Crashing Another Link Party

So since I started doing the Wednesday Hodgepodge, I discovered Monday Listicles.  I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them.  Once I started clicking on the other links, I discovered there is a whole world out there of random link party topics.  So I’ve now dedicated to a Tuesday list as well, just two weeks and two days late.  I’m joining on week eight, but here are the Tuesday Topics!

The Austin Family Diary

There’s a part of me that likes that I know the next seven weeks ahead of time.  Just in case I get snowed in and need something to do.  You know, like avoiding housework.  Again.

But here’s this week’s list!  Eight TV shows.  Sadly, it was hard to get down to just eight.  So–fair warning–I might cheat a little bit.  But here are the ones that I am currently obsessed with in no particular order.  The only rule I had is that they had to still be showing or awaiting the next season.

  1. Scandal.  Last season I tuned in to watch Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Guillermo Diaz, Josh Malina, and Tony Goldwyn, all brilliant, and got so.freaking.hooked.  Ho.Lee.Cow.  Aside from the fact that Shonda Rhimes has outdone herself again, I am loving every minute of it.  The soapiness.  The drama.  The over the top goodness.  The cliffhangers.  And this season is no different.  ADDICTED!
  2. The Newsroom.  I love Aaron Sorkin.  I have for years.  I’m probably the only person in the world who can quote Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.  And Sports Night.  Love them both.  I had insomnia over New Years, and there was a marathon on HBO so I watched an episode.  Then I watched six more before falling asleep at 6am, and when I woke up at 9am watched the rest of them.  Plus, Dev Patel.  Instant addiction, and now I have to wait for the next season.  Yes, he reuses actors.  Yes, he ripped off his own show (Jeremy/Natalie storyline, painkillers, etc.)  But it was so darn good.  The episode entitled “Amen” where there is an embedded reporter in Egypt who was kidnapped and the anchor paid his release, and then he had his Rudy moment?  I was sobbing.  Again.  (Yes, I do that regularly when watching TV.  And I am doing it now while watching that one scene.  Oye.)  Aside from the total unlikelihood of every individual having a checkbook with them at that particular point in time, it’s still awesome.
  3. Castle.  On Sunday nights, after the 11pm local news, there are old shows of Castle that run in syndication.  This past week was the Halloween episode from the second season, where Castle (Nathan Fillion) dressed up as a space cowboy (aka Captain Mal Reynolds) for Halloween.  Total geek moment for fangirl, here.  Aside from that, it’s a crime procedural that hasn’t grown stale on me yet and I enjoy it.
  4. Top Chef.  I am not a huge reality show lover.  But if it’s a food show?  Chances are I watch it.  This season of Top Chef Seattle has been just as enjoyable as the first, and last night’s surprise elimination had me yelling at the TV.
  5. Grey’s Anatomy.  After eight seasons, my Sunday night girls group still gets together to watch this.  And we cry just about every week.  We watch Private Practice too, but that’s not must-see, that’s just obligation now that they are in the final season.  Plus we like saying Brian Benben.  And we think Taye Diggs make any show worth watching.  Especially when he takes off his shirt.
  6. RevolutionAnother discovery for me this year.  Interesting concept, and it’s fun to watch.  Probably surviving a bit on the Hunger Games crowd, but it’s a darn good show in it’s own right.
  7. Royal Pains.  I was just so glad that Mark Feuerstein got a show that stayed on the air for a decent run (see Conrad Bloom.  Good Morning, Miami.  etc.)
  8. The Big Bang Theory.  Because I relate to the nerdy goodness.  And because the repartee between the four guys is so fantastic.  It is such a quotable show, and “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis” will reign on top along with the “The Shiny Trinket Maneuver” are the top two that I still have on my Tivo just to watch certain scenes over and over and over again.  And for the record, she says “putitonme” seven times.

And because I couldn’t stop at eight, here are two honorable mentions that any day could swap out for one in the top eight:

  1. Face Off.  The best reality competition show on TV.  Amazing.
  2. Parenthood.  I confess.  I first watched because it had Lauren Graham, fresh off the Gilmore Girls run.  And Dax Shepard.  And loved the original 1991 movie.  Two hilariously funny people.  And then it got to me with it’s fantastic portrayal of humans in their best and worst moments.  Choosing the wrong man.  How to handle children.  Growing up.  Teen pregnancy.  Depression.  Menopause.  Cancer.  Infertility.  How to just survive and be heard.  Such a fantastic show.

Okay, and because I can’t bear to have a list of favorite television shows that doesn’t include some others, here are the top eight no-longer-on-the-air shows that I still obsess over.  Still quote.  Still have a show saved in the Tivo.  Still own the entire DVD season.

  1. M*A*S*H.  When I was in college, I didn’t have cable.  This show ran after midnight.  Love love love.  I was home for break, mom had just gotten married, and stepdad knocked on the door to see what I was doing.  I was crying is what I was doing.  Not just crying, sobbing.  Heaving, even.  For I had just watched the episode entitled “Abyssinia, Henry” for the first time.  Such a brilliant show.
  2. Firefly.  This was a hard one to choose for me.  Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngel?  Charmed?  Love them.  Love them all.  But nothing quite compares to this short 13-episode series and subsequent two hour movie.  Would it be as beloved had it gone on more than one season?  Who knows.  But that there are only 13 episodes means it is a small place in my heart.
  3. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.  Because it’s a fast paced intellectual show that has so many sub themes.  Such great actors, such rich thoughts, and a high IQ factor.  And there are two brilliant scenes to share.
  4. Battlestar Galactica.  The reboot of this classic was genius.  So say we all.
  5. Friends.  I watched every.single.episode.  It came on the air right about the time I graduated from college and ran for years.  And it’s one of the few shows that I think got out at the right time.  Unlike Glee, ER, House, and so on, I didn’t start and then get disillusioned before the end.  I kept with this one.  And there are still so many moments that are fabulous.  I still have a half dozen episodes on my Tivo and watch regularly, “The One with the Embryos” being a favorite.
  6. Sports Night.  It’s no coincidence that there is a second show by Aaron Sorkin on this list, and three in total.  The man was a genius.  And the secondary relationship between Jeremy and Natalie was so much fun to watch.
  7. Alias.  The last season wasn’t fantastic, but the series as a whole? Fabulous.  I remember being at my father’s and watching the series two hour premiere, with no commercials.  He even stayed up past 830 to watch more of it.
  8. The Muppets Tonight.  This attempt to revive the original Muppet Show didn’t last that long, but it was just a brilliant in its wit as the original.  And things nowadays just aren’t given the chance to thrive like they should be.  My favorite scene is between the (all-time) favorite Animal and MC Clifford (played by Kevin Clash, better known as the voice of Elmo pre-sex scandal).

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