USA Network Is Better Than NBC

NBC’s upcoming fall lineup includes a television show based on a 20-year old movie (Parenthood), two hours of reruns (Saturday night features “encores” of Trauma and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) and a daily “comedy show” from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. (The Jay Leno Show).

On top of all that, no one watches their best show, 30 Rock (the 66th highest rated show for 2008-2009).

For the week of April 20-29, NBC's highest rated show was Biggest Loser.

In 2008-2009, NBC was second in Emmy nominations but last in ratings.

NBC is owned NBC Universal. As one of the “Big 3” networks, you’d assume that the “peacock” is the conglomerates best network. However, it’s not.

If Land of Punt was forced to chose one network from the NBC Universal family of networks it would not be NBC, it would be the USA Network.

USA Network’s lineup features Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Monk, Psych, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, and Royal Pains. Not to mention the network is also home to WWE Raw.

USA is the number one rated basic cable network. The network’s ratings are so high they even beat a broadcast network, CW. Okay, CW is not much of a network, but it’s a broadcast network nonetheless.

While the aforementioned shows pale in comparison to the number of shows NBC produces in a year, there is a phrase which comes into play here: less is more.

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT

Law and Order: Criminal Intent is the most interesting of all thee L&O’s.  With the addition of Jeff Goldblum the show only got better.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is the most interesting of all thee L&O’s. With the addition of Jeff Goldblum the show only got better.

MONK

Monk is entering its final season but the show is still going strong.  Tony Shalhoub is fabulous as the defective detective.  The show is funny, charming and its mystery are top-notch.

Monk is entering its final season but the show is still going strong. Tony Shalhoub is fabulous as the defective detective. The show is funny, charming and its mystery are top-notch.

PSYCH

Psych is a show about a crime solving fake psychic.  While the plots can get a little far-fetch, the effable characters more than make up for it with their clever and snappy dialogue—pop culture references galore!.   The show stars James Roday and Dule Hill but Timothy Omundson and Corbin Bernsen steal the show.

Psych is a show about a crime solving fake psychic. While the plots can get a little far-fetch, the affable characters more than make up for it with their clever and snappy dialogue—pop culture references galore!. The show stars James Roday and Dule Hill but Timothy Omundson and Corbin Bernsen steal the show.

BURN NOTICE

Burn Notice is LOP’s favorite show.  It’s a cross between Miami Vice, the A-Team and MacGyver.  Set in Miami, spy Michael Westen, played by Jeffery Donovan, is trying to figure out who burned him while helping those in trouble.  Yes, he’s a trained killer with a heart.  The show also stars the indelible Bruce Campbell, the stunning Gabrielle Anwar and the incorrigible Sharon Gless.

Burn Notice is LOP’s favorite show. It’s a cross between Miami Vice, the A-Team and MacGyver. Set in Miami, spy Michael Westen, played by Jeffery Donovan, is trying to figure out who burned him while helping those in trouble. Yes, he’s a trained killer with a heart. The show also stars the indelible Bruce Campbell, the stunning Gabrielle Anwar and the incorrigible Sharon Gless.

IN PLAIN SIGHT

The show In Plain Sight is about a U.S. Marshall working for the witness protection program while juggling her crazy family.  Mary McCormack stars as the caustic Mary Shannon, who helps everyone with their problems but never helps herself.   You turn in for McCormack but you stay for Nichole Hiltz (hubba hubba).

The show In Plain Sight is about a U.S. Marshall working for the witness protection program while juggling her crazy family. Mary McCormack stars as the caustic Mary Shannon, who helps everyone with their problems but never helps herself. You turn in for McCormack but you stay for Nichole Hiltz (hubba hubba).

ROYAL PAINS

Royal Pains is the newest addition to the Network.  Mark Feuerstein finally has a hit on his hand.  He plays Hank, a concierge doctor in the Hamptons who not only caterers to the rich but helps those without trust funds.  “Hank” is the health care reform we wished we had.

Royal Pains is the newest addition to the Network. Mark Feuerstein finally has a hit on his hand. He plays Hank, a concierge doctor in the Hamptons who not only caterers to the rich but helps those without trust funds. “Hank” is the health care reform we wished we had.

WWE RAW

WWE Raw may not be for everyone, but it’s the epitome fun.  Turn it on, tune off your brain and watch behemoths beat each other up.  It’s two of the most enjoyable hours of television in the week.  One more thing, WW Raw has no reruns.

WWE Raw may not be for everyone, but it’s the epitome fun. Turn it on, tune off your brain and watch behemoths beat each other up. It’s two of the most enjoyable hours of television in the week. One more thing, WW Raw has no reruns.

Certainly some of the shows on the USA Network appear a little ridiculous and quite frankly they probably are. However, all the their shows have one thing in common and that’s great characters (which is good since the network’s slogan is “Characters Welcome”).

The characters on USA’s shows are the type of characters you can immediately relate too, you instantly take a liking too and don’t mind inviting them into your living room. They are interesting, entertaining and comforting. After all, great characters are the hallmark of every great show.

Don’t throw NBC out with the bath water, but if you’re not watching USA Network you need to start.

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