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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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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?

Finally, the time comes – let’s see who kicks ass on TV!

10. Jack Bauer – I don’t watch 24, therefore Jack Bauer is at the bottom of this list. I don’t really care to watch the show, but I can’t deny that Jack Bauer knows his stuff. Credit where credit’s due.

9. Echo – You may be less familiar with Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse since it only aired for one season. It was a decent show with a unique plot, too – but let’s face it, FOX has a penchant for prematurely canceling winning TV shows created by Joss. Echo is a unique woman who can be programmed to do or be anything, including being an dynamic force you do not want to mess with. Besides, who doesn’t love Eliza Dushku (remember her ass-kicking character on Buffy?)?

8. Sarah Walker – Let’s face it, John Casey kicks ass. But his CIA counterpart, Sarah, is the ass-kicker to watch on Chuck. She routinely holds her own against baddies that are trying to take over the country while wearing heels. You can’t beat a woman like that (mainly because she’d use her heels to kick you in the face).

7. Dexter Morgan – Dexter is pretty strong physically, but that’s not why he’s on this list. Come on, if you get on the guy’s bad side – or, you know, murder people – he’ll kill you. I’d say that’s pretty bad ass. You have to admit, Dexter provides some serious ass-kicking moments.

6. Jayne Cobb – See, Adam Baldwin (John Casey in Chuck) got his moment of glory here, too! Honestly, Jayne is one of the best ass-kickers on TV. He joins the team on Firefly because of the money and the ability to go kick some ass. He named his favorite gun. The guy likes to fight.

Tied for 4. Angel/Angelus and Spike – I really couldn’t separate these two enough to rank them, so they’re tied for fourth. Both characters were in Buffy and Angel, so I’m not going to bother separating the shows, either.Angel is a great fighter, but the real threat shows when he becomes Angelus – he wants to hurt people at that point. Spike has a similar ass-kicking personality, especially after he gets a chip in his head that doesn’t allow him to attack humans. Who better to take out frustrations on than demons?

3. Buffy Summers – I had to rank Buffy higher on this list (sorry, boys) because she’s the only person who routinely kicks the asses of our #4 players. In Buffy, when Angel turns into Angelus, she not only defeats him, but finds the courage to do what’s necessary and send Angel to hell when he gets a soul back. She also defeats Spike numerous times throughout the series, whether he seems to be on her side or not. Not to mention, ass-kicking is her job as the slayer.

2. Eliot Spencer – Those of you who have not seen Leverage (ahem, Kate) may not know how the show works, but there are five “criminals” with specific specialties that join together to basically play Robin Hood schemes – only 100 times cooler. Eliot is probably my favorite character on that show, although it’s hard to pick. He obviously kicks ass, though – he’s their “hitter.”

1. River Tam – Eliot may be a bad ass for his job, but River from Firefly doesn’t seem like the ass-kicker she truly is, which is why she’s our #1 character that seriously kicks ass. One of the most brilliant people in the world, the Alliance studies her brain, which makes her crazy. The purpose of these experiments, however, was to turn her into a secret government weapon – which means they taught her how to fight. The clip below should give you an idea.

Note for the clip: This clip is actually from the movie, Serenity, but I thought it best portrayed River’s hidden ass-kicking abilities. For those of you who don’t know what reavers are, they’re animalistic savages who attack humans and thrive on torture and death.

Honorable mentions: Monica Gellar (Friends), known for being “freakishly strong”; Zoe (Firefly), for more than just physical strength; Derek Morgan (Criminal Minds), who would make me melt in real life; and Jethro Gibbs (NCIS), who is always in control.

Which TV characters do you think seriously kick ass?

Oh, trust me. I’ve got a TV Tuesday for every week this year. The fun is just starting! This week features the smartest characters in recent TV. Once again, this is extremely hard to put in order, but I’ll do my best.

10. Penelope Garcia/Abby Scuito – Let’s face it, these chicks are basically the same person. Garcia (Criminal Minds) works for the FBI, Abby (NCIS) works for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, but they basically do the same thing – be brilliant. Garcia is a goddess on the computer, Abby rules the lab. Perhaps these characters are somewhat unrealistic, but they’re still some of my favorites.

9. Chuck Bartowski – My favorite thing about Chuck is Chuck’s goofy, charming nature, but I can’t deny that our main hero is incredibly intelligent. He went to Stanford and was almost recruited by national baddies and goodies. He’s the Intersect, for crying out loud. Clearly, he’s got brains.

8. Dexter Morgan – I love Dexter, but compared to the rest of the people on my list, he’s all the way down at number 8. He is quite wily and intelligent, though. He manages to evade police and FBI throughout many seasons of Dexter. I’m very curious to see how things have changed for him in season five.

7. Gil Grissom – No one can deny that Grissom is supremely intelligent. He’s one of the reasons I watched CSI in the first place, and I quit watching the show after William Petersen left. It didn’t seem worthwhile without Grissom’s quips about life. You could always count on him to learn something new.

6. Gregory House – Does House screw up a lot? Yes. Does he massively fail at relationships? Yes. Does he almost kill his patients on a routine basis? Yes. Is he brilliant? Yes. He almost always saves his patients at the last minute through some random happenstance that triggers buried knowledge in him. He’s antagonistic and seemingly uncaring, but he is most definitely one of the smartest characters on TV.

5. Willow Rosenberg – We all know Willow is smart. Buffy the Vampire Slayer wouldn’t have really gone anywhere without her. She went beyond Giles in research and in magic study, becoming one of the most powerful witches in the world. She was also one of the few who had to strength and willpower to let it go. Willow’s one of my favorite characters on TV, and that’s largely because she’s incredibly smart.

4. Constance Bones – I haven’t gotten much of an introduction to Bones, so I haven’t warmed up to this character yet, but I know she calms down a bit. Regardless, she’s incredibly intelligent. In fact, her whole team is. She has a kid on there working on multiple Ph.D.s – of course, it’s not clear if he can ever just finish one. She’s definitely the brightest bulb in the bunch, though – when it comes to forensic anthropology. Not quite so much on the social side.

3. Simon Campos – You may not have seen Flash Forward – it only aired for one season – but Doug and I decided to try it out one night and it was pretty decent. There are a lot of smart characters on there (it centers around the FBI investigation of a worldwide, man-made blackout, after all), but I think Simon is the smartest. He’s sly and you aren’t sure if you can trust him, but he’s undeniably extremely intelligent and probably has the best character development in the show.

2. River Tam – Anyone who has seen Firefly knows how smart River is. She picks up on new things immediately and far outstrips the teacher in seconds. She was recruited by the Alliance so they could basically get inside her brain and perform all sorts of tests. They also made her into a fighting machine, which is pretty badass to watch. She’s an amazing character – just another reason I’m shocked this show didn’t get renewed.

1. Nate Ford – I’ll be honest – Nate is probably not the smartest guy on here. But he’s the trickiest and he’s one of my favorite characters on TV, so he gets the number one slot today. He comes up with the most brilliant, perfectly timed, crazy scams that somehow work. Leverage never gets boring, thanks to his schemes. Enjoy the clip!

A few notes on the clip: The man with the gun is Nate’s former boss, who let Nate’s only son die. Maggie is Nate’s ex-wife. It’s not the best clip, but I didn’t want to give too much away in case you haven’t seen the show.

Who do you think is the smartest character on TV? Anyone I missed?

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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