Alright, it’s been more than a week since I’ve had anything decent to write about or recommend but this one is worth it. This show premiered last year right as I was turning 40 and I loved it. The comedic drama stars Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher in his Emmy-nominated role as, well, men of a certain age. The lyrics from t he show’s opening credits are from the Beach Boys “When I Grow Up to be A Man” ask Will I dig the same things that turn me on as a kid? Will I look back and say that I wish I hadn’t done what I did? Will I joke around and still dig those sounds when I grow up to be a man? Well, we’ve gotten older but have we really grown up? If you’re anywhere near approaching your late thirties or already beyond that, you’ll definitely identify with this show. It’s a perfect combination of both funny and real (in a good way). The writing is sharp and Romano’s turn as a more serious actor is decent. It was easily my favorite show last year during its first season. Its second season premieres on TNT on December 6, 2011. You can watch Season 1 episodes right now on TNT.com for free. If you’re a guy – you won’t be disappointed. It’s one of those undiscovered gems that you should be watching.
I’ve run through just about every new cop show this season (“Blue Bloods”, “Detroit 187” and “Law & Honor: Los Angeles”) and found every one of them hard to sit through for an entire episode. A couple of years ago, “SouthLAnd” premiered on NBC as a replacement for the outgoing “E/R”. The show drew plenty of critical acclaim but was only a modest ratings hit so NBC cancelled the series. The series quickly moved over to TNT where you can catch up on all episodes (http://www.tnt.tv/series/southland) before its third season premiere in January.
If you haven’t seen this groundbreaking series, I implore you to watch just one episode. You will be blown away! The show’s gritty reality and high-tension drama make it what “Entertainment Weekly” said was one of “The Best Show You’re Not Watching.” It’s certainly under-appreciated at a time when so many crap cop shows are taking up space on the major networks. How this show doesn’t get Emmy nominations is simply a matter of no one watching it.
If you’ve tried (and even liked) some of the new cop shows this season, you really should give “SouthLAnd” a try. It truly leaves the others in the dust. Its stories and characters stay with you long after you’ve watched it. It is not just the current best cop show – it’s one of the best ever. Check it out! http://www.tnt.tv/series/southland/