Staff Picks: TV Shows

By Dan Moshe

Fall TV may be the most comforting way to wind down from the hustle and bustle that resumes when summer’s over.  Minneapolis IT support company Tech Guru polled the staff to find out what people are watching.  Park yourself on the couch for a marathon viewing and catch up before the new episodes start!

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Nate’s Pick: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

HBO says: “‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ presents a half-hour satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.”

Nate says: “It is HBO’s version of the Today Show without the influence of sponsors or censures.  They can do stories without worrying about upsetting anyone.”

Learn more about Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Donna’s Pick: House of Cards

Netflix says: “Outstanding Lead Actor nominee Kevin Spacey stars as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Outstanding Lead Actress nominee Robin Wright).”

Donna says: “The writing and actors are well above the average television drama.  And, you can watch the whole season in a weekend.  Should you choose.”

Learn more about House of Cards.

Joe’s Pick: The Newsroom

HBO says: “From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball,  comes The Newsroom,  a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.”

Joe says: “It has an fantastic cast, and every episode leaves you on the edge wondering what is going to happen the next week.  It’s also not based off of a book, so you don’t know what kind of curveball the next episode is going to throw at you.  Ahhhh, I cant wait for season 3!!!”

Learn more about The Newsroom.

Maria’s Pick: Cutthroat Kitchen

Food Network says: “Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands four chefs each $25,000 and the opportunity to spend that money on helping themselves or sabotaging their competitors. Ingredients will be thieved, utensils destroyed and valuable time on the clock lost when the chefs compete to cook delicious dishes while also having to outplot the competition. With Alton Brown as the devilish provocateur, nothing is out of bounds when money changes hands and we see just how far chefs will go to ensure they have the winning dish.”

Maria says: “I love to curl up on the couch with a glass of vino after a long day, and unwind to this witty, comical, and creative cooking show. It also inspires me to be creative in the kitchen too!”

Learn more about Cutthroat Kitchen.

Micah’s Pick: Battlestar Galactica

Syfy says: “In one devastating day, billions of human lives were consumed by nuclear fires. Only those souls fortunate enough to be aboard starships were able to band together and escape and flee into deep space, led by the sole surviving Colonial warship, the battlestar Galactica.  The Galactica and its crew seemed to be unlikely saviors for humanity’s fewer than 50,000 desperate survivors. The ship was old and had been about to be decommissioned and turned into a museum when the Cylon attack occurred. In the aftermath its commanding officer, William Adama, found himself responsible for safeguarding the last remnants of the human race.”

Micah says: “Great acting, writing, and story concept.”

Learn more about Battlestar Galactica.


Find a cozy blanket and settle in – you’ve got TV to watch!

Dan Moshe helps business owners in the Minneapolis area with all things tech, and is the CEO of the Caring IT company Tech Guru.  He cares about your business as much as you do!