Five TV shows (okay, six really) you should be watching right now*
One question I spent much of my time answering at the Times Festival of Reading Saturday is the one you would expect:
What's the best show on TV right now?
To help out, I've provided five -- actually, six, when you think about it -- shows you should be watching right now (*Even if you use a DVR or catch a rerun). Check the list:
The Walking Dead, 9 p.m. Sundays, AMC: A zombie apocalypse series that is SO not about the zombies and more about what each of us might do when the trappings of civilization fall away.
Dexter, 9 p.m. Sundays/Homeland 10 p.m. Sundays, Showtime: This season, Michael C. Hall's masterful serial killer of murderers Dexter Morgan asks himself potent questions about faith, as a fellow killer (actually a team, played by Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks) commits faith-centered acts of murder. That well-tested drama is follwoed by a compelling new upstart, Homeland, featuring Claire Danes as a CIA agent with mental issues serious enough for medication, who nevertheless is convinced a hero soldier rescued from the Middle East has been turned to the other side. We know Damian Lewis' troubled Marine Sgt. Scott Brody is more than what he seems; but is he a double agent?
The Good Wife, 9 p.m. Sundays, CBS (WTSP-Ch. 10): Why the Eye Network exiled this powerful drama about a cuckolded political wife-turned power lawyer to Sundays, I'll never know. But it needs to cancel Unforgettable and get Alicia Florrick back to 10 p.m. Tuesdays so we can watch her juggle an office fling with some of the most interesting legal cases on series TV.
Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m. Tuesdays, FX: Making a biker gang heroic enough to earn an audience's sympathy is feat enough; creator Kurt Sutter has turned this year's episodes into a delicious, Shakespearean exploration of how a family can turn on itself, as a Mexican cartel targets the gang and one member tries suicide rather than let law enforcement pressure him into informing.
Parenthood, 10 p.m. Tuesdays, NBC (WFLA-Ch. 8): Yes, I was among those who scoffed at the idea of turning a 20-year-old movie into a TV series. But this show has become television's best family drama by quickly defining its own universe, exploring autism, infidelity and teenage love with smarts, ambition and a boatload of heart.