TV Shows I Adore

I probably won’t write a letter to Jessie extolling the virtue of watching countless hours of television per week but I also won’t pretend I don’t like TV.  After the first time I used Netflix to watch a complete series, I think it was Bones, I realize how archaic it was to sit in front of the TV, at a specific time during a specific day, and watch one episode of a show. After I first streamed shows on HULU, like the Fosters, I realized I didn’t really need the TV or cable ever again.

I still have cable, of course. I went years without cable but when the FCC switched to high definition I couldn’t stand using rabbit ears: the image kept freezing on me and I don’t know how to watch regular TV anymore freeze-free. I want to stop cable altogether and just stream what I want but I like watching CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday morning. I also love watching football on Sundays – what a great TV day! – and the season is just about to start.

I’m working on my cable TV addiction…I’m thinking of at least going down to basic, basic cable…but in the meantime I thought I’d share a few of my favorite TV shows (besides Castle, Bones, CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes):

Justified

What a great TV show. I’m not sure I can explain why I like this show so much, just know that I do. It’s well written and believable (as far as any TV show can be). The characters seem real and flawed and they mesh better than a lot of other shows. I’m currently watching this through Netflix and am into the second season.

Tim Olyphant is a joy to watch and his character’s ability to justify his multiple shootings is interesting. I’m also a big fan of Walton Goggins (from the Shield) although I never know if his character is lying or not; makes for good TV. I’m not sure how realistic the show is, as far as setting, but I hope to never find myself in the backwoods of Kentucky.

Homeland

Another great cable series I enjoy. I love the tension this show creates between the characters and the guessing of who is doing what and why. I’ve only seen the first season, the second season is available from Netflix starting next month I believe, but am hooked by Brody and, especially, Carrie. Claire Danes, as Carrie, is the main reason to watch this show. She is Carrie with all her neurotic twitches and delicate tightrope dance between sanity and the abyss; sometimes she falls off the tightrope.

The acting in Homeland, to me, is some of the best on TV right now. I know a show is good when I get lost in the storyline and forget my surroundings. Homeland grabs me by the lapels and doesn’t let go for the entire one hour ride. My emotions run the gamut and I’m exhilarated and drained by the end of a disc.

The Big Bang Theory

Where have I been for the last few years? I’ve been watching this show frequently now since it’s been on syndication and had no idea how funny and clever this show is. I had seen Bang a couple of times and thought it was cute but never managed to watch it on a regular basis until now.

The main five characters (Penny, Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard) are fun to watch and have great chemistry together but I believe the addition of Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler have made this show great. Sheldon is a hoot, the smartest emotionally and socially stunted character I’ve seen, but Mayim Bialik, as Amy, is a riot dressed in her grandma’s clothes, rolling one liners off her deadpan tongue causing me to laugh out loud every time I see her.

Bang is one of those shows which starts out good and grows and evolves into one of the best TV series I have seen. Definitely the best show on the big three. The humor is clever, the characters are endearing, and even the peripheral characters are fleshed out and interesting.

The Fosters

Finally, a TV show that kinda sorta resembles my family: with a much nicer house and way more children. I’ve been waiting for this show for a very long time and I didn’t even realize it. I love the way this lesbian couple and their five kids are written as a ‘normal’ family without all the gay drama usually associated with LGBTQ shows.

I like the fact the couple, Stef and Lena, with not much rewriting, could be an opposite sex couple just as easily. I admire in-your-face lesbians and gays; their work has brought us to the brink of equality in my lifetime. But I also think families like the Fosters, and my own real family, have also done a lot, in our own quiet way, to bring about the world you see today. Not a perfect world, no, but getting better for a lot of us.

Shows in my queue to watch next:

Breaking Bad – Don’t tell me how it ends! I haven’t started watching yet, but have heard wonderful things about this show.

Game of Thrones – I’m not sure if I’ll like this one, but the fan base is rabid, so I’ll give it a look.

Orange is the New Black – I’ve only watched one episode but Janet has raved about this show for days. I can honestly say I’m not thrilled about the premise: women in prison. Surprisingly, that doesn’t appeal to me.

Walking Dead – I’ve thought about this one since it first aired. I’m a little scared but if my 65 year old mom can watch it so can I. I’m tough! No really.

House of Cards – I’ll watch anything with Kevin Spacey.

jenn

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