Today, in honor of the return of one of my favorite TV shows, I'm giving you a list of my favorite TV shows. Now, me and TV have kind of a different relationship. Unlike movies, music, and books, I've never been seriously into TV. It's more of a side interest when I'm bored--except for when I have a favorite show obsession. That's pretty rare.
The thing about TV is that it tends to be less conservative overall. Movies, music, and books are easy to select without running into some of the content I'm not OK with. TV is less so. Which is why you're going to now be confronted with a lot of kid TV!
*Editor's Note 11/29/16: An updated version of this post is available here.*
Young Justice is a Cartoon Network superhero cartoon series, following, originally, six main characters--all teenage superheros. Some were sidekicks at one point, others have different origins. They come together to form a younger Justice Team working under the original Justice League.
The six original characters are Aqualad (the sidekick for Aquaman and the team leader), Kid Flash (Flash's nephew), Robin (obviously, Batman's sidekick), Superboy (a clone of Superman originally designed to kill Superman but freed from mind control by the other team members), Martian Girl (introduced as Martian Manhunter's niece), and Artemis (a bow shooter who briefly works as Green Arrow's sidekick). The main conflict here is with a group of very secret villains all working together. At this point, halfway through season two, which just returned, the secret group is still not revealed, but they have been working unceasingly with all kinds of plots and maneuvers to reach their goal.
Season Two, which just resumed, takes place a number of years after Season One, with an expanded Young Justice team and a number of new plans, plots, and relationships. Young Justice is a phenomenal show to me, first off, because it's a superhero show. I like that kind of stuff. Plus, it focuses on younger characters, which is easier for a young adult to relate to. Then, the conflict, the plot, and especially the relationships are very well done and intriguing.
True within the DC universe and well-done, this is probably my absolute favorite show at the moment. Sadly, it's only on during Saturday mornings, before I'm willing to get up... college is ruining my TV life.
House of Anubis
This is the first soap opera designed for children (read: clean), and I think it's very well-done. House of Anubis, on Nickelodeon, follows eight teenagers (in the second season, ten) at a British boarding school as they discover the secrets behind the school's ancient Egyptian-centric past. It involves a good amount of mythology and archaeology, which is part of why I like it so much. The main character is Nina, an American who comes into this particular house of the school, Anubis House, and gets dragged into the big mystery of where one of the students has disappeared to.
The relationship drama, naturally, is insane, because it's a soap opera. And it always ends on a cliffhanger, which both kills me and makes me watch more. This one is probably the one I've had the most addiction issues with. Very intriguing and well-done. I love all the characters, although my favorite, Eddie, doesn't come til Season Two, haha. (An extra cool bonus: you can actually watch all the episodes online at the Nick website)
Another Nickelodeon show (but very non-British), this one follows a group of kids at a performing arts school. Already you probably can see the attraction for me. Kids. Performing arts. School. The main character is Tori Vega, who is the new kid, a talented singer. This show is very humorous and interesting, and also has some good character relationship stuff going on. Plus, I do really love the music.
All of these actors have very good singing voices (although Avan Jogia, who plays Beck, is an aspiring actor in the show, not a musician), and they're very fun kids. It's a nice, laidback kind of show.
Big Time Rush
Annnnnnnnddd... more Nickelodeon. Don't judge. I like these boys.
Created with the same concept as The Monkees, or whatever that was, Big Time Rush follows four hockey players from Minnesota as they become a boy band in Hollywood. Lots of show biz, relationship, boy-style stuff. It's really funny actually. Their sound effects are amazing, and it's very laidback and humorous--very teenage boyish in a clean way. It makes me laugh really hard every time I see it. They're also pretty good singers.
The four boys are, left to right in the picture, Carlos, Kendall, James, and Logan. They all have a special place in the group, which just heightens the greatness. Carlos is the sweet, awkward one, who has this random hockey helmet with him all the time. Kendall is the leader of the group. James is the hot guy, and very aware of it in the show, although he's more funny than stuck up. Logan is the brainiac.
I watch other stuff too here and there. I tend to browse mostly Disney, Nick, and TLC. I like shows such as Phineas and Ferb (Disney genius, I'm telling you), What Not to Wear, and Four Weddings. I'm also getting into Once Upon a Time on ABC, except the college lack of a TV thing is messing that up too. Phooey.
And that is that! Come back Wednesday for who-knows-what. I'll pick something. I've got at least sixteen post drafts sitting around, so something will happen. Thanks!
Pictures via the respective TV networks.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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