It’s TEN From GEM time again!
You all know the drill by now – I come up with a topic and name my ten favorites in that category – and then you weigh in with your lists… and this week’s topic is FAVORITE TV SHOWS…
I feel like my TV viewing can be broken up into three distinct periods, early childhood, the 70s and now. So here goes, in no particular order:
THE ELECTRIC COMPANY: Yeah I watched Sesame Street but honestly there was something about those Muppets and the slit in their faces for a mouth that never sat right with me. I gravitated more to the colors and singing of The Electric Company. But how dare Morgan Freeman scare the crap out of me when I was a kid!
EMERGENCY: Yes, it was cheesy, yes the special effects were non-existent, but they had men in uniforms and how adorable was Randolph Mantooth? I crushed on him so hard I still remember his name without having to look it up… sheesh
THE LOVE BOAT: Okay I was moving into high school when this was popular. I didn’t just want to go on a cruise I wanted to be JULIE! Honestly I would get excited just watching the show open! Admit it, you feel the same way. Sing with me “Love, exciting and new, come aboard, we’re expecting you…”
CHIPS: Okay now looking back on this list it is clear I needed to spend more time outside. CHIPS was another favorite. Maybe because I was raised in California, maybe because it was the first time I could remember a non-white actor playing a lead role (and he was cute too), maybe because I related to the show having seen many of these guys in my rearview mirror! Whatever the reason, this was also a favorite…
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Oh man, oh man, oh man I LOVED this show. My father and I used to watch it together. It had snappy writing and always-unexpected outcomes. Remember the one where the pretty woman awakens from surgery and hated the way she looked?
THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW: I was just starting out in TV and for some reason, related to the neuroses of Gary Shandling and the complete and total unabashed ass kissing by Rip Torn. Not that anyone did that for me!
THE OFFICE: Okay now we’re moving into the modern day. I love this show for it’s cast of misfits led by the king of all misfits, Steve Carrell, who I have loved ever since watching him get waxed in The 40 Year Old Virgin. This is appointment viewing in our house and a must see for anyone who has ever worked in an office setting.
THE SOPRANOS: What can I say other than this was an unreal show to watch. The cast was SUPERB all the way – James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, the list goes on and on. And Tony the man was just ruthless… like when he ordered the hit on Adrianna:
MAD MEN: This is my new favorite and has been for the last four seasons. Love Jon Hamm, though this season it’s been hard to watch his downward spiral. Love to hate Betty and I guess, like a lot of women out there, I identify a bit with the plucky, working girl, Peggy.
MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE: I just LOVE this show! It’s like Sex and the City for middle aged men. I wonder, sometimes, if it’s a realistic portrayal / peek into the angst men feel at this stage in their lives. I love to see Ray Romano tackle a meaty role after years in sitcoms and co-stars Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula are also fabulous. Together they make me look at my husband Buff in a different way.
Okay those are my ten, but what about you? Name your top ten TV shows and list them here. I’d love to hear your picks!