Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Midseason

Okay! I have made a huge dent in my catch-up queue. And I’ve made an executive decision to hold off on watching the new season of Shameless until I do my full series re-watch later this year (not that you care, but there was just so much negativity surrounding last season and going into this season that it’s actually affecting my enjoyment of the show, so I’m choosing to wait until that all dies down in the off-season). So I’m starting to feel like my watch schedule is back to manageable. Which is good since we’re going into the Midseason, which of course means lots of returning favorites and bran new gems to discover.

I know this is supposed to be a Top TEN Tuesday, but Midseason isn’t quite as big as the Fall. So I’ve only got eight this time. I’m sure you’ll forgive me…

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Top Ten Tuesday: a Friendly Thanksgiving

When I think about holiday episodes, I tend to think about Christmas. It’s Christmas where shows tend to go all out with big themed episodes and over the top guest stars and grand Christmas miracles. They’re a good way to cap the end of the first half of a season (of Broadcast television anyway) and send leave you with good tidings, good feelings, and maybe a cliff hanger or two. I know that with the way networks are changing up their lineups – more shows that have limited seasons, more shows that are split into two mini seasons, etc. – mid-season finales are coming earlier in the season and so the Christmas episode may be going a bit by the wayside, but it’s certainly not gone yet.

I always found Friends to be such an anomaly – airing during what is probably the heyday for big very special Christmas episodes – because of how minimally they dealt with Christmas. I mean, yeah, occasionally you got episodes like the one where Ross dressed up like the Holiday Armadillo, but more often than not Christmas was an after thought. Hell, the Season 9 Christmas episode was a clip show. Instead, Friends‘ big holiday was Thanksgiving.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 New Series

Oh my gosh, guys. Tonight’s the night! Tonight with The Mindy Project and The Bastard Executioner, I am officially kicking off the 2015 Fall Season. And I’m so excited!!

I know that some people have already started. Mindy came out early this morning, I think, and some of you are East Coast Time and are watching The Bastard as we speak. Not to mention, I guess some people may have even started last night with a little Dancing With the Stars. Well, whatever you start the season off with, it’s here and I’m pumped.

It may be down to the wire, but here’s my list of the top ten new shows of the fall, counting down to the one I’m most excited for.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Friends Episodes

Now, I don’t know about you, but Friends is and probably always will be one of my all-time favorite shows. I’m pretty sure it was the first show I ever watched in its entirety (though I didn’t start watching it live until I was a high-schooler during Season Eight), and even though it’s been over 20 years since its pilot first aired it’s still a show I constantly quote and make reference to. It’s a classic in every sense of the word. Sure, it’s getting to the point where early seasons are certainly a little dated (wow the 90s were an odd time for clothes), and as I’m getting older certain aspects of Joey’s character especially is losing a bit of its charm, but it’s like the best kind of comfort food. Whenever I go back and re-watch the series, even its worst seasons (Season Seven) keep me happy and entertained.

Speaking of re-watching, I just finished my re-watch the other day. And even now, almost 11 years later, I still get a little bummed during that last episode. It was time to end it, and they ended it well with all of the friends in transition to bigger and better things, but I wanted more. I’ll always want more. However, since I don’t see that happening any time soon (nor, if I’m being honest, do I really think any kind of reunion movie or what have you would actually be all that satisfying), I’m content to keep returning to what I loved. So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re going to look back at the ten best episodes of Friends – one episode chosen from each season.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Emmy Noms

emmy-awards-imageOn Thursday, Emmy nominations come out. The Emmy’s are always a fun time for me; they’re a time to look back and think about what really worked on television the previous year, what made me laugh, what made me cry, what made me think and feel and rage. They’re a time for me to roll my eyes as that one show that I’ve never managed to get on board with gets nominated again. And they’re a time for me to scratch my head at some of the more questionable “comedy” entries.

I don’t think the Emmy Awards are necessarily the be all, end all of television accolades. For sure there’s a good amount of politics and campaigning and repeats. I, for one, have always felt that – since unlike any other award, shows and people are being nominated and awarded for the same project or character over and over again – there should b a gap year from winners. Like, if Modern Family wins one year, they should automatically be ineligible the next. Just to spread things around a bit. But I guess that would never happen.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Faces, New Friends

I suppose that since it’s June 2nd and the last of my shows aired their season (and quite possibly series) finale last night, it’s officially time to say the season’s over. Some people may like to tack on the summer to the end of their television year, but I like to follow the Emmy’s calendar (seeing as we share a name and all). So, for the next few weeks I’m going to be spending my Tuesdays looking back over the season and bringing you my thoughts on certain stand-outs from the past year.

Today, we’re starting with my favorite new characters. These are the people who have stuck with me, mostly for good reasons, but a few for being deliciously not so good. They’re the new people I’m itching to get back to now that the season’s over, the people whose stories I need more of. Probably not surprisingly, most of these new characters come from bran new shows, but there are a few newcomers to some well established shows as well.

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Top Ten Tuesday: the Long Goodbye

Well this is definitely the roughest going for any post I’ve written so far. Let me tell you, finding and watching all these clips? I’ve been weeping steadily since about the third one. You’re welcome.

I think I’m in the minority when it comes to tv characters dying. And by that I mean I’m not often all that outraged by it. There are certainly characters that I have and will mourn, but I’m not throwing in the towel if my favorite bites it. And I’m not one to find death a cop out for the writers – I’ll leave it to others to think up crazy ways to write off their favs. Death happens to every one of us. It’s how all our stories will end. And it almost never gives us a clean wrap-up.

So I get that people are up in arms right now about Derek Shepherd’s last episode. But I’m not one of them.

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