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Breaking Bad (AMC): Walter White, a down-on-his-luck high school chemistry teacher, decides to cook crystal meth after finding out he's got terminal cancer. He's also the runaway winner for the most bad-ass character on television.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
: Larry David is ridiculously immature, and his absurd self-sabotage gets funnier every season. The only drawback is that some episodes are hit-or-miss and jokes can get old very quickly.

Dexter (Showtime): Dexter Morgan pretends to live a normal life, while secretly killing evil people who fit his 'code' in the process. Naturally, he always comes way too close to being caught.

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FX): I've heard it being referred to as a more obsene, foul, and over-the-top version of Seinfeld. In other words, it hardly ever disappoints.

House (FOX): House is a cranky, pill-popping, selfish doctor, who believes that everyone is a liar, mistreats his bosses and interns, and is (almost) never wrong. What's not to like?

Jersey Shore (MTV): No matter if the cast is in Jersey, Miami or Italy, you can expect to see stupidity and ... stupidity.

Mad Men (AMC): There's really nothing like a show centered around 1960's advertising agency, complete with copious amounts of drinking and curvy secretaries.

The Office / 30 Rock (NBC)
: The consistently funniest writing on television, hands down. Note that I've never watched Park and Recreation, which I'm sure would make this list.

Top Chef (Bravo): I either can't or choose not to eat 95% of what the contestants cook, but for some reason, I enjoy watching them make weird-sounding, fancy foods.

Californication (Showtime):  A well-known writer struggles with a new book and tries to stop his ex from marrying someone else.  He also meets lots and lots of easy women in the process...the nudity doesn't hurt
Californication (Showtime):  A well-known writer struggles with a new book and tries to stop his ex from marrying someone else.  He also meets lots and lots of easy women in the process...the nudity doesn't hurt
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Californication (Showtime):  A wel
Weeds (Showtime): A widowed mother resorts to selling drugs to support her family. At least, that's how it started out -- I have no idea what's happening anymore.

Passes the DVR Test

Californication (Showtime): A well-known author struggles with keeping his family together and his writing career afloat, meeting lots and lots of easy women in the process. Like too many of my favorites, it started off strong and has become borderline absurd.

The Biggest Loser (NBC): Loser would compete for a "Must Watch" spot if it weren't an hour too long. Still, it's relatively entertaining and touching (look, I'm sappy and a sucker for redemption stories).
Pawn Stars (History): People bring in all kinds of crap into a Las Vegas pawn shop and the store owner knows absolutely everything there is to know about everything. The downside is that can get repetitive and the producers clearly stage some 'wacky' situations.
Project Runway (Lifetime): Don't judge me. It's surprisingly interesting, even to someone who dresses in jeans and wrinkled t-shirts 300 days a year.

Classic Reruns

Arrested Development (Fox): I still can't believe it was canceled after three short, brilliant seasons. The Bluths are the craziest, strangest, and funniest family in television history. You need to watch each episode two or three times just to catch half of the jokes.
*Update: Dust off those cut-offs -- it's back!  Looks like Arrested will be making a triumphant return to "Must Watch" sometime next year. 
Entourage (HBO): Four immature friends and one foul-mouthed agent dish out jokes and insults, meet tons attractive women, and pray their movie star friend doesn't go bankrupt.  It goes downhill about halfway through its run, but there are some classic episodes along the way.

Chappelle's Show (Comedy Central): It's a s
hame that Dave Chappelle decided to quit his sketch show after two-plus years.  From the blind, black KKK leader to Charlie Murphy's classic stories with Prince and Rick James, he wasn't afraid to push the limits.  "Game, blouses."

Friday Night Lights (NBC): Yes, it's about a high school football team, but it focuses more on relationships and hardships of teenage life than sports. That's actually a good thing.

Lost (ABC): A weird quasi-sci-fi show that will leave you with more questions than answers, with stories presented in flashback and flash-forward format, interwoven with the present action. I don't get what happens half of the time, but neither does anyone else.

Rescue Me (FX): Rescue Me combines serious action, strange hallucinations and dark comedy into an interesting series, but also has far too many uneven and unrealistic story-lines.

The Shield (FX): Vic Mackey is one of the most powerful men alive -- a cop who's not afraid to murder a snitching partner or work with drug dealers to get his way.  He's gotten away with murder (and worse) over seven incredible seasons, but will he ever get caught?

The Wire (HBO/BET)Every major publication there is agrees on one thing: it's "the best show on TV." I can't possibly do it justice by explaining why so amazing and why the people who watch it can never get enough.

24 (FOX): Jack Bauer is indestructible and will spend a full day without sleeping, eating, or urinating to save us from terrorists. The last two or three seasons are mediocre, but the first three are incredibly fun.