As I sit here enjoying the show Parenthood, I find myself reflecting on other shows I have given my heart to over the years. They are as follows, in a general, non-definitive order of Marginally Great to Greatest Ever. In the comments, please share what your favorite shows are. I’m always looking for new ones to add to my list!
10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Yes, if you don’t know, this show is a comedy about a woman who is tackling the big city after being held underground in a bunker for most of her life, thinking the world had ended. She acts like an eight year old most of the time, she lives in a really shitty apartment owned by the very eccentric Lillian (Carol Kane), and her roommate is Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), a flamboyant, sometimes cross-dressing wannabe actor. She ends up working as a babysitter for Jacqueline Voorhees, a rich and out-of-touch mom, played by the hilarious Jane Krakowski. It’s super funny and appeals to almost every millenial out there because of its liberal lean and emphasis on the hardships of being an adult. It was also created by Tina Fey, who is obviously a comedy rock star. The reason why I put it in a lower spot is because sometimes the comedy is a little too envelope-pushy for me. Jokes about race and ethnicity are the backbone of the show, like how Jacqueline is supposed to be a Native American woman trying her hardest to be white, or when Kimmy has an Asian boyfriend named Dong. This is my personal opinion, but sometimes that makes me a little uncomfortable.
9. Young and Hungry
In this show, Emily Osment plays Gabi– a broke, young chef who gets a job working in the home of a rich bachelor. The first day on the job, she sleeps with him, and the rest of the show follows their ups and downs as a boss-and-employee and a couple/non-couple. It’s very cute, Gabi and her best friend have awesome wardrobes for broke twenty-somethings, but it’s also ridiculously cheesy. It’s an easy, feel-good show, not one you have to think about much.
I’m only on Season 2 of this show, so I’ve placed it lower because I’m liking it, but cannot yet give it a perfectly accurate rating. However, I can tell you that it is mostly wholesome with a side of edgy. It follows three generations of the Braverman family as they figure out life with kids. There’s the matriarch and patriarch, who are suffering from marital problems now that their kids are grown and (mostly) out. Then there are their four kids, Adam (Peter Krause), Sarah (Lauren Graham), Julia (Erika Christensen) and Crosby (Dax Shephard), whose families are all suffering from relatable afflictions such as a child with Asperger’s, being low on funds and having to move back home, rebellious teens, not bonding well with their kids, or just finding out that you have a kid at all. I’m only watching this because I had just finished the Gilmore Girls revival and was suffering from Lauren Graham withdrawal, but I have ended up enjoying this one, too. Like I said earlier, it’s a family drama so it’s mostly wholesome, but they touch on some edgier topics like sex and masturbation, cheating spouses, etc. It’s also funny that Lauren Graham and Peter Krause play siblings, but they’re married in real life because of this show.
7. Parks and Rec
Every day is the best day of the year for Leslie Knope, who works for her local government’s parks and recreation department. She brings sunshine and light to the otherwise dull world of town-level politics. It’s filmed in a mocumentary format, like The Office (which is not on this list because I have not watched it *gasp*), and it follows Leslie around in her many adventures trying to create the best parks department in the world. It is slow at first. It took me five or six episodes to really give a shit, and I had given up on it once before. But once someone convinced me to give it a shot, I was so glad that I had. It’s funny, iconic, full of quotable characters, and Amy Poehler is the lead so how could that ever be wrong?
6. Gossip Girl
You are so right, Georgina Sparks. The world does need Gossip Girl. I loved this show because it’s just so indulgent. The juicy drama, the incredibly sexy people who are supposed to play high school students, the clothes…what’s not to like? I stayed away from it for so long because I couldn’t imagine what could be so interesting about a bunch of privileged teenagers frolicking around New York City, but I changed my mind real quick once I actually started watching. In the interest of full disclosure though, I have a serious girl crush on Leighton Meester and I would watch any show just to look at her all the time. Still sad her and the prince didn’t work out. I love Chuck and everything, but come on, Blair is a princess.
5. Fixer Upper
I’m not gonna lie to ya’ll, I would throw away the thousands upon thousands of dollars I’ve spent on school for therapy if I had a chance to become the Joanna Gaines of the northeast. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s on HGTV, and it follows a couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, as they rehab “fixer upper” homes in and around Waco, Texas. They have four children, a working farm, a real estate empire, a novel, a magazine, a bakery, and a love of shiplap that rivals any great American romance I’ve ever heard of. They actually just removed it from Netflix for some absurd reason, but you can still catch it on HGTV, which I highly recommend.
4. New Girl
Don’t we all, Jessica Day.
Every character in this damn show is lovable and wonderful. They’re all so weird in their own ways, but they love each other so much that they make it work and I love them so much that sometimes when I watch for too long I forget I’m not one of them.
Woah, sorry. Accidental confession session there. New Girl follows Jess, who, in the beginning of the show is moving out of her boyfriend’s house because she had come home from work early and naked to surprise him, but found him with another woman right in the middle of her sexual dance with their living room plant. She interviews with a few guys who are looking for a roommate because, as she says, their Craigslist ad made her think they were women, and she ends up being the New Girl. It’s full of awkward humor that makes everyone uncomfortable, but it also brings you all closer together as one big happy family. Oh wait, not you, just them. Sorry, that pesky wishful thinking got me again.
3. Gilmore Girls
Ahh, Rory and Lorelei, made famous for their coffee-induced antics and fast-talking. I don’t know anyone with a vagina who hasn’t watched this show if I’m being perfectly honest (and a little too graphic), but I’ll give a quick synopsis anyway. Lorelei and Rory Gilmore are a weirdly close mother-daughter duo living in the fictional Stars Hollow, Connecticut. It follows their lives from the time Rory is fifteen to when she graduates college, and documents the struggles that both a child and a single mom can go through during those crazy years. It’s heartwarming, funny in a dry sort of way where you won’t catch half the jokes if you’re not paying attention, and it’ll leave you wanting more at the end, I promise. I just learned from reading Lauren Graham’s memoir Talking As Fast As I Can that they didn’t know for sure if the finale was even going to be the finale, so they left hella strings loose. However, this left them the perfect opening for the revival which aired on Netflix in November. However however, I was left wanting more after the revival too, which is why I got Graham’s memoir for Christmas and started watching Parenthood.
2. Once Upon a Time
The only reason OUAT isn’t first is that it doesn’t appeal to as wide an audience as the one that took the spot. It’s a little science-fictiony, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s not usually mine, but this show, as you may have guessed, is about fairy tales, and fairy tales are my shit.
The main character, Emma, is a bail bonds person who wishes for her twenty-eighth birthday that she didn’t have to be alone. As if by *magic* a little boy shows up at her door, claiming to be the child she gave up for adoption ten years prior. She gives him a ride home, and her life gets turned absolutely upside down when they arrive in the strange little town of Storybrooke, Maine.
Robert Carlyle is unbelievable as Rumpelstiltskin, and Lana Parilla is the most beautiful and incredible evil queen to ever grace a TV screen. I highly, highly recommend giving it a shot, even if you’re not normally into shows like this. The stories are so intricately woven together, and they beautifully incorporate classic fairy tale characters and new ones of their own creation. It’s full of both heartwarming morals and intense action, and even though we know good always wins, it’s so much fun to see how they make it happen.
1. How I Met Your Mother
Ta-daaaa! Number one on my list is How I Met Your Mother. It’s the show that you can bond with almost everyone in the world over, its insanely quotable, it’s witty, heartfelt, and funny all at the same time. The kicker is that the kids knew the ending to the show the entire time because they recorded all of their parts in the beginning so they wouldn’t age. Can you even imagine? From 2005 to 2014 Lyndsy Fonesca and David Henrie kept one of the biggest secrets in American pop culture. To put it in perspective: the ENTIRE time David Henrie was on Wizards of Waverly Place, he had the secret of HIMYM floating around in his head. Government secrets get out to more people than this one did.
Also, have you all ever seen the episode where Marshall’s father passes away? There’s a countdown in that show to the moment it happens. Check out my HIMYM board on Pinterest to see it, or note that it’s Season 6, episode 13 (Bad News) and watch it yourself. Even more incredible is the fact that Jason Segal’s script said that Lily was pregnant, so when Lily told him his father had passed, his reaction of just looking at her and processing was both as a character and a person. I just got chills remembering. It was perfect.
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On My Future List
One Tree Hill
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The Office (Maybe, it was suggested by my ex so bad associations)