10 great TV shows you missed this season

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 - 6:20am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Fascinating plots and stellar performances make these shows truly special

Blame it on their misplaced slot on TV or the lack of PR and marketing machinery, these shows failed to sizzle despite having some of the best actors, story lines and performances. Here's the lowdown on some of the captivating shows which all you TV junkies missed this season.

Being Mary Jane, BET
This prime-time soap has a glam-slam plot enough to keep you hooked yet something vital was lacking. Those who watched the show fell in love Gabrielle Union, who starred as news anchor Mary Jane Paul. Her professional life is sizzling but personal life is a web of nightmares, to say the least. She lives in a charming house and has a closet, which will put any self-respecting soignee to shame but it's the love life which seems far from promising.
The dude she's dating Andre is already married. That says it all - the stage is set for high-voltage drama, sharp dialogues and glycerin antics. A must-watch for those who love drama and gorgeous settings.

Trophy Wife, ABC
The series is super hilarious and TV addicts attribute its failure to not being in the Modern Family block. The show is about a marriage and focuses on Kate's dynamic with Pete's ex-wives. One's likely to compare the show with the much more popular Modern Family but its refreshing humour is laced with a dash of modernity.

Enlisted, Fox
A fusillade of jokes and funny characters make this show a true delight to watch. Staff Sergeant Pete Hill returns home from Afghanistan after punching a superior officer and is assigned to lead a group of soldiers at Fort McGee including his two younger brothers, Derrick and Randy.
The show is a military comedy punctuated with raucous yowls of laughter. The bros share a terrific on-screen presence together.

The Returned, Sundance
People long dead return to a small town with no knowledge of their death including a 15-year old girl (Yara Pilart) killed in a car accident four years ago, a groom (Pierre Perrier) who died 10 years ago, a young murdered boy (Swann Nambotin), and a serial killer (Guillaume Gouix) in this French drama.
It's set in a quaint town where everyone knows everyone else. Originally titled, Les Revenants, it was adapted by Fabrice Gobert from Robin Campillo's quite different 2004 film of that name, translated then as They Came Back.

Sleepy Hollow, Fox
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up 200 plus years in the future and meets Sleepy Hollow police Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). Together they plan to halt the headless horseman, who is the fourth horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Laced with mythology, this sci-fi fantasy has some promising performances. Characters on the show always confronting bad things around them but the show doesn't give a gloomy vibe.

Nurse Jackie, Showtime
The show takes a look at the life of a tough, imperfect, but caring New York head nurse Edie Falco. Penned by executive producers Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem, the show paints a canvas of an understaffed New York emergency room where an array of intriguing characters play out their lives.

Mom, CBS
This sitcom from Chuck Lorre stars Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom who works as a waitress in Napa Valley but whose life is complicated further by the return of her estranged mother (Allison Janney), herself a recovering alcoholic.
The show is genuinely provocative. Bonnie is an unabashed former addict who's unable to fathom her grown daughter's resentfulness. "I've watched you lick cocaine crumbs out of a shag carpet," Christy says. Bonnie replies primly, "It's not a sin to be thrifty, Dear." You get the picture!

city.ballet., AOL
Do you have it in you to be a dancer in New York City Ballet? This new web series is supported by pillars of strength, gusto, talent and resilience. Having a life outside ballet is not a bad idea. The mantra is: When it doesn't work out, opt for the wine. After a recent performance of Swan Lake, the principal dancer Teresa Reichlen confesses, she "kind of had two dinners, half a bottle of wine and" — she adds with a sheepish smile — "a margarita, and that's it. That's it!"

Playing House, USA Network
After realising Maggie Caruso's (Lennon Parham) marriage was ending, Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) gives up her career in China to return to her hometown to help her pregnant best friend raise her baby. The show is quite entertaining and stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who previously played best friends in NBC's short-lived 2012 comedy, "Best Friends Forever." One can compare it with BFF as it's equally funny.

Masters of Sex, Showtime
This hour-long drama on Showtime is a surreal romp about the team of scientific pioneers who transformed American attitudes toward sex. It is based on Thomas Maier's lively 2009 book of the same title, which narrates the story of the rise of William Masters, a renegade who aimed to study sex in the lab, using human subjects. The sex scenes are graphic and often hilarious, and they star people you definitely want to see having sex (or, in many cases, masturbating with sensors pasted to their skin, as the doctors murmur things like "Turgidity of nipples").




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