Monday nights, for me, is definitely all about CBS. I love all of the shows in the line-up. But for those of you with different tastes I will also list the shows available on the other networks.
8:00pm – How I Met Your Mother
A man named Ted, played by Josh Radnor, tells his kids how he met the love of his life, through flashbacks, 25 years in the future. The bored kids sit on the couch and listen as dad regales them with tales of his pursuit of romance, only to learn at the end of the episode that the woman in the story didn’t turn out to be their mom. The sitcom’s secondary character, Barney Stinson played by Neil Patrick Harris, is a real standout often stealing the show.
8:30pm – The Class
In this show a group of former 3rd grade classmates reunite 20 years later and rekindle their relationship. In the first episode Ethan Hass, played by Jason Ritter, was throwing a surprise party for his girlfriend which he met in 3rd grade. To make the evening special he contacted all of his former 3rd grade classmates and invited them. Only a handful of the classmates actually showed up and those classmates now makeup the cast of this very funny show.
9:00pm – Two and a Half Men
A Malibu bachelor’s (Charlie Sheen) carefree life is changed when his brother (John Cryer) and 10 year old nephew (Angus T. Jones) move in with him. Briskly written and performed, the sitcom has fun spoofing Charlie Sheen’s bad boy reputation and exploiting John Cryer’s quirky, nervous energy, perfected in a number of 1980′s coming of age films.
9:30pm – Rules of Engagement
Comedy that explores relationships through the eyes of two couples and their single male friend. One couple is newly engaged, the other is long married, and the single guy is looking for love, so each has a unique perspective on the male/female condition.
10:00pm – CSI:Miami
A spin off from CSI:Crime Scene Investigation follows a South Florida forensics team headed by a brooding Horatio Cane, played by David Caruso. Against a backdrop of simmering ethnic and cultural tensions, Cane’s team probes cases similar to those of their Las Vegas counterparts.
8:00pm – Wife Swap
Women swap husbands, kids and homes for 10 days to gauge the effect of changes on both families and the lessons learned. Confident that the Brit-hit inspired concept would be successful, ABC, months before the shows premier, cooked up companion specials that exchanged husbands, bosses and even vacations.
9:00pm – Supernanny
A reality show with popular British nursemaid Jo Frost assisting parents in raising children and disciplining them. Based on a U.K. series.
8:00pm – Deal or No Deal
Contestants compete for cash inside sealed briefcases in this game show hosted by Howie Mandel
9:00pm – Heroes
This drama delves into the lives of ordinary people, from all over the world, who gain superpowers, including a young dreamer who believes he can fly, a high school cheerleader who is indestructible, and a heroin-addict artist who can paint the future.
10:00pm – The Black Donnellys
A drama that follows four Irish brothers in New York City and their experiences in organized crime.
8:00pm – Prison Break
A builder gets himself incarcerated to engineer the escape of his death row brother, who was framed for killing the Vice President’s brother. While the set up requires a leap of faith, the drama is consistently taut as Michael Scofield, played by Wentworth Miller, maneuvers to assemble an escape plan and team, while friends investigate his brother’s bogus conviction on the outside.
9:00pm – 24
An exciting and edgy real time action series about U.S. counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) trying to save his country from foreign and domestic enemies in the course of 24 grueling hours (each hour being a separate episode). The series took a great concept and executed it superbly, juggling taut story lines with forceful performances and a stylish gritty look.
There is certainly a lot to choose from on Monday nights. So what will you be watching?