You said you missed my top fives, and I listened. It’s Wednesday so here is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write or decide – my top 5 TV shows. I watch a lot of TV. I watch TV constantly, I have watched weeks of solid TV in the last year, I love it. So here is my attempt at telling you what my absolute favourites are.
1. Gilmore Girls
I have been watching Gilmore Girls since it started – I was 7. I didn’t really understand it too much then, but I grew up with it and I felt like I grew up with Rory. I took all of my inspiration and life ideas from GG, and to this day it is still one of the funniest and most honest shows. If at times, painfully quirky.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Do you remember when Buffy was on TV and you weren’t allowed to watch it? If you don’t you’re either older than me or much younger. It did a lot. As well as being funny, action-packed and downright heartbreaking, it was also groundbreaking in terms of how women (and lesbians) were viewed on TV. Whedon’s women are often full of character flaws, but this makes them three dimensional. Realistic. They’re ass-kicking and inspiring, but sometimes they are human. And I think that might be my favourite thing about Buffy, right after witty dialogue and badass bar fights.
3. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
I only discovered this gem this year, but I’ve probably watched it all the way through about 4 times. It’s the funniest show I have ever watched, regardless of how grand a statement that is. It’s the best. It’s offensive, hideous, the protagonists are deplorable. But I love them and I want their lives. I wrote a longer piece on this so I will leave it there. You can read that, here.
4. The X-Files
Nobody has the patience of Chris Carter and X-Files fans. The longest sustained “are they fucking or?” in the history of TV, and we never got our answer. Not in the actual show, anyway. Mulder and Scully had so much chemistry that I almost never needed them to actually do the deed. It was enjoyable enough just to watch their back and forth. My only issue with The X-Files was Scully’s incessant scepticism. I needed her to just believe. By the third episode it’s like “really, are you actually going to say that it could not be aliens?” but she is still perfect. I love The X-Files.
5. The Simple Life
A strange choice for top 5, but I stand by it. I fucking love The Simple Life. Nicole and Paris’ humour comes from them, not from their stupidity. Their fashion choices are so 2000s, their jokes offensive, their faces always perfect. The Simple Life is inspirational. That is all.
I also enjoy Twin Peaks, The O.C., Desperate Housewives, The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone, Parks and Rec, New Girl and basically everything so if you want me to talk about them, I will. Can’t stop me.