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by Rick Norwood

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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.

Doctor Who I've decided never to watch television ever again. Cable is expensive, commercials are annoying, and the ads inset into the picture during the story are intolerable. The last straw was Doctor Who Season 6b premiere, when BBC America had a "countdown" to the next program throughout the entire show.

And there are plenty of alternatives. Doctor Who, for example, comes out on Blu-ray at the end of this month, with no commercials. For other programs, there is Amazon streaming video, Netflix, Hulu, and many other options. Also, more and more programs are not shown on tv at all, going direct to one of the other content providers. So, it will give me great pleasure to tell the cable tv service to fuck off.

The best television in May is Doctor Who.

SF on TV in May 2013

Wednesday, May 1
Supernatural "The Great Escapist", by Ben Edlund
Arrow "The Undertaking" by Jake Coburn & Lana Cho

Arrow Thursday, May 2
The Vampire Diaries "She's Come Undone", by Michael Narducci & Rebecca Sonnenshine
Beauty and the Beast "Anniversary", by Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson

Friday, May 3
Touch "Fight or Flight"

Saturday, May 4
Doctor Who "The Crimson Horror" by Mark Gatiss

Touch Sunday, May 5
Game of Thrones "The Climb", by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Once Upon a Time "Second Star to the Right", by Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg

Monday, May 6
Revolution "The Love Boat"
Defiance "A Well Respected Man"
Warehouse 13 "Parks and Rehabilitation"

Tuesday, May 7
Grimm "Kiss of the Muse"

Defiance Wednesday, May 8
Supernatural "Clip Show", by Andrew Dabb
Arrow "Darkness on the Edge of Town" by Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle

Thursday, May 9
The Vampire Diaries "The Walking Dead", by Brian Young & Caroline Dries
Beauty and the Beast "Date Night", by Story by: Roger Grant, Teleplay by: Jennifer Levin & Sherri Cooper

Friday, May 10
Touch "Leviathan", Season 2 Finale

Game of Thrones Saturday, May 11
Doctor Who "Nightmare in Silver" by Neal Gaiman

Sunday, May 12
Game of Thrones The Bear and the Maiden Fair", by George R. R. Martin
Once Upon a Time "And Straight on 'Til Morning" by Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, Season 2 Finale

Monday, May 13
Revolution "The Longest Day"
Defiance "The Serpent's Egg"
Warehouse 13 "The Big Snag"

Tuesday, May 14
Grimm "The Walking Dead"
Yes, the same title as last Thursday's The Vampire Diaries.

Wednesday, May 15
Supernatural "Sacrifice", by Jeremy Carver, Season 8 Finale
Arrow "Sacrifice", by Story by: Greg Berlanti, Teleplay by: Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg Season 1 Finale
Yes, the two episodes have the same title.

Revolution Thursday, May 16
The Vampire Diaries "Graduation" by Caroline Dries & Julie Plec, Season 4 Finale
Beauty and the Beast "Never Turn Back" by Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson, Season 1 Finale

Saturday, May 18
Doctor Who "The Name of the Doctor" by Steven Moffat, Season 7 Finale

Sunday, May 19
Game of Thrones "Second Sons", by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

Monday, May 20
Revolution "Clue"
Defiance "Brothers in Arms"
Warehouse 13 "The Sky's the Limit"

Supernatural Tuesday, May 21
Grimm "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm", Season 2 Finale

Wednesday, May 22
Arrow "Home Invasion" by Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz

Monday, May 27
Revolution TBA

Wednesday, May 29
Arrow "Unfinished Business" by Bryan Q. Miller & Lindsey Allen

Friday, May 31
Grimm "Endangered"

True Blood returns in June. Syfy is developing High Moon and Blake's 7. Joss Whedon will write and produce Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for television. Heroes may return as an X-Box original. Steven DeKnight is developing a new space war series, Incursion. The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals will air in the Fall. And the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is coming in November.

Copyright © 2013 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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