Now I think dramatic TV has never been better-if you have cable. Breaking Bad, Justified, Mad Men, Walking Dead, Dexter, Men of a Certain Age, The Good Wife, Terriers, Treme, Luther and quite a few others seem as good as anything that has ever played on the box.
I posted a piece about TV shows that I watched, ditched, and then came back to. But it posted in January 2010.
I listed Parks and Recreation and Community as two I needed to rediscover. Also Terriers-gone already and quite a disappointment.
Here's Todd's insightful response.
COMMUNITY and PARKS & REC actually improved throughout their first seasons...and COMMUNITY particularly didn't start too badly.
There are too many to list among those that were strangled in their cribs, though I'd suggest poster child ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT wasn't among them...it was losing its way as soon as Jason Bateman's character was remade into just another clown among the clowns.
But among the most vicious cullings of the last several years have been SONS AND DAUGHTERS, the ABC sitcom; HELP ME HELP YOU; the timeslip fantasy JOURNEYMAN; the rapidly improving NBC crime drama KIDNAPPED (don't start weak with a heavily serialized series, for goodness's sake); PARTY DOWN; and DEADWOOD and LIFE, which both at least had more than one season to show us what they could do.
BARNEY MILLER was fairly consistently improving throughout its run, and started off pretty well, if heavy-handed and a bit tone-deaf (and Abe Vigoda started milking everything dry Very early on...when he was spun off, and Steve Landesburg brought in, a vast improvement). THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE improved markedly with its second season, then frittered that momentum away.