TV Shows – Sunday

There are a number of new, and old, dramatic TV shows that are worth watching this season. In fact, I would say that thus far, this year has some of the most interesting shows worth watching in a number of seasons.

Between all that is available for your viewing pleasure how do you know what shows are really worth sitting down and wasting 45 minutes of your life on? Good question. All I know is what I have watched and will share that with everyone.

Some of these shows I have sent to me by my Mom, on video, while others I merely get via other means. After all, living in Japan means that most of these shows will never make it out here so one must use all available resources for viewing the shows that they deem interesting.

This is the first is a series of articles that I plan to write regarding TV shows worth watching. I will start with shows that air on Sunday in this chapter.

Without further ado.

West Wing

The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation’s capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidental administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics the that they discuss touch on everyday life. The show is currently in transition between the administration of President Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and an unknown prospect, either Congressman Mathew Vincente Santos of Houston, Texas (Jimmy Smits) or Senator Arnold Vinick of California (Alan Alda).

I have always been interested in The West Wing, ever since it first aired. While recent seasons do not seem to have the same punch as the early ones I have faith that the show will improve. Series creator Aaron Sorkin has returned, after leaving the show the last couple seasons, and will undoubtedly add back his flair that made The West Wing so exciting.

Desperate Housewives

A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on “happily every after,? this hit series takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren’t always what they seem.

The series began with Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) leaving her perfect house in the loveliest of suburbs — and ending it all. Now she takes us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her elevated P.O.V.

I feel almost dirty for watching this show but you know what? I do not care! The story is intriguing while the cast humorous and sexy. Desperate Housewives makes for a good mix of comedy, drama and a continuous storyline that is easy to follow.

Rome

“Rome” is the saga of two ordinary Roman soldiers and their families. An intimate drama of love and betrayal, masters and slaves, and husbands and wives, it chronicles epic times that saw the fall of a republic and the creation of an empire. The series begins in 52 BC, as Gaius Julius Caesar has completed his masterful conquest of Gaul after eight years of war, and is preparing to return to Rome.

He heads home with thousands of loyal battle-hardened men, huge amounts of loot in gold and slaves, and a populist agenda for radical social change. Terrified, the aristocracy threatens to prosecute Caesar for war crimes as soon as he sets foot in Rome. Caesar’s old friend and mentor, Pompey Magnus, attempts to foment mutiny in order to maintain the balance of power.

Two of Caesar’s soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, thwart Pompey’s plan and in the process, win the eternal gratitude of Caesar and the Julian clan, affording the two plebian officers an intimate view of the ruling class. The fates of Pullo and Vorenus become entwined with those of Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and the boy Octavian, a strange and awkward child who, by political guile and bloody force, will become the first emperor of Rome.

Of all the new shows that have started this is, by far, my favorite. The sets are elaborate and do not give the impression that we are watching a TV show. It almost feels like a made for TV movie that has a movie-like budget.

Rome deserves all the praise that it is receiving because it truly is an exceptional show.

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