I think The Mentalist is my favorite show on TV, and I don't think it's even close. Thing is, I don't watch crime procedurals. I've seen half an episode of CSI, I can't get through a Law and Order-- this stuff doesn't do it for me. Except that The Mentalist is utterly gripping. And it's all because of the lead character-- I'd follow the character anywhere. They do such a great job of giving him fun things to do-- of peppering the episode with moments you're just not going to find on Law and Order, and that take perfect advantage of this character they've created. And Simon Baker sells it so well.
The Mentalist, How I Met Your Mother, Top Chef, and Friday Night Lights-- those four-- all very different-- but if I could watch nothing else on TV, I think I'd be pretty satisfied.
The new fall stuff I've sampled so far? Cougar Town, Accidentally on Purpose, Modern Family, Community, Glee, and The Good Wife. I'm giving at least a few of them another episode, but I'm not sure any of them have won me over. Feel free to try and convince me in the comments though.
My question -- unrelated -- if you're a lawyer (practicing or not, I don't care -- law students too), and you read books, and you'd be up for helping me brainstorm about something -- shoot me an e-mail? Subject line: Lawyer / Books. Thanks.