Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme is bingeworthy TV shows, and I think my ten favourites at the moment all fit into that category. Onto the post!
Dynasty– if you know me at all, you’ll probably know I started Dynasty in February and it almost immediately became my favourite programme of all time ever, jumping ahead of things I’ve lived for years. It’s a reboot of the 80s series and I love everything about it; the pacy plot and cliffhangers that leave me desperate to watch the next episode, the brilliant characters (I love/love to hate them all, but my top 3 are Steven, Sammy Jo and Fallon), the phenomenal costumes and places the characters go and the humour is perfect for me. I’ve rewatched all the episodes at least a few times (and some of my favourites an embarassingly large amount) and I’m SO excited for season 2 starting in October.
The Mentalist– this is about Patrick Jane, a mentalist who uses his skills to solve crimes with the CBI while also attempting to find the murderer who killed his family and destroyed his life. I LOVE Simon Baker as Patrick and the rest of the ensemble (excluding Rigsby, who irritates the life out of me) are great too, particularly Lisbon and Cho. It’s so fun seeing recurring characters pop up every season, my favourite of whom is JJ LaRoche, and I think the mysteries are really good, and Patrick’s mentalist tricks are usually amusing (and awesome).
Suits– Suits focuses on Mike Ross, a college dropout with an incredible memory and a complex past, as he blags his way into becoming the junior associate of hotshot New York lawyer Harvey Spectre. I find the cases they work on really exciting, I love most of the cast a lot and find the character development brilliant and it’s definitely brilliant to binge as I always want to know what’ll happen next when I finish an episode. A special shoutout here to my favourites; Jessica, who is the boss of the firm is just so amazing I can’t even begin to describe how much I love her, but it’s mainly down to how much of a powerful badass she is and I also have a soft spot for Louis, because he’s such a sweetie when you get to know him properly.
Castle– while I’d go so far as to say I loathe a few seasons of Castle (*coughs* 5,6 and 8), it’s still on this list because when it’s good, it’s great. It’s about mystery writer Richard Castle as he shadows an NYPD detective called Kate Beckett, and the many mysteries they solve together. The will they- won’t they relationship between them is great, the entire investigative team is brilliant as are as Castle’s family (my favourite is Esposito, but I love them all a lot) and best of all, the mysteries are really clever and fun to try and solve alongside the police (when you don’t know every episode inside out because you’ve watched it countless times, of course…)
Grey’s Anatomy- this is the story of Meredith Grey and the doctors she meets throughout her career as a surgeon at Seattle Grace hospital. It’s really funny, with lots of drama and heartbreaking deaths too, and the ensemble always was and still is excellent. You’re never going to like everyone with such a big cast, but I’m fond of pretty much all of them in some way, and I think the quality it maintains over its 14 seasons to date is very, very impressive.
Unforgotten– explaining this is quite hard, because it shouldn’t work at all, but it does it so very well that I will give it my best try. It’s about cold cases, but what makes it stand out is the structure. It essentially introduces 3 or 4 different characters, all seemingly unconnected, and we also follow the police investigation, and then as the episodes progress links between the characters and the case emerge and the different storlylines intersect with each other. I can’t even imagine how hard hard writing something so complicated that works so superbly, so I have a lot of respect for Unforgotten’s writer!
Broadchurch– I think most people have heard of Broadchurch, but if you haven’t, it initially follows the investigation into the murderer of Danny Latimer, and later introduces new crimes in series 2 and 3 while still partially following the Latimer family and how Danny’s death has affected them all. I think this is brilliantly acted, the three crimes are really layered with lots of red herrings, I love the setting of Broadchurch and David Tennant and Olivia Colman deserve special mentions here because they’re so wonderful as the police officers.
The West Wing- the only reason I watched this was because I liked Dulé Hill in Psych (which I used to like but have now realised is utterly dreadful), but I ended up loving it. It taught me a lot about US politics, the characters are all amazing (my favourite is deputy chief of staff Josh) and there are so many episodes I adore, which are mixed between the funnier ones and the ones that make me cry. My very favourite is Noel, which is season 2’s gorgeous, gorgeous Christmas episode that focuses almost entirely on Josh.
Hart of Dixie- this is a romcom type series following Zoe Hart as she swaps her career as a surgeon in New York for a GP post in Bluebell, Alabama. It’s so silly and sweet and it makes me laugh, and the romances are complicated and a lot of fun to follow along with (especially the main love triangle with Zoe, her badboy neighbour Wade and lawyer George Tucker). I really do need to get to the last series soon given I’ve been a fan since it started!
The Good Wife- this follows Alicia Florrick, the wife of a disgraced politician who has just been sent to prison, as she returns after a lengthy absence to being a lawyer. I liked the initial episodes, but when Eli Gold turns up towards the end of season one this show really got going, and it stayed brilliant until its seventh season, which I didn’t like much at all. This has another set of wonderful characters (as is a common theme in this post…), my favourite of which are Eli, love interest Will and Alicia, and the cases Alicia works on are all exciting to follow. Another thing I LOVED throughout this series was Michale J fox’s occasional appearances as Louis Canning!
What are your favourite TV shows? Are you a fellow fan of mine? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!