Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TTT - Top Ten TV Shows

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

This week, just for something different, we're not talking about books at all. We're talking about our favourite movies or TV shows. And let's be honest - TV shows are far more fun to talk about because you don't have to pick something else to watch after two hours. You just move on to the next disc/season/whatever. WIN. 

1. Orange Is The New Black

A recent addition to my list. I've been hearing great things about it for the past couple of years, but never got around to watching it. I think I was hoping that it would air down here and save me the trouble of locating it, seeing as Netflix isn't a thing in Australia. But unfortunately it's only screening on Foxtel at this point, which I don't have. So I caved and tracked down a copy instead. And it is PHENOMENAL. Every single character is utterly incredible (except Larry, who's a douchebag), it's brilliantly written and brilliantly acted, and it's equal parts hilarious and moving. Not to mention being one of the most diverse shows on television. Basically? You should watch it.

2. Orphan Black
Same actress three times, yo.
Look, Tatiana Maslany is a freaking powerhouse, okay? She plays half a dozen completely unique characters, all with their own speech patterns and mannerisms and styles of movement. And sometimes, she even plays one of her characters impersonating another and you're able to tell that it's Rachel impersonating Sarah or Sarah impersonating Alison or Helena impersonating Sarah impersonating Beth. It's incredible. Plus, you know, great stories, great supporting cast, great writing. 

3. Veronica Mars

I wasn't so keen on the third season of VMars, partly because it ended on such a vague note, but the movie earlier this year made me fall in love with the show all over again. It's funny and sassy and heartbreaking and just really, really good. And yes, I ship LoVe like there's no tomorrow. 

4. Sleepy Hollow
Admittedly, there's only been one really short season of this so far. But I absolutely loved every second of it. I mean, the fact that basically only ONE of the half dozen major characters is a white guy is pretty incredible. It's fun and creepy and the acting is great. And there's so much attention to detail with historical accuracy - the way Ichabod stands, how he fights, what he wears, his terms of address is all historically accurate and it makes my inner historian so very happy. Plus, Orlando Jones is AMAZING at interacting with the fandom. 

5. Firefly
Yeah, yeah. I said recently that I was breaking up with Joss Whedon. Despite his problematic aspects, Whedon's shows are still massively entertaining. And Firefly, by merit of only having just over half a season worth of episodes, exists in its own little special bubble wherein Whedon didn't get too much time to do things that made me stabby. While it was a massive flop on TV thanks to Fox showing it totally out of order, it's now achieved cult status, and with good reason.

6. Fringe
I was a big fan of The X-Files back in my high school days, and this fabulous show fitted neatly into that hole. And it's an ideal show for marathoning - I really struggled to watch it on TV because there were so many wibbly wobbly timey wimey elements to keep track of from week to week, but when you marathon it, everything suddenly slips into place. The characters are amazing, there's more of that Tatiana Maslany playing-multiple-versions-of-the-one-character stuff going on for most of the cast, and it's surprisingly funny and moving for a show about supernatural weirdness and fringe science. 

7. Elementary
I've talked before about how I really didn't enjoy Sherlock and how I loved Elementary from the get-go, so it's probably no surprise that it's made this list. Despite it airing on TV here, I've been a bit forgetful of late and still haven't finished watching all of season 2. But Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (and the supporting cast) are so fantastic that I couldn't not include it in my top ten. Plus, the credits are fabulous.

8. Community

Yes, it wavered during its fourth season when Dan Harmon wasn't involved. But this show is just so much fun. Amazing characters, hilarious scripts, and far more feels-tastic moments than you'd expect from a comedy. And so many completely amazing themed episodes. 

9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy and I have had a rough road recently, due largely to recapping every episode for Snark Squad and the crap that we dealt with in the comments. But I'm pretty sure that sometime in the relatively near future, I'll start to feel the urge to revisit some of my favourite episodes again. Because it's so much fun and there are so many incredible characters and storylines.

10. Doctor Who
This is at the bottom of the list because while I love it a lot, I've had a lot of issues with the way Steven Moffat's been running/writing the show over the past few years. There've only been a handful of episodes that I've enjoyed since David Tennant left, but I'm hopeful that Peter Capaldi and his ability to throw his weight around a bit more than Matt Smith could will help in the new season! 

So. What are your top ten TV shows??

K xx


  1. Wilhelmina UptonJuly 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Aside from Fringe, Sleepy Hollow and Community, which I don't watch, I do agree with your list though mine will look differently. I think I saw the first 2 or 3 episodes of Community but didn't stay with it. Maybe it's like Parks and Rec where you just have to muscle through a couple of episodes before it gets good but with all the other TV stuff, I just haven't had the time to checkit out again.
    I'm curious as to how DW will continue now but am also prepared to abandon ship and rewatch my box set of the first 4 seasons for the rest of eternity.

  2. OMG LOVE YOUR LIST!! Orange Is The New Black and Firefly ALMOST made my list too, if only the list was for top 15!! And I agree, I love all the characters in OitNB and even though they all have different backgrounds than mine, the show is written in such a way that you can't help but feel empathy for them.

  3. I love Orange is the New Black. I watched the first couple of episodes of Orphan Black and had trouble getting into it, but I want to try again because everyone says how good it is.

  4. THAT IS HORRIBLE NEWS WHY WOULD YOU TELL ME THAT NOOOOOOO. (Sorry. Moffat makes me shouty) Hopefully the two seasons includes season 8... O.o

  5. Dude, I got SO EXCITED when John Noble turned up on Sleepy Hollow. Because WAAAAAAAAAAALTER!!! When it comes to Buffy I've pretty much decided that when I rewatch in the future, I'll pretend the show ended at the end of season 5, and then just watch Once More With Feeling. Because yeah. Season 6 is brutal.

    ALSO: the reasons for my Whedon break up are long and complicated and largely due to having spent two years recapping every episode of Buffy and Angel, which forced me to view everything critically and which was incredibly draining thanks to slightly crazy segments of the fandom getting offended by our options on things. But if you're interested in All The Reasons, I vlogged about it: http://www.melbourneonmymind.com/2014/05/breaking-up.html

  6. I seem to recall I struggled a little with the first few episodes as well. It takes a while to get your head around everything, but it is SO WORTH IT.

  7. Honestly, my one problem with OitNB? Is that it causes me to have moments of "Prison doesn't look so bad. And job hunting is THE WORST. Maybe I should just commit a crime?????" Which is definitely not good, because I'm pretty sure prison is NOTHING like OitNB...

  8. I'm reeeeeeeeally hoping Capaldi throws his weight around. Because he's not only a brilliant actor, he's an Oscar winning screenwriter. So he can tell Moffat to get stuffed when his scripts get ridiculous. But if not, then I'll be right there with you, rewatching seasons 1-4 forever.

  9. Yes, fortunately for you, it does. I kind of hope Mark Gatiss takes over after him although I haven't loved all his Doctor Who episodes. I think Chris Chibnall would be a good choice too. I've liked his episodes and I love Broadchurch.


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