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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jen's TV Time

I thought it would be fun if I introduced you to my other passion - TV.  As a parent most of you will understand that we don't have the time or energy (not to mention the lack of cash due to how costly the little heathens are) to go out.  So since my hubby is not a reader I have slowly become a fan of the TV.  These are my favorite shows that are on now.  I also think this will help you in your decision whether to read some of the books I have reviewed, as it will help explain what entertains me.  If you haven't seen some of these, I recommend you check em out.

I've edited this since it was too freakin long!

Bones

Synopsis: A forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent build a team to investigate death causes. And quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones. Brilliant, but socially inept, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperence Brennan works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington DC. After consulting for him on a FBI case, she is approached by cocky yet charming ex-Army Ranger turned Special Agent, Seeley Booth to help the Bureau solve crimes by identifying human remains that are too far gone for standard FBI forensic investigations. Brennan's empirical, literal view of the world causes friction with Booths emotive, instinctive attitude creating a volatile relationship. However as their case load increases the symbiotic partnership produces results and with the support of Brennan's Squint Squad, murderers, past and present should be on the look out

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Fascinating story-lines
  • Attractive cast
  • David Boreanaz actually smiles (which if you were a fan of Buffy or Angel, knew didn't happen very often) 
  • Seeley Booth (Boreanaz) is such a wonderful character you will fall in love with him
  • Wacky and fun secondary characters.
  • Extremely witty dialogue
  • Warning: some of the stuff they deal with is quite icky, if you have a sensitive tummy,  you might want to keep your finger on the fast forward button.
  • Reality check: They solve crimes way too quickly  



Glee

Synopsis: The one-hour series follows an optimistic high school teacher as he tries to transform the school's Glee Club and inspire a group of ragtag performers to make it to the biggest competition of them all: Nationals.

McKinley High School's Glee Club used to be at the top of the show choir world, but years later, a series of scandals have turned it into a haven for misfits and social outcasts. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison, Broadway's "Hairspray") has offered to take on the Herculean task of restoring the Glee Club to its former glory.

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Lots of signing and dancing
  • hilarious dialogue
  • multi-cultural attractive cast
  • Positive image of gays and lesbians
  • Kurt's Dad is one of the most wonderful characters ever written and the relationship between him and his son is real and honest
  • The things that come out of Sue's mouth will have you snorting out loud 
  • The show does have a  problem with uneven character development
  • Reality Check: Sue's ass would have been fired years ago in the real world




Big Love

Synopsis:  the story of a man, Bill Henrickson, living in Salt Lake City with his three wives, three houses, and three families. Basically a story about Polygamy

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Really not sure why this one fascinates me so much.  It is extremely slow at times and I really dislike (Nicky) one of the main characters. And quite frankly the idea of Polygamy sort of pisses me off, but I can't help myself I will watch it until the end (which is this season supposedly)
  • I personally cannot watch it without saying misogynistic bastard once or twice



Burn Notice

Synopsis: Michael Westen, a seasoned US spy, is suddenly 'burned', i.e. discredited, without any form of procedure. He survives by doing impossible jobs for desperate people in Miami, where his mother lives. Michael is usually aided by trusted former FBI informer Sam and his ex girlfriend Fiona

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Started watching based only on the fact that Bruce Campbell was in it, he's great, but I would still watch this one without him its so good
  • Dry humour
  • Edge of your seat action and fabulous cliffhangers
  • Wonderful quirkly secondary characters like Michael's mom and brother
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Bruce Campbell 
  • Attractive actors
  • Reality Check: Like I know anything about the real life of spies - but I'm thinking not everyone in the biz is that attractive
  • Gabrielle's accent comes and goes



Californication

Synopsis: A writer tries to juggle his career, his relationship with his daughter and his ex-girlfriend, as well as his appetite for beautiful women. Hank Moody may be a talented author, despite his gift of the gab, especially for live seducing, his private life is a mess. Repeated attempts to have a stable relationship with Karen, also for the sake of their daughter Becca, fail because of their extreme libertarian infidelity. Hank's sexual appetite also infects talent agent Charlie Runkle, who indulges in all kinds of naughtiness too. More 'victims of hormones' contribute to the lustily lust-loaded plot.

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Hank Moody is such a wonderfully damaged and truly fascinating character to watch
  • It stars David Duchovny and he is yummy
  • The Daughter is truly interesting character
  • Relationship between Hank and his daughter is lovely and genuine
  • Laugh your ass out loud inappropriate dialogue
  • Great cameo by Rick Springfield and some other fun stunt casting
  • Funny secondary characters
  • Moody is a rascal but you cannot help but feel for him
  • Warning: Not for those who are in anyway prudish. Serious amounts of nudity, hilarious and creative foul language, sexual situations, drugs and alcohol!!!
  • I hated the season finale of Season 3 it was a huge downer and made me cry


Castle

Synopsis: Meet Richard Castle: he's a successful murder-mystery writer who has just killed off his main character. However, it seems one of his fans liked his books just a bit too much when a copycat murderer starts running around killing people as described in Castle's books.

After being questioned by the police Richard joins forces with Detective Kate Beckett to solve this case. The two become partners begin working together to solve other murders in New York along with other detectives Javier Esposito, Kevin Ryan and Captain Roy Montgomery. They also work with medical examiner Lanie Parish. Richard's family includes his mother Martha Rodgers, who was a broadway diva and his daughter Alexis

Why you should/shouldn't watch:
  • All you really need to know is that Nathan Fillion is the lead for you to watch
  • The camaraderie between Castle, Ryan and Esposito is hilarious
  • The relationship between Castle, his daughter and his mom is just so fun and sweet and they are played by fantastic actress'
  • Great chemistry between Castle and Beckett
  • Awesome dialogue 
  • Esposito and Ryan have awesome comic timing
  • Nathan Fillion
  • Interesting story-lines
  • Reality Check: you really have to suspend your belief at times, because many of the situations are so unrealistic -- there is no way cops would let him be involved so much in the cases and the detective work and coroner stuff is way too quickly done
  • Oh yeah and it has Nathan Fillion in it - hands off he's mine!


Chuck

Synopsis: One hour action-comedy series about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government's most vital secret agent.


With the government's most precious secrets in Chuck's head, Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin) of the National Security Agency resumes his responsibility of protecting Chuck. Casey's partner is the CIA's top agent (and Chuck's dream girl), Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski). They try to keep him safe by trading in his pocket protector for a bulletproof vest.
Also starring are Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes -- Chuck's best buddy, Sarah Lancaster  as Chuck's ever-supportive sister Ellie, and Ryan McPartlin as "Captain Awesome," Ellie's fiance. Chuck's Buy More team consists of Big Mike and the Nerd Herd, which includes Lester Jeff and Anna

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Nerd becomes a spy, what's not to love
  • Adam Baldwin was what got me to watch this one
  • Chuck is an adorable character that you cannot help but love (and I personally think he's yummy)
  • Great relationship between Chuck and his Sis
  • Awesome secondary characters who often steal the show
  • Nice chemistry between Chuck and Sarah
  • Chucks Mom and Dad are portrayed by Scott Bakula and Linda Hamilton -- how awesome is that
  • Timothy Dalton plays a reoccurring character that is just plain delightful (I still think he sucked as a Bond though)
  • Quirky storylines
  • Fun dialogue
  • Great action sequences
  • Warning: This season has been up and down in consistency.  A couple of times I thought they were running out of ideas and it was too gooffy



Dexter

Synopsis: An American television drama series that centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a forensic bloodstain pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer.Dexter structures his killing around "the Code of Harry", a body of ethics and procedures devised by his adoptive father Harry Morgan (who was a Miami cop) to make sure Dexter never gets caught and to ensure that Dexter kills only other killers.

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Yup a tv show about a serial killer and  you cheer for the serial killer to get away with it -- seriously
  •  Awesome secondary characters
  • Intriguing story-lines that really make you think
  • A brilliant portrayal of a fellow serial killer by John Lithgow. He was so creepy I could barely look at him when he was on screen 
  • Dry humour and brilliant dialogue
  • The finale for season 4 was so brutal and unexpected it really affected me for a couple of days
  • Season 5 was only so so - it started out great but sort of faltered near the end
  • Warnings: Very violent and its about a serial killer so it is not for the faint of heart or extremely sensitive


How I Met Your Mother

Synopsis: Created by former Late Show with David Letterman writers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the 30-minute CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother was, per its title, related entirely in flashback, from the vantage point of 2030. The hero, Ted (his "old" voice provided by Bob Saget) was endeavoring to regale his children with the stories of how he wooed and won his wife and their mother. 

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Watch for Barney's dialogue alone - Neil Patrick Harris is brilliant as Barney and really is the main reason I watch
  • Alyson Hannigan is hilarious as usual
  • Hilarious dialogue
  • Quirky storylines
  • I love the friendship between the main characters, it is very genuine
  • Very beautiful and sweet at times




Mad Men

Synopsis: Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Visually stunning to watch - the costumes are so beautiful and authentic
  • Don Draper is a fascinating character
  • Extremely authentic and historically accurate
  • Intriguing secondary characters
  • Love Roger and Joan
  • Story-lines really make you think
  • Warning: Slow at times, misogynistic and plenty of alcohol and smoking. As a women you will gasp at how outrageously women were treated during this era



Shameless

Synopsis: The series follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves.

The show's producers sought to distinguish it from previous American working-class shows by highlighting the effects that Frank's alcoholism has on the family. Paul Abbott, creator of the original, said, "It's not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It's got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It's not blue collar; it's no collar. Then John Wells, the showrunner, began pitching the show, he had to fight efforts to place the show in the South or in a trailer park—comedic clichés. He explained, "We have a comedic tradition of making fun of the people in those worlds. The reality is that these people aren't 'the other' — they're people who live four blocks down from you and two blocks over.

Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • This is a new series that has really got my attention
  • Great title sequence and theme song
  • wickedly funny and so incredibly sad at times
  • William H Macy is INCREDIBLE as the dysfunctional alcoholic father
  • Hilarious secondary characters
  • Joan Cusack deserves an award for her portrayal of the wacky Sheila
  • The kids relationships between each other are realistic, genuine and very sweet at times
  • Hilarious and totally inappropriate humour and you will laugh despite yourself
  • Warnings: This is not for the prudish. Tons of sexual situations, drug and alcohol use & these kids live in poverty & have to be extremely creative to get by


True Blood

Synopsis: Vampires not only exist, but the entire world knows about them. Since a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many people remain apprehensive about vampires living amongst them in Louisiana.

In the southern town of Bon Temps, a local barmaid named Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) understands what it's like to be an outcast. Cursed with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires. She is especially intrigued by Bill Compton(Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill's arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test.


Why you should/shouldn't watch
  • Based on the fab Sookie Stackhouse novels by charlaine harris 
  • Love the characters of Lafayette and Pam
  • Very sexy
  • Extremely beautiful and multi-cultural cast 
  • Lots of paranormal stuff which I am a fan of
  • Unusual story-lines and quirky dialogue
  • Love the theme song
  • Warning: Tons of sex, nudity and violence - not for the sensitive or prudish
  • Even-though the guy that plays Eric is hot, I still prefer the fictional Eric from the books



Shows no longer on the air, but still love

Firefly

Synopsis: The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things". The show explores the lives of some people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the outskirts of the society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In addition, it is a future where the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures as well. According to Whedon's vision, "nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today
 19th century American West, with little governmental authority.

Why you should go find a copy of the series
  • It was friggin awesome
  • Created by THE Joss Whedon
  • Nathan Fillion is the lead &  his character Mal Reynolds is one of my fav characters ever
  • Incredible cast who obviously enjoyed working together and their love for each other comes across throughout the series
  • Fabulous dialogue
  • Unusual storylines
  • One of the best tv shows ever made and I am still pissed at Fox for canceling it
  • Also you must go rent the Movie Serenity that was made after the show was canceled
  • Nathan Fillion -- once again  hands off he is mine!




Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Synopsis: The series narrative follows Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women known as "Vampire Slayers" or simply "Slayers". In the story, Slayers are "called" (chosen by fate) to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. Like previous Slayers, Buffy is aided by a Watcher, who guides, teaches, and trains her. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy surrounds herself with a circle of loyal friends who become known as the "Scooby Gang".

Why you should go find a copy of the series
  • Joss Whedon created it and he is my master!
  • Brilliantly funny dialogue
  • Strong female lead
  • Vampires
  • Beautiful cast
  • Ass kicking Librarian
  • The episodes Once More With Feeling and Hush are TV at its very best
  • Buffy's mom dies of a Brain Aneurysm and Buffy finds her & My mom died of a Brain Aneurysm and I found her 
  • Fabulous secondary characters 
  • Incredible character development for all of the characters
  • Season 7 has Nathan Fillion in it and he is extremely creepy!
  • Fav Buffy Quote:  "He's like super librarian, y'know? Everyone forgets, Willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon"




Angel
 
Synopsis: The show details the ongoing trials of Angel, a vampire whose human soul was restored to him by gypsies as a punishment for the murder of one of their own. After more than a century of murder and the torture of innocents, Angel's restored soul torments him with guilt and remorse. During the first four seasons of the show, he works as a private detective in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, California, where he and a variety of associates work to "help the helpless" and to restore the faith and save the souls of those who have lost their way. Typically, this involves doing battle with evil demons or demonically allied humans, primarily related to Wolfram & Hart, a demonic law firm. He also has to battle his own demonic nature.


Why you should go find a copy of the series
  • Hello Joss Whedon again, have a sense I like his work
  • Fantastic secondary characters absolutely loved Lorne, Fred and Doyle
  • Exciting and unique story-lines
  • Spike was in a couple of episodes
  • Loved watching Boreanaz when he portrayed Angelus - just delightfully fun and wicked
  • Series Finale was brutal and brilliant!!




M.A.S.H


Synopsis: The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable. Nevertheless, the war goes on 


Why you should go find a copy of the series
  • If you  don't know about the brilliance of this series you are either hopelessly clueless or really young
  • Brilliant writing
  • Love-able characters
  • Hilarious and heartbreaking at times -- I dare you to not cry when you find out about Henry Blake
  • This was the first series I really remember getting into - alot of it was beyond my comprehension at the time, but I still got so much out of it
  • It has stood the test of time, you can still watch it and love it


Magnum PI


Synopsis: Thomas Magnum is employed on the Hawaiian estate of a wealthy absentee owner name Robin Masters. The estate is run by Jonathan Higgins who mostly tolerates Magnum's presence as head of security on the estate. Magnum is also a private detective whose cases frequently have a humorous overtone and always just enough danger.

Why you should go find a copy of the series
  • Selleck was so handsome back than, he was my first TV crush
  • Great characters who had fabulous chemistry with each other
  • Exciting storylines
  • Loved Higgens 
  • Fun to watch it now and see famous actors
  • One of my favorite episodes had Sharon Stone in it
  • Anytime I see episodes on TV I will watch them for old times sake



Synopsis: The basic premise of the series centres on an Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) constable named Benton Fraser (Paul Gross) who travels to Chicago to solve the murder of his father; this is how he first meets his soon-to-be partner, Ray Vecchio (David Marciano), a tough, streetwise cop. Accompanied by his half-wolf Diefenbaker (who adopted Fraser after saving his life, and is deaf, but can read lips), the investigation leads Fraser to uncover a plot by a company building a dam that is slowly killing the environment. This leads to the dam being shut down and many people losing their jobs. He also implicates corrupt members of the RCMP in the affair. This along with the loss of so many peoples' jobs makes him persona non grata in Canada, and he chooses to live in Chicago. This plot line is referred to repeatedly during the series, and from season three on he introduces himself to many by saying:
I first came to Chicago on the trail of the killers of my father and, for reasons which don't need exploring at this juncture, I have remained, attached as liaison to the Canadian consulate.
Why you should go find a copy of the series
  • Canadian series about a Mountie in Chicago -- what's not to like
  • Paul Gross - yummy!
  • Quirky and sweet and just plain hilarious at times
  • Incredibly funny Canadian dialogue that pokes gentle fun at us and our American neighbors
  • The reason I giggle anytime someone says Thank You Kindly
  • It got me to go to a Due South convention - Seriously!
  • I miss this show so much
  • Leslie Nielsen was a reoccurring character
  • Bob Frasier (Benton's dead Father) reminds me so much of my Dad
  • Has one of my fav quotes of all time " So since their formation our two countries have found a peaceful way to coexist. Except for the War of 1812 where your country invaded ours and we sent you packing, but that's hardly worth mentioning"

2 comments:

  1. I cannot even how long it took you to write this post! I've been thinking of doing a What's on my DVR post and now I know I should! I love Castle and used to love Bones but have let it go since I had Gage. I will probably go back and watch this season at some point. Jason and I are watching Season 1 of Dexter and loving it.

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  2. Hey Stacy
    Forever! And I really should have left some of the descriptions out because the post is way too long -- may actually edit it. Lots of cutting and pasting : )
    I know when we had our first and our second it took a long time for us to actually be able to stay awake long enough to watch TV and most of what we watched was cartoons with the kids -- it will get better (Until you are crazy like us and have a second LOL!)

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