List of Top 15 TV Shows I Watch (and why you should or shouldn’t watch too)

This is a list of 15 shows that I’ve been watching as of recent.  They are in no particular order.  I’ve also provided a small critique of each one, as a couple of them I have had to stop watching…

Orphan Black:

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If you are not watching this one, you should be! I’m in love with the Clone Club and it’s just pure fun and entertainment to see Tatiana Maslany in the various roles.  The story telling here is top notch, and the score is perfect in each scene.  Helena quickly became a favorite simply because she just simply refuses to hold back.  I’m hungry for some scorpion now…

The Strain:

This show started out fun, however, in recent episodes, I feel that it is slowly going downhill. I admit that I have not read the book, so I really do not know how different the show is from the book. What bothers me about the show, however, is that all of these vampires are running around, but the general populace seem to know nothing about them. Even the main characters are running around hunting these vampires but in the background we can see people hailing for taxi cabs, we see people shopping, we see people in business suits walking (to work perhaps) casually. One would think the populace would be going through mass panic.

MTV’s Scream:

I’ve tried to stay with this one, and I will continue to record it, but… As of my writing this article it had 3 episodes left, the past two I ended up watching on fast forward. It started off cool, but there is only so much you can do to drag things out. I no longer even care who the guy (or gal) is behind the mask, I just don’t care. As mentioned, I will record the final three episodes, but as it is right now… I’m losing interest quickly.

Maron:

I can’t get enough of this show. Perhaps one of the reasons I like it so much is because it’s about a guy that has a very successful podcast that he does out of his home. That’s a character I can easily identify with. The humor is dry and effective. The entire show is telling a story. You can watch the episodes out of order and you won’t really miss anything but it’s best to watch in order because as the show progresses so do the characters.

Under The Dome:

Sorry Steven King… I tried to stick with it, I really did. I watched all of the 1st season and the first few episodes of season 2, but when it quickly turned away from the book (this book i did read), I started to lose interest. I tried to watch it just to see how they would resolve things, but so far, it’s just… it’s like the writer’s are making stuff up just to fill an hours worth of time without giving any actual thought to the end game. I stopped recording this one.

Fargo:

I really liked the first season, up to the final episode anyways. It was as if they had all this extra material for a second season and things were being set up for a second season but then they decided to end this story. The final episode of season 1 just happened too fast. Season Two starts up soon, however, it will take place several years prior to Season One. This is not going to be a prequel, but rather will be a different tale of similar Fargo story-telling. I am looking forward to this.

Humans:

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I dunno where AMC keeps getting these kick ass shows, but I love em!  This one is very Asimovian in nature.  Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep indeed!  This is one I’ve quickly become addicted to watching.  A small group of androids trying to figure out what they are (and possibly who).  I hang on every episode!

Wayward Pines:

Everyone has tried to compare this show to Twin Peaks.  Twin Peaks it is not, although the beginning of the show it does have that strange ethereal feel to it.  That’s the only similarity it shares.  I mean.. Apples and Oranges both grow on trees.. but that’s it.  Wayward Pines is based on  a set of novels by Blake Crouch.  For the most part it follows the books fairly closely and the endings in both are sortav similar… Sortav.  Speaking of Twin Peaks…

Twin Peaks:

This is the most important television show in history of television shows.  It was about 25 years ahead of it’s time.  It was among the first of shows to cater to a week by week progressive story line, and one in which so much happened from week to week that if you missed one episode, you were screwed.  All told, I’ve owned 2 VHS copies of the entire series, as well as 2 DVD copies, and a blu-ray copy.  For a long while it looked like we were all going to have to suffer not knowing how the hell Annie was, but recent news states that David Lynch is directing 18 (yes, eight-teen) new episodes (Season 3) set to be aired on Showtime sometime in 2017.  I just hope I don’t die between now and then.

Breaking Bad:

Yeah, I know, it is over.  But thankfully I have it all on blu-ray so it is never over!  Nothing stops this train!  Breaking Bad is perhaps among the BEST television shows in the history of television.  Do I really need to keep praising it?  Exactly.  Speaking of Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul:

Not exactly a prequel to Breaking Bad but kinda sorta it is.  The 1st season was great.  The only issue I had is that we did see Jimmy officially turn into Saul.  But I’m okay with a slow burn, it makes the joint fun last a little longer.  Over the 1st season we see important characters come into play from Breaking Bad, but that don’t matter because these are the versions of themselves before the Baby Blue came about.  Vince Gilligan has also stated that at some point Walter White WILL make an appearance.

The Walking Dead:

Zombies.  Need I say more?  Okay, I will.  For 5 seasons we have been captivated by this show.  It loosely follows the events portrayed in the comic book of the same name.  For those keeping up, the final episode of Season 5 matches up with Issue #77 of the comic book.

Fear The Walking Dead:

I’m still not head over heels with the title, but it’s another show from the guys that made The Walking Dead, so I’ll take it.  Yeah, I know it’s not on tv yet, but I am still looking forward to watching it.  Rumors are spreading like the zombie virus that it may very explain the origin of the zombie outbreak and may even show us Patient Zero.

Doctor Who:

Listen.. I’ve been watching this show since the late 70’s.  Yes, it took a break for a few years, and there are several early episodes I’ve not seen, but for the most part I have seen all of the recent episodes from Eccleston’s Doctor on.  This is science fiction at it’s best.  It’s a show that does not take itself too seriously, but can also pull a tear from your eye when you lose yourself in the tale.  I’ve even got my kids into the show and they have seen every episode from Tennant’s Doctor on.  We cannot wait for the new season to start up in a couple of months!

Game of Thrones:

Sorry folks, I cannot comment on this one.  I’ve heard great things about it, but I’ve never seen it.  I don’t have HBO or whatever channel it airs on, and I can’t justify dropping cash on the dvd’s of it just yet.

 

I hope you check out at least a few of these shows.  Oh admit it, you have seen several of these already.  What are YOUR thoughts on the shows I like to watch?  Leave me a comment!

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