Paula Altenburg | Ten TV Shows that Top my List
November 29, 2013
I'm not really much of a television watcher. I have commitment issues. If I get
into something in the evenings, it tends to be episodic and funny and
no-strings-attached. I like the Big Bang Theory for that reason. If I miss an
episode I can catch up with no problem. I've tried to make Black Widow Demon,
the second book in my Demon Outlaws trilogy, standalone for that reason. Nobody
likes the middle book in a series. And nobody likes having to read books in order.
My husband is the TV junkie in the household. It's a good thing I've got him or
my brain might turn to total mush. He watches Discovery and Oasis, and I tune in
and out between reading and Facebook because I like looking at the pretty HD images.
Now that I've discovered NetFlix, however, that's all starting to change. I can
binge watch at leisure. Mind you it's Canadian NetFlix so my choices are
limited, and that's just as well. Thanks to social media, my attention span is shot.
But I do have my favorites. My Demon Outlaws series is set in a dystopian future
with a Wild West setting. Because of what I write, the shows I watch shouldn't
come as a big surprise. Someone is killed, betrayed, or gets blown up in each of
Fun stuff, people.
So here they are:
1. Buffy. If you follow me on social media at all, you know this is a big time
suck for me. My son got me hooked. He watched all the episodes his fourth year
of university and still managed to get a scholarship to grad school. We can't
figure out how he did it. It's Month Ten for me and I have two seasons to go.
2. Firefly. Oh, Joss Whedon, I love you so much. I started writing the first
Demon Outlaws book before I saw the first episode of Firefly, so you can well
imagine my total euphoric excitement. That's why I'm baffled by Agents of
Shield. WTF, Joss Whedon? W...T...F?
3. Fringe. Walter. Come on. That seems self-explanatory. And the blond girl's cute.
4. Misfits. This show fascinates me. It borders between different and
disturbing. It takes two steps over the line and I can't watch five episodes in
a row like I do with Buffy. Whenever it gets disturbing in a creepy way I
remember it's a Tom Green show, which explains everything.
5. Justified. "Fire in the Hole!" For me, Boyd Crowder is the biggest
attraction. Especially when he goes on the religious kick. Or maybe it's when
he's blowing stuff up. I love explosions.
6. Sons of Anarchy. Making Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal a couple is just genius
7. House of Cards. I haven't watched as much as I'd like because I haven't made
it all the way through Buffy yet. Wait for me, Kevin Spacey. I'll get there.
8. Charmed. I'll be honest over this one. I have fond memories of watching it
when it first came out, not so much for the content but because it irritated the
guys in this male-dominated household. I decided I'd claim one hour of
television a week and I chose the girliest show I could find. Listening to my
husband and sons and their unflattering commentaries made me laugh. To myself.
Because they couldn't do something else if the TV was on, they had to sit in
front of it even if they hated the show. It was a great anthropological study in
9. Sherlock (BBC version). Now I know what all the hoopla surrounding Benedict
Cumberbatch is all about, although I do have to say, I think Martin Freeman is
pretty hot. There's something about a man with a gun and a steady hand. Plus, I
10. Game of Thrones. This isn't on NetFlix, not in Canada, and I bought the
first two seasons on DVD so I could watch them all at once. I love the books so
much and I think the casting for this has been brilliant. I do, however, have
issues with the roles given to some of the minor actors. My personal ethics are
warring with my love of the series. I haven't decided if I'll splurge on season
three, but I have this humbling suspicion that my curiosity is going to overrule
my morality. I'm weak.
That's pretty much what I'm watching these days but I'm always open to
suggestions. Anyone have any more recommendations for me?
Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of
her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the
gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named
Blade. Now she's set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way
A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert
to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands
he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for
revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he's one step
closer to redemption.
But as Blade's sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and
immortal, stalk the woman he can't abandon, he could very well fall back into
the life he's trying so hard to escape.
What's your favorite tv show? One commenter will win a copy of BLACK WIDOW DEMON
37 comments posted.
Re: Paula Altenburg | Ten TV Shows that Top my List
I loved most of your list--I must add Supernatural to the list. If you haven't watched it yet, I think you should give it a try. However, it is in it's 9th season, so I'd start out with older episodes, which are played daily on TNT. I loved watching both Firefly and Fringe, by the way (and if you like weird, as well as hot sexy guys, you'll like Supernatural). :D
(Sandy Kenny 12:40pm November 29, 2013)
Grim. Also Charmed, Once Upon a Time, Vikings, Game of Thrones, and, I confess, Criminal Minds. Romances in all of the British Isles before 1750 and vampire, werewolves and other shifters or fae are my favorites.
(Sharon Mitchell 2:21am November 29, 2013)
Yes to Sons and Justified (did you know Boyd Crowder is also on Sons in a minor role that is hysterical?) and I also love GoT, but I have to say - I never got the allure of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. :)
We watched all of Community on Netflix. At first I thought it was stupid and then I got hooked. Abed is my favorite.
(Donna Alward 7:02am November 29, 2013)
You got me at Buffy. Then the spinoff Angel and then Bones. David
Boreanaz just draws me in.Sanctuary is nice and dark with all kinds of
wonderful monsters which I stumbled upon on HBO. All of them have
strong female leads. But for a good laugh, I love Big Bang Theory too.
Eureka is another favourite I found on the Space channel. It's quirky and
(Debbie Boutilier 7:51am November 29, 2013)
i loved most of the list i watched buffy and was a complete
fan or addicted to that show also my sister got me into
charmed and i started to watch that one regularly
(Denise Smith 8:44am November 29, 2013)
I'm sort of in the same boat you are. We live out in the country, and can only get in 1 Canadian TV channel, 2 on a good day. That gives us slim pickins'. Most of the time, we end up listening to the radio, and I don't really miss TV as much as I used to. The one show my Husband and I watch is Big Bang, as you do, but my Husband is more of a TV junkie. One show that he watches is Played, which you'd probably enjoy. It's a show about young, undercover cops who solve crimes. The other show is Person of Interest. Everyone is under surveillance, and a secret machine can see into the future. You'd really have to watch the show to understand more about it. Outside of that, I have no recommendations for you, since I don't watch TV. I sympathize with you as far as the Canadian choices!! Your book sounds like a real page-turner, and will help me get through the cold Northern Winter!! Love the cover!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:14am November 29, 2013)
I am a TV junkie. Plain and simple, I love watching my regular shows, but always excited when there is some new series to watch, hoping it doesn't get canceled as many of the ones I like or get hooked on seem to. I must have low expectations or not part of the in crowd (meaning the right age group of 18 year olds - I am much older and less hip or not hip at all!#@&%)
(C Culp 10:09am November 29, 2013)
I'm loving the sound of Raven & Blade's story.
And we have similar taste in tv
(Liz Cranage 11:24am November 29, 2013)
Hell On Wheels, Big BAng Theory and Once Upon A Time, that's about it
(Lisa Avila 11:25am November 29, 2013)
I binge-Buffied a couple of years ago, but stopped before I watched the last three
or four episodes. Denial for the end of the series? Probably. Don't judge me,
Paula, but I just finished watching all three seasons of Teen Wolf.
Favorite Buffy quote: "Bored now."
(E.J. Russell 12:27pm November 29, 2013)
I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer! No new recs from me,though.
(G. Bisbjerg 12:47pm November 29, 2013)
I'm a fan of Fox's Bones & X-Files. I got hooked on Showtime's Dexter when there was a writers' strike and they showed it on CBS (heavily edited). BBC's Sherlock is having season 3 start in January here in the USA!!
(Laura Gullickson 1:33pm November 29, 2013)
I mostly watch the news and sports
(Sandy Giden 2:00pm November 29, 2013)
aaahh, another TV junkie - LOVE Buffy, NCIS, and a lot of the reality-tv cooking shows (go figure since I was absent the day any cooking talent was given out) - like Chopped, Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, Restaurant Impossible -
(Felicia Ciaudelli 2:50pm November 29, 2013)
NCIS and Big Bang:) I don't have full cable, after a year of no cable, but I
like the forensic shows. I tell hubby to be careful! Lol
(Michelle Schafer 3:28pm November 29, 2013)
From the above list I always liked Buffy, Charmed was the best and Sherlock I also enjoyed. However, I'm following Haven now and am very much enjoying it!
(Vennie Martinisi 3:44pm November 29, 2013)
My favorites are Once Upon A Time, Charmed, Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Aventures. Love anything paranormal/supernatural, because it's so interesting. I know I'd enjoy your demon outlaws!
(Linda Luinstra 4:03pm November 29, 2013)
I absolutely love Sons of Anarchy. But my husband and I actually take
up paranormal investigating whenever we have the chance. When we
can't get out there, we enjoy watching paranormal shows, such as Ghost
Hunters, Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Mine, etc.
(Jennifer Hunt 4:33pm November 29, 2013)
Mine are Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Sleepy Hallow, and Castle.
(Kai Wong 5:04pm November 29, 2013)
Love watching NCIS, Criminal Minds and Bones
(Jean Patton 5:05pm November 29, 2013)
I'm a big fan of the BBC Sherlock. Love Benedict Cumberbatch
and Martin Freeman.
(Anne MacFarlane 5:20pm November 29, 2013)
My all time fave was Star Trek---sure wish there were more episodes.
(Sue Farrell 5:22pm November 29, 2013)
I tend toward reality ... Top Chef, Project Runway ... though I do get irritated if there is a lot of "personality conflicts"; I watch sports mostly football;I love old monster and detective movies (get those of Netflix) and about the only series I watch is NCIS.
(Annetta Sweetko 6:38pm November 29, 2013)
I think I watch even less TV than you do, but I have to
second Buffy, Charmed, and Firefly--though I haven't seen
any of them in quite a while. My 14 yr old recently
discovered Buffy, and breaks into song at random moments,
singing from the musical episode (hopefully you've already
seen it? One of my faves...)
Thanks for the contest! Reading I do somehow always find
time for ;)
(Becky Moe 7:21pm November 29, 2013)
I'm loving the Blacklist, new this season, as well as Fringe
(Jackie Stieghorst 8:30pm November 29, 2013)
One of my favorites is Castle.
(Maureen Emmons 8:55pm November 29, 2013)
The Walking Dead! Thanks for the contest!
(Linda Townsend 10:23pm November 29, 2013)
I don't watch much tv on my own but my hubby is a junkie, especially for reality tv shows so I must confess that I like to marvel at the dishes that the folks on Master Chef prepare (from one who is more likely to burn water because she is reading a book!)
(E Felder 10:40pm November 29, 2013)
Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, Grimm, Castle, Bones, and PBS Masterpiece Mysteries are my current tv passions. If I dvr the commercial shows I gain extra time to read.
(Joanne Hicks 10:59pm November 29, 2013)
NCIS, CSI, Bones, Sleepy Hollow (great show!!) and a new favorite of mine, Castle!
(Martha Lawson 11:29pm November 29, 2013)
I'm horrible about sticking with a show. I do love Doctor Who, Big Bang
Theory and Myth Busters. . . . When I get a chance to watch them.
(Glenda Martillotti 8:46am November 30, 2013)
Buffy, Supernatural... yeah!
(Roxana Perez 9:36am November 30, 2013)
Some of my favs are Beauty and the Beast and Arrow!
(Colleen Conklin 1:16pm November 30, 2013)
Hard to narrow it down. How about the top four: Walking Dead,
Masters of Sex, Nashville and Mad Men. Love them all.
(Julianne MacLean 1:45pm November 30, 2013)
My current favorite shows are Big Bang Theory and Castle.
(Janie McGaugh 11:01pm November 30, 2013)
I love SUPERNATURAL and THE BIG BANG THEORY. Both fun to
(Mary Preston 12:25pm December 1, 2013)
I like Warehouse 13 which is off and on. Hope it come back in
January. I will have to look for Sherlock.
(Leona Olson 8:24am December 1, 2013)
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