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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Falling Skies The good news for June is the return of last Summer's Falling Skies. It is the only sf series in years to hold my interest.

There was a brief time, a few years ago, when there was intelligent sf on tv. But Firefly and Defying Gravity were never given a chance to find an audience, yanked from the schedule before all the episodes had aired. Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, about high tech sex slaves, was aired out of order, to play down the sex slave angle. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles started big but couldn't hold an audience. I attribute that to the robot, played by Summer Glau, acting like a real robot, instead of like Data or C3PO. I thought it was a whole lot better than Terminator Salvation.

Since then, not much, and Falling Skies is probably the best of the lot. The season one cliffhanger left me looking for more. The other big Spielberg-produced tv series, Terra Nova, is gone for good, as are Sanctuary and Alcatraz.

Also in June: the season finale of Game of Thrones, the series finale of Eureka, and the season five premiere of True Blood. The new ten episode Canadian series about a future cop in the present day, Continuum, has attracted less than a million viewers.

SF on TV in June 2012

Game of Thrones Sunday, June 3
Game of Thrones "Valar Morghulis" by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, Season Two Finale
Continuum "Fast Times"

Monday, June 4
Eureka "Ex-Machina"

Sunday, June 10
True Blood "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by Brian Buckner, Season Five Premiere
Continuum "Wasting Time"

Monday, June 11
Eureka "In Too Deep"

Sunday, June 17
Falling Skies "World's Apart" by Mark Verheiden, Season Two Premiere
Falling Skies "Shall We Gather at the River" by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
True Blood "Authority Always Wins" by Mark Hudis
Continuum TBA Eureka

Monday, June 18
Eureka "Smarter Carter"

Sunday, June 24
Falling Skies "Compass" by Bryan Oh
True Blood "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" by Raelle Tucker
Continuum TBA

Touch Monday, June 25
Eureka "The Honeymooners", Series Finale.

Touch has been renewed for a second season. Warehouse 13 and Alphas will be back in July.

Copyright © 2012 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon. Visit his web site at

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