Partly because I was away for a few weeks, I haven't caught any new shows yet this season. I figured if anything was particularly good I could always hop on the bandwagon (plus I'm already adding past seasons of The Wire and BG to my roster, courtesy of Netflix, thanks in part to your recommendations).Good question! It's a brave new world we live in so "catching up" on new shows quickly depends on how much money you want to spend. For $8, you can buy the first four episodes of Heroes and Jericho at iTunes. At ABC.com, you can watch the first two episodes of Ugly Betty on streaming video for free (w commercials). And on NBC.com, you can watch last week's Friday Night Lights episode for free (w commercials). I think tomorrow that will switch to a rerun of the episode playing tonight. Everyone also seems to be doing quickie "what happened last week" clip summaries at their show's respective websites. You can ALSO of course join lots of peer-to-peer sites and get copies of shows that have aired. Please speak to your local law enforcement before doing so. Now what is WORTH catching up with? In order, I'd say:
So out of the following shows, which ones would be the easiest to jump into at this point without missing a beat? And which would be most worthwhile?
Friday Night Lights
1. Heroes -- this will be around for a few years and all your friends will be discussing it. Just so you can join the discussion and make up your own mind, I'd recommend spending $8 (about one movie ticket) on the first four shows. It's a fun show, though I do worry long term about maintaining the storyline. Happily each season will have one uber-villain a la Buffy, rather than one long mystery that doesn't end until the show does.
2. Friday Night Lights -- very easy to catch up with and I think the best new drama. BUT it's hurting in the ratings, so you might be jumping ONTO the Titanic.
3. Jericho -- also in for the long haul, at least a season. I've only watched the pilot completely. I thought it was pretty good but was surprised it maintained its audience so completely. Worth sampling. Like most of the serialized dramas, people feel they'll be utterly lost if they miss a week, but in fact it's pretty easy to figure out what's going on.
4. Ugly Betty -- if you're trying to pick up chicks, I recommend this one highly. 3/4s of the show is painless light dramedy, with the lead quite appealing. The ongoing telenovela like subplot (about 1/4 of the show) is by far the weakest element and frankly doesn't matter in the least. New chick at a fashion mag doesn't fit in because she's dumpy. Not hard to pick up on. I won't watch it every week, but there are worse ways of killing 40 minutes.