Putting TV shows on DVD is a fantastically brilliant idea. I love being able to discover older tv shows I missed out on when they aired or getting to watch the beginnings of a show still on so I can catch up. I’ve started or continued watching A LOT lately. I thank Netflix DVDs, Netflix watch instantly, and Hulu for allowing me to do so — What would I do without them?? (Especially since I don’t currently have cable.)
Here’s what I’ve been watching. Maybe you’ll find some you’ve already discovered or should watch! In no particular order…
A fairly new show on TNT – it’s currently in the middle of its 2nd season. It’s a humorous, smart, sexy look at a team of criminals doing good. Think Ocean’s Eleven + Robin Hood. All of the actors, including Timothy Hutton in the lead, are fantastic, but my 2 favorite characters are “hitter” Eliot (played by someone you may recognize from Angel!!!) and “thief” Parker (who I was reminded of while listening to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree). Have I piqued your interest yet?
Watch newer episodes at tnt.com or all episodes on Netflix watch instantly.
A cancelled show that used to be on ABC, Pushing Daisies is one of the most visually stunning shows I’ve ever seen. Seriously – check out that picture – gorgeous! In this quirky crime-solving show that at times (like any good show) is like a soap opera, Ned has a gift to bring dead people back to life. It comes with a few rules and he’s generally ok with that until he learns that his childhood love Charlotte aka Chuck has been murdered. Rather than explain anymore of the plot & possibly confuse you, let me just say that Pushing Daisies has humor, quirkiness, mystery, love, stunning visuals, Jim Dale as a narrator and Kristin Chenoweth. And holy crap, who doesn’t love Kristin Chenoweth?
You can watch the first 9 episodes at http://www.thewb.com!
Freaks and Geeks
I’m new to Freaks and Geeks, which aired briefly on NBC back in 1999. I’ve seen about 5 episodes so far, and I can’t say I loved it right away, but it’s growing on me. I think the main reasons I don’t love it yet is because I’m not a huge fan of Seth Rogen or James Franco and I hate the character of Kim with a fiery passion. BUT I do love Nick aka Jason Segel aka HIMYM’s Marshall. And I like seeing main character Lindsay struggle to find a new place for herself in high school. Freaks and Geeks was ranked on top tv shows lists from Time and Entertainment Weekly, so it’s definitely worth a shot!
The Big Bang Theory
Just about to start it’s 3rd season on CBS, The Big Bang Theory is basically a story of beauty meets brains: Penny moves in across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon, two genius/nerds who are socially awkward, and Leonard falls in love with Penny instantly but isn’t sure how to move past being friends. It’s an interesting concept but add in A TON of nerd jokes about science, comic books, and general geekiness plus Sheldon, who is extremely cranky and lacks a sense of humor and an understanding of social cues but ends up being hilarious and steals every scene & you have a pretty good show.
Trivia: Three regulars of Roseanne are on/have been on this show.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ok, this one’s really a RE-discovery because I used to watch it when it was on tv. I’ve been really wanting to rewatch the “Hush” and “Once More with Feeling” episodes, but I decided to go in order. The first 3 seasons are currently on Hulu, so I’ve been going through them. I’d forgotten how awesome Buffy is! It’s so witty, and snarky, and teenager-y in a fabulous way. Plus, hello Giles is one of the best fictional librarians of all time! Actually, now that leads me to ponder what the list of best fictional librarians of all time would look like – but let’s save that for another time.
Buffy – hulu – go!
Next up for me: Psych, Wonderfalls (more from the creator of Pushing Daisies and ngtJen promised me it is delightful), Sports Night (created by Aaron Sorkin & all I have left from him since finishing The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). So what are YOU watching? I love adding new shows to my “to-watch” list!