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

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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