Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Favourite TV Shows
Now this is a topic very near and dear to my heart! I love binge-watching TV shows (I love TV shows in general) so this is a topic I can really get my teeth into!
1. Freaks and Geeks
I am a huge Freaks and Geeks fan – I absolutely love this series. Even though it is set in Detroit in 1980 (way before my time, ahem) I feel it perfectly encapsulates the high school experience for me. I was more of a ‘geek’ than a ‘freak’ but I can really relate to both groups.
My favourite character was Bill Haverchuck (who wouldn’t love Bill??) but I enjoyed all of the characters. I still bemoan the fact that Freaks and Geeks only got one season before it was cancelled.
One of my most favourite series of all time – sadly cut-of before it could reach its prime. This was the perfect sci-fi series – combined with the usual Joss Whedon humour and pathos.
I’m not sure how many times I have watched this series (hint: a lot!) but I never get tired of Serenity and her crew. My favourite character has to be Jayne (the man they called Jayne!) but I love the whole cast.
3. Battlestar Galactica
This show really proved that reboots could be just as worthwhile as the original (I like it much better myself). This was an exciting, tense series that really knew how to deliver solid entertainment. I love sci-fi but sometimes it can come across as hokey (which I fell the original series veered into) I did not feel this way about the modern version.
My favourite characters seemed to be damaged a lot (Chief Tyrol, Gaeta and Boomer to name a few) but I still adored the series (even when it wanted to hurt my faves!)
Cowboys! Hookers! Mr Wu’s Pigs! Deadwood was really something else. I didn’t expect to love it. I really honestly didn’t expect to be wowed and love it as much as I did. However, it turned out to be one of the best series ever!
The profanity in this series reached all new levels. Apparently the word f**k is used 2980 times during the run of the series (and no, I didn’t count that myself haha!)
5. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
I love Star Trek in all its incarnations. I was originally a huge fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation but it was Deep Space Nine that became my favourite. As much as I love the other series, DS9 felt like a richer experience. It had over-arching storylines rather than the more episodic formats the other series followed. It also had the Dominion War arc (and Cardassians!)
My favourite regular characters were Quark and Odo but I also loved the various guest stars particularly Garak, Dukat, and Damar (yep, all Cardassians!)
6. Game of Thrones
What list is complete without Games of Thrones making an appearance? I doubted the TV show could match the mastery of the books – and it doesn’t – but it is pretty darned close!
The is my favourite (current) show – the one I cannot bear to miss. Even my other half, who is not really a fantasy fan, likes to watch it with me. It is just that good.
My favourite character in the series would probably have to be Tyrion but I love Jaime and Arya as well. Hell, I even love the characters that you are supposed to hate!
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I hold up my hand – I am a huge Joss Whedon fangirl! Buffy was my favourite series when I was a teenager. I loved Angel (the series) as well (in fact, I think it is probably the better show in many ways) but Buffy has my heart and soul (heh!).
My favourite characters were Spike (I liked him better when he was bad though), Buffy, and Giles. I definitely preferred the pre-Dawn years when the characters were in high school but I remained a fan the whole way through (even through the misery that was season 6!)
8. Veronica Mars
A teen noir with a perky blond female lead? A murder mystery to be solved while still navigating the rough waters that is high school? Oh hell yes! Veronica Mars was a show that I had been desperately needing without realizing it. I loved the fact that Veronica was a tough, capable lead but also vulnerable at the same time (she’s a marshmallow!) 😉
Right away I hopped on the LoVe train – if you have watched the show, you’ll know of which I am referring to, and if not, well what are you waiting for? Get on that stat!
A more recent favourite, I actually starting watching Sherlock this year. Once I started, well, let’s just say I haven’t really stopped! Sherlock is one of the most fascinating shows I have ever seen (and not just because I fancy Benedict Cumberbatch – although, I kinda do, not sure why though!)
I love the twists and turns and the cast is pretty much fantastic. I really like Martin Freeman and Rupert Graves is a long-time favourite of mine (plus, ya know, Benedict Cumberbatch… unf!!)
Last, but by no means least, is Lost. This is definitely a polarizing show. Almost universally loved when it first came on, yet the meandering plots lost it a lost of viewers over the years. I even dropped off myself for a season but I did get back into it during season three.
The ending left a lot to be desired but I still have a lot of fondness for this series. Favourite character? Probably a controversial choice but I really liked Charlie. Sawyer too – who could resist his good ‘ole southern boy charm? Also Ben – creepy little man he was!