Welcome to Wednesday's edition of DVR or Watch Live, which is just like the past two day's except for the fact that I only discuss shows that air on Wednesday nights. If you didn't already understand that there's not a whole lot I can do for you. I feel bad about that but I don't have time to dwell because we have so many shows to discuss.

Just like Tuesday nights, Wednesday is packed with a whole bunch of different shows so it doesn't matter what kind of taste in TV you have- I guarantee there's a show for you somewhere in the schedule. That's where I come in, I'm here to help you figure out what's worth watching and what can sit in the DVR for a bit because I understand your life is busy gearing up for this weekend's Walking Dead premiere. Here we go.

8 o'clock Hour

The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)



I'll admit that The Mysteries of Laura is doing better in the ratings than I originally thought it would (or should). I don't want to spend a lot of time on this show, but I'll say I really enjoy the critic's referring to this show as "Mom Cop/Cop Mom."

Watch if you like: Unforgettable, Rizzoli & Isles, Law & Order, CSI.
DVR or Watch Live: Skip.


The Middle (ABC)

This is the show that your parents can't stop talking about and it's actually as funny as they say it is. The Middle is one of the best family sitcoms on the air right now as it consistently delivers big laughs every single episode. The show doesn't require you to tune in every week, but when you do you will be thoroughly entertained.

DVR or Watch Live: DVR or catch it as in-flight entertainment the next time you travel.


Arrow (CW)

If you're a comic book fan or you enjoy good superhero origin stories then there is no reason you shouldn't be watching Arrow. It seems foreign to sing the praises of a show on The CW, but Arrow deserves it. The cast shines, the twists and reveals all feel natural, and the action scenes are incredibly fun to watch. It also has a bit of an darker edge to it that is impossible not to love. Bonus: what's up with Oliver and Felicity this season? I can't wait to find out.

DVR or Watch Live: Watch live.


The Goldbergs (ABC, 8:30)

Earlier this year, ABC only renewed one of their freshman comedies and that lucky show was The Goldbergs (RIP Trophy Wife). As a huge fan of '80s pop culture, I always enjoy The Goldbergs and if you are a product of that decade then you will easily like it as well. If you need another reason to tune in then let me direct your attention to Wendi Mclendon-Covey who brilliantly plays the mother, Beverly. It never fails: every episode I am in awe of how funny she is in every single scene.

Watch if you like: Modern Family, 8 Simple Rules, The Middle, Trophy Wife.



9 o'clock Hour

Criminal Minds (CBS)

I don't have much to say about CBS' established procedurals because they've been on for so long that everyone already knows what they're about. Now in it's 10th season, Criminal Minds is still going strong. If you like Jennifer Love Hewitt then you can catch her on this season.

DVR or Watch Live: Watch on reruns on ION a year from now.


Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Similar to all of CBS' long-running procedurals, there isn't anything new to say about the Law & Order series. You know the drill.

DVR or Watch Live: Watch in reruns on TNT a year from now.


Red Band Society (Fox)

Gotham isn't the only new show this Fall with tone inconsistencies. It feels like RBS can't decide if it wants to fully commit to being a Fault in Our Stars knock-off or if it wants to be the Glee version of the cancer tear-jerker. Lucky for Fox, it can blame all of it's freshmen failures on Kevin Reilly and swiftly cancel any shows that don't work (or keep them on the air and blame him for a longer period of time).

Watch if you like: Grey's Anatomy, The Fault in Our Stars, Octavia Spencer.
DVR or Watch Live: DVR.


Modern Family (ABC)

Yeah I know, Modern Family tirelessly dominates the Emmy's every year while also making it impossible for other ABC sitcoms to succeed. We haven't seen a sitcom become a smash hit like Modern Family since it first aired back in 2009, but that hasn't stopped ABC from trying (and cancelling every show that doesn't do as well). I've decided to stop punishing the show for winning all of the Emmy's and have given in to how good it is; after skipping this show for three years I'm once again a fan.

DVR or Watch Live: Watch live like everyone else. Just follow the pack. Do it.


The 100 (CW)

I was a fan of this show for about five minutes before I decided I just didn't have time for this kind of show in my schedule. There is a lot going on but if you like post-apocalyptic stories then you'll probably dig The 100.

Watch if you like: Revolution, Under the Dome, Falling Skies, Terra Nova.


black-ish (ABC, 9:30)

For some reason it has taken ABC several years to actually put a compatable show behind Modern Family in hopes that shows like Super Fun Night would succeed. The fact that you probably don't remember what Super Fun Night is tells you that the network has failed in this timeslot every time. However, that doesn't seem to be the case this year. Blackish, despite it's terrible title, is a solid pair for Modern Family.

Watch if you like: Modern Family, The Middle, Grounded for Life, 8 Simple Rules.
DVR or Watch Live: Watch live.



10 o'clock Hour

Stalker (CBS)

Nothing good has been said about this new show from Kevin Williamson and I don't disagree with the disappointing reviews. If you want to watch a show that graphically shows women being stalked and tortured, this one is for you. 

Watch if you like: The Following, Criminal Minds, gross-out TV.
DVR or Watch Live: Skip.


Chicago P.D. (NBC)

The Chicago Fire spin-off is in its second season this Fall and it's basically the soap opera version of your favorite police drama. Every now and then there are crossover moments between Chicago P.D. and it's counterpart, a la Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice, so this is the show for you if you like that sort of thing.

DVR or Watch Live: DVR.


American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

The fourth installment of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story series begins this week; this time around the show will take place at a carnival in 1952 Florida. Fans of the past three seasons, as well as true horror fans, should find themselves completely satisfied with this season as Freak Show will deal with the scare factor more heavily than the story (though it still focuses heavily on the characters, so get excited for Sarah Paulson's double portrayal of conjoined twins). 

DVR or Watch Live: Watch live.


Key & Peele (Comedy Central, 10:30)

The second best sketch show currently on television (the first being Portlandia) is starting out incredibly strong this year and I couldn't be happier to have these guys back on my screen. The fourth season has shown it's got a bigger budget and the guys were obsessed with True Detective earlier this year. Bonus: instead of having interludes where the guys talk in front of a live audience, the guys transition between sketches with scenes of them having typical road-trip conversations between the two of them.

DVR or Watch Live: DVR or stream online.

 

Other 10pm shows you could watch, if you feel so inclined: Franklin & Bash (TNT) and Kingdom (DirecTV).

What are you guys most excited for on Wednesday nights? I'm so excited that Arrow is back and I'm interested in AHS: Freak Show. I'll see you back here tomorrow, same place, for a list of the best Thursday night shows.

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