The 2010-2011 Refrigerator Rants End-of-Season Awards

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With the 2010-2011 television season more or less over and summer TV about to begin or recently having begun, it’s time to take a look back at the best that the past year brought us.

Before we dive in, I have to make one thing clear: I don’t watch most television shows, and I barely watch any cable television. I do watch a lot of television on the whole, but not nearly enough to make a fair assessment of what was truly the “best.” For that reason, the awards will be skewed towards the shows that I watch. So don’t go crying about my failure to include The Good Wife, Mad Men, or Friday Night Lights. I don’t watch those shows. With that mind, let’s get started! More

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The 2010 Refrigerator Rants Random Awards

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The last few weeks of December are filled with “best of” lists of everything from fashion to food to news to sports. Rather than merely adding to that jumble, I’ve compiled a list of random awards. (If you want to know what the best TV show of the year was, just ask someone who actually watches Mad Men. That won’t stop me from listing my favourites, though.) Some of these awards are good, some of them are bad, and some are just plain, well, random. The awards mainly deal with television, but some also deal with music, the Internet, print media, and movies. I’ve included runners-up for some of the awards. Read on for the winners, the losers, and the, um, “randomers.” More

Episode Review: No Ordinary Family, S1E06, No Ordinary Visitors

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Ah, No Ordinary Family. So much wasted potential. So much weak writing. Such a frustrating show. I keep wishing that it were better, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get better any time soon. “No Ordinary Visitors” had quite a few fun portions, but overall, it was really weak. More

Episode Review: No Ordinary Family, S1E05, No Ordinary Quake

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For a long time, I’ve believed that a program about a family who fights crime with superpowers would be an excellent TV show. It would have an interesting plot line and an intriguing recurring villain, its emotional core would be built around the idea of family, and it would involve a lot of fun action.

Unfortunately, No Ordinary Family isn’t that show, but it has the potential to be. Right now, No Ordinary Family seems to be a standard family drama with a smattering of sci-fi. “No Ordinary Quake” continued in that vein, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it made me wonder if that approach is sustainable. More

Episode Review: No Ordinary Family, S1E04, No Ordinary Vigilante

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No Ordinary Family‘s pilot episode grabbed me instantly with its wit and charm, underpinned by a feeling of boundless joy and excitement. Part of that feeling came from the Powells discovering their new powers, and so I knew that it wouldn’t last. However, the show hasn’t managed to replace that feeling with something equally compelling, and “No Ordinary Vigilante” demonstrated why that’s a problem. More

Episode Review: No Ordinary Family, S1E03, No Ordinary Ring

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Action dramedy is the perfect genre of television. The action provides an exciting adrenaline rush. The comedy makes me smile, if not laugh. The drama provides a foundation on which to build interesting character stories and makes me root for the characters.

Based solely on that, No Ordinary Family gets a lot of free passes from me. This episode wasn’t quite as good as the first two, but there was enough good stuff going on that it far outweighed the bad. More

Episode Review: No Ordinary Family, S1E02, No Ordinary Marriage

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It has been a dismal fall premiere season for television. Three of the season’s new shows, The Event, Running Wilde, and Undercovers are on the verge of dropping out of my weekly viewing schedule. (Actually, I’m done with The Event. If people are going to come back from the dead on your show, you’ve got to do it at least as well as Chuck, and admittedly, Chuck has set a pretty low bar in that regard.) Community has had a massive misfire and one hit, so I’m still apprehensive about it. Chuck, which a few weeks ago was my favourite show on television, might be going through its worst season yet.

Amidst all the disappointment, there has been a bright spot. No Ordinary Family is pure genius. The first two episodes of the series have been nearly pitch-perfect, and I’m already itching for more. More

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