Monday Night TV: 24 and MoreWednesday, April 15, 2009 By Katherine Sowa
Although Mondays have been deemed a boring, tiring, and stressful day for a long time, it definitely has a few perks. One of the perks of Monday is all of the great shows that are on television that night. Many people across the country tune in on Monday nights to see Jack Bauer on 24, Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill, Claire Bennet on Heroes, Dr. Gregory House on House M.D., and more. Detailed here are five of the most popular Monday night shows and their stars, along with where to catch the episodes online if your Monday nights are just too busy. 24 (FOX): Since 2001, when it first premiered, 24’s extreme fan base has been following the adventures of Federal Agent Jack Bauer and his cohorts as he fights against terrorism and anyone who threatens the country. Each season is 24 episodes, spanning 24 hours in the characters’ lives, with every episode representing one hour. There is constant action in every plotline, as the characters fight for their lives and for their country. This top-rated show is enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike, and the actors in the show do fantastic jobs at portraying their characters and the peril they experience. Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert, and Elisha Cuthbert Missing it? Episodes are streamed at fox.com. Gossip Girl (CW) : You can follow the crazy adventures of rich teenagers on New York’s Upper East Side every Monday night at 8 p.m. New episodes will premiere all throughout March and April, leading up to the season finale in late May. The drama continues as Blair, Chuck, Serena, Dan, Jenny, Nate, Vanessa, Rufus, and Lily struggle to make sense of their pasts and make decisions for their futures. Whether you watch it for the actors, the plotlines, or the scandals, Gossip Girl is an excellent “guilty pleasure” TV show to jumpstart your week. Starring: Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford, Jessica Szohr, Matthew Settle, and Kelly Rutherford Missing it? New episodes are available a few days after airing on TV on cwtv.com One Tree Hill (CW): Taking place in the town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, One Tree Hill is into its sixth season. Now past their college years, there are still constant issues among Lucas, Peyton, Nathan, Haley, and Brooke. The show returns from hiatus on March 16 and will continue with new episodes through May. With tons of great music mixed in with enticing plotlines, this show attracts a large audience and is still popular, even past 100 episodes. Starring: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Paul Johansson, and Sophia Bush Missing it? Be sure to catch up on episodes on cwtv.com. Heroes (NBC): Now into its third season, Heroes tells the stories of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. With superpowers such as indestructibility, mind-reading, and flight, these characters fight to stop evil, such as Sylar, a serial killer who threatens to find these people with special powers. This series has attracted many fans throughout the last few years and stars a cast of talented actors, young and old. Starring: Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Cristine Rose, Adrian Pasdar, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Ali Larter, Milo Ventimiglia, James Kyson Lee, Dania Ramirez, Zachary Quinto, and Jack Coleman Missing it? Find Heroes episodes on nbc.com. House M.D. (FOX): House is another TV series that still attracts a strong fan base, despite being well into its fifth season. It chronicles the life of an anti-social and arrogant doctor named Gregory House. He works with his team of doctors on medical cases that often seem impossible to solve. The show is filled with witty dialogue as well as impressive medical knowledge, watching House is a great way to start off your week. Starring: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, and Jesse Spencer Missing it? Catch up on House on fox.com.