Day 01- A show that should never have been canceled:
Joan of Arcadia. I still miss it like it’s on summer hiatus and returning the next season. It was more in two seasons than most shows could hope to be in ten.
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching:
No Ordinary Family. Along with Chase (siiiiigh), it was my favorite new series this season. Most of the credit goes to Julie Benz, but I loved the rest of the family, too. And Autumn Reeser as Katie is just all kinds of adorable. She did my geeky little fangirl heart proud. Plus, Lucy Lawless and Tricia Helfer were guest stars. Come on, people — Darla, Xena and Six in one show? Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to see that?
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season):
Chase. Actually, it’s more of a toss-up between Chase and No Ordinary Family, but since I used NOF for yesterday’s challenge, I’m going with Chase on this. It was a really great show, and I had such high hopes for it. Kelli Giddish is one BAMF; she was sexy as hell as Annie Frost. Those worn-in cowboy boots and jeans. That raspy Southern drawl. Mmmm. I need more of her on my TV. Can we please get her a series with Marg Helgenberger, since they’re obviously long-lost sisters?
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was a Buffy fan before the television show — first time I saw the movie, I was 11 years old. I watched it repeatedly and integrated most of the dialogue into my everyday vocab (and quote it at random to this day). But the series was unlike anything I’ve seen before or since; other than a couple lackluster episodes, it’s damn near perfect. Sure, it’s science fiction, but that just makes it all the more enjoyable because anything can happen in that world. The humor and drama were usually 10x the quality of that on a “regular” show, despite the fantasy elements. Or maybe because of. Bring on the fantasy, I say.
(Yeah, I’m behind. This is Saturday’s) Day 05 - A show you hate:
Ghost Whisperer. Never actually watched an episode; never plan to. I resented the show from day one because it replaced Joan of Arcadia, and then I read some dumb-ass quote by
Satan incarnate Les Moonves about ghosts attracting more viewers than God. Um, bite me, Moonves. Oh, and I really just can’t tolerate Jennifer Love Hewitt. Blech.
(Sunday, Apr. 17) Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show:
“The Body” || Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don’t know of any other show that’s dealt with death quite as realistically as this. Maybe because I’m so close with my own mom, but it’s one of the most upsetting (fictional) things I’ve seen on TV. The acting is phenomenal — SMG’s, Alyson Hannigan’s and Emma Caulfield’s in particular. They break my heart every single time I watch it. Brilliant, brilliant episode.
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show:
“Go Fish” || Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s not that I dislike it — on the contrary, I quite enjoy it. But compared with rest of the series, it’s one of the weaker episodes. I can honestly say, though, there’s not a single Buffy episode I would get rid of.
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch:
Battlestar Galactica. This show is like crack. I didn’t start watching until it was already over, but once I got started I seriously could not stop. My parents watched it with me, and they were as ravenous as I was. We went out for dinner one day and spoke of nothing else the entire time but BSG; we even got into discussions about the show with random strangers. There were just so many great twists, and it had a little something for everyone. Of course a sci-fi fan would love it, but I think anyone who enjoys good storytelling and great performances should give it a go. And if that’s not reason enough, then this is: Mary frakin’ McDonnell, people.
Day 09 - Best scene ever:
“Testify to Love” scene from “Psalm 151” || Touched by an Angel. Calling it the best scene ever might be overstating a little, but I would definitely rank this as one of the greatest scenes from one of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched. The whole episode is beautiful, and this scene is so moving. I’ve heard my share of rants about TBAA and I realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I can’t believe anyone with a heart wouldn’t want to think this is what happens when a child — or anyone, really — dies. Being escorted to Heaven by John Dye while Roma Downey watches over you, and Wynonna Judd belts an epic song, is the way to go if you gotta go.
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving:
Grey’s Anatomy. Keep in mind, this was back when ER was still on and I didn’t think I could ever love another medical drama as much as I loved that one. Plus, I didn’t know who any of the cast members were at the time. I can’t remember what finally got me to give it a chance, but I ended up renting the first couple episodes from Blockbuster and then skipping right to buying the DVDs because I was instantly hooked. Haven’t looked back since.