Previously at theTRu. . . I decided to create master lists of pop culture media nuggets that have grabbed and held my attention. Like a variation on the game Scattergories, I’m picking one entry for each letter of the alphabet. And just to clarify, these are not intended to be thorough reviews or examinations of each item, just a quick mention of what it’s about and what I like about it. I started with TV and today I’ll tackle G through P.

G is for Grimm. First things first. Yes, I do still watch Glee. It’s not my choice here, however, because it’s increasingly only for the songs and even the songs are starting to lose my interest. Now, onto Grimm. This is a bit more of a sci-fi show than I would typically gravitate towards, but the special effects (which can be pretty gruesome at times) and the clever fairy tale hooks keep me coming back. It’s also a great picture of man’s search for identity, significance, and purpose.

H is for Hawaii 5-0. To be completely honest, I haven’t watched Hawaii 5-0 in quite a while. I think I ended up having a DVR conflict in that time slot and this show drew the short straw. (And looking ahead at the coming season, it looks like Hawaii 5-0 will suffer the same fate this year). Be that as it may, it’s typically a fun show to watch without having to think too hard about what’s going on. I think it replaced Numb3rs quite well and it has one of the BEST theme songs ever. Honorable mention goes to the long cancelled Human Target.

I is for Important Things. I’m not even certain that this is still airing anywhere and I never watched it regularly, but Important Things is a half-hour vehicle for comedian Demetri Martin who amuses me when I’m in the right mood and when he doesn’t try so hard. Part stand-up, part variety, part sketch comedy, Important Things makes me smile and sometime laugh uncontrollably.

J is for Justified. Another show I was late in catching up to, Justified features Timothy Olyphant (from Gone in 60 Seconds among other things) as Raylan Givens, a US Marshal from a small Kentucky town with a past that includes a con-artist father, a best friend who serves as a local crime lord, and plenty ghosts of his own doing. It’s a well told tale based on the Elmore Leonard novella Fire in the Hole.

K is for Kings? Yeah, I came up a little short on this one, but it’s pretty slim pickings. I want to say that The Killing is so good that it can take this spot, but I haven’t watched a single episode yet and I’m waiting until I get around to finishing Twin Peaks, on which I surmise The Killing is based. Plus, Kings was a pretty solid show, loosely (quite loosely) based on the life of King David before it found untimely cancellation.

L is for Leverage. If Lost had only aired 120 of its 121 episodes, it may have forever been engraved here. However, the finale DID air and it DID go there, so there’s room for the zany, madcap heists of Leverage. The show features a solid cast, a focus on teamwork and relationships, well thought-out plots and schemes, and your standard twists and turns.

M is for the Muppet Show. It would be easy to give this spot to Mad Men, because it’s so well written, engaging, and when it’s on, it’s one of the few shows I insist on watching in “near real-time.” As much as I enjoy the dark, brooding world of the 70s ad world however, I have to give credit to a classic here, which I now watch on DVD. The Muppet Show almost never disappoints – even on repeat viewing. Frock with puns, silliness, and great performances. And best of all, I can share the experience with my boys, which amplifies the enjoyment. (Now, if they would only release the rest of the seasons on DVD already!)

N is for New Girl. This is a quaint, quirky, and charming sit-com featuring Zoey Deschanel and a pretty solid supporting cast. The humor trends toward juvenile more often than not, but it’s usually good for a laugh. I fully expect this to be replaced by Nashville when it debuts in the Fall. (Or Newsroom if I ever manage to watch that).

O is for Once Upon a Time. Once upon a time, no show would’ve stood a chance at dethroning The Office as my go-to show. So much has changed. And even though Once Upon a Time is kind of the girly version of Grimm, there’s still a lot of intrigue and suspense to be had with how they treat the fairy tale aspect of the show. And what a cliff hanger at the end of season one.

P is for Parenthood. The strength of this show is relationships, which are forged by the cast members such that the tension, love, and pain feel authentic. Some of the situations and scenarios seem a little ridiculous or at least unlikely, but the reactions and the way they deal with them keep you anchored to the reality presented by the show. (Honorable Mention: Person of Interest – victim of the DVR’s limitations).

Did you miss part one of this series? Read it now.

peace… love… bdg…