How to Organize Your Sunday Night TV Viewing

Let's face it: Mondays suck. One of the few bright spots of a Monday, though, is being able to dissect and discuss all the developments on the rockin' lineup of Sunday night television.

Problem is, the choices on Sunday are so vast, it can be hard to organize your schedule. That is, if you have a little, um, problem with TV like we do. On any given Sunday, there are at least eight things we'd like to be watching between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m., the majority of which require our full attention to absorb. In other words, even if we had a screen-in-screen television, that wouldn't cut it.

We've spoken to enough people to know that we aren't the only ones facing this dilemma. So here, we round up Sunday's best choice and help you organize your night. We broke it up into categories: What to watch live (so as not to be left out of the office water cooler talk); what to DVR (shows that are entertaining but not essential viewing), and what to watch On Demand.

Happy viewing!


Boardwalk Empire (9 p.m., HBO)

Because Boardwalk Empire has so many deep characters -- each with its own story and problems -- you'll never tune in and feel as though nothing really happened. Each week leaves viewers with a bit of a cliffhanger (Will Nucky be killed? Will the Commodore's illness ruin Jimmy's plan to take over Atlantic City? )

But, most importantly, Boardwalk Empire encompasses drama, history, crime, gambling, bribery, alcohol and lots and lots of whores. How on Earth could you go wrong with a party on wheels like that?

OR: The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC)

A few weeks ago, we probably would have thrown this in the "record it" category. But The Walking Dead is finally making its main characters more interesting and picking up the plot pace a little bit. With the recent juicy developments (Lori's sordid pregnancy; Shane's cold-blooded murder; Carl's near-death experience; Glenn getting laid by farmer's daughter at the drug store), it is becoming more than just an "outrun the zombies" kind of plot.

In other words, we might actually care now if someone gets killed, and we don' t want to find out about it from someone else.

Pan Am (10 p.m., ABC)

We'll be honest: Pan Am is more of a guilty pleasure than must-see TV, and we'd be willing to eat our left foot if something earth-shattering happened to the flying femmes while we were busy watching something else. But we care enough about the soapy fluff to check it out each week, and it's nice to watch something harmless before you hit the sack. Sometime, visions of serial killers and zombies aren't the best things to have running through your noggin before you start dreaming.


Real Housewives of Atlanta (9 p.m., Bravo)

Each week, you know what's going to happen here: NeNe will go off on someone, Sheree will act all holier than thou; Kim will be gross and inappropriate; Kandi will hum a few bars and talk about sex; Phaedra will be excessive in every way; and Cynthia will be a pretty afterthought.

Yes, the footage is entertaining, but with highly publicized reality shows, there are rarely any shocking events that weren't covered months ago in tabloids. And while the kerfuffles are always fun to watch, you probably don't need to watch it immediately -- especially because we write totally awesome, detailed recaps for you every week. Look us up on your coffee break!

The Good Wife (9 p.m., CBS)

The Good Wife is still one of the better dramas on TV, but since moving to Sundays, it's lost nearly two million viewers, reports a recent story in The New York Times. For one, it's up against all these other fab offerings, but it also doesn't always begin on time because NFL football games often run late.

Chances are, you're not gonna hear many spoilers if you wait to watch it. Also, if you DVR, you can fast forward through all the commercials (bonus!), and save yourself about 20 minutes. Just be sure to adjust the recording time to accomodate a late start.

Hung (10 p.m., HBO)

The reason we say "record" instead of on demand is because it's only about a 25-minute commitment. So if you're still awake and want to prolong your entry into the work week a little bit longer, Ray and Tanya will be waiting for you. (Generally, the on demand options don't become available until the next day.) Plus, if you're a lady, it might be nice to have visions of Ray dancing through your head come about 11:30 or so.

(And if my husband is reading this, I, personally, would NEVER think of Ray as I drift off to sleep. I'm just sayin' maybe some other ladies would like to.)


Dexter (9 p.m., Showtime)

This is a tough one, because we actually prefer Dexter to many of the shows on this list. But with the exception of the last few episodes of each season -- which are usually intense because Dex is (again) in danger of being caught -- Dexter is the kind of show that unfolds slowly throughout the season.

You can bet that at least one person will get killed every week. When you're used to seeing it all the time, it kind of loses its shock value, so there's no hurry to see the grisly details. Also, it's nice to have something to look forward to when you get off work on Monday night. That being said, if you know a lot of Dexter fans, then you better watch it live or keep your ass off social media for 24 hours, just in case. Facebook is how I found out that Dexter's wife, Rita, got offed during season four and I was PISSED.