The TV Shows You SHOULD Have Watched in 2012
These shows probably won't appear on any year-end lists, but you should check them out.
We've reached that time of the year when everybody comes up with her "critically-acclaimed" lists for everything from movies to cars to video games. Televisions shows are usually included, but some very good ones are sure to be left out. Here's a list of shows you probably didn't make time to watch this past year, but should have.
MTV's "Catfish" is based on the 2010 documentary of the same name in which fake profiles between online romances are exposed. While the directors could easily go the heartless route and poke fun at how gullible some of the show's participants are, they instead offer simple truth and compassion to people getting their hearts broken. "Catfish" also shows just how lonely some people in this world really are. The show has featured instances of "soul mates" talking for 10 years and never meeting and others of people deciding to forgive the person who deceived them and start a relationship with them anyway.
Workaholics (Comedy Central)
Yeah. "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are funny shows, but black people at large pretty much stopped watching Comedy Central when "Chappelle's Show" went off the air. But folks should take another look. The network's latest hit, "Workaholics," is on its third season and is some of the funniest stuff on TV right now. The show revolves around three recent college graduates who were roommates and are now co-workers. We don't know how they pulled it off, but the writers actually made an episode about catching an online child molester funnier than some of the best episodes of "To Catch A Predator." Warning: White Boy Humor (naked people)
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The Untold History of the United States (Showtime)
If you need any more reasons to distrust the government, Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States" is full of them. Here, the film director takes every bit of classified information he could find and creates a show that will either make you want to grab the popcorn...or the Jack Daniels. Backed by in-depth research, this show makes it hard to listen to your inner cynic or conspiracy theorist because Stone doesn't paint a picture of "the man" controlling everything. Instead, he presents information in a way that will hopefully challenge the public to seize more opportunities to initiate change.
Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
When "Key & Peele" made its debut earlier this year, not too many black folks (including some who write for us) were fans of the show. But, as the show went on, it did get better. Granted, while the duo is still a bit over the top in how they characterize African Americans, some of the material is just undeniable. Think of it as watching those two borderline lame dudes cracking jokes that are actually kind of funny in the back of class. You're guaranteed to either laugh with them or laugh at them. Win-win situation.
"Boardwalk Empire" and "True Blood" probably took up most of your HBO viewing time this year, but "Veep" is a pretty good show too. Dropped right in the middle of the election season, "Veep" strays from the model of most other D.C. politics-based shows, opting instead to show just how goofy people in decision-making roles really are. While the show isn't supposed to be based on what might have happened had Sarah Palin wound up in the No. 2 spot in 2008, it does make the mind wonder.
Parole Diaries (TV One)
Cops chasing criminals has been primetime entertainment since forever. But the most we hear about the criminals afterward is when a few lines appear on a black screen at the end of the show telling us what happened in a paragraph. TV One's "Parole Diaries" lets viewers in on just how ex-cons are living when they get back on the streets. Some try not to slip back into drug addiction and trouble, while others fall off the wagon completely. Their stories add a humanizing element to a format that usually just shows the "Good Guy vs. Bad Guy" narrative.