The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of August 18, 2014

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.


America's Next Top Model: S21E1

America's Next Top Model

(Season Premiere)

Monday at 9pm on The CW

Why: Because it's been almost a year since the last cycle of everyone's not-so-secret guilty pleasure aired, and we miss that bizarre alternate dimension where phrases like "smize" and booty-tooch" require no extra explanation.

Prepare to talk about: How almost no one has launched a successful modeling career from this s**tshow of a program (but you love it anyway); how a boy will HAVE to win this year to keep it looking "legit"; and how it's just not the same without Mister and Miss Jay.


Doctor Who: S8E1

Doctor Who (Season Premiere)

Saturday at 8pm on BBC America

Why: Nerds rule the world! This show has been a hit for well, 50 years, but it's really only entered the American consciousness in the last eight—mostly because of nerds on the internet (we love you, nerds on the internet!). Also, there's a new star (Peter Capaldi), and he's basically awesome.

Prepare to talk about: How great Peter Capaldi is as the Doctor and how you don't even MISS Matt Smith for real, you don't even care how many enemies that makes you; also, how Clara is just the worst.


True Blood: S6E6

True Blood (Series Finale)

Sunday at 9pm on HBO

Why: Um, it's the series finale of the show that defined camp for a generation! No more vampire Eric! No more naked Sookie! No more beyond-cray TV!

Prepare to talk about: Vampire Eric's body; how you're actually kind of relieved it's finally over; did we mention Vampire Eric's body?




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