Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is to pick a TV-themed topic. So, I’m choosing to do my top 10 favorite TV shows, at the moment. From the list you’re going to be able to tell that I haven’t been watching a whole lot of new stuff lately.
Series Run: 9 seasons, plus 2 movies and a revival
Originally Aired: 1993 – 2002, 2016
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror-lite
Favorite Character: Dana Scully
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) Beyond the Sea; (2) Ice; (3) Die Hand Die Verletzt; (4) Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’; (5) Detour
I binged hardcore on The X-Files in 2015. For the most part, the show has held up spectacularly well. Sure, there’s some technology focused episodes that are ridiculous/cringe-worthy but the rest is pretty solid.
Where the Show Lost Me: Middle of season 7. This is one of those shows that dragged on too long. The overarching mythology started to get too crazy for me in season 6 but I manged to hold on for a little while longer before giving up. I did, however, watch the short revival that aired last year.
Series Run: 0.5 seasons, plus 1 movie
Originally Aired: 2003 – 2004
Genre: Sci-Fi, Space Western
Favorite Character: Zoë Washburne
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) The Train Job; (2) Out of Gas; (3) Our Mrs. Reynolds; (4) Jaynestown; (5) War Stories
For only having 14 episodes, Firefly has a major cult following. I wasn’t among those who watched it as it aired on TV, since I was still a little too young to get into it. Plus, my love of sci-fi didn’t develop until about six years ago.
Where the Show Lost Me: Serenity. Okay, okay. I still kind of love the movie since it offers nice closure to some things Firefly never had the opportunity to conclude. But I still like to pretend certain things didn’t happen.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Series Run: 7 seasons
Originally Aired: 1997 – 2003
Genre: Fantasy, Horror-lite
Favorite Character: Willow Rosenberg
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) Hush; (2) The Gift; (3) Beauty and the Beasts; (4) Fear Itself; (5) Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Buffy was probably the first show I got super obsessed with. I started watching in junior high and forced my mom to endure watching it every week as new episodes aired. Even though my favorite episodes above don’t really reflect it, season 2 and 3 are my favorites. I think the overarching plots are great in those two seasons….even though season 5’s was excellent too.
Where the Show Lost Me: Season 6. “The Gift” was such an excellent end to Buffy’s story that I hated to see the show get picked-up by another station. There were some good one-off episodes in season 6, but overall the tone was pretty depressing and I just didn’t like the direction it was taking.
The Addams Family
Series Run: 2 seasons
Originally Aired: 1964 – 1966
Favorite Character: Gomez Addams
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) Green-Eyed Gomez; (2) The New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family; (3) Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family; (4) Amnesia in the Addams Family; (5) Morticia, the Decorator
This is such a comfort show to me. It’s down-right charming and a great mood lifter. I really love the dynamics between Morticia and Gomez. It’s my favorite part of watching this one.
Where the Show Lost Me: It didn’t. This is just a fluffy fun show that didn’t suffer from being dragged on too long.
Series Run: 9 seasons
Originally Aired: 1988 – 1997
Favorite Character: Darlene Conner
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) Brain-Dead Poets Society ; (2) We Gather Together; (3) Wait till Your Father Gets Home ; (4) A Stash from the Past; (5) Chicken Hearts
I grew up with this show. I remember my parents watching it every week and while I was way to young to get most of the jokes. When I got a little older, I started watching it on Nick at Nite and got really into it. It’s one of the shows that stays consistently on my favorites list.
Where the Show Lost Me: Season 9. I think most fans would agree that Roseanne got horrible when the family won the lottery. Despite this, the series finale is really fantastic.
Series Run: 11 seasons
Originally Aired: 1993 – 2004
Favorite Character: Niles Crane
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) You Scratch My Book ; (2) Head Game; (3) An Affair to Forget; (4) Voyage of the Damned; (5) The Show Where Diane Comes Back
Holy cow there are a ton of seasons to this show. I’m only up to season 6 so far, but still really enjoying it. Let’s be honest though. I’m watching it for Niles, Roz and Martin, not so much Frasier.
Where the Show Lost Me: It hasn’t lost me yet, since I’m still working my way through the seasons. With 11 seasons though, I’m waiting for the shark jumping moment.
Spaced is the first show on this list where I found picking a favorite character to be difficult. Honestly, I love the whole ensemble. If you were alive in the 90’s, I think you’ll find something to enjoy about this sitcom. Especially if you’re a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Where the Show Lost Me: Never did. Both seasons are really great.
Series Run: 4 seasons
Originally Aired: 2006 – 2010
Favorite Character: Sylar
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) Seven Minutes to Midnight ; (2) Homecoming ; (3) Distractions; (4) .07%; (5) How to Stop an Exploding Man
It’s kind of hard to choose five favorite episodes since Heroes basically watches like one long movie.
Where the Show Lost Me: Season 2. Yup, this one lost me quick.
Series Run: 5 seasons, plus a movie
Originally Aired: 1994 – 2004
Favorite Character: Helga Pataki
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) Stoop Kid ; (2) False Alarm ; (3) Curly Snaps; (4) Eugene’s Birthday; (5) Helga’s Parrot
I watch a lot of cartoons. So, I felt the need to include a couple of the ones I watch on this list. Hey Arnold is here because of some heavy nostalgia. It’s a cute cartoon that I still occasionally watch when I’m looking for something light.
Where the Show Lost Me: It didn’t really. There’s some episodes I like better than others, but for the most part I enjoyed all the seasons.
Series Run: 2 seasons
Originally Aired: 2012 – 2016
Favorite Character: Mabel Pines
Top 5 Favorite Episodes: (1) Summerween ; (2) Bottomless Pit ; (3) Sock Opera; (4) Soos and the Real Girl; (5) Fight Fighters
I love quirky cartoons and this one is fabulous. Lots of fun and subtle callback to 80’s/90’s things throughout the series.
Where the Show Lost Me: Never did.