So I said yesterday that I watch a bit of TV. When I was in Uni (because that’s what they call it here – college won’t fly), my roomies and I loved nothing more than sitting on the L-shaped sofa and enjoying a good TV show and conversation. And wine and champagne and cocktails. But the TV was always on, even if we weren’t watching it. Movies have never been my thing. There are about 5 that I could watch more than once. TV shows require shorter attention spans and I like how a good one can go on for years and years. I love watching characters change. The ending of a series devastates me. So alas, my TV line up here in Germany.
a.k.a shows you should probably start watching so I have more people to discuss them with. Read my completely zero-real-TV-quality knowledge reviews and see if any spark your interest.
“Revenge” – if you are not watching this show, then shame on you. It’s no argument the best new show of the 2011/2012 year and it will suck you in. Emily has got a V for Vendetta and nothing is stopping her. The characters are sexy, passionate, unpredictable and unforgivable. The story surrounds an orphaned child who grew up thinking her father was financially responsible for a plane that went down due to a terrorist attack. She moves into the house in the Hamptons next to the people who framed her father. Watch the Pilot here.
“Once Upon a Time”: It’s from the writers of “Lost”, so basically I have to watch it. Similarly to “Lost”, this show occurs in parallel universes – modern day and this past fairy tale fantasy land. These fairy tale characters, everyone from Snow White to Pinocchio, are trapped by a curse and do not know who they actually are. It sounds crazy and it is, but if you like fantasy in the littlest bit, this show will satisfy your Sunday night TV spot. Watch the Pilot here.
“Scandal”: I was too young for the “West Wing” craze, but I feel like this might by my very own “West Wing”. Olivia Pope isn’t just any attorney, she is an image and reputation protector and will do anything to solve a client’s problem. She deals frequently with the White House, but a scandalous and very secret previous relationship (*cough* POTUS *cough*) begins to skew her once flawless judgement. It is also from Shonda Rhimes, the genius behind “Grey’s Anatomy”. Watch the Pilot here.
“GCB”: I really don’t even know if I can honestly suggest this as a show to watch. If you like overly exaggerated stereotypes in action and are familiar with any of the “big rich conservative Christian Texas” type stereotype, it is mildly entertaining. The snarky women will make you laugh, whether you are embarrassed you are laughing or not. Watch the latest episode here.
“Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23″: Just another sitcom that will make you laugh. An uptight daddy’s little girl moves in with a crazy bitch (not shitting you) in New York City. The situations are truly unbelievable, but it kinda makes you wish you actually knew some crazy partying conartist like Chloe. No? Just me? Watch the Pilot here.
*Notice the ABC theme here? Gotta say, I love the ABC app and web site. Props to you guys.*
Old Shows, New to Me
I started and caught up with all of these series using Netflix Instant Streaming. Pathetic? Maybe. You have time for crap like this when you work 5 hours per day.
“Mad Men”: Getting into this series was really a long time coming for me. I graduated with a PR major, so this show concept obviously sparks my interest. The 60s setting is even more intriguing because it’s the decade in which my parent swill children (sorry to age you guys here). “Mad Men” is certainly not your typical edge-of-your-seat television drama, but the story lines are thick, relevant, timely and the characters are twisted and tangled in all sorts of ways. I just adore everything from the obvious (Don Draper) to the superficial (the design).
“How I Met Your Mother”: Everyone in Germany is obsessed with this show. I had never seen it. I don’t like being on the outside of jokes. So I started watching, and all I have to say is it truly is “legend…wait for it… dairy!” I like to say it’s the “Friends” of my generation.
“Breaking Bad”: I like shows featuring drugs as a main story line a lot. I think this is because I grew up in a sheltered bubble and know zero about this crazy drug industry biz but if real life is anything like this show, it’s nuts! I started watching this because of my girl MODG (Ok, she has no idea who I am but her blog is awesome). The plot involves a high school chemisty teacher who has been diagnosed with a deadly cancer. He resorts to teaming up with a former student to produce and sell crystal meth to save up money for his family after his death. Oh, and his brother-in-law is a DEA agent. The crap they get themselves into is unreal.
Shows I Still Keep Up With
“Grey’s Anatomy”: I love every character in this show. Christina Yang’s dry sense of humor. Meredith Grey’s dark soul has regained new life. And the eye candy, oh the eye candy.
“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”: Although it’s certainly not the same watching without my group of girlfriends and several bottles of wine, I can still send text messages and gchats about it, which makes watching alone still worthwhile. The new season starts Monday! I will be home in Texas for the finale with friends – icing on the cake!
“Modern Family”: If you don’t watch this, I’m sorry.
“The Big C”: Last year our cable provider threw in Showtime for free, God bless ‘em. I got hooked on this show. The C stands for cancer and the show follows a mother struggling with the idea of life’s meaning, her wants and her needs now that she sees the light at the end of the tunnel.
Shows I Left Behind:
Shows I used to watch, but apparently did not care enough to keep up with since moving here include: “Glee”, “Parenthood”, “Gossip Girl”, “Cougar Town”, “Weeds”, “The Biggest Loser”, “Bethenny Ever After”, all things “Kardashian”
Am I the only one that watches this much TV? What are your favorite series?
P.S. – If you are outside of the United States and none of those links work for you, all I have to say is get excited for tomorrow. I’m about to change your life.