Watch This Not That …Fall TV Edition

The Fake Psychic Detective

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Psych

A unique comedy staring James Roday and Dule Hill, Psych is the focal point for fake psychic detectives. The two stars play well off each other and many of their lines are ad-libed and hilarious. As a consultant to the Santa Barbara police Shawn and his pal Gus solves many a mystery while spouting pop culture and witty remarks. Embedded within each episode is a find the pineapple search keeps fans on their toes. Psych does comedy and drama well, and its theme shows are the highlights of the series. Haven’t seen the show? Start with Tuesday the 17th and Feet Don’t Kill Me Now.

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The Mentalist

CBS took the idea of Psych, slapped some drama onto it, and called it a new show. Though he has a deep back story, Patrick Jane is neither as charming, nor as cute, as Shawn Spencer. They even recycle some psych plots. I caught an episode where Patrick was using his “psychic” powers at a poker game. Sound like “Poke Her? I Barley Know Her” to anyone else?

The Police Procedural

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Criminal Minds

As Criminal Minds started to move away from what made it great, the quality of the show decreased. But last season it started to get back to its roots: well loved characters, focus on the profiling and mental state of the unsub, and less gore. Viewers started to see the shows that made them love the profile based drama. Season 8 is continuing on that path, delving into the characters and adding a big bad that is hunting down the team. If you left the show when they fired A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster, come on back; you may be surprised.

Not That…

NCIS

NCIS isn’t a bad show. In fact, it’s the epitome of Police Procedurals: murder, interrogate suspect, look at clues, interact with stock character, catch criminal. While this makes for good TV, it makes the show very generic TV. Each character is a walking stereotype, and its spin is that it a Navy police show. While it gives it a niche, it doesn’t have the emotional impact of a show like Criminal Minds. Break out of you’re your comfort zone; try something with more of a twist.

The Animated Comedy

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Bob’s Burgers

The king of character voice actors H. Jon Benjamin brings the title character Bob to life. And, yes, Bob sells burgers. But what makes the show Is Bob trying to balance his family and work life, and he never heard the phrase you don’t mix the two. Bob’s wife and his three children are always getting in some outlandish incident whether it is dinner theater or being stuck the morgue next door. The show takes the pains of growing up and gives it a deep but humorous edge. Tip: Watch for the Burger Special of the Day and prepare to be served a side of humor.

Not That…

Family Guy

Once upon a time there was this show on Fox that was really funny. But somewhere along the way it could no longer contain itself. The jokes began to last way past their funniness and the show became ever more inane and low brow. Now, the show no longer understands why it was funny in the first place and has lost the charm that it once held. Those were the days…

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