The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of March 19, 2018

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.

 

Krypton: S1E1

Krypton
(Series Premiere)

Wednesday at 10:00 pm on Syfy

Why: Krypton has been buzzed about since the film Man of Steel was released, when it was rumored that screenplay writer David S. Goyer wanted to create a prequel series. At long last this series has found its way to Syfy, as part of its new less traditional science-fiction, more fantasy and super-heroes direction. Unfortunately, most early reviews have found the series to be confusing and bland. In fact the best thing that has been said about it is that it shows some potential, but would be better without all the convoluted Superman stuff, which is the only reason why the show was made in the first place. In this prequel, someone from the future (so yes, there's time travel) wants to destroy Krypton, which would prevent Superman from existing. Therefore, past Krypton needs to be saved even though we all know it's eventually doomed anyway. So, why is this show important even if all signs point to it being kind of bad? People sure do love the Superman universe and fans are often willing to put up with a lot in the hopes that something will improve. Hey, it worked for Supergirl!

Prepare to talk about: How we are kind of feeling the urge to watch early episodes of Smallville now.

 

Station 19: S1E1

Station 19
(Series Premiere)

Thursday at 9:00 pm on ABC

Why: ABC has been promising us Station 19 (although it was just the Untitled Grey's Spinoff until January 2018) for what seems like forever. We've been talking about this spinoff for so long that one might also forget that we've already had *another* quite successful Grey's spinoff - Private Practice - that itself aired for 6 seasons, and has been off the air already for over 5 years (my, how the time flies). This time, instead of staying within the medical sphere, Shondaland takes on a Seattle fire department. In a setup that still seems more far-fetched than I would like, Dr. Ben Warren (that's Mr. Miranda Bailey), possibly the most indecisive character in the Grey's universe, decides after switching from anesthesiology to surgery that he now wants to be a firefighter instead - it's simply more exciting. The show's female lead, Andy Warren (played by Jaina Lee Ortiz) was also introduced in a Grey's episode this season. As it turns out, she's the daughter of the station's captain, Pruitt Herrera (played by Miguel Sandoval), so we can expect plenty of the family drama that Shondaland shows thrive on. Station 19 likely will have an uphill battle. It has a lot it will be compared to: Grey's, Private Practice, and NBC's Chicago Fire. We look forward to seeing if the series can make people as excited about fires in Seattle as they seem to be about fires in Chicago.

Prepare to talk about: How we kind of miss Private Practice; how Rescue Me was actually the greatest firefighter show of all time; how we wonder if this spinoff is unsuccessful if Ben will decide to become a surgeon again.

 

Silicon Valley: S5E1

Silicon Valley
(Season Premiere)

Sunday at 10 pm on HBO

We've already encouraged you to watch/re-watch the first four seasons of Silicon Valley in our March binge guide earlier this month and at long last, it is time for Season 5 to premiere. While Veep has certainly been the signature comedy of HBO throughout the duration of Silicon Valley's run, we shouldn't forget that SV is a great comedy in its own right, nominated for multiple Emmys include Best Comedy series for each of its seasons (it lost Best Comedy to Veep for the past 3 years, and to Modern Family in its first year, back when Modern Family was winning every Emmy - again, how time flies). In its 5th season, the show is not showing any signs of its age; though it arguably is retelling some version of the same story each season, it has still managed to keep things fresh. The big news is that T.J. Miller departed at the end of Season 4 - he was left in a Tibetan opium den, so while the option seems to be open for him to return someday, it seems unlikely based on these comments. Though this might seem like a loss to some, I actually think this will be a positive change for the series; while Erlich *could* be funny at times, I certainly found his character to be one of the show's more frustrating/grating ones overall.

Prepare to talk about: Are you happy or sad that T.J. Miller is gone; how many ways will the Pied Piper guys mess up this season?; office dogs.

 

Rachel is the product manager of SideReel, and she must confess that she has watched every episode of Grey's Anatomy, but has zero interest in Station 19.

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Mar 23, 2018 1:41PM EDT

Station 19, wait--this clown became a doctor, spent countless hours and student loans to become an anesthesiologist only to crap out on the whole medical profession to run in to burning buildings!?! Please.....

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Mar 23, 2018 7:08PM EDT

@trinigalfy Glad we are in agreement!

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Mar 23, 2018 8:14PM EDT

I definitely think Silicon Valley doesn't get anywhere near the credit it deserves. I personally find it much better than Veep but that could be that I don't think it has the draw of The Thick of It; it would definitely benefit from a Malcolm Tucker-esque character.

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Mar 24, 2018 8:18PM EDT

I will watch Krypton but not the other 2. I watched the first 2 episodes of Station 19 just to see what it like but it is not gritty enough for me so I will not be watching any more. No interest in Silicon Valley.
I prefer 9-1-1.

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Mar 25, 2018 12:02AM EDT

I enjoyed Krypton and will watch it. It may get boring fast though, hope not.

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Mar 25, 2018 8:13AM EDT

I think Krypton will be interesting, and I watched station 19, 2 episodes in 20 minutes. The Crossing is very interesting and remind me of 4400.

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Mar 26, 2018 10:53PM EDT

I would recommend trying out Silicon Valley , even if it doesn't sound like your cup of tea. It's hugely popular in some places for good reason. It's funny, with a solid story, and great cast.
Worst case you lose 22 minutes of your life, best case you find your new favourite show!

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