Each day during lunch, Scott and I take a break from our work to sit down and eat together. We prepare a Cranberry Feta Salad made with Chicken and Spinach, pour a couple of glasses of ice water and pull up a chair in front of the TV. Yes, we watch television while we eat. It’s actually quality time for us. For that matter, when we’re having a free night without some kind of extra-curricular activity, we’ll grab the TV trays and try to catch up on something on the DVR. Honestly, it’s almost impossible.
The reason is because we’re constantly adding more to our watch list in addition to continuing to watch shows that get renewed. Here’s what we’re watching that’s currently on, that we are waiting for the next season to start or that we’re behind on and trying to catch up.
A.P. Bio: OMG. If you haven’t watched this show starring Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt then you’re missing out on one of the funniest shows we’ve seen lately. A perfect watch with our teens currently in honors classes in school.
Baskets: This show is a mix of sad and train wreck, but all in a good way. Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson make an amazing pair. Well, amazing trio since Zach plays the part of twins!
Big Mouth: I’m a pretty conservative person, but there have been some shows that are raunchy but in a funny way. Don’t let the first episode (which is far from female-friendly) scare you away. They’re just developing the main male adolescent characters. A female adolescent is the feature in a future episode and it’s positively hysterical. I’ll repeat… it’s raunchy, but hysterical.
Brockmire: Speaking of inappropriate. Drunken major league baseball broadcaster Brockmire, played by Hank Azaria, is the epitome of NSFW. And when I say it’s not safe for work, I mean “Don’t watch it around your kids or your boss.”
Champions: This is a new one and we’re still waiting for it to find its footings. We’re hoping the usual Mindy Kaling magic kicks in SOON. It’s very cliche and needs to be toned down for it to remain on our watch list.
Colony: As fans of science fiction, we had to give this one a chance. Plus, I loved Josh Holloway in Lost and Sarah Wayne Callies was in one of our favorites from a decade ago: Prison Break.
Fresh Off the Boat: The young cast of this show does a great job growing up on screen, but the personalities of the parents are what makes this show a solid regular.
Good Girls: What the what? Three suburban moms rob a grocery store. How could this possibly work? I was sure after one episode that it couldn’t carry on for more. I was wrong. We’re several episodes in and the story is continuing to evolve in unexpected ways.
GLOW: I grew up in a wrestling family so anything from the “Pro Wrestling” circuits wasn’t of interest to me. We decided to give GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) a one-episode trial run and we were sold.
Gotham: It’s like the making of Batman. See the history of Bruce Wayne, the creation of the various characters in this franchise is a fun backstory.
I’m Sorry: This is one of those shows that I’ll never be able to relate to, roll my eyes a lot and still laugh. It’s like a reversal of roles with a wife swearing like a sailor and the husband being the voice of reason. I haven’t seen any shows with Andrea Savage, but I recognize Tom Everett Scott from That Thing You Do! and Boiler Room.
Legion: It’s a messed-up, headache of a show, but we somehow can’t give it up because it’s Marvel. I secretly keep hoping it gets cancelled.
Life in Pieces: Mom and Dad, their three kids and extended families. That’s the basis of this show that is broken down into 4 separate stories each episode. The entire cast is excellent and the writers create stories that keep us coming back.
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: I really, really, really, don’t need to say anything about this show. It’s Marvel, it’s one of our favorites and it ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe features!
Mr. Robot: Rami Malek and Christian Slater are two members of a knockout cast in this unbelievable story surrounding the cyber world.
Narcos: The drug world is evil and this show chronicling the life of Pablo Escobar certainly doesn’t sugarcoat it. It makes me more interested in learning the true history behind what transpired during the reign of this drug kingpin.
Orange is the New Black: When I met Piper Kerman in person, I hadn’t watched the show yet. Shame on me. We’ve since caught up on all the episodes and binge the new ones as soon as they release.
Superstore: It’s like someone took the “People of Walmart” concept and turned it into a hilarious sitcom but focusing around the employees. It’s among the first sitcoms we rush to watch. As a bonus, it was cool seeing the tie-in to the Cloud 9 store show up in Good Girls.
Survivor: This is something that Kennedy and I watch when we want some quality cuddle time together. We curl up under a blanket and catch up on as many episodes on the DVR as we can. By the time we get around to it, the winner has already been announced but we’re both careful not to read or watch any spoilers. I think the newest season had already started by the time we finished the most recent one.
Teachers: When we started watching this, we shook our heads in disbelief. Now, we think every teacher should watch this and try to figure out which character represents them. Oh yeah, every parent should watch it to see how comical the life of a teacher is.
The Big Bang Theory: This show has been on long enough that it doesn’t need an explanation. We started watching it when it started in syndication and once we got caught up, we stayed caught up. Since then, we’ve introduced the girls to it and they enjoy it so much, it’s influencing their potential career path.
The Goldbergs: Set in the 80’s, the girls laugh at the outfits, the terms and the stories. We laugh because it’s all too real. Hilariously real. If you haven’t given this one a shot yet, do.
The Good Place: What a remarkable cast with such an unsuspecting story. Will it have you rethinking how you act or treat others?
The Orville: As a longtime fan of Star Trek, this parody hits close to home. While others in this genre take on serious story lines in a serious way, The Orville puts a humorous spin on it. Guess we shouldn’t expect anything less from Seth MacFarlane.
Timeless: As someone who regularly confesses a disinterest in history in my younger years, this show has me wishing I paid more attention. It also has me researching and learning about the various people, places and events that are altered as a result of the show.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: I see so much of myself in Kimmy Schmidt. Oblivious to someone making fun of me or only seeing the positive in someone when they may be taking advantage of my naivety. If you need a clean-cut laugh, this is it.
Young Sheldon: As fans of The Big Bang Theory, we expected to like this show. What we didn’t expect is to be blown away by the fantastic casting. Iain Armitage is spot-on with his mannerisms of Jim Parson’s adult-version of Sheldon. And the casting of Zoe Perry, the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf who plays Sheldon’s mom in The Big Bang Theory, was brilliant.
We can’t seem to find enough time to watch all the TV shows we want. From broadcast networks to services like Netflix, there’s just soooo much excellent programming. I know there are a lot of notably missing shows such as Stranger Things and This is Us. We have a lot more on our “when we can get caught up, we’ll watch these” list!
What’s on your list?