Friday, March 11, 2016

What I'm Watching - DVR Edition

So, after my rant last week about my favorite show becoming offensively unwatchable, I decided to turn things around and talk about what I do watch.  As I said, I don't watch many shows--but if I do watch a show, I become probably a little too emotionally invested in it (I blame my inner bookworm for that one).  I'm going to do this as a two-parter.  Today, these are shows on my DVR and, next Friday, I'll share the shows that I watch streaming.

When I looked at this list, I thought, "Wow, I watch much more TV than I thought!"  Then I realized that many of these shows have shorter "seasons."  I only have 4 shows that fall into the traditional 22-episode season and the rest are usually 10 episodes or less--which I like.  Shorter seasons mean I can watch more shows.

So, without further ado, here is what is on my DVR.

The Big Bang Theory
Oh, how I love this show.  I actually came to it after it had been on the air for about 4 years (thanks to the library, I was able to catch up pretty easily) and now it is one my must-sees.  I'm married to an engineer, who I wouldn't call a geek, but definitely has his geeky moments.  There was an episode a few seasons ago where Sheldon couldn't decide between buying a PS4 or an XBOX One.  He kept weighing the pros and cons of each to the point where he was sitting on the floor of the store, crying.  My husband had that exact experience (well, except for the crying).  Let's just say, there have been more than a few times when I've told him to tame his inner Sheldon.

I also love how they have developed the Sheldon and Amy relationship.  When this show first started, with everything focused on Leonard and Penny and Sheldon as a secondary character, I never thought it would be able to pull of anything as sweet as "Shamy."  "The Opening Night Excitation" episode that aired this past December was the best of the series--even more remarkable as it came in the 9th season.

Call the Midwife
Forget Downton Abbey, this is the show to watch.  How good is it?  The main character left the show and it survived!   It's an all around amazingly entertaining and moving show...and it is one that doesn't shy away from tough topics.  They've dealt with homosexuality (in a very awesome way), birth control, abortion, and infant deah.  I've heard that this season (which starts on April 3rd in the States...can I get a "SQUEEE!"?) will deal with Thalidomide, which the doctor started prescribing last season so, you know, that was bound to happen.

If you haven't seen this, please watch it.  I believe the previous seasons are streaming on Netflix, and the season are only about 8 episodes long.  Trust me, you'll love it.

Downton Abbey
Yes, I know just kind of dissed this show.  But the fact is that it is currently sitting on my DVR, the complete final season.  Unwatched.  I'll admit it--I'm watching (er, will watch...eventually) this out of duty at this point.  I mean, I loved the first few seasons but, after that, it was only Maggie Smith who kept things going for me.  Bur, really, is there anything more awesome than Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess?  No, I didn't think so....



Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Genealogy shows may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they are mine.  I debated including Who Do You Think You Are, but since I accidentally deleted all of last season (including the J.K. Rowling episode!) before I watched it,  I'm not sure it actually meets the criteria of this list.  But, in any cast, Finding Your Roots is the better show anyway.  There is far more research done, they go into more controversial parts of family histories (unless, of course, you're Ben Affleck), and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is just so darn adorable!   Also...how should I put this...the quality of guests is generally higher on this show than on Who Do You Think You Are.  There are a far number of actors, but also political and social figures.

Grey's Anatomy
Okay, I've been trying to drop this show for about 4 years now.  I haven't forgiven them for killing off McSteamy--who was, without question, the coolest male character on the show.  And then Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) left and I thought I'd be able to give it up then...but no.  You see, here is what happened.  They killed off McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and the fandom was shocked...except me.  I was THRILLED.  I was so sick of the Meredith/Derek drama and, once Derek was gone, there was new life in the show.

Don't get me wrong...it's not perfect show.  There are too many characters and the angst level is always on high.  However, I just can't drop it.  Seriously.  Last year, I was about to delete eight unwatched episodes but, in the end, I couldn't do it.  I sat there and watched all of them in one sitting.  Sigh....

Marvel's Agent Carter
I have a question...why isn't everyone watching this show?  It is FREAKING AWESOME!  It has great writing, lots of action, and a kick ass female hero unlike anything I've seen on any other show.  And, unlike it's brother show, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the pre-requisite viewing is pretty light.  All you have to have seen is Captain America: The First Avenger (after the first season of Agent Carter, you'll definitely want to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but those are great movies and you should watch them anyway.

I don't know if this will come back for a 3rd season--it's only about 10 episodes and runs during the hiatus of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D--but I hope it does.  And, if it doesn't, you still have two excellent seasons to watch (and since Peggy Carter now shows up in pretty much every Marvel movie and occasionally on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in flashbacks, you'll still get to see her).

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
If any show is going to fill the Grimm-shaped hole in my heart, it is this one.  There have been countless, ahem, "similar" story lines between the two shows and, absolutely every time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulls it off better.  Someone coming back from the dead?  Yep.  Someone being zombie-fied?  Yep (although, to be fair, that one is still going on this show, so I can't say definitively yet if they actually did it better).  Someone turning into a monster?  Oh, yeah...the Andrew (Lash)/Melinda May story line was majestic compared to the Juliette as a Hexenbiest crap.  A secret agency out to save humanity?  Well, that is what this show is about!

But, so help me God, if AOS has one character rape another character and then tries to grow a romance out of it...oh, that will probably turn me off television all together!

As I said, there are some pre-requisites for this show.  Before you start it, you need to have seen the first Avengers movie--and, before you see that, you need to have seen Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor.  Then, as the show goes on, you'll want to watch Captain America : The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and The Avengers: The Age of Ultron (and you'll have to watch Iron Man 3 before watching that).  Yeah, this show is an investment--but it is a worthy investment.  No one can create an universe like Marvel can.

Modern Family
Admittedly, this show isn't as good as it once was...but it is still pretty awesome and one that I don't miss.  I think the magic of it is that everyone can relate to someone on this show.  My husband and I are the real-life Phil and Claire Dunphy.  Seriously--well, except my husband isn't quite as goofy as Phil and I'm nowhere near as thin as Claire, but oh well.  There have been episodes where my husband and I have sat there, open-mouthed, as we watched our own lives on the screen.

I don't know how much life this show has left in it--the kids on the show are getting older, which is usually a hard thing for a show to handle--but I'll be there to the very end.

Turn: Washington's Spies
I discovered this show last spring when both my kids had a nasty stomach bug.  I'd watch episodes between laundry loads (yes, my life IS that exciting) and wonder why I hadn't been watching this from the beginning.  I big-red-puffy-heart-LOVE Colonial and Revolutionary American History and parts of this show are filmed on the campus of my alma mater!  It is amazingly good and I can't believe more people don't watch it.  However, whenever I convince someone to give it a try, they are all immediately hooked.

You can stream the first season on Netflix and I think the second season is currently still on On Demand (and will be added to Netfix).  The third season starts on April 25th on AMC.

Vikings
Do you want lots of violence but can't stomach Game of Thrones?  Well, I've got the show for you!

Being of Norwegian descent, I've always been fascinated by Vikings...and my daughter is convinced she's a Viking.  Yes, really.  No, she hasn't seen this show.

But, yeah..,this is as close as you're going to get to Game of Thrones (which I watched one episode of before realizing that it was NOT for me) on basic cable.  Yet, this show is actually fun.  The acting is sublime and the story goes places I didn't think it would go.  And it is sort of historical, which puts it ahead of most everything else on The History Channel.

So, there you go...come back next week to see what I'm streaming (which, admittedly, isn't that much).   I think you can tell a lot of a person by what they watch on TV.  I think you can tell that I'm a geek who can't kick her Grey's Anatomy addiction.



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