April 8, 2009 by MK
That’s it. I’m calling it. After only the first episode of long-awaited season 5, Rescue Me is the The New Best Show on TV. In years past, there was some heavy competition. But they’ve fallen by the wayside as Rescue Me continues to be the best mix of comedy and drama found within reasonable distance of the remote. Let’s look at the roll-call of rivals.
House is terrible, even though it could be watchable again if they continue to off the new threesome one-by-one.
Lost is perilously close to ‘jumping the shark’ if it hasn’t already. That scene in last week’s episode when Hurley, i.e. the audience, had to keep asking questions about what was happening in the middle of the show about time travel, a subject that has nearly ruined what was once the most inventive show ever, plunging the show and their characters into a weekly mess of WTF!? and if I wanted to watch a show set in 1977 I’d watch Welcome Back Kotter… ugh.
HBO can’t seem to pull their head out of their ass (I’m looking at you John from Cincinnati!). The Sopranos, The Wire and Six Feet Under are loooooooong gone, leaving Big Love as the one drama worthy of our time.
24 is back in thrilling form but doesn’t have the depth to compete.
Dexter continues to be great so long as they focus only on Dexter and no one else in the regular cast. Can Jimmy Smits come back from the dead?
Mad Men? Sorry, I’m too bored.
The Shield is over and what are we left with? Damages? Next!
The only worthy adversary this season comes from Friday Night Lights, which is essentially perfect. But if I had to pick one, I’d go with the more exciting show and that’s Rescue Me hands down.
Now, this is not to say that even if all the challengers were tip-top, Rescue Me wouldn’t be the best. Denis Leary and Peter Tolan have proven themselves worthy of the throne by writing Catch-22 dialogue for the firehouse underpinned by characters that hold onto their narcissism with every selfish bone in their body.
Unless episode 2 sucks of course.