I don't talk much on the blog about my obsession with boxsets of TV shows and movies, but they are my other love. I don't have as many DVDs as I do books, but we do definitely have a lot and it's been a long time since I've really thought about the series that I love, so this will be fun! Here are my top ten TV series!
10 - Scrubs
I have to admit I've not watched this for years, but I do still own the first 8 seasons of it and frequently walk around humming songs from the musical episode. There's a lot that annoys me about it, but equally a lot to love, and Dr. Cox is one of my all-time favourite characters. Plus there are still certain episodes which make me tear up every time I watch them. Although I haven't watched it for ages I doubt I'll ever bring myself to get rid of my box sets!
9. Mr. Selfridge
I only started watching this because it had ladies wearing pretty dresses and men wearing top hats and then it turned out to be really interesting and have some awesome people in it. Love the mixture of history, glamour and scandal and the plot twists they keep throwing in. I also love Jeremy Piven as Mr. Selfridge despite his tendency to be a douchebag. He balances it with so much social responsibility and being an awesome boss I just can't help loving him.
8. Once Upon a Time
I still haven't seen the last few episodes of Season One of this as Lovefilm kept inexplicably not sending us the sixth disc, so I'm keeping my eyes open for the box set so I can finally get to Season Two! There are things about this series that are a bit cliche and over the top, but it's a series based entirely on fairytales and fairytale characters so there was pretty much no way I wasn't going to love it. Rhys and I have been pondering for a while why it is that we can't hate Rumplestiltskin...
7. How I Met Your Mother
Disclaimer: I haven't yet seen the last season and I'm fully aware that the final episode will probably destroy any remaining respect I had for the show's writers. That said, the first four (and a bit of season 5) seasons pulled me out of my post-Friends slump and I love love love Marshall and Lily. Since we got rid of our TV licence over a year ago, I'm well behind and need to do some catch up watching from season 6 onwards, but who knows if I'll ever actually bother to watch the final episode?
6. Doctor Who
I never thought I'd be into Doctor Who. I seriously resisted watching it when it was first reincarnated, but then was forced to while babysitting and fell in love. Then I met Rhys, who is pretty into it, and so I inherited a set of box sets which we've since watched over and over, and then I decided that Karen Gillan was the most awesome thing ever so I started watching it regularly and haven't looked back. There's so much to love. I'm still not sure how I feel about Peter Capaldi....
5. Black Books
"If you live in a council house,next to a river, but are not blind..." enough said really. If you haven't ever watched this series, please please do. One, it's set in a book shop. Two, Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey have probably never been funnier, and I say that having seen Dylan Moran live. Three, the piano episode!! 4, doing your tax return really is exactly like it is in that episode where he does his own taxes.
I have no words to describe my love for Sherlock, and it's only slightly dependent on my love for Benedict Cumberbatch and his amazing coat. So well written, such awesome actors, such brilliant twists on the original stories. I wait for every season with ridiculous amounts of excitement and anticipation, and then, three episodes and it's over and back to the waiting! I am beyond excited for season 4.
3. The Big Bang Theory
Mostly I love The Big Bang Theory for how many kids I've met who are no longer afraid to say they love science (and maths, computing, and even English and other such geeky subjects!) because of this show. My little brother freely admits that Sheldon is his role model, which does more than slightly worry me, but I'm sure there are worse role models to have in today's society! The main characters in this are far and away the most relatable of any show I've probably ever watched - I know somebody like almost all of them. Again, I'm really behind on it since we don't have a TV licence and can only run BBC iPlayer through the TV without a massive faff and loads of cables I can never find, but I'm planning on buying all the seasons ever pretty soon!
2. Gilmore Girls
My sister got me into Gilmore Girls years ago and everybody else in our family hates it, so it's like our secret love and the other week we were actually having a conversation about the characters as if they were real people. I think I probably love it so much because it really feels like they are, though. I feel like if Rory Gilmore and I met in real life we'd probably be really good friends, because of all the reading and stuff. People like to tell me that the series is really 'girly' and 'silly' and 'unrealistic' but actually if you pay attention, they reference a lot of obscure things from literature, music, theatre and various other paths of life, and actually you have to be pretty smart to fully appreciate the humour most of the time, so there all my other siblings, it's not mind-melting rubbish! Also I don't know a fan of the show who doesn't want to live in Stars Hollow, and it always, without fail makes me want to eat junk food, read books, and go back to school...
I've owned all ten seasons since before it ended, and I can give you a Friends quote for almost every situation. I totally understand all the things people dislike about it as a series but I love it in spite of all its' flaws. It's the sitcom I grew up with and I don't think anything else will ever be quite the same for me :-) I think I've probably watched every episode more than ten times and I often laugh preemptively. Because I'm the coolest, and there's nothing you can say to make me ashamed of it!