I hardly ever watch live TV any more. Why would I, now that I know how much better it can be? ;)
Anyway, so I realize this is a totally subjective subject, but here are the television programs I watch and would recommend, by day of the week:
- Deperate Housewives, which I only started watching last year, but the whole dead body disappearing storyline has me interested enough to keep watching.
- Dexter: A loveable serial killer... who'd a thunk it?
- The Good Wife: Always did love a good law show... LA Law was the main reason I was convinced I would be a lawyer from age 8-18.
- Drop Dead Diva: The premise of the model (Deb) dying and being brought back in a different body (Jane) is pretty funny in itself. The show really cracks me up, and I love how Jane acts all cute and cocky when she scores a point in the courtroom. Can't wait to see if she can get Parker back, who was her fiancé when she was still Deb.
- Covert Affairs: Piper Perabo, who you might remember from Coyote Ugly fame, plays an undercover CIA agent that seriously kicks ass.
- Gossip Girl: OK, I realize I'm a little old for Gossip Girl, but I can't help it. There's still a teenage girl trapped in me somewhere.
- House: I only caught on to this craze a couple of years ago, mainly because the first time I tried to watch it I came upon an episode that started with these people in the most disgusting of places, surrounded by bugs, and ... ewww. I got totally turned off and changed the channel. Little did I know that each episode starts with the scene where the episode's patient get's sick/injured. I tried it again on a day when I was bored, and was pleasantly surprised! This man may be brilliant, but he is a world class jerk, and his jerkiness has just gotten worse this season. While I usually find him amusing, I felt he'd sunk to an all time low when he tried to blackmail a patient a few episodes back.
- Two and a Half Men: While the show just isn't the same without Charlie, what could be dubbed a spin-off is still rather promising. It feels a little like Ashton Kutcher has reprised his role as Kelso, all grown-up and with money, but he is quite funny, and I always liked Kelso. :)
- Weeds: A hilarious comedy-drama that focuses on a family trying to make a living off of selling marijuana.
- Glee: Yes, I'm a Gleek. Deal with it.
- 90210: Yep. Deal with that too.
- Raising Hope: It's a great sitcom that plays at 9:30 on Fox which I don't feel gets enough credit. Red necks at the their very best!
- Ringer: New series this season on the CW with Sarah Jessica Parker. One twin fakes her own death, the other takes over her life. Little does she know the trouble she steps in, her sister having left quite the mess behind. Very interesting, though I don't know how long they will be able to stretch the concept!
- Parenthood: Possibly the best family show on television today. I can't tell you how much I love this show. The cast is comprised of an entire family: the parents, their grown-up children, their spouses and offspring. One of the couples struggle with a son who has Asperger's, it's incredibly well written, and very touching. As an added bonus, there's a star studded cast: Lauren Graham from Gilmour Girls fame, Erika Christensen (Swimfan) and Craig T. Nelson (Coach). I'm still trying to get through at least one episode without tearing up.
- Real Housewives of New York: I know, I know, but it's such a guilty pleasure!!! I love all the money being thrown around, the total lack of class, the backstabbing, all of it. The show was so much better when Bethenny Frankle was on it, she's hilarious. I miss her, but I'm also happy for her that such big things have happened for her, as I felt like we were very similar creatures.
- Survivor: I watched the first couple of seasons, but I got really turned off by all the gross things they'd have to do, or worse, eat, so I stopped watching. I started up again a couple of seasons ago, and they don't do that any more. I love the psychology, watching the people interact, and how low they will stoop. I also really enjoy the scenery from all these exotic places.
- XFactor: What can I say? It's better than American Idol. The editing is really great, the audition shows were so powerful. There is some amazing talent on that stage, and two of them are only 12 and 14. Definitely worth watching. My favourite is Drew Ryniewicz, while she has a terrible stage name, her voice is like that of an Angel. I'd compare her to early Jewel material, you know, before she sold out.
- America's Next Top Model: Kind of like Survivor, but with 12 catty girls, Tyra Banks and fashion. What's not to love?!
- The Middle: Great sitcom with Patricia Heaton, from Everybody loves Raymond fame. A rather poor family trying to get by, the three kids are what make it all come together.
- Modern Family: Another amazing sitcom and family show, I can finally see Ed O'Neil as someone other than Al Bundy!
- XFactor Results: This is where fast forward comes in handy!
- Secret Circle: A new series on The CW about witches, not sure how much I love it, but I'm still watching... for now anyway.
- Big Bang Theory: Best Sitcom Ever. If you aren't watching, start. Now. Seriously, I'm sure you can find somewhere to watch it online. Go. Right now. And then come right back. ;)
- Nikita: It took me a while to accept Nikita as a brunette, but she's grown on me. This one is mostly for the boyfriend, but it's not a bad watch at all. It's always cool to watch a tiny woman kick a big bad guy's ass!
Also worth mentioning: I record Days of Our Lives every day, and have been for the past 25 years (shudder). I also record The View, which I don't always get to watch, but love, especially Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.
Thus ends my confession of a television addict, and TV Guide. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, but I'm not sure how this problem could be solved. How does the saying go? "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" ? That's a splendid idea... anyone have a role for me? ;)
What's your favourite television program? Did I name it here? Tell me what and where, I'll try to catch an episode and see if I like it!