Pop Culture Dad and I have been really disturbed by Dexter to last two seasons. Is it the borderline incestuous relationship between Dexter and his adopted sister, Deb? Nope. The gruesome and graphic killing shown on screen? Nope. The bar fighting? Nuh-uh. Drug use? No. The sex? Shyeah, right… Ha ha.
There is nothing a TVophile loves more than the start of the fall season, and I am there, baby!
I am that dork who puts show premieres on my calendar so I don’t miss anything by allowing my ADD to let me forget when a show is set to start. For shows that are already in our DVR playlist and which don’t have any dramatic shifts in time slot, we are good to go, but the new shows are sometimes tricky to keep track of.
This week, Entertainment Weekly came out with their Fall TV preview issue:
There is so much awesomeness on that cover, I didn’t know where to begin. Actually, that’s a lie. I began with Once Upon a Time, which is easily my favorite television drama right now. Thank you, ABC, for the mini-marathon last weekend!
Once was very closely followed by The Big Bang Theory (my favorite comedy), then The New Girl (my favorite theme song), the The Mindy Project (one of my most anticipated new shows).
What will the Pop Culture Household (or at least two of us) be watching this year?
Once Upon a Time (Sept. 30, ABC)
Family Guy (Sept. 30, Fox)
Dexter (Sept. 30, Showtime)
Bones (Sept. 17, Fox)
How I Met Your Mother (Sept. 24, CBS)
2 Broke Girls (Sept. 24, CBS)
Mike & Molly (Sept. 24, CBS)
Castle (Sept. 24, ABC)
Private Practice (Sept. 25, ABC)
Happy Endings (Oct. 23, ABC)
Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23 (Oct. 23, ABC)
Raising Hope (Oct. 2, Fox)
The New Girl (Sept. 25, Fox)
Modern Family (Sep. 26, ABC)
Law & Order: SVU (Sept. 26, NBC)
Suburgatory (Oct. 17, ABC)
American Horror Story (Oct. 17, FX)
Glee (Sept. 13, Fox)
Up All Night (Sept. 20, NBC)
Parks and Recreation (Sept. 20, NBC)
The Office (Sept. 20, NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (Sept. 27, CBS)
30 Rock (Oct. 4, NBC)
Whitney (Oct. 19, NBC)
Community (Oct. 19, NBC)
Saturday Night Live (Sept. 15, NBC) — the first host will be Seth MacFarlane with musical guest Frank Ocean. Yes, please.
New Shows (We will watch these until they suck or get cancelled):*
*indicates I have already watched the pilot on U-verse OnDemand—thank you Big Four networks for making that happen (well, some of you, anyway)!
666 Park Avenue (Sept. 30, ABC)
Call the Midwife (Sept. 30, PBS) — you had me at the title
Elementary (Sept. 27, CBS) — Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Lu? Yes!
Made in New Jersey (Sept. 28, CBS)
So, yes, if it is not totally obvious, I watch a lot of television. A lot. This doesn’t even count the shows I love on alternative cable networks, like Psych on USA, which has its own weird season. Now, I just need to go clear the DVR of old Bubble Guppies, Peppa Pig, and Sesame Street episodes [Season 43 premieres Sept. 24, BTW], so we have room for all the grown-up shows!
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Dexter himself was raised by a single father who was also a police officer, so had this been real life and any other situation, you would think that he had a good, strong male role model to follow. But Dexter’s father was also the one who recognized his adopted son’s sociopathic tendencies and encouraged him to channel those tendencies into killing only bad people (the “Code”). And Dexter’s sister is a little messed up in the head thanks to Harry’s parenting skills, too. So maybe Dexter’s single parent isn’t the best role model for successful single parenting….
I think Dexter’s single parent struggles could actually be a very interesting story arc. For example, will Dexter have to attend a single parent support group where – like when he started attending N.A. meetings to deal with his “problem” [the serial killing; he doesn’t do drugs] – he has to come up with code words for what’s really going on in his life? Will Dexter, Astor, Cody, and little baby Harrison have to attend family grief counseling? And, if so, will they complain about how daddy is never home, and when he does come home, he’s very distant? Will Dexter take the baby with him when he goes off to get rid of bad bad men? Will he give up serial killing altogether to deal with his new role as single parent dad?
I realize that this show isn’t real (duh!) and that single parents – whether mom or dad – have a lot of struggles trying to balance work and family. I imagine those struggles are even more difficult when that parent has to step into the new role of single parent while also handling their own grief from the loss of a spouse. But you have to admit the dark humor possibilities for Season 5 of Dexter [maybe he decides the Babywise people are evil and must be stopped!] are endless and awesome.