Jackie over at TooMuchABookNerd has been doing her new tag, Fierce Fangirl Friday, for… probably a month now? And I have been loving it!! Thanks again to Jackie for establishing such a fabulous tag 🙂
For this week, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite tv shows ever!! I actually barely watch TV anymore, so this is basically all the tv shows I’ve been obsessed with. My life in TV shows? Maybe.
BONUS – Supernatural, seasons 1-5, season 8
This was my favorite show at one point. Please don’t talk to me about this part of my life. Seasons one to three were campy but awesome, four and five were just fabulous, and I’m sad the show went so downhill.
10 – Firefly, season one
This show is heartwarming and full of brilliant squad dynamics. I don’t know if this show is necessarily a masterpiece, but it makes me laugh and occasionally cry. It’s great. Go try it. I believe it’s only on DVD, not Netflix or Hulu, but it’s probably on Amazon too.
9 – Game of Thrones, seasons 1-4, maybe ongoing?
So I do enjoy this show. Yes, there are way too many pedophilic characters and rapists who are portrayed as morally ambiguous when they’re just dicks, and yes, there are so many racist and homophobic tropes I don’t even know how to begin.
At this point, though, I feel as if it’s just pain and more pain and oh look, more fucking pain. So creative. I had this issue with season four, but season five has just been a mess of boring or cringeworthy plotlines. Dany’s storyline is fairly boring, Sansa’s storyline is completely disgusting and handled in a super problematic way, and the capital’s storyline is so disgusting I have trouble watching it. The capital storyline essentially romanticizes a religious vie that calls for the death of all queer people, which is so blatantly disgusting I don’t even know where to begin. Not to mention that the characters whose pain is focused on are all heterosexual. Yeah, homophobia shouldn’t be a plot device. It’s disgusting and I want the whole season 50000 feet away from me.
That being said, I did truly enjoy the first few seasons. Before you ask, Sansa is my favorite character by far. I don’t even know why; she just kills me.
8 – Brooklyn Nine Nine, seasons 1-ongoing
A heartwarming comedy show. But a really high-quality heartwarming comedy show. It’s on Hulu. Go check it out.
7 – Revenge, seasons 1-2
I love this stupid tv show so much. It’s a Monte Christo retelling full of twists and revenge and awesome characters. Emily Thorne / Amanda Clarke is one of my all-time favorite heroines. She’s a little bit morally grey, but mostly just morally black. I love her. Check it out on Netflix.
6 – Jessica Jones, season one
This is a one-season exploration of trauma and rape culture, complete with a focus on friendship, a terrifyingly real villain, and one of my all-time favorite heroines. The ending of the last episode gave me chills, y’all. Definitely check this out on Netflix.
5 – Black Mirror
This is a series of standalone episodes, and so many of them are amazing. I originally watched this because of the buzz surrounding San Junipero. And yes, that episode is a masterpiece. But at my cousin’s house this winter, I watched Hated In The Nation, episode 6 of season 3. And it is probably my favorite hour of tv ever. This episode terrifed me more than any horror movie I’ve seen. Every moment is terrifying. That one reviewer who said it was messy can come into my home and fight me. Check it out on Netflix.
4 – Once Upon A Time, season one
A fairy-tale retelling – but INSIDE A TV SHOW.
Season one of this show is freaking brilliant; a dark and suspenseful fairy tale retelling, with focus on a trio of powerful women and their familial relationships, creative backstories for each fairy tale character, brilliant plot twists, two of the most incredible villains of all time, family bonds between adopted parents and birth parents, and a developed yet badass heroine named Emma to boot. Season two is fairly good; though the storyline is lukewarm, the characters are just as great as always, and there’s a fabulous redemption arc for former Evil Queen Regina.
And then it gets shitty. I’m sorry, I know all of you love Hook, he’s hot, he’s fabulous, whatever. Fine. But Emma’s character has lost her spark to this relationship. She has lost her personality, and not in a “character arc” way. She just doesn’t have a character anymore. I also miss the focus on female friendships and family relationships. WHERE DID IT GO. I MISS IT.
I’m bitter and I stopped watching. But I still stand by the masterpiece that is season one.
3 – Glee, seasons 1-2
Okay, yes, it’s not a masterpiece. But I LOVE THIS SHOW. It’s so cute and fun and I love all the cheesy duets more than my own life. Couples doing duet performances that parallel their own lives? I’m trash for it.
My advice would be: don’t watch past season two. Maybe watch season three if you really want to. But DO NOT CONTINUE. I promise you will regret it. I promise. Don’t do it.
2 – How To Get Away With Murder, season one
Season one of this show is freaking brilliant. The characters are fabulous and the plot twists are earth-shaking beyond anything else. It’s a Shonda show, guys; there’s a reason she’s so popular.
This show focuses on a team of law students and their teacher, Annalise Keating, after they kill her husband. Connor, Michaela, Laurel, and Wes are such individually complicated and interesting characters. I love seeing them develop through the storytelling methods.
While I’m not the biggest fan of season two, I want to recommend this anyway just for the brilliance of season one.
1 – The 100, seasons 1-2
Oh my god, I’m so bitter about this show. DON’T GET ME STARTED. But I love seasons one and two more than my own life.
I think I saw someone call this “teenage game of thrones” and I honestly think that’s unfair to this show. Game of Thrones is honestly torture porn with flashy environments. The 100 is not a flashy environment show and it’s not fantasy. It’s more of a show full of moral conflicts and depth.
I feel so strongly for every single one of these characters. Clarke, Raven, and Bellamy would all make my favorite characters of all time list. The relationships between all the characters are so compelling, too. I honestly ship each character with like five other characters.
And if you’re still reading this, my guess is you’re curious whether I’m team Bellarke or Clexa. And the answer is honestly… I ship Clarke with someone else really, really hard. I don’t hate Clexa or Bellarke; I find both of them pretty compelling pairings. But y’all are sleeping on a really fabulous ship here. Clarke and Raven are my forever otp and my favorite non-canon ship of all time. Their development is fabulous, their character dynamic is so compelling… it’s like they were written for me. You know that one episode Spacewalker? The ending of that episode makes me cry my eyes out just because of these two characters. If they got together I would literally watch the rest of the show, no matter how shitty.
If any of you like these shows, PLEASE COMMENT AND FANGIRL WITH ME!! I want to hear your opinions and your saltiness about when the show went downhill. Please, join my bitter ass.