I did look around on Netflix at various shows to find something to replace my winter favorite Midsomer Murder. Emily accused me of only watching shows where they called in an inspector :) My current inspector is Gently. This show is fun because it is a 60s retro inspector show. In the British department I enjoyed White Chapel, Wallender and London Hospital, all rather dark. I tend to like dark British drama. I am not proud of that but it is true.
I also decided not to watch shows just because they were recorded if I didn't absolutely love them. My general viewing pattern is to sit down and watch several episodes of a show at once and Monday nights are usually family TV nights. If I finish a book I give myself a couple of nights of watching Netflix before digging deeper into the next book. In my defense my husband spent the entire fall working 12 hour nights.
The quality of most of the shows I liked last year went down. Justified could not repeat its incredible Mags Bennett season. Last Man Standing changed actresses playing the role of the eldest daughter and with that change seemed to change gears. Castle still has a great cast but has lost much of its cleverness. I still watch it but hope it recovers some of its Cary Grant dialog. The most consistent show I watched this year turned out to be Bones. The quality of the show continued to grow and there were a couple of episodes that genuinely moved me. I watch Bones alone and close my eyes during the first quarter.
Of course, I still love Psych!!
I thought I would quit watching Person of Interest but found myself sitting down to enjoy it with my husband more often than not.The plot thickens.
We all thought we would love Revolution but quit watching after 3 episodes. The British girl died and that main girl is annoying.
I still think every family should give Blue Bloods a try. I greatly appreciate both the quality and the themes of this show and the family dinners and prayers are priceless in TV land.
We have continued to enjoy Once Upon a Time as a family.
The only new show I love is Guys with Kids. I am hoping others like it too since it is so cute.
I take that back. Emily put on Duck Dynasty one day and I loved it. I probably would not go out of my way to watch it but when I do see it I love it. It had me from the Grandpa's prayer that his grandson's relationship with a girl would remain "pure."
I sent Season 1 to my son in Japan and he and his boys love it too.
Of course, the jury is still out on Downton Abbey. I am sure I will enjoy it but I am expecting to be disappointed. My favorite British show of the year turned out to be Doc Martin. Hilariously funny and not dark at all unless you count the Doc who is always a bit gloomy.
So once again I succeeded in watching too much but I did make better decisions and I did watch less. If you know of any great Chief Inspectors, let me know; eventually I will have exhausted that entire genre.
What did you watch?