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Long weekend! Thank you, Memorial Day. Err…and the soldiers. You know, the reason we have Memorial Day. Thank you, soldiers!

Activities I’m doing:

  • Watching movies and TV – I’ve fully embraced this as my relaxation hobby, and now that fellow-movie-aficionado boyfriend has moved home, we’ve been watching movies and shows pretty frequently. It’s been quite enjoyable – not to mention, I’m finally starting to get through some of the shows on my must-watch list.
  • Biking – Now that my bike, Shelby, is home and I have a biking partner, we can finally get out. We haven’t done much yet, but hopefully we’ll start picking it up soon. We did bike eight miles (round trip) down to a park a couple of weeks ago. It was great, but there should be a law that parks have to be built on hills so that when you leave, you’re going downhill all the way.

This is me. Only with less hills and more panting.

  • Going to the gym – Along with biking, boyfriend and I have been going to the gym more frequently. I used to have a decent gym routine set up, but it completely fell apart once I got crazy busy over the winter and I haven’t been able to get back into it yet. Now that boyfriend is coming with, I have incentive to get my butt over there and lift some weights.
  • Decluttering – We’re preparing to host a garage sale at my house, and since boyfriend and I are preparing to move in together soon, we’re looking at our stuff and seeing what we can get rid of. It’s a bit of a process to dig through all of our stuff, but we should get through it over the weekend.

What I’m watching:

  • Arrested Development – Boyfriend and I saw Bridesmaids last weekend (which was decent and worth a theater viewing), where we saw previews for two upcoming movies starring Jason Bateman. That led us to a brief discussion about Jason Bateman’s humorous qualities, which led us to decide that we should watch AD next since I’ve never seen it and boyfriend liked it. Long story short, we’re about to start streaming AD on Netflix.
  • Criminal Minds – Yep. I’m still watching it. Last available season, though.
  • Tron: Legacy – I was kind of curious about this movie when it came out, and boyfriend wanted to see it, so he got Tron in last week so that I could see it. We got Tron: Legacy  in on Wednesday.

Onto this one.

  • Leverage – Turns out season 3 is on Netflix, so I can finally finish watching the later episodes that I missed (and thus, start watching season 4).

What I’m reading:

  • Influence: How women’s soaring economic power will transform our world for the better – This is an interesting topic to me, especially with the ever-prevalent wage gap between genders. Dychtwald talks a bit about how women have been able to prosper in developing countries with just a little sustenance, but she also talks about how women in first-world countries have learned to become highly successful from little as well. I haven’t been able to get into it yet because I suck at reading nonfiction, but it’s the one I’ve started.

On page 4.

  • Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere – This is the one book from the library that I may not get around to before they’re due, but it’s probably the one I should get around to. It’s written by bloggers, which is fantastic, and discusses dieting, body image, and acceptance. Definitely apropos for me.
  • New Day Revolution – I actually wanted to read another book of this author’s, but this was the one my library had on hand. It looks like a fairly interesting book – it discusses how to make small changes in your daily routine that make a big difference. I’m looking forward to seeing if it’s any good.
  • The Succulent Book of Succulence – I’m pseudo reading this. To be fair, I’ve been pseudo reading this book for years. It’s not that it’s a bad book, I just always find myself doing something else. Like most nonfiction, I’m having difficulty staying caught up in the book. Hopefully I’ll pick it up again soon.

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • My new job! – I cannot express how excited I am about my upcoming new job! I really admire this organization and their mission. I’m a little nervous about my role as Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator because it’ll be quite a bit challenging, but I’m very excited to see what I can do. I need to be challenged. It’s how I thrive.
  • Garage sale – As I mentioned above, my house is participating in our city’s community-wide garage sale next weekend. We had to drop $20 to participate, but considering that a regular garage sale ad in the local paper is $45 and we get TONS of traffic, it’s definitely worth it. We just have to work our booties off to get it prepared.
  • Getting my new computer – I’ve been hoping to get a new laptop for a while – I’ve had mine for a few years, so it’s got a slow processor and the fan was dying. We’ve solved the fan issue, but it was time, so I finally dropped $700 on a new computer. It’s a Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 and it sounds fabulous. That’s definitely the most money that I’ve spent on any purchase lately, but I think it’ll be worth it.

Hello, new lovely!

  • Shopping with my friend – One of my dear friends is moving to Washington, D.C. in the next few months for a job, so I’m trying to steal as much time with her as I can. She hasn’t been fully introduced to the Mall of America (she’s a native Texan), so we’re going to browse around there and nom on Noodles and Co.’s Wisconsin Mac ‘n Cheese. Yum.

What are your current happenings?

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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?

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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TOW where everybody finds out: http://youtu.be/a3TI0qYwCTs

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?

Good morning! Spending the day in Chanhassen at the MN Speech State competition – wish our kids luck! Here are this week’s currents:

What I’m reading:

  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – Finally, I get to finish the Hunger Games series! I’ve had the books in my possession for a while, but I haven’t read them because I’ve had so many books out from the library and I felt like I needed to finish those first since they had a more quickly approaching due date. I definitely have to get this series, too.

So excited to read this!

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – I know this book has been on my list before, but as mentioned above, I haven’t been able to focus on reading books that weren’t from the library. I’m very interested to read this story as it was banned from some schools for its discussion of sexual assault – uh, hello, don’t you want your kids to be prepared? Apparently not.
  • Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti – Yes, I know this book keeps showing up on the list too, but I keep having to return it to the library before I can finish reading it. I’m waiting to get it back from the library so I can finally finish it. Still amazing!
  • Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe – I’m actually not reading this for fun, I’m summarizing this to write an article for work with a colleague – however, it’s pretty interesting! It provides a new and logical guide to teaching and preparing curriculum. Any teachers reading this should definitely check it out. I’ll try to let you know when the article is available.

Places I’m shopping:

  • Victoria’s Secret – A week ago, I went into VS to find out the amounts on my secret rewards cards (I had three). I scored $100 off! Needless to say, I was ecstatic. I stocked up on another of my favorite bra and got myself a fantastic deal on my new favorite perfume. $110 for $10. Awesome.
  • Gordman’s – I’ve been to this store once, but I must not have been in the mood to shop because I don’t remember it and it’s definitely worth remembering! I went with my friend last week and picked up a cute headband, a kitty laser toy, and an adorable new purse for only $30. We browsed around for at least half an hour and I avoided buying a lot of stuff that I wanted. I entered into a store sweepstakes, so hopefully I’ll win a $100 shopping spree there.

Come onnn, shopping spree.

  • Target – Ah, the old standby. I’m just pleased because I managed to pick up all the treats for my speech kiddies for a very low price. Nothing beats that!
  • Ulta – I found a new shampoo that I love called Giovanni Tea Tree Treat. It’s perfect for my hair if I skipped a daily shower and smells great. It’s supposedly sold at Target, but I’ve never seen it, so I go to Ulta for my shampoo needs. Plus they always have great deals!

Happenings I’m attending:

  • Speech banquet – At the end of every speech season, the team celebrates at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club with a team dinner. Seniors stand up and say a few words, a few students give their speech, and coaches hand out awards to key students. It should be a great finale to a fantastic season!
  • West Suburban Teen Clinic (WSTC) board meeting – I take notes for WSTC at their monthly board meetings. This Wednesday is their April meeting. I always enjoy going and seeing their new space, so it should be good!
  • Dinner with the family – After cool g-ma died, my mom, aunt, and I set up a monthly dinner to ensure that we would spend time together. It hasn’t happened every month due to time constraints or illness, but it does happen at least every other month. My aunt was in the hospital this month (she’s okay now) so we couldn’t have our dinner on the 6th as planned, but we’re going to have it sometime around Easter. Perhaps Easter dinner?

I'm the one with the mustache.

  • Rachel’s party – It’s my colleague’s birthday tonight! I’m invited to a dinner to celebrate. I’ve never met any of her friends, but she’s awesome, so it should be just fine.

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • Thrifting – My friend and I still haven’t gotten around to thrift shopping – I work weekdays and she works weekends, so it’s hard to find a time when we’re both free for at least a few hours. Too bad thrift shopping requires so much time and patience.
  • May and the return of my normal food budget – As I mentioned in a Foodie Friday post, I have way too much food in my house. And yet, I still spend an enormous amount of money on food. This month, I set up a strict budget for my grocery spending – which I’ve increased slightly now twice. I completely forgot when I went to Winona that I had set up the budget and went a little crazy when shopping with the boy. Oops. But May brings the return of my less restricted budget!
  • Sprummer – Yes, you read that correctly. Sprummer is the very short period in Minnesota that falls between spring and summer. Ideal temperatures, sunny, not yet humid…perfect. I can’t wait to finally get to that short-lived season.

Tulips are perhaps the best thing about sprummer.

  • Hanging out with my lovely former work friend – Tomorrow night, I’m hanging out with an old friend of mine. I haven’t seen her in forever, so I’m super excited. She’s just a ball of joy to be around and we always have fun together, so I’m really looking forward to it!

What’s currently going on in your life?

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?

I don’t generally watch awards shows, but this year’s Emmys and Oscars made me think about what I would choose as the top show in each genre. For some categories, this is particularly difficult, so I’ve decided to have a runner-up for this week as well. The genres are Reality TV, Musical, Medical, Romance, Supernatural/Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Crime, Action, Drama, and Comedy. Any guesses?

10. Reality show: Hell’s Kitchen – I tend to enjoy cooking reality shows and Hell’s Kitchen brings the heat (I couldn’t resist). I love Chef Ramsey and I really love the competitions they have. I have to admit, though – it’s kind of gross (albeit accurate) how many of the contestants smoke.
Runner-up: Cupcake Wars

9. Musical: Glee – Of course it’s Glee. I’m not sure I can even think of a runner-up for this one, to be honest. I actually didn’t care to watch this show at first because I don’t really like musicals (despite being a theatre major), but I was hooked instantly once I gave it a shot. The second season isn’t as good, but it’s still quality.
Runner-up: nada

8. Medical: House – Again, did you really have any doubts here? At one point, House was one of my favorite TV shows and I still highly enjoy it when I see it. Beyond that, I adore Hugh Laurie. I need to catch up on that show, actually.
Runner-up: Grey’s Anatomy

7. Romance: Sex and the City – Once again, I don’t have a runner-up for this category because I don’t really think that any other show compares in this category. SATC showed that women can feel free to be who they are and do what they want. It showed the intricacies of female friendship and the wonders and pitfalls of romantic relationships. Yes, there were some unrealistic parts and a few places where I wish they were less stereotypical, but overall, I love my SATC.
Runner-up: nada.

6. Supernatural/Fantasy: Buffy the Vampire SlayerI’m still not finished with the series – I have to watch the final season – but no one can deny that this spot is reserved for Buffy. The show became a cult classic. Everyone knows it to this day. There’s (rightful) outrage about the making of another movie that doesn’t involve Joss Whedon or Sarah Michelle Gellar. It’s definitely tops.
Runner-up: Angel

5. Sci-Fi: Firefly – Bet you thought for a second, “Wait, Firefly isn’t top of the fantasy genre?” Well, no, because it’s top of sci-fi instead! I’m not traditionally a fan of sci-fi shows. I don’t watch Star Trek and I still haven’t seen Star Wars 4-6…err…1-3…the ones made more recently. I adore this show. Who doesn’t love this show? Between the characters and the underlying storyline, this show was perfect. FOX = fail.
Runner-up: Fringe

4. Crime: Castle – You all know I love Castle. I love Nathan Fillion, so it’s no surprise that I would love Castle, but I love this show for much more than him. I adore Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas’ bantering, I adore Stana Katic as Kate Beckett, and I love that the plot lines are always unique. This is a tough category as there are many great crime shows out there, but Castle always gets #1 for me.
Runner-up: Criminal Minds

3. Action: Leverage – Again, there are many great shows in this genre, so it’s tough to choose. When you combine the intricate plot twists with action, however, there’s no contest. Leverage always has the best tricks on TV. I’m unnaturally good at figuring out plot lines (sadly), but I often don’t see the twists coming in this one. A show that keeps me on my feet is always golden in my book.
Runner-up: Chuck

2. Drama: Dexter – Intense. Dark. Twisted. Drama winner! I’ve been intrigued by Dexter since I saw the first episode of season one. In the increasingly desperate world of Hollywood, where new ideas are rarer than fat on a model, Dexter is highly original to me. Beyond that, it’s actually good. Really good. I cannot wait to see the fifth season (damn you, Showtime, for making me wait!).
Runner-up: Six Feet Under

1. Comedy: Friends – I honestly tried to think of another show that could beat Friends. My colleague and I debated the merits of many solid comedies, including 3rd Rock from the Sun and Cheers (although I’m not as big a fan of Cheers). Nothing I came up with could hold a candle to Friends, though – it’s a legacy.
Runner-up: How I Met Your Mother

What would be your top shows in each genre?

I figured I might as well round off my favorites by listing my top 10 favorite TV shows. These aren’t necessarily in order, but I did my best seeing as I love them all!

10. Coupling – As I mentioned in earlier TV Tuesday posts, Coupling is a great British comedy that combines friendship and sex. It has a similar set up to Friends in that there are three men, three women, and lots of intermingling. Some of the concepts that come up in that show make a lot of sense, too. If you haven’t seen it, you should – I’ll lend it to you.

9. Criminal Minds – This is probably my favorite typical crime show, mainly because I love the psychological aspects of it. I enjoy CSI and NCIS and all that, which have their niches but are all very similar at heart, but I really love the idea of criminal profiling. In fact, I’ve looked up that career. No, it’s not real. *tear*

8. Firefly – I don’t like sci-fi and I sure don’t like westerns. So you may be asking yourself – how is it possible that I like Firefly then? It’s not your standard sci-fi or western show. Somehow combining the two concepts just…works (probably much like mayonnaise and tuna fish when you add pickles). Besides, the characters in the show are just unique enough to be enjoyed, yet realistic enough to be…well, real.

7. Friends – What 90s kid doesn’t love Friends (If you don’t, don’t answer that)? The show epitomizes friendship and relationship struggles, the idea of finding your independence, and decent humor. Everyone finds qualities within one or more character that they associate themselves with. I own every season and still enjoy it to this day.

6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I will admit, it took me a very long time to finally give this show a chance, and I knew that I needed that much time in order to like it. I was a huge fan of the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I refused to watch the show because I originally didn’t feel like Sarah Michelle Gellar fit the role. Man, was I wrong. This is just another classic of Joss Whedon and I am about to start collecting the series in the near future. Thankfully, my boyfriend and I have similar tastes in a lot of TV.

5. Dexter – I love the whole premise of this show. The idea of a serial killer who only kills bad guys – and the interpersonal struggles that come up as a result – is fascinating to me. On top of that, Michael C. Hall does an AMAZING job at Dexter Morgan. It’s going to be a very interesting transition for me to begin watching him in Six Feet Under, where he plays a gay mortician. Speaking of which, stay tuned for shows that I want to watch – Six Feet Under is on there!

4. Leverage – I haven’t yet convinced my lovely friend and fellow blogger, Kate, to watch this yet, but I know she’s going to enjoy it. The show revolves around a group of thieves – the Mastermind, Grifter, Hacker, Thief, and Hitter – who begin working together as a team to con people who have ruined the lives of innocents. A little Robin Hood-like, but very clever plots and highly enjoyable characters.

3. Glee – I go on and off with Glee. I loved the first season – it was the only show that I had to watch live – but I haven’t been as into the second season. I love the characters some of the time and they irritate me the next. Regardless, I love this show and I really enjoy a lot of the mainstream issues that they bring up in their plot (i.e., bullying and LGBTQ issues). Not to mention, Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester…need I say more? Overall, I find it to be a highly entertaining show.

And tied for first…

1. Sex and the City – This list was near impossible to rank and I honestly couldn’t rank these two as I love them both for very different reasons. Sex and the City also took me a while to watch, but I loved it immediately when I finally started watching it. I really connect with Carrie in a lot of ways and love the dynamics between the ladies. Yes, the show is about relationships, but I really feel like the root is the relationships you have with everyone – including your friends and yourself.

1. Castle – I love Castle for different reasons, many of which have to do with Nathan Fillion as Castle. I also adore Stana Katic as Beckett; Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas as Ryan and Esposito; and Molly Quinn as Castle’s daughter, Alexis. The show has a terrific cast that clearly works well together. Beyond that, the writers try to keep the cases unique and entertaining, so you can never be sure what the next episode is going to bring. Now when are Castle and Beckett going to get together already??

Note: It took me over an hour to find clips that really illustrated why I like the show – and I failed to find them! This was the best I could do.

Honorable mentions: Chuck, Angel, Wildfire

What are your favorite TV shows?

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