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I’m not that big on tv. It’s not only a matter of time (or lack thereof), but mostly because 1. I’d rather read, and 2. There’s rarely anything I’d want to watch.

In the midst of so many reality shows (should they even be called tv?), some of them good (Top Chef), most of them abominations (Real Housewives of ___, The Kardashians, The Bachelor/ette, take your pick) that prey on people who like seeing other people mistreated, or who enjoy watching how other people live their lives, only a few shows are worth watching. I mean, that Gordon Ramsey is the meanest guy I’ve ever seen, and I believe his tv shows are quite successful, but how many of his restaurants are thriving in real life? Or at least compared to Tom Colicchio’s, who is tough but is always polite to the contestants and by contrast is an extremely succesful restauranteur.

However, there are a handful of shows that will make me leave the book aside or at least try to stay awake for a while. 

It took me a while to get hooked on Game of Thrones. I recorded the first 3 seasons and started watching them at a leisurely pace earlier this year. While we watched the first episodes of the first season, my husband and I started wondering why people were addicted to this show. As we reached the fifth episode, it all started to make some sense. By the time the 4th season started, we would be glued to our tv a good 30 minutes before the start of each episode.

I think anyone who’s ever seen Game of Thrones can’t easily drop it, no matter how gory or explicit it gets. And it does get quite gory and explicit. I mean, that scene with Oberyn was awful – and I only heard it because I had my eyes closed, but dear husband felt the need to describe in detail what I had chosen to miss -. I don’t think such graphic violence has ever been allowed before. And the nudity? Well, sometimes I think that all the actresses (let’s face it, the guys don’t get much exposure) that are of legal age up to those that are premenopausal must have signed a nudity clause. The only thing that would make me stop watching would be if Arya or Sansa Stark showed more skin than they should.  Or if Tyrion, the best character by far, gets killed.

I’m truly faithful to Person of Interest. I think it’s well written, the characters are well defined and portrayed, and the twists that we’ve been presented with are believable. I hated that Carter was killed, but I understood that it needed to happen, and that, I think, is what makes shows great: the fact that even though the characters may come and go, the story stands on its own. The story is constantly shifting and you have to pay attention if you don’t want to get lost. And it doesn’t hurt that Jim Caviezel is in it.

Downton Abbey is just great tv in every sense. As each season goes by, I try to find fault with it, but I just can’t. Nothing is left to chance, and even though I know that Sybill’s and Matthew’s characters were written out because the actors asked to leave, their departure looked as if they had been planned from the beginning. It makes me laugh, especially Maggie Smith’s character, but it also makes me cry just as hard sometimes. It also makes me feel nostalgic, as this was the one tv show my mother and I enjoyed and it was one of the few points in common we had. Now that she’s gone, I have no one to share it with, since no one I know watches it. Sigh.

I’ll put up with Scandal as well, but mostly because I enjoy seeing how each character keeps trying to prove that they are the baddest of them all. I understand that Kerry Washington is “it” right now, but I can’t tolerate her acting. In general, I’ll give Shonda Rimes’ shows some leeway, but I know I’ll get tired of them at some point. Just too much drama for me.

I’m a little behind on The Good Wife (OMG Will was just killed!!!) but I really enjoy it, even if I haven’t been able to follow the whole thing. I like Resurrection and its weird plot, but mostly I like Omar Epps, who I think is a great actor. The Last Ship is showing some promise, but I don’t know how much longer I’ll stick with it – the plot is going all sorts of places and I’m losing interest. As long as Falling Skies stays on, I’ll be watching. There’s something about a dystopian future that attracts me. Homeland is good, but I don’t know how much more I can stand watching Claire Danes cry. I was a fierce fan of Revenge until last season. I don’t think I’ll be watching the next one.

Regarding comedy, there’s much more to choose from, but my absolute favorites are Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory and The Middle. Maybe Mom. All of them make me laugh out loud, and that’s not easy. Two and a Half Men used to be on my list, but that was when Charlie Sheen was still on it. Ashton Kutcher is no match for him and they should have just cancelled the show while they were ahead. And I still don’t get why most people think he’s cute…

As for the ones that no longer exist, I was a huge fan of Almost Human (THAT was great TV, and yet for some reason the network thought that The Following was a safer bet. I mean, this was Karl Urban in a show that had great special effects and nothing about it had been done before), Revolution, and a show that has been long cancelled but still stings each time I remember it: Flash Forward. That show was huge everywhere except in the US, so after weighing it against “V”, the network chose “V”. Of course, it was the best decision, seeing that “V” lasted a whopping 2 half seasons (about 12 episodes each). I guess networks should change the way they measure ratings, because nowadays with DVRs, Hulu, and the multiple internet sites that allow streaming tv shows, people continue to watch tv but through other media, and that is seriously affecting advertising, which – let’s be honest – ultimately sustains a show.

I know there are many other shows worth mentioning, but I’ve probably never had the chance to watch them. Anyway, it’s a good thing there’s much to choose from, or I’d never watch tv at all.

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