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[31 Television Shows in the month of August]
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Fresh Prince of Bel-air

Now this is the story all about how,
My life got flipped, turned upside down,
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air.

In West Philadelphia I was born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days.
Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin all cool,
And all shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school.

When a couple of guys who were up to no good,
Started makin’ trouble in my neighborhood.
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared,
And said “You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in bel Air.”

I whistled for a cab, and when it came near,
The license plate said “fresh” and it had dice in the mirror.
If anything I could say that this cat was rare,
But I thought “Nah forget it, Yo home to Bel Air.”

I pulled up to the house about seven or eight,
and I yelled to the cabby “Yo homes, smell ya later.”
Looked at my kingdom, I was finally there,
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air.

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Revenge

From the first preview I saw for Revenge, I was intrigued. I thought it was an excellent concept but I was afraid it would fizzle out in the long term, and wouldn’t be able to continue the suspense and action it promised. Overall, so far, I have continued to be impressed by the level of acting and writing in this series. The suspense for the most part has been kept at a high level, with twists and turns around every corner. I look forward to seeing how this show continues to grow and expand in its second season.

(Also, Nolan Ross is the best thing ever, just sayin’)

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The 4400

I first saw a preview for this USA series at a movie theater. I had no idea it was going to be an actual series, I figured TV movie or mini series, but after the first episode I was hooked. Unfortunately the show was canceled (too soon, imo) but for 4 seasons, I adored it.

I haven’t watched the series in a few years now, but I would love to rewatch it to see if my opinion on it has changed at all.

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The Pretender

I don’t remember how I got into this show, but once I saw it, I was hooked. I love, love, loved The Pretender when I was in middle school. I’m currently rewatching it now, I still love it, but it’s much more 90’s than I remembered it to be. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though.

I love how fast paced, exciting and suspenseful the show can be, but I also love the softer, quieter moments of compassion. I love how smart and clever it can be, while also being heartfelt or heartbreaking. The sense of adventure and self-discovery is in everyone, but no one more than Jarod, and following his journey was a very enjoyable story. My only complaint is the show ended too early (was canceled), and it never had a proper ending. I keep wishing and hoping that someday, magically they will make a tv movie to end it, but as its been around 10 years or so, each day my hope shrinks. It would be amazing though.

This was also the first show I fell in love with after getting the internet. It was the first show I could really fangirl over, and print photos, download sound gifs (because this was pre-youtube days) and I put them all on my floppy discs! It seems like yesterday, but it’s so old school to think about now. I still have those floppy discs, just nothing to play them on. :)

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Lie to Me*

I actually don’t remember why I started watching this show. I’ve always been interested in Non-Verbal Communications, and took some courses on it in college, so maybe that was it? (It also could be Tim Roth, and his accent, I do love him.)

I really enjoyed this show, especially the first season, it was new and fresh and very interesting. As time went on, it became more predictable and repetitive, but in the end I still felt it was interesting and worth viewing. It earns a spot on my list, because I actually learned from the show and I think it made me appreciate how many subtleties the human face is capable of.

Also, the theme song “Brand New Day” is a fantastic song. I was obsessed with it from the first time I heard it on the show, and then I went to a concert and Ryan Star was opening. At the time I had no idea who he was, and then he played “Brand New Day”, and it was love thereafter. Great song, great artist, really nice man, I recommend him and Lie to Me!

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21 Jump Street

While the most notable reason I started watching this series was Johnny Depp, I very much enjoyed it. Tom Hanson’s (Depp) relationship with Doug Penhall (Peter Deluise) is just perfection.  The McQuaid Brothers were easily my favorite storyline/cover story throughout the series. They nailed it every time.
Hanson + Penhall = a wonderful bromance

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation


I can remember watching CSI for the first time when it premiered back in 2000. It wasn’t the first television crime procedural, but in my opinion, it has changed the course of the genre forever. CSI is a staple in American culture and around the world. While I have watched some of the spinoffs and similar shows, nothing will beat the original. I love everything about this show from the cast, to the writing, the cinematography, ect. It’s a fantastic show. 

While I think the show has continued to do well with casting changes. I will always be partial to the original cast. No one can replace Gil Grissom in my heart. He was just too much of a loved character.

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I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie is the first show I remember falling in love with. It was the first show I remember wanting to be a part of. It’s the first show where I aspired to be the actors, and looked up to them. It was the first time I fell in love with a character. It gave me my very first OTP in Jeannie and Major Nelson. I wanted nothing more than for them to be happy together. It’s the first show I remember consuming my life, in a way that only being a member of a fandom can be understood.

I was six (1994), maybe I watched earlier too, but six is when I vividly remember telling stories at school of this magical show, and how beautiful and enchanting Jeannie was. (Barbara Eden too!) It made me believe in so many impossible things, and I don’t think I’ve stopped since. For most kids in my generation, Harry Potter introduced them to a world of possibilities and magic, but for me, that was I Dream of Jeannie.

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The Big Bang Theory

I only got into this show about a year or so ago, but as soon as I started watching, I couldn’t stop. I’m not a huge fan of comedies/sitcoms. I  typically don’t find the humor all that funny, but The Big Bang Theory is most definitely one of the exceptions. The show is smart, funny, dramatic, and all around wonderful.

Sheldon Cooper is the love of my life. Sometimes I forget he isn’t real and I say things like I am going to marry Sheldon Cooper because he’s like a real life Spock… and then I remember they are in fact both fictional. What can you do?

On top of the amazing writing, and plot is a stellar cast that I could rave about forever. I truly love them all.

(Also, Wil Wheaton.)

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Torchwood

Being honest, when I read the show descriptions for Torchwood and Doctor Who (prior to watching anything from either of them), Torchwood seemed more interesting to me. (Based on basic synopsis alone vs. my personal taste). To me Doctor Who seemed cheesy and campy and no better than Star Trek (I love ST so that is not a put down, I just didn’t think I wanted two shows like that.) At first I didn’t even realize Torchwood was a Doctor Who spinoff, but obviously, if you look passed the basic synopsis of the show, it’s kind of unavoidable.

Torchwood is the reason I gave Doctor Who a chance. I had planned to give Doctor Who 2 seasons before starting Torchwood, but I fell in love with The Doctor and watched all six seasons, before touching Torchwood.

I also fell in love with Captain Jack immediately (in Doctor Who) and couldn’t imagine how Torchwood could be anything less than perfect for me. I did really enjoy the show, and thought it was very smart and had many excellent moments. However, it didn’t live up to my expectations, probably because they became very high after watching Doctor Who. I hope there is a new season sometime in the future for us. The ending of Miracle Day left me very interested in what could come next.

(I must admit that despite my original prejudgements, Doctor Who ended up being the show I liked more. Especially with Nine and Ten, they were everything I needed them to be, and I am so glad I gave the show a chance. The Doctor even beats Spock, and I love Spock.)

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Hawaii Five-0

I have never seen the original Hawaii Five-0, so I can’t say how this show compares, but I absolutely love the current version of the series. H50 is one of my “post-Lost” shows. (I know, quite a few shows on this list are a response to Lost.) I first followed Daniel Dae Kim over, and then found out that Alex O'Laughlin was starring in the series and instantly was hooked. I’ve loved Alex since Moonlight, another CBS drama, which was cancelled too early. Add in Masi Oka, whom I have been absolutely in love with since Heroes, the cast became a collection of some of my favorites from all over television. (oh, there was John Locke/Terry O'Quinn too as a reoccurring guest star)

Season two brought Lauren German who was fabulous, and I was so sad to see her go. I really hope one day she comes back. I adore her as well.

Aside from the cast, their characters are exciting and interesting. Most of the stories are adventurous and action packed. While not all are the most fascinating and unpredictable, I find this is true with most shows. I like the mix of episodic and serialized story arcs.

Overall, an enjoyable series, with a wonderful cast.

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Charmed

I’ll be honest, while this show has made the list of my favorite 31 shows, I’ve never seen the last couple seasons. I really liked the earlier ones, but the later ones got too crazy, and too far away from what I loved about the show. I think I watched the first six seasons in their entirety.

I started watching when season four aired, and then I went back and watched the first three. I loved all four sisters. I definitely missed Prue (Shannen Doherty) but I did really like Paige (Rose McGowen) a lot. Rose McGowen is actually the reason I started watching the show. I just loved the relationships between the sisters and then the magical aspects as well.

I also adored Cole Turner (Julian McMahon). I loved his tortured back and forth storyline. It was one of the aspects that kept me watching. I loved watching him die and find out how they’d bring him back the next time… Although I was completely upset each time, and the last time, I didn’t want to believe it was for real. Cole Turner and Phoebe Halliwell are one of my favorite TV couples.

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Lost

My suite mates at college were obsessed with Lost. We had an entire wall made up of Lost magazine cuttings and photos. I had never seen the show before, so I would walk by the wall curiously, but didn’t do anything about it. A week before season four premiered, ABC was replying season three. I happened to sit down and watch the season three finale with everyone and was instantly hooked. I then proceeded to watch the first three seasons over the course of the next week (while attending classes full time) so I would be caught up before the season four premiere. I don’t think I sleep that week at all, but I do not regret a moment of it.

Lost is one of my favorite television shows of all time. Of the shows that comprise this list, there are only a handful that I would pull out as favorites of all time. Lost is definitely on the top of that list. I have seen each season probably a dozen times each. The first few, even more. (And any Desmond centric episode even more yet.)

Lost is incredible. If you have never watched it, I more than strongly recommend it. It’s brilliant in every way.

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**Blog Note: I know I missed a day yesterday, I’ll probably just double up one day to make up, or just cut the list to 30 shows.

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Heroes

What to say about Heroes…. I started watching with the first season, which I absolutely loved. I loved the plot. I loved the characters. I loved the actors. I loved the cinematography. Season one of Heroes has always, and will always be my favorite. Unfortunately, season two took place during the writers strike, and it became a casualty of the strike imo. There are a few points in season two that I look back on and I don’t hate, but as a whole, it is my least favorite season. If Maya and Alejandro had not been characters, perhaps the rest of the season would have not been so bad, but with them, especially Maya, I couldn’t take it. Season three and four had their good and bad.

Heroes is the one show that I kept watching even when I found the plot to be undesired and at times awful. While the overarching stories and the episode specific plot always left me unsatisfied, what kept me watching were the characters. Heroes has an amazing cast of talented actors, who are fantastic at bringing such life to these characters, that I watched what I felt was bad storylines, because I loved the characters that much.

I pretty much have loved all the characters at one point or another (aside from Maya and Alejandro), other than them, I can’t think of anyone else I hated, off the top of my head. Claire did get annoying in the later seasons when she became so central, but it was still tolerable.

While many of the characters are great, in my opinion, Gabriel Gray aka Sylar, is by far one of the most dimensional, fascinating characters of the series. Furthermore, I truly believe he is one of the greatest characters in modern television. To me, his story showed that even good people can become evil and hunger for power. I believe it’s human nature to want more, to never stop searching for something, to crave power… I think most people are able to carry on with their lives without it, but I do believe there are so many people who if given the chance (and the right circumstances) would become corrupt like Sylar. His story has always been exciting for me, because I never saw him as entirely evil or entirely good. At any point in his story you could see a glimmer of the other, while it struggled. To me, that dynamic and shifting personality was key to the overall survival of the series. I think many people tuned in to watch what would happen to Sylar. In the end, I loved his storyline in the final episodes. I thought it was a perfect end for our favorite flawed hero. Needless to say, Zachary Quinto had a lot to do with turning this character into such a beloved icon. He has since become one of my favorite actors. He is amazing, and extremely talented.

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Fringe

Fringe is one of many shows I began wataching in the hopes that it could replace the hole in my life left when Lost ended (although in this case it was in preparation for Lost’s ending because I’ve been watching Fringe since the Pilot)

Of all the shows I’ve given a chance to over the years, Fringe has come the closest to filling that hole. Maybe because its another JJ Abrams drama, or maybe the show is good enough to stand on its own. Either way, I adore Fringe. Although the show is part of my 31 favorite shows, it is easily in the top five.

I love the cast. I love the characters. I love the relationships. I love the suspense, the drama, the action. Mostly I love the science and imagination behind the series. I don’t find the show hard to believe. The story is written so well that I want to believe that they actually can do everything they can. I love the creativity and genius of the show. It’s simply brilliant.

I highly recommend Fringe.

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How I Met Your Mother

I have to admit that I didn’t grow up watching Doogie Howser. I knew who NPH was, but I had never actually seen him in anything. I was aware of HIMYM and had heard good things about it, but as I am not a fan of comedies or sitcoms, I never gave it a chance. It wasn’t until I saw Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and fell in love with NPH in that, that I started looking at his other work, and then gave HIMYM a proper chance.

I ended up falling in love with the series as a whole, not just for NPH (although who doesn’t love Barney). I adore each of the five main characters and have loved watching their relationships grow and change over the seasons. While I love Lily and Marshall together, the other relationships on the show are so frustrating for me. In the 20 minutes of the pilot episode, I had already fallen in love with Ted and Robin, only to discover at the end of the episode, that they could never properly be together. I thought perhaps one day I would stop shipping them, but the show doesn’t make it easy. Even now, with everything else happening, I still ship Ted and Robin.

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Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo has been one of my favorite series throughout my entire life. I have watched some of every incarnation of it, but my three standout favorites are the classic: Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Mystery Incorporated.

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House

House is one of the few shows I watched on and off again, before committing to it fully. While I did watch every season in order once, House isn’t really the kind of show I would be interested in doing that again. There are some serialized story arcs, but in general the show is mostly episodic. I love watching reruns on television, whenever they’re on and I have nothing better to do.

The medicine was obviously an interesting factor. I loved that it was unlike other medical shows and each week was a new, strange disease rather than the same old routine illnesses and surgeries. It was fascinating to learn how many different things could kill me, that I had not ever knew existed before... not a show for hypochondriacs.

Outside of the medical storlines, I loved the character. Each time I was attached to a team, I didn’t want it to change, but for the most part, I have enjoyed everyone who was ever a part of House’s team. Although, my two favorites are Chase and Thirteen.

Mostly, I loved House, and his relationship with Wilson. Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard do such an amazing job at creating this dynamic bromance.

(Side note: I will never get over the fact that House is the father from Stuart Little. I just can’t.)