1.) The Office (American Version)
Every few years, I’m drawn back to this show. It never ceases to be funny–I recently rewatched the “Diversity Day” episode from the first season and, despite the fact that I’ve seen the episode at least four times, was rolling on the floor laughing. This show is just so funny–the characters are enjoyable, maddening, and consistent. Also, Jim and Pam will forever be my ultimate TV OTP.
2.) Downton Abbey
Yes, the show was at it’s best in it’s first two seasons. Yes, I’m one of the troopers who held out until the very end. This show is everything I love about British period dramas–it addresses and explores historical social issues with a healthy dose of romance. Plus, it’s just so pretty. The sets, the costumes, everything is lavish and gorgeous. One thing I also enjoy is that it fully develops almost every single character–using subtleties to show, not tell. And then there’s Maggie Smith, who is one of the show’s gems.
3.) Game of Thrones
I’ve had a back-and-forth relationship with this show over the years. I quit watching after one season because of the violence and nudity–it was just too much for me–and turned to the books. As a fantasy lover, it’s hard to keep away. About a year ago, I finally pushed through and watched the show in it’s entirety. This summer, season six sucked me right in and I now stand with those who claim that this is the best show on TV. Yes, it’s still gruesome, but it raises such fascinating questions about morality and the realism of storytelling. As media consumers, we are trained to expect certain things in stories–familiar patterns and arcs play out over thousands of books, movies, and shows. Game of Thrones defies expectations. No, it smashes them to a bloody pulp and it’s so refreshing that I can’t bring myself to look away.
4.) Doctor Who
Although I’ve stopped watching in recent seasons (Moffat’s storytelling drove me away), the David Tennant years will always be very near and dear to my heart.
5.) The Flash
I watch a LOT of superhero TV shows, but The Flash is probably my favorite. It’s the perfect blend of adventure and drama. I’m not super familiar with the comics, but know enough to get most of the homages and still be enthralled with the storytelling. Plus, it’s got Cisco, who is one of my favorite characters on TV at the moment. He IS the ultimate fan put to screen and it’s wonderful.
Ahh, this show. It’s the perfect blend of history, fantasy, political intrigue, and (how can I forget) romance. It’s the story of a World War II combat nurse who accidentally goes back in time and finds herself in 1700’s Scotland at the time of the Jacobite Rebellion. Claire is a fascinating, intelligent, fierce character that draws you in immediately. One of the things I love most about Outlander is that it’s not your average fall-in-love-happily-ever-after romance. It’s the story of two people who dedicate their lives to each other and are determined to stick it out despite the mess–and OH boy, there is a lot of mess.
7.) Parks & Recreation
Again, one of the funniest shows I’ve watched. I could watch it for hours. Not all shows can get me to love every single character, but this one does.
I normally don’t go for rough, gritty shows like Arrow, but it came so highly recommended form so many people that I got into it. This show grows on you. Season one is hard to get through. Season two was one of the best I have ever seen on television. I dropped out in the most recent season due to going abroad and not having internet access, but hope to catch up once it goes up on Netflix again. Again, it has one of my favorite characters on TV, Felicity Smoak. She’s fiercely intelligent and delightfully awkward.
9.) Agent Carter
Peggy is one of my all-time favorite Marvel characters. I still get sad when I watch the end of the first Captain America movie. This show begins with Peggy picking up the pieces after losing Steve and then becomes a fun feminist spy/espionage tale with a cast of enjoyable characters of it’s own. I’m so sad that it got axed after two seasons. I always need more Peggy Carter in my life.
I HAD to include one of my childhood staples in this list. The musical episode is one of my favorites.
What are some of your favorite shows? Got anything to recommend?
P.S. Can you tell I’m into strong female leads?
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