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Time for a shallow TV Tuesday! I was going to break this down into hottest men and hottest women, but I realized that I was struggling too much with coming up with that many names and there were widely varying definitions and a whole load of hoo-hah. So now you’re getting 10 of the hottest people on TV. Since boyfriend had many questions about my hotness standards, allow me to say that this list encompasses people I find most attractive on TV – but generally that includes your personality. If you’re an ass, you likely won’t be on my list. Also, I won’t have a video clip, so I’m posting pictures for each instead. I know, you just want to see my list. Moving on…in no particular order, top 10 hottest people on TV!

10. Stana Katic – Best known for her role as Detective Kate Beckett on Castle. Stana is pretty much my number one chickadee. She is probably one of the most beautiful women I’ve seen, but she also seems to have an incredible spirit as well. For example, she and fellow actor Seamus Dever recently participated in the Alternative Travel Project to increase bike riding and decrease emissions in Los Angeles, which can be difficult to do even if you’re not acting on a prime-time TV show. I love biking and I’m all about using clean transportation if you can. I love her. Enough said.

9. Naya Rivera – Best known for her role as Santana Lopez on Glee. I adore Naya Rivera. She has a gorgeous voice and she’s absolutely lovely. Her character on Glee is evil, sure, but she’s also confused, lost, and struggling with her identity. Many people hate Santana, but she’s actually my favorite because she seems to have hidden depth. I do have to say, though, I’m really disappointed to see Naya in magazines such as Maxim – it’s amazing how many young actresses don’t realize the effect that has on young women and on themselves.

8. Genevieve Padalecki (Cortese) – Best known for her role as Kris on Wildfire. By now, if you’ve been following my TV Tuesday posts, you know that I adore this show. I adore this show largely to Genevieve’s role as Kris – she portrays such a headstrong, stubborn, and unbelievably passionate character that you can’t help but love her. This just makes her even more gorgeous in my eyes. Plus, in terms of attractiveness, I prefer people who have dark hair and dark eyes, although I don’t care that much.

7. Beth Riesgraf – Best known for her role as Parker on Leverage. I had to throw a blonde on here. But Beth is quite adorable, especially as Parker on Leverage. I’ve seen her as a one-time character in a couple of other shows, and I’m surprised she hasn’t done more. She’s lovely and seems to be a talented enough actress. Perhaps she has been in more things and I just don’t know about them. I should look that up on IMDB…anyway, she’s beautiful and on the list.

6. Eliza Dushku – Best known for her role as Echo on Dollhouse or Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Boyfriend and I both think Eliza is incredibly attractive. Of course, he thinks that in a sexual way while I objectively think she’s gorgeous. Humph. Anyway, she really is lovely. I’m a little surprised she hasn’t been in more shows or movies as well,
as she’s fairly talented as well. Once again, I’m probably missing a bunch of movies that she’s done. Can’t forget about her role in Bring It On! What? You know you saw it.

5. David Boreanaz – Best known for his role as Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel or Agent Seeley Booth on Bones. On to the men! I’ll ‘fess up. I harbor a mini crush on David Boreanaz. He’s my number one chickadude. For one thing, he reminds me of boyfriend. They both have broad shoulders, deep-set eyes, and a killer smile. Boyfriend doesn’t believe me when I say he looks a bit like Boreanaz, but he does to me. I’m a fan.

4. James Marsters – Best known for his role as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I know most people think James Marsters is one of the most attractive men out there, or at least in the Buffy universe. I’m a bigger fan of David Boreanaz, but credit given where credit is due – James Marsters is a hottie. I also love me a good accent, so that bumps him up. Not to mention, there are few men (or women, for that matter) who can pull off the platinum blonde look. Well done, sir.

3. Michael C. Hall – Best known for his role as Dexter on Dexter. I know he’s a serial killer, but somehow Dexter just appeals to me. And not just me – I happen to know many a lady who loves Dexter. I think, for me, it’s Michael’s voice. I love voices that are lower in pitch, and Michael does such a great job with the voiceovers that are crucial to this role. I still haven’t gotten a chance to see Six Feet Under yet – in fact, it’s been pushed back so boyfriend and I can watch Arrested Development – where he plays a gay mortician. Somehow I don’t think that’s going to deter me. Also – props to Michael for his confidence in battling cancer!

2. Shemar Moore – Best known for his role as Agent Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds. I adore Shemar. He is seriously some hot stuff. He hasn’t always done the best roles, which makes me wonder a bit about his real-life personality, but regardless, I love him in Criminal Minds. Cool G-ma (that’s her nickname) and I used to say that he could totally portray Ranger in the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. Sexy, smooth, and even looks the part. Perfect.

1. Christian Kane – Best known for his role as Eliot Spencer on Leverage or Lindsey McDonald on Angel. It’s funny, when I first saw Christian Kane on Angel after having seen him in Leverage, my first thought was, “Who is that?” and then “What did they do to him?!” Of course, Angel makers hadn’t done anything to Christian, he was simply a lot younger and a lot less hairy. And while I don’t typically go for long hair, somehow Christian really pulls it off. Not only really pulls it off, but must have it. Short hair just somehow does not work for him. He’s got it now, though, so he very much pulls off the hotness.

This was a difficult list, so there are plenty of honorable mentions: Morena Baccarin, Kristin Davis, Matthew Morrison, Alexis Denisof

Who do you find most attractive on TV?

All right, lovely readers, we’ve covered the best romances on TV, couples that need to happen, and couples that never should have happened. Let’s move away from the romantic relationships and focus on friendships instead. As usual, I’m sure I’m missing a few winners, but here are some of my favorite buddies on TV:

10. Cliff and Norm – I don’t think I need to reiterate that I don’t watch Cheers, but I know enough to know that these two are worthy pals. I’ve heard from many a person that most of the humor that comes out of the show comes from these two fellows. Who am I to take that title away from them?

9. Garcia and Morgan – Back to the shows I do watch. The Criminal Minds team isn’t incredibly close. They occasionally all go out to the bar for drinks, but they don’t make an effort to hang out on a regular basis. That being said, they’re ALWAYS TOGETHER. It’s the job. They have to be available to fly anywhere in the States on a moment’s notice. So Garcia (the team’s technical analyst) and Morgan (FBI field agent) are pretty damn good friends. They’re both easygoing and they love to banter with each other in endearing ways. Nothing’s better than banter. Then again, I could just enjoy these two because I adore them both individually.

8. Matt and Junior – I know, I’m the only person out there in the blogging world who’s watched Wildfire, but you know what? I love that show. So they’re going to consistently be on my list. Tough. These two have been best friends since they were kids. They get torn apart, largely because of their vying feelings for the main character, Kris. But they also struggle with growing up in two very different households. Eventually, they work things out – it IS a family show – and life is grand.

7. Jack and Karen – Be honest. Did you watch Will & Grace to watch Will and Grace? They were cute and provided some entertainment, to be sure, but that’s not why we watched the show. We watched it to see Jack and Karen. Two inconsiderate, self-entitled people somehow made for great comedy. In real life, we hate that. On TV…well, apparently that’s golden.

6. Jeff and Lester – Oh, Jeffster. There are times that I don’t even know what to say about Jeff and Lester. Suffice it to say that Chuck would not be the same without them.

5. House and Wilson – House and Wilson are one of the best parts of House, if not the best. I’ll admit that I was freaking out a bit when it appeared that Wilson was giving up on House around the 5th season. I can’t say I would have blamed him – House is a complete ass. But they make such a perfect pair. Like in a more recent episode, where they leave chickens around the hospital in a contest to see who will get in trouble first. Who else would keep House entertained? Nobody.

4. Shawn and Gus – I’ve only watched most of the first season of Psych, but it’s obvious that these two have a serious bromance going on. They’re another pair that have been best friends since a young age and now drive each other crazy – but they’re always best friends. Shawn is crazy and spontaneous and stupidly courageous, Gus is careful and precise and a complete worrywart. They somehow make a great team.

3. Willow and Xander – Who doesn’t love Willow and Xander? Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have been nothing without these two sidekicks (who did a lot more than sidekicks traditionally do). Xander even brings Willow back from a verrrry dark place at the end of the sixth season in a very touching scene. They’re fantastic. Buffy, you could have been on this list with them, but you had to be all “I’m the Slayer, I’m always alone” in the final seasons. Sorry.

2. Carrie and Miranda and Samantha and Charlotte – Yes, I put all four on here, and deservedly so. Carrie may be the main character and there may be a lot of men in Sex and the City, but that show is truly about ALL relationships at its heart. The relationships that the ladies have is an absolutely crucial part of the show. I will even be so bold as to say it’s the biggest reason women watch that show. Sure, we like watching Carrie and Big struggle to get it together or Miranda learn to balance a relationship with her independent self, but the interaction and love between the women is what we yearn for and envy. That’s the reason we watch it.

1. Chandler and Joey – Like you had any doubt that these two would be top of my list? Chandler and Joey are the epitome of best buddies. Hello, they’re on a show called Friends. Doesn’t that speak for itself?

Apparently virtually every single video clip featuring Chandler and Joey has disabled embedding. LAME. So you’ll have to settle for a picture.


Who are your favorite TV buddies?

In the past two weeks, I’ve talked about the best romances on TV and couples that need to happen. This week, I’m highlighting couples that never should have happened. You know the ones – the couples that make you go “ugh” and yell at the TV. There are plenty of them out there, but here are my top ten:

10. Cuddy and Lucas – I don’t care if this guy shares his last name with my boyfriend’s first name (Douglas), it’s just not right. Cuddy doesn’t belong with him. Cuddy belongs with House! House will not be right while these two are together (I haven’t seen past season five or so when they first get together, so no spoilers, please).

9. Junior and Rebecca – For those who haven’t seen Wildfire, this couple may not mean much to you. But if you recall, Kris and Junior were on my best romances list, so you can imagine why I would feel a bit of ick regarding these two. I understand that Junior needed to be with someone else in order to show that he “moved on” (which he didn’t), but it still gives me the icks. By the way, this was one of Amanda Seyfried’s earlier roles.

You just want to wipe that smug look off her face.

8. Castle and Gina – For the most part, exes should stay exes – there’s a reason they split. So why does Castle end up back together with his second wife for a while in seasons two and three of Castle? Simply to make us yell at him for being stupid and to make us beat our heads in frustration when Beckett is available and he’s not. That has to be the reason. There just isn’t another decent explanation.

7. Chandler and Janice – I know that Janice provided some solid entertainment on Friends, but to me, she was always the annoying woman capturing Chandler’s attention. She wore awful clothes, she had awful hair, she had an awful voice and laugh. Come on, Chandler – you really couldn’t do better? Oh wait, you did. Eventually. Maybe it just made his fling-turned-relationship-turned-marriage with Monica that much better.

6. Ross and Emily – Again with the annoying lovers on Friends. Ross may be a bit annoying, but Emily is definitely annoying. She’s bossy, domineering, and self-conscious. She doesn’t trust Ross at all in regards to Rachel, which honestly, I can understand – that would be a very difficult situation. But she goes about the issue all wrong. They’re just not a good fit. End of story.

Before they got together - it gets worse.

5. Wesley and Lilah – In what weird universe did sweet, awkward Wesley end up with evil Lilah, you ask? Well, dear readers who have not seen Angel, Wesley reaches a point where he snaps. Actually, that happens a couple of times, but the first time is the more important one as it brings about a new Wesley who is much harder. That being said, I still don’t see how he could have been with Lilah. Eww. Double eww. Although I do love Stephanie Romanov’s portrayal of her.

4. Carrie and Berger – I like Ron Livingston for the most part. But his character in Sex and the City is so annoying, so self-conscious, so resentful that he makes it impossible for anyone to like him. Sure, he’s funny, but that humor goes away after he starts resenting Carrie for having success when he doesn’t. Boohoo, dude. That’s the business. Carrie is definitely better off without him.

This is what ends up happening when you give up your life for Aleksandr.

3. Carrie and Aleksandr – Speaking of Carrie’s bad relationships on Sex and the City, what was the deal with her and Aleksandr? The guy was the complete opposite of Carrie. He fulfilled none of her needs. He was cold and aloof, he couldn’t make a solid commitment. He asked her to give up her life and move overseas, for crying out loud. It felt like Carrie had grown throughout the seasons and then reverted back to her stupid, self-sacrificing self when she started dating him in the last season. Ick.

2. Dexter and Lila – I have to say, I love Dexter, but I abhorred this relationship. Lila was a horrible person. Dexter may be a serial killer, but he’s intriguing and cares about his family and kills only bad guys, so we can’t help but sympathize with our strange hero. But Lila? The woman was a leech. And what she leeched on was good people in relationships. She almost ruined Dexter and Rita, who are a great couple. Well, Dexter certainly had a hand in that as well, but partly because of Lila’s “charms.” All I can say is thankfully she died.

1. Cordelia and Connor – Season four of Angel takes a very weird (and icky) turn when Cordelia and Connor get together. I don’t want to ruin things for certain unnamed people who haven’t seen Angel yet, but suffice it to say that it’s just…icky. The age thing wouldn’t bother me if it weren’t for who Connor is. And who Cordelia ends up being in this season. And that Connor is the age that he is. And that I don’t really like Connor until he reappears in season five. I get that it needs to happen to propel the entire season, but it shouldn’t have happened. Ick.

I have to admit, I didn't look too hard for a video clip.

What couples do you think should never have happened?

As promised in last week’s post about the best romances on TV, this week is going to showcase couples that need to happen. You know what I mean – those two on TV that you anxiously root for every episode but who never actually seem to get together. I’m still rooting for these couples:

10. Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler – I realize that Elliot is married and their relationship is probably platonic, but come on. Anybody who has seen even a few snippets of Law & Order: SVU (such as myself) knows that these two belong together. They work perfectly together, they understand each other, and they know each other’s minute moves. Really, they aren’t a couple?

9. Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon – I haven’t seen much of The Mentalist either, but I do know from just a few shows that cocky Patrick Jane needs to be with confident Teresa Lisbon. She’s pretty much the only person who can handle him, for crying out loud. Plus I love Robin Tunney, so that finalizes that. Right?

8. Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan – To be honest, these two need to happen, but at the same time, I absolutely LOVE seeing Nicholas Brenden on Criminal Minds as Garcia’s boyfriend, Kevin. He is absolutely adorable and he makes a great recurring character. That really makes it difficult, because I also believe that Garcia and Morgan should be together. Finest man and amazing woman? They belong together. The dilemma…

7. Abby Scuito and Timothy McGee – Apparently these two did get together briefly in season two of NCIS and then split, which just isn’t fair. Come on writers, it’s obvious that they would work well together. Just get them back together already! Besides, McGee still pines over Abby all the time, and while she seems to have moved on, I bet that’s secretly not the case. Humph.

6. Gregory House and Lisa Cuddy – This is beyond obvious. How long are the writers of House going to drag out the attraction between these two? They’re going to get together, they’re not going to get together, House admits he wants to be with Cuddy, Cuddy doesn’t want to be with House. Get them together already! She’s probably the only woman out there who House could actually love, anyway. Although I can see Cuddy’s point – House is a pain in the ass.

5. Santana Lopez and Brittany Pierce – I have to admit, I didn’t really see their relationship going anywhere until Glee threw us a bit of a curve ball. But now that they did? I really want to see this happen! It explains so much, especially Santana’s bitterness and cruelty toward others. Granted, I like Brittany with Artie, but I love the idea of those two getting together. They just get each other.

4. Nate Ford and Sophie Devereaux – If you’ve seen Leverage, then you’ve seen the consistent tease that the writers keep bringing up regarding a past (and possible future) relationship between Nate and Sophie. There are so many reasons that those two should be together. Granted, there are reasons they shouldn’t be together, but the reasons they should far outweigh the rest. Sophie keeps Nate in line, which is not a simple thing to do. Nate keeps Sophie going for the team, which is not a simple thing to do. They should be with each other. Enough said.

3. Mal Reynolds and Inara Serra – I don’t care that Firefly has ended. I don’t care that Serenity didn’t have them match up in the end like our other long-awaited couple, Simon and Kaylee. These two belong together, and damnit, in my mind, they ended up together in the last five minutes that must have been cut from the script. They get on each other’s nerves and they absolutely love one another. They even admit it. It’s so obvious. It’s so obvious that it didn’t need to be written. ‘Cause it happened.

2. Seeley Booth and Temperance Brennan – I haven’t seen much of Bones yet (it’s next on my list), but I can already tell that underneath their irritation is also an attraction to one another. In fact, I know this is the case because I’ve heard that Brennan finally admits her feelings, only to be turned down by Booth because he’s dating someone. Bad timing will not stop these two, I know it. You’ll see.

1. Richard Castle and Kate Beckett – Oh. My. God. How many times are these two going to almost get together before they actually do? Seriously, every other episode shows Castle doing something amazingly sweet for Beckett or Beckett almost getting carried away before her stupid doctor boyfriend calls. They even kiss at one point – although that may have been for a ruse. But still. These two must get together.

Kate of Divergent Musings recently did a post on this as well. See how we compare!

What couple do you think needs to get together?

Watch out, folks – we’re about to have a spree of TV Tuesday posts about couples. This week, I’m starting off with an easy one – best romances on TV. If you’re interested in more TV posts about couples, check out Kate’s post on Ten Couples That Need to Happen (inspiration for next week’s blog – stay tuned!) or Ten Couples That Should Have Never Existed (two weeks from now). In case you’re wondering why I’m stealing her ideas, we talked over these blogs together. 🙂 Without further ado, the ten best couples on TV – forewarning: this post may be some spoilers.

10. Chuck and Sara – I haven’t watched Chuck in a while (too long, really), but how could you not love Chuck and Sara together? From the beginning, we were rooting for those two to get together. It took until the third season for Sara to finally let her guard down, but they’re a great match now and belong on this list. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Zachary Levi is absolutely adorable.

9. Sally and Patrick – If you’ve seen Coupling – the BBC version, of course – you may be wondering why I didn’t choose Steve and Susan since they’ve been together from the start of the series. The couple I always anticipated, however, was Sally and Patrick. Patrick is a player and Sally is superficial, but together, they just work perfectly. By the third season, both have mellowed out a bit and it’s obvious that they want to be together. And when Patrick finally admits his feelings to Sally (and himself), I cry a little. They’re lovely.

8. Grissom and Sara – This is another couple that I rooted for that finally got together. Their growing attraction on CSI is obvious, but Grissom (who is smart about everything but relationships, I swear) keeps holding off, even after Sara has admitted her feelings to him. He finally gives in to his feelings, but all is well for only a short time because Sara ends up being no longer able to do criminology and has to leave (due to an event I won’t spoil). Thankfully, when Grissom leaves (aka when I stopped watching the show), he goes to meet up with Sara. That’s the only acceptable ending.

7. Kurt and Blaine – Who hasn’t been pining for these two to get together on Glee? Especially after all of the struggles that Kurt has faced because he’s openly gay, he deserves to be with someone who appreciates and encourages who he is. Blaine is the perfect person for that – he’s already Kurt’s best friend. When they finally kissed, I squeed a little. Plus Darren Criss is freaking adorable, so that doesn’t hurt.

6. Kris and Junior – Have I mentioned how much I love Junior from Wildfire? Well, I’m going to mention it again because he’s amazing. He’s definitely not the character he seems to be in the beginning of the series. Junior and Kris make an interesting couple because they seem so different – Junior comes from money, Kris was in prison for two years – but despite all that, they make an ideal couple. Their relationship is on and off for a few years, but finally they realize what we already know – that they’re perfect for each other – and get together for good. Every time I see the final episode where they get married, I cry. Every time.

5. Buffy and Spike – Of course Buffy and Spike are on this list. They make an interesting team on Buffy, but what I find even more interesting is what their relationship says about their individual characters. Buffy ends up sleeping with and leading on Spike throughout the sixth season, which shows just how painful it was to come back to life. Spike doesn’t have a soul, but is deeply in love with Buffy and changes his entire existence to prove it – he fights to get a soul and sacrifices himself in the final episode of the series. Don’t worry, he comes back in Angel.

4. Buffy and Angel – Kate is going to have something to say about this one – she hates Angel. I, however, fall with the larger crowd who thinks that Buffy and Angel belong together. It’s obvious in both Buffy and Angel that they know they’re soulmates, despite the other relationships that they get involved in. They both feel a pull towards the other person that they can’t resist – in fact, that’s why Angel leaves Buffy in season 3. I know they come back together in season 8 (comic book series) of Buffy, so I have to get my hands on that and see how they play out.

3. Carrie and Big – This may draw a mixed reaction since many people don’t like Carrie and Big on Sex and the City. In the beginning, this is justified – Big is an ass and Carrie panders to him. It shows a side of her character that is needy and too self-sacrificing. Their transformation, however, is why I think they belong together. Carrie learns to fight for what she needs and not accept the bare minimum, and Big learns how to truly sacrifice and support his partner in relationships. In the end, when he gets the ladies’ blessing and goes to France to find Carrie, I cry. It seems I always cry when these long-awaited couples get together, don’t I?

2. Rachel and Ross – I almost made Rachel and Ross from Friends top this list, but I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of Ross. Do he and Rachel belong together? Absolutely. Do I love his character? Nope, I don’t. The on-and-off nature of their relationship would be annoying if it weren’t for the fact that they should be together. Between the heat of their first romance and the friendship that they build through years of separation, they suit each other perfectly.

1. Chandler and Monica – To be honest, Chandler and Monica were originally on my list of honorable mentions. When I started thinking about it, though, I realized that their relationship on Friends made me laugh and cry much more than any other relationship on that show. They’re just perfectly suited for one another. Chandler’s goofiness tones down Monica’s anal nature, and Monica can keep Chandler on track. Their pairing in London – and all of the drama afterwards – was perfect because we didn’t fully realize how great they would be for each other until that moment. The episode where Monica proposes to Chandler, of course, makes me cry. Besides, I adore Matthew Perry.

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Honorable mentions: Willow and Tara from Buffy, Miranda and Steve from Sex and the City, Carrie and Aidan from Sex and the City, Charlotte and Harry from Sex and the City, Samantha and Smith from Sex and the City, Corey and Topanga from Boy Meets World

What is your favorite couple on TV?

I’ll be honest – I don’t usually like kids all that much. I just don’t have the patience for little ones or melodrama. That being said, there are some kids in shows, or even shows that focus on kids, that are awesome. Here are my top favorite kids on TV (not really in order):

10. Astor and Cody Bennett – Astor and Cody are Rita’s kids from a previous marriage on Dexter. The kids provide an interesting challenge in the show because Dexter has no idea how to be a family man, yet slowly discovers that he, too, can have a family despite being a “monster.” Their interactions show that Dexter does love them, despite the fact that he says he can’t love anybody.

9. The Taylor boys – Who didn’t watch Home Improvement? I was never a huge fan of the Taylor boys, but they certainly made up a certain part of the show that couldn’t be omitted. They were a pretty honest pictorial of a family of young boys – fighting with each other, pushing the boundaries, developing relationships with both their mom and dad – all of it rang true to me. Of course, I was a youngin’ myself when I watched this show, so maybe I’m wrong.

8. Clarissa Darling – The entire cast of Clarissa Explains It All is really on this list, but Clarissa is the one who really deserves the spotlight here. The show was completely based on her experience being a teenage girl with her pest of a younger brother, issues with boys, and time at school. It was one of the first shows to really break the fourth wall on TV and one of the only shows where that actually worked (Sex and the City season one, you did not). If you were a younger girl in the 90s, odds are 20 to 1 that you watched Clarissa.

This about sums up the show.

7. The crew from Saved by the Bell – I’ll be honest – I didn’t watch Saved by the Bell. I’m not sure if I was just a hair too young for it or if those shows just weren’t my style (I think it was the former, although I also didn’t watch Beverly Hills 90210 or Dawson’s Creek). Regardless, even I know that they need to be on this list. This show kicked off TV in my generation – quite literally. Between Zack, Kelly, Slater, and especially Screech, this cast of kids started off the 90s in style.

6. The Tanner girls (and Kimmy Gibbler)Full House was my show. It’s creepy to think of now, only because when I see Joey and Danny, I see Dave Coulier and Bob Saget cracking dirty jokes about the girls. BUT this post is about the kids and they were certainly memorable. I always liked Stephanie the best and couldn’t stand Michelle, although most people I know had the opposite opinion. And then there’s Kimmy Gibbler.

Oh, Kimmy.

5. The cast of Degrassi – One of my best friends originally told me about this show, but it wasn’t until a fellow (male) bartender at Brunswick Zone and I spent a good portion of our shift watching Degrassi that I began to truly appreciate its amazingness. For those who don’t know about this show, it’s a Canadian show all about kids –> teenagers –> young adults and their struggles. I absolutely love this show because it’s never afraid to talk honestly about really serious issues – parental abuse, love, sex, teenage pregancy, abortion, school shootings, the gamut. It’s such an accurate reflection of teenage pressures that you can’t help but love it.

4. Alexis Castle – Alexis is not the main character in Castle, but she is a necessary character. And I absolutely adore her. Molly Quinn does such a terrific job playing this character – she really understands the close-knit relationship with Castle and the few tensions that occasionally come up with them. Their relationship is always endearing to me.

3. The cast of Boy Meets World – This is another show that I used to watch when I was younger (who didn’t watch Boy Meets World?). In fact, I think it’s in my Netflix queue now along with 100 other movies and shows. This show was a bit like Clarissa Explains It All in that it dealt with school and adolescent issues, but it was told from a boy’s perspective (Corey) and didn’t break the fourth wall. Besides, who could forget about Corey and Topanga?

I wonder if it was difficult for Danielle Fisher being the only girl.

2. Dawn Summers – I’ll be totally honest – I couldn’t stand Dawn when she was introduced to Buffy in season five. She was whiny, difficult, and selfish. By the end of the series, I loved her. She transforms into a strong and confident woman throughout the series who really wants to have a place in the evil-fighting world – and earns one. I have a difficult time accepting new characters in shows that I really like, but almost always I end up adoring them by the end (exception: Connor in Angel – ugh).

1. New Directions – The group from Glee is a tumultuous mishap of a group. They fight, they hate each other, they occasionally stab each other in the back – but in the end, they rely on one another completely. Even Rachel Barry, who is known for needing to stand out and be noticed for her singular talents, occasionally steps down and does what’s best for the group. The best part is that they always support each other 100% when singing. Their group makes Glee (almost) always worth watching.

Today’s clip is from second season – one of the club’s songs at regionals and one of two that they actually wrote:

Honorable mention: Zack and Cody of Zack and Cody’s Suite Life

I’ll admit, I can be a bit of a control freak, but I’m not the only one (as can be seen by the comment wave on my Freshly Pressed OCD post). Besides, these TV characters have way more control issues than I do – and believe me, they were hard to rank in order:

10. Angela Martin – To be honest, I don’t watch The Office. It’s just not my cup of tea. It probably has to do with the fact that the first episode I watched was mocking sexual harassment in the workplace – definitely not the way to win me over. Despite that, my boyfriend does watch this show and when I asked him to name a control freak on TV, he immediately listed Angela. After I looked her up, I immediately agreed. Cold, judgmental, and uptight? Yep, that fits the bill here.

9. Adelle DeWitt – You may not be familiar with Dollhouse – after all, it was another short-lived Joss show (FOX, what is your deal?), but it was certainly interesting. Adelle DeWitt controls an entire underground organization, so it makes sense that she’s a control freak – their operations aren’t exactly legal. When she realizes that an FBI agent is getting close to breaking open their operation, she creates a web to entangle and confuse him. She’s definitely devious and definitely controlling.

8. Monica Geller-Bing – We’ve all had Monica tendencies (at least I have). She’s the control freak on Friends. She’s an impeccable cleaner. She knows immediately when something’s been moved. In fact, there’s an entire episode dedicated to Monica’s inability to let things sit around – the others taunt her by talking about not paying her bills immediately, letting condensation hit the coffee table, and leaving her shoes casually strewn about instead of putting them away. Sadly, when I was reading about her control issues, I found myself having many of the same issues…

"Just go get the shoes...but then everyone will know."

7. Dr. Walter Bishop – My boyfriend also recommended Dr. Bishop when I asked about control freaks. Again, I haven’t seen much of Fringe, but I’ve seen enough to know that Dr. Bishop likes his lab set up in a very particular way. He’s known for lashing out at lab techs for moving things. Then again, he’s also known for being crazy (and a genius) in many, many ways. I suppose geniusness and craziness do often go hand in hand, don’t they?

6. Dr. Temperance Brennan – I haven’t seen much of Bones yet, but Dr. Brennan is very controlling about her space. Much like Dr. Bishop, she likes her lab and work space set up particularly so that she doesn’t have to worry about wasting time fixing things when she works. I’ve heard Brennan eventually gets better in dealing with people (largely due to working with Booth), but in the first season, she definitely can be a little difficult to work with – although she’s a genius and her team highly admires/respects her.

Here’s where it gets particularly difficult to rank.

5. Dexter – Dexter is another one of those characters who has to be a control freak. Think about it – what happens if Dexter is the slightest bit careless? He gets caught and goes to prison for life, or more probable, gets the death sentence (they are in Florida). Dexter would be over without its central character. In order to make the show believable, he has to be an insane control freak about his “activities,” including when he chooses to kill someone, where the kill site is, and how much time he has available to clean up.

“Blood. Sometimes it sets my teeth on edge, other times it helps me control the chaos.”

4. Chef Ramsey – If you’ve never seen Hell’s Kitchen, then you may not understand why Chef Ramsey is so high on this list. Half of the show is about cooking and competition, but the other half is about Chef Ramsey’s interaction with the competing chefs. Ramsey controls his kitchens with an iron fist, calling people out for the slightest mistake or sass. A big reason he does this is to understand if people have what it takes to run a kitchen – can they be a leader? Can they handle pressure? It’s essential that Ramsey remains in control throughout the show.

3. Sue Sylvester – Of course Sue is on this list. Glee wouldn’t be what it is without her – Sue provides at least half of the comedy in that show. Her insane attempts to be the best and control those around her make her a fascinating character to watch. Whether she’s throwing students into lockers because they’re in her way, manipulating the New Directions team by leaking their set list to the competition, or finding a way to become the school principal, Sue always has something up her sleeve to control and manipulate.

"I'll need to see the set list for sectionals after all. I want them on my desk warm from the laminator at 5pm. If it is one minute late, I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark cold night I will steal away into your home and punch you in the face."

2. Henry VIII – It may initially sound strange to have a former English king on this list, but think about The Tudors – now think about Henry VIII – see what I mean? Henry’s philosophy was pretty simple. I don’t like what you do, I’ll either divorce you or decapitate you. Not much room for control freak error here. Speaking of The Tudors, I need to catch up on that show. I know, one of dozens that I say I need to catch up on.

1. Adrian Monk – Let’s face it, Monk wouldn’t be nearly as interesting if Monk weren’t a complete control freak. Nobody is more OCD or controlling of his surroundings on TV than Monk. He has to be a control freak – if he’s around germs, for instance, he stops being able to function. He has 312 phobias – 312! I can’t even imagine having that many things to freak out about. Thankfully, Monk has personal assistants that help him out by providing sanitary wipes, doing his shopping, and driving him around. Monk certainly makes me feel better about my own control freak issues.

I don’t know why Hulu’s embed code NEVER works for me, but here’s a link to the clip: http://www.hulu.com/watch/17677/monk-mr-monk-and-the-computer

Who do you think is the biggest control freak on TV?

Fun fact – Dr. Seuss may have created the word “nerd.” How fitting! This week, I’m highlighting the top 10 nerds on TV. Readysetgo!

I love this picture.

10. Dr. Walter Bishop – I’ve only seen a few episodes of Fringe, but it’s obviously that Walter is smart. He’s also a bit off his rocker, but that just makes him an intriguing character to watch. Also, I just read the character biography of him, and…wow. I’m not sure I can say much about his nerdiness. But he sure is an interesting character.

9. The Doctor – To be fair to The Doctor from Dr. Who and Dr. Bishop, science fiction geniuses are hard to classify – are they actually nerds or is that transference from a “nerdy” show? This Doctor has a very interesting background as well, however, that merits discussing. He’s a Time Lord, meaning that he can “regenerate” his body when near death – this allowed him to be played by 11 different actors. There’s also an intense following of this show. Now to delve into the truly nerdy characters…

8. Ross Geller – This is the exact quote from Wikipedia’s entry on Ross: “The character is noted for his geeky, lovable demeanor.” Although nerds and geeky are different, I think Ross could be classified as both a nerd and a geek, especially in terms of Friends. He’s a paleontologist, he co-created an “I Hate Rachel Green” club in high school, and he had a band with Chandler in the 80s called “Way, No Way.” He’s also the whiniest character in the group, which has nothing to do with nerdiness, but should be noted as it makes him the most annoying character in the group.

7. Brian Griffin – First of all, I love that Brian shares the family name. Second, he is the smartest character on the show – perhaps Family Guy‘s greatest rip on society. He is multilingual, he went to Brown University (although didn’t graduate), and he’s a member of Mensa. He’s cultural as well – he loves opera, jazz, art, and foreign literature. Oh, and he’s a dog.

Surrounded by books. As he should be.

6. Rupert Giles – I love that name. Giles’ name is so admittedly nerdy. In fact, Giles’ nerdiness is thrown in our faces in the early seasons of Buffy. He’s British, he wears tweed, he LOVES books. But his intelligence and care for Buffy and the other Scoobies is incredibly endearing and you can’t help but love him. He’s lower on this list only because he’s actually a total badass – for example, he comes and saves Willow from Dark Willow in the sixth season with magic. There are also many references to Giles’ dark past through the series. Gotta love Giles.

5. Wesley Wyndham-Price – Wesley is the Giles of Angel, and to be fair, the only reason Wesley is higher on the list than Giles is because he goes dark during the show. He steals a baby (he thought it would save it), breaks from the close-knit crew, reforms his own crew, and does what it takes to get answers – even if that means, oh, say, stabbing a junkie in the hand for information. That being said, the guy is definitely a nerd. He reads most archaic languages and definitely supports the team in terms of research. Fred describes him as the brains of the operation.

This is a gorgeous picture of Fred.

4. Winifred Burkle – Speaking of Fred and Angel, she deserves a spot on this list as well. In fact, I’m putting her over Wesley because she seems to be smarter than him purely in terms of science, which makes sense since Wesley was trained in all things supernatural as a former watcher). Fred was stuck in a different (evil) dimension for five years, where she nearly lost her mind. She came back (physically and mentally), however, and has been assisting Angel Investigations ever since. Due to her experience, she was able to publish breaking research on physics and portal energy, which won her high acclaim in the physics field. She’s a nerd and totally adorable.

3. Dr. Gil Grissom – I love Grissom. In fact, I love Grissom so much that I stopped watching CSI after he left the show (actually I only sort of watched after Sara left the show, but that’s irrelevant). Grissom is a fantastic character. He always has a cultural reference or remark, he’s an entomologist, and he’s very learned. Interestingly, I found out while reviewing his character that they hinted at him having Asperger’s – I wouldn’t have guessed that. Also, didn’t know this – he worked briefly in Minneapolis! Well then.

2. Charlie Eppes – I  haven’t seen Numb3rs yet, although it’s in my queue. From the sporatic pieces I’ve seen on TV, however, it’s clear that Eppes is most definitely a nerd. He is an associate professor at CalSci (which is fictional, but based on real-life genius schools such as CalTech and CalPoly) and consults for a cryptanalyst from the NSA. He could multiply four-digit numbers at age three. He’s smart. David Krumholtz always plays a wonderfully nerdy character (think 10 Things I Hate About You). As a sidenote: I was in a math classroom for a speech round at a competition and the teacher had Numb3rs DVDs. Awesome.

1. Dr. Spencer Reid – It should be said that I adore Spencer Reid. Matthew Gray Gubler’s portrayal of Reid on Criminal Minds has been his best role to date. I was pissed when they made him a drug addict. That being said – such a nerd! He has a eidetic (photographic) memory, he’s an “autodidact” (self-teacher), he holds 3 Ph.D.s, he graduated from high school at age 12, and oh, he’s like around my age. He’s absolutely brilliant. What makes him a nerd is not necessarily his intelligence level, but his social interactions – he’s socially awkward and has shades of autism or Asperger’s as well. He’s a terrific character – like I said, I adore Spencer.

Long live the nerds!

Who’s your favorite nerd on TV?

Last week I posted about pairs, so it’s only logical that this week’s TV Tuesday honors my favorite groups or teams. Not necessarily in order, here are the top teams on TV:

The style doesn't hurt.

10. The ladies from Sex and the City – I quite honestly almost forgot about these ladies somehow! I’m not sure how that happened, since these ladies make quite a group. My boyfriend (and most men) like to think the show is purely about sex and relationships with men, and there is quite a bit of that in it, but the show is really about female friendships at its heart. Have I wished to have three lady friends that I have breakfast with every Saturday morning and who knew my life story? Yes, I most certainly have.

9. The cast of Coupling – Again, if you haven’t seen this show, you may not understand why it’s on this list, but believe me, it deserves to be on here. It is similar to Friends in many ways – one kooky male friend, lots of relationship intermingling, etc. – but it stands out on its own because its content is centered about relationships and sex. It’s a very interesting and honest show, but the cast makes the show.

8. The Scooby Doo gang – I’m not talking about the Scooby Doo cartoon you see nowadays on TV, because that version sucks. I’m talking about the Scooby Doo: Where Are You? show that I grew up with. Scooby Doo, Shaggy, and the rest of the gang always solved their mysteries – always – but they always had a hell of a time doing it! I still love the show to this day.

This picture is purely awesome.

7. The Scoobies – Speaking of Scoobies, we certainly can’t leave out the gang from Buffy. Although each character could fight evil baddies on his or her own, they did their best work as a team. Like when the team did magic and all went into Buffy in order to go up against Adam in season 4. Or when they took on goddess Glory. Or when- I’ll stop. You get my point.

6. Angel Investigations – And of course, you can’t mention Scoobies without mentioning Angel Investigations . I have to admit – I wasn’t sure about this team when I first started watching Angel. Sure, Angel is always a champion fighter, but Cordelia? Really? Surprisingly, she’s become one of my favorite characters – she matures so incredibly much. It seems that each new character who comes into the show makes me unsure at first, but eventually works their way in until I embrace that they’re a part of the crew. Each person has a place on the team and there’s always room to expand.

These guys make an awesome band of thieves.

5. The Leverage team This team is the strangest combination of people, all made up of thieves. In fact, in the beginning, they talk about how working together is a one-time gig. They all realize, however, that they feel empty working on their own after having worked with such a great team, and it’s easy to see why. They understand each other incredibly well and play to their strengths. Plus, they’re all getting to steal great and grand things, whether that be a famous statue, a bank, or a movie set. Each heist is its own unique game and it always makes the show interesting to watch.

4. The B.A.U. team – Like all crime teams, the team from Criminal Minds is close-knit. They have to be – look at what they deal with on a daily basis. Unlike other shows, however, the writers don’t try to force happy team-bonding on the viewers. They’re honest about how each team member has a life of his or her own – and often doesn’t like the others interfering. That being said, there is a deep level of trust, respect, and care for each team member – and they do make a dynamic team.

3. New Directions – The club from Glee may not support or even like each other outside of the club, but we know that they care for each other. They support each other when they’re down and encourage each other to take risks. Does each person do it for his or her own personal gain? I think it depends on the person. It’s not a perfect club, but that’s the point – real teams have flaws. New Directions certainly has flaws, but they work through them in order to do what they love to do.

The Halloween picture is the best.

2. Beckett’s team – Who doesn’t love the team from Castle? Their group is my favorite crime team on TV. They know each other well enough to know when something is wrong and always save each other in the nick of time. They investigate the craziest cases and always manage to crack a few sarcastic jokes along the way. I absolutely love them.

1. The cast of Friends – Of course this group is on here. It’s dysfunctional and it’s endearing. They make you laugh and they make you cry. You want to be in a group just like that. It’s the reason that the show’s has lasted so long, and will continue to last. There’s something about a group like theirs that just makes you feel connected. It’s a great feeling.

Honorable mentions: The cast of How I Met Your Mother, the Golden Girls, the medical team from House, and the crime teams from CSI, NCIS, and Law & Order: SVU

Who is your favorite team on TV?

We always hear about star actors or actresses, but we rarely hear about the duos that offer comedic moments that make our day. I think it’s high time to honor a few duos on TV:

10. Cliff and Norm – I don’t watch Cheers myself, but I can’t deny that Cliff and Norm make a great team. When you have a group of random people, inevitably two will pair off and become the crazy, yet awesome people you just love. Or at least that’s my experience, and come on – since when does TV lie?

9. Pinky and the Brain – Although it’s not my favorite cartoon, Pinky and the Brain is a staple of modern cartoons. People of all ages know and love the show, and why not? The Brain is constantly scheming (and failing) and Pinky is just constantly failing. The contradictions – and similarities – between the two make this show what it is. And that is greatness.

8. Jayne and Vera – For those of you Firefly fans who may have forgotten who Vera is, Vera is Jayne’s gun. Yes, I made this a comedy duo. Jayne’s affection for Vera is insurmountable and hilarious – almost as much as his orange hat.

"A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything."

Hmmm…maybe it should have been Jayne and his hat. Moving on.

7. Shawn and Gus – I didn’t get super into Psych, but the main thing I liked about the show was the relationship between Shawn and Gus. They’re polar opposites and yet they have similar, binding qualities. Shawn is always able to convince Gus to do crazy things that can’t possibly work out, and yet it always does in the end. Their odd connection is always enjoyable to watch.

6. The Mooninites – All the Aqua Teen Hunger Force fans out there will agree with me on this one. I will admit, the series went downhill after the third season, but the Mooninites make a great addition to the show. Their goal – show how much the moon rocks (no pun intended) while causing as much mayhem as possible. Honorable mention also goes to Oglethorpe and Emory.

5. Eliot and Hardison Leverage may be an action show, but it has comedic moments, especially when it comes to Eliot and Hardison’s relationship. I mean, what do you think of when you combine a major computer and technology geek (hacker) with a gruff hitter? Oh, and both have great punch lines. You get Eliot and Hardison. And it’s fantastic.

See? These two totally...hmmm.

4. Jeffster – They’re annoying and fabulous at the same time. Lester and Jeff of Chuck are the awkward, pathetic losers who have random appearances in the show because they work at the same facility as Chuck and the gang, but they offer some of the most comedic elements of the show – and this is a funny show. Just don’t listen when they start singing.

3. Ryan and Esposito – Nathan Fillion as Castle may be half of the reason that I watch Castle on a regular basis, but Ryan and Esposito’s characters are the other half. Well, then there’s Beckett and the plot lines, but you get my drift. These two work so perfectly together, bouncing off one another with comedic lines and touching moments that you can’t help but love them. They seem like that in real life, too. I seriously need to get on this set.

2. Jack and Karen – Of course Jack and Karen are on here – they were the reason to watch Will & Grace (no offense, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing)! Karen’s nastiness combined perfectly with Jack’s flamboyant nature to create a pair that you consistently wanted to watch. What else could happen when you combine two friends that annoy you? Somehow it all works out.

1. Chandler and Joey – As if any other pair could really be first on this list. Chandler and Joey are the epitome of sitcom duos. They banter, they have fights, and they remain best of friends even after they’re no longer roommates. No matter how many times we watch Friends, we still are touched by their goofy and honest friendship. Adore!!

Ah, the pondering that can done in a canoe...in an apartment in NYC.

Embedding was disabled by request (grrrr!) but here’s the link to see the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIWPL4oMIho&playnext=1&list=PLBB1DEE9D3280C5CB

Who is your favorite duo on TV?

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