I’ve always been a person with a variety of obsessions. Yes, I love books and they’re some of my favorite things on the planet. However. I also quite love books and TV. You could say that I’m a lover of all different forms of entertainment, from literature to film to music to even occasionally theater. I’m no expert in any one area, but I’m a passionate appreciator of the arts. Netflix is a form of art, yes?
So here I shall list in no particular order some of my favorite shows, to take a break from post after post after post about books. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with books; but I’m ready to talk about another one of my favorite things.
For those who don’t know (really though if you don’t, shame on you), Doctor Who is a Britist show about time travel and space and aliens and love and friendship and silliness and awesomeness. Doctor Who has been around for over 50 years and is a widespread favorite sci-fi show. It’s about an alien from Gallifrey named the Doctor who travels through space and time saving the world in a blue police box that he calls a TARDIS. The Doctor seems to have an affinity for the planet Earth and spends much of his time here. He makes friends along the way and sometimes takes them on his adventures, taking them on as one of his “companions” as they’re called. Sometimes their stories end happily, but more often than not, they’re quite tragic and sad and they make you want to tear your heart out. So… you should watch it.
This here is another BBC show with a whopping 13 episodes and a very impatient fan-base. Created by some of the same producers of Doctor Who, Sherlock takes on a darker tone. It’s an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson set in modern day London where they solve crimes and get into a lot of trouble. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock while Martin Freeman plays Watson, and they are both absolutely brilliant in the roles. Their onscreen interactions are perfect and the show is thrilling and surprising and so much fun. Even though the episodes are each an hour and a half in length, 13 episodes is still quite sad and fans of the show often have to wait 2 years or more for a new season. Still, I think it’s worth it for the quality of the writing, cinematography, all of it.
The Walking Dead
Why would I want to watch a show where everyone dies and characters don’t just have to worry about flesh-eating zombies but also horrible, murderous humans? I dunno. I guess I have a death wish. This show took me some time to get into, I won’t lie. I remember watching episodes from the first few seasons over my mom’s shoulder and cringing/running away whenever a zombie came onscreen. Now I’m basically desensitized to all the head-bashing/stabbing/slashing. It’s a show that I have grown invested in over time because I just want all the characters to be happy, dang it. I want to see the end and see them all living lovely lives and not having to fight/run for the lives at every twist and bend. Do I want to throw myself off a bridge every time the show decides to kill off yet another character that I love? Yes. Do I still keep watching? Ugh, yes.
Jane the Virgin
So when I finish an episode of The Walking Dead, I need to watch an entire season of Jane the Virgin to clear my head of all the blood and guts and fill me with warm feelings. This show is literally happiness. I love every single character and I love the story and everything, just everything. It’s such a sweet program, full of laughter and joy and family and friendship and love. I don’t think I’ve ever taken to a show as fast as I did with Jane, in which I was hooked from the first 10 minutes of the first episode. Please never stop being wonderful.
Parks & Recreation
Yet another show I turn on when I need the happy feelings to filter in. This comedy is filled with so many loveable, charming characters that I will never forget. It’s funny, heartwarming, silly, ridiculous, and amazing. I think I’ve watched this show all the way through at least 4-5 times now? I’m not sorry. Andy Dwyer never fails to cheer me up when I am sad.
Maybe this is super basic, but I don’t even care: Gilmore Girls is a classic. Following Lorelei and Rory Gilmore on their journey and seeing the special mother-daughter bond (and banter) that they have is unlike anything ever captured on television. This show and Stars Hollow and the memorable townspeople and hardships that these Gilmores face is so special, and my love for this show will never die. (Unlike my love for Rory, which died the MOMENT SHE GOT INTO BED WITH DEAN.)
That’s all for now, folks. Tune in next time when maybe I talk about some of my favorite movies?
What are your favorite TV shows? … seriously, I need Netflix recommendations…