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19 October 2014 @ 11:31 pm
October Question Meme: Day Nineteen  
Asked by sakuraberries:

What are your top 5 television shows and why?

I picked at random from the top of my head, as it was difficult choosing only five since I obviously have so many shows that rank pretty high on my favorites list.


Battlestar Galactica.

How do I even begin to describe my love for this show? I think what surprised me about this show was how different it was from the other science fiction shows that were around during that time. Aside from a few things here and there, I wasn't much into scifi, but I did see previews for BSG and it looked interesting, and others were talking about it, so I decided to give it a try. It was the best decision I ever made, because once I got into it (marathon the miniseries, S1 and S2 before S3 premiered) I was obsessed. It had all the elements that I look for in a story, everything from the mythology and the characters, to the complicated and complexities of morality and the endless questions about defining "what makes one human?"; and what's best is how sometimes there were no straight answers to things and allowed the audience to come up with answers to situations. It really made you question some of the things some characters did, and what would you do if you were in similar positions.

Battlestar Galactica resonated deeply with me and remains to this day one of the best science fiction television series of all time. Honestly, I could write essays on how much I adore this show.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

One of my first main, long-lasting fandoms. Buffy the Vampire Slayer impacted my life in a huge way, particularly during junior high and high school.

When I say this series influenced me, I truly do mean that. From the way the show used metaphors to have an understanding of the teen experience, including how each season was about the growth and development stages of growing up. Buffy Summers was a character I loved and aspired to be like. I loved her strength and how much she endured over the course of the show, her personal survival of all the trials and tribulations she was put through. One of my favorite episodes is from S3, "Helpless", which is kind of the episode I always want to show to people to kind of really explain what BTVS is about. From Buffy and what her calling really means, to the relationships with the characters around her, from her friends to the adults in her life. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that one show where, even though it had its flaws especially in the later seasons, it still holds an important part of my life.


Pretty Little Liars.

While this show is still going, I consider it to be one of my favorite shows that is currently on at the moment.

It's true that this show can get pretty ridiculous at times, and there have been storylines that I haven't particularly favored and the web of continuity can get rather confusing, but there is something about this show that is still rather addicting. The level of mystery and suspense can get pretty good, and sometimes they manage to pull off an interesting reveal, even after five seasons (and counting). But I think the main thing that I adore about this show is the female friendships. Pretty Little Liars is gold when it comes to friendships, and this doesn't just go for our main four girls. The relationships between the mothers and their daughters as well, even extending to the friendships with the other mothers too. I love the mystery and I love the slow unraveling of everything and trying to piece together the puzzle, but these friendships of these girls, these women, of seeing that strength with each other, it makes me smile.


Legend of the Seeker.

There is nothing more amazing that a crackalicious fantasy show with gorgeous scenery, slow-motion fighting sequences with fabulous hair flipping.

I discovered Legend of the Seeker a little bit too late as I just got into it right when it was about to get canceled, and it made me so angry because this show was so amazing. It had everything I never thought I wanted before in a show. I know Terry Goodkind fans were upset about the show being completely different from the books, but hearing what happens in the books, I'm extra glad the show took a life of its own. It didn't take itself too seriously, and was just a fun, lighthearted fantasy show that had everything I could possibly want, specifically with all the fantastic women characters. I highly recommend this series for anyone who hasn't seen it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

What's better than having a Terminator television series? Having that television series focus not on John Connor, but rather his badass mother, Sarah Connor, who is personally struggling with her job at both protecting and preparing her son for saving the future of mankind.

The entire concept of this show was just brilliant from the start, and not just from the Sarah Connor angle. This show had a number of fantastic women characters, including Cameron, the machine sent back to protect John and where a love story between John and Cameron would come from it. Just, everything about this show was so good, it was about the human experiences and connections to seeing the struggles of Sarah being a mother and John coming of age and either denying or accepting his role as John Connor, savior of mankind. Even Cameron as she is learning and understanding about humanity, as well. There was just so many places this show was going into. Just, ugh. Why do all the good ones end up getting canceled away too soon?
 
 
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thekaiserchiefthekaiserchief on October 20th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
I adore shows that show good portrayals of friendships. There's so much fuss made over romantic pairings that it's nice to see friendships get their spotlight on TV as well :)
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on October 20th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
There's also the issue of friendships being sacrificed for some nonsensical drama wedged between them, oftentimes for some petty reason (usually romance/love triangle related), or that dreadful "frenemy" trope where they're friends one episode and trying to rip each other apart the next. And sometimes shows forget a friendship even exists between particular characters.

Having good female friendships portrayed on television is hard to come by, but when they happen I hold them close. ♥
daria234: scifi tsccdaria234 on October 20th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
Lots of great shows - thanks :) I think T:SCC getting cancelled was such a waste of potential too. That show was amazing.
Renée: TSCC. Cameron. Metamorphosis.rogueslayer452 on October 21st, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm surprised it wasn't more popular, since Terminator is a huge franchise and has many fans. You'd think people would have been curious enough. Of course with FOX they hardly give it proper promotion. Just thinking about it makes me really sad and bitter all over again. :/
Samarsakuraberries on October 21st, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Legend of the Seeker!!! I forgot you watched that. Such an amazing show. Cancelling it was a tragedy, tbh.

The books were such a travesty. I read books 1-4 and they were pretty much the worst drivel I've ever come across, and I've read some pretty bad stuff in my search for good fantasy. And that's just the plot, characterization, and writing - that's not even talking about the rampant misogyny so awful it's disturbing.
Renée: Kahlan. HBIC.rogueslayer452 on October 21st, 2014 07:08 am (UTC)
I was so devastated when it was canceled. :( I know that the Save Our Seeker campaign is still going, even if it's just to show support of the show after all this time, but I still think it would be cool for a mini reunion of sorts.

Yeah, after hearing how disturbing the books were in content and what was done with the characters, it's kind of amazing how the show decided to go in a completely different direction, to which I'm incredibly thankful for. I don't even want to fathom the possibility of seeing what would have been had the show been in someone else's hands, like say D&D from GOT. Now that would have been just horrible. *shudders*
orangerfulorangerful on October 21st, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
OOoooh I should add Legend of the Seeker to my rewatch list...I mean, there are only two seasons anyway...and the first season was so fun, even if we just do that.

So many shows, so little time!!!
Renée: LOTS. Denna.rogueslayer452 on October 21st, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
S1 had one of the best and most hilarious episodes, "Mirror", just thinking about it makes me smile and crack up all over again because of how ridiculous and silly it was.

"This one's yours, love crumpet!"

God, this entire show was so great. It knew what it was and it relished in it. I feel like we need more fantasy-based shows like LOTS again. Just pure silly, ridiculous fun with magic and awesome fighting sequences and awesome, fabulous women. :)