I can’t say that I am fanatic of anything. Well maybe for Shark Week? But, even that, it’s not like I have posters and watch every show live and tweet every moment. But, I have a more than healthy love for TV and Film. So what are my favorites TV Shows? Why do I like this and not that. And, why should you even care?
Well, you shouldn’t really care about what shows I love. But, my hope is that if you don’t watch any of these shows that you give them a chance. And, I might add, that if you do give them a chance and don’t like them, you’re a bad person with absolutely no taste. 🙂
Now the list below is in no significant order. It’s just how they pop up in my head as I think of them…
Psych is probably the must fun show on TV. If you grew up in the 80’s and are a fan of TV and Film you will love all the inside jokes. The show takes place in present day but it’s about Shawn and Gus who have been best friends since they were kids in the 80’s.
Shawn is the son of a retired cop who grew up with his father always teaching him how to be a good witness, how to be a good cop and Shawn hated every minute of it. However, because of this upbringing Shawn is a genius at a crime scene. His laid back, man child attitude has kept him from becoming a real cop. After giving the Santa Babarbara PC several tips that allowed them to solve cases they started to think that maybe Shawn was behind the crimes. Growing frustrated and tired of trying to explain his deductive reasoning he finally just gives in to the claims by all the cops that he is truly psychic. So now he is called in to work for the PD as a psychic. He’s always having to hide the fact that he really isn’t psychic, he’s just more observant than the anyone else and the stuff Shawn and Gus get in to is just so stupid and funny in every single episode. It never gets old and the writing is comically brilliant!
Leverage is about a retired insurance investigator who puts together a group of thieves, each with their own unique skills to do some good in the world! It’s a fun mystery each week as the team take down the rich to give to the poor who have been hurt. It’s not a serious drama it’s more fun than serious but it does have it’s serious side from to time. What makes the show great are the characters. Each one is so unique and so different from the other but they all have grown into a family. Each character shines in his or her own way and everyone is certainly relateable in one way or another. There’s the mastermind. That would be our insurance investigator played by Timothy Hutton whose heartbreaking loss of his young son over insurance set him on this path. There’s the sexy Grifter played by the beautiful Gina Bellman who has sort of become the unofficial mother of the crew. The Hitter, an ex-military, ex-government hitman who hides his pain every day at the things he’s done. There’s the Hacker played with such fun and charm and humor by Aldis Holdge and last but certainly not least, the beautiful, sexy, fun, blonde the Thief! Beth Riesgraf’s character is adorable, sympathetic and fun, she’s just hypnotic to watch. She has this Pinocchio type charm. She just doesn’t get feelings like everyone else and when she has them herself she really doesn’t get them. She is just so adorably cute it almost hurts.
Castle is yet another show that is just so much fun. It does drama and humor so well. And, anyone who is fan of Nathan Fillion is gonna love the show because his child like charms and wit really show through in this show. I loved him in Firefly and Slither. Castle is another one of those roles that allow him to shine. His partner in crime is the amazingly sexy, smart and beautiful Stana Katic who plays an NYPD Homicide Detective and is the inspiration for “Castle’s” latest novels. Hence series plot. Castle is a best selling author whose friendship with the mayor gets him the chance to do more than just ride along with Stana Katic’s character Kate Beckett and her two cop partners played by Jon Huertas as Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as Detective Kevin Ryan. The chemistry between them all is great and the show deals with the sometimes serious but mostly fun or bizarre cases. They’ve dealt with a lot regular homicides but the most fun episodes are the outrageous ones where all the evidence keeps leading them to an outbreak of zombies or a haunting and the ghost did it. Of course this show is set in reality and we know it wasn’t zombies or a ghost but every time it looks that way, Castle just gets giddy a schoolgirl and it’s seriously fun to watch!
NCIS is in it’s like 10th season now I believe and in my opinion it just gets better and better. The show as I understand it is sort of a spin off of JAG. A show I never watched however, I do hope to watch it someday. To quote Wikipedia, “NCIS, formerly known as NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, is an American police procedural drama television series revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.“
I have to admit that at the end of Season 1 I almost stopped watching the show. I had fallen in love with the show and the characters instantly. However, (Spoiler Alert) at the end of season 2 they kill off a major character in a very violent and shocking way. It was completely unexpected and completely uncalled for. A beloved character, you just don’t do that. I stuck to it though and they did good with it and her replacement is wonderful. The show doesn’t grow old, the characters develop and grow. I guess my only concern is the teasing the writers do with two of the characters who obviously love each other, and should be together but they keep them apart for old fashioned writers reasoning. That I think would be the shows only flaw. It really is a must watch.
Major Crimes was a new show this summer, a spin-off of TNT’s The Closer. It’s now basically the same show only without the Closer and now with one or two extra cast members. The show is full of drama. Good mystery’s and good fun. I think it still has a few bugs to work out but as long as Raymond Cruz’s Julio Sanchez keeps being the intimidateor and episodes with G. W. Bailey as Louie Provenza and Tony Denison as Andy Flynn getting into trouble…
I think they spent too much time this season with the Rusty character and the new bosses character, played by Mary McDonnell as Sharon Raydor. I watch shows like this because I want a good mystery and I want to have fun watching them solve it. I am all about the occasional personal episode but I don’t want Melrose Place. It’s a cop show, not a soap opera.
Perception was also a new show this summer, it’s great! From Wikipedia, “Dr. Daniel Pierce, a talented but eccentric neuropsychiatrist, is enlisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in solving some of its most complex cases in Chicago. Dr. Pierce works closely with Special Agent Kate Moretti, a former student who recruited him to work with the FBI. Also on the team are Max Lewicki, Dr. Pierce’s teaching assistant and Natalie Vincent, his best friend.”
I loved this show from the first episode. The emotion, the stories and the characters make this show a joy to watch. I don’t want to spoil anything since it’s a new show. But, the last two episodes of the season were a two-parter. The first part really took you into Dr. Pierce’s psychosis. It was sorry scary and so sad. Watch this show!
This is my list. Now, there a great many shows I love that I didn’t mention, The Walking Dead, True Blood, Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds and the list goes on. But, I listed mostly shows that I love that a lot of people I talk to haven’t even seen and they’re way too good to miss. I am sure as soon as hit the publish button I will be reminded of several other shows I should have mentioned.