paying government dues, taking care of the mundane things that must be done, and preparing for a transcontinental move, I’m particular about how I spend my free time.
I don’t have cable with 140 channels. I do have iTunes and access to most shows. Some I’m still waiting on like Game of Thrones and the last season of Big Love. As my husband and I cull from the plethora of shows available, we go for variety: sci-fi, drama, comedy. I’ll give a show one to two episodes before making a decision. If I’m really on the fence, then I’ll give it a third chance to hook and win me as a viewer.
The shows that win are smart, fast-paced, sometimes sexy, sometimes funny, but always entertaining.
The shows that are my favorite leave me hungry for the next episode. Throughout the season the writers don’t hold back, they don’t wring every drop from a plot line as if they’re worried their imaginations can’t come up with something new to keep viewers hooked. More importantly, they force the characters to make tough choices and aren’t afraid to kill someone if it makes sense.
My top two favorites for now are:
The Vampire Diaries
Sons of Anarchy
One show that had so much potential, but failed miserably: V.
Then V, the little remake that could but didn’t, had the kiss of death--the four to six month hiatus where they expect viewers to patiently wait instead of forgetting about the show and moving on to the next one.
Pushing the envelope is not easy to do, but if done well the rewards speak for themselves with hit TV shows and novels we recommend to our friends because we can’t stop talking about them.
What are you watching that you’d recommend? I’d love to know your favorites.