So I watch a lot of TV. A lot of it is done in binges (as is all the rage these days), and others I can’t miss (or try not to miss) on the actual day it airs.
If you’re into watching network TV like I am, here are my list of favorites, ranked by how much I don’t want to miss it.
1. Parenthood – I LOVE this show. The Bravermans seem like the “realest” family on TV. Between featuring real life issues such as cancer, divorce, domestic abuse, and autism, to name a few, as well as the smart and well-timed dialogue, not to mention the awesome soundtrack…it’s my favorite. Plus with Lauren Graham (Lorelai on Gilmore Girls) as Sarah Braverman and Dax Shepard as Crosby Braverman, the cast is just fantastic and they just feel like real family. I’m sad that this is their Farewell Season. If you haven’t watched Parenthood you can binge-watch to your heart’s content on Netflix! Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.
2. Once Upon a Time – I LOVE this show, too. It’s such a cool spin on the fairy tales that we all know and love. I’m interested to see what happens next. I have to give it to the writers of the show for carefully weaving all these stories together and having it play out through the season. By the end of each and every episode, I’m hungry for the next. This is another show that if you have never seen it before you can binge-watch on Netflix as well. I highly recommend it. It’s one of those shows that you have to pay attention to to make sure you get to know the characters, their stories, and their struggles. Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.
3. Revenge – This show. It’s totally a guilty pleasure. It’s exactly as the name suggests, about revenge. The story centers on Amanda Clarke/Emily Thorne played by Emily VanCamp (of Everwood and Brothers & Sisters) exacting revenge on the Grayson family who framed her father for channeling money to terrorists that brought down a commercial airline flight, sending him to prison, and later killed. She assumes the identity of Emily Thorne to wreak havoc on the Graysons. It’s juicy, twisted, and filled to the brim with revenge. It’s good. You can also find this series on Netflix. Revenge airs on Sundays at 10/9c on ABC.
4. Scandal – But seriously, who doesn’t love Olivia Pope? She is smart, sharp, and will fix any situation. It’s like she’s one part detective, one part lawyer, and one part public relations specialist…it’s about right. Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a Washington DC based fixer for politicians and celebrities. She can seemingly fix any bad press. Oh then there’s the part with the affair with the President, which makes me want to shake her for bad choices. It’s a fun, guilty pleasure show for sure. You can also catch Scandal on Netflix to catch up for the premiere! Scandal airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.
5. Criminal Minds – This is another show that I can watch all the time. It’s basically a show about the BAU – Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, chasing serials killers (primarily) and building profiles to figure who they are and stop them before they commit another crime. I didn’t start watching this show until it was on reruns on A&E on cable, and I still usually end up catching episodes on-demand, but I’m glad I did. I think profiling people is fascinating. This show is FINALLY available on Netflix, too. Criminal Minds airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.
6. Law & Order: SVU – This is the other show that I can watch all the time, even if I’ve seen the episode before. Law & Order: SVU is going into its 16th season this Fall. It follows Detective now Sergeant Olivia Benson as she works to solve various Special Victims cases. I don’t even know what it is about this show that sucks me in every time. My sister can’t stand the sound effects between scenes (if you’ve watched you know what I’m talking about), but it doesn’t bother me. I usually catch Law & Order: SVU on Hulu Plus, where you can catch up on all 15 seasons. Law & Order: SVU airs on Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
7. Big Bang Theory – These nerds are my favorite. I could watch the Big Bang Theory all the time. Half the time I don’t understand most of the scientific things they are talking about, but after reading up on the show and interviews with cast members, I found that all of the scientific topics are real and accurate. Crazy. It’s the best way to pass a half hour with Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard. Big Bang Theory has moved back to Mondays at 8/7c on CBS. While it’s not available on Netflix or Hulu Plus, Big Bang Theory is syndicated and is on most days on TBS.
8. Two Broke Girls – These are my favorite diner waitresses turned baking entrepreneurs on television. The show features Max, a street smart high school dropout, and Caroline, a formerly rich, privileged business school graduate who lost all her money due to her father getting caught at the top of a Ponzi scheme. Max and Caroline become roommates, work at a diner, and thus are the Two Broke Girls. This show is written by Whitney Cummings who has super quick wit and sassy and sarcastic sense of humor. I think I find this show especially funny because some of things that Max will say are things that I might say. I really hope that they pick this show up n syndication so that I can watch more past episodes. It’s not currently available with full episodes that I know of, but Two Broke Girls will air Mondays at 8/7c when Big Bang Theory moves back to Thursday…after the Football season…I think?
9. New Girl – Oh Zooey Deschanel and your quirky brand of humor. I think it’s why this show works, that and she’s outnumbered by her male roommates who are all a mess in their own special ways. Zooey plays Jessica Day, the ever-optimistic school teacher who was jilted by her boyfriend (season 1) and moves in with three guys Nick, Winston, and Schmidt. It’s the adventures of late-20’s-early 30-year olds living in LA, trying to get buy…with a few hijinks thrown in. You can catch New Girl on Netflix and it airs on Tuesdays at 9/8c on FOX.
10. Grey’s Anatomy – Oh Grey’s Anatomy. I remember when you were a mid-season replacement about 10 years ago. HOW HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG?! Some of episodes have been ridiculous – like someone tell Shonda that a musical Grey’s was the WORST idea ever. But otherwise, I’ve really enjoyed the show. I know a lot of people jumped ship after George was killed off, but that’s the way that these shows work. I was really said when Lexi and Mark did, goodbye Little Grey and McSteamy, and a lot of time Meredith and Christina are super annoying in their friendship they only understand. What I find exciting about the show is the different weird, rare, scary cases. Like you’d think that working at that hospital was a terrible idea considering that cast members get into situations where they either die or almost die…every season! Sometimes it makes me wonder if Seattle is full or strange diseases and terrible natural disasters. Grey’s Anatomy sometimes feels like it’s losing steam, but I think with the evolution of new characters, interns, and residents, it probably has a few more seasons in it. It’s like an old reliable favorite. Something you can count on in the drama department. Grey’s Anatomy is available on Netflix, syndicated on Lifetime, and airs on Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
I told you I watch a lot of TV. It’s ridiculous. And all this without a DVR. Thank you on-demand and Hulu Plus!
What are your favorite can’t-miss TV shows? Did I miss any?
Note: I also have favorites on cable, but that would make this list 3 miles long! Haha!