Nerd Fight: Most Improved Show

Hello all you Geek Enthusiasts and Nerd Aficionados!

Back again, to our regularly scheduled nerd fight for the next 2 weeks. We have been debating the past month over TV shows we love and adore. Now let’s talk about those shows that we didn’t love right off the bat. My rule in life is usually give a show 6 episodes before you know if it is good or bad.

Sometimes though, a show will let you know one way or another how the quality will be. Game of Thrones, excellent off the bat. The new Charmed reboot is where quality TV goes to die however. And then there are the shows that don’t hook you, but then you give it another shot and suddenly the slots fall into place.

So let’s take a look at what our Cast choose for their personal favorite most improved show:

1. Battlestar Galactica

Debuting in the late 70s, this was a show looking to make it’s mark in the sci-fi world, among the greats of that era. But for some, it took a while to find it’s footing. It’s a show that often gets dismissed by fans as knockoff star wars, which is a shame, as it was an ambitious and well crafted show. Battlestar’s core themes of the show are infinitely darker than Star Wars.

Battlestar begins its story by saying “we’ve lost!” And though the tone and the dialogue of the various characters is mercilessly upbeat and hokey, the Cylons are chasing them and genuinely trying to kill them. So for those who have dismissed this show, give it a watch and see if it changes your mind.

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2. Fear The Walking Dead 

A spin off of the popular Walking Dead franchise, this series takes you back to when the outbreak began. Fans of the series say it has only gotten better over time. But when it debuted it was slow to draw you in, and faltered where TWD thrived. However, the plots have picked up, the characters have become relate-able, and the writing of the series have improved.

In this series people are not able to figure out what’s wrong, government is trying to contain it. You get to see how the world becomes the apocalyptic wasteland Rick wakes up in. For those that like “Origin Stories” give this one a watch and you’ll be hooked as well. Also, who doesn’t want a little more Morgan Jones in their life?

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3. Psych

A show with a massive fan following may seem like an odd choice for this list. I started off watching this show in the middle of the series, and couldn’t understand the plot or connect with the characters. And what was the obsession with the pineapple? But friends and family around me kept talking the series up so I decided to give it a try from the beginning.

And I am glad I did. The entire series is full of pop culture references, mostly made by Shawn. It has amazing core cast of characters, and the guest stars it brings on are top notch. So give the series that turns Yin and Yang into one of the creepiest things you’ll encounter a try, and don’t be the ‘iiiiit’ in ‘wait for iiiiit’

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4. Stargate SG1

First of I want to give a shot out to Carmen Argenziano, actor from the series who unfortunately passed away earlier today. May he RIP.

A series that has been said it didn’t have the epic plots of Battlestar, scripts that at time make no sense, and a lack of diverse sets and shoddy set design and yet lasted 10 seasons may to some not be worth checking out. But here’s why you should, and why it gets better than it starts.

This was a show that was very self-aware. Using the ability to make digs at itself, and never tried to be something epic. It would almost wink at fans at times, such as when during a plan that was an homage to the Death Star attack, everyone in the briefing room raised their hands when asked if anyone thought it was a stupid idea. Blendingng some of the best elements of Star Trek, Star Wars and Red Dwarf, and owned it’s campy nature.

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5. Schitt’s Creek 

A true riches to rags story, and at first glance not that interesting to some. Was it the name, or the overt Canadianism of the show that was so off-putting at first? But for those that decided to invest again, they regret sleeping on this underrated brilliant comedy.

This series is not the cheap class-war comedy it was made out to be. Instead one finds a funny series—a bunch of spoiled jerks softening in new surroundings. It’s an obvious fish-out-of-water concept, but what Levy and his cast, do with that familiar trope is both sophisticated and quaint. So go and give it a try, and learn and grow with The Rose family as they adjust to their new life.

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6. The Orville

Here’s a series I wrote off after 4 episodes. This was too much Seth McFarland, and the series had no firm tone on what it wanted to be. Was it a gross out comedy? A space drama with heart? Or a light comedic parody of Star Trek meets Galaxy Quest?

However, the series found a balance between a great supporting cast and the humor of McFarland. And because one scene of The Orville can feature a gag about aliens singing the Titanic soundtrack and then switch to discussion of the destruction of entire planets and species, it appeals to the growing number of proud sci-fi geeks and the reliable fans of low-brow comedy. It’s fun, it’s fresh, and the characters will keep you going back in for more.

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Time To Vote

There you have it folks, those are this week’s combatants. Vote for what show you think had the most improvement over time. And if you feel another is more worthy tell us below in the comments.  Also, if you want to see why we chose who we did then make sure to listen to this week’s podcast. You can find it either at Podcasts.com or YouTube. Heck, while your there you can even subscribe and that way you’ll know when our next podcast is airing. Voting goes until February 22nd, 11:59:59 PM PST. So, don’t dilly dally. Get your vote in and help give someone on the podcast bragging rights for this week.

Which show improved the most over time?

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