I’m a firm believer that my love of reading and my love of television go hand in hand. Don’t get me wrong, I love movies, too, but with television and books, you just get so much more exposure to a character’s development.
I love watching long TV series and watching the characters grow as the seasons progress.
I also have a bit of an obsessive personality. When I am into a show, I am INTO it. People always say they were born in the wrong generation for all sorts of reasons, but I am definitely glad that I was born in the age of video streaming and binge-watching.
Spending 10 close hours with the same characters makes me feel more connected to them than I would on a week-to-week basic.
So without further ado, here are my 10 favorite TV shows of all time.
Mr. Robot is a show I started watching years ago, but stopped after a few episodes. Why? I don’t know. How? I honestly don’t know. When I started rewatching a few months ago, I was so impressed by this show. I couldn’t believe there was a point in my life that I was able to stop midseason. I’d wager that it’s one of the greatest show currently on television.
I love the sheer amount of effort that goes into this show. They put in a lot of work to ensure that all of the tech is accurate, and it shows. As someone with experience in tech, I truly appreciate how accurate this show is. Movies and TV always get so much stuff laughably wrong about technology, especially hacking, and this show gets so much stuff right.
The storytelling is also amazing. The main character, Elliot, is a very unrealiable narrator, which makes for some truly awesome twists throughout the series.
And I could go on an on about how great Rami Malek is in this show. I know he’s gained a ton of popularity because of Bohemian Rhapsody, and while he’s fantastic in everything he does, he really shines in Mr. Robot. I hope his newfound popularity brings in new fans for the show’s fourth and final season (which hopefully comes out later this year).
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer takes the dumb, blond girl in a horror movie trope and flips it on its head. Buffy is a strong woman and routinely smashes gender stereotypes. This show was way ahead of its time in terms of its feminism.
It also had what I believe is one of the first lesbian main characters on TV, which was a big deal during the time this show was on.
If I really had to pick one favorite show, it would probably be this. I related to Rory Gilmore so much as a nerdy, reading-obsessed teenager being raised by a single mom. I also grew up in Connecticut, and while it definitely isn’t like the Stars Hollow in the show, watching Gilmore Girls always reminds me of home. It’s the perfect show to watch when I’m missing CT.
It also has such a fun cast of characters. I love the townspeople so much. I would watch an entire show of just the townies.
Avatar: the Last Airbender
This show. I always ignored this show as a kid, but when I was in college I went and watched the whole thing through because I’d heard some positive things about it. I was not prepared for how good it actually was.
This is a show I could rewatch over and over, and if I have kids one day, I can’t wait to make them watch it too.
AtLA is such a well-told story, and it explores so many social issues in such delicate ways.
Like Gilmore Girls, The Office is another comfort show for me. Like most people, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve rewatched this series.
This show is one of my favorite workplace comedies, even though it always makes me jealous that I don’t work in a cool office.
I was not expecting this show to affect me the way it did. I’d heard good things about it, so I decided to give it a try, but I assumed it was just another reality TV show. I couldn’t be more wrong.
Of course, it is a reality show. But it doesn’t do any of the things I hate about reality shows, and makeup shows in particular. The hosts never try to bring their contestants – referred to as heroes by the Fab 5 – down. The Fab 5 are all just about trying to get people to be the best versions of themselves, no matter what that is. They don’t try to change everything about them and get them to conform to some external view of what they should be. They’re all about bringing out what’s special about a person and letting that shine through.
It’s also the show that makes me cry the most. It’s just so HEARTWARMING.
Season 3 comes out this weekend, and honestly, that’s the only thing getting me through a pretty tough work week. I need to start preparing the tissues now.
The West Wing
This show is one of my favorites, and I think it resonates with me even more given our current political situation. It’s inspirational to think of an administration not bought out by corporations, who actually care about democracy and about the future of the country.
I watch this show sometimes when I’m feeling discouraged about what’s happening in the world and it give me just a little bit of hope.
Game of Thrones
Like a majority of the world, I’m sitting with bated breath waiting for the final season of Game of Thrones. I can’t believe this show is actually ending. While I’m excited to see how things turn out, I am a bit sad that the show got ahead of the books and that what we’re seeing probably isn’t what George R.R. Martin had in mind.
I love this show for many reasons, the massive scale of it all, the high production quality, Ramin Djawadi’s amazing soundtrack, the incredible casting… I could go on and on.
The Good Place
This show is so funny and clever. The Good Place is the result of NBC telling Mike Schur that he could basically make whatever show he wanted. Thanks, NBC.
If you haven’t watched this show, please go watch it and please, please, please don’t Google anything about this show before you do. Trust me.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Not the original British version and not the reboot. The in-between American version that seemed to last forever.
I grew up with my mom always having this show on in the background, and it always made me laugh. Sometimes when I’m sad, I’ll go on YouTube and watch clips of this show.
- Silicon Valley
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Brooklyn 99
- Parks and Recreation
- Planet Earth
- The Crown
Do you like any of the shows I mentioned? Care to share what shows you’re currently into? Let’s talk TV in the comments!
Update: OH MY GOD, how could I have forgotten One Day at a Time?! I was only a few episodes in when I wrote this post so I didn’t include it, but since it was cancelled yesterday, I watched like 5 hours straight of it. It is so good. I hope it finds a new home because it really is such an important show to have, for so many reasons.