For 2012, I decided to cut back on watching television. I've been doing fairly well so far, but unfortunately I do admit to getting sucked into the occasional bad reality show or random episode of House Hunters International on a Sunday afternoon. In order to prioritize my TV viewing, I started thinking about what shows are my absolute *must watch* vs. what shows I can live without. Here are the ones I decided on.
How I Met Your Mother
This show kind of stands in the stead of my favorite show of all time, Friends. It's in it's 7th season now and I have loved it since the first episode I watched, when Ted was looking for The Slutty Pumpkin. (Which incidentally turned out to Katie Holmes. :-/ Talk about a Major Disappointment.)
Funnily enough, I absolutely love every single character on this show except for the Ted who the entire show is supposed to be about. I'd be perfectly content if Bob Saget were just telling his kids about how hilarious his friends were in their 20s and 30s and slipped the story of how he met their mother in there somewhere. Oh yeah and Jason Segel is on this show which is of course what makes it appointment television.
The Big Bang Theory
I heart this show and all of the nerdy banter, comic book fanboying, and general merriment. Plus there's always the chance of a Wil Wheaton cameo...tell me you didn't love yourself some Wesley Crusher back in the day! Also, I adore Dr. Sheldon Cooper. He is an evil genius in the making if ever there was one. I'm also incredibly amused by Mayim Bialik (TV's Blossom) as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon's girlfriend.
Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice
I realize that these are two different shows, but they are created by the same person, one follows the other, and they are constantly doing crossover episodes since one is a spinoff. I freaking love these shows. I have from the very beginning of each one. I love all the drama, discord, and the diversity of both casts. Hot doctors, weird diseases, intense operations, hot doctors, Addison's amazing shoes, hot paramedics, hilarious banter, hot doctors...I mean it's really just about the math with these. Must watch. For sure.
PS- On Private Practice...Taye Diggs is often shirtless. You're welcome.
After the debacle that was Taylor Hicks, I swore off musical competition shows forever. When I heard about The Voice, a show where people audition with the judges backs turned and then the judges choose them based solely on their voice by hitting a button and turning around DRAMATICALLY in their chairs...I was definitely intrigued. Then when I realized I'd get to fangirl over Adam Levine once a week, I was definitely in. There are so many fun elements to this show from Christina & Adam's weird underlying sexual tension, to Cee-Lo's baby hands, to discovering that Blake Shelton has never heard Nirvana's Paint it Black.
The Voice also forces us to think about the tough questions. Can America judge people based solely on their talent and not their looks? Will Cee-Lo stop petting that creepy white cat? What exactly *is* Christina Milian's purpose on the show? And of course the age old question...WTF is Christina Aguilera going to wear on her head next?
I think this series might officially replace Glee for me. I still love Glee but it's become a bit heavy handed over this last season and I find myself just tuning in for the songs. Smash is brand new show that just debuted about a bunch of people trying to create a new musical about Marilyn Monroe. The songs in it are a blend of originals for the musical and already well known songs. The talent of this cast is INSANE. A great mix of familiar faces and Broadway alumni. So far it's about 6 episodes or so in and I am LOVING it.
Once Upon a Time
A show about fairy tales? SIGN ME UP! Full disclosure here, I'm only a recent convert to this show, even though I've DVR'd every episode since it premiered. I absolutely love the concept, the town it's set in, and of course that one of my major girl crushes, Ginnifer Goodwin is in it and playing Snow White. There's a lot of heart, romance, mystery, and intrigue on this show, plus everyone's hair and makeup is FAB. If you love all those old fairy tales, and are too scared to see that NBC show Grimm, this is definitely a show to watch!
What shows are on your must watch list?
Any new ones you're loving?