5 Shows You Probably Aren’t Watching but Should Be

Between work, family, and trying to have some semblance of a social life, most of us only have a few moments each day to call our own before we’re hitting the snooze button all over again. With time being such a precious commodity, you might find it surprising that we’re suggesting you fill your spare moments with TV shows, but there’s something to be said for spending a few blissful moment in television-vegetabledom. When you go for the remote, tune into one of the following shows you should be watching but probably aren’t:

Cougar Town
Network: TBS
Airs: Tuesdays, 9/8 p.m. Central

TV shows you should be watching Cougartown

Courtney Cox on the set of Cougartown

Before you scoff at this suggestion, hear us out. We know the title blows. The stars and TBS know it, too.1 This show isn’t about what you think it’s about. It doesn’t have anything to do with women of a certain age hunting young hotties or large feline cats. It’s about a group of friends who like to hang out and drink a lot of wine. Much like Courteney Cox’s last mega-hit Friends, the show is about engaging characters doing a whole lot of nothing. It’s funnier than expected.

The Biggest Loser
Network: NBC
Airs: Tuesdays at 10/9 p.m. Central

Sure, you’ve heard about the show and you may have caught an episode here and there, but if you’re not committing the time to watch The Biggest Loser each week, you’re missing numerous opportunities to be motivated to make changes in your own life. Plus, this season marks the return of trainer Jillian Michaels as she and the other trainers, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince, tackle the problem of childhood obesity.

Network: FX
Airs: Tuesdays at 10/9 p.m. Central

This show follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a man who uses an unconventional approach to law enforcement that makes him a target of criminals and puts him in hot water with his superiors. His “justified” behavior of a mob hit-man results in a quick reassignment to a poor community in southeastern Kentucky. While this may sound like a formulaic fish-out-of-water premise, the show is rich in story-building and character development. It’s rare to find a TV show where every character, no matter how minor, is memorable and compelling.

Network: TNT
Airs: Wednesday at 10/9 p.m. Central

SouthLAnd TV show you should be watching

SouthLAnd crew

While you may roll your eyes at the thought of another cop drama show, don’t dismiss Southland. This show isn’t your daddy’s Dragnet police show. Southland takes a harsh and realistic look at the lives of the Los Angeles police officers charged with keeping the city of Angels safe. Although the main characters are police officers, Southland isn’t a police procedural series nor is it a sixty-minute serving like all of the NCIS shows floating about; it also doesn’t follow the serialized conventions of most night-time dramas, which make this an easy show to catch when you can. After tuning in for a couple of episodes, we’re betting the grittiness of the show will keep you coming back for more.

Hart of Dixie
Network: CW
Airs: Mondays at 9/8 p.m. Central

Hart of Dixie revolves around Zoe Hart, a young Manhattan doctor whose dreams of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon fall apart and she ends up accepting a position as the local physician in a small Alabama town. This isn’t your typical CW fantasy series. Hart of Dixie isn’t about bored rich people, witches, vampires, or superheroes – it’s an adult feel-good drama with imperfect characters. It’s a perfect accompaniment to a quiet evening and a glass of wine.   What shows did we forget to add to the list?

1 Watch the TBS promo here.

Emiah has always been intrigued by the cable TV industry. She is consistently questioning how certain shows become pop culture phenomenons while others unceremoniously fail. Emiah has a deep appreciation for Andy Cohen and The Real Housewives franchise.

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