I love watching T.V. and this summer I’ve watched so many episodes of Law & Order: SVU, American Ninja Warrior, America’s Got Talent, Zoo, and Rookie Blue that my head is spinning from all the different story lines that I have to follow for a drawn out period. All of these are great shows and I definitely recommend them. They have me thinking about the shows that I wouldn’t want to live without. Making this list was surprisingly hard; there are so many great shows out there but these are my top favorites.
1. Gilmore Girls. Literally, my all time favorite show. I own every season on DVD and have seen every episode at least 4 times(probably much, much more than that, though). This show has taught me about so much, everything from love and wallowing to sass and commitment. Whether love is right, when love is not enough, or too much the Gilmore Girls went through it. On those dreaded days where love isn’t enough or absent, we were taught how to wallow; ice cream, pizza, movies and lots and lots of tears. Lorelei is the queen of sass and smart, funny comebacks. Like every lesson, if you see it often enough you start to pick it up. Commitment and perseverance, the Gilmore Girls are a prime examples of how to go for what you want and get it. We see Rory grow up from 16 – 23(ish), Lorelei in her thirties, and Rory’s grandparents are of an older generation, so the show is relate-able at nearly every age. I’m only 19 and I’ve learned so much from this show already. Besides those reasons, the show is also incredibly well-written and funny!
Favorite Quote: “We’re almost there, but nowhere near it. All that matters is that we’re going.”
2. M*A*S*H. The last episode of this series aired a few years before my parents got married, so it really predates me. With 11 seasons, I haven’t seen every episode but I definitely want to. I don’t remember the first time I saw this show, but I grew up with my dad watching it and I have many memories of seeing Hawkeye Pierce in his red robe. As I got older, I started paying more attention to the show and realized that this show is insanely funny and never gets boring. Even now, I watch this show with my parents at night and find myself captivated.
Favorite Quote: “Did anyone ever tell you, you have the voice of a songbird slowly drowning in tar?”
3. Scrubs. Before my first year of college, I would see this show on TV while flipping through the channels but had never watched it. Commercials for the show made it seem really stupid so I never felt compelled to watch it. This show can definitely be stupid, but while it’s being stupid it’s also really funny. The last season was almost a complete fail, but the rest of it was completely binge-worthy and is my go-to show when I was really anxious.
Favorite Quotes: “I just wanted to help people. The hardest part is how quickly you have to move on.”
4. BONES. My sister used to watch this show and I would freak out because I thought it was really scary. I used to beg her to change the channel. She makes fun of me about this now because I’ve become addicted to it. Like Gilmore Girls, and Scrubs I’ve seen every episode and even own the first two seasons on DVD. BONES is also a smart, funny show and showcases the science side of murder investigations which don’t often get shown. The cast also has a lot of chemistry that makes it really fun to watch.
Favorite Quotes: “Two plus two equals four. I put sugar in my coffee and it tastes sweet. The sun comes up because the world turns. These things are beautiful to me. There are mysteries I will never understand, but everywhere I look, I see proof that for every effect, there is a corresponding cause…even if I can’t see it. I find that reassuring.”
5. Criminal Minds. This show made me really want to study psychology and become a FBI agent. I didn’t end up studying psychology in school but it’s something I still daydream about. I’ve loved pretty much every character on this show but Dr. Spencer Reid and Penelope Garcia are my favorite characters.
Favorite Quotes: “Sometimes for an artist, the only difference between insanity and genius is success. “
Which show would you not want to live without? Let’s discuss!