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AICO
OK
0.5
2018 A Japanese animated SciFi drama I picked up on Netflix. It tended to be rather repetitive, melodramatic, and slow, but it was good enough to finishish season one. I will not watch a season 2 though. Disposable
Blue Bloods
No
1.0
2018 Rich family with most of the people associated with the NY police in some way. Much too serious for me. From about 2008. Abandoned
Crossing Lines 2015
No
1.0
2018 Some kind of broadcast cop/crime drama I tried on Netflix. Too dark. Abandoned
Crossing, The
No
1.0
2018 Such an interesting start to become unwatchable so fast it's sad. By the second serialized episode every character lied to every other character. And the situation was so dire I don't see any way out, don't care anymore, and don't want to watch hours and hours just to find out what happens to characters I don't like to start with. Abandoned
Deception
OK
1.0
2018 This show has a fatal flaw that prevents it from being really good, the brother in jail for murder. A magician helps the FBI solve crimes in order to figure out who framed his brother in this Castle clone. It lacks that special spark but it is worth watching for a while. The network agreed and the show was canceled which is appropriate since the last episode ended very poorly. Disposable
Doctor Blake Mysteries
No
1.0
2018 Tried the Australian mystery show on Netflix and did not like it Abandoned
Final Space
No
0.5
2018 Weird animated SciFi sitcom without one laugh or one interesting moment. I manged to finish the first episode, but barely. Abandoned.
Good Girls
No
2018 Via Variety review: Desperate housewives become clumsy criminals. More anti-heros - no thanks. Never Watched
Grown-ish
No
0.5
2018 Young freshman woman who discovers college is not what she expected - with students that don't match any college students I have ever seen, and a weird overprotected dad. Dull. Abandoned
Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2001+
No
1.0
2018 UK mystery series about an annoying, conceited, lord policeman, and his commoner sergeant policewoman partner. Both depressing characters in a depressing pilot episode. Abandoned
Kiss Me First
No
1.0
2018 Netflix original series dealing with an odd VR. Way too slow and unpleasant. Abandoned
Krypton
No
1.0
2018 SyFy. I expected a dystopian society (not even human this time) with negative vibe - like most SyFy shows. It was worse. Not only negative but dumb and brutal. They killed off half the potential protagonists on screen in the first episode. I'll take The Orville over this any day. Abandoned
LA To Vegas
No
0.5
2018 Wacky comedy about the crew and re-occurring passengers of a weekend flight to Vegas. Not great but needs to be tested. - - - Not good enough. Abandoned
Mapp & Lucia 1985
No
1.0
2018 Period dramedy about the friction between too single women in a small village in the UK. Abandoned
Marvelous Mrs Maisel
OK
1.0
2018 An Amazon Prime drama about the trials and tribulations of a jilted Jewish woman who becomes a stand up comic. She and her manager are good but the people around her are marginal and I tended to FFWD over them. Disposable
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger
No
1.0
2018 It's not too often that a show is this bad from 0 minutes on. This fantasy had unlikable characters, situations, events, and photography. It was dark both figuratively and literally. It did not get better when the kids grew up after the teaser. I didn't make it to the so called superpowers. Abandoned
Miz & Mrs
No
2018 Docu-series reality TV about the home life of two WWE performers. No Thanks. Never watched
Mum 2016
No
0.5
2018 A very dry UK sitcom about a normal woman who lost her husband and the strange people around here. Not a stitch of background music in it and not funny, just weird. Abandoned
New Legends of the Monkey King
OK
0.5
2018 An odd live action Australian fantasy with action, stunts, and comedy I found on Netflix. Through episode 3 it is OK. I did FFWD a bit but I'm still watching. Disposable
Pose
No
2018 LBGTQ series from FX about their problems in 1987. Never watched
Reverie
No
1.0
2018 When people become trapped in a memory game, a talented woman is sent in to get them out. The pilot was superb except for the flashbacks. But with all the flashbacks, damaged characters, long story arc hints, and nefarious people, I don't hold out much hope. Six weeks or so in and it has turned into a slow, boring melodrama. Abandoned
Rise
No
1.0
2018 Unhappy teacher in an impoverished town full of depressed people in desperate straits takes over the theater program. Abandoned
Saiki K. 2016
No
0.5
2018 Japanese (I think) animated fantasy comedy(?). Most of it episode one was just characters arguing. Abandoned
Siren
No
1.0
2018 A single theme serialized show about mean mermaid/siren looking for her sister who has been captured by the military. Not good even at 1.3x speed. Abandoned
Station 19
No
1.0
2018 A medical melodrama similar in feel to Gray's Anatomy being passed off as a show about a fire station crew. Not good. (Not surprising since it is also by Shonda Enterprises.) Abandoned
Violet Evergarden
Yes
0.5
2018 A Japanese animated drama about a young woman who does not know anything but being a soldier. Now she is trying to learn to be a normal person. The show is slightly SciFi or Fantasy because of the underlying premise, but just barely. Episode 8 became a bit graphic and I suspect the next few will be, but it is incredibly good and I still recommend it. ARCHIVED
Widower 2014
No
2018 3 part story of a wife killer. Never Watched
9JKL
No
0.5
2017 Nothing to see here, just another predictable sitcom about an adult son who moves "back in+G58 with his parents after a bad divorce. Even though I like a couple of the actors, it still has to have an enjoyable script. Abandoned
APB
No
1.0
2017 A tech billionaire takes over a police precinct by upgrading it with the best tech. The episodes so far hinge on coming up with new tech each time to solve the problem of the week, which I doubt they can sustain. The show is marginal to start with and after that it will be just another cop show. Episode 4, it's already just a cop show and a nasty one. Abandoned
Beyond
No
1.0
2017 A dark fantasy or scifi (the story was too disjointed to tell which) about a teen who wakes up from a 12 yr coma, fully functional, but with strange uncontrolled powers. It was all long story arc with no specific episodic themes, most of it seems to take place in the dark or in a dream state, and none of the characters were likable. Abandoned after episode 3. Abandoned
Bleach
Opt
0.5
2017 An initially interesting Japanese animated fantasy about soul reapers who hunt hollows (invisible monsters that eat humans). By episode 10 the characters were no longer interesting and the stories were very repetitive. Abandoned
Bold Type
No
1.0
2017 Freeform primetime soap opera about the private and professional lives of three young women who work for a fictional Cosmopolitan equivalent. Two are assistants, one just got promoted to writer, but they want to advance. The boss was interesting. The rest were predictable and superficial. Abandoned
Damnation
No
2017 Avoided based on reviews from Variety and Hollywood reporter. Never Watched
Cable Girls
No
1.0
2017 Primetime serialized Spanish period soap opera about women in 1928 trying to make it alone in the male dominated world. It's well done, including the English dubbing, but it still has all the problems of a soap opera made worse by the nasty society they live in. Abandoned
Chesapeake Shores
Opt
1.0
2017 Hallmark primetime soap opera. Very well executed but still a melodrama that needs to be speeded up with time compression. That is a pain in the ass to do from Netflix so I will probably skip the show. I usually don't watch anything more than 30 min on Netflix because of the viewing limitations. Abandoned
Class
No
1.0
2017 A Doctor Who spin off with half a dozen high school students & one teacher defending the world from monsters and the like. Sadly, there were no likable characters and not much to like about the scripts. Abandoned
Cromarties
No
0.5
2017 Didn't like this sitcom from scene 1 and promptly fell asleep. Abandoned
Devil Is A Part Timer!
Yes
0.5
2017 Seen via Netflix this Japanese animated comedy fantasy series is pretty cute with fun characters and stories, but it is not archivable. Subtitles are needed in a few places to understand one alien language. Disposable
Doubt
No
1.0
2017 Despite great acting, characters, stars, and presentation, the show has several fatal flaws. It is still serialized with poor episode endings, about lawyers, and a primetime soap opera. But the Heigl and Hill scenes were great. Abandoned
Elephant Princess
OK
0.5
2017 An Australian live action fantasy about a 16 year old girl who gains magic powers on her birthday because she is the princess of a magical land. The villain is boring but the other characters are interesting enough. Disposable
Emerald City
No
1.0
2017 A dark feudal fantasy series based on the Wizard of Oz. L Frank Baum would be appalled. It was not interesting. The characters were dimensionless, dark, dirty, dumb, dishonest, mean, and uninteresting. I got bored as soon as Dorthy reached the overgrown munchkins. My wife fell asleep. Even researching the show on IMDB could not fill the void and we gave up at about 40 minutes. Abandoned
Famous In Love
No
1.0
2017 Serialized, multi-track Freeform primetime soap opera about a Hollywood newbie and the old hands. Superb acting and beautifully bookended but not my type of content. Abandoned
Fate/Stay Night
OK
0.5
2017 A Japanese animated fantasy. Approximately half a dozen human mages with their summoned super warrior spirt characters fight to kill the others for the holy grail in a repeating war. It started out good, although the battles were quite dull, with a few interesting characters, but it became rather one dimensional and even unpleasant in places once all the characters were introduced. Disposable
Ghost Wars
No
1.0
2017 Not sure what this will be. I disliked it so much I quite just after the titles. Just plain terrible characters. It will probably be a hit. Abandoned
Ghosted
No
0.5
2017 A SciFi sitcom? It is very odd, but the pilot caught my attention enough to give it a try. Hope it is not too serialized. Episode 2 - It's not serialized but the lead characters are way, way too dumb. Abandoned
Gifted, The
No
1.0
2017 This is an X-files clone. X-files has always been about persecution but each movie had a discrete story with good characters and an end. This is serialized. Episode one had potential despite serialization. But episode 2 did not solve anything at all, and the situations went from bad to worse. No only were soe of the situations something I do not want to watch, but I'm not into 15 hour movies, which is what this boils down to, assuming it even has a conclusion at the end of the season. Abandoned
GLOW
OK
0.5
2017 A Netflix light docudrama 10 part mini-series about the start up of women's profession wrestling. There was just enough spark in the pilot to keep me interested. The next two episodes locked in that I wanted to finish the series. However, I did scrub over some bits. Disposable
Good Doctor
No
1.0
2017 An autistic and serious Doogie Howser age new doctor joins an unpleasant, abrasive, and dishonest hospital staff as a surgeon after saving someone in an airport. The pilot was intriguing but episode two killed it. It would have made a good one off movie. Abandoned
Good Fight, The
No
2017 Lawyer drama spin off from the Good Wife. I read two reviews and decided not to watch it even if it ever makes it from streaming to broadcast.. Never Watched
Grantchester
No
1.0
2017 1950 English vicar solves mysteries with his cop friend and deals with all the prejudice of the era. OK on Fast-Play. The secondary plots are too damn depressing - amazing since it is a murder mystery. Abandoned
Great News
No
0.5
2017 Sitcom in which a young woman wants to produce leading news reports instead of puff pieces while her mother butts in as an intern. Rather unpleasant, no likable characters, and no laughs. More like a bad drama! Abandoned
Greenhouse Academy
No
0.5
2017 A Netflix original with a bunch of snotty teens at a prestigious school with a tech mogul leader. Abandoned
Grown-ish
No
0.5
2018 Young freshman woman who discovers college is not what she expected - with students that don't match any college students I have ever seen, and a weird overprotected dad. Dull. Abandoned
Happy!
NO!
1.0
2017 Worst opening scene of any show I have ever tried. If that is how they want to start it, I am Not interested. Abandoned
Hooten & The Lady
OK
1.0
2017 "Romancing the StoneÓ reduced to it's lowest common denominator. The plot had many technical and continuity errors. You're only going to like the show if you like the interaction of the shallow stereotypical characters. My wife gave up after 30 min. Episode 2. The characters were better but the script feel apart in the second half. Disposable
Imaginary Mary
OK
0.5
2017 Jenna Elfman as a successful single woman who gets so scared when she meets a nice single man with three kids that she "reactivatesÓ her imaginary childhood friend Mary. Everything is great except when Jenna is in public With Mary. That does not work. Probably disposable. Disposable
Kevin (Probably) Saves The World
No
1.0
2017 This started as a comedy SciFi but appears to have turned into a fantasy along the lines of the movie "Oh, GodÓ but not as good by a long shot. The main problem is Kevin is a dumb ass who I don't like. I quit at 30 min because my spouse was bored. I'll finish it later on fast-play before deciding. Why don't modern characters talking to invisible people pretend to talk on their cell phones? Abandoned
Kuromukuro
Yes
0.5
2017 This Netflix financed Japanese animated SciFi series is actually pretty good. One samurai from the far past awakens when aliens invade. He and a present day teen girl drive a battle robot, also from the past, to fight their robots off. The Samurai is a bit one dimensional but the girl is interesting. The battles are pretty routine and dull in my opinion but they are infrequent and usually short. What makes the show work, is the more than a dozen diverse and well developed secondary characters. Archived
Legion
No
1.2
2017 Apparently a very odd and disjointed rendering of a schizophrenic Marvel X-Men superhero character. Even the two reviews were so disjointed it was hard to evaluate. - I'm glad I decided to try it because although disjointed it was pretty good. I did scrub through some bits of it which could have been left out but the characters are interesting and casting Jean Smart was a wise decision. I'll keep watching for now. Episodes 4 & 5 were too abstract and long to be interesting. Season end = No Go. The show just kept getting slower and slower. They did bring it to an end but a very unsatisfactory one. The villain is still alive and the protagonist, although well, was captured by the government(?). Abandoned
Making History
No
0.5
2017 Dumb Fox sitcom with two dumb guys who have a time travel bag who go back in time to try and fix history, unsuccessfully, big or small. Abandoned
Marlon
No
0.5
2017 Family comedy, well done but not my kind of comedy. Abandoned
Marvel's Jessica Jones
No
1.0
2017 A grade F- very dark, nasty, and unpleasant Marvel fantasy product from Netflix. I really wish I had not tried it. Abandoned
Marvel's Inhumans
No
1.0
2017 God, that was bad, mean, and very predictable. Even on fast play I used FFWD. They spent more time with the killers than the peaceful people. I kept waiting for something positive to happen, nothing ever did. Even when the security villain was "killedÓ she came back to life. It is serialized and will never end, and I don't feel like wading thru 9 months of inhumans vs inhumans vs humans vs humans to see what little happens at the end of the season. Abandoned
Mayor, The
No
0.5
2017 A sitcom about a young wannabe rapper who runs for and becomes mayor of a small CA town. No thanks. Abandoned
Me, Myself & I
No
0.5
2017 One loser at three ages- kid, adult, and retired. We know he makes it eventually but it too is painful. Abandoned
Mick, The
No
2017 I did read a review of this sitcom but it only confirmed I was not interested. Never Watched
Midnight, Texas
No
1.0
2017 A serialized dark supernatural fantasy and not a particularly pleasant, enjoyable, or well done one. Abandoned
Mist, The
No
2017 Based on Stephen King's novella - the reviews made me reject it. Never Watched
My Mother & Other Strangers
No
1.0
2017 Imported BBC drama about the reactions of a small village in Ireland and the fliers from a US airbase set up nearby during WW2. Predictable and slow even at 1.3x speed. Gave up during episode 1. Abandoned
Orville, The
Yes
1.0
2017 A graphically beautiful Star Trek TOS imitator with characters and dialog for millenials. I like that it is episodic and bright instead of dark, serialized, and ominous like most crap in recent years including Star Trek Discovery. But it is not good enough to watch more than once. Disposable
Powerless
No
0.5
2017 A normal in a Marvel universe works for a security company R&D dept to make devices to protect people from super villains and heroes. As a sitcom the pilot was quite bad with a poor premise, bad jokes, and very weak presentation. Episode 2 - boring characters. Abandoned
Ransom
No
2017 I did read a review of this crime drama but it only confirmed I was not interested. Never Watched
Riverdale
No
1.0
2017 An overly slow, melodramatic, and soap-operatic rendering of the the Archie comics. Rather dull actually and I did not manage to finish the pilot. Abandoned
Rurouni Kenshin
OK
0.5
2017 A 1996 animated Japanese samurai fantasy available on Netflix. A "retiredÓ warrior lives in a young woman's dojo and fights crime. Cute enough to watch with scrubbing but rather limited. Season two - quite a bit more boring. Abandoned
Salvation
Opt
1.0
2017 An extinction event asteroid will hit in 186 days and only 40 people know because of a conspiracy. Can the world or anyone save themselves? Can the asteroid be diverted? Can an arc be launched in time? Can you suspend your disbelief? Do we care? We'll see. The story was predictable and the characters stereotypes. Someone please tell the writers they don't have to introduce everything in the first episode. Episode 2 - this is a conspiracy story with amateur spies, not SciFi. So far there are no likable characters. Abandoned
Seal Team
NO
1.0
2017 Oh, I did not like that from frame one. A poorly filmed show about a seal team I guess. I did not even like it after the flash backs were over and gave up! Abandoned
Shots Fired
No
2017 I read several reviews and decided I was not interested. Never Watched
Somewhere Between
No
2017 Docudrama following four USA adopted Chinese girls. Never Watched
Superior Donuts
No
0.5
2017 A workplace sitcom. Good concept and actors but the characters in the pilot were rather annoying and the script was weak. I'l have to see if it is better later. Gave up 2/3 of the way through episode 2. I did not care for the young kid and the characters I like were underutilized. I didn't laugh or smile once. Abandoned
Sword Art Online
OK
0.5
2017 A Japanese animated fantasy. Players who log into a multiplayer online game using new VR sets are stuck there. If they die there, they apparently die in reality. The show started a bit boring but got quite a lot better. More and more characters were added, the main characters were developed quite a bit, and the battles took second place in the writing. Disposable
Tarantula
No
0.5
2017 Probably the worst animated pseudo-sitcom I have ever tried and wished I had not wasted the time or electricity on. Abandoned
Time after Time
No
2017 I only had to read one review to skip this serialized serial killer procedural. Apparently time travel is abandoned in the first episode, the man out of place in time thread is barely used, and a lot of air time is spent with the villain, Jack the Ripper. Never Watched
Training Day
No
0.5
2017 Routinely bad reviews kept me from trying this one. Never Watched
Trial & Error
No
0.5
2017 Sitcom presented as a documentary about the investigation and trial of a man charged with murdering his wife. I didn't like it at the start and gave up when it did not even generate a smile, let alone a laugh. It should do well. Abandoned
Troll Hunters
OK
0.5
2017 A Dreamworks animated fantasy on Netflix. The power badge that was supposed to go to a troll is "inheritedÓ by a human teen instead. He works with his friends and good trolls to hunt bad trolls and other evil. It's quite good but I do scrub over bits. Disposable
Valor
No
1.0
2017 A modern military show. I don't see any valor, just liars and bureaucrats. It's probably serialized too. I gave up after 20 min. Abandoned
White Rabbit Project
No
1.0
2017 Reality show. Using science to do weird sorts of superpower things. Abandoned
Wisdom of the Crowd
No
1.0
2017 Pilot. A computer mogul uses crowd sourcing to try to solve his daughter's murder. That part is serialized. In episode one they solve a different murder. It's a bit serious with only marginally likable characters. More testing will be needed. Second episode - Mia story is dominant and bad. Secondary story was boring and unpleasant. Abandoned
72 Cutest Animals
Ok
0.5
2016 Watched this on Netflix. It's really just an excuse to introduce wild, zoo, & farm animals to city people. It lacks depth and many are not cute at all. I skipped those animals. Disposable
Aftermath
No
1.0
2016 Serialized apocalypse based SciFi show with a normal family of five trying to survive dystopia after an unnatural event hits all of earth turning some humans into the possessed or the diseased - might as well be zombies. Might be OK if it didn't have DRM and was recordable and thus easily watchable. But it is very dark and there are better things to watch. Abandoned
American Housewife
No
2016 A sitcom about an acerbic housewife that I decide to skip. Never Watched
Angel From Hell
No
0.5
2016 Jane Lynch as an overbearing "angelÓ determined to make an uptight doctor's life more entertaining. The problem is a little of the "angelÓ character goes a long way and having it on the screen all the time is Annoying. I'll try Ep 2. Nope Abandoned
Angie Tribeca
No
0.5
2016 TBS farce. Read Variety and skipped. (update) A short test of the pilot episode during the normal broadcast cycle proved Variety was correct. Never Watched
Better Things
No
0.5
2016 Supposed sitcom from FX but not funny or even enjoyable from the first minute. Abandoned
Bosch
No
1.0
2016 I watched season 2 of this gritty season long story arc Amazon cop drama because of Jeri Ryan. But she had a small part and the show was not worth the time. I had to use a lot of FFWD and won't watch any more. Abandoned
Braindead
No
1.0
2016 An odd SciFi "Invasion of the Body SnatchersÓ series with some kind of bugs taking over politician's and others via the brain. It might have been better if it were not so political and not in present day DC. It should do well since I don't like it. Abandoned
Bull
Opt
1.0
2016 An episodic drama about a high tech company that profiles jurors in high end defense cases. It will depend on the cases and how long they spend in the courtroom because those scenes are still boring. It's better than the reviews indicated but I'll have to watch a few more. Oddly, episode 2 was better than the pilot. After a few episodes, I gave up. Courtroom and people manipulation shows are my kind of material. Abandoned
Case Closed
No
0.5
2016 Japanese animation series on Netflix but only with subtitles. Never Watched
Catch, The
No
1.0
2016 A one hour private investigator show with a female lead. The reviews were not compelling. The serialized long story arc dominates the shows but is sadly not interesting, the short story arc was trivial, the characters are not likable and kind of unintelligent in my opinion. Even time compressed I tended to be bored. Abandoned
Click Your Heart
No
0.5
2016 Another Japanese animated fantasy I gave up on in the first episode. Abandoned
Colony
No
2016 Via reviews - apparently a poorly photographed, serialized scifi show where the never seen, uber-alien invaders are the MacGuffins, the characters are weak and under realized, and the real story is some kind of espionage. Difficult reviews. Never Watched
Containment
No
2016 I read the Variety review and avoided this serialized disease outbreak show. Never Watched
Conviction
No
1.0
2016 A bad girl rich woman with a Strong personality is put in charge of an oversight department to check old convictions for validity. It is very well cast & the characters are interesting, but do all of them need to be so damaged and confrontational. The pilot was very good but disposable. We'll see about the rest. Dec update. I gave up. It is more about the damaged people than the cases. Abandoned
Death In Paradise 2011
OK
1.0
2016 An uptight UK inspector takes over as chief of police on a small island in the Caribbean and he won't even take off his suit. Good characters, a true mystery, and the first two scripts were good. Via Netflix. Kind of went downhill after the lead actor changed in season 3 and was no longer archivable. ARCHIVED
Detectorists 2015
OK
0.5
2016 An odd six episode low key UK dramedy about poor social life of two weird guys who spend most of their spare time searching for metal in local farm fields. (via Netflix) Season 2 is better both in plot and visuals with beautiful, artistic photography. Disposable
Detour
No
0.5
2016 Really dumb gross out type sitcom with very dumb characters. I only made it about 5 min in. Should do pretty well ironically. Abandoned
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
No
1.2
2016 A way to gross but possibly SciFi detective show. I think the gross gore was intended to be funny but it wasn't, and the characters were not good enough to redeem it. I doubt the Douglas Adams book it is based on was that gross, but modern show runners seem to think it is OK. Abandoned
Doctor Foster
No
1.0
2016 BBC drama about a woman who finds out her husband is cheating on her. Rather slow and Netflix does not have a way to speed it up. I scrubbed ahead many times and still didn't like anything but the early part. Too bad. Abandoned
Dragons: Race to the Edge
No
0.5
2016 A serialized 13 episode How To Train Your Dragon story between movies 1 & 2 made for Netflix. Abandoned
Dramaworld
OK
0.3
2016 Korean drama fantasy starring a freckled red headed American with a mix of English and Korean with subtitles when necessary. This was probably a web series with episodes from 9 to 18 min long. Season 1 watched on Netflix. Disposable
Falling Water
No
2016 SciFi series dealing with on going dream states. Read the Variety review & skipped. Never Watched
Frequency
No
1.0
2016 Based on the movie, a young woman cop talks to her dead dad and changes the past so he did not die so young. But her mom dies instead. The pilot for this drama was basically terrible. I'll try one more = pretty boring. Abandoned
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Yes
0.5
2016 A 2013 Japanese subtitled and dubbed animated true SciFi series (13 episodes). This one is good. The young pilot of an advanced mechanized fighter/robot is dumped on earth via a worm hole after a battle. Earth is basically Waterworld and has been lost to the rest of humanity for a long time. He is befriended by a young courier woman on a giant ship in one of many fleets of ships and has to learn to live in this new culture. This might be archivable. The second episode certainly was interesting! Via Netflix. Archived
Ghost Hound 2007
No
0.5
2016 A Japanese animated series via Amazon. Apparently it's about the ghosts traumatized boys see. The animation looked OK, but the picture was squished horizontally, it was a bit too abstract, and it was captioned - so I gave up. Abandoned
Girls 2012
No
0.5
2016 Another dramedy, this one about a batch of young women sharing an apartment in NY, I think. No enjoyable characters or humor that I could find. via Amazon. Abandoned
Good Place, The
No
0.5
2016 A sitcom about a person in "heavenÓ who does not belong there but is trying to learn to be good. It's an interesting concept and well cast, but the scripts and some of the characters are weak. Disposable for now but I suspect it will be abandoned. Gave up in episode 3. Abandoned
Great Indoors
No
0.5
2016 Fish out of water sitcom when an outdoors guy takes over an office of young people who don't understand his references, and vice-versa I presume. Abandoned
Gunslinger Girl
No
0.5
2016 Japanese animation series on Netflix but only with subtitles. Never Watched
Halt & Catch Fire
No
1.0
2016 Tried on Netflix. Supposedly some kind of computer show about early microcomputers but it is actually just a nasty business drama. Abandoned
Heaven's Lost Property
No
0.5
2016 A very juvenile, dumb, and poorly animated Japanese fantasy. Abandoned
Houdini & Doyle
No
1.0
2016 A period detective show with the famous duo working with a female cop who's boss wants her and all women gone. The pilot was a bit predictable and annoying but OK. The show is a little era gritty and has too much fantasy also. Still, it is worth a try. The second episode was even more annoying. I gave up after the third. Abandoned
How to Build - Everything
No
0.5
2016 I was not sure I had tried this before but I had. The episode I watched was mostly heads talking not actual factory photos. I'm not interested in talking heads. Abandoned
Incorporated
No
2016 Read Variety and skipped. Another post-apocalyptic pseudo-drama about a divided society with the secure minority in a safe zone and rest outside. Never Watched
Inuyasha
OK
0.5
2016 A 2000 Japanese animated fantasy via Netflix. Odd pilot episode. After 7 episodes it is in odd period. The animation is mostly moving stills. Most of the short story arc content could be told in half the time. But it is oddly interesting at times. Some of the story arcs are two episodes and I've learned to skip those. I abandoned it when I figured out that there are about 7 seasons worth of shows and they apparently never end. Abandoned
Jessie 2011
No
0.5
2016 Amateurish Disney sitcom about a young nanny with a wacky family in NY. I only made it about 10 min thru episode 1. Debbie Ryan is good. (via Netflix) Abandoned
Lethal Weapon
No
2016 Cop show based on the movies. Rejected based on reviews. Never Watched
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne
OK
0.5
2016 via Netflix - original title Rinne no Lagrange. An odd 2012 Japanese SciFi animated series with primitive animation. It is dubbed and subtitled, something it would help if Netflix listed in their descriptions. Superficially it is about 3 high school girls who pilot alien transformer like ships to defend earth via rapport with the ships. But it works because the show is more about character development and interaction. Disposable
Legend of Korra 2012
No
0.5
2016 Animated fantasy about an earth, water, fire, and air benders from Nickelodeon via Amazon. Pretty good so far. Later. I gave up on about episode 7. The show degenerated into the same sports and uber-villain theme pretty quickly. Abandoned
Legends of Tomorrow
No
1.0
2016 Another comic book fantasy, this time with time traveling secondary superheros. The pilot was enjoyable but the second episode was dumb beyond margin. Abandoned
Life With Boys 2011
No
0.5
2016 Perky middle grade sitcom that could have been made by Disney but wasn't. Abandoned
Little Witch Academia
No
0.7
2016 A 2015 Japanese animated fantasy about a Witch school. One off episodes I guess, of different lengths. Two so far. Number two was abandoned. Abandoned
Liv & Maddie 2013
No
0.5
2016 A Disney middle grade family sitcom staring twins, one a TV star and the other normal. (via Netflix) Abandoned
Lucifer
No
1.0
2016 A Castle and Beckett set up except with the retired immortal Lucifer and Chloe. I quite liked the characters and will see how it developed. Got bored after half a dozen episodes. Abandoned
MacGyver 2016
No
1.0
2016 A reboot of MacGyver for a young modern audience, but, unlike the original, the characters are not particularly interesting. At least they are not all bad guys. We gave up in the middle action laden pilot with hand held in your face camera but will try episode 2. They even had the cameraman running after a character just like it had been filmed for Youtube - not good. Episode 2 - Damn, that was boring. We quit after about 20 min. Abandoned
Made By Destruction
Opt
0.5
2016 An alternate and less entertaining version of How It's Made incorporating recycling to get the raw materials. It is rather superficial and uses a lot of sound affects to try and spice it up. Disposable
Madoff
No
2016 A show about Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme. Read Variety and skipped Never Watched
Mako Mermaids: An H2O adventure 2013
Opt
0.6
2016 A Netflix "H2O: Just Add WaterÓ spin off that lacks the spark and character of the original but adds a merman. The Mermaids are native instead of converted, but the Merman is accidentally created from a human in the pilot. The limited characters are not likable. It has a middle grade story line with teen characters. I gave up when it became apparent the only story line was going to be variations of mermaids verses merman, over and over. Abandoned
Man With A Plan
No
0.5
2016 New stay at home dad sitcom. Well done, but no laughs and boring. Abandoned
Mary + Jane
No
0.5
2016 Two young women distributing pot. Dull & boring. Abandoned
Mech X4
No
0.5
2016 Middle School level really juvenile Disney sci fi. Abandoned
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Yes
0.5
2016 Japanese 2007 animated fantasy and palace intrigue with a 29 year old female warrior lead character and a very diverse cast of characters with different and interesting personalities. There is actual long and short story arc development in each episode. It was instantly better than most of the other shows. Very good. Archived
Murdoch Mysteries 2008
No
1.0
2016 Mystery series set in the era of Tesla. Quite bad photography in the first episode. Combined with my instant dislike of the characters and story, I gave up at about 7 minutes. (Via Netflix) Abandoned
Mushi-Shi
No
0.5
2016 Japanese animation on Netflix. Abandoned because it was subtitled not dubbed. Abandoned
Nana
OK
0.5
2016 Oddly addicting animated Japanese soap opera about two very young women who meet on a train & end up sharing an apartment. Nana K is a perky, naive, small city girl. Nana O is a moody rock band singer. The show works especially speeded up 20%. 29 episodes are mostly from Nana K's POV. The last 18 are from Nana O's. I skipped a half dozen episodes that just droned on too much. The last 1/3 turns pretty tragic and the last episode is a little unsatisfying. I really liked the 3 end credits songs. Disposable
Naruto
No
0.5
2016 2008 Japanese animated ninja show that I abandoned in episode 2. Abandoned
Never Die
OK
0.2
2016 Another Korean fantasy romance web series with about 10 min episodes. This time about a 20 year old woman who is actually immortal and comes back to life when she dies, and the young man who loves here. Disposable
No Tomorrow
No
1.0
2016 A young woman is convinced by a new friend that the world will end in 8 months. They decide to do their bucket lists now. The pilot was rather juvenile especially in the first half. I'll try one more. Nope, not good enough. Abandoned
Notorious
No
1.0
2016 The pilot was very well executed but at it's heart the show is basically a serialized over the top dramatic prime time soap opera about TV new people. The characters are interesting but none of them are likable. They are all basically bad people. There are also way too many story threads, all of which are long story arcs Abandoned
Offspring
No
1.0
2016 Via Netflix. Australian show about a very wacky and messed up family. The pilot move was OK but I did speed it up. I abandoned the first series episode very early on. Abandoned
Paradise, The
No
1.0
2016 A slow PBS period drama about a young woman working in one of first department stores. I made it about half the way through an episode selected at random on Netflix. Abandoned
Pitch
No
1.0
2016 I suspect this is going to be a prime time soap opera melodrama in the long run. It's not real baseball, just a show about the first female pitcher in the majors. The first episode was enjoyable but even it had dull spots I speeded up. I don't think it has anywhere to go that I am interested in but I'll watch a few more. Episode 2 = Yup - soap opera already. Abandoned
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
No
0.5
2016 2011 Japanese animated fantasy. Eighth grade girls are given the opportunity to become witch hunter in an alternate world and have special powers. The problem is, the half of an episode in the real world is too juvenile for an adult, and the witch world half is too abstract to be entertaining. Abandoned
Pure Genius
No
1.0
2016 Cutting edge medical facility funded entirely by a ultra-wealthy tech wiz. It is a bit too unbelievable. Combine that with no likable characters, especially the tech wiz, and it fails. Abandoned
Red Data Girl
No
0.5
2016 Japanese 2013 serialized animated fantasy. A whinny whimp of a middle grade girl is the "vesselÓ for a spirt who is barely seen in the 3rd episode. A grouchy self centered boy has been assigned to her by a young monk who has a rather inflated opinion of himself. Episodes don't have significant plots and the long story arc is very slow. Boring. Abandoned
Rosario and the Vampire
No
0.5
2016 Another animated Japanese fantasy that I gave up on in the first episode Abandoned
Rush Hour
No
1.0
2016 A marginal clone of the Rush Hour movie series. The characters are not quite good enough. I'll give it another try. Disposable at best. Episode 2, very dumb. Abandoned
Second Chance
No
2016 Read Variety review and skipped this pseudo-scifi cop procedural. Never Watched
Shadowhunters
No
2016 Read reviews and skipped. Never Watched
Shannara Chronicles
No
1.0
2016 An MTV fantasy series in which elves and humans, both good and bad, have to replant a magical tree or Lord of the Rings style demons will take over the earth the future earth. Pretty graphic in places and boring in others. I watched it via Netflix using 112% time compression for a while before abandoning it. Abandoned
Silver Spoon
No
0.5
2016 Japanese animation series on Netflix but only with subtitles. Never Watched
Son of Zorn
No
0.5
2016 Combination live action and an idiot animated barbarian title character. So dumb not even Cheryl Hines can save it. Abandoned
Speechless
OK
0.5
2016 How to make a truly funny comedy about a 5 person family with a handicapped teen. This is it. I laughed out loud in places. I hope they can sustain it. They couldn't. Abandoned as of Dec 14. Abandoned
Star
No
2016 Read the Variety review about this musical prime time soap opera and skipped it. Never Watched
Still Game
No
0.5
2016 A 2002 UK sitcom about 2 Scottish pensioners. I didn't like any of the characters including the leads and it was not funny. Abandoned
Superstore
No
0.5
2016 Dumb sitcom about workers in a Walmart type store with stupid characters and worse scripts. Abandoned
This Is Us
No
1.0
2016 Some kind of melodrama with multiple story tracts about people with problems. Twenty minutes in I was still bored even with Fast-Play on. Abandoned
Timeless
No
1.0
2016 It has flaws including technical problems, a repeating villain, and damaged characters, but it is the best pilot we've tried so far. Using a prototype time-travel sphere, 3 people travel back in time chasing a villain from the future with the production sphere to prevent him from changing things while they end up changing things themselves. Episode 2 was rather dull. They don't seem to be able to win against the multiple long story arcs. It's disposable at best. Episode 3 was not only the same old stuff but just plain Dumb. It sure wend downhill fast. Abandoned
UFO Ultramaiden 2002
No
0.5
2016 US import via Amazon of Animated Japanese fantasy UFO Princess Walkure. The lead character is some kind of an alien super woman who shares a soul with a human. She spends most of her time as a 7 year old until a crisis when she converts to an over-endowed 20 year old. Designed for middle grade boys with lots of animated nude big breasted women but no plot and pathetic animation. Abandoned
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
No
0.5
2016 A made for Netflix sitcom about a way to perky woman rescued from a cult who stays in New York because she Wants To Live! Abandoned
Uncle Buck
No
0.5
2016 A sitcom based on the movie. Is it just me or are the characters very stereotyped? Abandoned
Unearthed
Opt
1.0
2016 An inexpensive and mediocre science show that explores ancient structures in the world. It has about a half hour of actual content and repeated use of the same animated footage of disassembly of the structure in question. There is a 100 times more info on the structures in the science community then they use but I suppose if you have never seen any of the information before it might be interesting. Disposable & probably will be Abandoned.
Veep 2012
No
0.5
2016 Supposedly a sitcom centered around a female vice-president. No likeable characters or humor that I could see by 10 min in. HBO via Amazon. Abandoned
Wakfu
No
0.5
2016 A 2008 Japanese animated fantasy series that looks and sounds like it was derived from an old video game. Abandoned
Weeds
No
0.5
2016 I watched season 1 of this long arc ensemble sitcom on Netflix because it was listed as irreverent and it starred Mary Louise Parker. It is irreverent and it did make me laugh initially, but it turned sour fast. The trouble is, there are only about 3 characters I like out of the dozen or so on the show, and some of the remaining characters I actively dislike and I often use FFWD over them. Abandoned
Wynonna Earp
No
1.0
2016 SyFy Canadian import from the makers of Lost Girl and Dark Matters about a modern relative of Wyatt Earp who has to kill demons or ghosts or something. The pilot teaser was not very good and was rather gross. We abandoned it after the teaser. I might have continued it if it was easier to record but SyFy has DRM and it is too much of a pain in the ass. Abandoned
You, Me, and the Apocalypse
No
1.0
2016 This UK import about the 15 people who manage to survive a comet strike had one of the worst pilots I have ever seen. Terrible characters, terrible situations, the whole show is apparently a flashback, and it was not imported in wide screen, and that the means I don't see any reason to watch it. Abandoned
Your Lie In April
No
0.5
2016 Japanese animated series, topic unknown. Cute but not good enough to put up with subtitles. Abandoned very early in the first episode. Abandoned
Yu-Gi-Oh!
No
0.5
2016 2001 Japanese animated fantasy. I didn't manage to finish even one. Abandoned
Yuki Yuna Is A Hero
No
0.5
2016 2014 Japanese animated fantasy, subtitled/dubbed. Four young girls are "transportedÓ to another realm and given superpowers to fight off monsters. The first episode was pretty weak, but maybe... Nope. I don't remember why I gave up. Abandoned
Agent X
No
1.0
2015 USA style Daniel Craig era Bond for TV with Sharon Stone as the VP and in charge of the 3 person team. A bit gritty but might be OK. - Nope. Iy converted from "bottle" episodes to dark and dumb serialized in only three episodes Abandoned
Aquarius
NO
2015 Serialized period cop show centering on the Charles Manson cult? Never Watched
Astronauts Wives Club
No
1.0
2015 Primetime period docudrama/soap-opera based the first 7 astronauts wives. Abandoned
Backstrom
No
1.0
2015 Psychologically damaged detective. Abandoned
Blindspot
No
1.0
2015 An amnesiac tattooed woman works with FBI to solve her story. BORING photography. - Episode 2: Oh, that was not good. Not interested. Abandoned
Blood and Oil
No
2015 Nasty primetime drama/melodrama Never watched
Comedians, The
No
2015 Docu-sitcom. Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Complications
No
2015 Damaged ER doc becomes involved with avoiding the mob. Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Dark Matter
No
1.0
2015 Six killers wake up with "wipedÓ memories on a space ship bound to kill a colony. Serialized. Abandoned
Dig
No
2015 Read Variety review and avoided. Limited serialized melodramatic cop show. Never watched
Doctor Ken
No
2015 Doctor sitcom. Doesn't look good Abandoned
Expanse, The
No
1.0
2015 Another serialized dystopian hard SciFi show about the future with No likable characters from SyFy. Earth & Mars are exploiting the asteroids. Even if it was good enough it cannot easily be recorded and speeded up so it is not really worth watching. Abandoned
Father Brown
No
1.0
2015 A British detective series featuring a sleuth priest. (via PBS) Abandoned
Frank From Work
No
0.5
2015 Lame work sitcom. Never watched
Fresh Off The Boat
No
0.5
2015 Sitcom with prejudice - I lasted maybe 10 min. Abandoned
Good Luck Charlie 2010
No
0.5
2015 Disney family sitcom. Not bad but not for adults. (via Netflix) Abandoned
Good Witch, The
No
1.0
2015 Hallmark slow serialized soap opera schmaltz. I like Catherine Bell but - no. Abandoned
Grace and Frankie
No
0.5
2015 Netflix. G & F are the age 70s wives of two men who admit they are gay. Gave up at ~10 min despite the major stars. Abandoned
H2O: Just Add Water 2006
Yes
0.5
2015 Fantasy sitcom about three high school girls who change into mermaids when wet. Good stars, acting, and directing with OK scripts. (via Netflix) About the middle of season 2 I realized I really liked 90% of the scripts and characters and I wanted to watch it more than once. ARCHIVED
iZombie
No
1.0
2015 Young new zombie ME, solves murders by eating their brains. Good but long story arc killed it. Abandoned
Killjoys
No
1.0
2015 Space bounty hunters. Post apocalyptic. A company, revolutionaries, colorless, Ugly, DUMB. Abandoned
Last Man On Earth
No
2015 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Limitless
Maybe
1.0
2015 A dumb looser takes an addicting drug that makes him smart for a day. First accused of murder he clears himself and now works for the FBI - and his pusher. - episode 2 - still undecided. Episode 6? - still undecided although it is getting more unlikely each week. DISPOSABLE
Magicians, The
No
1.0
2015 A very slow, serialized, and dull show about a magic university with dark, weird teen characters and their enemies. Since it cannot easily be recorded and speeded up because of DRM, I am not interested. Abandoned
Minority Report
Unlikely
1.0
2015 The precogs are back, as functional adults. I liked the pilot - good story, well directed & edited, and with good photography. I suspect a long story arc may kill it. DISPOSABLE
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 2012
Yes
1.0
2015 A true mystery based on a novel series about a wealthy woman detective in Australia in the 1920s. Quite enjoyable. (via Netflix) ARCHIVED
Mr Robinson
No
2015 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Mr Robot
No
1.0
2015 Moody show about hacking and conspriacies. Would make a good movie. Abandoned
Muppets
No
0.5
2015 The Muppets with an adult twist, bad photography, pseudoreality, & nothing funny at all. Abandoned
Odd Couple
No
0.5
2015 Well done and has its moments but there is too much yelling. Abandoned
One Big Happy
No
2015 Lesbian, straight, straight trio sitcom. Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Player, The
No
2015 Read Variety review and avoided. Gambling based vigilante action show. Never watched
Proof
No
1.0
2015 Surgeon & "Steve JobsÓ looking for proof after death. Well done but not likable Abandoned
Quantico
NO
1.0
2015 FBI - falsely accused freshmen agent & a long term story arc. NO likable people or story. Abandoned
Scream Queens
No
2015 Read Variety review and avoided. Limited serialized melodramatic cop show. Never watched
Secrets and Lies
No
2015 Read Variety review and avoided. I'm tired of cop shows and it sounded bad anyway. Never watched
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Opt
0.5
2015 Out of date rocker's daughter shows up wanting him in a new band. Pretty Weak. Abandoned
Significant Mother
OK
0.5
2015 An odd sitcom of cougar mom "datingÓ her son's best friend. Ep 3 was dumb but fun. DISPOSABLE
Slap, The
No
1.0
2015 Limited run series series. Dull - Only made it through 20 min. Abandoned
Star Trek Continum
No
1.0
2015 TOS web series. Slow pace. Weak characters. Too long. Sad stories. Abandoned
Stitchers
Yes
1.0
2015 A time challenged woman enters dead people's minds to solve their deaths for the government. DISPOSABLE
Supergirl
No
1.0
2015 Pilot - the first act was great. The rest was pretty boring with routine modern scripting - a long story arc with a secret government agency usurping the hero and fighting a nest of super villains. Oh well. We'll have to wait and see but I find it unlikely. Episode 2- Better than expected but still disposable. March= I found I did not care what happened to any of the characters and there is nothing left but long story arc. Abandoned
The Whispers
No
1.0
2015 Serialized supernatural horror? Very slow and only one likable character. Abandoned
Telenovela
No
0.5
2015 I like Eva Longoria, but this sitcom about a telenovela actress does not work. Abandoned
Twelve Monkeys (aka 12 Monkees)
No
2015 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Wayward Pines
No
1.0
2015 Some kind of spy miniseries. First episode was boring. Abandoned
Wicked City
NO
2015 Sunset strip, 1980, staring serial killer characters. Why?!!! Never watched
Younger
Yes
0.5
2015 40 year old woman pretends to be 26 to get a job. Repeated Once
Zoo
No
1.0
2015 Animals going bonkers because of an extinction event? Another dull end of the world show. Abandoned
A To Z
No
0.5
2014 Sitcom, with the alphabet gimmick to highlight events. Abandoned
Agent Carter
YES
1.0
2014 A female FBI detective in the post WW2 Marvel fantasy era. Mini-series? RECORDED
Allegiance
No
2014 Spies are among us drama. Read Variety review and avoided.
Almost Royal
No
0.5
2014 Reality Abandoned
Ascension
No
1.0
2014 Six part failed series sold as a mini-series & they didn't even end it. Pretty gross in places. DISPOSABLE
Bad Judge
OK
0.5
2014 So episodes are not worth watching and some are great. DISPOSABLE
Constantine
No
2014 Missed or read a review and avoided. Never watched
Empire
No
2014 Read Variety review and avoided. Serialized musical primetime soap. Never watched
Evermore
No
0.5
2014 Abandoned
Flash, The
No
1.0
2014 Fantasy about the fast guy Abandoned
Forever
OK
1.0
2014 Fantasy detective/cop show. Pretty good when they leave out the uber-villain. DISPOSABLE
Galavant
No
0.5
2014 Well done but ODD musical, medieval, satirical sitcom. Abandoned
Game, The
No
1.0
2014 UK WW2 spy drama, really nasty! Abandoned
Gotham
No
2014 Read review and avoided. Never watched
How To Get Away With Murder
No
1.0
2014 Students and court room drama. Distinctly unpleasant. Abandoned
Jane The Virgin
No
1.0
2014 Serialized melodrama. First episode good. Abandoned during the second. Abandoned
Librarians
OK
1.0
2014 Warehouse 13 meets Indiana Jones. RECORDED.
Madam Secretary
OK
1.0
2014 Political drama about the Secretary of State and her staff. A bit severe at times. Update = I gave up in November 2016. It was just too nasty and reality based.. Abandoned
Manhatten Love Story
No
0.5
2014 Sitcom Abandoned
Marry Me
No
0.5
2014 Sitcom Abandoned
Mulaney
No
2014 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Mysteries of Laura
OK
1.0
2014 Kind of a fun detective show Debra Messing and Jeri Ryan. Unfortunately the dad character does not work. DISPOSABLE
Red Band Society
No
2014 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Scorpion
No
1.0
2014 Bad scripts but fun characters. March 2016= I couldn't take the bad & impossible science scripts any more and gave up. April= Started watching again. At least is is episodic with the long arc in the background. Abandoned
Selfie
No
0.5
2014 Good cast, bad characters and scripts though. Tried several. Abandoned
Sons of Liberty
No
2014 Histroical docudrama - mini-series. Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Stalker
No
2014 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Star Wars Rebels
OK
0.5
2014 This is what happens when you blend Star Wars with Disney. It became rather repetitive. I became bored and pretty much gave up. Disposable
State of Affairs
NO
1.0
2014 Gross. DISPOSABLE
About a Boy
OK
0.5
2013 Sitcom based on the movie. Not great but OK. Disposable
Agents Of SHIELD (season 2=No)
OK
1.0
2013 Fantasy version of the A-Team, but without the fun. Abandoned
Almost Human
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Back In The Game
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Backpackers
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Bad Teacher
No
0.5
2013 Sitcom Abandoned
Believe
NO
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Betrayal
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Black Box
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Chasing Life (season 2 = No)
Maybe
1.0
2013 Serialized serious melodrama. Abandoned
Crazy Ones
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Crossbones
No
1.0
2013 Pirates, but not fun ones. Gave up in episode one. Abandoned
Dads
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Dominion
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Enlisted
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Extant
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Friends With Better Lives
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Goldbergs
No
0.5
2013 Read Variety review, tried it, and abandoned it in the first episode. Abandoned
Ground Floor
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Growing Up Fisher
YES
0.5
2013 A good cast with chemistry but too soft for a modern audience I think. I liked it though. RECORDED
Helix
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Intelligence (lacks personality)
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Jennifer Falls
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Killer Women
OK
1.0
2013 Cop drama. Canceled CANCELED
Kirstie
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Last Ship
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Lottery
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Lucky7
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Married
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Metal Hurlant
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Michael J. Fox Show
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Millers, The
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Mixology
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Mom (season 2 = No)
YES
0.5
2013 Their life went from poor to worse and it is no longer funny despite a great cast. Abandoned
Murder In The First
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Mystery Girls
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Night Shift
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Partners
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Playing House
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Rake. (Well done but -)
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Resurection
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Rush
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Satisfaction
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Sean Saves the World
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Seed
Maybe
0.5
2013 They only re-broadcast two episodes as far as I could tell. CANCLED
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
OK
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Sirens
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Sleepy Hollow
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Super Fun Night
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Taxi Brooklyn
No
1.0
2013 Abandoned
Those Who Kill
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Trophy Wife (iffy cast)
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Tyrant
No
2013 Read Variety review and avoided. Never watched
Undateable
NO
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Vicious
OK
0.5
2013 Acerbic UK sitcom Disposable
We Are Men
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Welcome to the Family
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
Witches Of East End (season 2=No)
OPT
1.0
2013 Serialized fantasy melodrama. Abandoned
You're The Worst
No
1.0
2013 Never watched
Young & Hungry
No
0.5
2013 Abandoned
1600 Penn
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
666 Park Ave
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Animal Practice
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
Arrow
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Beauty & the Beast
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Ben & Kate
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
BSG: Blood and Chrome
No
2.0
2012 Abandoned
Carrie Dairies
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Cedar Grove
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Chicago Fire
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Continuum
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Cult
NO!
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Deception
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Devious Maids
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Do No Harm
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Elementary
OK ***
1.0
2012 Another good but not great detective show. Works best when they leave out the uber-villains. 2017 update. ALL of the characters have become very dreary. Abandoned in 2018. Abandoned
Emily Owens MD
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Go On
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
Graceland
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Guys with Kids
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
Hex
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
How To Live W/ Your Parents...
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
King & Maxwell
OK
1.0
2012 Interaction between the leads was great. But it was harsh & scripts were often weak. Canceled. DISPOSABLE
Last Resort
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Made In Jersey
YES
1.0
2012 Sitcom. Canceled. Abandoned
Mindy Project
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
Mistresses
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Nashville
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Neighbors
No
0.5
2012 SciFi sitcom. I watched it for a while but then could not take it anymore. Abandoned
New Normal
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
Orphan Black
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Partners
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
Primeval New World
YES
1.0
2012 Canceled. I watched this again & it was pretty good but I had edited the shows a little. RECORDED
Revolution
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Save Me
No
0.5
2012 Abandoned
Sinbad
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Twisted
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Under the Dome
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Vegas
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
Zero Hour
No
1.0
2012 Abandoned
2 Broke Girls
No
0.5
2011 Finally caught 2 Broke Girls and Two & a Half Men (recast) and wasn't able to finish either of them. So they are off the viewing list making Mondays easier to record. Abandoned
A Gifted Man
No
1.0
2011 A medical drama with a supernatural twist. The egotistical, unpleasant super surgeon sees the ghost of his ex who works to make him a better person. The first quarter was boring and we shut it off. I managed to finish the rest in fast-play but it was still pretty dull Abandoned
Alphas
No
1.0
2011 I tried two episodes and gave up. I found myself hitting the skip button too often. Alphas is SyFy's new drama about people with sort of super abilities who work sort of unwillingly for the DOD. The situation and most of the characters are just too unpleasant, mean or simply unlikeable. Abandoned
Body of Proof
Yes
1.0
2011 In the pilot, Jeri Ryan (supporting role) upstaged everyone else in her two scenes including the star Dana Delany. She is a much better actor than many give here credit for. The pseudo-procedural medical examiner show was good enough to try another episode but not to watch reruns. We eventually gave up as the stories turned mundane. Abandoned
Cape, The
No
1.0
2011 The first two episodes were attractive but dull, and dull didn't cut it with me. If the show starred Summer Glau's Orwell character, it would be another matter. The Cape is a moody, angst riddled, dark 1 hour Batman like fantasy drama. I might try one more but have major doubts. I had to watch most of these two in fast-play and forwarded over other areas. Abandoned
Chaos
No
1.0
2011 The pilot for Chaos, the new 1 hour spy comedy, was, sadly, not funny, not spy, and not entertaining even at 1.3 speed. At the end one character asked, "Are you with us?" - NO. Abandoned
Charlie's Angels
No
1.0
2011 Story matters and this reboot pilot didn't really have one. It was sort of like watching a 60 minute advertisement with everything amped to the max all the time. Add in cheesy dialog, no class, and no significant personality differences between the characters and it was, well, boring. I started web surfing and Donna fell asleep. Abandoned
Eastwick
Yes
1.0
2011 A lightly funny fantasy drama about three women who are new to being witches. In fact they only find out in the pilot. As in the movie, and I assume book, they conjure a powerful male, who will probably be the devil or a minion. The pilot was not perfect but was great fun. I wasn't bored for a moment. The casting, acting, characters, editing and script were great. The only negative is the camera work was a little too tight for full screen, use wide screen if you can swing it. - The show is about the same quality as Threshold or Mr And Mrs Smith. - The network really screwed the show and fans on this one. They broadcast 10 episodes with number 10 being part 1 of 2 or more. Episodes 11 and 12 were never broadcast. In some areas only part of 13 was broadcast. I got all of 13 and it makes a reasonable end to the series with one deletion of a new long story arc story start. Maybe someday the show will rerun in syndication or be released on DVD or streaming. RECORDED
Fairly Legal
Yes
1.0
2011 The pilot for the new law USA law drama was quite good. The lead character is an ex-lawyer who is now a mediator because she prefers justice to the letter of the law. The characters, story, acting, casting, directing and editing were all enjoyable. If the story lines aren't pushed too far, it should remain fun to watch. DISPOSABLE
Falling Skies
Opt
1.0
2011 The pilot(s) were pretty routine post alien invasion survivor fighting & survival. They already covered two stereotypical situations! It was well done so, if you like that type of thing or haven't seen it before, give it a try. I've seen it before & doubt I will stick with it long. The individual episodes were not interesting enough & logically they will either win or get canceled, like V. Abandoned
Free Agents
Yes
0.5
2011 Free Agents is about two recently unmarried adult co-workers getting together - superb acting, good writing and casting, and enjoyable cinematography. I'll try more episodes of Free Agents. Later - it degenerated into a routine work place sitcom with limited entertainment value. Sep 29 2011 I tried the UK version of Free Agents and didn't care for that either. Canceled
Friends with Benefits
No
0.5
2011 I don't know if it has any relation to the movie. Unfortunately the sitcom was predictable and not funny. Abandoned
Grimm
No
1.0
2011 A cop show crashes into a fantasy. To be specific a detective finds out he is a relative of the Grimm brothers, the monsters are real, and he has to hunt down the ones who don't behave. It is well done but a bit to dark and grim for me. Nov 6 2011 Abandoned
Harry's Law
No
1.0
2011 This new law drama is well made and has interesting characters, but, in the end, it's just another courtroom drama with sad people in sad situations. I'm just not really interested in that. Abandoned
Hart of Dixie
No
1.0
2011 A fish out of water medical drama. Hart is a young NY surgeon "forced' to work as a GP in small town Alabama. I liked a couple of the characters and the pilot story enough to watch a couple more episodes. But I didn't like most of the characters. I gave up a few episodes in. Abandoned
Last Man Standing
Yes
0.5
2011 A new Tim Allen home and office sitcom. It reminds me of both Home Improvement and $#*! My Dad Says and I like it. RECORDED
Love Bites
No
1.0
2011 This NBC light comedy romance show was delayed from September to June and is now only a short run summer show. Turns out to not make any difference. I was bored in 15 minutes, stopped it at 30 minutes. Donna agreed it wasn't worth watching. Abandoned
Mad Love
Yes
0.5
2011 I've watched several episodes and have decided to keep watching new episodes. I was doubtful after the pilot but tried more because the two best friends were interesting, especially the character played by Judy Greer, who I've seen before. She and Tyler Labine got better each episode. The show degenerated as it went on and I quit watching. Abandoned & Canceled
Man Up
No
0.5
2011 Only lasted about 9 min on my TV. Sadly, it will probably do very well. Oct 20 2011 Abandoned
Mr Sunshine
Opt
0.5
2011 Mr Sunshine was a perfectly satisfactory office sitcom, (the office was a bit more than normal being an event arena of some kind). The cast is excellent and, although the pilot was only funny in a couple of places, it was fun all the way through. After two more episodes of Mr Sunshine, I've gave up (bad writing). Canceled
New Girl
No
0.5
2011 New Girl had it's moments but was otherwise pretty sappy. I'll try a couple more, but doubt I'll stick with it because it was weak.. Abandoned
Nine Lives of Chloe King
Unlikely
1.0
2011 The pilot of the Nine Lives Of Chloe King (read cat-woman) was pretty good. But I'm pretty sure this teen fantasy is going to devolve into angst, secrecy and treacherous betrayal which I find boring. I could be wrong and I will try it again, but that is what it is set up to become. Later - the second episode was boring. Abandoned
Off The Map
No
1.0
2011 A mundane medical drama, except when it was downright unpleasant. I do not plan to watch it. Abandoned
Oliver's Travels
Yes
1.0
2011 We just finished watching "Oliver's Travels" for the 3rd time. It still earns an A+. The show is a 5 hour mini-series about a police detective & a college professor on a road trip from the UK to the Orkney's. Why is pretty much irrelevant, but it is a mystery. I recorded it from PBS in 1995 & found it even more meaningful this time because of our own 2300 mile road trip from the UK to Scotland & back in Oct 2009. ARCHIVED
Once Upon A time
No
1.0
2011 Good for one episode. The second spent about 80% of the time with the villain and was slow and melodramatic. The third was better but still slightly dull. Nov 8 2011 (Initial report. The show Once Upon A Time was very well done indeed and I suggest trying it. That is saying a lot because it has a long story arc and I don't like those. It's a combination of fantasy, reality, magic and fairy tales. No it's not Harry Potter but HP and Merlin fans might like it. If you missed the pilot, try to find it somewhere because it was good. Oct 23 2011) Abandoned
Pan Am
No
1.0
2011 A nighttime soap about stewardesses in 1963. The pilot was light and a little weak. It is doubtful but tolerable for a while. Were planes really that roomy in 1963? Later - Too many flashbacks, and too much melodrama. Abandoned
Perfect Couples
No
0.5
2011 The new sitcom was perfect alright, perfectly awful. I didn't like the teaser and only made it two minutes into the show before shutting it off. Terrible characters. Abandoned
Person of Interest
No
1.0
2011 Person Of Interest is a hard show to evaluate. It is a crime drama about investigating people who might have or be a problem, a very old premise updated. The execution is immaculate; directing, acting, writing, cinematography and sound track. But it is very bleak. All the characters are damaged in some way. So it is interesting and good but prepare to be depressed. Later - I made it thru most of the season before I gave up. Abandoned
Prime Suspect
No
1.0
2011 A standard gritty police drama with bad cinematography and sexism added as a "bonus." I like Maria Bello but not this show. Abandoned
Prisoner 1968
OK
1.0
2011 I watched the 1968 Prisoner series again. It was very progressive then but is now out of date, at least technically - long scenes, slow dialog, limited effects. But many scenes had no dialog at all and 1.3x F-play almost brought it up to modern standards. ARCHIVED
Protector
Opt
1.0
2011 The pilot for the detective series Protector was quite good. It may not have the star power of Body of Proof but it was actually better assembled. The actors certainly have to Walk And Talk, because the show is fast paced and they are on the move most of the time. The characters don't have the charisma of Castle and Becket, but I will be watching to see how it develops. Abandoned
Ringer
No
1.0
2011 The pilot was a bit dull, good enough so I finished it, but I also used Fast Play a few times. (The show actually appears to be a prime time soap.) I have my doubts despite star Sarah Michelle Gellar. I gave up in episode two. Abandoned
Suburgatory
Yes
0.5
2011 A fish out of water sitcom with a dad & high school daughter moving from urban NY to high end suburban NY. The pilot was actually quite enjoyable; well written, directed and cast. RECORDED
Suits
No
1.0
2011 I don't normally like lawyer shows. The pilot was quite good. It is set up with plenty of ways to can go bad and it did. Two more episodes and I could not finish either. I did not like the characters or situations. Abandoned
Switched At Birth
Opt
1.0
2011 Two episodes in and I am still undecided. The show is a drama about a Latino and white teen who find out they were switched at birth. It doesn't quite work for me. I like the Latino family but have difficulty with the wealthy white family, especially the parents. An interesting switch is I like the teens better than the adults. I suspect I will get bored and won't watch in the long run. Later - I did and gave up. Abandoned
Terra Nova
Optional
1.0
2011 The pilot was pretty good but overall I was not impressed. In fact the pilot kept reminding me of a gritty Lost In Space. Even though they are supposedly on an alternate planet, the story was basically people behaving badly - little kids wandering off, teens misbehaving, distraught couples, power hungry leaders, conspiracies, & even a rebel camp. Still, you might enjoy it if you like over the top action and CGI dinosaurs. The second episode was pretty good though so we will watch for a while. Abandoned
Unforgettable
No
1.0
2011 This police drama's quirk is the star can never forget anything she sees, except the long story arc of course. I'll try a couple more but most police dramas turn unpleasant pretty quickly. Later - this one did. Abandoned
Up All Night
No
0.5
2011 Up All Night is about a couple with a baby. The content wasn't funny or interesting and, sadly, the cinematography was boring too. Abandoned
Whitney
Yes
0.5
2011 I actually enjoyed the pilot of this sitcom which I did not expect. I smiled a lot and laughed several times. It had a good pace and cinematography, and was light and fun. RECORDED
$#*! My Dad Says
YES
0.5
2010 Shatner's new sitcom was weird and a bit unpleasant in places but not dull. I ended up watching the whole series. DISPOSABLE
Better With You
No
0.5
2010 I found this odd family sitcom pilot dull and won't be watching. Abandoned
Chase
No
1.0
2010 This gets an F grade, no questions asked. It started with a boring action style foot chase, then progressed into a home invasion with murder. I pressed the erase button! Abandoned
Event
No
1.0
2010 Only lasted 15min on my TV. It has compoung flashbacks, & I'm not a fan of single flashbacks. I gave up at 13 years earlier. It is supposed toe serialized anyway which I don't like either. Abandoned
Glory Daze
No
1.0
2010 This TBS pilot about college freshmen was just as lame as the last show I tried. I gave up 15 min in. Abandoned
Haven
OK
1.0
2010 The new cop in a paranormal town is in for quite a ride. Season one was great. Season two was OK. But it petered out after that and we abandoned it after season 4. (watched thru 2014) DISPOSABLE / Abandoned
Hawaii Five-O
No
1.0
2010 A typical modern low-IQ, not quite legal, action cop show complete with the standard bad attitudes & photography. I might try another if I can record it wide screen, otherwise I won't. Abandoned
Hellcats
No
1.0
2010 The pilot was better than expected. The "dancing & gymnastics" were excellent but won't entertain long without story. Unfortunately, the story was all personal & cheer leading angst, or sports & college politics - No other intellectual material anywhere. That won't be enough. Episode 2 was more of the same. Abandoned
Melissa and Joey
Yes
0.5
2010 Light sitcom on the Family Channel. Pilot was good but the rest have been routine. If you like Melissa Joan Hart, it's worth watching, otherwise.... (show lasted to 2015) I watched most of the seasons, skipping only one or two in the middle. DISPOSABLE
Mike & Molly
No
0.5
2010 The pilot was cute, not outstanding, but enjoyable. Not super funny but it's kind of nice to watch something that isn't constantly mean. A gentle romantic comedy sitcom by Chuck Lorre. As long as it's in an easy time slot, I'll keep trying it. - It petered out fast and I gave up. Abandoned
Nikita
No
1.0
2010 The pilot was all attitude, action & violence. It was well assembled but lacked enough story to make it interesting. The escapee taking down the big bad organization has been done before, Pretender & Dollhouse just to name two. They didn't retain my interest very long & I doubt this will either. I gave up after episode 2. Abandoned
No Ordinary Family
No
1.0
2010 A normal nonfunctional family of four develops super powers after a dip in an odd Amazonian river. The moments of accidental discoveries of their powers were fun & entertaining but the typical family angst and argument moments were kind of boring. Later = It may seem odd but for a fantasy show it is too mundane, as well as being predictable. Abandoned
Outsourced
NO
0.5
2010 The last sitcom I tried tonight was and I was unable to finish. In fact I barely made it past the titles. Abandoned
Raising Hope
No
0.5
2010 This Fox sitcom was very lame and was turned off rather early. Abandoned
Terriers
No
1.0
2010 I was unimpressed (actually, I was bored most of the time). It wasn't as violent or sexy as they warned, in case that worries you, but it has the potential to be gory. Recovering alcoholic ex-cop partners with his ex-criminal best friend as unlicensed private investigators. Gave up on the second episode. Abandoned
Undercovers
No
1.0
2010 JJ Abrams version of Mr & Mrs Smith for TV. The pilot was enjoyable enough. There were no outstanding performances though, & it might be better if someone other that Abrams ran it. Gave up after three episodes. It was just a little too boring, story and characters. Abandoned
Accidentally On Purpose
0.5
Yes
2009 A 37-year-old single woman movie reviewer hooks up with a younger man and becomes pregnant. He wants to be part of the child's life and they are now sort of living together. That's the pilot. Where the story goes now will determine its fate. The show did not seem to click perfectly and has some iffy characters but I'm biased because I like Jenna Elfman. So I'll keep watching it. RECORDED
Alice
Yes
2.0
2009 SyFy's Alice miniseries is a lot of fun. Time is passing very quickly. Andrew Lee Pots is great. Hard to multitask. Second half wasn't as tight as part 1, too much melodrama, introspection & iffy villians, but still interesting & enjoyable RECORDED
Being Human
1
No
2009 I tried two episodes of this hour long BBC fantasy drama. After the stretching of Torchwood, I decided on the short versions. It is about a vampire, ghost and werewolf who want to live normally and together. On the surface it appears good, but it turns into a horror melodrama by the end each time. I don't care for either of those and was slightly bored anyway, so I don't plan on watching it. Abandoned
Caprica
No
1.0
2009 A SciFi drama/melodrama. Originally it was to be a separate story but was converted to a prequel spin-off from Battlestar Galactica. The two-hour pilot was released on DVD a year ago. It is an interesting concept but had a slow mediocre presentation. We watched in one-hour segments over 2 days. My wife fell asleep in the second half and I was browsing the Internet on my phone. It was no trouble to do both and FFWD as necessary. The show does have two very talented young actresses playing leads. - The first formal series episode was terrible. ALL the characters were just plain stupid. Combine that with a dull slow script and I was very bored. Abanoned
Castle
YES
1.0
2009 A fine example of a Stephen Cannell show. Part detective and part comedy, the characters are well done and most of the gore is left to the viewers imagination, as it should be. Castle is a one hour true mystery about a cocky mystery author named Castle who helps police solve murders. His smart and pretty police woman "partner" likes his books but finds Castle annoying. The feeling is sort of mutual, as is the wonderful suppressed chemistry between them. Castle's daughter and mother are also excellent. The pilot was well directed, maintained the mystery to the end, and funny. I hope the show runners can keep it up and enough people like it so it gets renewed. I'm a bit tired of dark, moody, brooding shows. - One of the best things about Castle is the complexity of the story lines. Good Job writers. RECORDED!
Community
0.5
No
2009 A sitcom about a pseudo-study group at a community college. I did not expect to like it since the group originator is a disbarred con-man lawyer but it worked for some reason. Maybe because the group is diverse in ethnicity, gender and personality like the universities I remember - Maybe because the characters were fun despite or because of their hang-ups and cared about each other. Anyway, I intend to watch for a while at least. - The second episode flunked the class big time. It was almost painful to watch. Even the heart warming end could not save it. Abandoned
Cougar Town
No
0.5
2009 The pilot for Cougar Town (a pun BTW) was one of those rare laugh-out-loud absurd sitcoms to be treasured. They got my attention. The show is about the antics of a 37 year old recently single woman trying to start dating again and her friends and family. (The pun is that the high school teams are the Cougars and she is a "cougar" in the dating world.) - Later: The scripts are the same every week and are rarely funny. I downgraded this one to optional on the sixth and now to No. Abandoned
Covert Operations
Opt
1.0
2009 I was disappointed in the pilot. It had a super cast, perfect acting, great characters & a good script with minimal holes but it was ruined by whoever decided to use that style cinematography. We watched for a couple of years but gave up when they started using one long story arc for each short season. Abandoned
Dark Blue
1
No
2009 I was pretty certain from the very first scene, a torture scene, that I didn't want to watch Dark Blue. Thirty minutes later I was certain and shut if off. The pilot was a one-hour undercover cop show, thus the Blue in the title. The problem with these is they follow the villains almost exclusively, and even the cops have to act like villains. So most of the time, viewers are watching unpleasant scenes. This one went a little farther with graphic violence all over- thus the Dark in the title. The part of the show I did watch was well put together if you are into this kind of thing. I'm not! Abandoned
Defying Gravity
1
No
2009 I'm not exactly sure what this show is supposed to be. We started with the first regular length episode. After about 20 minutes my wife said it was boring. I said thank you, stopped the playback and deleted the file. It is apparently a psuedo-scifi melodrama about the interactions of the crew on a long trip to mars - with a lot of flashbacks. No storyline was discernible in what we watched. Abandoned
Doing Da Vinci
1
No
2009 This is a good example of why I end up not watching reality shows. The first episode I caught was mostly about the build and I found it interesting. But as the episodes progressed, more and more time was spent on the bickering of the crew. In the final episode I caught, I estimate less than 10 percent of the time was on the build. I suspect the show runners actually choose participants who can't get along just so they can do this. Abandoned
Food Tech
No
1.0
2009 We've been watching Food Tech on the history channel, behind scenes looks at how ingredients are made. It was pretty good but not good enough. Abandoned
Gates, The
No
1.0
2009 A show about vampires, werewolves, witches, humans & who knows what else, was well done, but not my thing. I was a tad bored and there were no really likable characters. It is also heavily serialized. Abandoned
Glee
1
No
2009 The pilot for Glee was a preview episode and the show will be in the fall - Odd. It is a musical dramatic comedy about the reformation of a high school glee club. It was hard to rate. At times I was quite bored. At others I enjoyed it very much. The show also had very bad photography in places. I doubt they will be able to sustain my interest or continue to do that level of music every week but I will try a few episodes in the fall. - The first formal episode of Glee killed the show for me. It still had great moments but they tended to end abruptly in boring unreal trivia. I suspect the trivia was supposed to add humorous content, but the basic story was so poor it was not funny to me. Abandoned
Good Guys
No
1.0
2009 The pilot of this new action laced cop show farce was pretty boring. Abandoned
Good Wife
1
No
2009 A one-hour lawyer drama. The lead just reentered the workforce because her husband cheated and was also convicted of government improprieties. Based on the blurbs and previews I saw, I did not expect to like the show. But the pilot was very, very well done. The bad news is the only two characters I like are the lawyer and her investigative assistant. All the rest appear to be mean back stabbers, some played by actors I don't like. Where the scripts go and which characters they emphasize will determine whether I keep watching. - It is still a well done show, but after missing a month of it, I find I am not interested anymore. Abandoned
Hank
No
0.5
2009 Hank is another Kelsey Grammer sitcom, this time about a downsized CEO who has moved back to his hometown with his family. You're going to have to really like Grammer to like the show. I didn't like it. The scenes with the kids were OK and Jordan Hinson (Zoe from Eureka) was excellent. She is indeed a grade A actress. Abandoned
Happy Town
No
1.0
2009 The recording ran out at 45min. But it's all right, I was bored. I didn't like the characters & it reminded me of a horror movie. Abandoned
Hawthorn
1
No
2009 Hawthorn is a pretty standard one-hour hospital medical drama about the lives of the staff. The twist here is the show follows the nurses. Unfortunately, I'm not much interested in this kind of show unless there is something special about it. The show almost made it based on the cast which is superb. But in the end the content, characters and photography were too ordinary. It is well done. If you like this kind of show, give it a try. Abandoned
Human Target
No
1.0
2009 An action drama from Fox. As is typical with Fox it gets a Violence rating. But for an action show, the pilot was quite good. It had interesting characters, not too many holes in the story and was well directed and edited. How long they can sustain this remains to be seen especially since the first guest star was Tricia Helfer, a powerful actor who commands the screen. The only part I got bored with was the hand-to-hand fight scene. It was too long and I ended up fast forwarding. - Episode 2 was bad from writing to post production. The story had so many holes I was unable to suspend my disbelief after about 20 minutes. At about 40 minutes I looked at the time because it seemed the the plane should be safe or a smear on the ground by then, and yet it was neither. - The background stories are good despite the lact of a good female lead, but the violence, including repeated fights and cold blooded murder, is just too much. I'm afraid I have to vote no. Typical FOX. Abandoned after 104 Abandoned
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
0.5
No
2009 I cannot fully say what this about. The show started with 3 egotistic twenty something guy jerks talking at a bar. I didn't like them from the first sentence. When the young woman came in with something important to say, they ignored her but instantly responded when the older man came in and said the same thing. I didn't like that or him either - strike 2+. After the credits, there was a scene with the woman, and I didn't like her character either. - strike 3 plus. I waited till the next scene which I didn't like and turned it off. To top it off, it was forced and wasn't funny. Abandoned
Listener, The
1
No
2009 This is basically a one-hour crime drama with a twist. The protagonist is an EMT not a cop and he can read minds. The characters were easy to identify and enjoyable and the photography was interesting. The pilot was well executed. That's saying a lot since I don't like shows that include kidnappings. - After 3 episodes, the final vote is no. Episode 2 was tolerable but episode 3 was boring. The photography was bad and the content dull. Abandoned
Make it or Break It
1
No
2009 A drama about girls Olympic gymnastic hopefuls in training. It didn't seem like the kind of show I would like so I read the LA Times and Variety reviews. Both said it was good. The pilot was very well executed and seemed to go by very quickly. The characters were interesting and easy to identify. The photography was good, except a few bits in the performance areas as noted in professional reviews. I still have my doubts that the content will keep me interested but I intend to watch until that point. It would make a good mini or limited series if they do that. - The second episode broke it. Abandoned
Mental
1
No
2009 An unorthodox doctor in a mental hospital. The pilot had the most boring photography I have ever seen. It was all badly framed talking heads. The evening news has more interesting photography. But the characters were good, although not fascinating, and the content was good. The hour went by fairly quickly and we plan to try another episode. - Three episodes so far and the review is the same - interesting content, boring photography. I did discover there is something more boing than a talking head, a listening head. I keep looking at the clock and other places when there is nothing interesting on the screen. But the content is interesting enough that we will continue watching. At least there are no gory dead bodies. Abandoned
Mercy
No
1.0
2009 Mercy is a one-hour medical drama about nurses, the people around them and their problems - Grey's Anatomy from the nurse's point of view but not quite so good. One nurse is just back from Iraq, another just out of school, and one wants out of the bad neighborhood. The characters, directing and cinematography are good, but as one of the characters said it's about the "worst times." The script was a little boring too. Oh well... Abandoned
Middle, The
No
0.5
2009 A sitcom about a family of 5 in Indiana, not that the state makes any difference. I'm sorry to say it was pretty dull within about 3 minutes and got worse as time went by. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't gross, it just wasn't interesting.
Modern Family
No
0.5
2009 Modern Family is a half-hour sitcom about three nontraditional families. I did not like the pilot and quit about 7 min in. It was done documentary style with characters giving seated "interviews" and often used hand held camera. It also was uninteresting. Sorry. Abandoned
Parenthood
No
1.0
2009 Parenthood is a one-hour light drama about an extended family of very confused and messed-up people. It has a few very funny moments but other than that is a drama. The cast is good. In a group this large it can be hard to tell the characters apart. But with this cast, each character is distinctive. Unfortunately, I didn't care what happens to most of the characters. We gave up after the second episode. Abandoned
Persons Unknown
No
1.0
2009 I missed episode 1, but it doesn't matter because episode 2 was terrible & I shut if off. The show is a 1 hour drama about a half dozen people who are abducted & locked in a small town. It needs more story and less fake camera work tension. Abandoned
Pretty Little Liars
No
1.0
2009 The pilot was well done but episode 2 was Boring. A better title might be 16 going on 26. I had trouble believing the 16 year olds were that young & vice-versa. I don't care what happens to the characters & I won't be watching. Abandoned
Prisoner 2009
No
1.0
2009 Ep 1 didn't quite work. All I can figure is it lacks mystery & class & was predictable. Ep 2 was worse than 1 & we quit watching. Abandoned
Romantically Challenged
No
1.0
2009 I like Alyssa Milano & Kelly Stables but Romantically Challenged is going to need much better writing to make it. Abandoned
Royal Pains
1
OK
2009 A doctor blackballed by his old hospital after bad luck on a patient starts now working as the "hotel" doctor for the rich in the Hamptons. The first 25 minutes of the pilot, the denouement, were slow and iffy, but many shows waste an hour on that kind of thing. Once the show moved to the Hamptons, it became quite interesting. Good characters and dialog, fun photography, and interesting content. I especially enjoyed guest star Christine Ebersole's comic character New-parts Newberg, very bubbly. Most of the other characters, except possibly the younger brother, were interesting too. - It kind of petered out but is watchable. DISPOSABLE
Ruby And The Rockits
0.5
No
2009 Just for fun I tried two half-hour Family channel sitcoms way out of my demographic, 10 Things I Hate About You and Ruby And The Rockits. Both are soft family oriented shows seen from the teen's point of view. Ruby has one teen who moves to live near her aging rock star dad, who didn't even know he had a kid, staying with his brother's family. I like Ruby but again the rest are very lame and the scripts were terrible. The fact that I liked any of the characters is a good sign. If you are in the target audience, you might like it but it's certainly not for me. 07/30/2009 Abandoned
Stargate Universe
No
1.0
2009 A one-hour SyFy melodrama spin off from the SG1 series. I've watched three of the hours recorded during my vacation and didn't like much about them. The story sequences have been very jumbled and confusing. There is a lot of bad camera work. But worst of all, the stories are depressing and none of the characters are likable - more like an afternoon soap opera. Overall, it is frustrating to watch. Abandoned
Surviving Suburbia
0.5
No
2009 One of the problems the death of a newspaper brings is the lack of a comprehensive printed TV schedule grid. Excite.com does a good job and is better in many ways, but I tend to miss new shows that start "out of season.Ó I missed the start of Surviving Suburbia, a routine half-hour family sit-com. Fortunately, the one I watched last week was routine and I don't intend to watch it again. But it was reasonably well done and deserved an earlier review. Abandoned
Three Rivers
No
1.0
2009 A medical drama. Trouble is, the episode I tried was boring. We shut it off after about 15 min. Abandoned
Trauma
No
1.0
2009 Trauma is a one-hour drama about rescue personnel in San Francisco, the people around them and their problems - Grey's Anatomy from the paramedics' point of view. That's right, another medical drama. The pilot started with a flashback teaser. If the back-story is complex enough to require that in the first episode, what are they going to do for the rest? It didn't seem that important. Instead it seemed to be there mostly to be sensational. Anyway, it was badly photographed and I did not like the music or the characters. I made it for about 20 minutes and it did not get any better. It was obvious when the next trauma was going to occur (3rd, 4th?) so I quit and deleted it forever. Sorry, no sale. Abandoned
V
Opt
1.0
2009 This reboot of the old SciFi mini-series and series is neither better or worse. It is just different and darker. I will watch the original mini-series again, but won't watch either weekly series again. DISPOSABLE
V (old and new)
No
1.0
2009 I watched the original V this summer on DVD - out of date and a tad dull. I don't plan to watch it again but it was passable. The new V pilot, a one-hour aliens come to earth SciFi drama, has newer tech, but I was surprised that it was boring. I thought it might be a lot of things, but not boring. I'll try a few more episodes. Hopefully it won't all take place in the dark. Abandoned
Vampire Diaries
1
No
2009 A fantasy drama about moody cool kid high school teens and a couple of moody vampires, one "good" and one "bad." The show is very well executed and I will probably watch a few more as long as it is easy to record. But I don't care for vampires as lead characters and I've seen the moody teen garbage before so it is unlikely I will continue. - The second episode was rather boring. The show was mostly about dull teens and the vampires were less interesting. I had a hard time finishing and am not interested. Abandoned
Warehouse 13
Yes
1.0
2009 ** While the 2 hr pilot for the show was boring and we gave up on it, the regular series episodes improved. The first regular length episode was not interesting enough to 100% hold my attention, but good enough to watch. The episode was helped by having Tricia Helfer and Lindy Booth as guest stars. I don't know if we will want to watch the reruns or not. That will take a while to determine. The show is about Agents who find artifacts, al la Tomb Raider, that picked up bad powers during past events & are affecting people now.. (show ran thru 2014) ** There was an interesting story error in Warehouse 13 ep 210. If you bury something in a mature cherry orchard to hide it, you won't be able to find it 50 years later. Orchards don't last that long. ** Warehouse 13 ep 211 was excellent Tomb Raider style entertainment. Someone had obviously played the games. ** Jaime Murray (HG Wells) is stupendous RECORDED
White Collar
Yes
1.0
2009 A variation on It Takes A Thief, and a good one. Petered out in the last two seasons. (show ran thru 2014) RECORDED
Jake 2.0
Yes
1.0
2003 Super geek with enhanced powers. Fun but it was canceled. Later. I watched the recordings and it was enjoyable. RECORDED
Vicar Of Dibley
No
0.5
1994 Odd Britcom in which a woman vicar takes over a small parish. Couldn't finish the first episode. never watched
Code Black
No
2015 Read Variety review and decided to skip. ER medical drama. Never watched
Grandfathered
No
0.5
2015 Sitcom. Confirmed single restaurateur finds out he has a son and granddaughter. OK for a while as long as it is convenient. Nice moments except for the stupid kid spots. - Episode two - fail. Abandoned
Grinder
No
2015 Sitcom. Actor joins lawyer brother despite objections. Read Variety review and skipped. Never Watched
Heroes Reborn
NO!
1.0
2015 Episode 1&2. Basically a fantasy show about two groups of people fighting each other with an endless story arc. The characters, photography, and effects were really good and it might make a good movie with a fixed ending like the X-men movies. But as a TV show, I found it a bit tedious even time compressed. Episode 3. No way in hell I want to watch this. Abandoned!
Last Kingdom
No
2015 BBC America period drama about Vikings in England. Read Variety review and skipped. Never Watched
Life In Pieces
No
2015 Read Variety review and skipped. One camera family sitcom Never watched
Rosewood
No
1.0
2015 Private ME teams with a Miami detective - sort of a Quincy/Castle merge. Good photography, fun but damaged characters, not too gory or scary. Might be good. Episode 2 - pretty poor. - The detective bit is taking a distant second place to the personal life stuff, which is boring. Abandoned
Vexed
OK
1.0
2015 A UK import I found on Netflix about a man and woman detective team as they try to solve crimes and personal problems. Very dry and typically English odd. A tad slow but fun at times. DISPOSABLE
10 Things I hate About You
0.5
No
2009 Just for fun I tried two half-hour Family channel sitcoms way out of my demographic, 10 Things I Hate About You and Ruby And The Rockits. Both are soft family oriented shows seen from the teen's point of view. 10 Things has two teens, a wanna-be socialite and a wanna-be rebel, trying to survive high school. I like the rebel, Kat, and her story but everything and everyone else are uninteresting. The fact that I liked any of the characters is a good sign. If you are in the target audience, you might like it but it's certainly not for me. Abandoned
Army Wives
No
1.0
2008 I didn't even know Army Wives existed until the local paper raved about season 2 starting. So I recorded a bunch of the season 1 marathon on my DVR (isn't cable great) and watched about 3 of them. Unfortunately, this show is not for me. I don't like serialized long story arcs, prefer my fiction a lot more removed from reality, and the content a bit more cheerful. But it is well done. - The show is a very serious drama about the events, woes and worries of the stay at home families of military personnel who live on the base. The stories have continuing long arcs. It is very well cast, performed, directed and edited. The pacing is a little slow for me. I tended to use Fast Play mode and even forget I had Fast Play turned on. That means the people are moving and talking slowly in real time. I wish it was my type of material because there are many performers I like to watch. I watched Catherine Bell in JAG for many years, and remember Brigid Brannagh from several shows and Drew Fuller from Charmed. Those are just a few. Abandoned
Beast, The
No
1.0
2008 A police drama about an unorthodox but very skilled and effective undercover FBI agent and his young, new sort of double agent partner. Despite the gimmicky photography and audio, the show is quite well done. But it is dark both in story content and image. As much as I like unorthodox characters, I am not interested in this show's content. I pass but if you like this kind of thing, go for it. The pilot was good. Abandoned
Better Off Ted
Yes
0.5
2008 Ted is the boss of an R&D team at a very large company with a wide variety and range of products. He is asked to make crazy, absurd items which are as often detrimental to the users as they might be helpful. The characters Ted and his boss Veronica are very well done. I'm just not sure about the show. This kind of camp sometimes works, but often doesn't. The pilot did not have any major laughs but was kind of fun. I'll have to try it at least once more episode. - The show is back. The more I watch it, the more I like it. It's a wacky, low key, weird office sitcom. No practical jokes or yelling. RECORDED
Bill Engval Show
No
0.5
2008 A routine family sitcom with a dad (Envall), a mom (Nancy Travis, always good) and three teens. I found it very routine. The comparisons to Cosby's Huxtable family are appropriate, and I didn't watch that either. I think I prefer a little more edge in the situations and comedies, think MASH, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, or Becker. Abandoned
Clone Wars (series)
No
0.5
2008 This animated Star Wars series was disappointing. Our thoughts in episode one were it was badly acted and the story was badly scripted. I also thought it was dumbed down too much. The movies were more intellectual than they appeared on the surface. Episode two was better but I tended to be bored and used Fast Play towards the end. Oh well... Abandoned
Crusoe
No
1.0
2008 The flashbacks to his earlier life were just dull or depressing but tolerable. The camera work was very poor. First the shots were often too close, so close you could not see what was actually happening in the scene. Then there were the close shots of basically nothing. Who cares about the boots of a person sword fighting? Fights are dull at best, showing only the feet does not enhance it. But the biggest camera problem was the instability. Wiggling the camera around does not make a scene more interesting - it makes it worse. An observer may move abound when watching an event but the brain compensates for it so the image is stable. If that were not true, we would not be able to drive cars. Moral of the story, use a tripod or turn the Steadycam on! - Why build sets if you are going to only show an actor's face talking or and actor's feet? There was so little to see, and so little story, that I closed my eyes when the talking and fighting were on and had no trouble following the plot. I opened them when it went quiet. I kept looking at the clock to see how much time had passed. Abandoned
Cupid
OK
1.0
2008 Cupid is a one hour romantic comedy/drama. For the long story arc, Cupid is stranded on earth without his bow and cannot return to Olympus until he pairs up 99 couples - enough for five seasons if it lasts that long. The weekly couples will probably be the short romantic comedy stories. Cupid shows have been done before including partial first seasons in 1998 and 2003 (IMDB). Although the pilot for this rendition was not great, it was interesting, fun, refreshingly non-violent and positive without being sticky sweet or melodramatic. We intend to try at least a few more. Canceled
Dirty Jobs
Yes
1.0
2008 One of the best reality shows going. Mike Rowe helps out with the often unseen and dangerous dirty jobs of the world that keep us all functioning. In the process, the viewer learns a lot about how things work. The show has been on since 2003 with about 100 episodes, but I just discovered it. I like it so much I used 3 machines to record all 14 hours of a recent marathon. It's on the Discovery channel. DISPOSABLE
Do Not Disturb
No
0.5
2008 A standard formula sitcom from FOX with stereotypical characters and bad dialog. The situation is routine, eliminating the "sit" part of sitcom and it wasn't funny except for the out takes, eliminating the comedy part. So it should be a big hit. But not with me. Abandoned
Dollhouse
No
1.0
2008 A pseudo-scifi drama about a woman named Echo who has had her personality wiped to some base level. For each assignment a temporary personality is applied to meet the clients demands - assassin, adventurer, and of course high-class call girl. The first episode was doubtful, but pilots often are so we gave it another try. Unfortunately, the second was worse. It wasn't violent, just that it was dull. My wife actually fell asleep. That wasn't the worst though. The worst was that Echo's assumed personality was not consistent. Initially a sort of wild, sexy tomboy, she turned into a scared, unthinking schoolgirl when hunted, and finally turned into a killer. Most people would get scared and not think well when hunted. But Echo stayed that way too long. It did not fit her earlier personality. The killer mode was more appropriate, but still did not quite fit. - I watched two more episodes but with editing and no intent to watch unfiltered content. On episode 3, I fast forwarded through all the FBI parts of the story leaving only the Echo parts. It was actually pretty good that way. I did the same on episode 4 but there weren't as many FBI segments and the remainder was a bit too long. Fast playing through the Dollhouse office scenes helped. I give up. - It's too bad because the show had more potential than most. Oh well... Abandoned
Easy Money
No
1.0
2008 I finally remembered Easy Money was on and tried the Oct 19 episode. Apparently it is a semi-serial one-hour melodrama about a family of legal loan "sharks." It wasn't very interesting, the story elements I saw were, well, boring, and I didn't like the characters. Abandoned
Eleventh Hour
No
1.0
2008 Bad - dark, ugly and unpleasant. I didn't like the characters, cinematography or story. Oh, the lead characters are tolerable, barely, but that's not enough. There were no other redeeming qualities. The show is basically about a genius scientist and his FBI bodyguard/handler. They are called in to solve crimes dealing with science. Of course they are called in late, when things are bad, thus the title of the series. Abandoned
Eli Stone
OK
1.0
2008 Eli Stone sees visions of things to come and struggles to fix them. This can have interesting plot effects, much like Early Edition. - For some reason, season 2 is just a little boring. I think it is because they changed the way they use the visions but I'm not sure. Now Eli seems to struggle to interpret them. It's a bit predictable and not as interesting. If I was watching it alone, I would probably fast-play it or just not watch it. Abandoned
Ex List
No
1.0
2008 This is a one-hour light drama about a woman who is dating her ex-boyfriends. A psychic told her one is her future husband and she has to find him within one year or never get married. The first thing that comes to mind is what happens when the season ends (if it lasts)? Is the show over, does the premise change, does she get a psychic extension, etc.? On the good side, the show is well assembled and the characters are very good. But the first episode was predictable and dull, especially the first ex. (The first ex was so bad, I didn't even like watching. Why would she want to marry him?) I think you are going to have to really like the supporting characters to enjoy the show. I plan to watch a few more but it is optional and won't get DVR priority. Abandoned
Factory, The
No
0.5
2008 This new sitcom from Spike TV is about four blue-collar factory worker friends who never seem to do any work in the show, have no functional love lives, and no ambition. There also does not seem to be any comedy - it was odd but there were no laughs. It is filmed in a kind of pseudo-reality improv format with little or no background audio even though it is scripted. Personally, I don't find any of the characters interesting either. I'll skip this weirdo. Abandoned
Fringe
No
1.0
2008 Dull, is the first word that comes to mind for the pilot of this pseudo-science drama. Thirty minutes in I asked my wife if she was still awake. She said no, predicted where the show was going to go, and we stopped watching - switching to an SG1 DVD. I finished the episode later and, although there was a twist at the end, our predictions came to pass. I watched a lot of it in fast-play mode and was still bored. I'm not interested. Abandoned
Gary Unmarried
OK
0.5
2008 I actually enjoyed the first episode of this family sitcom. The characters were good and fun without being overbearing or too stereotyped. The writers came up with fresh directions to take managing to avoid typical predictable results. I doubt it will be achievable but I will continue to watch the show for a while, as long as it is on. We'll see.... Abandoned
Hole In The Wall
No
0.5
2008 Cute game with poor presentation. Contestants have to fit through a hole in a wall moving toward them or get knocked into a pool of water. But each round only takes about 5 seconds and there were only 9 rounds in the half hour pilot. The rest was mainly yelling and jumping around. So there is about a minute of contest in 30 minutes of air time. Doesn't work for me. Abandoned
In Plain Sight
Yes
1.0
2008 A one hour drama about a US Marshal who works in the witness protection program. The pilot was well paced and the characters were interesting. Violence and gore were minimal and they did not dwell on it too long (and I used FFWD and Fast-Play as needed). The show was not suitable for repeat viewing by my standards, and I expect I will eventually stop watching the series as the stories concentrate on villains, violence and other depressing aspects, but, for now, I am watching it. --- The second episode was pretty bad. The characters and plot just were not interesting. I used a lot of F-Fwd and F-Play and still didn't like it. But the third episode was back up to the pilot's standards. I will be watching carefully chosen new episodes. --- In Plain Sight might have just gotten better. They added Allison Janney to the cast, duration unknown. --- The last two episodes were just plain bad. There was little or no client story, just family and drugs - boring and unpleasant. DISPOSBLE
Kath and Kim
No
0.5
2008 I can't honestly say whether the show is good or not because I couldn't finish the pilot. It appears to be all hand held camera (possibly Steadicam) and the picture was rocking up and down and side to side continuously. Even though the motion was usually small, I was slightly motion sick before the middle of the first episode. Since I also didn't like the characters, I shut if off. Kath and Kim is a half hour sitcom about a 40s woman with a new boyfriend. Her recently wed and apparently spoiled daughter returns home because her husband wants her to do at least a little work. Abandoned
Kings
No
1.0
2008 I missed the first episode but it ended up not making a difference. I found the show was boring almost from the first minute, my wife called it irrelevant, and there was little to see since it was mosty heads talking. Kings appears to be a one hour drama about a megalomaniacle king and the people and countries around him. Abandoned
Knight Rider
No
1.0
2008 The original was lame but did not take itself seriously and was interesting often enough to be tolerable. This one is much, much worse. I almost shut it off in the middle but finished it just for this review. It is basically a one hour pseudo-SciFi "spy" show. I had more trouble suspending my disbelief in this than in a full SciFi show. At least I don't have to worry about finding a free machine to record it. Abandoned
Legend of the Seeker
No
1.0
2008 I've only watched the first hour of the pilot so far. I suppose we'll watch hour two, but maybe not. The show is a swords and arrows fantasy adventure. The pilot had problems, big time. Basically it was boring. The characters were one dimensional and blah. There really wasn't much story. The show was visually boring. I suppose these are the director's and editor's fault. I don't know. - I gave up. It has no personality anyplace. The characters have no personality. To carry off a show like this needs strong personalities like Lucy Lawless and Kevin Sorbo. The best character in the show so far was Raimi as the map-maker. The stories have no personality. They are like watching someone play a dull video game. Move along with no apparent reason for a while, have a fight, repeat 6 times to the boss fight at the end of the episode. Conclude with an epilog. With that many fights, they need personalities too. The only attempt at fight personality here is close jiggly camera work. Abandoned
Leverage
Yes
1.0
2008 A heist/scam drama about 4 thieves and a disgruntled insurance investigator who apparently have gone good, so to speak. They made a big score off a dishonest businessman and now help other people in need for free using a "different revenue stream." The camera work was a little off but acceptable. It is pretty well cast, the characters are adequately interesting if not astounding and the first story was interesting although mostly predictable. Despite the flaws, I liked it and intend to watch it again. - It did tend to degenerateinto a fairly typical American action show, complete with cheap "B movie" photography, noisy editing, and no intellectual complexity to the story. The con bacame a trivial side story. - It got even better when they added Kari Mattchet. RECORDED
Lie To Me
No
1.0
2008 A psychological detective drama and a sort of clone of The Mentalist. But it is not as good by a long shot. The lead is a man who reads human physical expressions to differentiate between truth and lies. He does this for his own wealthy firm to solve crimes for other organizations. The main character is a sort of cold, aloof, intellectual type as opposed to the charismatic reformed con-man in the Mentalist. The other two women and men in the team are good. The Lie To Me pilot has less graphic violence (a pro) but the a more pessimistic attitude (a con). It just wasn't as much fun to watch. I watched a re-run Mentalist the same day I watched the pilot. The Mentalist was much better. Still, I plan to watch a few more episodes before giving up on the show. Abandoned
Life On Mars
No
1.0
2008 At the core, Life On Mars is a one-hour New York police drama following one officer. The twist is Sam, the cop in question, was an officer in the 2008 force but was tossed back in time to 1973 - where he is still an officer in the same place. So he is sort of a fish out of water who behaves too well and knows too much around brutish less knowledgeable people. Evaluating the show is a hard nut to crack. I like Sam and Annie (the only female cop in the '73 precinct) but the others not so much. The pilot was evenly split between the police case in question and the time change. I like it enough to try it some more but long term viewing will depend on where the stories go and how crude they become. - I've watched about four of these now and they just didn't cut it. They usually end OK but the ends don't justifiy the means. It's mostly a cop show and by modern standards most of them could be considered crooked. So I've given up. Abandoned
Mentalist
Yes
1.0
2008 An ex-fake mentalist joins assists a police detective team. I watched for several seasons but when the stories dried up and the long Red John story arc took over, I gave up. Abandoned
Merlin
OK
1.0
2008 A reimagining of the Merlin and Arthur in Camelot stories. Merlin is a one hour light drama fantasy about the young Merlin arriving at court and meeting the young future King Arthur and others. The pilot was well done and kept my attention reasonably well. The characters were interesting enough and easy to keep track of. The photography was acceptable and was probably fine in wide screen. But it came through full screen here. There is plenty of room for content and character growth. This one is worth trying. -- I recorded many of the episodes because my wife liked them. To me they were disposable. -- I wish they would get the science right, Impossible modern flasks, Retorts used upside down! -- The stories are rather predictable but the characters are good. Photography is still poor and it still needs to be shown wide-screen. DISPOSABLE
Middleman
No
1.0
2008 I think Middleman might be called a comic book SciFi farce. But it isn't very good in either of the three categories. It reminds me of the very old 1/2 hour Batman series, which I didn't watch either. I suspect it might be OK if it were only 1/2 hour. That's where I got bored in the first 3 episodes. It isn't funny, the characters are mostly flat and annoying, and the stories have too little material. The only thing I liked was the actress who plays the lead. That's not enough. Abandoned
Motherhood
No
0.5
2008 Apparently a sitcom about moms, dads, kids, nannys and work(?). I only watched about 10 minutes, just past the first office call. Not only did I not laugh once, I didn't even like the show. Abandoned
My Own Worst Enemy
No
1.0
2008 Pilot: A spy drama about a man who had a false identity implanted in his head. The false identity is Henry, an ordinary nice guy with a job and family. Henry is dominant for everyday living and normally does not know about the original identity. The original identity is Edward, a nasty do anything spy. In the pilot Henry learned about Edward and they started communicating. The pilot was good but didn't quite work for me. It was good enough so I will watch a few more episodes, time permitting. The pilot was just the set up so the final decision will depend on what direction the stories go. - Episode 2: After watching part of the second episode, I couldn't take it. I don't like any of the characters and, to be honest, never cared for other parts I've seen these actors play. I also didn't like the story. Abandoned
Parks and Recreation
No
0.5
2008 Parks And Recreation is possible the worst pilot I have tried this season. I only managed to watch about 4 minutes of it before shutting it off became mandatory. It is apparently a half-hour sitcom about a woman who works in management for a parks and recreation department. I did not like the character's personality or stupidity from the very first scene. The show is also extremely poorly photographed in what appears to be a hand-held camera pseudo-documentary style. I'm sorry but it was just bad all over. Abandoned
Private Practice
No
1.0
2008 I'm still watching this one-hour medical drama but I don't quite know why. I don't like most of the medical stories (those often get zipped through) or a lot of their melodramatic personal lives. I suppose I keep watching because the characters are well done. My favorite character is Kadee Strickland's Charlotte, an in your face straight-forward person. I also like Amy Brenneman's Violet. But I wouldn't watch the show if I couldn't use the 30 second skip control on the DVR. I certainly would not watch it live. - I give up. In the last episode I watched, not a single person was remotely happy. Every character was depressed, detached, dysfunctional and just plain unhappy. If that's the story they want to tell, I'm not interested Abandoned
Privileged
No
1.0
2008 This one hour young adult and teen light drama is iffy. The pilot did not get interesting until 45 minutes in and it ended badly. However it was a pilot, setting up the characters and situation. I don't hold out much hope, but it is worth trying. - I was going to try two more episodes, but I was bored right from the first minute on episode 2. We smiled in a few places but other than that, it never got interesting. The characters are so stupid! Abandoned
Roommates
No
0.5
2008 An incredibly poor sitcom on the Family channel. Roommates is apparently about 4 or 5 roommates, one of which likes another but has not told her. It was so juvenile, predictable and bad that I couldn't even watch long enough to get the roommate count. It reminded me of a 20's version of a bad Disney sitcom. Abandoned
Sanctuary
Yes
1.0
2008 I've been waiting for Sanctuary for a while and it did not disappoint. It was pretty much riveting. I sat so still for the first half of the two-hour pilot, that I paused the recording at the mid-point just to get up and stretch. Sanctuary is an hour SciFi drama about a small group of people who search out the "aliens" hiding in our society and give them a safe place to live (or a cell if necessary). The pilot was well cast, directed, acted, edited, and written. Sanctuary goes to the top of my watch list. Did you recognize the voice of the Wraith Todd from Atlantis (Christopher Heyerdahl)? He played John, another villain of sorts, with the same impressive quality. - The stories and photography have degenerated seriously. Of the first 11 episodes, I only really liked 5, Three were so bad I never want to see them again and the last 4 were terrible or boring. Oh well. - We watched the edited recorded episodes in about 2014 and it did not hold up extremely well. RECORDED
Sarah Jane Adventures
Yes
0.5
2008 The extra long pilot (the Bane) was good. The first real show (the Slitheen) was weak but OK. The next (the Gorgon) was good. Each story is an hour long but is broken up into two serialized episodes over two weeks. We watch them back to back. - It is basically a kids version of the original Doctor Who without the space travel. As such it lacks the T&A and adult attitudes to bring most adults to the screen. I don't know yet if any episodes will be worth archiving long term, but they are fun and worth watching at least once. RECORDED
Sophie
No
0.5
2008 An incredibly poor sitcom on the Famnily channel. Sophie is about a young woman who just inherited a talent agency with no clients, just had a baby by an unknown(?) father after her boyfriend left her, and is apparently going have the worst year of her life. The only good part about it was it was better than Roommates. I watched 15 minutes instead of 10! Abandoned
Starter Wife
Yes
1.0
2008 A one-hour melodrama about the divorced wife of a now failed Hollywood movie bigwig. I watched the mini-series last season, and liked it enough to finish it. But I knew I never wanted to watch it again - it just wasn't good enough. It was good enough to try the series though. I'm glad I did. I was going to stop half way through the pilot and watch it in two parts but it was too interesting. It was funny, dramatic, sad, irreverent and all the characters were better, except possibly ex-husband Kenny. (The new Kenny is probably better for a series though.) The storyline was predictable but it was good enough so I want to watch the reruns and may even archive it. DISPOSABLE
Swingtown
No
1.0
2008 I tried Swingtown twice before giving up. It is a one hour nighttime soap about the activities and woes of several families during the late 70s. This was the era of awakening social and sexual enlightenment (before AIDS). The pilot was very well done, with interesting situations and character introductions. It is more episodic than some soaps and less serialized. But, as I suspected, I just don't care about the kinds of problems the characters have. Abandoned
To Love and Die
Yes
1.0
2008 This is apparently a series pilot made in 2007 but delayed. Released as a TV movie it was funny, insightful and odd and with great characters and interaction. It is about a young woman who never knew her dad and doesn't seem to fit in normal society. When she finds her dad, it turns out he runs a hit agency that only kills bad guys - which she joins. Like I said, odd. I have no idea where they can take the stories from there. RECORDED
Torchwood
Yes
1.0
2008 Torchwood is a hard show to rate. I looked forward to every episode, even though I don't ever want to watch about half of season 1 ever again. Episodes ranged from A+ to F-. That is very rare. - Torchwood is touted as an adult SciFi spin off of Doctor Who. That is sort of correct. While the show does not hide sex and violence, it is not there gratuitously either. It is just part of life. - What's great is the adult attitudes. The characters are completely adult and the real world happens. What is bad is the stories are depressing. Even when things turn out right, there is a depressing twist. - Still, if my wife buys season 2 for me, I look forward to watching it. RECORDED
Trust Me
No
1.0
2008 To be honest, the pilot was rather dull. I got bored, pulled out my laptop, bookmarked some web pages, answered some email and wrote most of this piece. The show is a drama with comic overtones about some advertising agency people. Except for the cube people, especially Sarah, most of the characters are boring or unpleasant or both. The show had its moments though, like Conner at the funeral. I'll try one or two more just to fill time, but I don't expect much. Abandoned
Unusuals
No
1.0
2008 I like Amber Tamblyn but she seems to get roles on unusual shows. The Unusuals is no exception. It is a one-hour police drama with comedic overtones. Unfortunately only Amber's and Jeremy Renner's characters are interesting enough to watch, barely. The rest are just too off-beat and unpleasant to be acceptable. Add to that the harsh, gritty, not-fun NY attitude of the show, and I say no. The show had its moments and some might like it, but I'll stick to shows with a more relaxed, fun LA attitude. Abandoned
Valentine
Yes
1.0
2008 I forgot to this try until Oct 19. Unfortunately, I like this one. Also unfortunately, I just read the show has gone into hiatus. The show is a one-hour fantasy romantic comedy. Fantasy in that several Greek gods have come down to earth incognito to help romantically challenged singles in Los Angeles. The romance is obvious but the comedy isn't just the romantic comedy ending. The show also had funny moments. Jaime Murry, one of my favorite actresses and recently of Hustle fame, plays Grace Valentine aka Aphrodite. The rest of the characters are also well played and enjoyable, as was the story. I hope it gets another try. RECORDED
Worst Week
No
0.5
2008 Well, it lives up to its title. This sitcom is about an awkward clutz nice guy whose pregnant girl friend's parents hate him. The characters were good but the script was so predictable and bad that I couldn't even finish the pilot. I was embarrassed for the writers! Abandoned
Big Bang Theory
Yes
0.5
2007 Two super nerd guys live across the hall from a beautiful waitress/actress. The problem is the noisy transitions between scenes. I ended up editing most of them out. - Never underestimate the stupidity of Hollywood types. Update - downgraded to Disposable in 2015 or 2016. RECORDED
Burn Notice
No
1.0
2007 A burned spy has to look after his own interests in Florida. The client stories are good, but the long story arc of finding out who burn him is poor. In season 2 the long arc is even worse. It accomplishes less than most (Michael never wins and never can win) and the arc can never end or the show has to come up with some other excuse to exist. The client stories are still quite good, maybe even better than season 1. Gave up in season 3 Abandoned
Chuck
Yes
1.0
2007 A tech nerd's brain is "infectedÓ with a mega-CIA database and is inducted into the CIA. Recorded but it does not hold up to repeated viewing. RECORDED. DISPOSABLE
Primeval
Yes
1.0
2007 I watched a middle episode of season 3 and immediately ordered the season 1-2 DVD set. Then I recorded the marathon of the rest of season 3. Good characters, fun stories, excellent CGI and well acted. The show is an hour-long scifi drama. Some kind of interface opens to other times (mostly the past) and creatures come through to terrorize or entertain the UK. The good guys try to figure it all out and send them back. -- Season 1 = Wow. Season 2 was great, almost all grade A episodes. But season 3 was not so good. They eliminated the two best characters, the older intellectuals and replaced them with a cop and college post grad. It would be like having Dr Who without the Doctor. There are still good moments and the post grad could become interesting, but the format was changed to jerky, close-up action which makes it hard to look at. Also, the science was pushed beyond belief - it is hard to suspend disbelief. I think they are aiming for a younger audience. In any case, the combined season 1-2 package is worth buying. -- Season 4 = Excellent story & characters. Worst photography in history. RECORDED
Eureka
Yes
1.0
2006 An "ordinaryÓ sheriff "assistsÓ work in a hidden town of super scientists. RECORDED
AFHV
YES
1.0
2005 Reality Abandoned
Bones
OK
1.0
2005 Crime Drama Abandoned
Charmed
YES
1.0
2005 Fantasy about 3 young sister witches. Often bogged down in melodrama. RECORDED
Close to Home
No
2005 Abandoned
Commander & Chief
YES
1.0
2005 Drama DISPOSABLE
Criminal Minds
No
1.0
2005 Drama Abandoned
Desparate Housewives
YES
1.0
2005 Drama Surburan woman and their problems Abandoned
Doctor Who 2005
YES
1.0
2005 This reboot of the venerable old SciFi series is even better the original. It is now in 1h episodes too, instead of serialized half hours. - The best way to describe it is Doctor Who On Steroids. It's not that the actors are all beefed up or sexed out. It's that they are always hurrying around and yelling. Reminds me of the movies "True Lies" or "Empire Strikes" back compressed into a one hour show. I just wish the BBC didn't play the music so loud when the people are trying to talk. I miss to much of the dialog which I suspect is interesting. RECORDED
E-Ring
OK
1.0
2005 Drama Abandoned
Everybody Hates Chris
No
0.5
2005 Sitcom Abandoned
Ghost Whisperer
undecided
1.0
2005 SciFi Abandoned
Gilmore Girls
YES
1.0
2005 Light drama with serious moments about a freespirited single mom, her daughter and the other people in the small town around them.. RECORDED
Grey's Anatomy
Yes
1.0
2005 Medical drama Abandoned
Head Cases
No
1.0
2005 Drama Abandoned
House
OK
1.0
2005 Medical drama Abandoned
How I Met Your Mother
OK
0.5
2005 Sitcom. It was good for a few years before I abandoned it. I did return at the end to watch the series finale. DISPOSABLE
Inconcievable
No
1.0
2005 Drama Abandoned
Invasion
undecided
1.0
2005 SciFi Abandoned
Just Legal
No
1.0
2005 Drama Abandoned
Killer Instinct
No
1.0
2005 Drama Abandoned
Kitchen Confidential
No
0.5
2005 Sitcom Abandoned
Love, Inc
No
0.5
2005 Sitcom Abandoned
My Name Is Earl
No
0.5
2005 Sitcom Abandoned
Night Stalker
No
1.0
2005 Drama Abandoned
Out of Practice
OK
0.5
2005 Sitcom Abandoned
Reunion
No
1.0
2005 Reality Abandoned
SG-1
Yes
1.0
2005 SciFi Continuation of the same stargate adventure PURCHASED
SG-A
Yes
1.0
2005 SciFi Continuation of the same stargate adventure RECORDED
Supernatural
No
1.0
2005 SciFi Abandoned
Surface
OK
1.0
2005 SciFi Abandoned
Three Wishes
No
1.0
2005 Reality Abandoned
Threshold
OK
1.0
2005 SciFi. I watched my edied recordings in which boring dream and flashback sections, and gory sections were deleted. I had recorded most of the episodes and the result was very, very enjoyable. I looked forward to each episode. I'm glad they added a brief series conclusion to the last episode. RECORDED
Twins
No
0.5
2005 Sitcom Abandoned
Two & 1/2 Men
Yes
0.5
2005 Sitcom RECORDED
War at Home
No
0.5
2005 Sitcom Abandoned
West Wing
Yes
1.0
2005 Political drama about the president and his people. DISPOSABLE
A.U.S.A.
optional
2003 A half hour sitcom about a young Assistant US Attorney and his colleagues, opponents and friends. Despite the toilet humor, which is not funny (they should drop it as fast as they can), and incompetent characters, who are also not funny, I actually laughed quite a bit in the pilot. I don't think the show will keep me entertained very long but I will try it as long as it is easy to get at. Abandoned
A.U.S.A. (revisited)
No
2003 All right, I give in. The second episode of this show was so lame, I shut it off after less than 10 minutes. There's no way I am going to watch or recommend it. Abandoned
Abby
No
2003 A pretty lame sitcom that is supposed to be about a young woman small TV show producer. But it was actually about her interactions with her live-in ex-boyfriend who is so egotistical, self centered and obnoxious that I couldn't stand to watch him. Abandoned
Alias (revisited)
No
2003 Maybe this should be a review of the New Alias since they destroyed the HQ of the bad guys in January and revamped the structure of the show. Unfortunately, they made it worse. It is even more like a soap opera and it follows the villains more than the good guys now. In fact, even the CIA people are villains now. I gave up for sure last night 10 minutes into last Sunday's installment. To think I read in the paper that the network thinks they improved the show and they plan to promote it even more. Abandoned
Black Sash
No
2003 Oh the tragedy of it all. That is the theme of the show. Here we have an ex-cop, framed for drug dealing and estranged from his family, who now runs a martial arts school. A school filled with teens, all of whom seem to also have tragic backgrounds. Apparently he or they will catch crooks for the bounty but I don't know for sure because I didn't get that far. It was a real downer all around. Abandoned
Jamie Kennedy Experiment
NO
2003 A half hour show where Jamie sets up people in the real world to handle unpleasant situations, sort of Candid Camera style. It is very cruel and should not be called humor. Abandoned
Lone Ranger (TVM pilot)
2003 The Lone Ranger, Tonto and his sexy sister discover themselves in their teen years to modern music. I guess they had to start somewhere. This was a TV movie and possibly a pilot for a series. If it becomes a series it looks like there will be more teen angst in the old west than good deeds. I doubt I will be interested but one never knows until it happens. Abandoned
Lost At Home
maybe
2003 The premise of this half hour dad driven family sitcom is far from original. But the execution is pretty good. Dad has worked so many hours he has "lost" his family. Only his wife threatening divorce brings him home. The show has a serious undercurrent that is not overplayed and there was no yelling in the pilot. The laughs were not large but the potential is good and the show stars Connie Bratton. It is worth trying. Abandoned
Miracles
No
2003 A one hour drama, with a small SciFi/Fantasy core. smothered in doom and gloom, that didn't even have a good ending. It is about a team of specialists who are called in to help investigate strange happenings in a world apparently coming to an unhappy end. I didn't like any of the regular characters. The only character I liked in episode 2 was played by guest star Ann Cusack, a fabulous actress. Abandoned
Mister Sterling (canceled)
Yes
2003 A one-hour drama about a young man just appointed to the US Senate. Part of the West Wing genre, this show was similar but not as good. It was certainly good enough to give quite a few more tries though. Long-term success will depend on the scripts more than the actors. Abandoned
My Big Fat Greek Life
undecided
2003 The first episode of this was terrible. I never got a chance to see the movie and it really made me wonder what people saw in the movie. But the second episode was better and I will watch as long as it is convenient to record, but only once. The show is a half hour sitcom about the adult daughter of an extended Greek family who married a non-Greek. One of the good things about the show is the people are adults, not teens. Abandoned
My Big Fat Greek Life
No
2003 (revisited) After several episodes, I gave up. This is way to mundane, it isn't funny and a lot of its so called humor is based on prejudices and lies. Abandoned
On The Spot
No
2003 A half hour improv sitcom. It is either amazingly bad or amazingly good. In either case it is incredibly unbelievable. The show is a bad sitcom which we see performed live. But the script is incomplete. Suggestions from the audience and other places require the actors to make stuff up on the run to complete the story. The first show had Tim Conway as a guest. He is so good at this kind of thing that it worked. I quit half way through the second episode despite Robert Wagner. Abandoned
Queens Supreme
No
2003 A one-hour drama done with dark comic overtones about a strange judge. If you can take the scripts, it might actually be interesting. The characters are pretty well done, but the pilot was decidedly unpleasant. I'm not going to give it another try. Abandoned
Roar
No
2003 De-j-vu. Our newspaper implied that this was new but I'm sure I've seen it before. I didn't like it then either. It is an hour period drama set in 400 or 500 AD England. The bad guys (Roman sympathizers) won everything in the pilot except me. I shut it off after half an hour and didn't even bother to check the copyright date. Abandoned
Tremors
optional
2003 While this hour SciFi show has plenty of drool humor, it lacks plot and, more importantly, strong characters. The characters are one dimensional. I watched episode 2 on the same night I watched an Andromeda episode. Tremors had a better story, but the characters have a lot more potential in Andromeda. Still, Tremors was cute, and I will probably watch it when it is convenient, but only once and only until I get bored. Abandoned
Veritas: The Quest
maybe
2003 I tend to like these one hour pseudo-archeological light adventure dramas. This one is not up to Indiana Jones level by any means and isn't even as good as Relic Hunter, but I will try it for a while. I skipped episodes 1 and 2 because every critic I read said it was about an obnoxious teen and I am very tired of them. In episode 3, the teen wasn't even close to being obnoxious. He was barely annoying and contributed quite a bit to the story. The show just didn't have that good of a story and wasn't that well produced. The network should have just bought Relic Hunter for prime time 3 years ago. Abandoned
Wanda At Large
no
2003 A half hour sitcom about an outspoken Whoopie Goldberg type character who gets a job as a reporter at a stodgy TV station. It's bleep good for this bleep style show and there are a lot of intentional literal bleeps. But the humor is harsh and it wasn't my kind of thing. Abandoned
8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter
No
2002 A half hour family sitcom about the animosity and love between two nasty, smart ass, conniving teen girls and their mundane, annoying dad. He tries to get along with and raise them while they try to get away with everything and survive high school and their hormones. The jokes were mostly put-downs and yelling except for a few with the teen son and mom. The sensitivity underneath is not enough to carry it. Abandoned
Adventure Inc.
No
2002 This is the worst hour long action show in the Indiana Jones genre that I have seen in a long time. Flat acting, lousy story, bad directing and editing and boring special effects. Abandoned
Alias (revisited)
record for later
2002 I like most of the characters in the show, I like the Bond like action portions and I can tolerate the rest even though they are full of themselves. But Alias is the most difficult show to watch on TV. Will it be there this week, or will the network delay it or the local affiliate preempt it? It would be easier if they had numbers for titles so we track the episodes. After December I discovered I had missed episode 10 some way and after that much time off, I gave up and am just recording them to watch later - if I get them all. Abandoned
American Dreams
optional
2002 An hour long family drama set in the early to mid 60s. It looks like it's going to be about the family problems that develop as issues of the era occur. Unfortunately, problems and issues are not enough without something outstanding. While the pilot was OK, it was not outstanding. The much flaunted soundtrack for the show turned out to be mostly soft rock and Motown. I like a bit more edge to my music but that didn't develop until the later 60s. I might watch it until I get bored, as long as it is easy to find and record. Abandoned
American Dreams (revisited)
yes
2002 After three of these I've decided I do want to watch them, although I might only watch them once. So far it has been about the development of the characters as the events of the 60s unfold, and it has been non-threatening and enjoyable. That's nice for a change. Its fictional time start is November 1963 in case you are curious. Abandoned
American Embassy
probably
2002 This one hour drama follows the emotional ups and downs of a late twenties American woman who left her cheating fiancee and became a vice-counsel at the embassy in London. It is a bit much at times but is a solid emotion releasing one or two tissue drama. I watched two episodes, liked them, and plan to watch more. Abandoned
Andy Richter Controls The Universe
No
2002 Andy is a looser writer who has amazing fantasies on screen about alternate possibilities for his life before we see the real one. Many of the fantasies were interesting but I kept getting frustrated and zipped ahead. I don't think I like the characters - good music though. Abandoned
As If
NO
2002 Bad photography could not compensate for a lack of script and unpleasant characters in this sitcom, apparently about 6 twenty somethings with one emphasized each week. Abandoned
Baby Bob
Maybe
2002 I don't know how they will keep this up, but the pilot was funny. Two parents have a 6 month old son who talks like a construction worker adult and they don't want anyone to know. It is very well acted and produced and has great writing, especially for the kid. Abandoned
Birds Of Prey
Maybe, once only
2002 This is an hour long fantasy drama about 3 young women crime fighters in New Gotham city. That's right, it is comic book and Batman derived. The pilot cut off 10 minutes before the end and once again I didn't care. It was interesting but I suspect the series will get old fast, especially if they fight The Joker all the time. In the mean time, it should be fun for a while. Abandoned
Boomtown
Not a chance in hell.
2002 An hour long really serious cop show drama. Despite the unusual and interesting method of telling the story from many overlapping viewpoints, the story and people were still very depressing. There are plenty of better things to do than watch a depressing TV show. Abandoned
Bram and Alice
maybe
2002 It is too soon to tell if this half hour sitcom is worth watching. The pilot had a lot of arguing and misunderstanding but also had some LOL punch lines and a little heart. It deals with a pert, young cute daughter who shows up at her obnoxious, has-been writer dad's place. Up until that day, neither knew the other existed. Now they are living together, mostly because of misunderstandings. Abandoned
Cedric The Entertainer Presents
No
2002 A half hour variety show composed of various short skits hosted and starring Cedric. Cedric is obviously very talented and I actually enjoyed him, but I didn't like any of the skits. Abandoned
Combat Missions
NO
2002 Pseudo combat type missions with pseudo military teams. In the entire hour there was only 14 minutes of edited actual mission. The rest was talk. There was no strategy description during the missions, only a count of the number dead. Boring. Abandoned
Court, The
Yes
2002 A one hour drama about the Supreme Court which centers on a new white female justice played by Sally Field. It was very well done and interesting although not quite West Wing quality. I intend to try it for quite a while. (BTW, the yearbook photo of Field looked like the actual photo from her Birmingham HS yearbook.) Abandoned
Do Over
Maybe, once only
2002 A half hour sitcom about a 14 year old boy who is actually his 34 year old self transplanted from the future. He gets to try to fix things that went wrong the first time. The pilot had some good funny moments. But it was often hard to suspend my disbelief about the trouble he got into and that he didn't get into more trouble. I think they will have to keep the pace fast or it won't work. We'll see. Abandoned
Do Over (revisited)
No
2002 This is just about a teen and his problems in life. Even though he is trying to change the future, he still encounters the same teen problems. I turned it off in the middle of the last episode I tried to watch. Abandoned
Everwood
optional, once only
2002 This one hour light family drama can't be too great, my tape cut off the last 6 minutes of the pilot and I didn't care! The big problem is I am really tired of angry, sarcastic, mean teen guys. When those characters are present, they tend to drive the story line and everything else suffers. A smaller problem with the show was lack of depth but it did spark enough interest for me to give it a few more tries. I can always FFWD through the bits I don't want to watch. The most outstanding performance was Amy, played by Emily VanCamp who had a part last year in "Glory Days." Abandoned
Everwood (revisited)
yes
2002 This show got a lot better, almost in spite of the moody kids. I watched episode 3 after episode 1 and liked it so much I went back and watched episode 2. I still use FFWD on predictable bits, mainly dealing with the kids, but not much. Abandoned
Family Affair
Maybe, once only
0.5
2002 This lightweight one hour dramatic family comedy is about the butler of a rich single guy taking in his brother's three orphans. While not a great comedy or drama, the pilot was enjoyable gentle TV. The characters need strengthening and depth. How long I watch will depend on which way the story lines go and whether the characters develop. - The first regular episode was quite mundane with very few laughs. Abandoned
Family Affair (revisited)
Maybe, once only
2002 Oops, this is a half hour sitcom. Only the pilot was an hour. The first regular episode was quite mundane with very few laughs. Abandoned
Fastlane
Unlikely
2002 This is a simplistic hour long action cop show. The action is fun and the show might end up a guilty pleasure but I doubt it. It is way to violent in a nasty way, the two male lead characters are uninteresting and the photography is annoying. You can tell things are bad when the best character was a temporary villain - this time Cassidy played by Jennifer Sky. Abandoned
Firefly
optional
2002 A one hour SciFi/western drama full of dark, moody characters and set in a nasty society. They are criminals/rebels who fly a small cargo ship on the fringes of the Empire looking for work. There weren't any likable characters in the pilot and I wouldn't have given it a second look if it weren't SciFi. I still probably won't watch it. It is very much a Whedon product. If you decide to watch it, remember, you can't trust Whedon. Once fans decide they like something or someone, he won't hesitate to remove it, change it, or kill them off. RECORDED
Firefly (revisited)
yes
2002 The characters are slowly starting to have some personality. The stories are still a little rough but they are OK. The production is certainly up to Whedon's excellent standards. I'll watch it for a while. Later - I watched my edited recordings and it was very good! My editing was for content I didn't like as opposed to boredom, which the show never was. The show was and still is very sophisticated but it isn't easy or comfortable to watch. It can go from happy fun to unpleasant cruelty in the split second of the scene change. Those problems combined with the improper broadcast order probably helped do it in. RECORDED
girls club
no
2002 An hour long drama about three new young women attorneys trying to make a go of it in a large law firm full of mean, sexist, backstabbing bosses and colleagues. Even if they make it, why would they want to work there. The only reason I could figure is so they can take over and fire everyone else as revenge. I couldn't stand the show long enough to complete the first act. Abandoned
Glory Days
maybe
2002 A mystery suspense hour, with mild horror overtones, in the island town of Glory. The show was reasonable but there was something lacking, maybe polish, that made me almost loose interest intermittently. Anyway, it's worth a try. Abandoned
Greetings From Tucson
No
2002 A half hour family sitcom about an extended family that recently moved from a lower rent area to a higher rent area - two teens, two parents, grandma, an uncle, a nephew, neighbors and employees. There were a decent number of laughs at the start and it's not half bad if you like that kind of thing. I'm just not interested in watching a pair of teens and parents try to con each other. It really isn't funny. Abandoned
Greg The Bunny
No
2002 This sitcom with a mix of humans and acerbic puppets living together was so bad it is appropriate to review it on April fools day. Abandoned
Half and Half
No
2002 A half hour about two half sisters who move into apartments in the same building, which happens to be owned by their dad. One is wealthy and cloying, the other is middle class and annoying and they do not like each other. I suppose their getting to like each other is what the show will be about. In the mean time, throw in two nasty moms and an unpleasant and ineffective dad and you get the typical mean humored sitcom. Abandoned
Hidden Hills
No
2002 A half hour sitcom about a sex starved suburban dad who seems to spend all his time on family activities and fantasizing about sex, especially with the porn mom who lives nearby and is the assistant coach to the little league team he coaches. His mundane life does not interest me, the sex will never take place, and the show wasn't funny. Although I liked some of the characters, there isn't much point in watching the show. Abandoned
Imagine That
No
2002 A sitcom about a guy with marriage trouble who, in the office, apparently writes comedy sketches for a living. Not really a bad show, just boring. I kept walking away. Abandoned
John Doe
Yes
2002 A mystery within a mystery. This appears to be an hour long detective show with a SciFi bent. Doe just "woke up" and doesn't know who he is or his past. He sees the world in black and white, except for important bits, and he has an encyclopedic memory of facts about everything. In addition he has powerful analytical skills so he can use the knowledge practically to earn money or become proficient at physical tasks. He uses his skills to help the police and maybe figure out who he is. The show was filmed, directed and edited with movie level quality. There were no dull moments in the pilot and I don't even remember FFWDing through the ads. Abandoned
John Doe (revisited)
unlikely
2002 I intend to try this again after baseball is over (if it returns) but doubt I will watch it. The show has gone down hill so fast they should have nose bleeds. It degenerated into an unpleasant crime drama by the 3rd episode. Abandoned
Less Than Perfect
very unlikely
2002 An appropriate title for something that needs a lot of work. A half hour office sitcom about the war between the new competent plain-Jane secretary from the office supplies 4th floor now working for the incompetent executive newsroom types on the 22nd floor. ALL the jokes were about the "war" and almost none were funny. Best part of the show was seeing Andrea Parker again. I do plan to try it again but don't hold out much hope. Abandoned
Less Than Perfect (revisited)
No
2002 I got this one right the first time. I don't like it. The characters are mean and insensitive and hurt each other intentionally and accidentally. It is well produced and written though in case you like this kind of thing. Abandoned
Life With Bonnie
Maybe
2002 This hectic half hour sitcom stars the exuberant Bonnie Hunt. It is split between her home with an odd nanny and her work as the host of a free wheeling talk show. Both are unstructured and running late. The home scenes were mundane but the work scenes were great and funny. This show is certainly worth looking at for a while. Abandoned
Lord of the Rings (1): Fellowship of the Ring
Yes
2002 I don't normally review movies but this one seemed important. The bad news is they emphasized action over the adventure of the journey. The books were more adventure than action. The good news is they did just about everything else right. It was critical to me that they get the Hobbits right, and I think they are perfect. In fact, except for the action, I cannot think of anything wrong with the movie. PURCHASED
MDs
maybe
2002 An hour long hospital medical and life drama with a Strong comic component. This hospital is not a great place, with money, HBO and management problems. The doctors struggle to help the patients despite the problems, often using rather unorthodox methods. I like this show better than Presidion Med. Life can be a bitch, as are the serious parts of this show, so laughter is great whenever it can be found. I laughed out loud several times. I think the contrast of the comedy against the serious medical problems makes the jokes even funnier. - I think it was the third or fourth episode that was almost totally depressing. The following episode was a continuation of the stories and had more humor but it wasn't enough. Abandoned
Monk
Yes, maybe once only
2002 Monk is an hour long detective show about an neurotic ex-cop who can't stop cleaning and straightening things and is afraid of just about everything. But he is Smart and, with the help of his assistant, he solves almost everything. Most of the time the show is a true mystery. Even when it isn't it is pretty interesting to watch. Skipping the teaser helps. - Still a very enjoyable show, but it is not always a true mystery. Instead, it is Colombo like with Monk trying to prove the person we know is guilty did it. It helps to skip the teaser if you can. DISPOSABLE
Presidio Med
optional
2002 An hour long serialized medical drama set in a clinic/hospital. The medical cases appear pretty realistic, which can be bad if they happen to hit something you are currently dealing with. They certainly hit a bunch from my life. The production quality is high and the characters are good. Five of seven stars are women, which makes it above average in quality. The show is pretty serious although not so far as to be unpleasant and it is semi-serialized with multi-episode overlapping story lines. Those two will probably keep me from watching it. - This is a very well done show but it is also very serious and quite depressing at times. The characters are great but there is just not enough comic relief balance the stress. Abandoned
Push, Nevada
No
2002 A serialized moody hour long mystery drama about an apparently wimpy IRS agent and the crooks he is investigating. (Why would I want to watch either of those?) The show is well done and there could be quite a bit of character development and meat to the story, but I found the first episode relatively boring. You can also try to solve the mystery yourself and win a bunch of money via the internet too - yeah, right. Abandoned
Still Standing
unlikely
2002 A half hour family sitcom centering mostly on the parents in the pilot. Pretty routine but a few enjoyable laughs and no yelling or animosity make it better than some shows. I do plan to try it again but, unless it gets some spark, it won't will make it onto my roster. Abandoned
That 80s Show
No
2002 What an odd show. So odd I had to watch two to be sure I didn't want to watch it. It's easy to see how this sitcom is set up like That 70s Show, but this one doesn't work. Abandoned
That Was Then
no
2002 This show got canceled before I had a chance to try even one episode. Canceling it was the right decision. It was an hour long melodrama about a guy who goes back in forth between his 16 and 36 year old bodies trying to fix the past and then seeing the results. It didn't work, which makes sense when you realize that most people won't listen to unsolicited advice so it would be really difficult to change their actions. Abandoned
Watching Ellie
probably not
2002 A very unusual sitcom that follows the lead character for 22 real time chaotic minutes. There's even a count down clock. The pilot started good but became kind of crude as it went along. In addition all the potential story lines the episode posed could not be followed because of the time restriction. Sadly, the funniest bit was when the clock ran out 1 second before the last note of the song she was singing. I'm going to try it again though. -I don't recall how far I got in the second episode before I was grossed out and zipped to the end but it wasn't far. I don't plan on watching any more! Abandoned
What I Like About You
Yes
2002 A half hour sitcom about a 16 year old girl who moves in with her older working sister. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. It has excellent physical and verbal comedy reminiscent of Dick Van Dyke. The characters and situation were enjoyable and the show has a heart on top of it all. Very good. - Three episodes in and this show is a totally routine show about a teen and the problems she generates for her guardian sister. Hardly a laugh to be seen. You might enjoy it if you like the characters, who are not bad, but I don't plan to watch it. Abandoned
24
No
2001 I checked out 24 because there has been a lot of hype. The head of an antiterrorist agency has to stop a senator from being assassinated, find his runaway (now kidnapped) daughter and find the mole in his department. If that isn't enough, there are several other intriguing subplots. It is tight - good photography, good directing, good timing, good acting. That's the good news. The bad is it is the ultimate in serialized open ended programming with 24 episodes, each one hour of real time activity and no conclusion until the last show, at least I presume they will conclude it then. It also has nothing but unpleasant and even bad people and situations. This is the kind of show I actively avoid so I can miss the struggle to see it all and the unpleasantness. Abandoned
According to Jim
Yes
2001 Jim's a pretty cool guy. He is a bit overweight and likes to relax but he also likes life and handles his pre-school kids quite well despite slightly unorthodox ways. Even if he pretends to be gruff once and a while, he's actually a softie. I like him, his kids and his wife, played by one of my favorites - Courtney Thorne-Smith. This is a family sitcom and, not only is it nice, it's funny. The characters didn't yell at each other, even when they were having an argument and no one was nasty to someone else on purpose. The show is friendly, delightful and it makes me smile. DISPOSABLE
According to Jim
Yes
2001 Jim's a pretty cool guy. He is a bit overweight and likes to relax but he also likes life and handles his pre-school kids quite well despite slightly unorthodox ways. Even if he pretends to be gruff once and a while, he's actually a softie. I like him, his kids and his wife, played by one of my favorites - Courtney Thorne-Smith. This is a family sitcom and, not only is it nice, it's funny. The characters didn't yell at each other, even when they were having an argument and no one was nasty to someone else on purpose. The show is friendly, delightful and it makes me smile. DISPOSABLE
Adventures of Jules Vern
Probably not
2001 A new offering of 1900's adventure/SciFi from the SciFi channel. The pilot was terrible. The most interesting character was the villain played by Tracy Scoggins (spelling?). I might try one more episode. Abandoned
Agency, The
Optional
2001 This is a drama about agents in the CIA and their cases. It is an example of grade A- production and grade C+ plot. It's long term quality will depend on what they do with the characters and plots. Right now it is on the borderline and I might watch it if it is convenient. But if the characters get too depressed or the stories get too gruesome, I will not watch it. Abandoned
Agency, The (revisited)
No
2001 The show is still well done, but there isn't any fun in it. Without some other meaningful quality, I'm not interested. Abandoned
Alias
Probably
2001 This was hard to evaluate because the pilot was more like a movie than a TV show, especially at 70 min with no ads. The pilot was pretty much a pure spy drama but it did have enough 007 like action to make it fun. It also had enough emotional and gory baggage that I fast forwarded through short portions. But it was tightly directed and edited and the characters were very believable and, for the most part, enjoyable. I suspect this will be one of the shows I look forward to watching but it depends on how extreme they decide to go. Abandoned
Alias (revisited)
Yes for now
2001 The silly fools serialized this show! Not only that, they serialized it the old fashioned way, like the old Batman shows. Fortunately, it is a lot better than Batman, a hell of a lot better, so I am going to keep watching it. The middle of the shows is slow, character and situation development. Near the end they start an action spy caper and at some point where things are kind of mysterious (as opposed to life threatening) the episode ends. Next week the mystery is quickly resolved. Fortunately, we have VCRs now and we can outwit them. I for one intend to record a couple of weeks worth and stop the broadcast after the resolution of the mystery instead of in the middle. Should be fun if nothing else. - I've read this James Bond like spy show is having ratings problems. That's too bad because it will probably be canceled. The show does take itself to seriously at times, but it is the only show available with this kind of action along with reasonable depth. It took a while to grow on me but it really deserves to be continued. Abandoned
Andromeda (season 2)
yes, once only
2001 The small crew of this large space ship are out to rebuild a commonwealth. They are also the main thing worth watching in Andromeda. If those characters weren't so interesting the show would not be worth watching because the story telling is a bit slow and crude. Unfortunately Andromeda must not be popular in Sacramento because it is hard to find. Even when it is found, it is often pre-empted by sports or news or cartoons! One early morning the station actually went off the air when the show was scheduled to be shown. DISPOSABLE
Andromeda.
C+
2001 I've upgraded this. The later shows have been better and I am watching the repeats. DISPOSABLE
Angel (season 2)
C-
2001 This is so bad I've almost stopped watching it. It was fun last season, but that's all gone now. Abandoned
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 6)
No
2001 What can I say about our favorite vampire slayer - they should have quit while they were ahead. The season premier was delayed 10 minutes here so I missed the end and sadly it didn't make any difference to me or the story. I intend to watch the Halloween show and the musical but other than that, it is not on my list anymore. Abandoned
Charmed (season 4)
Yes
2001 There is a new sister in the trio of charmed witches who fight evil each week not to mention the constant worry about the anonymous source of all evil. It is still fun to watch. In fact it might even get better now that Paige has finally been accepted by Phoebe and Piper so they can get on with business. RECORDED
Chronicle
Maybe
2001 Weird. A young reporter takes the only job he can get - with a tabloid that reports on monsters and aliens - only to find they are real. With comic overtones this might, and I repeat might, be fun. The show had some continuity problems and at the end the characters took on a save the world role instead of being reporters. The second episode was better assembled. Weird Abandoned
Citizen Baines
No
2001 This is a depressing, adult, serialized drama about a long term senator who has lost the election and has returned home. It is also about his family, all of who seem to be depressed about major problems in their lives. The show was quite well done and had many excellent and enjoyable moments, but why would I want to watch a bunch of unhappy people every week. Abandoned
Cleopatra 2525
Yes
2001 The second season has been great. Unfortunately, I've read the show is in hiatus. Apparently the show's companion half hour has been totally canceled dragging this one down too. PRUCHASED
Crossing Jordan
Maybe
2001 You'd better not cross Jordan or she might hurt you. Jordan is a medical examiner with a temper so bad she has lost 5 jobs in 4 years. But she is smart and very good at solving crimes even though that is not her job. I will watch this show as long as the crimes are mysteries and the show follows Jordan. When it gets too nasty or follows the criminal, I'll stop. Abandoned
Crossing Jordan (revisited)
Yes
2001 Since the pilot, Crossing Jordan has calmed down a bit and gotten quite a bit better. Jordan still has an attitude and the shows are still mysteries - both good things. The scenes where she acts out the crimes with her dad can be a bit rough on the sensitivities but are acceptable. I look forward to this show. Abandoned
Danny
OK
2001 Danny is a laid back happy kind of guy who is good with kids but not so good with responsibility. Still, he got a large neighborhood recreation center built which he now manages so he can't wholly be irresponsible. There were a lot of nice people in the show and, though it didn't have any big laughs, it made me smile. So, I'm going to try it for a while. - The second episode of Danny was a real dud - poor content, poorly handled and not funny. I usually give a show like this three episodes before making a final decision but I read it has already been canceled. I guess someone agreed with my second assessment. Abandoned
Dark Angel (season 2)
Undecided
2001 Dark Angel is a genetically altered "bionic woman" in a dark ravaged near future. She's an angel out to save the world, sort of. Unfortunately, she can't save the world or there will be no show. So even if she wins an episode or partly wins one, the stalemate between the bad establishment and her group continues forever. It gets tiresome. Later - I watched my recordings and the show did not fare that well. It was edited for gore, flashbacks, and boredom. Season 2 was more fun than season 1 but, in both, many of the episodes were still not interesting. The series did have a full concluding episode but it was not entirely satisfactory. I will try the resulting smaller episode set in 5 or 6 years. RECORDED
Dead Last
No
2001 Members of an argumentative three person young band (a young guy, a funky guy and a bouncy girl) find an amulet that lets them see ghosts. They have to help the ghosts so the ghosts can finally leave. The show has it moments but is overall, it's boring. Abandoned
Dharma and Greg (season 5)
Yes, once only
2001 I no longer archive every episode of Dharma and Greg (the hippie and lawyer couple sitcom) but I do keep a few of the good ones. The show is still quite watchable but there is often a mean streak in the humor. Why was Dharma put in a wheel chair comes to mind? RECORDED
Division
Maybe
2001 A cop show about a division of 5 female detectives from Lifetime. I don't trust cop shows because they all seem to eventually become vulgar one way or another. But this one is by Debora Joy LeVine and one of the stars is Tracy Needham. The pilot was very well done. Abandoned
Earth Final Conflict (season 5)
No
2001 Earth Final Conflict is virtually a totally new show. There is only one character left from the first season, a villain at that, and two protagonists from last season and those two are being treated differently. All the aliens are different as is the situation and the war. It just isn't interesting. The only good thing about it is Renee looks great with her new wardrobe and hair style. DISPOSABLE
Ed
Maybe
2001 This show has turned out to be a real sleeper - it literally puts me to sleep!!! Abandoned
Ed (season 2)
Probably not
2001 Ed is a meaningless show about the quirky people in a small town. Unfortunately it tends to be boring or annoying and, most likely, I will quit watching it. I already fast forward through many scenes with characters I don't like. Since they added the nasty principal to the school, I skip even more scenes than last year. For now the show is fill for when I have nothing else recorded to watch and don't feel like choosing a movie. Abandoned
Education of Max Bickford
Yes
2001 I don't know how long I will watch it but I am going to give it a good try. The characters are weird and Max has more problems than you can count. But the show is otherwise intelligent. Max is a ~55 year old college professor who, despite his problems, decides to try to improve his department and life instead of giving up and resigning. Two fringe benefits, his daughter sings very well and there are no high schoolers. DISPOSABLE
Education of Max Bickford (revisited) canceled
Yes
2001 This has turned into an intelligent, light and enjoyable drama. The university professors and students, while still odd beyond reality, have turned into real people and the stories are good. I like it. DISPOSABLE
Ellen
No
2001 Dumb characters, dumb script. This time out, Ellen is an out of work successful business woman from Calif. who returns to her small home town where the people and antics are stereotyped and NOT funny. Abandoned
Enterprise
Yes
2001 The pilot was a decent start for this latest voyage in the Star fleet universe. They also did an adequate job of going back in time to Star fleet's first deep space ship and voyage without loosing too much of the technology needed to make in interesting. The episode itself was a little tepid with no major moments of tension, no great emotional content and no outstanding characters like Seven or Kirk. But only Voyager started its run with a grade A episode. The rest were B- or lower. I think this is going to be interesting. RECORDED
Enterprise (revisited)
Archive
2001 Star Trek as Roddenberry would have liked it to be over 30 years ago. I've kept all but one of the episodes broadcast so far on tape for future viewing and that one was a close call. Most of the individual episodes have been in the B category but the series is grade A. RECORDED
Farscape (season 2?)
Once only
2001 Way to far out. I still watch it but only just barely. Abandoned
Gilmore Girls (season 2)
Yes
2001 The strange mother and daughter Gilmore team is exactly the same as last year and that is good. Most of the first few episodes this season were spent wasting time on the mother's possible marriage, which apparently fell through (fortunately). But their visit to Harvard after the breakup was excellent. I expect the show to be about the same quality as last year. RECORDED
Guardian
No
2001 Quick, what's the difference between a lawyer show and a cop show - the victims are still alive and hurting in a lawyer show. A young nasty corporation lawyer is sentenced to 1500 hours community service representing kids in protective services. He pretends to not like it but actually he does and does a good job. The show is very well done with good redeeming values and emotional content, but people are going to be hurt in every show. I'm not interested in watching that every week. Abandoned
Inside Schwartz
No
2001 Schwartz, who wants to be a sports announcer, is apparently a loser when it comes to girls. His dating problems are narrated for us by sports people. The only character I liked in the show was his platonic girlfriend. The show had a few funny moments but it was mostly embarrassing and one like-able character out of more than half a dozen is not enough. Abandoned
Invisible Man
No
2001 I gave up on this one. Apparently it went into repeats and then disappeared. It might come back, but I won't. Abandoned
JAG (season 7)
Yes
2001 Romance, Mic 'n Mac or Harm 'n Renee. Or should it be Mic 'n Renee and Mac 'n Harm (sounds like a fast food). They need to get over that and get over being so serious about everything and get on with things. Other than that our favorite JAG corps attorneys are still enjoyable to watch. DISPOSABLE
Kristin
No
2001 A 1/2 hour sitcom about a very moral wannabe actress in NY who gets a job via her minister as the secretary for a lecherous young high profile architect. Most of the characters were just plain mean. Hers has some potential but is not someone I would want to know. Abandoned
Lost World (season 3)
unknown
2001 So far our Sacramento station has moved Lost World around and preempted it so much I have only managed to catch one episode this season. In that episode another of the regular characters seems to be gone, but is he really? I'd like to watch this if it can be found. Abandoned
Maybe It's Me
NO
2001 Here we have a sitcom about a reasonably normal high school teen with an abnormal family. They are so abnormal the teen envisions them as the Munsters in one of her many daydreams. It didn't work and I didn't smile once. Abandoned
Mutant X
Probably not but maybe for a while
2001 This appears to be a live action clone of the X-men with Xena like action and stunts. The pilot had two major problems. First way, way too much time was spent with the villains - boring. Second there is too much jumpy camera work and "spectacular" fighting with not enough character development on the protagonists. I don't know if the show is serialized or the pilot was just two part. If it is NOT serialized it might be fun if meaningless to watch if for no other reason than to see Victoria Pratt. I recognized her quirky smile from Cleopatra 2525. Abandoned
Mutant X (revisited)
No
2001 I finally saw part 2 of the pilot and I've seen 2 regular episodes. It just isn't interesting basically because they are looking at the wrong aspect of the mutancy. They are concentrating on the tragedy of being a new mutant both from the mutants and their opponents points of view. It seems to me being a new mutant would be fun if not great. Abandoned
Nero Wolf
Yes
2001 A new rendering of the Nero Wolf mysteries presented by the Arts and Entertainment network. It has a lot of attitude, which I like, and I can't guess who did it, which is very important. It might be a little light and slow or even high-brow for some viewers. PURCHASED
Night Visions
No
2001 TV's answer to SciFi short stories. I've never been really fond of short stories, even the good ones in books. These are just your typical dark Twilight Zone clone short stories, but more nasty and with less real content. Abandoned
Nightmare Room
No
2001 Twilight Zone for kids based on R.L Steins's nightmare imagination instead of Rod Serlings weird imagination. As with the books my son loved to have me read to him, it is good but does not meet my needs. Abandoned
Pasadena
No
2001 Serialized melodrama, also known as primetime soap opera. I don't watch serialized TV (I don't even like two part shows that are a week apart) but decided to take a look anyway. It's good soap opera. Not only are the characters are wealthy, all screwed up and fun to watch but the protagonist is a nice teen who still retains innocence about life and her family. That won't last. I did fast forward through bits and don't intend to watch it, but I have to admit it was pretty well done. Abandoned
Philly
NO
2001 Another lawyer drama but in this one the lawyers and judges are victims of their own stupidity. Nasty people, unpleasant surroundings, crummy jobs - there's nothing worth watching, no redeeming values and it is not fun in any way. The only thing going for it is - it is sort of addictive to watch the "rats" run around the "maze" and fight with or steal from each other. That's not even close to enough to make it watchable. Abandoned
Raising Dad
NO!
2001 Dad is an insensitive teacher at the same high school his oversensitive daughter attends. He keeps embarrassing her basically by talking too much. All the so called humor in this show involves dumb characters, stereotyping or someone being embarrassed by someone else. It's worse than not funny, it's mean. I wouldn't laugh at it in real life and I didn't laugh at it here. Abandoned
Reba
Maybe
2001 For a sitcom about a dysfunctional family, this one was surprisingly funny. The family was certainly dysfunctional. The pilot included counseling for fighting in court about the divorce (that's 2), a teen pregnancy that leads to a teen wedding that almost doesn't come off (that's 4 or 5) and almost constant arguing (that's 5 or 6). It think the reason it managed to be funny is because it is adult and there are some superbly written punch lines that are superbly delivered by Reba. I like to laugh, so I'm going to try this one for a while. Abandoned
Reba and Maybe It's Me (revisited)
No
2001 Of the three new WB sitcoms on Friday night, "Maybe It's Me" is the best executed but it just isn't adult enough. "Reba" is more adult but is basically a one joke show. It got pretty lame very quickly. Abandoned
Relic Hunter (season 3)
Yes
2001 Relic Hunter, TV's light weight version of Tomb Raider or Raiders of the Lost Ark, is still a going strong. Lindy Booth as Claudia is no longer with the show which is unfortunate but the interaction of the other characters is still good and I still enjoy watching the show. DISPOSABLE
Roswell (season 3)
Yes, once only
2001 At least some of these Roswell teens, alien and human, have graduated from high school - amazing but good. There is a lot of potential here if they can come up with a good story to tell and not waste so much time on teen angst. PURCHASED
Scrubs
No
2001 A young new doctor, straight from school, works the 30 hr on call shift at a hospital. The show doesn't seem to know if it is a comedy or a drama. As a comedy, many of the characters and jokes are mean or nasty. Combine that with the doctor's weird alternate reality flashes, and things are quite odd. There are good points. For one, the characters don't show it often but they do care about the patients and each other. The show might get better, MASH certainly did and it started very similarly. Abandoned
Seven Days (season 3?)
Once only
2001 I should stop watching this. Most of the episodes have been pretty bad this season. Abandoned
Sheena (season 2)
Yes
2001 The second season of Sheena, the female Tarzan, surprised me. It actually got better. They solved the Sheena sex problem very nicely indeed, there is more action and the scripting is better. I actually look forward to watching this show now instead of treating it as interesting fill. Abandoned
Smallville
Yes
1.0
2001 Superman's life as a 15-16 year old. This show can't be decided from the pilot because the pilot set up the back story. In fact it was in many ways identical to the 1978 movie. I don't hold out much hope for the show though because the pilot was typical, predictable, trivial, melodramatic teenage humiliation and angst with a little bit of superman thrown in. I knew from the time of the meteor strikes that Clark was going to end up the whimp on the cross and how it was going to happen. - I think Smallville is in its 10th season now. The stories have had their highs and lows, but I'm still watching it. I think a lot of the credit goes to the casting department. The actors are each individuals (no confusion as to who is who), they are all very skilled whether evil or good, and very charismatic. My compliments. RECORDED
Special Unit 2 (season 2)
OK
2001 Special Unit 2 is a semi-clandestine police unit that deals with monsters. The show has its moments but is primarily fill in my viewing stable. Later - I watched my recordings and it was definitely a light weight show with a couple of episodes still not worth repeating. But it is basic grade B fun and I will watch them again. RECORDED
Stargate SG-1 - as syndicated reruns (season 4)
YES
2001 Actually, this SciFi show about travelers to other worlds using an alien Stargate is so good I should archive it for future viewing but it is too late to start now. There has always been good chemistry between the characters and in this season of syndication it is even better. The male and female leads have been attracted to each other for quite a while but could never do anything about it because of their military status. The writers have figured out several ingenious ways around the problem and it is great. There was also a show with a very alien character that stayed in character all the way through the episode without becoming human. That is quite rare indeed. PURCHASED
State Of Grace
Yes
2001 This is a winner. A mixture of innocence, drama and comedy in a 1/2 hour format. Reminds me of the best BritComs. It follows a 12 yr old girl from a staid middle class Jewish family in 1965. She is new to town and is befriended by an outgoing rich 12 yr old girl with a messed up family. The characters are delicious and the interactions sublime. RECORDED
Strong Medicine
Maybe
2001 I found this show by accident via finding an interview with Janine Turner by accident. The show follows the events in a women's medical clinic, staffed mostly by women. There were 4 medical stories and one comedy story in the episode I watched. With this much material, no story has time to become melodramatic which is good. But it also doesn't give the producers time develop a believable positive ending and still make their point. All the endings were negative. Still, it was well done and if you can handle the preaching, it is worth watching. Abandoned
Strong Medicine (revisited)
No
2001 I've watched three of these now. Strong Medicine is a good title. It could also be called Tragic Medicine. In the about 11 subplots, many had pure and simple tragic endings. While the rest had more positive primary results, they also included major tragic components. It's good drama and well done, but I prefer my entertainment to make me smile if not out right laugh. Abandoned
That 70's Show (season 4)
Yes, once only
2001 Shouldn't these 70's kids have graduated from High School by now? School is not mentioned at all anymore and I would have expected some of them to go to college even if they still live at home. The show is still watchable but it is not as much fun. In fact the humor is a often mean, a common problem with sitcoms past age 3. DISPOSABLE
That's Life
Yes
2001 It's not the best show on TV but I'm still watching it and enjoying it very much and hoping it isn't canceled. DISPOSABLE
That's Life (season 2)
Yes
2001 Lydia, the brassy New York lead character in That's Life, and her friends and family can be a bit hard to take at times. But I've learned to love them and I look forward to watching them. Lydia is continuing her late college education, which I think is great, and the show has added interesting situations and interesting action for other characters too. It should be a fun ensemble drama if they don't get too serious. DISPOSABLE
The Education of Max Bickford
Yes
2001 I don't know how long I will watch it but I am going to give it a good try. The characters are weird and Max has more problems than you can count. But the show is otherwise intelligent. Max is a ~55 year old college professor who, despite his problems, decides to try to improve his department and life instead of giving up and resigning. Two fringe benefits, his daughter sings very well and there are no high schoolers. Abandoned
Thieves
Probably not
2001 This show was disappointing. It is the old story of expert thieves working for the government instead of going to jail. In this case a bickering man and woman who are made for each other. The 1st quarter, introducing the characters and situation, was fun. The 2nd quarter the jumpy camera work started to get old. The 3rd quarter, the bickering and frantic pace became tiring. The last quarter I expected resolution of more than the story - I didn't get it. I doubt I will watch this show for long. Abandoned
Thieves (revisited)
Yes
2001 Thieves should get an award for it's opening credits. They remind me of the Avengers during the Emma Peel era. Our bickering couple of thieves has calmed down enough since the pilot to be enjoyable. They still occasionally argue too much but the pace and attitude are more laid back. They also still do cat burglar work for the government to keep out of jail but at the same time have a life of their own. Abandoned
Tick
No
2001 A superhero farce - some might call it a satire but satires are usually subtle. There is no subtlety about the Tick, neither the character (who is apparently a tick) or the show. It also wasn't significantly funny although there were some amazing puns. Abandoned
Undeclared
No
2001 I only tried this because our local newspaper critic said it was hilarious - it wasn't. It was more like watching a bunch of egotistical college students on their worst days. Not only was it not funny, it was unpleasant. The protagonist is a skinny, nerdy college freshman trying to fit in with dorm and school life. Mean and uncaring are the words that describe most of the characters. Abandoned
West Wing (season 3)
Yes
2001 While I got a little annoyed with the negativity in the two hour season premier of West Wing, this is still the best drama around. In previous seasons the show did not use many long running themes. In this season the president's campaign for reelection and his MS fight with congress will probably be the main themes and long running themes. I hope they don't drag the show down. DISPOSABLE
West Wing, The (season 2)
Yes
2001 Best show on TV. DISPOSABLE
Witchblade
No
2001 Talk about wasted potential. This show is part fantasy but mostly it's a 1 hour camera effects driven drama about a New York cop named Sarah who finds a magic bracelet / gauntlet / sword / suit of armor and uses it in her gritty work. Abandoned
Wolf Lake
No
2001 It was supposed to be dark and broody, I think, but it was mostly boring. When a cop's girl friend disappears, his search for her takes him to the town of Wolf Lake where it appears all or most of the people are werewolves(?). The pilot didn't really end and the show may be serialized instead of episodic. Abandoned
Xena (season ?)
No
2001 I flat out gave up on Xena. There is no humor or fun left in it at all. Abandoned
Andromeda (part 1 of 2)
??
2000 I haven't seen a show this wooden in a long time. I know the actors are capable, so it must be the production team. Andromeda is a space ship. During a battle, it gets trapped in time for 300 years around a black hole. It is then salvaged but the captain of the Andromeda has no intention of giving up control of his ship. We plan to watch at least one more. DISPOSABLE
Andromeda.
Optional, Once only, No
2000 The first full episode was better than the pilot, but not by much. It would help if Kevin Sorbo could get out of Hercules mode. Since this show is not on during prime time in our area, we probably won't put out the effort to tape and watch it. In any case, Sorbo's self imposed mission is to build a better society. DISPOSABLE
Andromeda.
C+, Once Only
2000 This is actually getting better, mainly because of the supporting cast. It's still over the top though. DISPOSABLE
Angel (season 2)
Once only
2000 The reformed vampire with a soul is back saving humanity from itself and demons. I like this show, especially Cordellia, and will watch repeats but only selected ones and only if it is convenient. Abandoned
Angel (season 2)
Once only
2000 Unfortunately, the show has evolved into a dark long term single theme story to the point of being almost serialized. I'm not enjoying it. Fortunately, there is a fast forward button on the remote. Abandoned
Becker (season 3)
Maybe
2000 Becker seems to have gone just a little too far. Previously our acerbic doctor had a heart beneath his nasty talk and the things he said were funny. Both the heart and the humor are missing. Abandoned
Bette
Optional
2000 Bette Midler plays an actress apparently based on herself in this sitcom. It was hard to rate. The pilot wasn't particularly funny or dramatic. It was sort of blah frenetic - an odd combination. I'll probably try it again. It's a good show to pair with Welcome To New York. Abandoned
Bette
No
2000 The grade says it all. The second episode was worse and I didn't finish it. Abandoned
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 5)
Yes
2000 Buffy is still in college and after recognizing her dark side has asked Giles to be her trainer again. By the end of Buffy's high school years, the show was a bit stale. But it recovered with college. Can they keep it fresh the second year of college? Will little sister Dawn help? We'll see. RECORDED
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 5)
Yes
2000 Either I'm losing interest or the writers are losing their grasp. When I realized Buffy's newly returned 14 year old sister was possessed, my thought was, "Damn, I don't want to go through this again." RECORDED
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 5)
Yes
2000 Finally a really good story. The 5th episode was tight and interesting. I only used fast forward to skip watching a long scene with a boring villain that wasn't important anyway. RECORDED
Charmed (season 3)
Yes
2000 The three charmed sister witches apparently now have to deal with organized demons (crime) and organized bosses (the witch government?). That's not necessarily a good thing since I enjoyed their independence. We'll see. RECORDED
Charmed (season 3)
Yes
2000 The first few stories dealt mostly with Piper's and Leo's romantic problems and I found them tiring. But the latest episode solved that problem (hopefully!) and the main story was very good. RECORDED
Cleopatra 2525
Yes
2000 A half hour action show about three women who protect the people in an underground city in 2525 while wearing almost no clothes. No redeeming social value, just plain fun and good characters. The only problem being to many action scenes - if you've seen one, you've seen them all. The theme music derived from the old folk rock song is fun too. PURCHASED
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
No
2000 A show supposedly about forensic investigators in Vegas. Investigations are interesting all by themselves and don't really need much to make them work. They certainly don't need a cast of unpleasant characters and BnW flashbacks of violent crimes. Abandoned
Cursed
No
2000 A sitcom in which the lead character suffers continuous bad luck after being cursed by a woman he dumps after a bad blind date. How's this different from being married? It wasn't funny or interesting. Abandoned
DAG
No
2000 An ineffective secret service agent is transferred from the president to his obnoxious first lady. The show had a few good moments, but way too few and had many more bad, bad moments. Abandoned
Dark Angel
Maybe
2000 20 years in the future, technology is kaput and society is quite unfair. Max, a young escaped genetically engineered woman, decides to help right some of the wrongs. The two hour pilot was a bit long even though I fast forwarded through the irrelevant flashbacks of Max's childhood. But it was quite entertaining and I intend to try the series. Maybe it won't get too dark. RECORDED
Dark Angel
Maybe, once only
2000 The show could have gone two ways after the pilot - a Batman like superhero saving innocents or a Fugitive like loser searching for her past. Superhero would have worked. They didn't go that way and I don't care about her past. RECORDED
Deadline
No Way
2000 I could tell from the opening scenario, a fast food murder robbery, that this was bad. But, to be fair, I waited to see the main characters. It wasn't worth the wait and I shut it off before the middle. It's apparently about a newspaper staff and especially about one abrasive writer. Abandoned
Dharma and Greg (season 4)
OK
2000 Fun loving hippy wife and straight laced lawyer husband. The show isn't doing as good this season. It's not as funny or fresh. Still has it's moments. RECORDED
Diagnosis Murder (last season)
Optional, Once only
2000 Dick Van Dyke is the only reason left for watching this show. It used to be a fun who did it mystery but now it's a catch the killer we know cop show. It's less than half as good as it was. DISPOSABLE
Earth, Final Conflict (season 4)
Once only
2000 I frequently wonder why this show about aliens on earth is still on the air. They've alienated many of the fans to the point they won't watch anymore. The story lines are often obvious and the characters seem just plain dumb at times. I guess people watch it for the same reason I do. There is potential and after 3 years I wonder what will happen. DISPOSABLE
Ed
No?
2000 The fired NY lawyer with a cheating wife returns to his small town home, buys the bowling alley, starts practicing law there and courts the beautiful girl from his high school class. It's a romance and a comedy but didn't really succeed at either. I'll try it one more time. DISPOSABLE
Ed
Maybe
2000 The vote is still out on this one. The second show was better but still not good enough to warrant a conclusive decision. DISPOSABLE
Farscape (season 2?)
Once only
2000 The show has disappeared for a while, probably to make new episodes. It's about the adventures of a group of outcasts on a huge living ship called a leviathan. The scripts are a bit off the wall and the performances pretty wild, but it is worth watching. Abandoned
Freedom
No
2000 I might have given this show a second chance if the show following it had been good, but it was worst. This one is about four ex-military guys who fight for the resistance in a USA that has been taken over by the military. The brutality of the society is portrayed graphically in the show. Abandoned
Fugitive, The
No
2000 A man falsely convicted of murder on the run from a death sentence. (Why do the police ask him to give himself up? That would be suicide.) It's well produced but the plots are basically, poor pitiful innocent me- week after week after week. Abandoned
Geena Davis Show
Yes
2000 Geena plays Teddie, a successful businesswoman who moves in with her fiancee, his two kids (6 & 14?) and their house keeper. Although the humor and other characters were a bit forced in places, Geena carried it off beautifully. RECORDED
Geena Davis Show
Optional, Once only
2000 I can't suspend my disbelief that a character like Teddie would want to live with guy who is that unsupportive. I like Geena's character, but even it has problems, sometimes strong and successful and other times weak or stupid. I watch because if follows Dharma and Greg. RECORDED
Gilmore Girls
Maybe
2000 A 32 year old hyper, free spirited, coffee addict hotel manager mom, Lorelai, and her calm, studious 16 year old daughter Rory (do the math) are best friends. It was fun despite the grandparents and had an astounding physical comedy routine with the Calamity Jane style chef. RECORDED
Gilmore Girls
Yes
2000 The third episode with Rory getting to know her grandfather while golfing was grade A. The show is definitely worth watching. RECORDED
Gross Point
No
2000 A show about the on set but off camera antics of a soap opera cast. Unfortunately, none of the characters are people I would ever want to associate with or watch. Abandoned
Invisible Man
Once only
2000 This show about a man who can become invisible via a gland in his brain is fairly well done, but a bit too harsh to watch the episodes more than once. Abandoned
JAG
B+
2000 Our mostly Navy lawyers are still catching the bad guys and trying them. The only character problem is Mac. She should be a strong Marine character and they tend to write her as an emotional wimp. It doesn't fit. Personally I would prefer more investigation work and fewer trial scenes too. DISPOSABLE
Just Shoot Me (season ?)
Optional
2000 This show has sort of run it's course. It's still well done and interesting and funny at times but all the jokes have been seen before. It's not convenient for me to watch it so I save it for the summer reruns. Abandoned
Level 9
NO
2000 There's no way I'm going to watch a show that has two shooting murders, a blown up building and a brutal kidnapping in the teaser! I don't know what it's about and don't want to. Abandoned
Michael Richards Show
No
2000 A sitcom about a detective agency full of bumblers and people with other problems. Other than one laugh, it wasn't funny. Abandoned
Nikki
No
2000 Nikki Cox is fun to watch but the show isn't because there's nothing there. She's a dancer in Vegas and her hubby is in wresting school as the "cry baby." BTW, the mother-in-law feels that Nikki stole her son on his way to college. Abandoned
Normal Ohio
Yes
2000 A gay but masculine guy (John Goodman) returns home and moves in with his sexy sister (Joely Fisher). Both John and Joely are very good. They sell the this unlikely premise. Abandoned
Once And Again (season 2)
No
2000 Two divorced families trying to get together. I gave up on this last year but decided to try it again. Nice sensitive, caring characters. Nice stories. Good production values. No stress. But I just keep getting bored in the middle. I wish I didn't because it is worth watching. Abandoned
Queen of Swords
No
2000 Sultry brunette takes over Zorro role with a lace mask. Her mission is to protect residents of a small town in Calif. from Spanish overlords. How can anyone not know who is under that skimpy mask? I don't know why this show doesn't work compared to Sheena, but it doesn't. Abandoned
Relic Hunter (season 2)
Yes
2000 A light weight Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones show. The best part of season one was the character interaction between Sydney and Nigel and Claudia and the guest stars. So far, in season two, more time has been spent on action and the show is not quite as good. But I still enjoy it enough to find it. season one PURCHASED
Roswell (season 2)
Once only
2000 In the first show of the second season, the alien kids are still safely undiscovered and seem to have better control of their lives. But the show was still a bit slow and tedious. Still, the characters are interesting and it is worth watching once. PURCHASED
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (season 4?)
Optional
2000 I don't know what season this show is on. Our perky teenage witch is in college now and the show doesn't seem to have made the transition very well. It's rather routine. DISPOSABLE
Seven Days (season 3?)
Yes
2000 Season 2 about a group who sends a guy back in time 7 days to fix major problems wasn't as good as season one but was watchable. It's too soon to tell about season 3 but it appears to be good so far. DISPOSABLE
Sheena
Once only
2000 Blond bombshell takes over Tarzan of the jungle role with the ability to morph into animals added. The show was very light weight except for Gena Lee Nolin. I'll stop watching it when I get tired of watching her which will be a while. DISPOSABLE
Star Trek: Voyager (season 7)
Yes
2000 I liked Voyager right from the start, even though the show didn't really get moving until season 3 when the ship finally moved away the same area of space and same aliens every week. This is the final season and it started very well. PURCHASED
Stargate SG-1 (season 3)
Yes
2000 A SciFi show about people who use an alien device to travel to other worlds and who fight off aliens trying to enslave humanity. The third season of the Showtime import started very well. It is one show I look forward to watching. PURCHASED
That 70's Show (season 3?)
Yes
2000 The first two episodes of this show about the antics of a group of high school teens and their families in the 70s were just as good as the previous season's episodes. DISPOSABLE
That's Life
Maybe
2000 A worldly and intelligent 32 year old woman splits with her obnoxious fiancee and starts college. You have to give these characters a chance. The problem is they are all very brassy New York types which makes them hard to like. Look for a later review on this one. Abandoned
That's Life
Yes
2000 The third episode which deals with Lydia's cop brother being shot was very good indeed. It had a lot of heart and the comedy finally worked. The episode was Grade A all the way. Abandoned
Trouble with Normal
No
2000 Wow, a show where all the characters are paranoid. Most of the characters weren't too likable either. The show had it's moments, but not enough for me. Abandoned
Tucker
No Way
2000 A weird 14 year old boy and his newly divorced wimp mom move in with his obnoxious aunt. It wasn't funny (assuming it was supposed to be) and it wasn't enjoyable. I didn't make it to the middle. Abandoned
Welcome To New York
Maybe
2000 Christine Baranski plays the producer of a NY news show populated with brash, odd and neurotic actors and crew. They're odd even by NY standards. It's an odd show but a good show to pair with Bette. I kind of liked it and will try it again. Abandoned
Welcome To New York
No
2000 This is a typical problem where the supporting characters are not as watchable as the lead. In addition the show is more about the new to NY Iowa weather man than about the producer. I don't like him either. Laughs are very rare. Abandoned
West Wing, The (season 2)
Yes
2000 This drama about the president's staff is possibly the best thing I've seen in ages. One good thing about the Olympics is we got both parts of the premier back to back and I enjoyed them thoroughly. That's saying a lot since I don't care for flashbacks. DISPOSABLE
Xena (season ?)
Once only
2000 Xena has gone off in an odd direction. After killing all the Greek gods last season she is now dealing with the devil directly and, so far at least, isn't helping innocents anymore. What made this good was the friendly interaction between Xena and Gabrielle which is lacking at the moment. DISPOSABLE
Yes, Dear
No
2000 Two couples with kids- one obsessive new parents, the other experienced. Despite Jean Louisa Kelly and the sight gag in the premier, it's just not interesting. Abandoned
7th heaven
No
1999 TV Guide said it was"the best show you're not watching." I tried it. They got the "not watching" part right. This is a boring and watered down "Eight is Enough." There are no strong characters or emotions, good or bad. Abandoned
Farscape
Yes
1999 An astronaut gets lost far in space. He hooks up with a small group of "good guys" that can best be described as escaped political prisoners. I like this show. It's fun and it is truly in space. But it is not as tight a production as it's companion show, First Wave. DISPOSABLE
First Wave
Yes
1999 One man discovers aliens are already invading and he has to stop them alone. Hasn't this been done before several times? In any case, the production values are tight and the shows taught. It's not space based SciFi but it is worth watching. Abandoned
It's Like, You Know
Maybe
1999 A comedy about life in LA as seen by a New Yorker who has come for 2 months to write an article. You know he will stay. I was raised in LA. Although the characters are very atypical, the attitude is right some how. I only watched the show by accident but I liked it. Abandoned
Payne
Once only
1999 The antics of a nutty hotel owner. Similar to Fawlty Towers. Our local critic hated the show so much he spent half a column saying so. I disagree. If anything it is slightly better that Fawlty Towers which I never fully liked. Abandoned
Providince
No
1999 A successful surgeon returns home to a wedding where her mom dies, then finds her boyfriend with another man in LA, and returns to Providence to stay. The dysfunctional behaviors of the characters were cute and interesting in the first show but they were just sick behaviors in the second. Abandoned
Any Day Now
No
1998 An hour drama about two 35ish women who renew a strong childhood friendship that was broken many years ago. The second episode is to deal with a released rapist and I suspect social and race issues will be a common part of the content. It is very well done and although I recommend it, I am not interested in that type of content. Abandoned
Brian Benben
No
1998 Sitcom. A dopey news anchor is replaced by a stupid male model type anchor and is demoted to special reports. They all do mean, idiotic things. Get the picture? Fortunately, there is an off switch! Abandoned
Brother's Keeper
NO
1998 The obnoxious messy football brother moves in with his neat brother and kid as a condition of his $1M contract. Why didn't the neat brother ask for half the million? It wasn't funny and I turned it off. Abandoned
Buddy Faro
Try
1998 A young PI is set up to find an old famous PI who returns to the playboy life. Campy, Maudlin, The Three Stooges meet Matt Helm. It's not as sophisticated as the producers think. This one can't be judged by the pilot. Check back later. Abandoned
Charmed
Yes
1998 Hour fantasy drama about three 20ish sisters who reunite and discover they have individual witch powers and as a triad are even more powerful. Liked Alyssa, maybe Holly, not Shannen, at least their characters. More importantly I liked the interaction between them and the plot. RECORDED
Conrad Bloom (revisisted)
"Maybe (No)"
1998 Conrad is a nice guy ad writer who fixes his friends (all women) problems, even to his own detriment. I don't think the sitcom will to make it in the long run but I'll watch for a while. Abandoned
Cupid (canceled)
YES
1998 Is he Cupid, sentenced to join 100 couples on earth without magic, or just off his rocker? What will his therapist decide? It doesn't matter. This is a true dramatic romantic comedy in a one hour format and it works. DISPOSABLE
Diresta
No
1998 I didn't plan to watch this sitcom, but it was convenient so I tried it. It's about a transit cop and his family. Better than Pfeiffer, but predictable and boring. I shut it off. Abandoned
Encore! Encore!
NO
1998 An obnoxious, egotistical opera singer returns home to his family run vineyard. I didn't like any of the characters or situations in this sitcom and didn't even make it to the middle of the show. Abandoned
Fantasy Island
Maybe
1998 An island where your fantasy vacations come true, but be careful what you ask for. You will get it. It's the old Fantasy Island with a dash of attitude and a twist of Twilight Zone added. BUT, it lacks subtlety and surprise. Instead they clout you over the head with the effects and stories making it not quite as good as the original. DISPOSABLE
Felicity
Maybe
1998 One hour drama about a Calif girl who goes to NYU instead of Stanford on a whim. She thinks it's a whim, I think it was a move for independence from her parents. The premier was mainly dialog. With minimal additions it could be listened to on audio tape. I don't think the subject matter or presentation will keep me interested long, but I will try it. Don't get me wrong, it was a very, very well done show. Abandoned
"Felicity (revisited)"
"sadly, no"
1998 The show is just too slow. I keep wanting to run the tape at 1.5x speed. I don't know anyone who experiences life as slowly as Felicity and her friends. Not the dozens of faculty, hundreds of staff or even the thousands of students I have worked with at the university. It is still one of the best made shows this season and I recommend it if you like and care about the characters. Abandoned
For Your Love
No
1998 Three couples, an old married, a new married and an uncommitted. Very light and kind of plastic and dull. I turned it off. Abandoned
Highlander: The Raven (canceled)
Maybe+
1998 A semi-reformed 1200 yr old immortal thief. What she'll do in modern society remains to be seen but the one hour drama was well done and I liked the character. I'll watch it for at least while to find out. Abandoned
House Rules
Maybe
1998 Two guys and a girl who have been friends since grade school sharing a house. Nice people, friendly, lightly funny. Might be OK. Abandoned
Invasion America (canceled)
Yes
1998 A SciFi animated miniseries (8 hr) similar to Japanese animation movies. The heir to an alien throne stops an invasion of earth. It was good. Not as good as Iria or Laputa, but good enough. DISPOSABLE
Invasion Earth
Once only
1998 A 6 hour BBC SciFi miniseries. The air-force shoots down a UFO, which leads them to discover one race trying to protect itself and earth from a multidimensional invading race. Classic science verses military but there wasn't enough material for 6 hours. And the ending was a total waste. I don't regret watching it, but really can't recommend it. Abandoned
"Jesse (revisisted)"
"?? (Maybe)"
1998 A romantic (situation) comedy where a young single mother falls for the guy next door. She and the guy are nice characters, but the rest are weird and I don't see how those two can carry the show. However, I did finish it and will watch it as long as it is very easy to get to. Abandoned
King of Queens
No
1998 A blue collar working family sitcom with a very slightly intelligent edge but very routine and predictable situations. Very slightly funny. I made it most of the way through but finally turned it off. Abandoned
Lateline
NO
1998 Some kind of a pseudo news show sitcom. The first time I tried it, I didn't make if past the sick teaser. What I watched of the rest of it was just as sick. At least it wasn't common. I turned it off fast. Abandoned
Legacy
No
1998 Hour melodrama about a wealthy Kentucky horse ranch that takes in a 17 yr old city orphan. Petty thievery, petty humor, petty romance, petty reactions.... Kind of dumb and predictable at best. I turned it off. Abandoned
Maggie
"Maybe (Yes)"
1998 A 30 min comedy about a 40ish housewife / veterinary student who loves her family but finds herself attracted to her sensitive, funny vet boss. Will she or won't she? Interesting characters and some good laughs. I'll try it. RECORDED
"Maggie (revisited)"
Tape
1998 This is what I call an M&M show - a serious core with a funny shell. Not a tragic core but something important to the character that has to be thought about. And not a comic shell (because some comedies can be very mean or spiteful)- just a lighthearted and funny shell. RECORDED
Maggie Winters
No
1998 A young woman, who thinks she was a loser in the city, returns to her small home town and her school friends who don't seem to bright. She said it herself, she's a mess. I really wanted to like this show, but it really didn't work. Abandoned
Maximum Bob
NO
1998 An obnoxious insane judge in a small Florida county full of nutty people. The female leads are sharp, the sheriff is OK, everyone else is a stereotypical jerk with a capital G. The plot sucks. Abandoned
"Mercy Point (revisisted)"
Maybe
1998 Hour drama about a very large space station hospital complex in deep space. It is not clear where the population base it serves is located. Just because a show is in space will not sell it to SciFi fans. The premier was rushed, disjointed, confusing and not that interesting. Long run watching is iffy. (While still disjointed, episode 2 had strong emotional points and made me laugh. I want to watch another.) Abandoned
Oh Baby
Maybe
1998 A 30 min comedy about a 40ish woman who dumps her useless boyfriend and uses artificial insemination to get pregnant. It's narrated by her future self. No major laughs but quite a lot of fun. I liked it. Abandoned
Prey
No
1998 One scientist trying to prevent a new, better and nastier species of human from making the old humans (us) extinct. Not only is the show's evolution very suspect, but I can't help feeling they are fighting a loosing battle. I also don't see how there is enough story material to sustain a series. Abandoned
Reunited
Try
1998 Sitcom about a supposedly ordinary perky but odd housewife who's modern, dark attitude daughter she gave up 21 years ago comes back into her life. Definitely odd, but made me laugh out loud several times. If I can remember to watch it, I'll give it a try. Abandoned
Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer
NO
1998 Sitcom about a black English nobleman working as Lincoln's butler. Lots of controversy about this show, but none here. The plot was stupid, the characters were even dumber, and the show was not funny. I used fast forward. Abandoned
"Seven Days (revisisted)"
Maybe
1998 They can send one man back seven days to try to change history and correct some tragedy- SciFi, drama and action. The 2 hr pilot was a bit much, and I zipped through bits of it. But the show bears watching and the one hour series just might work. We will try it. DISPOSABLE
Style and Substance
No
1998 A domineering compulsive perfectionist professional homemaker magazine editor interacting with her meek co-worker who is also the management's account and cost controller. Strange people, odd relationship, not funny in any way. Abandoned
That 70's Show
Try
1998 I was asked to review this sitcom about teens in the 70s. Donna is more adult than teen and is very watchable. I definitely like the clothes. Although very light, I will watch it for a while. DISPOSABLE
That's Life
NO!
1998 I saw this by accident. A boorish stereotypical young couple with worse relatives. I almost turned it off in the teaser and did turn if off shortly after the credits. Abandoned
The Closer
Maybe
1998 An abrasive but effective ad executive is fired along with his staff and sets up his own company. After reading the reviews, I was all set to dislike this. But the pilot was actually fun to watch. Abandoned
The Net
Yes
1998 Based on the movie. A computer expert's identity is swapped for that of a criminal. She decides to fight the organization that did it. The staying power of the show will depend on the content. If she loses every week, it will get boring. Abandoned
"The Net (revisited)"
No
1998 As I expected, the show has no place to go. The lead character is basically a looser. She wins the small weekly battles while loosing the long term war. Unfortunately the small weekly battles are not interesting, neither is she. Abandoned
Three
Maybe
1998 Three young contemptuous skilled criminals with an attitude are recruited to help a covert "police" organization or be convicted. (The Mod Squad plays It Takes Three Thieves with high tech thrown in.) It lacks finesse but it is interesting. Time will tell. Abandoned
To Have And To Hold
Maybe
1998 A married police detective and a public defender are on the same side in their personal life but on opposite sides in court. The one hour pilot would have made a good 2 hour romantic comedy movie. It may not hold up, but we'll try this one for a while. - There's no plot! The main story about the couple is trivial. The secondary stories, which were actually interesting, were downplayed to the point of insignificance. Abandoned
Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place
No
1998 The title describes the content. There's nothing else there. It wasn't funny in any way and had no other redeeming qualities. I turned it off. Abandoned
Two Of A Kind
Optional
1998 A young single professor hires one of his students to take care of his twin girls. Can you say contrived? Can you say, date the sitter NOW! I work at a university and I've never seen a prof like him. I have seen students like her. Still, I finished it and might watch it if is convenient. Abandoned
VIP
No
1998 This came on instead of Earth: Final Conflict. It is a one hour Hollywood detective agency spoof. At first we thought it might be interesting because the three working detectives were good. But it went downhill when the big boobed blond (Not a blond joke) came in to take over the agency. Abandoned
Welcome To Paradox
"Maybe (No)"
1998 This show might have a different cast each week since it is supposed to be a SciFi anthology of odd events in Betaville. We'll see. As for the 1st show, I did not like the characters and was a little bored, in fact I fell asleep and had to rewind the tape a bit. (It did not get better.) Abandoned
Who's Line Is It
Maybe
1998 Seems to be a psuedo-game show with actors as the contestants. They are given situations, phrases, or props that they are supposed to make up funny skits about off the cuff. I suspect the items are carefully matched to the actors. I don't like game shows, but this one did make me laugh in places. Abandoned
Will and Grace
Maybe
1998 Will and Grace are simpatico, very good friends and care about each other. But there are no romantic sparks and never will be. They are neat characters. I'll try this sitcom for a while. I suggest the producers dump Jack though. Abandoned
"Will and Grace (revisited)"
No
1998 The story template seems to be, Will and Grace argue and shout at each other and make up at the end. The secondary cast runs it's own decidedly odd story. Abandoned
You're The One
No
1998 A typical show about a young couple and their parents. The scripts are a bit heavy handed. So is the acting (except Cynthia Geary's) but that is probably the fault of the directors and producers. Cynthia Geary is excellent. Abandoned
Ally McBeal
Yes
1997 Very unusual but I think I like it. A comedy/drama about relationships in a lawyers office setting. Has a feel like Northern Exposure. A little too much of swelling heads and other effects. Time will tell on this one. (Jan 1, 98 - It improved and I now own Vonda Shepard albums!) DISPOSABLE
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
TAPE!
1997 Wow, this is good. If this isn't archivable I'll be surprised. (June 97: It got even better as my episode guide shows.) (Jan 98 - The second season has not been as continuously great, but it's still one of the best!) RECORDED
Built To Last
No
1997 An extended family all living under one roof. Well done but not my type of show or family. Abandoned
C-16
No
1997 To be continued? One strike! A well done show about the lives an elite FBI squad but does everyone have to have a dysfunctional personal life? Most shows of this type degenerate into violence. After watching part two I decided not to risk it on this one. Abandoned
Dharma and Greg
TAPE
1997 A hippie SitCom. I love it. I agree with Jane, "If you cause (Dharma) any emotional pain what-so-ever, I'll punish you in ways you Can't even imagine." (Jan 1, 98 - Can they keep it up? It's great. See my episode guide.) RECORDED
Early Edition
YES
1997 Second season- The scripts are dealing with the big issues this year, racism, terrorism, bombings, hostages, etc. Unfortunately the big issues are turning out boring at best and at worst, unpleasant. The first season review is lower down. RECORDED
Earth: Final Conflict
Yes
1997 A "V" for the '90s? The characters were a bit wooden but the story was pretty good. I don't think it will be worth archiving, but one never knows. (Jan 1, 98 - It got better!) DISPOSABLE
George & Leo
No
1997 Two men, and related family, interacting. What's the point? It's not bad, it just doesn't work for me despite the fact I like Newhart. I turned it off early. Abandoned
Gregory Hines Show
No
1997 A good father, son and other family show that I can't quite identify with. Abandoned
Hillar and Diller
No
1997 A family and work sitcom- pretty routine. Abandoned
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Maybe
1997 Cute. Light Disney fare, basically kid's stuff, based on the movie but better than I expected. I'll watch it as long as it is Really easy to get to. Abandoned
JAG
Maybe
1997 Navy lawyers investigate and sometimes even try cases. Season 1 was great especially with Tracy Needham who stole every scene she was in for us. I gave up part way through the second season. The new cast was OK but I got tired of hostages and terrorists. The third season seems to be OK although we only just started watching. DISPOSABLE
Jenny
No
1997 Intelligent, beautiful actresses pretending to be average mid-west gals in LA. Didn't work for me. Abandoned
Just Shoot Me
Yes
1997 An odd office comedy with strange characters and a lot of friction but I like it enough to continue watching. Abandoned
Murphy Brown
Yes
1997 I quite watching Murphy years ago when it degenerated into arguments and shouting matches. The reviews hinted it might have improved this year and it has. I'll give it another try for a while. DISPOSABLE
Over The Top
No
1997 A kooky out of work actor living with his kooky out of work hotel owner wife. Strange, but not my kind of show. Abandoned
Players
No
1997 Rap version of It Takes A Thief for the 90's? The characters have no depth and I don't much like them anyway. Abandoned
Sleepwalkers
Optional
1997 Solving people's problems and mysteries through controlled (sort of) dreams. I've never much liked dream sequences in TV, Books, or Movies. Abandoned
Soul Man
Optional
1997 A well done show about a widowed, single parent minister who's rather unorthodox. I hope he gets his Harley back. I'll watch it for now. (Jan 1, 98 - I gave up on it.) Abandoned
Teen Angel
No
1997 A teen angel watching out for his bud in high school. Dorky characters, routine script, dumb jokes. (Jan 1, 98 - And they kept this over You Wish????) Abandoned
Timecop
Optional
1997 Time travel can be fun, but not here. The first shows were just enough to keep me watching, but the last one was terrible. Abandoned
Tony Danza Show
No
1997 A single parent dad with two kids. It's routine in real life and wasn't funny here. I got bored and turned it off. Abandoned
Total Security
NO
1997 A depressing detective show. Its only humor from a crazy guy. Too bad, I like Tracey Needham. Abandoned
Veronica's Closet
No
1997 Veronica, an 'aging' lingerie model and business owner, needs a personality boost. The script needed a transfusion but the characters have depth and I cared about them enough to finish it. (Later; Nope, not funny.) Abandoned
Visitor, The (canceled)
Yes
1997 Hippie SciFi about an alien abducted guy who returns to earth. Interesting and well done. (Jan 1, 98 -Apparently they wanted an X-files type show which doesn't seem to work here. However the last few shows went another direction and were pretty good.) DISPOSABLE
Working
No
1997 Yech. I'm glad I don't work at a place like that with people like that. I'll pass. Abandoned
You Wish
Maybe
1997 Cute. A single mom unrolls a young male genie from a rug. A bit forced but likable characters with a heart under their shallow surface. I'll watch it as long as it is easy to get to. (Jan 1, 98 - the show got better but was canceled. Typical.) Abandoned
Early Edition
YES!
1996 This is pretty good. Basically it's light SciFi about a guy who gets tomorrow's paper a day early and tries to prevent the tragedies it reports. I'm not sure about it in the long run but definitely worth watching. (May 97 - A winner with some stupendous shows although Gary really does miss the obvious too often.) RECORDED
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Tape
1996 Feels like the Avengers when Diana Rigg was aboard. The character interaction between the leads is fabulous. Its only fault is it might be too cute. (Sep 97: Too bad the network apparently hated it and just canceled it. At least they could have tied up the loose ends.) Later - I watched the recordings and they were delightful. RECORDED
Pretender
Yes!
1996 Moody light SciFi/spy/drama. An example of an anthology show without changing characters. A friend told me to try this. It's good, although I like Early Edition better. Abandoned
Startrek: Voyager
Tape!
1996 I've been watching this since it started, but this season it is even better as my episode guide shows. PURCHASED
Suddenly Susan
Yes
1996 A working single girl much like Mary Tyler Moore. Better than I expected. DISPOSABLE
Greatest American Hero
OK
1.0
Not the greatest American series (in fact pretty sad at times) but it had a few moments. I don't know the budget but it comes off as B budget TV. We did archive some of the episodes. DISPOSABLE
Hustle
Yes
1.0
The UK import is about a team of con-men who now run long term cons to return money stolen by wealthy people. Only the first few seasons were shown in the USA. RECORDED
List compiled by John Burt Abandoned =
Abandoned after watching a few episodes.
Disposable =
Watched but didn't keep copies.
Archived=
Made copies to watch again.