12 TV Shows You Should Be Watching

Forget new shows: You're missing out on these old shows
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2010 1:41 PM CDT
In this publicity photo released by ABC, Courteney Cox, left, and Busy Philipps are shown in a scene from "Cougar Town."   (AP Photo/ABC, Michael Desmond)
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(Newser) – This fall, instead of trying to figure out what NBC's sure-to-be-mystifying The Event is actually about, why not pick up a great show that's already on the air? Kevin Fallon gives his 12 picks in The Atlantic:

  • Cougar Town: Don't count Fallon among the many Cougar Town haters. He calls the Courteney Cox show one of "television's strongest ensemble comedies," a "sharply written sitcom about a quirky group of friends and neighbors."
  • In Treatment: Don't be scared by its unusual format (often, "the screen is shared by just two actors for an entire episode"): Gabriel Byrne's show about therapy is "one of the finest acting showcases in television."

  • Community: "It took a while for Community to find its footing, but once Chevy Chase settled into his 'old dude desperate to be cool' role and breakout star Danny Pudi blossomed into his pop culture savant character, the show developed into a meta, referential, often hilarious comedy."
  • Parenthood: One of the rare "solid family dramas" that manages to "get away with earnestness without falling prey to schmaltz"—and the soundtrack "is killer."
  • Bored to Death: "Ted Danson is a pot-smoking magazine editor. Jason Schwartzman is a struggling writer who uses Craigslist to freelance as a private eye. Zach Galifianakis, Parker Posey, and Jenny Slate co-star. Brooklyn, mostly Williamsburg, is the setting. To say that this is a hipster comedy would be the understatement of the year."
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