TV.com's 4-Episode Test, Midseason 2012 Edition: How Are TV's Newest Shows Holding Up?

It's that time of year again: A majority of TV's new midseason shows have reached the four-episode mark, which means we think we've seen enough to pass judgement on whether or not they're worth your precious time and/or emotional investment. Read on to find out what we're sticking with and what we're deleting from our DVRs, then tell us what YOU'RE still watching in the comments.


Note: You may notice that a few new series—including Luck, Smash, The River, and Touch—are missing from this list. Those shows (plus a few others) debuted (or are debuting) later than most of the season's new offerings, so we'll post a follow-up to this story in a few weeks. Similarly, those listed with fewer than four episodes have yet to air their fourth, but we decided we'd seen enough to assess.



Alcatraz

Mondays at 9pm on Fox


Alcatraz Final verdict: Stop torturing yourself.

Analysis: When it comes to serialized dramas trying to become the next big TV "event," a pattern is starting to emerge. The first episode is only okay, but has enough intrigue to suck us into a second episode. The second, third, and fourth episodes follow suit, and by the time we've spent four hours on the series with no answers or direction or character development in place, we're done with it. Alcatraz's fourth episode may have seen a slight uptick in quality, but it's not enough to convince me to stay. I won't be burned by another FlashForward or The Event just because one of characters doesn't age. Don't be fooled, people! —Tim Surette



Angry Boys

Sundays at 10pm on HBO


Angry Boys Final verdict: Keep watching.

Analysis: Chris Lilley has a fertile and twisted mind, and Angry Boys is the playground in which he lets it run loose. Episode 1 gave us an overview of the world by way of the bedroom of Nathan and Daniel Sims, teenage twin brothers from Australia who've erected a Wall of Legends to their heroes. It also focused on Gran, the boys' mannish grandmother, who is a corrections officer at a juvenile detention center. Episode 2 centered mainly on one of the boys' heroes: S.mouse, a manufactured hip-hop star who lives sequestered in a Beverly Hills mansion, conjuring up ways to break free of his bubblegum image. (One involves the self-released song "Poo on You," and its accompanying video, in which he defecates on a police car.) By Episode 3, we'd met Blake Oakfield, a former pro surfer who spends his days picking fights with a rival surf team. But it wasn't until Episode 4 that we met perhaps the strangest, and most captivating, of Lilley's creations: Jen Okazaki, tiger mother to Tim Okazaki, a teen skateboarding sensation that she's molded in her image and marketed to within an inch of his life. (He was forced to tell the world he's gay to help push her GayStyle Enterprises brand.) The scenario was so wrong, but it was just so specific and so much thought had gone into it that it ended up feeling incredibly right. And that goes for much of the series: Angry Boys is jarring at first, and at times downright depressing. But if you can settle into Lilley's rhythms, there's much fun to be had. As always, the devil is in the details. —Seth Abramovitch



Are You There, Chelsea?

Wednesdays at 8:30pm on NBC


Are You There, Chelsea? Final Verdict: We don't have enough DVR space.

Analysis: What could have been a perfect storm of awesome elements (Laura Prepon, progressive lady-humor, bar-centered action) is drowning in low production values and a determined sense of crassness. The roommate Deedee is adorably acted, Natasha Leggero was a hilarious villain when she appeared like a breath of fresh air in Episode 2, and there was a lactation sight-gag in Episode 3 that deserves applause, but the show's writers consistently privilege blue humor over the wit and warmth its actresses are so capable of, undermining the pro-lady premise by aggressively and cartoonishly limiting the characters' dimensions to either "virgin" or "whore." There's also a visual awkwardness, as Laura Prepon is 5'10" and surrounded by co-stars who are either literally little people or only a couple inches beyond little person status, making Chelsea appear as though she's barged into the middle of a very sexy elementary school play. —Lily Sparks



Celebrity Wife Swap

Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC


Celebrity Wife Swap Final Verdict: Keep watching.

Analysis: This show's range makes each episode an emotional game of Russian Roulette. Will I see two charming families grow on each other and have a big adventure, like the Niecy Nash/Tina Yothers episode, or will dysfunction and abuse prevail in a series of psychological pyrotechnics that make me feel dirty for not looking away, as was the case with the Gary Busey/Ted Haggard episode? The unblinking schadenfreude and the smorgasbord of awkward will keep reality lovers and B-list actor groupies hooked (Tracey Gold does all her own chores! Dee Snider lives in a pearlescent super-mansion!). I'm already in for the long haul, but whether CWS is a snarky reality lover's heroin or the starting pistol for the downfall of the Western Civilization is still up for debate. —Lily



The Finder

Thursdays at 9pm on Fox


The Finder Final Verdict: Keep watching if there's nothing else on.

Analysis: The most immediately noticeable thing about The Finder is how weird it is. It's incredibly creative when it comes to visuals, and its quirky, slightly campy, sense of humor made me double-check to make sure it wasn't a SyFy series. It centers around hunky weirdo Walter (Geoff Stults), who is a literally brain-damaged Iraq war vet prone to dream sequences straight out of Pushing Daisies. Unfortunately The Finder's biggest problem recalls Unforgettable's fatal flaw: It's just not super riveting watching a guy solve a mystery by thinking really hard. Furthermore, the main characters' relationships to each other remain vaguely forced. Walter's loose-knit circle includes a lawyer, a sexy U.S. Marshal who hangs around for the nookie, plus some gypsy girl? I didn't really understand their relationships, and I mostly didn't care. Of the first four episodes (not including the Bones backdoor pilot), the best one delved into the lawyer's (Michael Duncan Clarke) sad backstory and included a very strange female serial killer plot line. While the other episodes were funny enough and not boring, they also weren't terribly compelling. I'll probably drop in again at some point in the future, but this just doesn't feel very must-see right now. —Price Peterson



The Firm

Saturdays at 9pm on NBC


The Firm Final Verdict: Keep watching if there's nothing else on.

Analysis: We all know The Firm has already boarded the Cancellation Train, so now it's a question of why? This 10-years-later sequel/adaptation of the John Grisham novel is a handsome production with a terrific cast, but it just never really clicks into must-watch mode. For one thing, it's a procedural-serial hybrid, and surprisingly it's the serialized aspect that fails. The case-of-the-week stories (including one involving a schoolyard stabbing and another involving a serial killer) have been more interesting and nuanced than the corrupt law firm storyline. Worse, the serialization has a terrible format: bookended flash-forward chase scenes that give no information, just false excitement. Okay, we know the lawyer will be running for his life in the future. Great. That's not suspense, though. While none of the first four episodes were outright terrible, they did suffer from lack of energy and forward thrust (although that might just be my Vampire Diaries-spoiled brain talking). The real shame is that, buried within this concept, there are a handful of shows I'd totally be into. I'd watch a show about the Tricia Helfer villain, and even a show about the Juliette Lewis secretary character, or even the Callum Keith Rennie private eye (sidenote: Yay, Battlestar alumni!). I just never once cared about Josh Lucas's heroic lawyer or his schoolteacher wife. Turns out America didn't, either. —Price



House of Lies

Sundays at 10pm on Showtime


House of Lies Final Verdict: Drop in on occasion.

Analysis: Showtime's fast-talking new comedy is supposed to be about conning "the man" and milking corporations for as much cash as the central group of frauds possibly can. But it's really a schlong-wagging contest between three guys who make occasional passes at the hot girl on the team. The performances by Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and the rest of the cast are great, but House of Lies is so conscious of being on Showtime that it crushes itself under the weight of frattish sex talk, nudity for the sake of nudity, and more cursing than you'd hear out of George Carlin after he stubbed his toe. Instead of giving us endless guy talk about porking conquests, House of Lies should spend more time showing us why these guys are smart enough to hoodwink CEOs. We get it, this is a cable show. Now work on being a good show. —Tim



Jane by Design

Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC Family


Jane By Design Final Verdict: Keep watching... if you're 12.

Analysis: Cross Pretty In Pink with Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and throw in The Devil Wears Prada and you have Jane By Design. Appealing, right? Now imagine any kind of realism those movies had, cut it out, and shoot it into space. Jane by Design's plucky heroine is supposedly a poverty-stricken dork, yet continually wears couture, has a bad-boy best friend, and has the hottest guy in school pining for her (Episode 2, "Runway," was a hamfisted romance). She commutes from her charming New England town to NYC by car in about five minutes on a daily basis and manages to win the day in every episode by accident, as exemplified in scenarios like that of Episode 4, in which she charmed a client by naively drinking from a finger bowl. (So much for agency!) If you've ever worked as an assistant or been to high school, you will understand that this show is missing its brain, but if you're 12, enjoy! It's glossy pre-teen wish fulfillment. —Lily



Napoleon Dynamite

Sundays at 8:30pm on Fox


Napoleon Dynamite Final Verdict: If you've never seen the movie and think Fox's Animation Domination block can do no wrong, keep watching.

Analysis: It's not that this show is bad, it's just that it's consistently not great. Essentially, Napoleon Dynamite: The TV Series is Napoleon Dynamite: The Movie, but on crack. It's quippier and more slap-stick, thanks to its two-dimensional nature: It's a lot easier for Napoleon to burp-sneeze himself into a miniature atomic bomb blast as an animated character, than it would have been for the live-action character we met eight years ago. On TV, he's already interacted with a pack of Ligers, perfected his martial arts expertise with help from to his anger-inducing acne cream, and fallen in love with a Samurai maven.

Of course, Napoleon's inability to fully realize his imagination in the movie was essential to its charm. Now that he's able to actualize whatever he dreams up, he's not as fun to root for. I don't think it's inherently wrong that this show is based on a movie we all quoted to death almost a decade ago, but when a show neglects to incorporate any of the subtext that made the movie so pitifully funny in the first place, it makes it look like the animators missed the point. If you're going to turn the movie into a cartoon, at least shoot for something outside the box. A Napoleon Dynamite cartoon with an Adventure Time spin? Now that's something I'd tune in for. —Killian



Rob

Thursdays at 8:30pm on CBS


RobFinal Verdict: Quit watching.

Analysis: Usually when comedic actors star in sitcoms named after them there's an implied autobiographical element: Seinfeld centered on a comedian; Roseanne was about a blue collar mom; Ellen was about a handsome woman who didn't have a lot of boyfriends. So while it's interesting that Rob Schneider plays a surprisingly upscale and OCD landscape architect (as opposed to the flatulent vagrants that are typical of his film work) it's a wonder this thing's named after him at all. A better title would be Bickering Mexicans, because each of the first four episodes revolved around the squabbles of Rob's in-laws. I actually kind of dug the pilot, which mined awkward humor as Rob made a terrible impression on the huge Mexican family he'd shotgun-married into. Unfortunately there were some truly unforgivable racial misunderstandings (had Rob seriously never met a Mexican person before?), and the wife character is just a comedy void. Would it really have been so hard to cast an inappropriately hot lady with a personality? Episodes got worse after that: Rob and his new wife fought over a throw pillow; Rob accidentally revealed a secret about his in-laws' sex life; Rob couldn't decide whether to have a second wedding or not. Ultimately the show wastes a perfectly funny Rob Schneider (yeah I said it) and Cheech Marin with a bunch of duuuuuumb sitcom contrivances and lazy ethnic humor. Four episodes and I'm done. —Price



Unsupervised

Thursdays at 10:30pm on FX


Unsupervised Final Verdict: Just watch Archer instead.

Analysis: At first glance, Unsupervised is a modern-day Beavis and Butt-head with even more sophomoric chatter about boys' junk and girls' boobs. And after glances five, seven, and thirty-three, it's the same. But around look thirty-four, something strange happens. The series' two central characters, hyper teens Gary and Joel, start to grow on you. Their unfailing positive outlook is infectious and unheard of in this day and age of teens so spoiled they curdle. Unfortunately, Unsupervised still has the major problem of forgetting to be funny. But Episodes 2 and 3 were much better efforts than the terrible pilot. Still, it's probably not going to reward us, no matter how long we wait for it to get better. —Tim



Work It

Already canceled!


Work It Final Verdict: Watch the only two existing episodes just to see how bad TV can get.

Analysis: ABC's Work It only lasted two episodes, which is a crime because it made the rest of television look so much better by comparison. To say Work It was an affront to humanity is a compliment. Contrary to popular belief, the premise—two man-dudes dress up as women to get jobs—wasn't the problem. Done well with a subversive nod to gender equality, Work It could have been amazing. Instead, the program didn't even try to be smart, and relied on the comedy of dudes trying to tuck their packages into thongs. Episode 2 only earned a score of 2 because it almost hinted at being smart. But then it wasn't. Good riddance. —Tim



Well, there you have it: We're going to keep watching fewer than half of the new shows on this list. But now it's YOUR turn to reveal what you're sticking with and what you're giving up on. Let us know what you're still watching and why in the comments!

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Napoleon Dynamite's awesome.
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Bob's Burgers is better.................... way better.
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The firm is engrossing, demands intelligence from the viewer. It's not for anyone with a passive lay-it-on-me attitude. Grisham's books are like that too.
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The Firm goes down the drain soon. Predictable, predictable, predictable - either Josh Lucas is a terrible actor or the script is damn cheesy. The only fresh air is Juliette Lewis, but this could not save this disaster.
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I am sticking with:

Alcatraz - It came into its groove in the 5th episode. It'll be awesome in the coming episodes. Watch from the 5th episode and you'll like this show.



The Firm - I don't know why more people aren't watching this. It isn't as bad as the ratings indicate. This is PRIME SUSPECT all over again, but PS was a 100 times better IMO and I am really really sad to let that one go.



House of Lies - Two adorable words - Kristen Bell!!!!!!! No way am I ditching this!



Rob - Well, I don't know why I am watching this. But it isn't pure garbage like all the other offerings, YET!
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I agree that Rob isn't the funniest show on television, BUT, it's waaaaaay funnier the the pathetic unwatched 30rock or Parks and Wreckreation.
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I actually like The Firm. I have no idea why its cancelled... finally a crime show i was into and now its gone, how sad.
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i will keep watching Alcatraz and Rob, The Finder is not good at all i dont know how you gave it this high ratings there is a much better show at the same time and everyone should watch it which is Person of Interest.
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Agree with most, but Are you there, Chelsea? was just plain garbage. I couldn't finish 1 episode with full concentration. I saw three after 7 attempts
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I rarely find myself enjoying new shows, but Rob is actually one of the better ones I've seen this season.
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Rob was really really bad. The review here is spot on. Lifeless
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yeah , ill keep watching !Cheech!
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Rob is actually really good.
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I like Finder, but they need to work on binding together the main characters better. Maybe do a flashback episode where you find out how all these people came together.



Alcatraz I'm already getting bored with. I'm not asking them to give me all the answers right away, but I've watched too many shows where it's question upon mystery upon riddle with no answer in sight that I just can't sit through another one of them. I've been burned before by shows like Flash Forward and The Event and Lost. Not doing it again!
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Alcatraz: Put me to sleep when it first aired. Like somebody said the all reappear at the rock, so case closed when the team figures that out.



Nobody should watch "reality" TV.



The finder pilot on bones was good I'll wait to see if it gets a season 2 before watching it.



Work It is just a rip off of a a little show that Tom Hanks did a long time ago. I'd rather have two back to back episode of Last man standing. So far it looks like ABC agrees.



The rest is just garbage. Next!



NBC has lost its' edge, they might have to resort to hiring some of geniuses from their sister network scifi errr I mean syfy. They could copy FOX and put the Voice on as much as possible. lol



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I agree. These are just poor or stupid shows or confusing at best, e.g. The Firm.

What does the stuff at the start have to do with the rest of it?????



Finder... needs to find itself.



House of Lies.. love the foul language..Need to see more of Kristen naked...what else is worth watching.

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I like Jane by Design! Its ridiculous, ofcourse, but what else are guilty pleasures made of? I don't exactly tune in for its realism. And I'm almost 27.
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I really enjoy The Finder but agree the characters' relationships need fleshing out. The bartender with the bad English accent in the Bones' Finder episode was annoying, so they changed the character for the series, but unfortunately picked one that wasn't much better. Willa is growing on me, but not the best choice. The only way they can incorporate a juvenile delinquent teen girl into each episode is for her to get into trouble, and that's going to get old fast. Having her participate in the investigations all the time would be odd: she's a juvenile delinquent teen girl. It is kinda mix-and-grap, an Iraq vet, a lawyer, a U.S. Marshall, and a Gypsy girl. But maybe they'll explain to us how they all came to be together in future episodes. Meanwhile, it's fun to watch.
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So Fringe is great, even though it also has characters that don't age (The Watchers), while Alcatraz is crap because it's just another show with characters that don't age? It took a while before Fringe became a great show (with the result that it's probably going to be canceled after season 4), so why not give Alcatraz a chance to find its way?
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Rob is funny, i disagree!

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I disagree about Alcatraz. I am enjoying it. Am I blown away? No, but why does a show have to be trashed so soon and not given any time nowadays? So many of my favorite shows over the years needed several eps, if not a whole season, to catch their stride. Now people watch the pilot and start complaining the second its over. Sheesh.
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I love Alcatraz. I suspect the "tv.com staff" bailed on Lost after 4 episodes. The Firm and The Finder are pretty good, but they are both up against superior competition (Can't some network put SOMETHING on Wednesday nights worth watching? There are better network offerings on Saturday nights. Yes, I know there are no network offerings on Saturday nights. Wednesdays are that bad.). The rest is really crappy crap. Chelsea Handler should have stuck to her talk show. The latest crap? The River. I don't need 2 more episodes to tell me I'm wasting my time on that Blair Witch ripoff (note: Blair Witch sucked too.). Now Touch has potential. I'm all in on that one after the one episode.
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Um, The Middle, Suburgatory and Revenge? Sometimes Modern Family? All on Wednesday nights and all on my DVR. Now Friday and Saturday really are TV wastelands. I don't care if everyone is out those nights, most of us have DVRs now so put on something good. Grimm and Blue Bloods are okay but zero comedy those nights. Alcatraz lost me with the opener - not because it's far-fetched and offers no explanations but because the procedures followed by the cops and guards were so unrealistic. Rob is awful. Still ticked at The Finder for robbing me of a Bones ep. Chelsea is far too coarse or has prime-time really sunk that low?
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Well, that's the problem right there. I can't watch sitcoms. I try, but there hasn't been one that has amused me or held my interest for more than 5 minutes since That 70s Show. I've tried ABC's sitcom lineup. I hate them all. They aren't funny in the least. Not to me. Not much on Prime Time Soaps, either. The star of Revenge is hot, but not hot enough for me to look past the non-existent premise. Friday has Supernatural, Fringe and Grimm all on at 9. The same small audience for all three. Can't they spare one of those for Wednesdays? Zero comedy? I think that's a good thing. When you find the next Abbott & Costello, give me a call.
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Keepers (but this is subject to change):

The Finder: The individual characters are great, but, as mentioned above, I just don't see any group dynamic between them. The fact that they can work as FBI consultants means that the cases they work should become more interesting, which is a big plus going forward. Now they just need to increase the complexity of each case and improve Walters 'method' - if they don't this show will probably fall into the 'Given up' category.

House of Lies: A bit like The Finder, I do like the characters and the general premise is passable, but (again, as mentioned above) they need to start showing these people as the expert con-artists that they supposedly are. So far they have put very little effort in to achieving their goals - and give up with the annoying freeze frames, they just ruin the flow of the scene.



Still deciding:

Alcatraz: Still on my schedule but I don't know how long for. There are some very obvious flaws with this show, the biggest being that they haven't invested any time in the two lead characters, but I am quite interested in the larger mystery. The show needs to make some improvements, and fast, or I'll drop it.

Unsupervised: I agree that the pilot was crap, but I can't help but like the two lead characters - which is rare consider they are teenage boys. I like their sunny/optimistic outlook, it's refreshing, I just don't know if it's enough for me to stay interested. I'll probably realise after another five episodes that I've forgotten about it.



Given Up:

The Firm: I know I watched the second episode but i can't remember what happened, which is a clear sign that I don't care. It's a shame because I think the cast really good.



Angry Boys, Are You There Chelsea?, Celebrity Wife Swap, Napoleon Dynamite, Rob and Work It: I never started any of these shows, never intended to.



Jane By Design: Didn't even know this existed - and now that I do know, I still don't care!
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If The Finder could keep Sweets and get rid of the girl I would like it more. I dropped The Firm after 2 eps and am still with Alcatraz, the rest I have not seen.
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Actually i think that the improvement i expected until the 4th episode of Alcatraz came in the 5th.The 5th made me give it another chance,i was ready to quit.
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Fringe would have failed the 4 episode test for all the same reasons as Alcatraz, but look how far it's developed. I say save Alcatraz!
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If you had to choose between Fringe or Alcatraz?
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On their first four episodes, Fringe...barely.



Hell, *still* barely.
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The Finder IS must-see TV!
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It is hard to take this a list seriosly when celebrity wife swap gets a "keep watching" while alcatraz gets a "stop" and the finder gets a "watch if there is nothing else"..
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My thoughts exactly.
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I never got Napoleon Dynamite, and the cartoon doesn't help me with it at all. Celebrity Wife Swap is a pile, an utter pile. When all the actors say to themselves "Wife Swap, or The Apprentice...why not both?" that's when I'm out.



But I like Rob...enough. And I like looking at Laura Prepon and Natasha Leggero enough to watch Chelsea's show. Chelsea looks old as hell with dark hair, though. The face is not ready to match the voice and she needs to get back to blonde. Forever.
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House of lies is great, so is Alcatraz. If you don't like Fringe or Lost or Prison Break then Alcatraz is not for you. JJ Abrams keeps you in suspense most weeks asking questions throughout the season. The Firm tries a little too hard and ends up complicating the plot, but its still very watchable. Out of the list thats pretty much it however. I will check out the Finder though, hot women always keep me coming back.
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Watch all of Angry Boys then bask in it's greatness, and watch out for 'Sneaky Ball's that one gag has kept me laughing ever since....
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i honestly don't think any of these mid season shows have that much potential. They all seemed forced and not very creative. The only ones i havent seen is "The Finder" and "Angry Boys", so i may look into that. But otherwise, its been an epic disappointment. (Especially Alcatraz!)
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I'll keep watching: The Finder, The Firm, Alcatraz (i hope wikipedia is right about the Alcatraz & Touch Line-up), Are you there, Chelsea?, Rob, and i would still watch Work It if it was still running, i don't care with snobbish radical christians with a phobia of being gay themselves think, it was hilarious.
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Geez! If these r the only shows on tv then we r Fucked up!
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i no right.
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The only show I'll keep watching is House of Lies - none of the other managed to hold my interest.
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Alcatraz and The Finder both belong in the category I like to call "background TV".

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i watch a lot of tv, but i watch none of these. the only new show that looks good is AWAKE.
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As a fan of most things animated, I think it's been a particularly poor year for new cartoons. "Napoleon Dynamite" isn't awful but that's not exactly a ringing endorsement. It would be far more at home on a Saturday morning than a Sunday evening. And as truly awful as "Allen Gregory" was (may it burn in Hell forever!), I think I'm nearly as disappointed with "Unsupervised." It, too, isn't bad and certainly doesn't even begin to approach AG's level of awfulness -- could anything? -- but FX has a such a stellar record (overall) with its own series that I suppose I hold them to a much higher standard when it comes to original fare. I expect them to know winners from losers much more than most networks and wonder if they green lit it simply to keep the "Sunny" trio happy and/or fulfill some contractual obligation to them.



As you said, definitely stick with "Archer" but then find something else to do at 10:30PM, as I now plan to do. Maybe use that slot to discover the joys of "Adventure Time," which is far more entertaining, weird and, yes, funny than these other duds.

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I agree with most of your reviews for the most part.. You gave pretty decent ratings to The Firm, which I find to be a horrid show and expect it to be canceled before long.



Also I wouldnt give up on Alcatraz just yet. I do agree that they should have got us more in-tune with the characters by this point, but they do let you get a LITTLE close to them each episode. I expected to have a lot of questions with no answers. That is exactly how Lost worked, but that was one thing I actually liked about it.



Everything else seems to be pretty on key.
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Unsupervised is funny, quit watching house of lies and watch Kristen Bell as a cartoon instead on Unsupervised is my advise to you. I thought house of lies was kind of boring and Unsupervised is probably made for a young audience which is probably why they aren't crazy about it. But personally I think it is the best show on this list.
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Thank you! Somebody spoke up for Unsupervised. I love it so friggin much, man I hope it doesn't get canceled after one season. And yes I Iove Archer too, but why would I watch it instead of Unsupervised. They are very much different. Anyways, Unsupervised and Adventure Time are the greatest cartoons on TV now, and for a long time. Keep em coming!
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I am enjoying The Firm. It's not the greatest TV show on earth...but it's enjoyable.



I am also enjoying The Finder for what it is; a fun and quirky comedy with great chemistry from the actors.



I'm sorry but the OP's responses are childish. Especially for Jane By Desgin...Keep Watching If your 12...DUH; that's the whole point. It's not for adults.



But the same poster who says Jane By Degisn is missing it's brain is telling me to watch Celebrity Wife Swap? They're telling me to watch Celebrity Wife Swap?? Leaving site now.
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I'm watching Jane by Design, I don't know what it is about that show.. I'm a 25 year old guy but it entertains me for some reason. I'll stick with Alcatraz just because I started it, no where near as good as I was hoping. And I really enjoy House of Lies for what it is, its not trying to BS you and its a take it or leave it kind of show and so far I'm taking.
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Hey, we're all allowed our teenage dreams, JBD is beautifully filmed (every scene appears to take place in the glorious light of a new spring morning) and chock full of great looking people and teenage angst. (I love when Billy says "I can't do this without you." and Jane is like "Do WHAT?" and Billy just throws his arms up in this all-encompassing gesture and is like "THIS. ALL of it.") So enjoy.
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I'd rather burn out my eyeballs with acid than watch something called Celebrity Wife Swap. And so I really can't trust the opinion of a man who makes that one of his most-rated shows on the list. Sorry!
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Woman! I'm a woman!! These are subjective ratings, and my taste profile leans toward reality tv because I think its hitting many mind-blowing cultural milestones right now and is practically avant garde art. You are allowed to disagree with me but please do not assume I have testicles.
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The Finder is awesome, kinda goofy...Are You There, Chelsea? is quite funny, plus Prepon is hot so ;) lol
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I like The Finder cuz it's cool to see his process (Unforgettable was mostly a fake red-head staring into the distance). I was intrigued when the Bones episode aired and had been waiting ever since. I say keep it!

Chelsea isn't bad (not great either) but I think I am biased because I am very familiar with Chelsea Handler. I think if I didn't know who she is and just tuned in then it wouldn't make as much sense.
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I love the Finder. It's a fun show if you don't over think it. The Firm.. is disappointing. Alcatraz? Saved it.. will watch at one time. Then decide.

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The Finder and House of Lies are the only two shows I currently kind of like to watch, and for now, I'll keep watching both. I find myself having similar reactions to both shows: they're okay to watch, but nothing I'd be sad about if canceled. House of Lies, in particular, has been disappointing... I was expecting a more comedic comedy... I probably should have known better considering it's on Showtime.



The only other show on here I watch is Alcatraz, and I'm close to giving up on it. While watching episode 4, I realized that I haven't actually had any excitement or enjoyment while watching any of the episodes... I just kind of sail through them.
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I like The Finder, it's something that makes me laugh when I really need it and Walter is incredibly weird so he reminds me of all my friends.
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I've only seen the first Episode, but Rob was actually better than I thought it would be, and better than most of the CBS sitcom "Hits" such as Mike and Molly and 2 Broke Girls. It was a bit silly at times but was watchable.



Admittedly, I could completely relate to the character and situation since I am a bit OCD and my last girlfriend was from Mexico with a similar family. So maybe I am their target demo.
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I've seen the entirety of Angry Boys through it's Australian airing, and that is probably the best "new" show this season.
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Jane by design is awful, are you there chelsea is boring, alcatraz is... i can't even start to define it, house of lies is too off. So far, the shows i've kind of liked haven't got to 4 episodes yet: touch and smash (could be the name of just one show, right? lol)
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An episode of CELEBRITY WIFESWAP (completely unwatchable) with Gary Busey got a 4.5???

The pilot to Finder (totally unoriginal and not entertaining) got a 4???

This list is majorly flawed! But props to whoever could sit through more than one episode of It's me Chelsea.
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