I actually started this directly after making “my favorite movies” list because I had so much fun.While these aren’t in any particular order, my more favorite are closer to the top.
Sherlock: Nobody should be surprised this is the first one here. This show is near perfection in my opinion; perfect writing, perfect characters, fresh and excellent adaptions of the classic stories, heart stopping cliff-hangers: this is the best Sherlock Holmes adaption ever. You can browse the tags to my many other posts about this wonderful show. #sherlockholmesisahero
The Office: Equals comedy gold with the most ridiculous in-the-office mishaps, very awkward misunderstanding, deadpan delivery of some of the best back and forth dialogue ever and some special heartfelt moments. The reason The Office is here so extremely high on my list is that it helped make some of my darkest hours this past spring bright with it’s quirky characters and hilarity. I am very grateful that I started watching this show when I did. Characters like Jim Halpert, Dwight Schrute, Pam Beasley and Michael Scott will always be very dear to me.
Doctor Who: OF COURSE THIS SHOW IS ON HERE, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Sci-fi goodness at it’s best! Great characters, great story lines, time travel, wit, aliens of all kinds and good ol’ England. What’s there not to like in Doctor Who? Again, this is one of those TV shows where you can go look up a bunch of posts where I have already shared my feelings so I won’t go on and on here.
The Walking Dead: This is a shocker unless you’ve already read this post. Thrilling story, great characters, frightening horrors and never-ending fear of death and fight for survival; I was beyond surprised by how much I loved this show, which I decided to watch on my own with no recommendations. Daryl Dixon’s gradual yet perfect character growth gave me thrills and I have a love/hate relationship with the series’ commitment of killing off characters. I have felt nothing but the greatest respect for this zombie show which shocks me just as much as it probably shocks most of you.
Grimm: This was probably the show that made me realize that I liked the genre of fantasy. A cross between dark fantasy and cop drama, I fell in love with the world where the Grimm Brothers’ creatures were real and living among us. Nick and Monroe are one of my most favorite bro-relationships and the story arcs between seasons one and two are great. I hope this show lasts a long time because I will want anything they can give me.
Warehouse 13: Science fiction mixed with secret service mixed with perfect character banter mixed to make one of the funnest shows I’ve ever seen! I adore all the historical ‘facts’ mixed in, seeing new artifacts and the ever growing drama of the Warehouse 13 team. I’ve already talked about this show a lot so I’ll move onto others.
Revenge: I started this show on Netflix thinking I wouldn’t see more then the first episode and that it would be too soap opera-like, but boy, was I wrong. It grabbed my attention immediately with it’s wide range of characters, suspense and plot. Mystery, back-stabbing and revenge fill every episode; I’ve found it fascinating watching Amanda Clarke as she charmed and smiled her way into her enemies’ world under the name of Emily Thorne in order to bring well-thought out vengeance down everyone who destroyed her father and her childhood. She’s likable for all her craftiness and for some reason I’ve gotten a great kick out of watching her carry out her agenda with ease. Nolan Ross, Amanda’s loyal friend, stole the whole show for me because he’s hilarious and a computer genius; I love that character to death. The first season was full of twists, surprises and turns. The second season got more complicated as more back stories were revealed thus leading to bigger twists! I’m dying for Season Three to come out so I can continue the saga.
Modern Family: ONE OF THE BEST COMEDIES. EVAH. I found this on accident one day and couldn’t stop watching! Of all the comedies I’ve watched, this is probably the cleanest and most family friendly, so I can easily recommend it! I’ve gotten stitches in my side from laughing so hard. It’s really relate-able because it’s so close to real life. It’s filmed a little like The Office, where the characters will sit down in front of the camera and talk, which makes them seem like real people, and I like that. But what I like most is that while all the characters can appear based after all sorts of different stereotypes, the show gives you a deeper look revealing that each person is dimensional and not actually a regular stereotype! My favorite characters are easily Cameron and Mitchell because they are so. dang. funny. Kayla and I compare ourselves to them all the time, too. 😛
Supernatural: I’m only into the first season but I love the supernatural-ness and the Winchester brothers *cough-Dean Winchester-cough* and the dark suspension that comes with them. While they are slightly more intense then what I’m used too, I have yet to get nightmares or have trouble sleeping or turning my light off, so I pat myself on the back a lot about that (of course, who knows what the future seasons hold!) I’m extremely excited to be finally watching this show after hearing about it for two years on Tumblr. I haven’t seen anymore of this in a little while though, so I need to get back to it! When I get deeper into the series it will probably climb higher on this list, as well.
Merlin: The show is funny and light yet dark and magical with a interesting take of the old legends; I knew about this fandom as the one that ended sadly and left all it’s fans miserable–so of course I started watching it (and it’s BBC, so how could that hurt?!) Overall loved it. Merlin and Arthur are probably just underneath Sherlock and John when it comes to my favorite bro-relationships because they had five whole seasons for their relationship to grow and develop. And of course the end was brutal and I think I cried…? *thinks* Yes, I did cry at the end. I want to get my mom and sister to watch this show at some point…
Downton Abbey: This show actually did live up to all the hype that’s been showered on it. It’s dramatic, it’s engaging, it’s like stepping back in time but better. What I like best about it is that not only do we get to know a great family and their drama but also the servants and their own troubles. We see upstairs and downstairs and how all those classes get touched through war and culture change and the little things that happen in their own lives. For those who love period dramas in the first place should adore this show and even those like me who don’t really care will most likely then not get engaged with it!
Once Upon a Time: This was the show after Grimm that made it really clear to me that I love fairy tale adaptions and fantasy. Family friendly with fascinating takes on the classic fairy tale characters along with good drama helped hook me on this show. Rumpelstiltskin is also one of the neatest villains/heroes that I’ve seen from TV; he’s one of my favorite characters. I also really like Snow White/Mary Margaret and how she handles life’s problems both in Storybrooke and in her original fantasy world. The show stands up to good re-watches because I just re-watched it with my mom and sister (you almost need to re-watch it to really string the characters and their intertwining stories together.) We are all breathless waiting for the library to put Season Two on our card!
Castle: When can these two become an item? (NOBODY TELL ME IF THEY ACTUALLY DO I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANY SPOILERS). Great mysteries, good banter, an overall super good mystery drama series! Richard Castle is a hilarious character, it’s always fun seeing him tease Kate Becket on and off cases. The show delivers a great balance between serious crime-solving and light-hearted humor and finger jabbing between characters. And of course if you are a fan of FIrefly they slip references in every once and awhile. (And Nathan Fillion was born for this role, he does such a great job as Castle!)
I watch other shows too which I’m not going to include–I’ve only seen the first two episodes of Firefly and haven’t been able to get back to it but if I had seen it already I’m pretty confident I would feature it. I like Arrested Development, Terra Nova, Monk, The Big Bang Theory, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffin Show, and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I hope to love Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Orphan Black. So, maybe at some point there will be a second addition of this post when I see more! 🙂
I’m now going to go back to frantically waiting for Season Three of Revenge and Season Four of The Walking Dead. . . .