I got a nice email response to my My Name is Earl unsubscribe post asking what shows I’ve added to my Tivo season pass. Here they are:
The Daily Show
Still the best, though it’s lost a little since Stephen Colbert left. We usually watch the Daily Show the next night, after dinner. We’re never up this late anymore.
The Colbert Report
Incredibly funny, if incredibly uneven. The Word is almost always worth watching, even though many of the jokes go *way* over the heads of the mostly-college-student studio audience. We also love the eagle in the credits and the bear footage from the Threatdown.
This season has been weaker than we’d like, but it’s still worth watching.
Survivor: Exile Island
I’ve watched pretty much every episode of Survivor since the middle of season one. This season falls somewhere in the middle in terms of quality.
This is, hands down, the best show on television right now. I’m thrilled that they don’t talk down the audience, and they don’t explain the jokes. We’re constantly pausing the Tivo to keep from laughing over the next lines.
It’s also one of the few shows on television where people who are supposed to be normal people actually look like normal people.
Ebert & Roeper
Fodder for the Netflix queue.
What not to Wear
A’s. Although I do sometimes find it interesting to see what the people they find think is attractive clothing.
NFL Primetime – currently off the air
NFL Primetime has been the highlight of my Sunday nights for almost 15 years now. I’m sad that, with the network shakeups, it is now permanently off the air.
A.’s. I don’t like medical dramas.
How I Met Your Mother
I watched this first out of loyalty to Alyson Hannigan, but it’s stayed on the list on its own merits. The shows around when Ted met Victoria were some of the best sitcom episodes I’ve seen in years.
A’s. I’ll watch the DVDs when they come out.
Surprisingly engrossing. We end up pausing to talk through some of the issues they discuss. I can’t imagine we’ll ever be that permissive with little Sadie.
A’s, though entertaining the couple of times I’ve watched it.
Mildly entertaining. May not make the cut this summer.
National Geographic Explorer
Outstanding nature shows.
Sometimes they cover interesting topics.
I generally find one topic in three interesting, but that’s worth grabbing it each Friday night and flipping through.
The best newsmagazine on television. They also always do outstanding web companion sites for their major pieces.
What am I missing? What else should we subscribe to?