Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. There is a new subject each week and this week's theme is "Top Ten Favorite TV Shows".

Gilmore Girls

My favorite show of all time, this is a smart and funny show with a great mother-daughter relationship at its center as well as the complicated relationship between Lorelai and her own parents. Of course I also loved the secondary characters and the romance between Lorelai and Luke. I'm so glad we get to see some more episodes this fall!

Downton Abbey

I am still mourning the loss of Downton Abbey. While I know it couldn't be on forever, I wish we'd had a few more seasons, maybe through the rest of the 20s. Now I'm left worrying about what happened to them during the stock market crash and recession and if George survived WWII. Who knows, maybe like Upstairs Downstairs we'll get to find out what happens to them later on.


I didn't really become a fan of Friends till it was nearly over. I wasn't allowed to watch it when I was a teen and I didn't keep up with it in college so I mostly caught up through reruns. I still enjoy watching old episodes even though I know what happens. So glad it's on Netflix!

Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances was already off the air when I started watching it. My parents love it too. Something about that British sense of humor and seeing Hyacinth's failed attempts at social climbing makes me laugh. I guess that the BBC just showed a special called Young Hyacinth. I hope they'll show it here eventually. Of course it won't be the same without Patricia Routledge and the original cast.


This comedy series reminds me of Keeping Up Appearances. Frasier and Niles act pretty posh and like to put on airs though their lovable dad is very down-to-earth. I still enjoy watching reruns and have some favorite episodes I watch every year like Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz and The Seal Who Came to Dinner. Makes me laugh every time :)

Jane the Virgin

This is a dramedy I'd recommend to fans of Gilmore Girls. When I first heard of this show (without knowing what it was about), I had no interest in watching it. That's until I read some glowing reviews after the first episode aired. I started watching and I was hooked. I love the close relationship between Jane, her mom and her grandmother. I enjoy the over the top references to telenovelas (Jane the Virgin is based on one) and Jaime Camil as telenovela star Rogelio (also Jane's dad). And of course I love Jane's sweet love interest, Michael. #TeamMichael

The Flash

As a (maybe former) fan of Arrow, I decided to give The Flash a try though I wasn't sure I'd like it. I am so glad I did! I actually prefer The Flash to Arrow which can be too grim or slow moving ;) The Flash has a lot of humor and a lighter tone, especially the first season. I am curious to see how things will change in season 3. Unlike Arrow, I really like the characters and character development too.

Game of Thrones

I really enjoyed this latest season and can't wait to see what happens next. 

Once Upon a Time

Admittedly I didn't watch the last half of the most recent season (though I plan to). My favorite season is still the first and I have lost some of my love for the show but it is great characters like Regina (the Evil Queen) that keep me watching (as opposed to  the very boring Snow White and her prince). I'm hoping this next season will be better as it is supposed to be more focused on Regina.

The Great British Bake-Off

Here in the U.S., it's called The Great British Baking Show and they've only shown 3 seasons on PBS but I am addicted. I even got my mom to watch the first season on Netflix. Unlike American cooking and baking shows, the contestants are really nice to each other and help each other out. Even the judges are nicer (though critical too). Plus they show all kinds of unusual desserts and you get to learn British baking terms. 


  1. Jane the Virgin and The Great British Bake Off are two shows I just got into this past winter--love them! I also really love Friends and own many of the seasons on DVD. Downton, of course, is also one of my favorites! So is GoT...can't wait to see what happens next as well! Great list, Christina!

  2. The Great British Bake-Off is so much fun to watch! The way the contestants try their hardest, but are not jerks to the others and how Mary and Paul are not mean-critical, simply critical, but still respectful to the contestants is something I've never seen in shows like this before. I also love to see them working on all kinds special cakes and stuff from around the world.

    Great list! :)

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  3. Keeping Up Appearances is a riot! And I totally agree about the Flash. I had the same experience, first encountered him on Arrow, started watching his series and now I like it way more than Arrow (I think I'm over Arrow. It was one of the first shows I binged when I got Netflix, but after watching some of the MArvel Netflix stuff Arrow suffers by comparison). I still like Flash though...

    Game of Thrones has always been iffy for me as a show but I think this past season is the one I enjoyed the most.

  4. I have a couple of the shows on your list on my list to watch like Gilmore Girls, Jane The Virgin and The Flash. I've heard good things about them but I just haven't gotten around to them. Would you recommend Jane The Virgin or Gilmore Girls first?

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  5. I love The Great British Bakeoff! Just like you say everyone's just so nice. It's really refreshing! Once Upon a Time is on my To Watch list. I love the idea of the fairy tale/modern day mix.

  6. I watch little TV so I'm rather lost this week, but I've at least seen many of those on your list. I even saw an episode of The Flash being filmed right outside my son's patio if Vancouver, after which I started watching the show. My TTT.


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