In my humble opinion, the best show on network television is Castle. I can’t speak for cable or premium channels, but for me, Castle is it. Oddly enough, in spite of my past viewings of Nathan Fillion on both Pasadena and Desperate Housewives, I might not have tuned into the show were it not for Susan Sullivan, who I love in, well, anything. The soap star guest spots helped, too. One problem I had was the time conflict with Hawaii Five-0 on CBS, and for a while I tried to watch both, which was hilarious. I don’t have DVR or any of that voodoo TV stuff, and I don’t have the spare cash to buy DVD releases. Thankfully I was given a reprieve—TNT put both shows into syndication and CBS moved H50 to Friday nights where it airs before another favorite, Blue Bloods. But I’m getting off-track. Thanks to the marathons I was able to catch up on Castle in a hurry. It’s an interesting mix of crime, romance, drama, and humor. I mean, I can’t think of many shows where you can genuinely laugh not five seconds after seeing a gruesome murder scene. Either the show is funny, or I’m twisted. Maybe both. I’m also a sucker for the Castle-Beckett romance. You can tell people have become impatient—four seasons of waiting for an admission of love, plus one more season before the next step toward commitment, nearly did a lot of fans in. I think the romance has been nicely developed, and seeing them together is fun because the actors have a palpable chemistry when the show takes a romantic slant. Television is more expensive than it used to be and shows have a shorter shelf-life. I have ideas about how I would like Castle to progress, but I’m also eager to see how it all plays out. It’s easily the best part of Monday.