Monday, September 20, 2010

Top 10 TV Shows Blogfest, My Favorites

Alex Cavanaugh
Today is Alex Cavanaugh's Top 10 TV Shows Blogfest. I forgot. Totally. Until I checked my blog and had three new followers (thanks, angels!). I clicked on 'stats', that lovely button someone recently pointed out (thank you!), and found they had clicked over from Alex's blog. I don't REMEMBER signing up. But, yeah, there's my name.

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


Anonymous said...

Not a bad list though all mine would probably be pre-1980 lol. Me, an old fart? Nah.....

Anonymous said...

I've seen a little of NCIS and it's pretty good. I've been told by numerous people that I look like Zeva (Ziva?) so I just had to check it out. ;]

Arlee Bird said...

If you hadn't included Gilligan's Island and Star Trek you would have lost me. I've heard of the other shows, but never saw any of them. I watched the syndicated Gilligan's Islands nearly every evening. Surely you know by now that most guys liked Mary Ann the best. She's one of my top ten TV hotties of all time.

Tossing It Out


I loved your list, How well I remember Gillians Island, I think I was just married when that was on our TV here in the UK. I don't know many of your list, I have heard of Sex In The City but never watched it.

It's amazing how we all have different choices yet we all like the same blogs.


Summer Ross said...

I havn't watched too many of these but I did get the pleasure of watching a few episodes of Ally Mcbeal

Unknown said...

Love NCIS, it's on my list! Great choices.


Jennie Bailey said...

Boston Legal made my list as well! Denny Crane! I love that show. I may have to slip in the DVD this afternoon over lunch. GREAT list!!

Michelle Gregory said...

Gilligan's Island. great, now the song is stuck in my head.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Star Trek - good for you! And I watch Two and a Half Men all the time.
Thanks for participating in the blogfest! I think everyone gained some new followers today.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

such great choices, so many too choose from.

Len Lambert said...

Hello Olivia! I came across your blog through Elana's. I love Two and Half Men, Gilmore Girls, Ally McBeal (yes! I still have the DVD of the first episode!), Brothers and Sisters. Although I am not able to follow all episodes, I love watching them when I can. Thank you for a wonderful post! :)

Jules said...

Ah yes, NCIS and The Closer. I still can't believe she is married to Kevin Bacon. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Terry Stonecrop said...

Boston Legal, a favorite here, too and not just because it takes place in my home town.

Great list!

The Words Crafter said...

I love that you listed the original Star Trek. My husband and I just watched (again!) the new Trek movie. AWESOME!!!

NCIS. MMmmm....I love that show. It's one of the few I DVR. I am concerned, though, about the upcoming season. Will it be the last?

As usual, I'm behind. I'm going to post my top 10 on Tues. or Wed.

Congrats on the new followers!!!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

THE X-FILES, ALIAS, FIREFLY, DEXTER, BABYLON 5, LIFE (a cop freed from prison for a murder he didn't commit, whose sanity was saved by Zen -- but how does he satisfy his Zen teaching with his hunt for revenge?) LOST, INVASION, THE MENTALIST, and SUPERNATURAL.

Those are ten of my favorites in no particular order.

A fun post. Roland

vic caswell said...

oh! ally mcbeal! i haven't thought about that show in so long!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh I was just telling Cheap Therapy that no one listed Sex in the City except her, and here I am visiting yours and I love it!!!! Yay!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love Star Trek & Gilligan's Island! Great list :)

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Toemailer, welcome and thanks!

Amanda, Zeva is a great character!

Arlee, yeah, I've heard that!


Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Yvonne, different, yet so alike aren't we?

Summer, doing this post makes me want to get my hands on the early Ally McBeals. I never saw those.

Clarissa, yay, thanks!


Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Jennie, DENNY CRANE! :) Thanks!

Michelle, ssshh. No songs. :)

Alex, thank you for hosting, it's always fun to meet new friends!


Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Hi Zombie, welcome and thanks!

Len, another Gilmore Girl fan, yay! Sounds like we have similar taste in shows. Welcome!

Jules, I bet they're cute together.


Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Terry, I LOVE Boston Legal! Do you miss Boston?

Words Crafter, if I hadn't had the hour to throw this together mine would be late, too. As it is it'll take me days to get by the other entries. AND Elana's blogfest is Friday. Don't forget! :)

Roland, I can't believe that The Mentalist is the only one of your favorite shows I've seen. Wow.


Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Aspiring x, welcome!!

Jen, are you a SATC fan, too??

Jemi, thanks!


Ishta Mercurio said...

Gilligan's Island! I LOVED that show! Poor Gilligan. They just never "got" him, did they?

You've got a great list here. I guess it's time I checked out Gilmore Girls, then.

DL Curran said...

I loved Gilligan's Island - can't believe I forgot about them! And Two and a Half Men! Oh... too many good shows! :)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I'd forgotten all about Ally McBeal and I loved Gilligan :)

W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

Angela McCallister said...

I recently watched Two and a Half Men for the first time. I thought I wouldn't like it because, let's face it, Charlie Sheen isn't ordinarily some great actor. In this case, he and Jon Cryer are perfect in their roles. The show is hilarious!

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Ishta, hello and welcome, what a beautiful name! They didn't get Gilligan, did they?

DL, you had a great list, too. Thanks for stopping by!


Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Lynda, hi there, welcome! I'll be over to check out your list, too.

Angela, I'm so glad you found Charlie and Alan, they ARE a hoot! I watched the season opener last night.


Terry Stonecrop said...

Now that you mention it, Olivia, I do miss it sometimes. That little bit of homesickness.

But I don't miss shoveling snow, driving in ice storms and all that clothing you have to wear to keep from freezing:)

Kelley said...

Two and a Half men is just awesome! it cracks me up as well.
And i love Gilmore girls too im glad the have a channel that they have it on everyday now :)

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Terry, I hope you make it up there soon for a visit, then back to the Florida sunshine.

Kelley, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It's nice to meet another Charlie/Lorelai lover!


Ella said...

I almost put Gillian's Island, I so loved it! The Voo Doo dolls, the pies and zany attempts off the island~! Such fun...
Great list~

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Hi Ellie, welcome! Did I see your list? I'll pop on over and make sure. Thanks for stopping by!


Ivy Bliss said...

Thank you thank you thank you! (excited? me? why do you ask? Because of my lack of correct punctuation?) I loved writing that list and it felt good to get back into writing. And I got good feedback and some new followers, to boot! Love ya tons!

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Ivy, you had a great list, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Now, if you REALLY want lots of new followers, hop on over to Alex's blog and visit all the participants blogs, read their lists and follow them.

Or maybe you already did that?

I'm planning a Blog Hop and will most likely start it Sept 30th. It's titled: "Hi, My Name is *yournamehere* and I am an HSP."

Then all of us highly sensitive people can meet and support each other. Judging from the feedback I got on my HSP post, I bet most of our writer friends are HSP and will participate.

Love you! Olivia

A.T. Post said...

You've no need to apologize when I'm this far behind on YOUR blog.

According to my informed sources, Star Trek: The Next Generation is all you need to see. I used to watch Deep Space Nine myself, but even I'll admit it's quite forgettable. If you got the original series it's okay.

I don't see much else sci-fi on here...tsk tsk. Although I approve heartily of Gilmore Girls...SHHHHHH!

Denise Covey said...

You've got some interesting shows there, Olivia, but my fave off your list is NCIS, one show I like to see, but I always look away when they insist on showing the bloody chest cavity - seems their fave shot. Liked Ally McBeal too..:)

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Postman, okay, what was it about GG that hooked you? The hotties? The banter? The relationships? Stars Hollow? I know! It was PARIS! :)

Hi Denise, great to see you! This Blogfest has made me want to check out several new shows. AND get my hands on the early seasons of Ally McBeal. Thanks for stopping by!


Unknown said...

The only show I think I've seen on your list is Gilligan's Island (I have no television reception)!

Anonymous said...

8. Star Trek. The original series. I never did get in to all the other Star shows. Probably my loss.
I agree with you 100%. I did mildly get into Voyager as my sister was an obssessive fan, but otherwise none of the Star Trek spinoffs captivated me as much as the original.

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