recently asked in an email if I have a current favorite TV show and what I might be watching these days, so I thought I'd make it a post so I could answer her question and invite everyone else to provide their own likes and dislikes.
Stargate: Atlantis is currently the show I most look forward to on TV. This was a show I had no interest in watching until I saw a songvid (It was 'Stress' featuring the one and only Doctor Rodney McKay). It sent me off scrambling to get the S1 episodes, and I have to admit, I was hooked from the very first episode. The setting of Atlantis captivated me, and it turned out to be one of those rare TV shows where I truly love every single character. To me, it's just a pleasure to sit down and watch an episode, and after emerging battle-scarred and weary from SG1 fandom, I've found SGA fandom (at least on LJ which is where I seek it out) to be a cheery, polite, upbeat, very creative place and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy fandom again. There are some Big Changes coming in S4, but I’ve learned (I hope) not to prejudge things and to just take it as it comes. If it turns out I don’t like what they do in S4, I’ll stop watching. It will be disappointing, but one thing I have learned is that there is always something else out there.
I've watched every episode and really enjoy the show, but while I was visiting elgrey
, we sat down and re-watched a S1 episode and it reminded me how truly fond I am of this show. Another show that is just a pleasure to watch. I feel no need to join any fandoms, and I don't read the fanfic; I just enjoy watching it for the sheer pleasure.
House. This is a tricky one. During this last season I've more often than not wanted to throw bricks at the TV while this was airing (aiming specifically for Dr. Gregory House's head), but I can't not watch it. It's compelling viewing. I want to know what happens next, even if I end up banging my head against the wall when I find out. I don't think I've ever watched a TV show quite the way I watch House. *g*
Without a Trace. I have to admit, the show isn't compelling me the way it used to, but it still has Martin Fitzgerald in it, and I do like all the characters, even though I do find Elena superfluous in almost every episode. I'll keep watching, but not with the excitement I used to have.
Heroes. Another show I enjoy. It's interesting, it's different, it's exciting, I'm caught up in the storylines. I hope they can keep it going like they did in S1.
The Riches. This is a wonderfully black comedy starring Eddie Izzard, and I highly recommend it to anyone. It reminds me a bit of Six Feet Under with that same type of dark humor. I am completely captivated by it, and it has gotten lots of great PR here in the States. I'm really looking forward to what comes in the next season.
The Discovery Channel. Mythbusters! Deadliest Catch! Man vs Wild! (Hey, have you *seen* this guy? His name is Bear! He’s British! He lives in a houseboat in London. There is no way you cannot love this guy.) I loves me my Discovery Channel.
Shows/series I have on disk to watch, but haven't yet:
The Tudors. I've watched the first two episodes to far, and they were excellent. I am totally looking forward to the rest of the season.
Deadwood, Seasons 2 and 3. I loved S1, but I do have to be in the mood for it. It's a very well produced and well acted series, and when I watch it I'm sure I will be caught up in it again. Just not in the mood at the moment.
The Dresden Files. I haven't actually heard a lot of feedback on this show, but I've got it on disk ready to watch.
Robin Hood. Again, I haven't heard a ton about this one, but I'll give any series about Robin Hood a try.
Shows I Tried to Like, but Gave Up On:
Torchwood. I really really tried to like it, but I couldn't get past the dull dull characters or the dull dull scripts. I'm very disappointed that I didn't love it, because I so wanted to.
Lost. I gave up mid-season two. I may wait until the entire series has run and then rent the DVDs and watch it all the way through in hopes it makes more sense than it was when I was watching it week to week.
Doctor Who. The jury's still out on this one. I may try again, but I wasn't exactly captivated, although that may have had a lot to do with Rose, about whom the less said the better.
What I'm currently watching via Netflix: Shogun, starring Richard Chamberlain. So far, excellent.
So, how about everyone else? What are you watching? What have you given up on? Any recommendations? Have I missed anything I should be giving a try?