Hey! That show is MUCH better than I expected.

For me it’s Person of Interest. I was never a member of the JJ Abrams cult of personality, I was concerned about Caviezel because I wasn’t familiar with him except for that religious torture porn movie he made, and the “evil booga-wooga computer thing” had me nervous because I had made it into the third season of Lost before I gave up, but I watched it because I liked Michael Emerson. Then I backed up and watched the episodes I had missed. And now I’m trying to catch up to the latest. The weirdest part is that it is popular, but it doesn’t suck! In fact, it’s pretty darned good.

So, what has surprised you?

The Neighbors on ABC. I saw the promos and it looked so stupid, but I actually liked it once I saw it. It ain’t 3rd Rock From the Son, but it’s still pretty good.

Community.
The promo ads they were screening just focused on Winger running around with a paintball gun. No dialogue, no Chevy Chase, no indication that it was a comedy. I decided it was some ditzy fluff aimed at the teen girl market. One day I happened to switch on just at the start credits. I thought ‘Chevy Chase? On a TV show? Does he need money?’ So I kept watching. My next thoughts were, ‘Oh my God, what the fuck has happened to Chevy? Is that make up and a fat suit?’ But once I got over the shock of what time had done to CC, I realised it was a brilliant show. One of the most perfect sitcoms, and in my top 10 for best shows ever.
And the promo ads would be in my top 10 for most misleading ads. I didn’t watch the first 4 shows of the season because of those crappy ads.

Modern Family - Saw the early promos and wasn’t at all interested. Actually watched the show and was amazed. That show is funny!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls. Bleah. My wife watched that, and I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the incessant chatter. They crammed about three times more dialog into each minute than any other sitcom.

Back in the days when I watched broadcast shows, I sat down to *L.A. Law *just to hate on a stupid show about lawyers. Didn’t miss an episode until it jumped the shark about Season 4.

I enjoyed the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and figured the show would stink and be gone in three episodes. I watched the premiere because my husband was on a business trip and I figured I’d get some laughs at how horrible it was. Yeah, no.

I’ve heard so much chatter about Firefly on this board that it had just become a dull mumble in the background. Firefly this, Joss Whedon that, Buffy this, Angel that. Never watched any of those shows, wouldn’t know Joss if he punched me in the face.

So, one day, I was on Netflix and ran across Firefly and noticed that it was like, what, 13 or 14 episodes. With the way people went on about it, I always thought it was on for, like, ever. I would have guessed it was one of those shows that was 10 seasons long with multiple, complex, intertwining storylines that I just never wanted to bother with.

Anyways, watched it. Soooo not what I expected. Not only that, it’s exactly how they describe it. It’s a Space Western. It’s simple, funny, easy to follow and you very quickly get attached to each one of the characters in the core group.

I’m not a Joss Wheadon freak, I don’t list going to Comic-Con as one of my ultimate goals in life, I haven’t memorized every line from every show. I’ve only watched the series once (but probably will again) but I highly recommend it to anyone that’s ‘looking for a new series to watch/get addicted to’. And when they say “oooohh, I don’t like sci-fi stuff” or “Is that like Star Trek” I push it harder since it’s not sci-fi/Star Trek. Just watch it. It’s only one season and worth the few hours of your life.

The Inbetweeners. I hate teenage angst and coming-of-age. I was also raised to be embarrassed by toilet humor.

It turned out to be the funniest freaking show I’ve ever seen. Anxiously awaiting the movie from Netflix.

Ditto. We just “discovered” it and have one more episode to watch before watching Serenity.

Read up on the sad, brutal history of the show and instantly joined with the millions of other fans who have mourned its loss for the last ten years. What a stupid waste of talent and possibility.

Agreed, for the original UK version only. What I saw of the MTV remake sucked as much as their version of Skins.

Modern Family

More recently, the reality show King of the Nerds.

MTV remade it? Yuck.

About 25 years ago one of my co-workers kept recommending one TV show that I figured was a boring saccharin family show and avoided until he became insistent “Married…with children.” A few years before that: “Moonlighting”

When I saw the thread title, this is exactly the show I thought of. I like it.

I can’t think of a more recent one than The Wire and it was some threads here that persuaded me to give it another try. It took patience to get into the style of the episodes and the characters and once I made that adjustment to my expectations it has become the standard by which I judge newer shows.

I suppose my attitude toward shows like Downton Abbey has been adjusted by way of its quality and consistent efficiency in story-telling.

But I have been lucky in avoiding the shows that get cancelled before their first season has run its course. The last show that I kept waiting to get good was The Killing and it burned me bad!

Big Bang Theory. I couldn’t get past the stupid double entendre name. Then I saw it while at someone else’s house. Now I never miss it.

I started watching the Blue Bloods show like three episodes into the current season and now I can’t get enough of it! Eventually I will try to watch what I have missed out on. :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

God bless you always!!! :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

Holly

Legit
New sitcom on FX I’ve never seen a commercial for, or heard anything about, here or elsewhere. Stumbled on what I think was the premiere last week, and caught (what I think was) the second episode this week. (It’s being replayed tonight at 2am Eastern, if you wanna check it out.)

The first episode was pretty good, but nothing great, just a few chuckle-worthy moments. I gave the second episode a shot, and I’ve got to say, it was pretty friggin’ hilarious! And that’s coming from someone who really doesn’t watch very many sitcoms these days. Actually, I don’t think there are any currently running sitcoms that I watch, at all.

ETA: Oh wait, just remembered It’s Always Sunny… (Which will give you an idea of why I might like Legit, come to think of it.)