The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of September 15, 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.


Dancing With the Stars: S19E1

Dancing With the Stars (Season Premiere)

Monday at 8:00pm on ABC

Why: Because after an exhausting Monday (Mondays are always exhausting, duh), you want to kick back, relax, and watch something that won't make you think. Plus, this is the season premiere! The worst of the worst will still be in the running and you'll be able to pretend you could do a superior job!

Prepare to talk about: Whether we can still call the people on this show "stars"—if indeed we ever could in the first place; whether new permanent judge Julianne Hough was too easy/hard on her brother, Derek; how you're absolutely quitting watching this this season, just like you promised last season.


Red Band Society: S1E1

Red Band Society (Series Premiere)

Thursday at 8pm on FOX

Why: It's really all about Octavia Spencer. She's just the best. The series is technically about the loving camaraderie that forms among a group of hospitalized kids, but it's Octavia's show and they're just hanging around in it.

Prepare to talk about: How excited you are that Octavia Spencer is doing TV; how there's a whiff of Glee around this show and while you don't hate that about it, you don't love it either; how you want Octavia Spencer to be your mom.



The Good Wife: S6E1

The Good Wife (Season Premiere)

Sunday at 9pm (or later, depending on football) on CBS

Why: We can't believe you're still not watching this show, but now is the perfect time to start! Everything is kind of getting reset! There were cast shakeups towards the end of last season! WE DON'T WANT TO GIVE TOO MUCH AWAY, OK? JUST WATCH.

Prepare to talk about: Why Alicia would make a great/terrible State's Attorney; whether Florick/Agos will make it through the season intact when everyone there makes awful decisions, like, all the time; how Lockhart/Gardner always seems to be on the brink of destruction, which seems unusual for such a well-known and successful firm, you know?



Leah E. Friedman is the editor of You can follow her musings on Twitter.


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