Matt Patterson (Big Hollywood) for “Wipeout”
Subject Title: Is “Wipeout” the Best Show on Television?
If you haven’t seen ABC’s breakout hit “Wipeout,” then, well, I just feel sorry for you. You may instead have been watching critically acclaimed, scripted dramas like “Big Love,” or award winning educational programming on Discovery or National Geographic. Hell, you may have been reading a book or spending quality time with loved ones. If so, you have been wasting your time.
The fact that Patterson’s go-to great show is “Big Love” says everything you need to know about the accuracy of his tastes.
Trey Burley (Daddy Mojo) for “No Ordinary Family”
Subject Title: Is “No Ordinary Family” the best show on television?
I came for the “super” and stayed for the stories. Many people draw parallels to this show and “Heroes,” which I found a bit too confusing and didn’t care for. “No Ordinary Family” is good, entertaining television that doesn’t try to be too much. If I’m super slammed with work, I can miss watching a week and not be too lost at the next episode.
The show really didn’t try to do too much: it was canceled in May.
Alex Knapp (MANzine) for “Burn Notice”
Subject Title: “Burn Notice”: Best Show on Television
“Burn Notice” had one feature that guaranteed that I would sit and watch the pilot: it co-starred Bruce Campbell. I’m a Campbell fan from way back, and I’ve seen every TV series he’s ever had canceled. I love “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” and the little seen but awesome “Jack of All Trades.” So you better believe I was there to watch. And I’m glad I was, because as it turns out, “Burn Notice” is the best show on TV today.
I’ve made my unpopular feelings for this show be known before, so here’s a fun fact instead: in Hungary, “Burn Notice” is translated to “Minden lében négy kanál,” which literally means “Four Spoons in All Liquids.” The only awkward-but-awesome foreign title that beats that: in the Czech Republic, it’s called “Status: Ineligible,” the best Troy McClure movie never made.