TV, My Favorite Time Suck

by Ginger on August 10, 2013

in Entertain Me

I’ve been sick the last few days, which means I’ve been watching a lot of TV in between sleeping (sweet, sweet sleep), so this is a pretty timely list. I love TV, although I’ll admit I’ve gotten a little less addicted in the last couple of years–something about having a small person around to suck up all your free time seems to have had that effect–but that just means I don’t want to waste my time with shows I don’t LOVE.

All that to say that narrowing down my top 10 TV shows of all time is pretty tough–I’ve got almost 34 years of history to go through, and as with most things, it varies depending on the mood I’m in. But when I sat down to put together my list, this is how it shook out (in no particular order, other than the order that they came to me):

  1. Game of Thrones: After reading the books in a whirlwind fashion last year, we got the first season of the show and mainlined it in like 2 nights. And then we got HBO specifically to watch season 2. I clearly got hooked from the beginning. I LOVE this show. I LOVE the characters. I LOVE the surprises. I don’t always love all the blood and gore, but it’s true to the books in most cases. And in general, there’s just some really smart, interesting TV happening with these really interesting stories.
  2. Alias: Alias was the first show that I really remember planning my schedule around. I loved Sydney Bristow, and wanted to be her. The last season got a little wacky convoluted, but my love for Sydney sustained me through the end.
  3. Gilmore Girls: Yes, I know, no one actually talks like that. But MAN is it fun. The relationships between Rory and Lorelai and Emily was such an interesting exploration of mother/daughter/grandmother relationships, and they were fun and silly and frustrating and just…man I loved that show.
  4. Battlestar Gallactica: This show is just…look, I get that it’s sci-fi, and that a lot of people don’t like that, but this show is almost more an exploration of humanity and civilization that happens in a sci-fi world. And I’ve said it before, but the episode 33 is perhaps one of the best episodes of TV I’ve ever seen.
  5. West Wing: Another one where, yes, I know, no one actually talks like that. But COME ON, everything about this show is just so perfect. I’d totally vote for President Bartlet. This show managed to make me laugh, and cry, and shout and want to stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes, Sorkin has his issues, but this show really makes up for a lot of those issues.
  6. Sons of Anarchy: This is maybe the most brutal show on my list (yes, in a way even topping GoT), but man these bikers and their families captivate me. The first season the actors took a little while to come into their own, but now I seriously think there’s some great acting that goes on here. And I’m ALWAYS trying to figure out what’s going to happen to everyone–I can’t fathom that these people have happy endings coming their way, but I can’t wait to find out.
  7. Lost: Man, was this show like crack to me when it was on. I wasn’t crazy hardcore like some people–seriously, if I caught one or two easter eggs, I considered myself Einstein levels of genius–but I was captivated by it. I loved the characters, the mystery, the flashbacks & flashforwards, the craziness, the hidden moments, just…all of it. I have some issues with the last season, but I also think that nothing they could have done would have lived up to the mythology of the show. Someday, when I have the mental capacity, I want to sit down and watch it all over again from start to finish.
  8. Charmed: I KNOW how ridiculous this show is, and yet I still will watch it every time I see it on TV. Except that last season, man I hated that.
  9. House: I have a definite crush on Hugh Laurie, and as Dr. House in particular. Yes he was an asshole, no I don’t think he was realistic in the least, but man did I love watching him eviscerate the world around him.
  10. Orange is the New Black: Ok, this show is so new I probably shouldn’t be putting it on a favorite TV shows of all time list just yet. But seriously, it was SO good. I went into it with no expectations and the next thing I knew I was watching 4 episodes a night. I love the diversity of women’s stories–and that they aren’t just “typical” women and women’s stories–and the amazing actresses playing those parts. It pains me (much like G0T) that I have to wait a year for the next season.

Notice that I’m mostly a drama/dramedy person. I like comedies just fine, but something about the storytelling of hour long dramas tends to stick with me more potently than comedies. Although it sure would be easier on my tv watching schedule if I liked more 30 minute shows.

Some other contenders:

Better Off Ted, Pushing Daisies, Oblongs, Walking Dead, Boy Meets World, Saved by the Bell, Growing Pains, The Office, Community, Deadliest Catch, ER, Burn Notice, The Cosby Show, Scandal, Chuck, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, DuckTales, Futurama, Friends.

 So what about you? What are your favorite shows?

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Prompt from Bring Back the Words, Week 8

bp August 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Hi Ginger! Just last week and again this evening, dinner talk covered what shows we love to watch! Your list and your comments on each gave me insight into why these shows work for you. I don’t think I can get into my list so in depth, but I pretty much go from Will and Grace to Downtown Abbey, to Shameless, to Seinfeld, to Mad About You to Breaking Bad, to Dexter, to Friends, to The Office, to Homeland, to I Dream of Jeanie, to the Brady Bunch, to Newsroom to the Cosby Show to Arrested Development (pre Netflix relaunch) …. I could really go on. Oh yes, and OF COURSE Mad Men and GoT… I mean, hello, I AM human after all! Feel better soon!

Shasta August 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Pushing Daisies! I <3 Lee Pace

Heather August 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I loved Charmed, too. Tara and I commiserated how we watched the entire series on our maternity leaves. Had a major crush on pretty much every male lead to grace that show.

I loved House, too. Loved everything about it. I CRIED the last episode, I really did. Cried at how it ended, cried that it was ending, everything. And yes, yes, yes to Hugh Laurie. And Ry was conditioned to respond to the opening theme song…as in, her head would whip around when she heard it. I have it on film.

I watched the heck out of both of these shows while I was on maternity leave.

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