STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL WATERLOO/Digital First Media
Some TV shows are hyped as the next hit, but don’t actually live up to the expectations. Others when first advertised look, well, pretty stupid. Whether it be the premise, actors or material involved, they are doomed for failure…or so it seems.
Here are the top 10 surprisingly good TV shows.
10. “Scandal” – Yeah, it’s hard to include Scandal on this list, since it was highly hyped when it came out on ABC. Yet, even though it recycles the same story over and over (make your mind up, Liv and Fitz!), it still has a fresh feel to it for the most part.
9. “Blue Mountain State” – This isn’t a show you want to watch with your kids. To be honest, unless you have a 16-year-old sense of humor, you probably will find this show idiotic. It’s so stupid, however, that it works.
8. “Workaholics” – Another show that’s similar to Blue Mountain State, in that it walks the line between funny and inappropriate. Blake, Adam and Anders continue to come up with fresh material each Wednesday in their Comedy Central hit.
7. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – After its pilot episode, I would have thought Sunny would have been pulled. Let’s just say it had quite the racist feel to it. But, like many shows of the past decade, the gang makes fun of everything you can imagine.
6. “Better Call Saul” – To be fair, it’s only four episodes in, but my fears of it not living up to Breaking Bad were premature. Vince Gilligan is a genius.
5. “The Goldbergs” – If I’m being honest with you, and why wouldn’t I be, this is probably my favorite show on TV. When I first saw the preview for the show, I wanted nothing to do with it. It’s successful because no matter what, you can relate to a member of the family, whether it be Bev, Adam, Barry, Murray, Erica or Pops, from your own experience growing up.
4. “Fresh Off the Boat” – This show had racism written all over it, and while there are elements of it, it’s done tastefully, if that makes sense? The background music throughout the show, to be honest, makes it. As does the theme song by Danny Brown and chemistry between the characters.
3. “How to Get Away with Murder” – I was so into Scandal that I paid no attention to the time-slot filler ABC was putting in after it…until the three-month break that Scandal went on. Now, I prefer How to Get Away with Murder to the former. To be fair, it’s only the end of season one, and I have my concerns if the story will stay fresh for a few more seasons.
2. “The League” – A TV show based around fantasy football would be cancelled in the first year. A comedy where a group of friends who happen to play fantasy football while getting into other shenanigans (EBDBBNB, for example) is an instant hit and has staying power.
1. “Breaking Bad” – Saying that now is a no brainer, but think about pitching it to the network. The weird, blabbering father from Malcolm in the Middle playing a chemistry teacher who is battling cancer, who manufactures meth to save up money for his family. The result? Arguably the best television show to ever appear on TV.