With thirteen adrenaline-fuelled seasons under its belt, and various spin-offs, CSI is without a doubt one of the most notable police procedural dramas on television today. Each episode follows a team of crime scene investigators as they work to solve the mysteries behind a series of homicide cases within the city of Las Vegas. No two episodes follow the same plot, and the show will grip you from the start as you tune in to watch what happens behind the scenes of a murder investigation. Using some of the most high-tech equipment, each murder is pieced together in a tremendously unique way, rather than the viewer watching as detectives go from door to door interrogating suspects. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer himself, CSI is definitely a show not to be missed.
With laugh out loud humor all the way, How I Met Your Mother is a unique spin on a Friends-like comedy. Narrated by the protagonist, Ted Mosby, in the year 2030, the show focuses on the lives of five thirty-something friends and how Ted himself manages to meet the mother to his children. Packed with hilarious one-liners, incredible plot twists and a cast of fantastic characters who clash with one another at every given opportunity, it’s no wonder the show has managed to pick up a whopping six Emmy awards. Each episode follows an individual story, with the underlying plot driving the show and keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as the whole world waits in anticipation to discover who really is the mother, and how did Ted meet her?
Person of Interest is about John Reese, a former CIA agent, who has been presumed as dead, living under the radar in New York City. Harold Finch, a genius billionaire tracks him down to help man a new computer system that he created. The computer system was built for the government to assist in the prediction of terrorist attacks. Upon the realization that the computer predicts day-to-day crimes as well, he enlists Reese to monitor and pre-empt the committing of these crimes. With a limited amount of information about the crime and the people involved the duo have to figure out exactly what is going to happen and stop it. The two end up recruiting a pair of New York City cops to help them in their pursuits.
The New Girl is a comedy series that features Jessica “Jess” Day. Jess is an overly-cute and quirky elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. After catching her boyfriend in the act of cheating, she promptly sets out to find a new living situation. She finds an ad on Craigslist in an apartment inhabited with three young men Nick, Schmidt, and Coach. The main part of the series is about the adjustment that these three guys have to go through with their adorable new roommate. A slew of hilarious situations ensue as they all get to know each other and inhabit the same space. Zooey Deschanel, Jess, has been nominated for multiple awards for the premier season. She has been on the ballot for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
The Vampire Diaries is a show based on the young adult book series of the same name. It is a supernatural drama that takes place in a fictional town in Virginia where humans and vampires live together. Elena Gilbert is a local teenage girl who falls in love with Stefan Salvatore, a vampire. All seems well and good until Stefan’s devilish older brother Damon returns to town to seek revenge on his brother. The two brothers and Elena are trapped in a love triangle. Part of the reason that the two are so keen on Elena is that she closely resembles a long dead ancestor of hers, with who both boys were once in love with. Because of the town’s long history with the supernatural there is also a lot of drama created within the town between humans and vampires.
Body of Proof is a medical drama that follows the story of Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delaney). Megan Hunt is a former neurosurgeon who went through a tragic car crash and then accidentally killed a patient on the operating table. After that incident she resigned from her job, and she is making a fresh start helping to solve criminal cases on a medical level. It also follows the side plot of her trying to re-connect with her estranged daughter. She works with Detective Tommy Sullivan, a cop who used to have a relationship with Megan and is trying to re-kindle an old flame. She is supported by a team of forensic experts and lorded over by Dr. Kate Murphy, the Chief Medical Examiner.
Rules of Engagement is an American sitcom that follows the story of five friends, and their adventures in dating and marriage. All of the characters are in different stages of relationships. Jeff and Audrey Bingham have been married for a while. Jeff is the typical sports-enthusiast male, and Audrey is incredibly feminine editor at an interior design magazine. Adam and Jennifer are recently engaged and live together. Adam hangs on the words of neighbor, Jeff, for relationship advice. Jennifer, however, is usually keen to Adam’s ploys towards her and manages to maneuver around them. Russell is their womanizing single friend, who shows no sign of slowing down the “lady train”. He fits into the group seeing that he manages the company that Adam works for, a job handed to him by his father.
So You Think You Can Dance is an American reality program that is an intense dance competition. Open auditions are held so dancers from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to try out. After a multi-step judging process a final round of dancers are chosen to perform for the American public, and be voted for based on their acts. Each week a different style of dance is highlighted, and no matter what the original background of the dancer they must adapt to it. The judges from the selection round stay on board as advisors, but have no actual say in who gets eliminated. The prize that everyone is playing for is the title of America’s Favorite Dancer and $250,000.
America’s Funniest Home Videos is a long running show that highlights home videos from people across the country. People send in their home movies that, most often, captures moments of unintentional hilarity. Each episode nominates three of the videos played during the show for the chance at a $10,000 prize. The audience sitting in the studio votes for the selected contenders. Every few months there is a $100,000 show where all the videos from the previous cycle are brought back and voted on by viewers in the audience for the larger prize. There are also many different types of videos. There is everything from physical, slapstick style situations, pet videos, cute children, and pranks. AFV also incorporates special segments that lumps together videos of a certain type.
Castle is a crime comedy-drama series. Richard Castle, a bestselling novelist, specializing in mysteries teams up with NYPD detective Kate Beckett to solve crimes in New York City. Castle is brought into the force to help solve a copy-cat murder that is similar to something in one of his novels. At first, Kate is incredibly unhappy with the situation. She feels that it is nonsensical to be working with a writer to figure out crimes, as opposed to another detective. Ultimately, romantic tension develops between the two as time goes on and they work together on case after case. There is also a sub-plot that involves the two working together to solve the murder of Detective Beckett’s mother.