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.
A Gifted Man is a drama about Michael Holt, a conceited, handsome surgeon living in New York City. He is talented, but lives in his own self-absorbed world, obsessed with filling his life with material things. Despite all that he has going for him, he does not treat people as they should be treated. His life begins to change when he is visited by the spirit of his recently deceased ex-wife. She asks him to give up his lucrative job at the surgical clinic to run the free clinic to which she was completely dedicated. Her ghost is convincing enough because he follows through with the request and begins taking care of patients who truly need the help that a surgeon of his caliber can give.
Once Upon a Time is a fantasy drama that centers on the town of Storybook. Storybook, on the outside, seems like an average American small town. However, it is actually filled with characters from famous fairy tales who are currently under a curse cast by the evil queen, aka the mayor, and are not aware that they are who they are. Enter Emma Swan, a gun for hire type, who does not know that she is indeed connected to Storybook. She is from the same fantasy world where everyone else originates, but she managed to escape the curse as a baby. The son that she gave up contacts her, and she follows him to Storybook. Henry is the only person besides the queen who knows the truth about Storybook. It is up to the two of them to break the curse.
2 Broke Girls is a sitcom about two roommates, Max and Caroline living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their ultimate goal is to open a cupcake shop; however they are not currently financially secure enough to do so. To do so they are working as thankless waitresses together in their neighborhood. Max comes from a working class background, and Caroline comes from wealthier stock. The show chronicles the clashes of the different backgrounds in a humorous light. They are supported by a cast of zany co-workers from the restaurant. The end of every episode tallies how much money has been made during this episode to contribute to their dream of a bakery. The show has had quite a following, as it had been renewed by its network despite some resistance of acceptance from critics.
The X Factor is a re-creation of the popular British series, also created by American Idol producer/judge, Simon Cowell. It is a singing competition where the main prize is $5million dollars and a recording contract with Epic Records. Unlike American Idol, the competition accepts acts that are a single person to an entire group of people. There isn’t an age limit either. There are four judges, each of which is in charge of rating the contestants depending on their age/amount of people in the group. The four groups are solo artists 12-16, solo artists 17-24, solo artists 25 and above, and performing groups. The judges act as mentors to the acts as well as have a personal investment in whether or not a person from their group takes the competition. Ultimately the decision of who is eliminated week to week is up to a public vote.
Revenge is a drama centered on the central theme in the title. Emily Thorne, a successful young person, moves to the Hamptons for the summer. She moves in next to the Grayson family, who has had a permanent home there for some time. Not beknowst to the Graysons is they already had met their new neighbor years ago. Emily was born Amanda Clarke, and she used to summer in the Hamptons as a girl. Her father was framed for a crime that he did not commit and was sentenced to life in prison. She can never see her beloved dad ever again. She has returned to the island under an alias to seek revenge on those who did their father wrong. Her public enemy number one is Victoria Grayson, her neighbor, who betrayed him both criminally and emotionally.
Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama set in Seattle, Washington and follows the trials and tribulations of surgical interns and residents at the hospital as they work to become proper doctors. There is much emphasis on the mentor/mentee relationship and their development over the course of the series. The main character is Meredith Grey, a resident, who works under a slew of doctors. It features a narration by her, at the beginning of every episode. Each season is a new year in the development of the interns and residents towards becoming doctors. The season finales are generally incredibly dramatic, involving a tragedy or the exit of a character from the series. It has been critically well received and beloved to a base of loyal fans.
Desperate Housewives is a dramedy accompanied by an element of mystery. Set on lavish Wisteria Lane, it follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women as seen/narrated by their dead neighbor, who took her own life. Each of the five main characters goes through a variety of struggles within their own family. The fragility of every household is contrasted with the seemingly perfect outside appearance that the ladies themselves project, as well as the pristineness of Wisteria Lane. Desperate Housewives has been on for a great number of seasons and has won many awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild awards. It is also the longest running hour-long show featuring all female leads.
Chuck is an action/comedy/drama centered on mild mannered Chuck, who is a standard computer geek. A coded email from an old college friend arrives in Chuck’s inbox holding all of the United States’ greatest spy secrets. Chuck ends up absorbing all of this information. The computer where this information is stored is destroyed, leaving Chuck as the only person alive who knows all of the CIA’s spy secrets. Two agents, John Casey and Sarah Walker are tasked to investigate this IT serviceman/potential superspy. Chuck is coerced into working with these agents to battle covert threats to America and the world. He lives a double life, keeping his spy activities a complete secret to his loved ones. The two agents also end up embedding themselves within Chuck’s normal life to maintain constant contact with Chuck and the valuable information in his brain.
The Amazing Race is a long running, multi-Emmy winning reality show. Teams of two are cast together and they are set on a race around the world against other couples. The teams are comprised of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Contestants go on adventures through many different countries to reach, “pit stops” which hold prizes and advantages for those who arrive early, and may result in elimination or disadvantages for those couples that are the last to arrive. The teams have to figure out where to go next through figuring out various clues given to them, and the tasks that they have to perform in challenges are closely related to whatever country they are currently in. Teams are whittled down to the final three teams who compete to be the first one to reach the end of the last leg of the trip.