A Couch Potato’s Worst Nightmare

10 Sep

Entertainment Weekly’s annual Fall TV Preview issue is out, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to set up my DVR so I don’t miss out on any of the new TV hitting airwaves over the course of the next month or so.

Every year I get the issue and I become interested in watching many of the new and returning shows. (Not that I needed the issue to tell me I was interested, but having them all in front of me like that solidifies my interest.) It’s like Christmas for a TV fan like me.

But it’s also a challenge because there’s not enough room on my DVR and not enough hours in the day to watch all these shows — especially if I actually want to have a life outside my apartment, which I do.

So my solution is simple: I have a three-strikes rule. I’ll do my best to watch what I want to, and if I get three episodes behind on any one show, I stop trying to watch it. That seems to work just fine. And it doesn’t take very long to pick out the good shows and the bad ones, the ones I should make time for and the ones I should give up on.

This year, I may need to apply that rule more readily, what with seven shows I have slated to watch on Tuesday nights alone.

So … what shows are on my must-watch list this year? To continue my annual tradition, here’s a list of what I’m looking forward to this fall:


How I Met Your Mother, Partners, Revolution


Ben and Kate, New Girl, Go On, Happy Endings, The Mindy Project, The New Normal, Vegas


The X Factor, Animal Practice, Arrow, Modern Family, Nashville


30 Rock, Last Resort, The Office, Elementary


Community, Shark Tank


Saturday Night Live


The Amazing Race, Revenge, 666 Park Avenue

That’s a lot of TV watching to do — especially on Tuesdays. The thing is, I know I’m never going to watch all of that. And actually, no one should spend as many hours watching TV as I say I’m intending to.

So check back with me a couple months from now to see which shows earned themselves a full-season pass, and which have gone by the wayside.

Which new and returning shows are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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