My-oh-my, I’ve watched some terrible TV programmes over the years. But, as with anything, it takes practice to become an expert at something. Learning select top telly viewage is no different. Haha! Of course, everything is subjective so if you ask Sam his opinion on some of these, I’m sure he’ll scoff. Time is in short supply now I’m the mum of a small though, so if I’m going to find the time to plonk my bottom on the sofa and indulge in some visual entertainment then I’m damn well going to watch what I like, cheesy or not!
The Big Bang Theory
For years and years Sam and I avoided watching this. We saw the odd snippet of a trailers on E4 and thought it looked like just another mediocre U.S. sitcom. When visiting my friend Carol before Little H was born, she strongly suggested we watch it; said that with our science-y, maths-y, geeky, techie tendencies we’d really enjoy it. Still be resisted. Then Little H was born and we found ourselves in the need of some light TV so we thought, “What the hell.”. Our eyes were opened and we enjoyed a lot of laughs! I’m not so sold on the more recent series; the show is aging and it’s losing it’s touch. But those early ones are still comedy cold!
Jane the Virgin
The first season of this aired whilst I was on Maternity Leave with Little H. The trailer on E4 made me chuckle and I thought it was worth a shot. I’m so glad I did because I love this show. The hispanic theme really appeals to me and I love listening (and realising I still understand!) the Spanish conversations. It also has such ludicrous plot lines that it’s just gripping. I enjoyed season 2 during nap times this summer / autumn and can’t wait for season 3 next year!
I don’t know many people of my age who didn’t religiously watch ‘Friends’. I can measure my teens and university life in what was happening in this awesome sitcom. It evokes such happy memories. I remember recording series 1 & 2 repeats on TV to start watching it and sitting in the living room with Mum and my sister. I remember Mum buying us the new series DVDs and my sister and I sitting on the floor in ‘the other room’ watching them hungrily back-to-back on the little TV. I remember watching the final episode with my mates and uni, all squashed into Dave’s room because he had The Big TV. It’s aged certainly. But I’ve rewatched all seasons since Little H was born and they are just so easy to watch.
The David Tennant series are my favourite. My absolute favourite episode is ‘The Girl in the Fireplace‘. Matt Smith follows close behind, although I wasn’t convinced about him to begin with. I go through phases of watching it and actually haven’t for a while. But it might be time to break out the box sets again. They are a wonderful level of Sci-Fi meets comedy. Ideal for me!
I don’t know many people who watched this, although it ran to a full five series so I can’t have been alone in enjoying this. I got into it because it was easy watching. I loved the comedy element to it. I also enjoy programmes built around myth and legend!
Since watching ‘The Office’ all those years ago, I have been a big fan of Martin Freeman. I think he’s such an amazing cast as Watson in the new adaptation of Conan-Doyle’s books. Benedict Cumberbatch is also fantastic as Sherlock, the two having a really awesome dynamic on screen. Sam is a HUGE fan of the original books and will watch any adaptation. He really enjoys these so I watch them quite a lot and I find them really immersive.
This is such a classic! Only in Great Britain could we have 3 series of a comedy set around some priests on a tiny Irish island. The characters are just so perfectly written. The comedy is simple and cringe worthy. The storylines are so completely innocent. I doubt any other shows could get away with an episode about a sheep losing his ‘mojo’ ahead of a competition. Or a bunch of priests getting stranded in the lingerie section of a department store. And you have to love Dougal.
What shows do you always enjoy watching?
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