Favorites: Part II

With the epic return of not one, but two of my favorite TV shows to the little screen last night, I thought that today would be a fitting day for a second one of my narcissistic “favorites” posts! (Click here for the first: movies.)

Now, I should preface this by saying that I watch a LOT of TV. We actually got rid of cable and regular TV a while ago, and while that has forced me to consolidate, somehow I’ve still managed to cram in most of my favorites (and then some!) with this handy dandy little thing called the internet. (Plus, now that I’m dating Sean I have access to cable again, gwahaha!) You can probably imagine that it was rather difficult for me to narrow down my mental TV guide to this list. Oh, and keep in mind that this is only a list of my favorite TV shows that are currently on the air, hahaha. Away we go…!

Favorite (Current) TV Shows

#5: How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

A couple of seasons ago, and HIMYM would have been much higher on the list. It’s struggled a little bit in the past season or two, but overall I’m still very loyal to this show. I love the premise, the characters, and the catchphrases that are legen– wait for it… DARY! It’s just that the first few seasons were so PERFECT! I think that after 7 seasons of being teased over and over again as to The Mother’s identity (that sounds very sci-fi typed out, haha!), though, I’m just ready for the big reveal already. Still, I am just so happy that the character of Barney Stinson exists.


The first 6 seasons are all on Netflix streaming if you’ve never seen the show before (blasphemy!) and want to check it out!

#4: Parenthood (NBC)

Parenthood always airs slightly off from the main TV schedule, so the season is already over and I am sad. It is just SUCH good television. It has everything: complex characters, real life family situations, and just so much love. The acting is really superb, as you’d expect from TV vets like Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), and it has even made me fall in love with Dax Shepard (who, you may remember, got his start on Punk’d, haha) as a legitimate actor! The writing is so incredibly good, too. I cry almost every week, haha. As someone with a big, loving family that I am completely overly-involved with, I can relate so much to the dynamic. You should just, y’know, watch it.

#3: Community (NBC)

When I first heard that NBC was coming out with a comedy about a community college, I was not particularly excited. Even though I already loved Joel McHale from E!’s The Soup, I just didn’t consider it a premise that would appeal to me. Boy, oh boy, was I wrong. This show is amazing. It is laugh-out-loud funny, incredibly clever, and surprisingly poignant at times. The cast is a 100% perfect ensemble (Ken Jeong, playas!, and I almost had a heart-attack when I heard that the hiatus that it just came back from was marked “indefinite” at first. May we all stay at Greendale Community College forever!


Oh, Britta.

#2: Parks & Recreation (NBC)

As a lover of The Office, I was really excited when I heard that they were creating a similar show with Amy Poehler at the helm. She is, and always has been, fantastic, and I love the whole mockumentary style. That said, when the first season aired, I was not all that impressed. It was funny, but it felt forced. I am so, so glad that NBC stuck with it after that first 7 episodes, though, because it is pretty much perfection at this point. I mean, it has Ron F@#$ing Swanson. It really hit its stride in Season 2, and after the additions of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott to the already amazing cast? Boom. I now wait in rapt anticipation for each week’s new episode. It’s on Netflix streaming if you need to test it out…!


Chris Pratt: I loved you on Everwood, I love you now.

#1: The Vampire Diaries (CW)

Oh, as if you’re even surprised. I make absolutely no attempts to disguise my incredible love for this show. I know that it airs on The CW. I know that it blossomed out of Twilight-hysteria. I know that it is a supernatural teen drama. I DON’T CARE. It is so good. SO good. And despite having many, many protestations at first, anyone who actually gives it a chance (it’s on Netflix streaming!) ends up agreeing with me. Let me say it again: IT IS NOT TWILIGHT. Not only is it a solid hour of insanely beautiful people doing awesome stuff each week, but it’s legitimately fantastically written. They throw mythology and plot twists and character reveals at you from left and right. An incredibly dastardly villain that you actually… like?! WTF! The show is in its third season now, and I still end almost every episode screaming at the television in fury/excitement/confusion. It came back from a month-long hiatus last night and I almost died from the sheer wait alone. It’s back, baby!!

I love you, Ian Somerhalder’s eyebrows. (source)

So there you have it. Honorable mentions go to Modern Family (marry me, Phil Dunphy!), The Office (marry me, Andy Bernard!), New Girl (marry me, Schmidt! …Are you sensing a pattern?), Nikita, Glee (it’s so bad, but I love it so good.), Archer, and The Walking Dead. The last of which would have made my list up top except… you know… it be scurry. And not that you care, I know, but for my own edification I’ll have to create another list of my favorite no-longer-airing TV shows at some point. Guff, that will be even harder!

And I know that I’ve definitely asked this question before, but it seems only fitting that I toss it up again: What’s your favorite (current) TV show?


  1. Elenasays:

    we totally have the same taste in tv shows! except the vampire diaries :/ you realllllly need to check out happy endings, because if you love himym and community, i think you’ll totally love that show! i have a bad habit of hating shows if i pick them up in the middle of seasons, and i hated happy endings when i saw it that way, but watching from episode one is pure bliss.

    • I’ve seen a couple of episodes and thought it was really funny, actually! I LOVE the actress who plays Jane — she was my girl crush in the last season of Scrubs. *contented sigh* I just have too many shows on my roster already, clearly, haha. Maybe when it gets to Netflix I’ll be able to watch it through from the beginning?

  2. Ooooh you’re missing my three favorites! Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, and Modern Family. All worth a watch!

    I have been hearing really good things about Community, so I’ll have to check it out.

    • Oooh, how could I forget Mad Men!? IT’S COMING BACK!!! But Modern Family juuuuuust didn’t make the Top 5. It’s listed as an honorable mention though!

  3. I just started watching Parenthood on Netflix and I love, love, love it. Also, who doesn’t love Vampire Diaries? I just can’t make up my mind about who I’m more attracted to – Paul Wesley or Ian Somerhalder.

    • I know, right? I used to be a devoted Damon fan but… there’s just something about Ripper Stefan…

  4. I started watching an episode of Parenthood one day when I was at the gym and the TV was tuned into that channel. I was immediately intrigued and had no idea what it was.
    Is it a new show? I might try to get into reruns of it this summer.

    Do you watch Downton Abbey? I’ve heard good things about that one too.

    • It’s really excellent. It just wrapped up its third season, so there’s lots to catch up on (the seasons aren’t as long though). I think they’re on Netflix too, if you have streaming access!

      I’ve heard amazing things about Downton Abbey. It’s in my queue!

  5. i’m just going to sit and watch that Damon gif all day, ok? ok.

    i haven’t watched tonight’s but i’m dying. i can’t wait! i’m not allowed to watch it until i go to the gym. how’s that for a workout strategy?

  6. Laurensays:

    I am so, so obsessed with Parks and Rec!!! Can’t get enough. And I totally agree about the first season. I watched some, wasn’t impressed and it fell off my radar screen for awhile. I randomly caught an episode that was on during season 2 and couldn’t stop watching it!

  7. Athena Rsays:

    Oh how I love Vampire Diaries! It’s one of my favs along with Parenthood, and New Girl. I watch way too much television. I usually spend the weekend clearing out my dvr just to start all over again…haha.

  8. I got hooked onto Parenthood during the first season but didn’t stick with it… Lately, I am LOVING Modern Family 😀 We’re renting it on Netflix to catch up so I’m not in tune with the most recent episodes but I do know that it always a guarantees a laugh!

  9. I can’t participate in this discussion. I don’t have time to watch TV. 🙁

    But if I did, I would watch Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, and the Braxtons.

  10. I watch WAY too much tv. WAY TOO MUCH. If it wasn’t for DVR, I would probably watch little to none, but since I do have DVR, I record EVERYTHING.
    My favorite (current) shows are probably Parenthood and Modern Family. I also love Parks & Rec, The Office, and used to love 30 Rock, but not so much this season. I like the new shows Happy Endings and Are You There Chelsea.
    I’m a big sucker for Survivor, The Amazing Race and The Biggest Loser also. I also love Bravo reality shows like Top Chef, Bethenny Ever After, The Real Housewives (New Jersey, NY and Beverly Hills only) and Tabatha. Currently, I have the Kardashians on in the background.
    During baseball season, we subscribe to all the Red Sox games (not that we watch all of them- not even close).
    Wow. I need to cancel cable. This is ridiculous.

  11. My husband just got me hooked on The Vampire Diaries! I made him watch the Twilight movies and he could barely make it through them…and after that he made me watch one episode of The Vampire Diaries and I was hooked. It has to say something that men love Vampire Diaries. 🙂
    Have you seen New Girl with Zoey D.? I adore her humor and that show is a cute one to add to your list. If you are looking to add anything more. 🙂

  12. Hi Gretchen, fun post, love reading what people are watching. Me? I’m a big Survivor and Amazing Race fan. I LOVE Departures, a travel show here in Canada, and Modern Family is fantastic. I’m really looking forward to the new Keifer Sutherland show too…I was a HUGE 24 fan. Have a great weekend.

  13. Gracesays:

    I have to admit my interest in Community was starting to drop off a bit in the last few episodes, but the one on Thursday night got me hooked again. Definitely my favorite comedy. I’m so addicted to Homeland and Smash. Also really enjoy American Dad, Mad Men and Revenge. I tend to watch a lot of other shows, but it wouldn’t devastate me if any of them were cancelled… and I also tend to watch a lot of house buying shows like House Hunters, Property Virgins, My First Place, etc.

  14. I will simply start by saying something you know, but any reader reading this comment doesn’t: I gave Vampire Diaries a legitimate chance (7 episodes) and I did not like it at all. So I guess I’m the exception to your rule.

    Currently airing shows that I love: Spartacus, Game of Thrones, Fringe, Ringer, Revenge, Community, Skins, The Finder, Bones, DOCTOR WHO.

    One of my favourite shows of all time (but I don’t consider it as currently airing because the original story ended with season 5) is Supernatural. Talk about a well fleshed out show where everything they do leads and builds to the end of the 5th season. I stopped watching it once show runner Eric Kripke left because the story was done and the CW just kept milking it for more money.

  15. Sarahsays:

    While Vampire Diaries probably did get made because of Twilight, the books existed LONG before. I remember reading them in the early 1990s and they’re the reason I started watching the show in the first place. The show definitely deviates from the books but they did hook people (like me) who remembered the books!

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