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"I'm definitely seeing a lot less bad TV than I used to see bad movies when I was a film critic"

Johnston: Oh, jeez, that's a good question.

Sars: You don't have to confine yourself to one, if you feel really strongly.

Johnston: One that I think is surprising by being a really damn good show, I'm tempted to say a great one, is the sitcom My Boys on TBS -- I think it's a terrific, terrific, show that I think is pretty undiscovered right now. Just really well written, really funny, really poignant, it's a really great take on sports culture, I think it's a pretty sweet show, and I didn't really pick up on it the first time around, so lately I've realized some people at the Times seemed to be stumping for it, and that made me want to go back and give it more of a look, and that's when I realized, it's a pretty special show, it's a pretty neat show. I don't know how well it's doing in the ratings, but it's not a show people are talking about very much -- or maybe it's because TBS isn't necessarily a quote-unquote cool channel or something, but it's a very good show.

Sars: My co-worker is going to freak out, because she's always telling me to watch that show, so she'll be glad someone's sticking up for it.

Johnston: It's a show that not a lot of people are really paying attention to. Another cable sitcom that I like that's starting to get more and more of a following is It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which I think is a really really tight, funny, creative sitcom which, it's starting to break out a little bit, but I think it's definitely a show that was kind of unnoticed at first, and it still hasn't reached its full number of viewers it could reach.

There's definitely other examples -- obviously with something like Friday Night Lights, which I was following, I never thought it would get renewed. Another one which I was really embarrassed by because it was like the cheesiest in creation was October Road, which I was enormously surprised that ABC renewed.

Sars: Yeah, that was a TV Tattle thing, that they were like, "...Whoa, where'd that renewal come from." I think everyone assumed it was gonna get killed.

Johnston: Laura Prepon was just fantastic on that, she has proved herself to me having become a way better actress than I ever would have guessed from That '70s Show, which admittedly I'd only seen maybe 15 or 20 percent of the episodes that That '70s Show's ever made --

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Ask A TV Critic: Andrew Johnston

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Grade It Now!
YOU GRADE IT
"I'm definitely seeing a lot less bad TV than I used to see bad movies when I was a film critic"

Johnston: Oh, jeez, that's a good question.

Sars: You don't have to confine yourself to one, if you feel really strongly.

Johnston: One that I think is surprising by being a really damn good show, I'm tempted to say a great one, is the sitcom My Boys on TBS -- I think it's a terrific, terrific, show that I think is pretty undiscovered right now. Just really well written, really funny, really poignant, it's a really great take on sports culture, I think it's a pretty sweet show, and I didn't really pick up on it the first time around, so lately I've realized some people at the Times seemed to be stumping for it, and that made me want to go back and give it more of a look, and that's when I realized, it's a pretty special show, it's a pretty neat show. I don't know how well it's doing in the ratings, but it's not a show people are talking about very much -- or maybe it's because TBS isn't necessarily a quote-unquote cool channel or something, but it's a very good show.

Sars: My co-worker is going to freak out, because she's always telling me to watch that show, so she'll be glad someone's sticking up for it.

Johnston: It's a show that not a lot of people are really paying attention to. Another cable sitcom that I like that's starting to get more and more of a following is It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which I think is a really really tight, funny, creative sitcom which, it's starting to break out a little bit, but I think it's definitely a show that was kind of unnoticed at first, and it still hasn't reached its full number of viewers it could reach.

There's definitely other examples -- obviously with something like Friday Night Lights, which I was following, I never thought it would get renewed. Another one which I was really embarrassed by because it was like the cheesiest in creation was October Road, which I was enormously surprised that ABC renewed.

Sars: Yeah, that was a TV Tattle thing, that they were like, "...Whoa, where'd that renewal come from." I think everyone assumed it was gonna get killed.

Johnston: Laura Prepon was just fantastic on that, she has proved herself to me having become a way better actress than I ever would have guessed from That '70s Show, which admittedly I'd only seen maybe 15 or 20 percent of the episodes that That '70s Show's ever made --

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