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Talking Meme day 15: TV-land!

For day 15 of the December Talking meme megan_moonlight asked for my 5 favourite TV shows

TV! This is a lot easier to decide than my favourite books, but still pretty hard. I really enjoy TV. I think it’s an excellent medium for telling a lot of stories, and can be used in a variety of interesting ways. Most of these shows are slightly older ones, but in the longlist for this there was a hell of a lot of recent stuff too. I just think the whole medium is one with rich room for expression, and that it keeps developing into more and more interesting forms all the time.

And now that we’ve got that bit of pretentiousness out of the way… My five favourite TV shows!. Cut down from a fair amount, because MAN do I love TV.

5. Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones premiered super recently (less than a month ago, I think?) and we’ve already watched all of it. I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I really ended up doing so. It was just… So good. The plot was great, the acting was amazing and all the characters felt really well drawn. It was an excellent show, that addressed a topic that is never addressed but that really needs to be SO WELL. It was all about PTSD and recovery from horrible things, all about the survivor instead of the perpetrator or the poor male lead. It was amazingly done, and I hope to see it have a really positive influence on the TV that comes after it.

Plus, the opening was amazing. I LOVED THE OPENING SO MUCH~.

4. Batman: the Animated Series

P showed this to me last year, after discovering that I’d never watched it, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I mean, I love pretty much all the DCAU that I’ve seen so far but this is still my favourite. The thing is that I love Batman, but feel that he’s very rarely done all that well. Most things seem to fall into the trap of making him a dark and gritty ~lone wolf~, and that’s just… Not him? He’s a super kind grown man who dresses up in a Bat costume. He exists in an absolutely absurd world, and interacts with it in a variety of intense ways. This is one of the few adaptations I’ve seen that actually gets that, and it is absolutely brilliant as a result.

Excellently animated, wonderfully written and with a cast of over the top characters that you’ll probably end up adoring. I’d definitely recommend this if your love for Batman needs reigniting.

3. Babylon 5

P got me started on Babylon 5 this year and… Well, I LOVE IT SO MUCH. We’re almost halfway through series 4 now, and it honestly is one of the best shows that I’ve ever watched. P described it to me as a masterpiece in storytelling before we started watching it, and if anything that’s playing down how brilliant it can be. The world is amazingly drawn, the characters are all absolutely wonderfully created and the writing is utterly AMAZING. It’s honestly an absolute gem of a show, and while it isn’t my favourite show ever – those are the two ahead! – it’s probably the best one that I’ve ever watched.

2. Walking With Dinosaurs

…Is literally anybody surprised to see this here?

This series came out when I was relatively young, and as such has been hugely formative for me. It was the birth of several obsessions, dinosaurs and Kenneth Branagh please step forwards, that have lasted for many years now and show no signs of fading. It’s just… A really, really good show. The plots are actually compelling, the science behind it is really interesting and THERE ARE DINOSAURS. DINOSAURS WALKING AROUND. DINOSAURS BEING PRETTY. DINOSAURS ROARING. LOOK THERE’S A T-REX, LOOK AT HOW IT ROARS!

Ahem. I’m likely to love anything involving dinosaurs, I will admit, but this was definitely the birth of the obsession. And for that reason, and many others, it has a really high place both on this list and in my heart.

1.Doctor Who

It takes a great deal to beat dinosaurs into second place, but this is the fandom of my heart SO.

I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for about as long as I can remember. The obsession properly started when the series came back in 2004, but I was definitely shown Classic Who by my mum before that and absolutely adored it. It just really is the show of my heart. It’s wonderfully imaginative, set in a beautiful universe and with a generally hugely compelling cast of characters. It’s had its ups and downs, but over fifty years it has produced some consistently beautiful TV and made the world an awful lot better with its existence. It reminds me of the value of being kind, positive and open to the world – and for that it is definitely my favourite show, and probably always will be.

I mean, I’ve watched through Seven’s first season. Very little can put me off after that!


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Dec. 15th, 2015 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm curious, if you loved Babylon 5 have you tried Star Trek Deep Space 9? Both shows are set on a space station and deal with political and mythological themes. (And, well, I admit that DS9 is my favorite but I quite enjoyed B5 too. *g*)
Dec. 16th, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
Not yet! We definitely have plans to watch it, but we're still slowly working our way through Babylon 5 and we're probably going to watch something slightly different after that. I mean, I don't want to get space station fatigue and be unable to appreciate it!
Dec. 16th, 2015 11:45 am (UTC)
Eheh, fair enough! :D
Dec. 15th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
Babylon 5 <3333 I'm so glad to see it on your list :)
Dec. 16th, 2015 10:10 am (UTC)
It's such a good show!
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