Monday, August 17, 2015

What You Should be Watching: Shows Ended/ing in 2015

Last week, we had a scheduled program on what you should be watching --TV wise. Say what you will about the 'ol "idiot box", but television programming has taken a turn for the better. Sure, it's still full of reality television (19 seasons of the Bachelor!) but there are so many more wonders to be found.  Witty comedies like the Goldbergs that will bring back an 80's flashback. Animation in primetime has finally found success with Bob's Burgers. And of course, your not-so-standard dramatic fairs of Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, or Pretty Little Liars --just to name a few.

Over the next week, we'll be posting our selections in various categories for your enjoyment. Today's selection are shows that have come to their conclusion after the 2014-15 season, which means it's a great time to queue them up on Netflix (if available) or place a hold on them in MORE catalog for a series binge watch. The following are just a few hand-picked favorites that you may have missed, but have heard everyone talking about. (Links will lead to the MORE catalog, first season, if available)

Boardwalk Empire: This HBO show, starred Steve Buscemi crooked politician, Nucky Thompson, in Atlantic City, NJ during the prolific prohibition era of the 1920s. Thompson plays both sides of the law, keeping a tight grip on the seedy bootlegging industry. Now, the authorities have taken notice of his lavish lifestyle and are investigating. Lasting 5 seasons, this show is sure to please fans of shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Mad Men.

Downton Abbey: After 6 seasons, this popular BBC original is coming to a close. Aired in the US as part of PBS's Masterpiece Theater Programming, the finale date for this side of the pond isn't quite on the books yet. This regency-era drama starred the lights of Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley, who has lost his direct male heirs and now faces handing over his earldom to a distance family member. The drama captures the lives of not only the Crawley family but also those of their servants. Fans of Upstairs Downstairs, Call the Midwife, and The Good Wife will want to check this out.

 Justified: Timothy Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens is a U.S. Marshall, returning to his hometown after being reassigned. Based on novels by Elmore Leonard, Justified will resonate with fans of not only the crime drama (Homeland, Sons of Anarchy) but westerns (Deadwood) as well.  The show, originally on FX, aired six seasons.

Legend of Korra: This spin-off of Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender features Korra, the newest Avatar, struggling to deal with Ang's legacy while also creating her own. Korra relies on her new friends and also her spiritual ties to find inner peace while both her worlds --ours and the spiritual, are in turmoil. Only a short 4 seasons, fans of the original series as well as shows like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, or Doctor Who are sure to enjoy this quick binge.

Parenthood: This NBC show lasted 6 seasons and starred Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, and Craig T. Nelson. The Braverman clan is large and everyone has their different struggles --from empty nesting, raising a child with autism, find out you've been a deadbeat, to regular teenage angst. The show focuses on coming together with your family and supporting each other through your differences. A must-see for fans of Gilmore Girls, Brothers & Sisters, and The Fosters.

Parks and Recreation: Another NBC show, this one calling it quits at 7 seasons, featured SNL alum Amy Poehler. In mockumentary style, Parks and Rec looks at the inner-workings of the city government, laying out why it is you stand for hours at the DMV or why those potholes never seem to get fixed.  A great watch-a-like to The Office, Community, or Arrested Development.

White Collar: This USA show went on 6 seasons and stared Matt Bomer as Neal Caffery and Tom DeKay as Burke. Burke is an FBI agent working, working in "white collar crime" --of which Neal Caffery is well versed in. After finally being put behind bars for his many crimes, Burke's superiors strike a deal to let him out --if he works with them as a consultant. Similar to Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's Fox and O'Hare series, fans of shows like Castle, Burn Notice, Chuck, and Bones are sure to enjoy.

*Bonus!* Shows that hit the block --but have been saved thanks to Streaming Services!

The Mindy Project: Fans were irate (to say the least) to find out Mindy Kaling's FOX show had hit the chopping block. Luckily, the romantic comedy featuring Kaling as a gynecologist at a Manhattan practice looking for love, was picked up by Hulu for a 4th season, allowing every fan to breath a little sigh of relief for the chance at closure.

Longmire This A&E show was also cancelled by it's network after three seasons, but has been picked up to start where it left off by streaming service Netflix. The rural cop drama is based on the popular Walt Longmire mystery series by Craig Johnson.

Check back tomorrow for a list of the 2014-15 "One Season Wonders"!

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