house favorite – I can’t decide if I love Raylan or Boyd more. The season premiere this week was fantastic! I love the actor playing the new BIg Bad, and I can’t wait to watch Boyd clean house in the prison. LOL

      I’ve heard great things about Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, and Sons of Anarchy. I’m not surprised that all three are on either FX or A&E. These two networks are really setting the bar high for the basic cable channels, IMO. Amber and I will have to discuss these…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Was Shameless covered (or will it) at some point? It just came back on Showtime and it’s awesome. Let’s see, the hubby and I just started watching The Big Bang Theory…not one of my usual shows, but you gotta love a genius from Texas 🙂

    Other than that, I am about ready to start my letter writing campaign for Fringe.

    • Showtime’s original series are fantastic, Claudia! I’m a big fan of Californication and Weeds. I don’t know why we don’t watch Shameless (I know, gasp!), but maybe we can catch up on it via OnDemand or Netflix and add it to the list.

      Let me know how you’re writing campaign goes with Fox. I’d love to know whether or not they listen. 🙂

  6. Stacy Green says:

    Lots of great shows on here. You know Bones and Criminal Minds are my must watch shows, and I’m a Grey’s fan, too. You guys need to add Big Bang Theory to this list – one of the funniest show on TV!

  7. Julie Glover says:

    You and Amber are my go-to people for the lowdown on TV shows. What a great resource! As you know, I’m trudging through old shows, but I am making my list of ones to see when I get through the Buffy/Angel phase and network shows take a break. Bones and Leverage in particular pique my interest. I was sad to see HIMYM get the downgrade, although I agree with you completely. (I wonder if the show writers are going through dramatic personal issues that are affecting their funny bones.) Keep up what you do, Tiffany! It’s so valuable.

    • I am so glad that you’re catching up on Buffy and Angel. Buffy will forever be one of my favorites, and Angel/AKA David Boreanaz is the sole reason why I started watching Bones. I definitely think, when you’re done with Buffy, that you should check out both Bones and Leverage. You will love ALL of the characters….

      Thanks for the kind words, Julie – you are the best! ❤

  8. Jeff says:

    I’m so glad you gave that shoutout to “Moonlight.” My wife and I both loved that show (she called “Alex” “cuteypie”), and mourned its early demise because of that wretched writers’ strike. I also agree with your downgrading of HIMYM! I really don’t like that they’re making me cry so much. However, no one, and I mean NO ONE can cry like Alyson Hannigan!! When she cries, the world cries with her. Hopefully, you’ve seen her cry as Willow in BtVS. The end of “Passion” in season two rips me up every time. Also, I’m not sure I would rate “Warehouse 13” as junk food. Probably close though. I love the show, and Claudia is ADORABLE!!! 🙂 Oh, and Twin Peaks was also amazing. At least the first season. Ok. I’ll stop now.

    • Jeff, your wife and I agree 100% that Alex is a cutie pie! Moonlight definitely deserved more love from CBS, and I hoped for the longest time that SyFy or another network would pick it up – but no such luck. I will have to settle for my DVD set and the mini-marathons courtesy of SyFy and Chiller.

      And you’ve hit on my all-time favorite here! I love meeting fellow fans of Twin Peaks. Season one, anyway. 🙂 Do you watch Psych? One of my favorite episodes was “Dual Spires” that starred many of the TP’s cast members (Laura, Leland, Audry, and Bobby to just name a few). James Roday and the other writers do a wonderful job referencing popular ’80s and ’90s pop culture every week.

      Oh, and before I forget – yes, I watched Buffy and I loved Willow. I’m glad to know that my friend Julie and I aren’t the only ones crying at the end of HIMYM this year.

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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  10. Thanks for the recap and breakdown of the ratings! I always enjoy reading yours and Amber’s Why It’s Worth a Watch posts, even if I don’t watch the shows. You’re just so darn entertaining.

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  12. Bella says:

    Tiffany, after popping over at Amber’s and realizing you guys had done a recap, I rushed over to your place! I love recaps! And I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews. My favorite is 2 Broke Girls. Gosh, it makes me laugh! The cook is the funniest! I also love Bones. Thanks for the recap! 🙂

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