Sunday, July 4, 2010

10 Shows The Rambling Geek is Watching this Summer

Yes, the Summer is almost half way over, and I haven't even told you what I'm watching! Gah! So, I have another top 10 list here. I somehow get all this television watching in. I really don't know how it's possible with two small kids, but somehow I make it work without being a total shitty parent. At least I don't think I am.

1. Wonderfalls
I was pretty excited when my friend let my other friend borrow her Wonderfalls DVDs! I knew that she would just fly through them then give them to me to watch. She sadly didn't like it, but score me because now I have plenty of time to fly through them!! Wonderfalls is a silly show about a girl named Jaye who works at a gift shop at Niagara Falls and little knick-knack creatures (ie stuffed animals, clay lions, and yard flamingos) talk to her. Yes, it sounds quite silly. There is always some sort of mission that she is supposed to lead to help others. Quirky and cute. Added bonus, it was created by one of my TV heroes, Tim Minear who was an executive producer on Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. Wonderfalls is available on DVD.

2. Design Star
Yes, not terribly geeky, but I LOVE anything on HGTV. Weird, huh? I've always been fascinated with home decorating shows, and I also love real estate shows like House Hunters and Property Virgins. Odd since I'm a renter in a small apartment, shrugs. When Design Star doesn't dwell too much on the drama (the crap of realty TV) there are some intriguing challenges. My favorite so far...incorporating musical instruments into design. Hosted by design favorites Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder, and Candice Olson, Design Star airs on HGTV on Sunday nights.

3. Mad Men (starting on July 25th)
So excited about this season's Mad Men. How things were left last year? So many possibilities! Plus more Joan!!! I won't have much to add until the show starts, but over on AMC's official Mad Men page, you can Mad Men Yourself: Score!

4. So You Think You Can Dance
So many beautiful dancers! The problem with having a top 10 (11) is that they give you no room to not like anyone. In previous years there were far more weak links. And now? I love everyone! I think everyone is pure gold!! My favorites right now are Ashley, Billy, and Lauren. One complaint regarding the All Stars...I want them to chime in with some critique. I mean they worked with them for the past week. Perhaps they can give some feedback regarding how well they worked together. And plus, selfishly, I just want to revisit the glory of some of my favorites (Mark, Courtney, Twitch) because I adored these dancers when they were on the show. VERY excited that they will have a chance to shine. Reliving the Garden piece with Courtney and Mark was by far the biggest treat so far this season. So You Think You Can Dance airs on Fox on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

5. Six Feet Under
This show is near perfection. I'm a 6FU newbie, I just finished season 3. I never thought I would laugh at death, but somehow it works. It's twisted, morbid, and touching all wrapped into a perfect show. Such crazy, complicated characters too. Every episode I change my mind as to who is my favorite character. Sometimes I think it's Claire, then David, then Ruth, then Nate...I love that whole batshit crazy family. I haven't done any research as to if they will bring back the school counselor. It was painfully obvious that he was in love with Claire. I keep fantasizing that he meets up with her at some point. Fingers crossed. And sources (AKA a good friend) tell me that the finale is the best series finale ever to air on television. Wow, hope it lives up to the statement! Six Feet Under is available on DVD.

6. The Wire
OK, I will admit that I'm not loving this show yet. I'm at the point where I definitely enjoy it but it's not like crack to me. When a show becomes like crack, oh that is the good stuff. Buffy. Battlestar. Lost. Supernatural. Yep, crack. Everyone (minus one person) that I have talked to who has seen the Wire keeps telling me it is the most brilliant show ever to exist. Ever. OK, so how can I not keep watching? I will admit I'm only on episode 6 I think of season 1, so I have SO much watching to go!! We are borrowing the entire series from a couple that I adore, and I totally respect their viewing opinion. And the "fuck" scene = brilliant writing (those who have seen the Wire are probably the only ones who understand this statement, and no, it's not what you think). Will keep holding out for the crack. The Wire is available on DVD.

7. True Blood
I don't even know why I should go into why I'm watching this show. Are there Vampires? Yes. Are they sexy? Yes. Is there a strong female lead character? Yes. Is the cast full of amazing, quirky, fun characters? Yes. Are there hot sex scenes? Yes. That is all. True Blood airs on HBO on Sunday nights.

8. Friday Night Lights
Sigh. I've said it time and time again. This show owns my SOUL! Do I like football? Nope. In fact, I don't watch sports, much to my husband's dismay. But what I do love is a real town, set in the South, who live and breath football. I grew up in a town like this. Folks are freaky about their football!! I'm enjoying the new cast of characters too, hoping we get a bit more back story on Vince (AKA Wallace from the Wire). Another thing I love about the show is that it has a REAL married, committed couple and guess what. There are no affairs. I know! They love and support each other! What? On TV? I know! Friday Night Lights airs on Fridays on NBC.

9. Freaks and Geeks
A 1999 gem (set in 1980) about the troubles and turmoil and just plain awkwardness of growing up. I know what you're thinking, Oh No...another one of those high school dramas. Wrong. It's as close to real life as you can get. It is adorable, sweet, and has some very gritty, odd moments. It's Apatow (Judd) at his best. And you will see a bunch of faces that you will recognize (James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Busy Phillips when they were just starting out). Freaks and Geeks air on Friday nights on IFC with encore presentations on Sundays and Mondays. After Freaks, they will air yet another gem, Undeclared.

10. Doctor Who
I will admit it. I miss David Tennant. I was at first on board with the good Doctor right up until the Hungry Earth/Cold Blood aired....yawn. Nope, wasn't a fan. Really enjoyed seeing those crazy Weeping Angels again (they are creeptastic) and it was great to see Dr. Song again. I think a lot of it has to do with me just getting used to Amy and the new doctor. I'll get there. And I've heard from more than one person that the Vincent Van Gogh episode is amazing. It's still on the Tivo, and I'll get to it at some point next week when I'm not being a mama. Doctor Who airs on BBC America on Saturdays.

Happy Watching!

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