Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Favorite TV Shows

Time once again for the 52-week blogging challenge and today's prompt is "My favorite TV shows."

I don't watch a lot of TV and I'm very selective about what I watch a lot of. I tend to watch Netflix movies on disc (yes, Netflix still does that).

But here are my favorite (current) TV shows:

TURN: Washington's Spies. A very well done (if somewhat inaccurate) account of people who spied for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. It's sort of slow moving but it is fascinating to watch.

One interesting thing about this show is that a lot of the characters are actual historical people. I knew Washington and Benedict Arnold were, of course, but the other characters I assumed were made up. Then Robert Townsend showed up and I knew he was a real person (family legend is that we're related to him) so I started Googling other characters and most of them are historical figures. Unfortunately, the show is in its final season.

Orphan Black. I first started watching this on DVD from Netflix. Then we caught up and I started watching it in first run on BBC America. While the show has some issues (they tend to leave plot lines unresolved) it mainly revolves around the amazing performance by Tatiana Maslany. You have to watch the show to believe it (I'd have to give spoilers to tell you why her acting is so amazing). It, too, is in its final season.

The Simpsons. Yes, after twenty-some odd years, it's lost some of its earlier edge. But it's still consistently funny and often brilliantly satirical. (If you want edgy, now you have to go with Family Guy.) This show came out the year my oldest son was born. He's now 27, almost 28. He and his brothers have never known a world without The Simpsons. I am pretty sure I've seen every single episode.

Jeopardy: I blame my friend Sarah for getting me hooked on Jeopardy again. I've always loved quiz shows because I have a head full of useless trivia. And Jeopardy is the best and hardest of them all (except I would suck at Sports Jeopardy).

What are your favorite TV shows? Comment below!

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