The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of April 27, 2015

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.


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: S2E19

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tuesday at 9:00pm on ABC

Why: Honestly? Because Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out on Friday and you're going to want to know what's going on in the Marvel universe! I mean, just know what you're getting yourself into, right? Do your homework! What's going on with the guys behind the guys behind the guys, as someone in some movie once said. You don't even have to know who all the yahoos on the show are, you just want to make sure you're getting the full Marvel© experience. That being said, the show is pretty good, just ask SideReel Contributor Davis.

Prepare to talk about: What kinds of hints the show is giving you about Age of Ultron; what's up with the Inhumans! What you think about the upcoming, as-yet-untitled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff (if you don't have an opinion, I give you permission to steal mine... which is that it's just TOO MUCH MARVEL©).


The Casual Vacancy: Miniseries

The Casual Vacancy (Miniseries)

Wednesday & Thursday at 8:00pm on HBO

Why: Normally this is the kind of series that would air on PBS and you'd probably ignore it, since you are young and cool and haven't yet discovered that PBS is actually amazing. However! Since this is an adaptation of J.K. Rowling's first non-Harry Potter novel, AND it reunites her with Dumbledore 2 (Michael Gambon), HBO has picked up the distribution rights instead. This imbues it with caché, even though it's a story about adorable generational warfare in a bucolic English town.

Prepare to talk about: Whether Rowling's non-fantasy work is interesting/worth being adapted; how you wouldn't mind living in a small English village.



Penny Dreadful: S2E1

Penny Dreadful (Season Premiere)

Sunday at 10:00pm on Showtime

Why: Because it's gothic horror (featuring werewolves, demonic posessions, Frankenstein's monster, and vampires) that's also got as much (if not occasionally more) sex than its premium network feudal cousins Outlander and Game of Thrones. Accents, boobs, gore, and lush cinematography: the Showtime edition!

Prepare to talk about: Eva Green: best posessed Victorian or greatest posessed Victorian? Josh Hartnett's butt: do we see it? How Rory Kinnear as Frankenstein's Monster deserves so many awards that they should probably invent the Rory Kinnear as Frankenstein's Monster Award for Performance in an Accents, Boobs, Gore, and Lush Cinematography Series.



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


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Apr 28, 2015 12:25PM EDT

I couldn't finish reading The Casual Vacancy :\. Going to try to watch the show and hopefully it can capture my attention a little bit better than the book.

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