Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 27 – Best pilot episode

Ehhhh, I have no feeling about this.  My choice is The OC pilot, because I've watched it about a billion times and I never tire of it.  I also think it really works on its own.  It tells you everything you need to know about the series in 42 minutes.  That's a well-done pilot.

Here are two reasons I like this pilot so much-- Ryan meets Sandy, and Ryan meets Seth.  I love The Cohens.

Also, Pushing Daisies because it's called "Pie-lette."  It's also really good in that same way of telling you everything you need to know about the series.  The whole struggle is right there.  I love the 2nd episode of Pushing Daisies more than the Pie-lette, though.  Olive sings in the second episode.  It's kind of brilliant.  It was the exact moment when I know this show would always be in my heart.  She did it again in the second season with "Eternal Flame," and I loved it just as much.

I'm going to fall down a rabbithole of Pushing Daisies videos now.

Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale

I don't have a ton to say about any of these topics, so this might seem a bit uninspired.  It will be more stream of consciousness.

There have been so many WTF finales in this world, but the two I remember the most are as follows:

*Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Finale, "Sanctuary/Death and All His Friends"
Geez, this episode was a cry-maker.  There's a shooter in the hospital and he wanders around taking characters out.  They'd had this storyline of merging two hospitals, and a ton of the new characters just weren't all that great.  There was one in general named Reed Adamson that people flat-out hated and probably wanted to shoot in the head.  And then she died by getting shot in the head.  It was rough.  I basically sobbed for the entire two hours.  Ooooh, also the one where George got hit by a bus.  That was crazy too.

*CSI Season 5 finale "Grave Danger"
This is also known as "the CSI episode written and directed by Quentin Tarantino."  That's how you know it's messed up.  It's the one where Nick is buried alive, and the team is left clues to see if they can find him.  There's also a camera feed in his coffin so the team can see him lose his shiz while he's in there. It's also rough.  I basically sobbed for the entire two hours.  I hope you're seeing a pattern here.

*The OC Season 2 finale "The Dearly Beloved"
Or, when Marissa shoots Ryan's brother.  This one hit me super hard because of the fight between Ryan and Trey.  Dude, that fight is bruuuuutal.  Also, this was the first time I'd ever heard Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek."  That song is hauntingly beautiful.

Now that I've sufficiently bummed you out, here's a video of Black Simon and Garfunkel singing "Thrift Shop."

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)

So behind, so behind, la-la-la-la so behind.  And you know, I kind of care but also, I'll get it done.  I'm not worried.  I've been really good about my other blog challenges in the past.  Plus, I need to give myself a break.  No guilt here.

Oh, you didn't come here to read my mental nonsense?  You wanted to hear my opinion about TV and such?  Well, la dee dah, then.  Here you go!

What new show do I plan on watching?
Halt and Catch Fire, a new AMC show.
Why do I plan on watching it?
My bb Lee Pace and his delectable Eyebrows will be starring in it.  Also, it's about the early 80s and IBM, which are two things I am fond of.  It's a long story, starting in the early 80s and starring a dude who works at IBM who goes by the name of Dad.  My dad works for IBM, is what I'm saying.

What old show do I plan on watching?
Parks and Recreation.  Because I haven't watched it yet.  I hear it gets better after the first season, which I assume is because Adam Scott joins the cast, and he's a party down kind of guy.

See what I did there?
(More posts will arrive shortly)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 24 – Best quote(s)

I may have added the (s) to today's (technically yesterday's) entry.  Because I simply cannot pick one.  This is my most quoted in everyday life show.

It's Scrubs.

I've actually been on a ban from watching Scrubs, a ban started by The Hubs.  He said I watched it too much.  He's not wrong.  I'll try to break these into Quotes That I Love Because They Are Good and Stuff That Always Makes Me Laugh.

In truth, my favorite quote is from this video.  It's the last thing Kelso says.  However, this whole entire video is why I like Bob Kelso as a character.  This episode happened to me at a time when I needed it most.  In fact, I needed it today quite a lot as well.  Maybe I should just favorite it and watch it daily.

So basically, that's the Favorite.  And this one.

All the rest of these?  Stupid hilarious scenes from a show that brightens my day.

Best and most comprehensive Dr. Cox rant.  I wanted to pick my favorite quote, but I honestly can't pick.  I also love Dr Cox in this moment here so very much.

And here is Neil Flynn being hilarious for 8 minutes.

Oh and Drill Fork.  And Bob Kelso's two thumbs.  And MY MACHINES.  And this so many times.  This isn't even scratching the surface.

Hubs requested I add this one, which is his favorite.

omg i love scrubs.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 23 – Most annoying character

Whoops, I missed yesterday!  I'll blame it on having a wonderful day date with The Hubs.  We went to see My Neighbor Totoro at at theater in the district, and I simply adored it.  I haven't seen the vast majority of Studio Ghibli movies before, and I must say, I have enjoyed every single one wholeheartedly.  Totoro, though... it was just so wonderful.
I wanted to put something cute up here, because I'm about to go on a bit of a rant.  It's okay, though.  It's Most Annoying Character day.  There can only be one, and she annoys me very much, especially lately.

Rachel stinkin' Berry.

Look, I get that the point at the beginning of the series is that Rachel is annoying.  I know that her annoyance is sort of part of her charm.  I get it.  I do.  But it's been a couple of years now, and I'm just... I'm really tired of watching The Rachel Berry Show.  Lea Michele is enormously talented.  She's got a voice that I can't comprehend.  Girl can wail.  But... I'm kind of over it.  I want to know more about other characters and less about her.  Why is it that so much of the New York storyline follows her and not Kurt?  Or even when if involves Kurt, it's him talking about or worrying about her.  He had his own life.  Chris Colfer also has a voice I cannot comprehend.  LET THE BOY SING.

It's possible I'm still a twinge bothered that she got into this fake NY performance school after she flaked on her audition when Kurt didn't get in and he nailed his.  Yes, I know it's an entirely unrealistic TV show that I should have broken up with a long, long time ago.  Suspension of disbelief and moving on.

I'm very open that I'm only watching Glee at this point to hear Chris Colfer and/or Darren Criss sing.  I know that's not the point of the show.  However, if I have to sit through one more oversung solo, especially one oversung popped out solo of a RADIOHEAD song, I don't know what I'm going to do.

Clearly, I won't stop watching.  These are all idle threats.  But either give Rachel something to do besides diva out, or GTFO.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 22 – Favorite series finale

Look, so Lizzie and Darcy finally kissed yesterday, and it's been basically all I can think about because SERIOUSLY such a fangirl I love it.  It's actually made me feel so fangirly that I haven't been able to read a book I've been dying to read for over a year because, while well-written and entirely entertaining, it's also really angsty and I ain't got time for that right now.

Which is why it's super random for me to use this as my favorite series finale, because it is full of angst.

It's Six Feet Under.


SFU is definitely one of my top 5 favorite shows ever.  I always get a little scared to tell people that because I feel like it marks me as a super morbid person.  But it was just so good.  I started watching almost right from the beginning (yay super cheap college cable with HBO!), and I fell in love with it, with all of it.  What can I say?  I'm a fan of stories about death.

Which is exactly why I love the series finale.  Everyone dies.  Seriously.  Six Feet Under was always about death (literally), so they showed the deaths of every main character.  It's effing perfect.  Below is an almost 10 minute long video that shows the end of the finale.  I remember watching this at my parents' house the night it aired, crying my Fisher-loving eyes out.  The Fishers were one completely jacked up family (and you'd be lying if you said any member of that family was crazier than Ruth, because Hooch is crazyeeeee) but goshdarnit do I love them.  They've been with me through some very trying times, and I'm grateful to them for keeping me afloat.

(side note: Peter Krause is way more Adam Braverman than Nate Fisher at the beginning of this.  Also, I cry every time Ruth sees him on her deathbed.)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 21 – Favorite ship

I have many favorite couples, but just one OTP.  This has been my OTP since before I knew what OTP meant.  This is the couple to love, the couple to end all other couples.
Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence!

I just love them, okay?  I watched so, so much Boy Meets World back when it aired, but I got particularly bad about watching it in reruns on The Disney Channel after I graduated college.  I stayed up until 3 am crying over these two.  They were made for each other, yeah?  They complement each other and understand each other.

So you better believe I'm so excited about Girl Meets World.  I'm not expecting it to be the greatest thing ever, but I still love the fact that it will exist.  Danielle Fishel herself tweeted out the below pic with the caption "Cory and Topanga... together again."  I say, squeeeeeeee.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 20- Favorite Kiss

Since I can't choose Lizzie Bennet Diaries since freakin' Lizzie and Darcy haven't KISSED YET (fingers crossed for tomorrow!!)... I already talked about this topic.  Like, 10 months ago.  All of those choices still apply.  In fact, I was going to talk about Jim and Pam again.  But... I already did.  And you don't want to read something you already read.  You already read it already!

Instead, let's talk about how JMU IS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT!

I can't help but be excited.  I know it's sports and I really don't care all that much about sports, but I will always have a special place in my heart for JMU.  I met some of my favorite people there.  Like my husband.  Without JMU, I wouldn't have this guy in my life.  And that would be a tragedy.

And speaking of that guy and his tuba playing days, the JMU Pep Band has been getting some coverage for being, well, the JMU Pep Band.  I mean, they're no Peppas, but they hold their own.  Their big thing now is a cover of (warning, the video link included is reeeeeally random) Gogol Bordello's "Start Wearing Purple," as JMU colors are purple and gold.  It pretty much rocks my face off.  So, to celebrate our big win, START WEARING PURPLE.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 19- Best Cast

Yesterday, while washing dishes, I serenaded my dog with the Perfect Strangers theme song.  She seemed to enjoy it.  She's also not very bright?  She probably thought I had a treat.  Or she's standing tall on the wings of her dreams.

So, today...

Not only is this the best cast on TV, it may be the best cast ever.


This show is mah jam.  It could've been so not this good, but the cast really makes it something else.  They all have such chemistry together!  And not just the couples, though Peter Krause and Monica Potter are superb together.  The four Braverman siblings?  Any combination of Braverman siblings?  (Personally, I liked the recent pairing of Crosby and Julia to give us the younger sister over achiever and older brother slacker).  The parents with their kids?  The kids with their cousins?  Mae Whitman with any person she talks to?  It's just lovely to watch.  Even Buzzfeed thinks so.

Of course, this is where I would show you all the videos of how this cast is the best.  Sadly, there aren't many up on the 'Tube (copyright infringement, blah dee blah).  But there is ONE.  And it's worth your time.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 18 – Favorite title sequence

Caution: an extremely RANDOM video-filled entry will commence.... NOW.

I'm kind of a title song junkie.  I actually have 100 of the best title sequences loaded on my iPod (thanks, parents!), and I know the lyrics to A LOT of them.  It's sort of one of my secret savant talents.  Some of the ones I still remember all the words to and love in a very nostalgic way are below, though my number one choice isn't because of nostalgia or because I know all the lyrics (though I do).  The reason I picked True Blood as my favorite title sequence is because it's sort of perfect.  If you'd never watched one episode of True Blood, you'd know exactly what you'd be getting into just by watching this.  Warning: somewhat NSFW, especially if you try to catch all of the frames (there are lots of body parts).

This one is a nostalgic favorite between me and my bestest bestie ever <3 p="">

This one?  Yes!  I'm positive that I will know this monologue for the rest of my life.  I will be able to recite this on my death bed.

Hee!!  Technically, this is another one that tells you everything you need to know about the show.  I miss title credits like this, with the leads being zany and nonsensical.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 17 – Favorite mini-series

Let's act like you don't know what I'm about to say.  That was fun, right?  All right, you wanna hear it here it go:

Pride and freakin' Prejudice, yo.

Confession time: I've never actually read the book all the way through.  I KNOW I KNOW I'm terrible.  However, watching this BBC mini-series is as close as you can get.  I will also admit, I do love the movie more than the mini-series, which many would call a blasphemous statement, BUT I see this for all of its goodness and perfection.  The first proposal, for one, is amazing in its awkwardness (see above) and wonder.  I mean, this is the reason why Colin Firth has had such a successful career.  It's this.  If you love Colin Firth in anything (especially if you love him in Bridget Jones's Diary), then you owe it to yourself to watch this.

The Lizzy here takes a while to grow on you, but it's that pair of fine eyes that wins you over.  Mini-series!Lydia is more ridiculous than ever (as is her mother who is so over-the-top), Mini-series!Mr. Collins is grody to the max, and Mini-series!Darcy sisters are properly awful.  This Jane, though?  Not the prettiest girl in the town.  Not. At. All.

Honorable mention: the similarly plotted North and South from 2004.  It's like P&P light, starring an extremely broody Richard Armitage.  Thus, totally worth your time.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show

Dark and light.  Night and day.  Apples and... anti-apples.  I'm a firm believer in understanding both sides of the lines.  So, while I enjoy TV that makes you think and pushes the limits, I also like to have at least one show I watch solely to have some time to let my brain relax.  I still think they are good, but it's more about being entertained than thinking the show is actually good.  I've had many shows like this over the years, but this is my current guilty pleasure.

It's unbelievably cheesy, the CG is atroooocious, the acting is occasionally (?) spotty, but I'll be danged if I don't end up entertained by it every week.  It's just plain old fun, and I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings.  It's got some of the same writers and producers from Lost, so I get a wee bit nervous that this will end up in the disappointing pile in a few years, but for now, I always tune in.  I will always find you, Once Upon a Time.  Here are a few reasons why:
i miss you, sheriff graham...
bloody pirate!
Charming and his grandson

It's also getting me to like Michael Raymond-James and forget his creepiness from True Blood.

Day 15 – Favorite female character

OH HAI I totally forgot to update yesterday!  Here's my excuse, are you ready?  So, I went to the gym yesterday after work.  I usually go to the treadmill but decided to change things up and ride one of the bikes instead.  It took a little bit of oomph to get going, but after a while, it wasn't so bad.  Somehow, I ended up being on the bike for about 45 minutes-- go me!  And I didn't even feel that terrible!  As the night wears on, though, my legs are like... UM, WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?  And then as I tried to sleep last night, I was like Clair Huxtable after her aerobics class taught by her sister Debbie Allen.

Either way, that's my excuse.  It's sort of fitting, considering I just posted all that stuff about the Huxtables earlier this week.

Anyway, so what are we at?  OH, that's right, Favorite Female Character.  Much like the male category, I have a few.  Clair Huxtable, for one.  That woman is F-I-E-R-C-E.  And, of course, Buffy Summers.  Amber Holt.  Tami Taylor.  Liz Lemon.  Daisy Steiner.

There are two, however, that are my favorite of all favorites: Lorelai Gilmore and Veronica Mars.  In looking through my blog, though, I've already written about both of these ladies.  And in the same entry, no less.  SO, to give you something new to read about, I give you a NEW choice for favorite female character.

Claudia Jean Cregg.
So many things I want to say about CJ.  Basically, CJ is a goddess, a wonder, my spirit animal.  She keeps up with Josh Lyman, with Toby Ziegler, with Leo McGarry, with the coolest president this country has ever seen, and she does it all with grace and awesomesauce.  She's not afraid to say what she thinks, and she doesn't back down.  Just watch these.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 14 – Favorite male character

Another day, another easy choice for the challenge.  There are a number of guys who could hold this title-- Chandler Bing, Logan Echolls, Shawn Hunter, Ned the Pie Maker, Dan Rydell alongside Casey McCall.  I could really go on and on.  Instead, this is a newer addition to my TV favorites lists, and the reason I love it so?  This guy.
Nathan Young (played to perfection by Robert Sheehan), Misfits

I love Nathan because he is straight up hilarious (which we all know is the way straight to my heart), but I also love him because he has many, many layers.  His humor sometimes hides his deeper emotions, though often his humor is just... him.  He's a little bit of a sociopath, but in the nicest way.  He's loyal and blunt and probably annoying as all hell, but he's also charming as all hell, which is why the other 4 delinquents keep hanging around.

As usual, my words cannot do justice to Nathan.  The video below is full of Misfits spoilers and is also all kinds of NSFW (language-wise), but it's full of the funnies.  If you find any of this to be even a little bit funny ha-ha, go to Hulu and watch the first 2 seasons of Misfits.  In stories of worlds combining, Robbie here will be starring as my favorite character Simon Lewis in this summer's latest YA movie adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  I'm excited and NOT excited for everyone to love him as I have loved him, and there will be joy.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 13 – Favorite childhood show

This entry will be video heavy.  There is no show from my childhood that I love more than The Cosby Show.  Simply hearing the theme song(s) takes me right back to the living room, with our old TV and the red carpet and the comfy sofa.  Family time with us was also family time with the Huxtables.  I loved how their family seemed just like ours (only funnier), despite the obvious differences between us (the biggest being that they lived in that fancy, beautiful brownstone in Brooklyn!).

Below are just a few of my favorite bits, starting with my favorite bit.

Phylicia Rashad is basically the HBIC.

(I've thought of this moment so, so, SO many times over my lifetime.  Regular people.)

The best part?  Almost every single one of these scenes takes place in the SAME ROOM.  Man, I sure did love that living room.
(And with this, I'm all caught up!!)

Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

I don't understand how I'm supposed to talk about any other TV show besides Veronica Mars because OMG DID YOU SEE DID YOU SEEEEEE!  AAAAAAH.  I'm trying to justify spending $350 to get Jason Dohring/Logan Echolls to record me an outgoing voicemail.  Hubs isn't in agreement.  He's such a hater.

Oh yeah, but I'm not talking about Veronica Mars today... though I'm fairly certain I've seen the entire series 5 times.  I've seen oh-so-many TV series more than 5 times (for Friends, it's more like 20 times).  This particular episode of this particular show gives me lots of happiness.

How I Met Your Mother, season 2, episode 9... "Slap Bet."
This episode is a new classic not only for the slap bet which is amazing, but for the introduction to Robin Sparkles.  If you haven't seen this, I cannot remotely do it justice with my words.  So let this video do the talking.  You won't be soar-y.

This is back when HIMYM gave me all of the happies and didn't disappoint me like it kind of is right now.  JUST SHOW US THE MOTHER ALREADY, SAGET.  This episode is made for a rewatch, though.  So hilarious, every single time.  The audio commentary is pretty great too.  Yes, I've watched this episode enough times that I've watched it with commentary.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Day 11 – A Show That Disappointed You

If you don't know what show I'm about to drop right here, then you clearly don't know me.

Show.  Seriously.  It started so strong.  SO STRONG.  That pilot!  The polar bear!  The message in French!  THE FIRST, LIKE, TEN MINUTES.  And the rest of that first season?!  Man, oh MAN.  Compelling as all hell.  It's like the longest best movie you've ever seen.

Then the writers were like, oh you like mysteries?  Well, here's a BUNCHA stuff.  We're not gonna solve any of the original questions either.  We're just keep giving you MORE USELESS STUFF.  So I tried to break up with it.  Then, the Season Three Finale happened, and so...

Yeah.  By that point, it was announced it was going to Season Six and I stayed in just to stay in but SERIOUSLY.  LOST.  OMG.  WHY.

the numbers are bad.

Day 10 – A Show You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

So, two more days of two posts a day.  Are you just loving all the extra jeskuh time?  I know you are.  I've been enjoying this challenge very much.  It's reminding me of shows and episodes and quotes and things that make me happy.  I tried to get Hubs to let me restart Friday Night Lights last night after writing about it.  He wouldn't let me, though he did let me restart another show I haven't watched for years.  But more on that later.

For today, I have a story.  Um, duh.  I always do.  My topic today is a show I thought I wouldn't like but ended up loving.  The show in question: 30 Rock.
I was excited to watch it when it first aired, though I was more excited about Studio 60, and I was confused by all the sketch comedy based shows all airing at the same time and my brain can only hold so much knowledge, y'all.  So then, we watched it.  And we didn't really think it was that funny.  Hubs and I gave it a few episodes, mostly because all of the funniest people we knew and trusted were like, "OMG FUNNIEST SHOW EVARRR," but... we couldn't see it.  Thus, we bid it adieu.

Two Thanksgivings ago, my SIL is like, "Jes are you seriously not into 30 Rock?  You have to go to there!  Have you seen yourself?  You are Liz Lemon!"
chocolaaaate. p.s. thanks for the pic, elizabeth.
So, I gave it another go.  And that, as they say, is history.  Awesome history.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 09 – Best scene ever

This one will be short BUT that's because this is the EASIEST CHOICE.  This video includes my favorite scene of any show ever.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  No second choices.  It's this.  It's Spaced.  It's the gunfight, y'all.

What I love about this video is that it gives you all the background you need to understand why the last 2 minutes are so hilarious.  By the by, if you haven't watched Spaced and you're a fan of Shaun of the Dead and/or Hot Fuzz, you need to watch this show, like, yesterday.

Best ever, right?  EVER.  Spaced is the perfect example of how British shows get it right.  There's no filler.  There's no time to screw up and jump the shark.  It's just humor and nerd jokes and a slice of fried gold.

Day 08 – A show everyone should watch

Yes, I know I'm behind.  I wish I wasn't.  However, I'm behind because I took a weekend to relax and unwind and hang out with almost all of my besties (all except the BEST BESTIE).  So, while I'm sad to be behind, I'm not sad for the reason.  So, I'll do 2 posts today and 2 tomorrow.  We we we so excited.

What show should everyone watch?  Friday Night Lights.

Why should everyone watch this?  Well, there are so many reasons.
For that.

For her.

And this kid right here, YES this kid.  Also?  (Keep on scrolling)

Yeah, absolutely that guy.

Also, it's some of the best writing and acting and music and camera work and stuff that's ever been on television.  So. So. So. SO. good.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Day 07 – Least Favorite Episode of Your Favorite TV Show

I'm posting this from the Blogger app again so sorry for the lack of gifs and stuff. I got called out by a certain Elizabeth... So I thought I'd post a short & sweet something to try and keep from being too behind. Plus, this one's kind of easy.

Buffy has some random bits, but my least favorite episode is this one from Season Two when Buffy was in its greatness called "Go Fish." It's like swim team meets Swamp Thing, and it's pointless and gross... Except for the part when Xander wears a Speedo. That part's okay.

When I'm back at my laptop, maybe I'll add some fun pictures of that or possibly more nonsense from this. Until then, I hope you enjoyed this text-only post typed using only my thumbs. Ain't evolution grand?


I know I'm falling behind, and I do apologize!! I had busy work stuff and now I'm out of town without my computer (I'm actually posting this from the Blogger app which I've never used before!). I swear, good stuff soon!

Until then, cheers, you beautiful creatures! <3

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite show

[Warning: this might be a bit of a downer]

Yesterday, I talked about watching sad videos in preparation for this entry.  Why would I watch sad videos to prepare to talk about my favorite episode of my favorite show?  Whedonites know why.

Because my favorite episode of Buffy is the best episode of Buffy which is also the saddest episode of Buffy.  It's called "The Body," but if it were an episode of Friends, its title would be "The One Where Joyce Summers Dies."

I've already talked about this episode here, so I won't repeat that.  What I wanted to do is post a video of Anya giving her monologue, which is amazing.  I wanted to say it's the best part of the episode, but I really don't think there's one "part" that's any better than the other.  The whole thing is exquisite to watch; it's television at its finest.  Sadly, I can't find any videos of it.  Below is a transcript.  I think of Anya's speech often.  It's exactly how I've felt on too many occasions.

"But I don't understand. I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she's- There's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead anymore. It's stupid. It's mortal and stupid. And-and Xander's crying and not talking, and-and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 05 – A show you hate

So, I thought today's choice was my favorite episode of my favorite show, so I spent way too much time looking at sad videos and gifs and things, only to find out that it's a show I hate.  That's something, huh?

There is only one show I've ever actively avoided ever, and that's Two and a Half Men.  I don't even want to actually talk about it.  I just CANNOT ABIDE by it.  No. NO.  It's terrible.  And unfunny.  I have never seen anything on it that I actually thought was funny, and I don't understand why so many people like it.

That's... really it.  You were ready for a big ole rant, weren't you?

Instead, here are some videos of things that I like.

Day 04- Your Favorite Show Ever

(I swear I had this all written yesterday like it should have been, but my evening was weird so I forgot to post but HERE IT IS OMG LOOK)

This... well, this is a tough one.  I have tons of favorite shows ever, and it all depends on what mood I'm in.  I've answered this question before with Gilmore Girls, FriendsScrubs, and Six Feet Under, and those answers have all been right at one time or another.  However, if I'm considering my TV watching "career" as a whole, if I really look back at the show that's affected me most, that grabbed onto my heart and brain and eyeballs and didn't let go, that was there when I needed it... there's only one show that fits that description.

I didn't watch Buffy when it first aired, and while I regret that decision, I don't think this show would've meant as much to me as it does now.  I watched the first season on a whim, and I totally loved it.  I'd been wanting to ask for other seasons of the show for my birthday... and the day before said birthday, my grandfather passed away.  Hubs had already gotten me the first 2 seasons as presents, so whenever I needed to separate myself from the family and distract myself from the grief, we hid away and watched Buffy kick some ass.  In the weeks that followed, I basically devoured the show, hiding away in my bedroom and watching episode after episode after episode.

So, this sounds totally unhealthy, and I agree it probably wasn't the best way to spend my time.  However, at that time in my life, it was exactly what I needed.  Joss Whedon, you are a genius and I am so grateful for you.  Thank you for this show, and for all the shows that have followed.  Also the movies.  And the comics.  Dang, I am such a Whedonite.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

Short and sweet today, guys.  Not much to say on this topic, unfortunately.

I haven't picked up any new shows this TV season, which is rare.  Right now, I'm more in a catch-up-on-old-stuff phase rather than a pick-up-new-stuff phase.  Also, I'm getting more webseries like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Squaresville.

However, the only show I keep up with with that was new this season is The Mindy Project.
this picture is kind of terrible.
I don't think it always works, but it was a good way for me to spend the half hour between New Girl and Parenthood.  I thought the pilot was downright hilarious.  Plus, Chris Messina.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 02 – A Show That You Wish More People Were Watching

I like to believe that I have pretty standard taste in TV shows, but it's constantly proven to me that I don't.  This is especially true when it comes to sitcoms.  While I can find comfort in a show that uses the same tropes since Ozzie and Harriet graced the screen, I usually find that sort of thing to be boring and unfunny.  Show me something new, TV show.  Don't go for the obvious joke.  Earn my laughter.

There's been one show over the past few years that has done all of these things and more, and it always on the verge of falling into the nothingness.  That's why my show that I wish more people were watching IS:


I will admit that something's been a little off since it returned in February (which, incidentally, was also October 19th), but those first three seasons... well, that was a sitcom like they had never been done before.  It poked and pointed at the genre to find what makes it tick, and then it made fun of it.  The kicker for me is that it airs against The Big Bang Theory, which always kills in ratings and which I don't find to be funny in the least.  I've watched multiple episodes, and I just don't enjoy it.  They go for the easy joke while Community goes for "Remedial Chaos Theory."

If you haven't already, watch some Community.  At least watch "Remedial Chaos Theory."  If you don't laugh during the timeline when Troy gets the pizza... well, I don't know if we're allowed to be friends.

Friday, March 1, 2013

30 Day TV Challenge Day 01

March sure did sneak up on me.  For the past 2 Marches, I have done 30 Day Blog Challenges, and I didn't want to drop the ball!  So, even though I've been the worst blogger ever lately and even though I'm not sure if anyone even checks these out anymore (um... do you?), I've decided, MARCH MEANS CHALLENGES.  I've done music, I've done books.  What other form of media do I adore and talk about a LOT?  Um... oh that's right: TELEVISION.

Without further ado, I bring you:

Day 01: A show that should have never been canceled

This has always been a problematic phrase in my opinion, because what "should" and "shouldn't" be canceled are two very objective things.  I don't think lots of shows should have been canceled, but with hindsight, I'm glad that they were so those actors could go onto better things or that show can be remembered as being something greater due to its limited selection of episodes (the latter is why Firefly isn't my choice right now).  I decided to go with one show (and one honorable mention) that didn't get the chance it deserved by the people running the network.  They didn't listen to the critics, they didn't listen to the audience, they ignored the multitude of awards, and they unceremoniously tossed it into the TV Graveyard.  At least it was only mostly dead.

Of course, I'm talking about Arrested Development.  Maybe the show would've lost some of its fire a few more seasons down the line.  Maybe we wouldn't have loved it with the great nerdy fervor that we do.  However, I don't believe Fox understood the show nor did they give it the opportunity it truly deserved.  They prematurely shot their wad on what was supposed to be a dry run if you will, so I'm afraid they had somewhat of a mess on their hands.

Thank goodness for Netflix who will come in and help change many of those poorly chosen words.

Honorable Mention
Just trust me on this.  Do you love Adam Scott?  And Lizzy Caplan?  And Ken Marino?  And Jane Lynch?  I know you do.  You also SHOULD love Martin Starr and Ryan Hansen.  You should've watched this show when you had the chance... except Starz didn't tell anyone it was on.  Stupid Starz. I'm positive all of these actors have moved on to bigger and better things, but you should really see them all together, hating everything, serving hors d'oeuvres in their pink bowties.