I can’t believe that January is almost over. Where the heck did the month go? Feels like only yesterday Steve Harvey was dressed like a pimp in Time Square waiting for the ball to drop. More importantly, with January nearly gone, it means there’s only about five weeks left in my thirties. The time where I can get away with all sorts of crap is nearly over, and I need to end my last decade of youth with a bang.
But until I figure something big for me to do, I guess I’ll stick to my original plans. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been posting Top 10 lists of stuff that’s been important in my life. So far I’ve written about Guilty Pleasure Songs, Favorite Toys, and Movies Only I Seem to Like.
This week I turn my attention to the small screen, and my Top 10 Favorite TV Shows ever. This wasn’t an easy list to put together, but I finally narrowed it down to 10 shows,and here they are:
10. El Chavo del 8
Anyone who has grown up in Latin America over the last 45+ years knows all about “El Chavo del 8.” Even today this show airs in countless spanish channels across the globe
Because the adventures of an 8 year orphan and his friends are timeless. From hiding in the barrel, to will they/won’t they romance of Dona Florinda and Professor Girafales, this show is a classic. For me though, my favorite character is still Don Ramon. I guess I felt bad for him sometimes, but he always made me laugh.
I suppose the plots for El Chavo are rather simple by today’s standards. But if you do it really well, simple is all you need.
9. King of the Hill
I have weird tastes when it comes to animated shows. While most my friends gravitated towards the more adult comedy of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” I headed towards the more realistic “King of the Hill.”
One of the reasons I enjoyed “King of the Hill” is because many of the situations the characters found themselves in were believable. Also, the friendship between Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer reminded me of my friends. I was like Hank, boring and a Cowboys fan. Laneit was Boomhauer, the ladies man. And John was Bill, for reasons too numeros to mention.
Anyways, over twenty years after it first aired, I still watch every day on Cartoon Network. And I have to say, the show still holds up well.
8. The Amazing Race
I finally started watching “The Amazing Race” in 2008, when it was on season 12 or 13. This is one of my wifey’s favorite shows, and she got me hooked on it. I haven’t missed a season since 2008, and just last year I went back and binged watched all the season I’d missed on Amazon Prime. I even got my mother hooked on the show recently.
I can’t say I have one particular favorite season. But I can tell you I do have two favorite teams: Danny and Oswald from seasons 2 and “The Amazing Race: All-Stars.” The other team are Jaime & Cara from seasons 14 and “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.”
7. Are You Being Served?
The first time I watched “Are You Being Served?” was in 1988 when it aired on PBS of all places. By then, the show had been of the air for a couple of years, but I didn’t know that. I was a kid, and assumed the episodes I was watching were new.
Even when I found out months later that this was an old show, I didn’t care, I was already hooked on the shenanigans at Grace Brothers department store.
My favorite line up is the cast with Mr. Grainger and Mr. Harman. But I’ll watch the entire run on dvd occasionally. But my favorite episode is probably “Take-Over” from season 5. Every time I watch it I tear up from laughing so hard.
6. Lost Girl
“Lost Girl” is the story of Bo, a Succubus, a supernatural seductress, who feeds on the sexual energy of humans. Growing up with human parents, Bo had no reason to believe she was anything other than a normal girl. That all changed the day she drained her boyfriend to death. Now she’s hit the road alone and afraid.
In the show Bo discovers that she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend and folklore, who pass as humans while feeding off them secretly and in different ways. Relieved to find out that she is not alone, Bo decides to take the middle path between the humans and the Fae while embarking on a personal mission to discover her true past.
With the help of her human sidekick, Kenzi, and Dyson, a Fae police detective, Bo takes on a challenge every week helping a Fae or human client who comes to her door to solve a mystery, or to right a wrong.
I came to “Lost Girl” very late, but loved the series so much that I caught up in a few weeks, just in time for the final season. “Lost Girl” is one of the few tv shows that I can pop in a dvd and watch any episode, it’s that good. It’s funny, sexy, and loaded with interesting creatures. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it.
5. Doctor Who
I saw my first episode of “Doctor Who” in July 1993. This was back the Sci-Fi charnel aired classic sci-fi shows. That summer, they would air “Doctor Who” and “Dark Shadows” back to back. I liked both shows, but it was “Doctor Who” that stood out for me.
The first episode I saw was episode three of “The Pyramids of Mars” starring Tom Baker as the Doctor. Ever since, the Doctor and his many incarnations have been one of my favorite shows. Luckily, now we have the dvds so we can relive some of the classic adventures.
4. Boston Legal
3. Wynonna Earp
Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp’s great-granddaughter as she returns home to break the family curse by battling demons and other creatures from hell. Along with her granpa’s gun, and a posse of allies that include her sister Waverly, and a resurrected Doc Holliday, she’s the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.
“Wynonna Earp” may the only tv show out there of which I love every single episode. That just doesn’t happen, especially with current shows. The cast is so damn good, and the series just keeps getting better and better.
“Mazinger” is the show that started my love of giant robots, anime, and all things geeky. If it wasn’t for this classic Japanese show, I may never have become a comic book fan, or a sci-fi fan. I owe a lot to the world of “Mazinger.”
1. The West Wing
without a doubt, “The West Wing” is Aaron Sorkin’s masterpiece. The seasons Sorkin wrote are as good as television can be. This shows, educated me, shocked me, made me cry, and everything else television can make someone do.
And just when you think this show has done it all, it continues to awe and amaze you, even after Aaron Sorkin left. This series may be fictional, but every administration could learn a thing or two from “The West Wing.”