When I’m Not Reading, I’m Watching

July 15, 2014 Meme / Surveys 2

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about must watch tv! Even though some of these are no longer on the air, I think you still need to check them out.

In no particular order:

01. Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls is of those shows that everyone HAS to see, if you don’t get through all seasons, at least see the first season! You’ll love Lorelai and Rory, but grow to love the town as well. I really liked the writing and we get very good rounded characters. Plus it’s not every often we get to see a single mother raising her daughter in a positive light and you’ll appreciate how Lorelai fought to raise her child the way she wanted to.

02. The Americans
Kerri Russell and Mathew Rhys are your typical next door neighbors except they have a secret: their undercover Soviet spies! Set in the 1980’s Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings are travel agents by day and of course sexy spies at night. Their marriage is a fraud (despite having children) and we see cracks early on. Phillip likes the US and sees no problem defecting, but Elizabeth won’t have any of it. The big question is: will she turn him in as a traitor or will their new FBI neighbor find them out? Without a doubt season 2 is the best to date (out of the 2 seasons so far) and the season finale had Moscow asking the Jennings for the ultimate sacrifice: their daughter Paige.

03. Mad Men
Set in 1960’s New York City, it follows the life of Don Draper, creative director for an advertising agency. The big draw is the pretty costumes of the 60’s, but also it makes one stop and realize that most of the office politics and world events portrayed on Mad Men are still rather recent, taking place only 50 years ago! In the end, this is the story of Don Draper and how the America we long for may actually be just a dream.

04. Twisted
An 11 year old boy, Danny, kills his aunt and his two best friends, Lacey and Jo, were witness to his confession. Fast forward several years later and he’s out of juve and goes back to face the town that believes him to be a killer. It’s pretty clear Jo loves Danny and throughout the first season it’s Danny and Lacey who give each other longing glances while Jo is the background, but when Danny is accused of murder once again, it’s Jo who is stands by him. By the end of the first season we’re left with more questions than answers. Unfortunately, it looks like it won’t be renewed for a second season (boooooo!) since ratings weren’t the best. Here’s hoping someone else picks it up because I need to know who / what is behind the murders and why.

05. Call the Midwife
This one was quite the surprise for me! It’s a bit of a sleepy charm, but a lovely one at that. Set in the 1950’s, it’s about the lives of midwives in the East End of London. Based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth (review of the first book) and her time as a midwife, Jenny Lee charms audiences as a new midwife. You’ll see childbirth in a whole new light! It’s also not all about mothers giving birth, but you become invested in the lives of the nuns that work alongside the midwives. There’s Shelagh, a nun who might or might not fall in love with a doctor and then there’s Chummy who captivates you and you’ll cheer her on as she is wooed by a police officer.

06. The Big Bang Theory
I was living in Glasgow at the time when I came across it and fell in love with all the characters. When I got back to the US, I was happy to see a second season was ordered and I’ve been a fan ever since! The best part? You don’t have to understand references to science or science fiction to understand it, you’ll easily see how it’s geeks making fun of each other and it’s all okay. I also love how the characters have grown especially Sheldon. Plus if Howard can find someone to marry, there’s hope for us singletons!

07. The Inbetweeners
Will McKenzie’s life is turned upside down when his parents’ divorce and he’s forced to attend public school (oh the horror!). This British comedy about teenage boys at times is over-the-top, but ah you’ll laugh like there’s no tomorrow. Once you’re done with season three, check out the movie and see what happens to the characters right before they start university.

08. Coupling
This one often is described as the British version of Friends and while it can be (no coffeehouse setting but instead a pub and there are 6 friends involved), I don’t think of it as a Friends copycat. The show was created by Steven Moffat and it was sort of auto-biographical since it outlines how he met his wife after his first marriage was over. Basically it’s all about Steve and Susan’s relationship and along for the ride are their friends. You’ll easy come to love Patrick and Jeff and want to be friends with Jane and Sally. There’s only 20 or so episodes (4 seasons total) and I’m sad the actors had other commitments before Moffat could wrap up their storylines.

09. Elementary
Okay, I know Elementary often gets much snark from the Sherlock fans, but if you tried Sherlock and it bored to you death (as it did with me), then give this version of Sherlock Holmes a try. Plus Watson is a female played the Lucy Liu! Although it takes place in New York City with a former drug addict Holmes assigned a “caretaker” of sorts in the form of Watson (a former doctor who is forced to leave practice). Reluctantly these two become friends and soon Holmes trains Watson to be his right side man (so to speak).

10. Footballer Wives
Ah, trashy soaps are the way to go and if you want to immerse yourself in the life of WAG (wives and girlfriends, a term coined by the British press to describe the significant others of Footballers), then you can’t go wrong with this British show! It’s everything you expect in soap: cheating, murder, and just over the top fun! There are five seasons and a spin off (Footballer Wives: Extra Time), but don’t bother with the spin-off.

Honorable mentions:
Sleepy Hollow, The Following, Drop Dead Diva (though seasons 1-3 are probably the best), Third Watch (ah the 9/11 episode makes your heart hurt), Tyrant (this one just began 3 weeks ago & it takes place in a fictional Middle Eastern country with a dictator), and Salem (takes liberty with the events of the 1692 witch trials, but still interesting).

What about you? What are some of your favorite shows?

2 Responses to “When I’m Not Reading, I’m Watching”

  1. Monica's Bookish Life

    I’m going to have to check out The Americans. I’ve heard good things about it, and it seems to be on several lists I’ve seen. I love it that you included The Inbetweeners! That show was a guilty pleasure of mine when it was on BBC America. So funny!
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