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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:

Who do you think is the biggest control freak 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?

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?

This song makes me cry. Soon enough…

I first heard it on Glee, but I had heard that it’s a great song. I just hadn’t listened to it because I’m not a huge fan of Katy Perry anymore. This song helps change my mind. 🙂

Katy Perry “Firework”

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?

Last week, I posted my top 10 favorite female characters on TV, so it’s only fair to the boys to post my top 10 favorite male characters this week. As usual, these are subjective and not always in order. And I’m always open to suggestions!

10. Xander Harris – I didn’t feel like getting into the Angel/Spike debate, so I figured that I would avoid all of that and list another favorite male character of mine from Buffy. Xander is a complete goofball, but he is a true member of the Scoobies. Despite the fact that he has the least to offer – he’s the only “normal” one of the team – and he knows that, he still does what he can to help in the fight against evil. His character has an interesting evolution that I hope leads to a happy ending (I’m just starting the final season).

9. Will Schuster – Who could fail to fall for Matthew Morrison’s charm, good looks, and obvious passion for kids and music on Glee? Other than Emma, who apparently couldn’t fail to fall for John Stamos’ charm, good looks, and obvious passion for dental hygiene. I really adore Schu. He’s so clearly passionate about the Glee club, music, and teaching. Plus he’s a fantastic singer, so that doesn’t hurt.

8. Gregory House – I have to admit, I haven’t seen much of this show since the 5th season started, but I still love House. House is snarky, angry, uncaring, and incredibly brilliant. He has very complex relationships with the people in his life (all hospital colleagues since he doesn’t really have friends other than Wilson). I also especially love Hugh Laurie, who is a hilarious, self-deprecating Englishman in real life.

7. Ken Davis, Jr. or “Junior” – I mentioned Wildfire on my top 10 females list with good reason – the characters on this show are great. I have a secret crush on Ryan Sypek thanks to his role in this show as Kris’ off-and-on love interest. He starts off as a rich, cocky kid and grows into a truly passionate individual, and we all know how I can’t resist passionate folks.

6. Jeff Murdoch – Again, let me reiterate how much I enjoy Coupling. Why do I enjoy it so much? Because of Jeff, plain and simple. He’s the crazy guy who came up with the giggle loop and the sock gap (again, just watch the damn show!). He’s the one who gets completely tongue-tied around women and says very weird things as a result (he insinuates that he collects womens’ ears in a bucket, as an example). I haven’t watched the final season because Richard Coyle (Jeff) left the show after the third. Someday, maybe.

5. Detective Kevin Ryan – Actually, I love the duo of Ryan and Esposito, the goofy yet hardworking partners on Castle. Seamus Dever juuuust ekes out, though, for his consistent sardonic wit and bashful love of Jenny and warm honey milk. Not to mention, Seamus Dever and Stana Katic (Kate Beckett) did a really cool project about reducing greenhouse gases.

4. Chuck Bartowski – Truthfully, I haven’t seen Chuck in a while, either. I miss one episode and I feel like I shouldn’t continue watching until I can catch up! Chuck is absolutely adorable, though. He’s devoted, intelligent, and still a goof. I do love me some funny men. Speaking of goofballs…

3. Chandler Bing – Who could fail to love Chandler? His character on Friends will always be my favorite, over all of the ladies. He is the epitome of sarcasm, self-deprecation, and awkwardness, yet somehow it’s endearing instead of off-putting. I simple adore him – always have, always will.

2. Dexter Morgan – Dexter is such an interesting character to me. He’s a killer who says he feels nothing, but he clearly loves his sister and his wife. His entire life, from his upbringing to his mentality to his secrets, is so complex. I was a little disappointed with the end of the second season of Dexter, but I liked the third season and I loved the fourth! I wish I could see the 5th season in action. But my favorite is still…

1. Nathan Fillion – I bet when you read the Castle description, you were shocked that I didn’t put Richard Castle on the list. Well, Nathan Fillion cannot be contained to just one show – his characters are just too awesome! Whether you’re watching him as Mal on Firefly, Caleb on Buffy, or Castle on…well, Castle, he’s just an incredible actor. Must be the Canadian.

Who are your favorite male TV show characters?

I’ll admit it – I’m stealing this theme from Kate. She posted a great blog yesterday about her top 10 female badass characters and immediately the ideas started flowing – so every Tuesday, I shall have a post about TV characters or shows! I’ll also try to find a clip of my #1 character/show. I might even insert a movie or two in there. 🙂 I should make the disclaimer that I don’t want a ton of TV so my characters may be a bit limited, but I’m always open to suggestions! I have many TV shows on my list and will likely want to revise these later, but for now…

To start, I think it’s only fair to mention my top 10 favorite ladies on TV. I have to say, thinking of 10 was actually quite difficult. There are a ton of female characters out there on TV that I enjoy, but they’re not necessarily my favorites (River from “Firefly”, Catherine from “CSI”). Nevertheless, here we go:

10. Penelope Garcia – For those who don’t recognize her name, she’s the computer tech wiz on Criminal Minds. There are many reasons I love her: she’s brilliant, she’s a bigger-and-still-beautiful woman, and she’s sassy as hell. She works for the FBI but likes to answer the phone with openers such as “You’ve reached Penelope Garcia in the FBI’s office of Supreme Genius,” or “How may I save your ass today?” Not to mention she flirts hardcore with one of the hottest men on TV. She’s pretty awesome.

9. Santana Lopezfirst season – I go back and forth with Santana. I felt like she really developed in the first season of Glee, but in the second season, the writers have brought her back to where she was in the beginning of the show. I understand wanting to keep a stereotypical bitch around, but that just doesn’t work. Regardless, I loved her at the end of season one. I really hope we see more of that soon!

8. Kaylee Frye – Most people who watch Firefly prefer Wash or Mal, but I think my favorite character is Kaylee. She is just plain adorable! She’s sunshine put in human form. She rarely lets problems get her down and she’s incredibly loyal. She’s also not afraid to talk about her sexuality in a way that’s not over-the-top sexual, which is always refreshing to see.

7. Parker – We don’t know Parker’s real name. We don’t even know if she has a real name. But she is one of my very favorite characters on Leverage. She has odd social interactions and loves getting into the thick of dangerous situations. Suffice it to say that someone on the team described her as “20 pounds of crazy in a 5-pound bag.”

6. Buffy Summers – The creators of Buffy evolved Buffy in some very interesting ways. That being said, I still love Buffy. I can’t say that I’m thrilled with the various transformations she’s gone through, but I love her consistent struggle with being human vs. being a superhero, especially in love. I love her back-and-forth with Angel, I completely understand her difficulties with Riley, and her character evolves so dramatically with Spike. Plus, she dies twice, which you have to admit is pretty cool. I think it’s her wit that really draws me in, though. She always has something offbeat to say, no matter how deep the situation is. That’s my kind of girl. I should mention that I had Willow on this list also, but she just lost out to Parker.

5. Sally Harper – I love Coupling. I should clarify that when I say Coupling, I’m always referring to the British version of the show. It’s basically Friends with sex. There are episodes about the sock gap and the giggle loop – and if you don’t understand those references, you need to watch this show! Anyway, the ladies are all great, but I particularly love Sally. She’s incredibly insecure and worried about getting old, but she becomes the most evolved character in the entire series. I’m definitely on her side by the end.

4. The ladies from Friends, especially Rachel GreeneFriends was the first TV show that I loved. I have the entire series on DVD and I still watch it. I gravitate towards Rachel, but I can’t omit the other ladies. I connect with Monica’s anal nature and Phoebe’s wackiness. Their group (guys included) had such an effect on me that I used to wish I had a close-knit group of friends like that.

3. Kris Furillo – Most of you have likely never seen Wildfire from ABC Family, but I love this show. Kris is the lead character and she’s amazing. She makes mistakes, to be sure – like stealing her favorite horse to compete in an illegal cross-country race – but she is one of the strongest female characters out there. She came from prison and is tough as nails, but as she begins to open up, you see that she’s also fiercely loyal and passionate.

2. Kate BeckettCastle is my favorite show on TV right now, partly because I love Nathan Fillion, but partly because I love Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic). She’s another badass female character – absolutely gorgeous, doesn’t take crap from anybody (including some very tough looking male criminals), and deals out the sarcasm to Castle on a regular basis. It’s no wonder he’s into her. If I were a lesbian, I might be too! But my favorite is still…

1. Carrie Bradshaw – You either love or could care less about Sex and the City – in fact, I used to fall in the latter category. Once I started watching it, however, I really connected with Carrie’s character. She puts everything she has into her relationships, both friendships and romantic ones. There are some moments of desperation, which I don’t tie to, but she is run by her emotions – just like me. Sure, there are some unrealistic things about her – she’s a writer in that apartment in NYC? – but overall, she’s incredibly believable to me. She’s one of the most passionate people on TV (in the true sense of the word “passion”). And come on – she has over 100 pairs of designer shoes.

Here’s the clip! Carrie has just moved back from Paris suddenly, so that’s why her friends freak out. But it’s the final quotes that I really love.

*Note: There is sexual content and nudity in this clip.

Who are your favorite female TV show characters?

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