Developer: CrazyApps
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 2.1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iOS Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

There are a lot of good TV shows out there nowadays to keep track of. Sure, there are a lot of terrible TV to keep track of too, and TeeVee 2 doesn’t discriminate. It just wants to serve as a quick way to track TV shows and see when they’re coming on next.

TeeVee-05TeeVee-01Just search for a show in a widely-available database, and it will be added to the list left under three categories: “upcoming” for shows that have scheduled upcoming episodes, “announced” for shows that are still airing but don’t have future episodes scheduled yet, and the “dead” section serves as a painful reminder that America rejected the witty antics of Happy Endings. America, for shame.

The app developers claim that they were heavily inspired by iOS 7 in their app design, so the app will fit in nicely with the new version of iOS: it’s flat, non-skeuomorphic, and the font selection will mesh nicely. TeeVee 2 provides simple views on the main screen of which episode number is coming next, and when. Swiping from right to left shows the episode title, time (matching the user’s current time zone), and option to disable notifications. Swiping from left to right will delete it from the list. It’s simple, and yeah, pretty much like Clear but for TV shows. And there’s the ability to select which episodes in the series have been watched. Tap and hold on an episode number to mark all previous episodes as watched. Television!

TeeVee-03TeeVee-06There’s a video option for episode previews, but it’s seemingly only available for previously-available episodes that are sourced from iTunes (or at least an Apple server). So it feels a bit like a broken feature when pulling it up on the default “next upcoming episode” listing and having nothing available. The search engine, when it works, is great, but it at least once suffered a problem where a “JSON parsing error” caused it to not work. One hopes this is just a glitch in the matrix and not a common problem, though I only saw it once while using the app.

TeeVee is a pretty handy app. One that I think would be best served if an enterprising TV service provider (let’s say, DirecTV, coincidentally my TV service provider) decided to integrate in with their app and users’ DVR schedules. Probably won’t, but I can dream.

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