Favourite Television

A lot of the television I love gets cancelled pretty quickly. Le sigh.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) & Angel (1999-2004)
Put bluntly, these shows finally made me think about television as an art form. I'd long enjoyed watching it but never really appreciated it. Not only did creator Joss Whedon show me the power of episodic storytelling but interacting with the fans of his shows proved to me the power of storytelling, period. 



Dead Last (2001)
I thought this series about three band members who see ghosts sounded goofy and didn't start watching until after it had already ceased production 13 episodes in. Imagine my horror at discovering it was not only smart and highly entertaining but also had an uncommon but highly effective five-act structure. Now YTV's stopped rerunning it and I still haven't seen all the episodes. Sadness is mine. As a side note - the whole cast was good, but Canadian Tyler Labine was scene-stealing awesome.

 
Quantum Leap (1989-1993)
A wonderful bit of science fiction that cared less about the science and more about the fiction. There were nearly as many holes in the body-jumping time travel premise as in Sam's swiss cheese memory, but he and Al were too compelling as characters to worry about it. This series had the perfect balance between continuing themes and a short story anthology feel.
  • Read some silly-yet-related flash fiction on my old blog.



Other TV Faves
  • The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993-1994)
  • Arrested Development (2003-2006)
  • Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
  • Eli Stone (2008-2009)
  • E.N.G. (1989-1994)
  • Enlisted (2014)
  • Firefly (2002)
  • Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009)
  • The Good Guys (2010) 
  • House (2004-2012)
  • Lost (2004-2010)
  • Mad Men (2007-2015)
  • M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)
  • Mork and Mindy (1978-1982)
  • The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
  • Night Court (1984-1992)
  • Northern Exposure (1990-1995)
  • Pushing Daises (2007-2009)
  • Raising Hope (2010-2014)
  • BBC's Sherlock (2010-2017)
  • The Simpsons (1989- )
  • The West Wing (1999-2006)



Current "Must-See TV"

These may or may not make the favourite list someday, but here are the shows I'm currently committed to, or waiting impatiently for the next season of:
  • Angie Tribeca
  • Better Call Saul
  • Daily Planet
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  • Doctor Who 
  • Elementary
  • Kim's Convenience
  • New Girl 
  • Stranger Things

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