Welcome back (at last) to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is fall TV-themed, and I figured it was simplest just to share my Top Ten Favorite TV Shows with you guys! You probably know about a lot of them, thanks to my fandom-laced humor posts, but hey, just in case. When I started this blog, I wasn't even a fan of most of these shows--I was barely comfortable with Disney, LOL.
1) Doctor Who. The ultimate of British TV, with nine modern seasons and countless classic ones beginning in 1963, Doctor Who has an extensive fanbase of awesomeness. This sci-fi show for youth follows the Doctor, the last remaining alien from the war-torn planet Gallifrey. He is also one of the Timelords, a special group of Gallifreyans that have twelve lives each and can travel through time and space in ships called T.A.R.D.I.S.'s. Always a bit nontraditional and now very alone, the Doctor takes on various human companions in his adventures, where he saves people, planets, and even universes from much more unfriendly aliens. I've been a fan since 2013; my favorite regeneration of the Doctor is the Ninth, and my favorite companion is Rose.
2) Sherlock. Britain's other most famous TV show in the modern day, Sherlock takes Arthur Conan Doyle's much-loved classic detective Sherlock Holmes into modern London, along with his partner and best friend John Watson, archnemesis James Moriarty, and many other characters. Sherlock is antisocial, disagreeable, and a total genius who becomes humanized throughout the series by his friendship with John. The most annoying part of being a Sherlock fan? Each series only has three 90 minute episodes, and there are years-long gaps between series. Currently, there are three series. Which means nine episodes total (plus one TV special, cry cry cry). I've been a fan since 2013.
3) Supernatural. Rounding out Tumblr's TV fandom trifecta, Supernatural is an American TV show about two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who travel the United States hunting mythological monsters after the mysterious death of their mother. As the seasons progress, the show's mythology becomes more complex and interwoven with religious mythos, and it is absolutely brilliant. The true core of the show, however, is the family relationships, especially the brotherhood of Sam and Dean. There are eleven seasons right now, and the next one's coming up soon. I'm personally a Dean girl, but I'm also a big fan of Cas, and I have been watching the show since 2014.
4) Young Justice. This DC cartoon for youth only ran for two seasons, which is a crime, quite frankly. The first superhero-themed media I actually got into, back in 2011, this show follows a team of younger superheroes who step out from the shadow of their adult counterparts to form their own kind of Justice League. I was a huge fan of Miss Martian (who has psychic powers like Scarlet Witch, yes, I do have a type), and I majorly shipped her and Superboy, as well as Artemis/Kid Flash. The shippiness of this show was inspiring, guys. Why did it have to end?!
5) Merlin. I also came into this show in 2013, a long while after its five seasons had ended, but I still had a lot of feelings watching it. This is a British, child-friendly retelling of the King Arthur myth, with teen characters and from the perspective of the wizard Merlin. Historical in nature, plenty of drama, but again, it's mythos-lite for young viewers. Lovely stuff, contingent on the friendship between Arthur and Merlin.
6) Bones. Sort of like Sherlock, but without all the British awesomeness, Bones follows expert forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, her FBI partner Seeley Booth, and the scientists at the Smithsonian as they solve murders and navigate personal relationships. I began watching last year and have seen thirteen of fourteen seasons so far. It's a fun show! I did feel pretty cheated by the *spoiler: highlight to read* way the writers finally put Brennan and Booth together after all that tension, not even properly showing anything, but otherwise I've enjoyed it a lot.
7) Phineas and Ferb. This is undoubtedly one of Nickelodeon's best-written shows, a kid's cartoon about two brothers who spend the entire summer coming up with various brilliant things to do, while their older sister tries to stop them and their pet platypus acts as a secret agent combating the scheming but incompetent villain Dr. Doofenshmirtz. It's witty, fun, has a lot of great cultural references, fun songs, and also, Perry the Platypus! I didn't see much of what aired after I went to college, but I used to watch it all the time in high school. (Also, Ferb and Isabella.) (Yes, I said Ferb.)
8) Psych. The brilliant minds of Sherlock and Bones meet pure ridiculousness in this show about Shawn, a genius detective who poses as a psychic while solving crimes for the local police, and his much more grounded best friend Gus. I've been watching for a couple years, and I think I'm on season five? I watch this show whenever I need a laugh instead of feels. It's great!
9) Danny Phantom. This is the first TV show I was actually a fan of, and Danny was my first ever fictional crush. (No judging.) I still think the fact that this show ended is a travesty because it was awesome. Top notch characterization skills. I watched it mostly in elementary school, obviously, because that's when it was on the air. Danny Phantom is a Nickelodeon cartoon about a teen who gets caught in a freak accident with his parents' science experiment, a portal into the ghost world, and becomes half-ghost. Basically, he goes back and forth between being Danny Fenton, a regular kid, and Danny Phantom, a teen ghost with all the included ghostly powers who fights the evil ghosts that escaped from the portal. (And yes, I shipped him with Sam.)
10) The Flash. Speaking of gaining powers in a science experiment gone wrong, The Flash is DC's live-action TV show about Barry Allen, a young man who gets struck by lightning amidst a catastrophic science experiment and develops superspeed. With a team of geniuses behind him, he secretly becomes the Flash to fight off other "enhanced" villains, all the while contending with a sinister overarching plot involving time travel. Unlike most of DC's modern work, The Flash has a great sense of humor, plenty of one liners, not too heavy on the melodrama. It's fun and intelligent, and Iris West is the bomb, by the way. I watched the first season last year and am waiting for the second to become available. Yay superheroes!
I was also a Once Upon a Time fan for the first few seasons, but I think it outstayed its welcome and became contrived. I really liked Crossing Lines, but it turned bad after the second season. As a teen, I enjoyed Kim Possible, Hannah Montana, Ned's Declassified, and other Disney/Nickelodeon shows of the era, and I casually watch Law and Order: SVU, The Office, Steven Universe, and Pretty Little Liars. (And yes, I do plan on trying out Stranger Things soon.)
What are your favorite TV shows? Any recommendations for me?
Thanks, everyone, and I'll see you tomorrow!
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