I love TV Shows and I watch a lot of TV when I was growing up. Ok, that was a lie, I still am a big fan of TV shows. It was quite difficult for me to narrow it down to just 10. So, here I have for you, my favourite TV series of all times (so far).
You should know that some of these shows has ended their run, and there might be some spoilers. So, if you don’t want any, maybe you could scroll through really quickly, and watch the show and then come back to read what I think of them. However, If you don’t mind spoilers, just carry on reading.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2015)
This show was a big hit when it first came on the telly. It is a story about how a dad met the mom (duh!) which is so relatable since everybody went through the time when our parents told us how they met. For me, the show was interesting for most seasons, but I find that the plot got boring after a while, jumping from girl to girl, still not meeting the ‘mom’. The last season, was a big disappointment for me, after all the buildup of 8 seasons worth of episodes, the ending was a big let down. But, I’d still recommend it for people to watch because the way the stories were told (while the were good) was ‘legend-wait-for-it-dary’!
Gossip Girl (2007 – 2012)
XOXO, gossip girl, became a household sign-off when it was on air. The premise of the story surrounds the hyper-privileged high-school students of Constance Billard schools for girls and St. Jude school for boys of the upper east side of Manhattan, New York. These students are not relatable at all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t admire them or sometimes day-dream of going to school wearing Chanel. The drama that ensues these group of people is so over the top, bordering on ridiculous. I first watched it was when I was younger, during my university days, and I was all for it. But, when I watched it again this year, I felt like all of the problems they encountered can so easily be solved if everyone was being honest with each other. So many issues can be avoided and this realisation spoiled the show for me. I guess with age, you become more mature and you actually have less time to deal with petty drama.
Pretty Little Liars (2010 – 2017)
If you have watched this series, then you’ll know “A” is someone who doesn’t only haunt the girls, but they haunt you in your dreams as well. This teen drama mystery thriller keeps me on my toes for all of the episodes. I am not the biggest fan of thriller or horror stories, but I just have to know who “A” was and that was what kept me going. For 7 seasons, the writers & producers lead the viewers through the unfolding of a big mystery and sometimes leave hints all over like breadcrumbs for us to pickup. The final half-minute of the show is really nail-biting, and I thank god for Netflix so that I don’t have to wait long for the next episode. That, would also mean sleepless nights of binge-watching a season, which results to having panda-eyes as an extra accessory that I have to bring to work. We did finally find out who “A” was at the end of the show, and why they were incessantly making the girls’ lives miserable, but, I would like to re-watch the entire series again so I would know which hints I missed. Maybe I would get a different perspective of the whole series, second time around.
Sex & The City (1998 – 2004)
Viewers discretion is advised when watching this show. It is quite explicit and all the steamy sexy scenes is just there for you to watch. The friendship between Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha is front and centre in this show. Having your girlfriends by your side, through whatever comes, is so important. I always make time for my friends, no matter how busy I am, I make sure that I take the time to invest in this commodity. If you don’t, then you are missing out on so much. (okay, that was quite a tangent). Back to the show. What attracted me most to this show is the city New York, and the fact that this series is driven by strong and powerful ladies. Forget Carrie, and all her “Big-drama”. I am team Miranda all the way. It’s so nice to see such a strong female character being represented on-screen, that can inspire so many women. I really admire a person who knows who she is, and knows what she wants and does not compromise them for anyone. I am so opposite of that, and I love watching and hopefully learning to become a women of my own. So, the next time your mom asks you why you are watching so much TV, tell her, I’m learning!.
Brothers & Sisters (2006 – 2011)
This show is so fascinating to me, because it introduced me to the complicated and messy world of American politics, in a typical all-American family. The show revolves around 5 brothers and sisters, leading their day-to-day lives post 9-11 terrorist attack, with their different political beliefs and ideology, while dealing with the secrets of their recently deceased father. Even though, it got them into big fights and disagreements, at the end of the day, family is all that matters. Being there for each other through good times and the bad times should be what we desire most. I find the show-writing smart, and well-balanced with tears and humour, all wrapped up in one fine series. It was such a shame that the show was cancelled after its fifth season. Though I think they can maybe do a reboot, with all the current political events going-on, ought to spice things up even more.
Charmed (1998 – 2006)
3 sisters, kicking butts all around San Francisco is just what I need in a TV Show. This show takes us along with the sisters, when they have just discovered that they were actually witches, called “the charmed ones” after the death of their grandmother. Seeing them getting used to their new powers and how they deal with demons that are always looking to kill them is about all the thrill I can easily handle. But, for me, it went down-hill after the third season, when an original sister was replaced with a step-sister to continue on the power of three. I just was in favour of the original cast, even-though it was still popular until the end of the eighth season. I found out recently though, that they are doing a reboot on this show, but I am not looking forward to seeing that one, because sometimes, you just don’t touch the classics.
The Crown (2016 – Ongoing)
If you don’t know anything about me, you should know this. I LOVE historical shows, the UK history in particular and period drama in general, or stories that are just set in a different time than ours now. I love the clothes, how they speak and overall how they carry themselves during that time. And for this show, to be loosely based on real facts, is just right up my alley. Queen Elizabeth the Second was anointed when she was very young. And to be a female head of state, post world war II, can you imagine having to deal with all those testosterone energy, who thinks that they can do the job better. Having to deal with her personal life, while getting used to being responsible for a country is a challenge that I don’t think I could bear. I love this show so much, that I had to drag one of my best gal-pal to watch it also, just so I can have someone to bounce the facts with. And subsequently googling the facts on the show, and compare it to the real facts online can keep me up all night. I am that obsessed. This show is still ongoing, but they are changing up their cast because the third season would be based on the queen at her 40s’ – 50’s, and it would just not make any sense to retain the current cast, no matter how perfect they were. I guess the authenticity of the show is so important to the writers, but I can’t help but to find myself feeling nervous. What if I don’t like the new cast? I guess I just had to wait and see.
Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – Ongoing)
Out of all the medical dramas that is on TV now, this one is my favourite. But, to be honest, it should have ended when (MAJOR SPOILERS) McDreamy died. It took me a while to finally endure that episode as I just cannot imagine the show without Meredith-Derek love story. Romance aside, this medical drama educated me a lot about diseases and weird sometimes bizarre medical findings. I learnt a lot about a typical intern lives even though it certainly was dramatised. My favourite seasons has got to be the first 6, with most of the original cast still in it, but now approaching its 15th season, I thought that it was a bit of a stretch. You know, sometimes it got too long-winded and it should have ended while it was still on top. In Malaysia, the show is not really up to date, so I can’t say that I am all caught up. But, I also don’t feel like I am missing out on anything, unless there’s something else is happening that I know nothing about. I never thought that I would ever lose interest for this show, but anything is possible at this point.
Games Of Thrones (2011 – Ongoing)
Now this is a phenomenon, that I was 7 years too late for. I would always thought that it was to violent or to gory for me to watch. (yeah I’m 31) and I still think that way. I still remember my dad and brothers screaming at the telly during that god – awful wedding (you know which one I’m talking about), and I still did not jump on the bandwagon. It was not until season 7 that I was feeling left out of the conversations my brothers and my father were having. So, I made a decision to binge watch all 7 seasons in 2 months (granted only 10 episode per season) but, still it was no easy feat. If you watch this show, thinking you want to be attached to a particular character, think again. My advice, is to don’t. If you do, I won’t be responsible for your heartaches, so consider yourselves to have been warned. Set in the olden days (again-my favourite kind), it’s about wars between clans on who shall be the ruler of the iron-throne (hence, the name). It is filled with blood, sweat, tears, steamy scenes and more blood. I find myself holding my eyes shut to get through some of the scenes of the show. It is however, ending with its final eighth season, premiering in spring-2019. I bet it will be an ending to such in epic story. I hope, I won’t be disappointed.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S (1994 – 2004)
If you have never watched this, or you have and you don’t love it, we CANNOT be friends, just kidding, but actually NOT. This is my FAVOURITE show of all times, and nothing can beat it. I love it so much, that I know exactly when the show ran, I don’t even need to google them. The show revolves around the lives of 6 friends, living their lives in the New York City (again, this city, I wish I could go there someday). The writing of this show is so on-point, relevant, relatable and has just become a part of my life. I sometimes find myself, suddenly remembering moments of the show, when going through my everyday life. This is the one show that I don’t mind watching 1000 times over, or having them playing in the background while I do something else. This is the only show that can make me cry-laugh, until my tummy hurts! (PIVOT!). When Netflix recently announced that they were taking it off the platform, it caused such an uproar, that they had to pay 100million dollars in order for the show to stay on throughout 2019. Even so, I still don’t think it is enough. I don’t mind paying that monthly subscription fee for just this one show. It should just be made permanently on there. (who’s with me?). I cannot imagine my life without this show. This show is what makes me, ME. (overrrrr kan?)
So, what’s your favourite TV show? Anything you would like to recommend to me?
P.S – Gosh, I had a lot to say on this topic, don’t I? When I was writing this post, I didn’t think I could finish it in one night. I guess time flies when you are writing about something you are passionate about.