Today on the Broke and Bookish Top Ten list, we’re branching into other types of stories. So, here are my top ten favorite TV shows. In random order.
Lie to Me.
IMDB summary: Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He’s employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the police etc. fail to go the extra mile. So he can afford to constitute a team of his own, which like clients and others has to put up with his mind-games.Sadly, it only last for 3 seasons.
Sadly, Lie to Me only lasted for three seasons before they stopped airing. I love quirky characters, and Cal fit that bill well. Plus hubby and I like to watch the crime-type shows, and this was a good one.
IMDB summary: Ned possesses the unique talent of being able to bring the dead to life merely by touching them. However, the person may remain alive only for one minute, or else someone else dies for them. A second touch will render the person dead again, unable to be revived. Through his connections with PI Emerson Cod, Ned revives his childhood sweetheart, Chuck. The trio, aided occasionally by Olive Snook, helps solve the mysteries of various murders, whose murderer is often surprising.
As I said, I like quirky, and this one definitely fit the bill. Plus, who doesn’t adore Kristin Chenoweth? The way the show played out with the narrator was great, too. It had a fairy-tale feel to it. Fun, fun series, which also only lasted 2 seasons. Sigh.
Once Upon a Time
IMDB summary: For Emma Swan, life has been anything but a happy ending. But when she’s reunited with Henry – the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago – on the night of her 28th birthday, everything changes. The now 10-year-old Henry is in desperate need of Emma’s help because he believes from reading a book of fairytales that she’s the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming – who sent her away from the Enchanted Forest to be protected from a curse that was enacted by the Evil Queen. Emma initially refuses to believe a word of Henry’s story but soon finds that his hometown of Storybrooke, Maine is more than it seems. Because it’s in Storybrooke that all of the classic characters we know are frozen in time with no memories of their former selves – except for the Evil Queen, who is Storybrooke’s mayor and Henry’s adoptive mother Regina Mills. Now, as the epic “Final Battle” for the future of both worlds approaches, Emma will have to accept her destiny and uncover the mystery behind a place where fairytales are to be believed.
My eldest daughter and I started watching this series recently and zoomed through the three completed seasons immediately. We LOVE it. I love how they weave old fairy tales with modern day. I also love how every villain has a back story explaining why they are how they are. It just makes them that more complex and likable. We can’t wait for the next season!
IMDB summary: The missions of MI-5, the UK’s domestic intelligence organization.
Also known as MI-5, this was a long-running BBC show that I spent marathon-watching on Netflix. It’s about the British equivalent of the CIA or Secret service. Very James Bond without the cool cars. Plus, it has the actor in who played Mr. Darcy in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. Swoon.
IMDB summary: A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.
This is another one hubby and I watch together, and one of the few series on this list that’s still airing. I love that Watson is a woman, and Lucy Liu does a fabulous job opposite Jonny Lee Miller, who incidently also played the part of the Austin-hero in his day (Mansfield Park, 1999, and miniseries Emma, 2009). Even though it’s a much more modern take on Holmes, there are still elements of the show true to the books, such as Sherlock’s interest in bee-keeping, and his relationship with Mycroft. We love the quirky Sherlock character. So it’s no surprise that the next show is also on our list:
IMDB summary: In this modernized version of the Conan Doyle characters, using his detective plots, Sherlock Holmes lives in early 21st century London and acts more cocky towards Scotland Yard’s detective inspector Lestrade because he’s actually less confident. Doctor Watson is now a fairly young veteran of the Afghan war, less adoring and more active.
Oooohh.. Maybe one of my very favorites. This BBC version of Sherlock is the best. I feel like it’s much closer to the original books than most, and it’s just a phenomenal show. Each show is about an hour and a half, and sadly, there are only three episodes per season, so it’s very long and drawn out to watch. Well worth the watch though. Benedict Cumberbatch makes a fabulous Sherlock!
IMDB summary: A family tree with Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille Braverman (Bonnie Bedelia) serving as the patriarch and matriarch. After forty-six years of marriage, they’ve managed to keep their foundation intact by burying their problems underneath the surface for the sake of their now-adult children. Adam (Peter Krause) is the first-born and the ripest apple the tree has to offer. He runs a shoe company, has a supportive wife, two children (boy and girl) and a beautiful home to share with them. He’s a dog short of “The American Dream”. Sarah (Lauren Graham), is the unstable daughter returning home at thirty-eight years of age with her rebellious daughter and sensitive son to live with Zeek and Camille. Crosby (Dax Shepard), is a happy-go-lucky bachelor living in the now, on a docked boat. He has no idea that his frivolous life is about to change tremendously. Then there is Julia (Erika Christensen). She is the bread-winning shot-calling lawyer, whose husband mans the stay-at-home-dad duties….
I’ve been slowly watching this show on Netflix. I’m currently toward the end of Season 3. It’s just a great drama about the relationships in a family. I love the Braverman family dinners!
Big Bang Theory
IMDB summary: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are both brilliant physicists working at Caltech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends, and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon’s regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. They are also friends with their Caltech colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with popular women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon’s, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend.
Not always appropriate, but oh-so-funny. It goes back to the quirky thing. Love the social-awkwardness of Sheldon and crew.
Everybody Loves Raymond
IMDB summary: Ray Barone seemingly has it all. A wonderful wife, a beautiful family, a great job, a nice house on Long Island. There’s only one problem. His obnoxious parents (who live across the street) and his jealous brother are always getting in the way.
My husband and I used to watch this show and think it was funny, but now that his parents live next door to us, it’s even better, because we are, essentially the Barone family. Not to that extreme, of course, but it’s hard to ignore the similarities.
IMDB summary: Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
Okay, this is a ridiculously soap-operaish period show, I’ll admit. I love the costumes, and I love that the “villain” is Megan Follows, who played Anne in the Anne of Green Gables movies. It’s just had one season so far, and who knows how long it will last, but it’s a guilty pleasure.