Sure, things are pretty bad right now. The economy is terrible, people are out of work, we're fighting I-don't-know-how-many wars, and "The Real Housewives" franchise is still thriving on Bravo.
But at least earth hasn't been overrun by murderous aliens who have wiped out most of the planet's inhabitants and have the rest of us on the run while they try to kidnap and enslave our children.
That's the kind of light-hearted fare you'll find in TNT's ambitious new summer science fiction series, "Falling Skies," which debuts this Sunday.
Actually, it's somehow not as depressing as the plot makes it sound. Even though all that stuff I mentioned is going on, the post-apocalyptic doom and gloom is framed in a compelling story that's tinged with a sense of hope. And it's highly entertaining.
The series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, stars Noah Wyle ("ER") as Tom Mason, an American History teacher who has joined a resistance movement in Massachusetts to fight the aliens -- they call them Skitters -- and to try to restore some semblance of normal life for his three sons.