It's hard to think of a show that hits as consistently each episode as "Supernatural," (CW, 9 p.m.), which returns tonight with a new episode after a new "Smallville."
In addition, there are few hours as fun. Witness tonight's episode, titled "Jump The Shark" because the Winchesters find out they may have a half-brother. You really have to love a series that pokes fun at itself, and between this one and the previous new installment a couple of weeks ago when the Winchesters read their own adventures in comic books, then researched fan fiction about themselves, it's hard to think of a show that tips its cap more to its fans.
In fact, this has been a great week for fun series. "Chuck" had its best episode of the season Monday, and "Rescue Me" was its traditional great mix of humor and drama on Tuesday. (I still can't keep a straight face thinking of Sean going to the back doctor or the guys going into the all-painted-black bar).
When you throw in the likes of "Burn Notice" and some of the lighter elements of "Breaking Bad," there have been some great moments on TV this year done simply because the writers and cast want to enjoy themselves and want their fans to share in it.
So, what is TV's most fun hour? The Winchester adventures on "Supernatural?" "Chuck's" interplay between his life as a spy and his life at the Buy More? The crew of "Rescue Me?" Michael Westen's weekly spy lessons on "Burn Notice?"
Or is there another series where you just sit back and enjoy the ride?
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: Of course, comedies are geared to fun and NBC delivers a new night of them with "My Name Is Earl," "Parks & Recreation," "The Office" and "30 Rock" before a new episode of "Southland" at 10 p.m.
ABC airs two sitcoms tonight, "In The Motherhood" and "Samantha Who?" but the former doesn't deliver much fun at all. They are followed by new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy," where the fun comes from the off-camera drama, and "Private Practice" at 10 p.m.
CBS has new episodes of "Survivor," "CSI" and "Harper's Island."
Fox's "Bones" at 8 p.m. might be fun with an all-new episode, but I found it to be so over-the-top in its ludicrousness that I stopped watching. It's followed by "Hell's Kitchen."
Finally, on a local level, Georgia College & State University student Daniel Wilkinson of Woodbury, Ga. will be a contestant on tonight's edition of "Jeopardy!" (WMAZ, 7:30 p.m.)