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.
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?