Back at the start of the current TV season, we ran a poll asking about which fall TV dramas you most looked forward to watching. Now that all of those series have premiered and you’ve had a chance to watch them, let’s do a follow-up. Which shows are you still watching, and which were the biggest disappointments?
In the original poll, by far the leading contender was Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, with ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Almost Human’ and ‘The Blacklist’ also garnering a decent number of votes. Of least interest were some shows that correspondingly struggled in the ratings, including the already-canceled ‘Ironside’ and ‘Lucky 7’ (both of which I’ve removed from this new poll).
As we’ve discussed in other articles in this blog, I think many of us will agree that ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has been a huge let-down. I’m still watching and recapping it, but the show has certainly not lived up to its potential or its hype. I watched the pilot episode of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and found it too dumb to continue on with. I’m told that it got better and is a decent hit for Fox, but I just don’t have interest in picking it back up again. ‘Almost Human’ I kind-of like, though it’s been very hit-or-miss. I really liked the first two episodes of Frank Darabont’s limited-run ‘Mob City’ on TNT, but was underwhelmed by the next two (in stark contrast to our recapper Shannon, who felt the opposite).
I’ll be honest that I’m a little puzzled by the huge ratings success of ‘The Blacklist’. I passively enjoy the show, but it’s very corny and fairly dumb. With that said, the last two episodes before the winter break made a big upswing in excitement and suspense. I’d like the series a lot more if every episode could maintain that level of quality, but I won’t hold my breath for that.
The most pleasant surprise of the season for me has been NBC’s ‘Dracula’, which (judging by its ratings) I apparently enjoy much more than the general public. I expect this to get canceled at any moment.
My favorite new show of the season is one that I haven’t talked about much here. Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’ has a phenomenal cast, writing and production values. I’m a huge fan of this, and hope it comes back for another season.