Hawaii Five-0 (Mondays, 10 p.m.) - I'll admit there is an episode coming up that made me really mad. But not so much so that it ruined all of my good memories of everything leading up to it. Yes, this is a pretty typical procedural that just happens to be set in a more exotic and beautiful location than usual, but every once in awhile I can find room for that in my life. And adding McGarrett's mom (Christine Lahti) to the mix shook up the dynamic nicely because of the tension it adds to McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) himself. On one hand, he is the little boy happy to have some semblance of a family, but on the other, he's a man who knows he can't let his guard down against a woman who lied about being dead for years and still has something unknown up her sleeve now.
The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays, 8 p.m.) - This is a quintessential sitcom, so it's the show I go to when I've watched everything else for the week and want to unwind with something new but not timely or consuming in any way. It's perfect for that because it allows me a few chuckles. I admit I do have to turn off a big part of my brain that gets mad at the format, and yes, mad at the simplicity from time to time, but it's an enjoyable show, and it's filled with characters I actually like and who make me laugh in their own unique, even if archetypal, ways.
Elementary (Thursdays, 10 p.m.) - I find myself utterly charmed by this show, and I'm not afraid to say the majority of the reason is Jonny Lee Miller himself. Yes, I've been able to see the "twists" coming to anticipate the killer is even before the on-screen reveal, but what I enjoy about this show is watching Holmes get to the answers himself. It's an interesting dynamic to watch him interact with those around the cases, too-- from suspects to witnesses to family members. They react differently to him because he's not a cop; he's more their peer than authority. Yet, he reacts differently to them because of his social awkwardness and arrogance that makes him assume he is everyone's authority. It's a subtle game, and not every guest star adequately catches on, but it's fascinating to look for nonetheless.