Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about one of America’s most beloved pastimes: television.
“Patricia, what the Hell? This is a book blog, am I in the right place?” Yes, my child. But as Jana pointed out, September is the return of Fall (aka: the good) TV, and what better time to talk about it than to discuss the shows you binge when you don’t have your nose stuck in a book?
So in no particular order:
I mean, who doesn’t love a good Friends binge? It’s the perfect mindless background noise TV show where you know every episode, but you put it on again and again anyway because it’s just so funny and wholesome and lovely.
Controversial Opinion Corner: While I, along with every other female in the world, would prefer a Chandler, I honestly wouldn’t hate dating a Ross. There, I said it. Also, I’m a Monica.
2. Parks & Recreation
This is the sweetest, most wonderful show about some amazing people doing public service in an unforgiving and increasingly hostile world. As someone pursing a Masters in Public Administration, I basically want to be Leslie Knope when I “grow up,” and I am proud of that. I could use a liberal dose of her optimism, but I do what I can. (I, too, sleep about 3 1/2 to 4 hours a night).
3. Gilmore Girls
Am I a real red-blooded American female if I don’t put Gilmore Girls on this list? The ultimate show for fast-talking, smart, witty Millennials everywhere, Gilmore Girls is the perfect background noise for a Fall or Winter afternoon where you’re cleaning your apartment and wishing it was in Star’s Hollow.
Controversial Opinion Corner: I’m team Dean. I’m not sorry, and no, I won’t change my mind. Jess has way too much romanticized baggage, and as for Logan … you can’t buy love. Dean kind of sucks too, technically I’m on team Rory Should Just Be Single, but nobody asked me. The nerve.
I now have a Pavlovian cry response to hearing “Forever Young,” and it’s all this damn show’s fault. I discovered Parenthood when it was in its second season. My fiance had just dumped me, and I was feeling rudderless and lost. But then I discovered the Braverman clan, and it suddenly all felt right again. I enjoy This Is Us, but Parenthood will always have my heart as the drama that taught me so much about family and love. Ugh I want to rewatch it all over again now.
5. The Fosters
I was not 100% sure which terrible ABC Family sitcom to put here, because I have also loved and adored The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Switched At Birth, but I think The Fosters wins because it actually made me feel real emotion beyond laughing at how outrageous it is. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do that too. But I also shed a few tears.
6. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Are you easily offended? If so, maybe don’t watch this show. But if you can roll with the punches, appreciate absurdist humor, and love a good Internet meme this might just be the show for you. You can watch this in any order, backwards or forwards, one episode or one hundred. But it’s still airing, and it’s still got some of my favorite one-liners. Gotta count for something.
This show is so good. Everything you loved about The Office, but at what is clearly a pot shot at Walmart. It’s hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming – I got attached to these characters quickly, and I have missed watching them since the season ended. It makes me want to work retail again, and who the hell wants to work retail on purpose? Exactly.
Controversial Opinion Corner: I think I am a Dina. I’m trying my best to be less Dina-y in my day-to-day life, but fact of the matter is that she is inescapable. Sorry, I’ll title my autobiography To All The People I’ve Dina’d At Work.
8. Fresh Off the Boat
I love Jessica with a fierce, reckless abandon. I want to be her when I grow up. Her persistent, undying love for her family that she covers up with a gruff exterior is just so perfect. Her relationship with her husband is the sweetest, and the kids are hysterical, not to mention grandma. Plus it’s great to relive the 90s through the lens of teenage boys desperately trying to be cool in a time when nobody was. Can’t wait to watch this one again.
9. The Good Place
I feel like The Good Place was a sleeper hit for a long time, and now that it’s about to enter season 3 it’s finally gained the traction it deserves. This show is hysterical, the casting is diverse and damn-near perfect, and it’s got such sly inside jokes ala Arrested Development that I have watched season 1 twice now and still don’t think I’ve picked up on every nuance. If you haven’t watched this magnificent comedy, please do yourself a favor and change that.
10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
I’ll admit that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has not improved with time, but that seasons 1 and 2 are peak comedy. The first couple of episodes are cringeworthy, but if you can push past that you’ll find a hilarious show with a big heart, catchy show tunes, and its tongue pushed so far into its cheek that you can see it poking out if you stand beside it. I have the soundtrack on permanent rotation in my car. God bless this show.
- The Office
- Arrested Development
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Breaking Bad
Anything here you agree or disagree with? What’s on your list? I’d love to see!