New Years Resolutions

Uh…hello. It’s been…well, a while since I posted. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but my Autumn plans kind of fell apart. And then the holidays came, and I just ended up going on a somewhat unexpected hiatus. No real reason other than I was just busy with other things. But tomorrow is New Years and it’s that time of year to take stock in what you’re doing, figure out what’s important and what’s not, and make plans.

I love making plans.

I just tend to be terrible at following them.

But in the spirit of New Years, I’m making the decision that I like this little blog of mine. I like watching my shows and thinking about them and writing about them. And so I’m going to make some effort in the coming year to make it more of a priority and not something that so easily gets shoved aside for other things.

With that in mind, it’s time for me to make some television plans for the new year: 10 shows that I’m going to watch. Some are shows I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never seen (Breaking Bad, anyone?), some are shows I quit before but want to give a second chance, and some are old favorites that need a re-watch.

  1. Grey’s Anatomy
    I stopped watching Grey’s sometime during Season 9 I think. The last episode I saw was the alternate universe one where Meredith was engaged to Alex and best friends with April. At least, I think that’s what was happening. I didn’t rage quit or anything, just other shows took priority and all of a sudden I was a season behind. And then another season behind. And then another. So for the last few months, I’ve been slowly but surely making my way through the series. I’m hoping to be all caught up by the time the second half of the current season starts.
  2. That 70s Show
    For the most part this is a re-watch. I’ve seen up through the second to last season. I could just never get on board with the show without Eric. I mean…isn’t it weird that they still all hang out in his basement? I’ve already started the re-watch and have made it almost through Season 2. Maybe this time I’ll make it to the end.
  3. The Affair
    I’ve watched the first…four (?) episodes I think, and I’m totally fascinated by both the he said/she said aspect of the storytelling as well as the total change between these people in the story their telling and the people they’ve become. I had wanted to catch before Season 2 started, but didn’t make it. Now I’m just doing my best to keep myself spoiler free.
  4. Pretty Little Liars
    Oh my God, you guys, we finally know who A is! I know the show is far from over and new baddies and secrets are coming our way in the five year time jump (who else is devastated about Caleb and Hanna’s breakup?), but I’m feeling a need to go back to the beginning.
  5. Mad Men
    I watched the first season and found it so incredibly boring. I wanted to like this show so much. It got such acclaim, I love John Hamm, I was so into the aesthetic, but story wise I just found it so dull. But it’s been a few years since I watched and I want to give it another try. But if I get through Season 1 and still find it dull, I’m just going to have to cut my losses.
  6. Sense8
    I’m not 100% sure I’m going to like this (I have a complicated relationship with science fiction) but I’m determined to try. My sister loved it, tumblr loved it. Maybe I’ll love it.
  7. Boy Meets World
    I’m a 90s child. This is one of my all-time favorite shows. It’s always time to re-watch it.
  8. Gotham
    I actually did watch the first half of the first season. And I liked parts of it, but I had some real issues with it. Mainly…I struggle with the total bleakness of it. Batman isn’t going to appear in Gotham for years. So there’s really no hero who’s going to be taking down the bad guys. And on the flip-side, since Gotham’s already a pit of despair, there’s no shining hero for the baddies to overcome. It’s just stagnant bleakness. But this season – especially the stuff with the Joker – has just seemed so intense and interesting that I want to give it another shot.
  9. Breaking Bad
    Okay, let be real about this. I actually did watch the first three episodes of Breaking Bad. And I hated it. So this isn’t totally me watching it for the first time. But I’m going to go into like it is. Because I watched it with the wrong assumptions. See, when I started watching, all I had seen by way of advertising was it’s original print campaign which was just photos of Bryan Cranston standing outside an exploding trailer in his tighty-whities. Bryan Cranston of Malcolm in the Middle fame. I kind of expected this show to be funny. Like darkly funny, but still funny. It is NOT the black comedy I was expecting. So now that it’s several years later and I’m in the right frame of mind, maybe it’ll go better this time around.
  10. Shameless
    I watched the first four seasons in basically one four day sitting. And then when Season 5 came out, I stored it up and did the same thing. I’m thinking after the end of Season 6 (which better have some surprise Mickey in it – Mickey Milkovich is everything) I should maybe watch this show at a normal pace. Savor it a bit.

Well, those are my 2016 shows. I’ve got them mapped out on my calendar to help keep my on track. And I’m sure you’ll get to hear all about my progress (or failures). What’s everyone else watching in the New Year?

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