by Matthew Thompson
I’ve always wanted to try some TV Show Power Rankings and I’m finally going to give it a go. This will basically be my top five shows at the moment where I will take their current season into account, but with an emphasis on what they’ve done more recently. If a show is not airing it will fall out, if it’s had a good few weeks it will jump up… that sort of thing. I haven’t decided whether I will do these once or twice a month, but we’ll see how it goes. Well here they are (these descriptions contain mild spoilers for the shows, if you haven’t seen them it might be best to gloss over them):
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: This show is just hilarious and by far my favorite comedy airing right now. January also saw arguably its best episode yet in “The Bet” (though “Thanksgiving” is right up there with it for me). “The Bet” delivered on a gag that it set up early in the show with a contest between Peralta and Santiago coming to an end. It packed the kind of laughs you’d expect from B99, but also nailed some more touching moments for two potential couples. The other two episodes were pretty great too.
2. True Detective: True Detective has only aired two of its eight episodes as of this writing, but it is off to a great start. The setup is neat. Some current-day detectives talk to two older ones about a case they worked in 1995 which the show also recounts, so it kind of has two different timelines going. The acting is pretty great across the board, but McConaughey is really killing it as Detective Rust Cohle. His character is pretty unique and seeing the differences between him in 1995 and 2012 makes him extra fun to watch. I can’t wait to see the rest of this play out.
3. Community: I’m not sure Community would have made my list before this last episode, but this one just cracked me up. It stinks to see Troy go (he is probably my favorite character in the show), but at least he went out with a bang because that really was a fantastic episode. It will be interesting to see how the show handles him leaving, but I really like Jonathan Banks’ character which should help. I also loved the premiere’s Scrubs’ references as a huge fan of that show. The Zach Braff joke had me laughing for days.
4. Sleepy Hollow: I just talked a bit about how Sleepy Hollow grew on me and I really loved how it finished out its first season. The two final reveals involving the second horseman War really blew my mind and the show did a great job of leaving me wanting more. I’ll be thinking about that ending until the new season starts up next Fall.
5. The Originals: This reminds me of when The Vampire Diaries was a much better show. It hasn’t reached TVD Season 2 levels of greatness, but it’s pretty damn good. Much like TVD at its peak the most recent episode featured what could have very well been a season ending move, but it did it about halfway through instead. It also set up a strong storyline going forward. I do hope Davina returns. In this universe that seems pretty likely though. Fast-paced and fun, I’ve really been enjoying The Originals.
Well that will do it for the inaugural rankings. This first one was a little tough because I didn’t have a baseline on where to start. I kind of focused more on this month so far. I wanted to be more in the moment so it is often changing as opposed to just my same favorite shows every month. It should be a little easier from here on out though. Anyway, if anyone wants to participate in the comments that’d be awesome. Whether that is a top five of your own or just your favorite for the month, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ll be back with a new batch of these sometime next month. Thanks for reading!