"I think you're cute. You're funny. Our vast height difference intrigues me."

Some have criticized and ridiculed me for my disturbing affinity for high school and post-adolescent dramas; I suppose I got away with following 90210 because nearly everyone on that show was my age, with the clear exception of the girl who played Andrea Zuckerman (I'm sorry. 1961? Come on, Aaron Spelling.) Also, I watched it with my future wife, so she doesn't get to mock me about it. Certain other shows I probably don't have any good reason to be watching or having watched, but as I get on in years, I seem to care about it less. There's something about self-deprecation that allows a person to engage in truly enjoyable sins and have other people's open mockery not be the slightest bit bothersome.

That said, I don't (usually) blog (anymore) about television, but I gotta say this: It's not too late to hunt down and watch the 8th episode of Chuck (Chuck vs. the Truth). Don't worry if you've never seen the show -- it's worth checking out, even mid-season. If it weren't for the extended chase scene set to some new Britney Spears song, this episode could have been in the running for the most pleasing television event of the year.

Here's the math:
Start with a story concept that isn't blatantly copying any other show on television.

+ funny, likeable, sarcastic characters and intelligent dialog

+ requirement for only a moderate amount of suspension of disbelief on the part of the viewer

+ guest appearances by the likes of Rachel Bilson*

+ mostly excellent soundtrack (I think I have McG to thank for this**)

+ plot and character twists that don't make you think they producers are phoning it in.

Basically, I find Chuck totally watchable and I'm neither crying over the plot twists or biting my nails over what could happen in upcoming episodes. I'm just enjoying it, and with the myriad of crappy shows out there, I think "enjoyable" is high praise.

If you're interested in my other recommendations for funny, watchable shows with excellent sountracks, go check out Californication and Weeds, both of which I should warn you definitely contain mature subject matter. The list doesn’t end there, but it's a good start.

And hey, if you've got recommendations for shows you're crazy about, but perhaps I'm not watching or have missed out on altogether, let me know in the comments. I'm always up for something new.

* I won't go into my would-be crush on Summer Roberts or Rachel Bilson, or my inability / unwillingness to separate the actress from the character. And by the way, the title of this post comes from the Lady Bilson herself in an exchange with Chuck.
** I'm still investigating any formal connection between McG, the OC, Ms. Rachel and Chuck.If you're in the know, speak up. There's got to be something there.

Posted bythemikestand at 3:57 PM  

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sween said... 9:57 PM, November 20, 2007  

I feel ya. Chuck is my third favourite new show if the season.

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