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tvshowfavs

In the modern world, watching TV shows isn't what it used to be. Back in the old days (or the present for some), shows simply existed at a certain time and you tuned in when they aired, and then they were cancelled and then you never heard from them again. Today, though, it's not uncommon for most viewers to discover a show a few seasons in and then find their way through the backlog of episodes. It can get overwhelming when you need to sort through which shows are still on, which shows you've seen, and how many more episodes you have to go. We need a new kind of TV Guide. That's where TV Show Favs comes in.

Update: As of last night, TV Show Favs was experiencing a server outage due to a "performance issue which absolutely had to be fixed for the server to be stable." While the developer fixes this, they've pulled the app from the Play Store and current users will be unable to log in. We were told that everything should be up and running "by the morning" (September 12th). The service is still down as of right now, 11:45 am EST. We'll update when the app is back and the server is running again.

Update 2: The dev has let us know that the server should be back up and running so current users should be able to log in again. If you're looking to download it from the Play Store for the first time, the app has been republished, but it make take a little while for it to appear again. Just keep hitting refresh.

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TV Show Favs is an extremely customizable and detailed database of television shows with all the information you need to keep current and, most importantly, the ability to schedule what shows you need to watch at what time. Not to sound like an overly enthusiastic fanboy, but this app is, in most measurable ways, perfect for keeping up with every show you love.

My Shows

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The core of the experience, My Shows, is a place for you to collect all your favorite programs in one place. The database of titles is actually really impressive. I found entries for everything from Archer to Dexter, Beast Wars to the Newsroom. The information for each episode is in-depth, and the app integrates really well with IMDb. You won't be using that, though. You'll be spending all your time looking over the Top 10/50/100 lists for your favorite shows and marking off how many seasons of each you've seen. Just try not to reflect on how much of your life this amounts to.

The nice thing about the My Shows section is that you get a clear, concise picture of just how much you have and haven't seen. Specials are included in each series' listing page. So, if you somehow missed the four Futurama movies in between seasons 5 and 6, you'll discover them here. Once you've entered in what you've seen—which you can do on a per show, per season, or per episode basis—the real fun begins.

My Schedule

Having an app that keeps track of what shows you've seen is nice. It's not very useful, though. You already know what you've seen! Sure, you can't always remember which episode is which, but what good is a database? Well, in this case, the app now knows what's next for you. I'm up to date on Dexter, of course. There won't be any new episodes for a few weeks, but when there is, I can find exactly what date, time, and channel it will be on. As someone who doesn't have cable, this information is only marginally useful, but it does provide some sense of schedule. Without the all-powerful cable box to center around, TV watching needs a reference point. TV Show Favs provides it.

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Left: List view shows the next episodes to air. Right: You get NOTHING! You LOSE! Good DAY, sir!

The calendar view is largely useless, though. Do yourself a favor and immediately press the menu button under "My Schedule" and select "Show Upcoming As List." And leave it. The only time this view would be useful is if you have a large number of shows you need to watch every day. In a truly bizarre move, even in landscape mode on a 10" tablet, you can still only view one day at a time.

My Experience

There are a ton more features that TV Show Favs offers. The ability to tag shows to sort them by your own organizational scheme. The ability to add specific upcoming episodes to your Google Calendar very easily (it's actually quite brilliant). A To-Do list that includes upcoming episodes, past episodes you haven't watched, and specials. You can customize on a per-show basis which features to include.

Additionally, this app, while free, offers in-app purchases for certain extra features. The payment model is pretty novel, though. If you want to unlock all the extra bells and whistles, you can do so for $5. These features include removing ads, notifications, social network integration, dark and (another) light theme, and more. However, if $5 is too much for your taste, you can purchase individual features piecemeal for $0.99 each. Just want to remove ads and try out a dark theme? $2 for you. Want everything? $5. Don't need any extra features? The core experience—and a very robust one, mind you—is still free.

Conclusion

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This may not be for the casual user. If you only ever watch one or two television shows (or you... umm... go outside?), then you might not need a companion app to help you. This is for those of us who still want a tool that fills the void left by TV Guide's obsolescence, but don't necessarily still adhere to the old model of gathering around the glowing tube during prime time. It's useful, customizable, and only requires as much effort as you want to exert.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/stalkbrandon Brandon V. Fletcher

    you had me at holo

    • mesmorino

      *Nicely* done. I appreciate a well crafted pun!

    • fixxmyhead

      lame

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Fantastic app, just downloaded it after the 3.0 update, been looking for something like this for a while.

    I have 2 wishlist items, however:
    - it can create individual calendar events manually, but I'd love to give it its own calendar and have it manage all the shows there automatically. That would be fantastic.
    - a web counterpart for editing/tracking shows.

    • aSeven

      Sync with Trakt for a web interface.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Saw that later when people started asking about trakt on G+. Sounds great.

        • aSeven

          Another similar app worth mentioning is "SeriesGuide", which syncs with Trakt for no charge (TV Show Favs requires $0.99 IAP). Good alternative for people who can't use Google Play.

          • Guest

            I'd definitely recommend SeriesGuide too, it has a nice UI and does everything I want so far. Most importantly however is the (optional) Trakt.tv support, I've tried using TVSF at various points in the development cycle and have run into issues with being able to log in over and over again. Maybe their servers have been upgraded and streamlined over time but today's outage just doesn't surprise me one bit. The update looks great and all, but I'll stick to what works for me.

          • aSeven

            Also, SeriesGuide has 2-way sync with Trakt, whereas it appears that TVShowFavs is just one-way (unless I'm doing something wrong.)

  • Liquidretro

    Does it allow you to sign in and keep schedules synced between devices?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yes. That's the only way to do it, in fact.

      • Liquidretro

        Thanks I will set it up and try it tonight.

  • Pedro Madeira

    Brilliant. Been looking for an app like this. Will definately try it out.

  • Todd Fagan

    I have been using this for years now... AWESOME App.. and yes it syncs across devices. I use it on my 4G LTE and my ASUS Prime

  • http://www.brubro.com Bruce Brown

    I think you broke their site with this review - can't create account nor load their homepage...

    • Aditya

      Same here...lets just give them some time. :)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        It's always fun when it happens :)

        • TV Show Favs – Jeremy

          Thanks guys for the beautiful review. I guess our server was not prepared for the new traffic today...and it is in fact currently down. The developer of the app (which is not me as I am simply in charge of the data entry) is aware and a fix will be in place as soon as possible! Should be a simple fix and we should be back up soon!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Just got an email from the dev - he said our article pointed out some
      performance bottlenecks in the server, so he's trying to amend them as
      we speak.

      • Montygue

        Love it when devs care and pay attention! So sad it's uncommon. :(

  • Guilherme Borges

    Better than SeriesGuide Show Manager?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Can't comment on that, but based on the screens, TV Show Favs' UI looks cleaner and better to me. And having used the app, I think it's quite stellar.

      • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

        One big selling point for SeriesGuide, for me, is being able to oneclick check-in into Trakt and Getglue. Really good about it.

    • IncCo

      Thanks for the tip.

  • TV Show Favs

    Hi guys, we are currently down do to some overload issues. We are working on getting back up as soon as possible, and also trying to prevent this from happening again. We appreciate your patience!

    • Guest

      GIVEMEURAPP!! NOWZ! (for real: I cant wait to try this thing out, I hope you get it all sorted out soon)

  • RCCola85

    I guess it was taken off the Play Store too? Can't find it. I know the servers are down & whatnot but I just wanted to download it for now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's back now.

      • RCCola85

        I still can't find the app, even on the web version of the Play store. "/

  • scuttlefield

    "Item not found" in the play store anymore. Would the dev have pulled it to fix problems?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Looks like that's what happened. There are 4 pages of 1-star reviews due to not being able to make an account.

  • JirafaBo

    My girl and I both have been using this app for a good while now. Does a great job of letting you know whats coming up, especially for series that are due to begin, or cancelled, on a holiday break, etc. Great app and the 3.0 Stacked widget is great looking!

  • akoli

    thanks for the site looks promising ... registred and selected all my shows ... as to TV shows app not on the play store as noted above and the website also as noted above.. will give it a go again tomorrow.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Looks like it's back in the Play Store now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Nope. Chuck Testa.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Maybe I can see it because I have it installed.

  • Caio Moreno

    Guess it have some problem, maybe my country but it dont find the app in the play store =/

  • http://twitter.com/th3taman Greg Mapes

    Great app...I've used it for quite a while to keep track of shows that are coming up (through notifications) and what i have watched. My busy life sometimes means I will miss several weeks of a show and then catch up on them all at once. This app helps me keep up to date on everything.

    Shame they are having issues right now. Android Police cause them to crash? LOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562156908 Guillermo Herrera

    I still can't find it :/

  • Bruce

    Great app, have been using it for quite some time.
    Would be nice if they reintroduced haptic feedback when selecting seen episodes. Felt better.

  • randomchars

    Guys check out http://seriesgui.de

    I think It's way better than this and it's open source.

  • GliTcH

    Ever use nzbmatrix/Sabnzbd/sickbeard? I use a program on my Android phone called nzb unity and it integrates all that. It's beautiful. Check out NZB Unity in the android market and let me know what you think about that one. The real workhorse though is sickbeard, that program is just downright awesome.

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      Usually just use nzbtveeker.com's watchlist. But, an integrated solution on my tablet would be very nice. I'm aware if sickbeard, but just haven't looked into it. Will check it out. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Littlehorsie ZombieDroid

    as of 11:18 AM EST it is not on the play store

  • TV Show Favs

    We are back up everyone. Thank you for your patience!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JOHN.R.P.JR John Robert Peters

    Been using it since the beginning. I love it with a passion.

  • TV Show Favs

    We are back up and running! Sorry for the downtime guys, but it should be working much better now. We appreciate your patience!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm curious, as a fellow developer, what the performance issue was that took down the whole system for a full day. That's pretty shocking to me that just AP traffic was able to do that. Can you share some details please?

  • xnifex

    Is there a web interface too?

  • David Spivey

    ARGH push junk in my notification bar. Fortunately, I have 4.2, so I can kill it, but I HATE when an app does that!