As per usual, I am grabbing my 10 on Tuesday topic from Hillary. This week, it’s favorite television shows. I wish I could pretend I don’t watch enough tv to have 1o faves, but that would be untrue. Sigh.
1. LOST – I’ve been hooked ever since my former officemate brought in a season one DVD part way through season two to lure me in. She’s not watching anymore, but I’m still in. Only a few more episodes to go and I’m not sure if I’m sad that it’s ending or excited to see how it all turns out.
2. Mad Men – Beautifully cast, designed, and costumed – and gorgeously written to show all the ugly behind the pretty. It makes me endlessly grateful to be modern, and I finish most episodes wanting to go hug a first-wave feminist for enduring untold bullshit so I don’t have to.
3. Glee – I was more of a theater geek than a show choir geek, but when it comes to this show, it’s a distinction without a difference. High school outsider + love of showtunes = Gleek!
4. Law & Order – I like all three, and rank them in the order that they appeared; original flavor is my favorite, SVU next (despite the pathologically creepy plotlines), and finally, Criminal Intent.
5. NCIS – Some time last summer, a bunch of my usual L&O reruns were replaced with back-to-back-to-back episodes of NCIS. I resisted for as long as I could, but eventually gave in. And despite the fact that it’s possibly the most inaccurate depiction of DC I’ve ever seen, I ended up hooked. What can I say? I clearly dig crime procedurals, and it’s funnier than most.
6. Criminal Minds – This show has some of the most grotesque, disturbing stories of any crime show on tv – who thinks this stuff up? – yet I can’t quite stop watching. Why? Two words: Shemar Moore. And yes, I realize that’s actually a name and not two words, but… whatever. Dude is hot.
7. In Plain Sight – My favorite thing about this show is that the heroine, Mary Shannon, is not a typically nice lady cop; she’s a total curmudgeon and occasionally a bit of an ass – and as such is more “real” than any female television character I’ve seen before.
8. Bones – I hated David Boreanaz on Buffy, yet find him – and his partner in crime-solving Emily Deschanel – entirely charming on Bones. It also has less nightmare-inducing storylines than SVU or Criminal Minds (the victim that got eaten by feral cats being a notable exception) and a slightly more accurate DC setting than NCIS.
9. What Not to Wear – A guilty pleasure, to be sure, and though I am occasionally put off by the faux-psychoanalysis Stacey & Clinton try to do on their guests, I do like their overall philosophy about fashion – that fit and age-appropriateness are paramount.
10. America’s Next Top Model – I have rarely seen an episode of this in real time, but there is nothing that will suck me into my couch on the weekend like an ANTM marathon. I can actually feel myself getting stupider while I watch, and yet… I can’t stop!
What are your faves?
Updated to add: A belated check of my RSS feeds this evening shows that sprite also made a list of faves today, and hers reminded me of a show I like but often miss because I can never remember when it’s on – Castle. So, there’s my honorable mention.