I love the start of the fall TV season and trying to figure out which shows are worthy of our DVR space. This year is interesting because for the first time there are prime-time TV shows that our kids are actually interested in watching. Bedtime isn’t an issue because you can tape them and they can watch in the afternoons.
Both of the big kids are interested in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Michael watched the first episode with them, and I listened from the bedroom. It seemed appropriate for them. They are both interested in the new “Sleepy Hollow” but I think it’s too intense and violent for them so they haven’t watched that one. Our 12-year-old is really excited about the new Alice in Wonderland take off “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” And the 10-year-old likes “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” I’m not sure if that is a compliment to Andy Samberg or not. His humor is enjoyed by a 10-year-old.
They always want to watch “The Simpsons,” “Survivor” and sometimes “Amazing Race.”
Of the new shows, I am most excited about “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Trophy Wife.” I didn’t think I would like “The Trophy Wife” but I really do. I think the kids are funny and all the actors pull it off. I think the writing is pretty smart too.
As a child of the 1980s, I thought I would love “The Goldbergs” but it’s not as solid as “The Trophy Wife.” I love Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey (of “Reno 911” and “Bridesmaids”) “The Goldbergs” has made me cry two weeks in a row at the end. In the first episode, the mom was sniffing her baby’s blanket lamenting them growing up and in the second it’s a similar sentiment and then I’m just crying on the couch. I like at the end of the show they show the creator’s home movies basically which the actors just portrayed.
I want to love the new Michael J. Fox show because we grew up with him, but it took me two days to get through the pilot. I think I will leave it on our DVR to do list for now. I didn’t love Robin Williams “The Crazy Ones” although I do like the actor the borrowed from “Mad Men” – James Wolk.
I haven’t caught “Mom,” with Anna Faris and Allison Janney, although Entertainment Weekly radio seemed to think it was good. I am willing to give it a try but I don’t think I will give “Dads” a try. (I think they need to work harder on these names.)
We were happy to welcome back “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl.” The “Mindy Project” makes me so happy. We’re still hanging in there on “How I Met Your Mother,” although we don’t enjoy it much as we watch. “Modern Family,” “Parks and Rec” and “The Amazing Race” are always on our list. And we are finally caught up on “Homeland” and have Showtime for the next few months to watch it. (We subscribe and cancel cable channels based on which shows are on. We will subscribe to HBO only when “Game of Thrones” is back.) I am also excited about “Elementary” being back but Michael never watches it.
SheKnows.com recommended nine family friendly shows for the new fall season and five that you should not watch with your kids.
What new fall shows are you most excited about? Will you share them with your kids? What returning shows are you most excited about?