I have a very short attention span when it comes to television. When the millionth season of whatever is announced, I’ve already tuned out. It takes a lot to hold my interest after one or two seasons however, there’s a bunch of shows that I have enjoyed, from beginning to end.
From the eighties and nineties, my absolute favourites (as opposed to the shows everyone watched: Melrose Place, 21 Jump Street, Moonlighting, Seinfeld, Ally McBeal and Friends) were –
01. Cold Feet – there’s one bit I actually never thought I’d recover from…
02. This Life – spent a good hour every week debriefing with work colleagues over this show.
04. Party of Five – cried, every week.
05. Teachers – funny, sentimental, grim.
Once I had kids, I started binge-watching (to be honest, binged on crap). I didn’t have the time or the brain-space to watch tele in a leisurely or thoughtful way –
06. Grey’s Anatomy – it’s ridiculous, I know. Soooo over-the-top. Anyway, the finale of season six gave me a three day migraine (also, Team McDreamy).
07. North Square – I’ve never been into courtroom dramas – this was the exception.
08. Gossip Girl – Blair and Chuck…
09. Scrubs – never failed to make me laugh.
10. Downton Abbey – if only for Maggie Smith.
11. Hollowmen – half laughing, half horrified – it’s billed as a comedy but is actually exactly what my previous workplace was like. Exactly.
My most recent favourites (granted, have only seen one season of some of these…) –
12. Catastrophe – possibly have never laughed so hard at a show.
13. Banshee – the most violent and gripping thing I’ve ever seen (fun fact: it’s written by Jonathan Tropper).
14. UnREAL – now I can watch The Bachelor with a whole new appreciation.
15. Utopia – another cringe-laugh combo modeled on my previous workplace.