Throwdown: Which Night of the Week Has the Best TV?

By Tim Surette

Dec 09, 2011

Even in the age of the DVR, as television addicts, we often let what's on TV dictate our day-to-day lives. It's scary to think that when network executives lay out the plans for their schedules, they're actually scheduling our lives, man! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

But not all nights are equal. For some viewers, Monday nights are when they turn off the phone, lock the doors, and sit on the couch to watch "celebrities" boogie on Dancing With the Stars. Others block off every Thursday night to watch Britta say snarky things to Jeff on Community. And a few of you even shun going out on Fridays in hopes that Supernatural's Sam Winchester will take off his shirt. But we're not here to pick and choose, we're here to declare a winner. So we ask you:

This fall season, which night of television has been the best?

Saturday is not even a contender unless the only show you watch regularly is Saturday Night Live, which effectively leaves (quick mathemetics) five, no, SIX options to choose from. ULTIMATE ROYAL RUMBLE THROWDOWN! Let's run through the days of the week according to the first half of the 2011-2012 season:


The first day of the week makes a strong case for itself, thanks in large part to cable. AMC, HBO, and Showtime park some of their best shows on this day. On the network side, Fox has its steady Animation Domination block, and ABC has solidified back-to-back-to-back dramas that skew for the ladies.

Highlights: The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Once Upon a Time, The Simpsons, The Good Wife, Hell on Wheels


Monday is the day the networks really go at each other, clamoring and crawling over each other to win your eyeballs. It's got variety down, so it's a potential favorite night no matter what your tastes in television are. That obviously makes it the best night of television, right? WRONG! Or maybe right. Only you know for sure.

Highlights: House, How I Met Your Mother, Dancing With the Stars, The Sing-Off, Two and a Half Men, Gossip Girl, Terra Nova, Enlightened


Day 2 of the work week includes TV's most-watched scripted show, the breakout new comedy of the season, and enough high-school antics to fill an entire semester. But is all that enough to call it the BEST night of television?

Highlights: Glee, NCIS and its Los Angeles-based cousin, New Girl, Last Man Standing, Ringer, more Dancing With the Stars, Sons of Anarchy, Parenthood, Tosh.0


The networks continue to play musical chairs on Wednesdays, trading their responsibility to air comedies, reality TV, and dramas. This year added a potent comedy block to a night that also holds a reality show that was supposed to be the second coming of Jesus, and whatever it is NBC has. Is the middle of the week weak and middle-of-the-road, or is it a bumpin' Humpday?

Highlights: Modern Family, Suburgatory, Happy Endings, American Horror Story, Survivor: Exotic Country, The X Factor, Revenge, America's Next Top Model, Criminal Minds


Thursdays have long been television's battleground, and that continued this fall with a schedule that fits everyone's needs with a mix of teen vampires, mockumentaries, singing competitions, medical dramas, and procedurals. Plus, when it comes to cable, FX ain't no slouch. If you can't find something to watch on TV on Thursday, well then maybe the problem is you.

Highlights: Community, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Grey's Anatomy, The X Factor, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, The Big Bang Theory


Remember when only your grandma watched TV on Fridays? Not anymore! TV's so crowded with adequate shows that the end of the week actually has good things to watch, particularly if you're a genre fan.

Highlights: Fringe, Supernatural, Grimm, Blue Bloods, Chuck, Nikita, Boss

Okay! Now that I've reminded you of the names of the days of the week, it's time for you to tell us which night you think has the best TV. Make your case in the comments!

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  • CariLabok Sep 30, 2012

    Sunday is the best night for dramas all year long: True Blood, Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire.

    Mondays seem to be packing more good programs of several genres including sports, reality shows, and sitcoms: How I Met Your Mother, Dancing with the Stars, and Monday Nigh Football.

    But Thursday is still the reigning champion of comedies: Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Glee.

  • PaulaAndrade Jan 28, 2012

    SUNDAY-the good wife,once upon a time,los tgirl,homeland,californication,the walking dead

    MONDAY-castle,gossip girl,house,pretty litle liars,alcatraz,being human

    TUESDAY-glee,ringer,body of proofy,90210,unforgetable,

    WENDESDAY-revenge,criminal minds,one tree hill

    THURSDAY-the mentalist,greys anatomy,person of interest,the vampire diaries,the secret circle,the big bang theory

    FRIDAY-nikita,supernatural,fringe,chuck,grimm,spartacus,a gifted man

    LOVE ALL....

  • seugirdor Dec 27, 2011

    It is definitely the Monday, and you are missing two of Monday's best shows from your highlights, they are Hawaii 5-O and Castle.

    You are also missing a great Thursday show, Burn Notice, and a great Friday show, Sanctuary.

  • adfowlkes71 Dec 18, 2011

    Friday has four of my favorites (Supernatural, Fringe, Chuck, & Blue Bloods), and one other I like (Sanctuary).

  • flyboy183 Dec 15, 2011

    I love my Wednesday night comedies: 2 hours of ABC sitcoms followed by a great hour of Psych!!

  • DeniseBallest Dec 15, 2011

    What about Breaking Bad on Sundays--the best night of TV. You know this year's best drama series at any upcoming awards show is pretty much going to be one from Sunday night.

  • 0Mo2Nes0 Dec 15, 2011

    Sunday & Monday

    btw, are we forgetting Dexter for Sunday, Hawaii 5-0 & Castle for Monday?

    also there is Burn Notice on Thursday.

  • LalaJunco Dec 15, 2011

    I used to love Thursdays, but this Fall season I has lived my weeks longing for Sundays.

  • segarion Dec 15, 2011

    Friday night by far. Sci Fi shows galore.

  • lisi1210 Dec 15, 2011

    I have favs everyday of the week including Sunday! I guess it would be easier to say Saturday is the worse day! I know it wasn't an option but I love too many shows on each day to choose!

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