Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite TV Shows

Hello, this all. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine started off on a sour note but turned out to be okay :) I kept myself busy spending time with my boyfriend, my friends and a few books!

But now its that time again, time for the Tuesday Top Ten.

I’ve always told myself that I’m not a big TV watcher, that I’d rather read books. And while that is definitely true; I would rather pick up a novel and read it than turn on the TV and watch, that doesn’t change the fact that there are some seriously awesome TV shows out there. So today’s Tuesday Top Ten is

My Ten Favorite TV Shows

Honorable Mention: Glee

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The reason that Glee gets an honorable mention on this list is this reason: I adored the first two seasons. I own the first two seasons. The first season had a bunch of awesome songs and a fantastic quirkiness to it. Lea Michelle is just plain BRILLIANT in the first season as awkward but talented Rachel Berry. I like season two as well because it retains that quirkiness, and my old celebrity crush, Darren Criss, before fame got to his head and he broke my heart. Now, the show lost its quirkiness, the songs aren’t good (I mean, seriously, they did Rebecca Black’s Friday!) and Darren Criss just isn’t the Starkid that I used to know…Alas, this show just ended way too soon for me. Moving on…

10. Switched at Birth

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Okay, so this show is seriously cheesy as hell and all that. For the most, ABC Family does have its share of cheesy shows. But I really like this one. Bae Kennish, dark haired and dark eyed, convinces her family to undergo genetic testing with her very light haired, light eyed parents and POOF! She learns she doesn’t actually belong to her parents. Instead, she was switched at birth and her birth mother, Regina, took home the Kennish baby, named Daphne Vasquez. Daphne, of course, looks JUST like the Kennish parents and doesn’t fit her Latina name in the slightest. To shake things up a bit, Daphne is deaf, due to illness when she was a toddler. Regina, her mother and Daphne all move into the Kennish’s pool house and drama breaks out as the two families learn to live with each other and live with the mistake that was made. Its juicy and drama filled and completely addicting.

9. Pokemon-Season One

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When I was twelve years old, this was the coolest thing in the world…to every kid out there. Not only was this a exploding hit show but it came paired with a card game AND a video game…not to mention a few movies that hit the actual theater, instead of just straight to DVD…or was it still VHS back then….Anyway, the story falls Ash Ketchum as he journeys away from home (at ten years old!) to become the greatest Pokemon master there ever was! He has to catch them all, all 150 Pokemon and train them the best he can, to fight in battles (which seems a little cruel…) so he can win all the badges he can in the Indigo League. Now, if you’ve played the game, you want to curse the show…how is it possible that Ash has a Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle AND a Charmanader? Ridiculous haha. But it still remains one of my absolute favorite shows, one that I actually own on DVD, and I continue to enjoy watching it, even if it isn’t the best show in the world.

8. The Vampire Diaries

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This is a VERY recent development in my TV love but it already is included in one of my favorites of all time. Its unbelievably cheesy and of course it has my least favorite plot device ever: the love triangle. But its sort of guilty pleasure, you know? Elena Gilbert leaves the ordinary life in her town, before vampires Stefan and Damien reappear after decades of traveling and it doesn’t take long before she falls in love with Stefan. Of course, falling in love with a vampire doesn’t mean things are going to be easy. Combine that with the fact that Elena is special on her own; she is a doppelganger and her blood holds special powers, and you have a TV show just chock full of very attractive people and a ton of drama. I’m not one for vampire stories but this one is seriously addicting, and its much easier to stomach when you consider that Elena is a much better female character than Bella Swan.

7. Madoka Magica

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Another recent addition in the past six months, thanks to my brother and an extremely fun trip to Anime Expo to meet the voice actors of the English dub version. So far, its only the one series, where young Madoka goes to school with her friends Sayaka and Hitomi until she meets the strange creature, Kyubey. Kyubey comes from another world, and he can grant any wish you desire, ANY wish, and the trade is that you become a Magical Girl, a girl capable of defeating the witches of the world. Sounds like fun, right? Sounds like a great trade…you get a great wish and you basically become a super hero in the meantime. But, of course, this isn’t how it ends up. Kyubey is sharing secrets from the Magical Girls, and Madoka begins to learn of them through Sayaka, and other Girls like Kyoko, Homura, and Mami. What looks like a sweet and bubbly anime turns out to be a heart wrenching, action packed, dramatic anime that leaves you floored. I just recently went and saw it on the big screen, in its movie version and it was announced that a second installment, a second season/movie will be coming sometime this year. Excitement!

6. The Walking Dead 

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Okay, I’m sure there aren’t a lot of people out there who actually DON’T watch this show and there’s a reason for it. We’ve all seen the zombie movies; there’s only about a thousand of them in there. And the thing about this show is that it really isn’t that different from the others. The basic premise is still the same. But there are small things here and there that make it different; the fact that everyone has the zombie virus, that Lori gets pregnant, that Shane basically goes insane. Its more than just a zombie show. Its a character study. Sure, the world is overrun by zombies and you need to survive and everything is simply just going to hell. But its the characters that get you in, its the characters that keep you watching because you watch them as they make decisions and screw up, and go insane or stay calm and then go insane. Sometimes the best stories are told in the characters in themselves and The Walking Dead is proof of that, and that is what keeps me watching.

5. Sherlock

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I started to watch Sherlock because I had just finished watching Doctor Who and I was ready to watch a ton of British television. That combined with the fact that Steven Moffat was the writing brains behind it, was enough to get me to watch it. And I LOVED it. It only has two seasons so far, and each season is only three episodes, though they are long episodes. For those of you who have no idea what this is, its an updated, modern version of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. And no, I’m not talking about the completely uncomparable US version, Elementary. Forget that show even exists. Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes is extremely smart, extremely lacking of any kind of tact and extremely obsessed with solving crimes and riddles that others can’t. Paired with his trusty sidekick, John Watson, they solve crimes and have a blast. And get into a TON of trouble, of course. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have a great chemistry together and you completely believe in their partnership and friendship. Its been AGES since season two has premiered and we probably won’t get season three until 2014. Sad. Face.

4. Firefly

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Is there anything that Joss Whedon does that isn’t instant magic? I highly doubt it, and if there is, I don’t want to know about it. Think about it; this TV show aired a decade ago, and people still love, the Browncoats are still out there in large numbers and their numbers are constantly growing. The show never gets old. There’s something about the hodge podge crew of the ship Serenity that can keep you watching. There is someone for everyone on that ship. Captain Mal. Zoe. Wash. Inara. Jayne. River. Kaylee. And on and and on. I think Joss really had something going with this show and that maybe the time wasn’t right for it. Science fiction has always had its fan base but in the last few years, fantasy and science fiction has grown immensely in popularity and it contributes to Firefly’s surge in followers. Its a fantastic show; it has politics and human interest and love and action and drama and humor. So much humor. It is one of my favorite shows because of how quickly you are able to become attached to this rag tag crew and how sad you are when you realize that all you have are those fourteen episodes and a movie.

3. Arrested Development

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I would like to thank my boyfriend for this one. I had never even HEARD of this show when we started watching it together five years ago. I didn’t watch a lot of TV five years ago, mostly because I didn’t realize what was out there amongst all the crap that is on TV. My boyfriend, who was not my boyfriend at the time, and I were hanging out, had nothing to do and so we started watching Arrested Development because it’s his favorite show and he insisted I watch it. It’s about the Bluth family, living in Orange County, California (where I’m from!), going from a rich family to a poor family and the hilarity that ensues. When I first watched it, I didn’t get it. I mean, sure it had its moments where it was funny but I just didn’t get it. But then we started watching it more and thats when it really started to be funny. The hilarity of the show is in the characters and the “inside jokes” if you will. Once you know these characters, the jokes about them become 100 times more funny adn the show is just pure comic brilliance. It is so very sad that this show only lasted three seasons (how is this possible when crap like Jersey Shore lasts for YEARS?) but happily, the show will return to Netflix in a new season this spring. I definitely am counting down the days.

2. Once Upon a Time

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Finally, a show I found on my own, with no help from anyone and that I’ve been watching since the beginning. I remember seeing a commercial for the show and wondering what the hell is this and wow it looks so awesome! It tells the story of Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, though she’s unaware of this. She’s living in our world as a bailbondsperson, until the son she gave up for adoption comes looking for her and brings her back to his hometown, Storybrooke. Storybrooke is the home of all the fairy tale charcters that you’ve grown up with: Snow White, Prince Charming, Jiminy Cricket, Red Riding Hood, Belle, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and on and on. But the bad thing is, they don’t know who they are because the Evil Queen is there and she brought them there as punishment. Its brilliant. The best part of it is the alternative fairy tale that comes along with this; its so different from those Disney classics that we all grew up with. But it also brings in a lot of themes and story points from the original stories that were passed on down through oral traditions, in folk and myth tales, before they were ever thought of as children’s stories. Its fairy tales for grown ups and it rocks.

1. Doctor Who

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LONGEST RUNNING SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SHOW EVER. 2013 will be the 50th year of this amazing, amazing show. And while I have yet to go back and enjoy the awesomeness of the original series, I am so in love with the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors and I can’t get enough of this television show. It took me years to sit down and watch it, even though people were telling me for years that I would enjoy it. I finally sat down, queued it up on Netflix and literally watched six seasons of Doctor Who in about a month. It was amazing. And its because its so addicting and so much fun. The Doctor is an alien from the planet of Gallifrey, and he is a Time Lord, with a blue police box called the Tardis, that can travel anywhere in space and time. And where the Doctor goes in the Tardis, there is bound to be some universal catastrophe going on and the only person who can ever save the day is The Doctor. He’s serious and he’s brilliant and brave and hilarious and still very, very flawed as well. And he always has a band of companions that both help him and keep him from being lonely. Even though I’ve only been a Whovian for about a year, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without the Doctor.

So, that’s my list of favorite TV shows. I hope that the list changes over the years as I discover more shows and more shows hit the TV. There’s so many awesome ones out there that I love that I didn’t put on this list, like Game of Thrones and Gossip Girl, and my newer shows like Suburgatory and Arrow. There are great stories out there and I can’t wait to see more of them.

What is YOUR favorite TV show?

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MidSeason Finales: Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead

I both dislike and like midseason finales of shows.

I like them because they usually wrap up some part of the story that has been conflicting since the beginning of the season but then they introduce something new that is a cliffhanger that literally leaves you going WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED??????

Which leads to the reason why I don’t like midseason finales. They always leave it off in a torturing cliffhanger that makes you desperate to find out what happens next. And of course, viagra approved the show won’t return for a month, two months, three months. It’s completely horrible. Some of the greatest TV writers can drive you insane. (I’m looking at you, Steven Moffat).

So two of my favorite shows just had their midseason finales yesterday: Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead. And I was actually pretty impressed with both.

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I love my Once Upon a Time but I will say this: stories have been dragging like crazy. For instance, I think that Snow and Emma were stuck in the old world for way too long. I feel like it just lasted way too long, and they kept introducing new characters, with Hook and Aurora and Mulan. Don’t get me wrong: I like them but it seemed unnecessary. And Aurora annoyed the HELL out of me in the beginning. I wanted to see all the characters we already know deal with the curse breaking and all that. One of my favorite episodes so far this season was Child of the Moon, where Ruby deals with finding out she’s a werewolf in the past, and deals with her first transformation in Storybrooke. That’s exactly the kind of episode that I was hoping for this season.

So finally, in this episode, things are finally getting wrapped up. Regina is finally starting to show some changes, helping to bring Snow and Emma home, even though she knew how much Henry wants Emma as his mom. Emma and Snow finally make it home. Hook and Cora are on their way to Storybrooke. Honestly, if the whole Hook and Cora on their way to Storybrooke on the ship was supposed to be a cliffhanger, its not. They were going to find their way in, somehow or another. There was no way they were going to stay behind. They’re the villians this time around, since Regina is on the path to goodness.

However, we’re left wondering whats going to happen with Prince Philip. We know that he is not completely gone and that they is a way to get him back, so that is the mission of Aurora and Mulan. Okay, I admit that’s kind of exciting because there’s obviously an adventure going to happen there. But here’s the thing: Mulan and Aurora are both in love with Philip which leads me to my least favorite thing ever: the dreaded love triangle. My honest opinion on that whole storyline? I ship Aurora/Mulan :D We could use a homosexual couple in the show and I’m down for that one…and it avoids the ugly, unnecessary, annoying love triangle.

And hello? What the hell happened to August? You know, Pinocchio? He was kind of a big character and we saw him turn into wood at the end of last season and when Geppetto goes to see him, he’s gone. And that was it. We’ve literally NEVER seen him again. I mean, I thought he was the love interest for Emma, but then we have Hook and it’s just all weird and doesn’t make sense and its annoying. So I’m hoping we see more of that coming in to play in the second half of the season.

I’m glad we’ll finally get to the topic of Baelfire though, Rumple’s son. It’s about time for that one as well. This is obviously the first thing that Rumple wants to do as soon as the curse is broken, but he can’t leave Storybrooke without forgetting who he is. Which could be a problem because then he’ll forget WHY he left Storybrooke in the first place. So I’m excited to see if they can find a way to leave Storybrooke without losing their memories, in order to find August or Baelfire. Hopefully, if Rumple finds Baelfire, it’ll help him to become a better person.

I also hope they start showing others lives, now that they know the curse is broken. I want to see Ella again and Hansel and Gretel maybe, Leroy/Grumpy and his little fairy love and so on. I want to see more of Emma, Snow, Charming and Henry’s growth as a family. I want to see more of Regina’s change. I want to focus on the characters we already have, and less on new characters.

Once Upon a Time returns January 6th, 2013. 

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The Walking Dead-Made to Suffer

The newest TWD episode, the last one of this half of the season, was actually probably my favorite of the entire season. There literally wasn’t a moment where I was like “my god, please make it stop”. Finally, some action is going down, and finally I’m starting to care what is going on with these people.

And Walking Dead…they know how to do a really great cliffhanger.

The scene with the Governor and his daughter Penny just further solidified my thoughts that the Governor is insane, but that he legitimately believes in what he is doing. That is the most dangerous of all. It’s bad enough that he is pretty evil, but that he doesn’t think of himself as evil is the most dangerous part. It’s like Dolores Umbridge from Order of the Phoenix allll over again.

But Michonne, man, that girl comes in and kills his daughter and stabs him in the eye! Oh my, that was so disgusting. I don’t know why Michonne felt the need to go in that room. I’m not sure what her obsession with the Governor’s daughter was…and I don’t know why she was so surprised to find his daughter as a zombie. I mean, she didn’t see that coming? Even if you didn’t know, it seemed pretty obvious. She was making the noises that the walkers usually make and yet, Michonne doesn’t get all freaked out until she takes the bag off her head. Huh?

I’m getting super pissed off at Andrea. She acts like this badass, who can handle a gun and handle all of her shit but I think she’s a scared little girl. Instead of hitting the open road, she stays with the creepy people in the town, even after she finds out that they have a sick zombie killing sport, even after she finds out that the Governor has a tank of zombie heads and a zombie daughter. I don’t know; she’s annoying as hell. She watches the townspeople cry out for the deaths of Merle and Daryl and she just SITS there. I mean, I can see why she wouldn’t say anything; she doesn’t want to die herself. But I would be out of there so fast if I were her but she just SITS there.

I’m not quite sure how to feel about this new group of people that have come in to the prison. I’m not always the biggest fans of new characters because sometimes I just don’t see the point. There is enough going on now in the story for me to not see a reason to bring in new characters. Unless they feel the need to replace all the ones that are dying. But even then, I just don’t get it. I feel like its the farm family all over again, where we’ll pick and choose characters that will stay and be important like Hershel and Maggie. I suppose we just have to see.

But that ending…leaving with Daryl and Merle’s lives on the line. I’m just saying right now: if Daryl dies, I’m done. Daryl is my favorite character; I think he’s a lot of people’s favorite character. He is badass, with that crossbow, and his southern twang and his affection and loyalty at the same time. Here he is, with that redneck accent, stabbing zombies in the face and just being plain badass. But then he turns around and searches for Sophia and Carol and goes and gets formula for the baby and feeds her. Its freaking cute…and kind of sexy too. Ending the midseason finale with the possibilty of some bad things happening to Daryl was a fantastic way to do so. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the town, what happens to Daryl and Merle, what happens at the prison and so on.

The Walking Dead returns February 10th, 2013

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Once Upon a Time Returns!

I love fall. I love fall because it has Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love fall because the weather starts to finally cool down (not today though, viagra dosage it was up at about 104 degrees today!) and I can put on cardigans and jeans and boots but not freeze my butt off. And I love fall because some of my awesome favorite television shows come back.

Doctor Who has come back and we allll know how I felt about that.

I’m still awaiting The Walking Dead and Suburgatory. I’ve enjoyed the beginnings of Switched at Birth and I am intriqued, if not completely sold, on Revolution.

Once Upon a Time though…that’s a great show.

I watched all of season one from the beginning and I fell in love with it as soon as it aired. The basic premise is this: we all know our favorite fairy tale characters, Snow White, Prince Charming, the dwarves, the evil queen, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jiminy Cricket and so on. But do we know them as well as we think? This is an alternate view of all the fairy tales, but its also a modern view too.

The story begins with a woman named Emma, celebrating her 28th birthday. As she celebrates alone, she makes a wish and her son, the son she gave up for adoption ten years earlier finds her and brings her to the town of Storybrooke, Maine. Her son, Henry, says he brings her here for a reason, a purpose. She has to set all the citizens of Storybrooke free, for they are trapped fairy tale characters.

Rewind a little bit: the fairy tale characters live in their fairy tale world. But instead of getting the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of, Snow White is threatened by the evil queen. The evil queen is creating a curse, a curse to take all the people of that world and take them to a world without magic, our world, without any memory of who they are. Their only hope is Emma, the newborn daughter of Snow and Prince Charming, who they send into our world to come back to them when she turns 28 years old.

Usually an episode focuses on a conflict in the real world while flashing back to a conflict of that character as their true self in fairy tale world. The season ends with Emma breaking the curse and the people of Storybrooke remembering who they are. However, they stay in Storybrooke and the evil and cunning Rumplestiltskin brings magic to a land that has none. The season ends.

I couldn’t handle that kind of ending! How do you do that! Think about all the unanswered questions! What is it going to be like for Snow and Prince Charming to finally meet their daughter and know its their daughter? What is that going to be like for Emma, who has been friends with these people for so long? How are all these characters going to act on the evil queen, Regina, who brought them there? What is going to happen now that the magic has returned? SO. MANY. QUESTIONS.

I was very happy with the season premiere of season two. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. They created such a fun and altnerate universe. How would this translate into the second season.

The Good:

I liked the way Emma reacted to Mary Margaret and David becoming Snow and Prince Charming. And I loved the way they reacted back. They are so insanely excited to see her again. The last time they saw her, she was only an hour old? Maybe? Now she’s 28 years old and they are so so happy to see her; she found them and she saved them. But Emma is so reluctant. She’s been friends with them for so long, she’s seen them as equals so its kind of weird for her. It’s extremely real. I liked it so much. Its really awkward and realistic. They are feeling so much and Emma literally has a perpetual “WTF?” sort of attitude about it.

Rumplestiltskin and Belle. I mean, need I say more? Cutest thing ever.

The fact that they just don’t kill Regina. Even though she literally has made their lives a living hell, both in fairy tale world and in real world and she deserves the worst punishment possible, they don’t do it. I feel like it makes them the better people. I also hope that means they make her life a living hell before she does eventually go. The fact is, they didn’t return to their world and they’re in our world with magic and they’re pissed, everyone is pissed at her and it makes for an interesting story.

The Bad:

There isn’t a lot of bad. The only bad about this episode was the kind of messy “flashback” fairy tale parts. They are flashing to Aurora being woken up by Prince Phillip, who is weirdly accompanied by Mulan. Technically these parts are happening about the same time, instead of being flashbacks. When Regina enacted the curse, it left some parts untouched and there were some people left untouched. They hint at a safe haven where the survivors have banded together in a world torn apart. That part is interesting, kind of a little teaser for the rest of the season.

However, the Aurora, Phillip, and Mulan story with the wraith and all that was so confusing and kind of weird. I know this is alternate fairly tale, but Mulan’s presence was random and her being in love with Prince Phillip really bothered me. I also didn’t like Aurora. She was super pretty and her acting was fine but the character itself was really annoying. She was super weak, too much the damsel in distress, not at all the way they portayed Snow and Red and Cinderella. And she has this weird jealousy. She seemed very stereotype. I wasn’t into that.

Besides that though, I definitely enjoyed the episode and I am most looking forward to the rest of the season. I can’t wait to see what happens with Regina, and I can’t wait to see the sort of family bonding that happens between Emma, Snow, Charming and Henry. Its going to be a good season and I can’t wait.