Sooo, without further ado, here is my hastily thrown together list. It's in no particular order other than that in which the shows popped in to my head. Did I forget a favorite? Probably. But here are the ones I DO remember.
1. Two and a Half Men. I have seen every single episode of every season. Numerous times. I still watch it and still laugh out loud. Why do the antics of misogynist Charlie, his mooch-of-a-brother Alan and his numnuts nephew, Jake, make me laugh so hard? Don't know, don't care. But it's funny. Their self-absorbed mother and sassy maid Berta are just icing. This is the last season but I expect this show to live unto perpetuity on syndicated telly. (I actually got to see the season opener tonight, yay!)
2. Gilmore Girls. After quitting my day job in 1994 to go back to school full-time, something had to give. Those somethings were TV and newspapers. Six or so years later I discovered a little ABC show called The Gilmore Girls. The characters were real and endearing, the banter quick and witty. Once a week I was wisked to enchanting Stars Hollow with single mom Lorelai and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Rory. The kooky cast flit in and out of handsome, but cantankerous Luke's Diner. Alas, GG ran it's course. But episodes are still available on ABC Family.
3. Sex and the City. I didn't catch the SATC bug until its next to the last season, but I quickly caught up by renting Season One on DVD. Then I bought several seasons. Then rented some more. This show grew in substance and by Season Four the episodes were about more than just relationships and sex. These girls experience loss, infertility, cancer and more. All the while keeping us laughing.
4. Gilligan’s Island. This is one show I remember racing home to see as a kid. I longed to be Ginger, though I was more of a Mary Ann. I never was good at dumb. Or glamorous. I could totally relate to Gilligan, the irrepressible optimist. I was intrigued by the Howells who managed to stay 'rich' even on a deserted island with no money. I found the Skipper to be an even bigger dummy than Gilligan. And the Professor? Quite sexy.
5. Boston Legal. This is probably my favorite TV show of all time. William Shatner is the train wreck that keeps me coming back for more as Denny Crane, senior partner. James Spader is Alan Shore, Denny's best friend and all-too-human defender of humanity. With a brilliant supporting cast that includes a strong Candice Bergen, this show delivers belly laughs and tears while tackling tough current issues.
6. Brothers and Sisters. This show boasts Sally Field, Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths, among others. A wonderful show full of family dynamics, current issues, laughs and tears. This week is the season opener.
7. Ally McBeal. Another show I caught the tail end of. Loved Jon Bon Jovi and all the wild cut away scenes.
8. Star Trek. The original series. I never did get in to all the other Star shows. Probably my loss.
9. The Closer. Gotta love that southern drawl gracing female lead, Kyra Sedgwick. Yeah, I know it's not her real accent. But still. This show does a good job of showing the fragility and quirks of a strong character.
10. NCIS. Mark Harmon. Need I say more? Yeah, okay. It's not just Mark. The whole show rocks. Even though I have to close my eyes when a gory mess is present. Luckily, that's only a small fraction of the show. Also opening this week.
There you have it. Click on over to Alex's blog to read the rest of the entries. Who knows, you may find some new shows to check out. Thanks, Alex, for hosting! And thanks every one for stopping by. I'll be making my rounds this evening and tomorrow to check out all the other entries. I need me some new favorites!
~That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell