A friend asked me last night whether I was up to date with the new series of Big Brother. I scoffed and, after informing her that I hadn’t even been aware the show was still on TV, pointed out that what little time I have for my own televisual pleasure amidst reviewing whatever is coming up for release, is most certainly not spent on reality TV.
I’d much rather watch terrible cartoons.
So, with BB and Love Island certainly not taking up my time, here are the shows that have been keeping me amused this month.
I had my doubts when the new show from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman was announced; after all, when Joss Whedon decided to make Angel alongside BTVS, we were left with two mediocre shows until an equilibrium was found. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised. From its gut-wrenching opening scene, featuring a possessed young boy eating off his own finger, to Philip Glenister’s powerhouse performance as possibly the world’s worst exorcist, the is a cracking show that, given time, could certainly give its predecessor a run for its money.
Archer is, without a doubt, the greatest adult animation ever made. With a razor sharp script, hilarious and deep characters, and a catalogue of recurring jokes that get funnier with each season, Archer is one of those shows that has sat on many a person’s “yeah, I should watch it…” lists for months and months, only for them to finally get what all the fuss is about within the first few scenes of the first episode. With season seven having just arrived on Netflix, I know what I’m doing for the next week.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
I’m a huge Turtles fan. Have been for as long as I remember. Michael Bay has done a good job. There, I said it. However, the 2012 series evaded me for a long while, mostly because I was rather put off by the animation style. I’m a CGI snob, let it be known. Having finally started watching this incarnation, though, I regret taking so long. Absolutely hilarious, compelling in its storytelling, and featuring four actual characters rather than a quartet of broad stereotypes, this is quite possibly the best version of our amphibious heroes to date. And that includes the 1987 series.
Okay, fine. I do watch some reality TV. But it’s pretty much concentrated entirely on The Food Network. My “slobbing on the sofa” time is dedicated mainly to Man Vs Food, Restaurant Stakeout and that show with the sexy brothers that have a farm…. Farm… something… Of late, however, I’ve really got into Restaurant: Impossible, a show which is essentially Kitchen Nightmares but instead of Ramsay’s incessant gurning, we have the much more likeable Robert Irvine going around America telling restaurateurs how to sort out their failing businesses. Yeah, it’s naff, but its strangely addictive. And at least it doesn’t have Guy Fieri.
Or the Big Brother house.