Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite TV Shows


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I have not done a Top Ten Tuesday in quite some time, but it's time I hopped back on the wagon.  It is 1am as I write this, and I am running on very little fuel, but there was no way I was going to pass up this week's topic:  TV Shows!  

You guys know I love to talk about television, which is why this review blog isn't just about books. 

 I am so excited that this meme has brought in other forms of media, because I love to mix genres.  I feel that in many ways they are all connected;  books and television are both creative modes of storytelling and topics like this week's help us notice their differences and similarities.

Check out the list of my Top Ten Favorite TV Shows below!


10) The Vampire Diaries

I had a hard time deciding whether or not I wanted this one to go on the list, because I hardly watch it anymore.  But, I've been with The Vampire Diaries since day one, and it's just really hard to let go.  Also, there was a time when I absolutely loved this show.  The first three seasons were awesome, but now I just don't find any fun in the show.  That is because the writers started bringing people back from the dead -- a lot of people.  Where's the fun in a show about completely invincible characters?  I mean, they're already super-fast, super-smart vampires.  Was that not good enough?  And on top of that, the writers expect me to believe that some new villain is a huge threat?  Even when I know that if a main character dies, they'll probably be brought back?  

I can't bring myself to care about this show's characters anymore, let alone its plot line in general.

But, again--those first three seasons were perfect.  Especially Season 2!


9) Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire is a fairly new show, but I have fallen in love with it quickly.  I love the diverse group of characters.  But, the show has also taught me a lot about firefighting--a career I knew next to nothing about.  NBC is very good at crafting shows around careers, like Law & Order, and also Chicago P.D.  I love shows that teach me new things.

And, uh, I also love the two hot leads--Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer.


8) The Originals

The greatest thing the creators of The Vampire Diaries ever did was create the show's spin-off: The Originals.  The Original family was what made Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries amazing.  They stole the spotlight from the show's main characters.  But now, they have their own spotlight.

I like that this show takes place in a real city, New Orleans, and dips into the mystery and mythology that surrounds that setting.

The show doesn't have the greatest plot line, but its premiere season got better as it went along.  The finale of the first season shocked me, and had me in tears in the last few minutes.  I'm so excited for Season 2!

Also, one more thing:  Joseph Morgan's acting.

That is all.


7) One Tree Hill

This show is a classic for me.  This show, for me, is what Pretty Little Liars is to you younger folk.  And, it's what Dawson's Creek was for you slightly older bunch.  One Tree Hill is everything, and I was so sad when it went off the air in 2012.  Thank God for Netflix!

I think that what I like most about this show is that it takes place in North Carolina, and it was also filmed in North Carolina.  And, I'm from North Carolina!  The setting of this show definitely made me able to relate to the characters more.  Tree Hill itself isn't a place, but Wilmington, where the show was filmed, is.  You can actually go to the River Court!

This show made me want to live in Wilmington.

 Maybe I will one day.

Also, there was the high-school drama.  High school drama is the best drama.  Teenagers are so much more rash and daring than adults.  And, that makes for good TV.  And, speaking of high school dramas...



6) Gossip Girl

I remember the night that this show aired.  There had been so many promos for it, everywhere.  And, it just looked soooo intriguing.  Here's a trailer:


How could you not want to watch that?

I mean, I just might restart the series tomorrow because that trailer brought back so many memories and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling all over.

This show is purely guilty pleasure for me.  I love the drama, the relationships, and all the high-school and rich kid cliches.  But, most importantly, I love Chuck Bass.




5) Prison Break

 I remember when this show first started airing almost ten years ago, and my best friend would end playtime with me stating, "I have to go.  Prison Break's about to come on."  Back then, I couldn't believe she was ditching me for a show.  But, a year ago, I learned why.  I binge-watched this show on Netflix along with the rest of my family, and I loved it.

Let me explain you a thing:  There are 5 televisions in my house.  There are 7 people in my household.  And we all have very different tastes in television programming.  Our tastes range from Disney Channel (little sister), to ESPN (little brother), to Syfy (step-dad), to Lifetime (mom), to ABC Family (little sister #2), to A&E (grandma), to MTV (that would be me).

Prison Break is one of the two shows we have ever sat together and watched as a family.

It's good, y'all.




4) Scandal

Ahhh!  I'm screaming because I haven't thought about Scandal for about a month, and now I'm thinking about it again and remembering how long I have to go before a new season this fall.  Womp womp.

A love affair with the President of the United States.  Secret government agencies.  Crazy parents.  Love triangles.  Plot twists.  Fast pace.  Stellar acting (*clears throat* Kerry Washington).  Lies.  Secrets.  Betrayal.  Scandal has it all, y'all.

I feel like this is a popular show, but it definitely takes a bit of word of mouth to get people into it.  I know a lot of people who don't watch the show.  My mom refuses to watch it (but she just likes to annoy me by disliking everything I like).  I don't remember how I got into Scandal. I think that I started the show purely out of curiosity.  I watched the first season on Netflix, caught up on other episodes online, and jumped into Season 2 on television.  And, I love it.

The thing is, the first season is so different from Seasons 2 & 3.  The pace definitely picks up after Season 1.  So, you have to give friends and family a little extra push if you want them to join your Gladiator family.  I successfully recruited my roommate as a Gladiator!  And, believe me, I will get my mom soon:)

This is probably one of the most enthralling shows on television right now.  It is such a rollercoaster!  It will drive you insane.  Shonda Rhimes. the Executive Producer of Scandal, is my idol and a genius.  Writing for television would be my dream job, and she is such an inspiration.  Rhimes is also the creator of another popular ABC drama: Grey's Anatomy.




3) Teen Wolf

In my opinion, Teen Wolf is incredibly underrated.  The fact that more people haven't tuned in to the goodness of this show breaks my heart.

I'll keep this short because I could talk about
this all day, but I think that when people hear about this show, they think it's a show for teens (obviously, because of the title).  So, they think it's mediocre television.  Plus, the fact that it comes on MTV aids that idea as well.

I'm sure that the target audience for Teen Wolf is probably 25 and younger.  People, especially critics, typically don't expect much from shows with that age range.  But, Teen Wolf has a lot to offer.

Teen Wolf is a show that gets better and better with every season.  Usually, shows start to lose the intrigue of their original plot-line, their hook, but not this one.  I think that this is one of the few shows where writers and producers actually take the viewer's opinions and desires into account.

I think that Season 3, especially 3B, of Teen Wolf was absolutely phenomenal.  For me, that was the season where the show stepped it's game up.  And, one of Jeff Davis' (Executive Producer) greatest decisions was allowing Dylan O'Brien to shine in 3B.  Dylan O'Brien is a stellar actor, and if you haven't heard of him, believe me when I say that you will soon.

I don't know what else I can say about this show.  The writing is phenomenal.  The plotline is very intriguing.  The characters are lovable, fun, and interesting.  It's full of humor, action, mystery, and thrills!

If you're a fan of the show or want to learn a little more about it, be sure to check out my Teen Wolf content, like updates and recaps!




2) Friday Night Lights

Texas Forever.

One Tree Hill is the show that makes me want to move to Wilmington.  Friday Night Lights is the show that makes me want to move to some small town in Texas.

Chicago Fire taught me about firefighting.  Friday Night Lights taught me about football.

Something I really like about this show is the way it looks.  The show was shot in a documentary style.  It looks and feels real.  The actors aren't doused in makeup.  In fact, half the time they don't look like they're even wearing makeup.  They just look like real, every day people.  Good-looking people, but real nonetheless.

This show is just absolutely beautiful.  The story is beautiful, the familial and romantic relationships are beautiful, the cinematography is beautiful, and Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) is beautiful.




1) LOST

Do we really need an explanation for this one?

LOST is that other show that my family has sat and watched together.  Why?

Because it's the greatest show ever!!!

I've never really met people who didn't like this show once they'd started watching it.  I know people who became incredibly frustrated with it, but didn't we all?  I know people who criticized it, but didn't stop watching it.  And, I've met people who still haven't watched it yet.  (My mission in life is to bring as many of those people as possible over to the dark side.)

Every episode of LOST left viewers with more questions that answers, even the final episode.  But, it wasn't the science I cared about--it was the characters and their relationships with one another.  

To me, character development is the most important aspect of any story, not matter whether it's a book, television show, or movie.  I also love dynamic characters, because I feel that only dynamic characters have the capacity to change.  And, I think LOST had both of these aspects. 

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My tastes are clearly all over the place, but there is one thing you can take away from this list: I am not really a comedy person.  I love dramas.  I love action, dynamic characters, character development, and intriguing, twisting plots.  I can't find that in sitcoms.  However,  I do watch some comedies--Glee, The Office, New Girl--but, not religiously like my other shows.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Suits
  • Sex & The City
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Orphan Black
I watch too much TV.

This post has turned out to be a lot longer than I intended it to be.  Bless your heart if you read the entire thing.

It is now 2:25am.  I have been writing for almost an hour and a half, and I haven't even started editing yet.

*Sighs*.

What can I say? I'm passionate about TV.

Questions

  • What are some of your favorite TV shows?  
  • Tell me some of your favorite movies too!  There are so many movies out there that I can't limit myself to 10 favorites.  But, I will tell you that romances tend to be my fave in the movie department--Titanic, Remember Me, 500 Days of Summer.  
  • Be sure to link your Top Ten Tuesday if you completed one this week.  I love checking out other blogs!
Talk to you soon,

4 comments:

  1. Great list!
    Seeing Scandal reminded me that I really need to catch up with that show - I only have about 4 episodes to watch and luckily no one has spoiled it for me.
    Friday Nights Lights is a perfect show - and yes, Tim Riggins really is beautiful! :)

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    1. Yes! I don't know many people who watch Friday Night Lights. So, I try to get friends and family to watch it, but they don't give it a chance once they see what it's about. But, it is perfect:) Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. I love Scandal although I haven't watched any of Season 3. I've kept up with recaps though and plan to watch it eventually.

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    1. Season 3 was cray cray! You should definitely get on that;)

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