I’ve always been a lover of crime shows and those of a procedural nature. When I was in high school, I religiously watched NCIS and CSI. Recently, I’ve seen quite a bit of Law and Order and it’s many spin off. It appears that there’s no stopping the success of such shows. But do you have any love for them?
No not the superhero movie franchise, but the classic 60’s spy show that I’ve finally got around to seeing some of. This is in large part due to the television airing episodes again. I remember my Grandfather being very fond of the show and decided to view it. Well I love watching the suave John Steed, him of the bowler hat and umbrella, and his succession of female sidekicks battle nefarious villains. But what do you think?
I admit to being a lover of comedy when it’s done right. Two of my favourite comedy series are Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond. Below I will list why I love them so.
Everybody Loves Raymond:
- That jingling music that is both funny and catchy.
- The family that is the Barone’s, dysfunctional in the best sense of the word.
- The timing and situations that happen.
- How it could be deep at times.
- And of course, the riotous humour.
- The ear worm of a theme song.
- The immense chemistry between the cast.
- The cast and guest stars that kept it so fresh.
- The way the characters were written and portrayed.
- How it knew when to bring in emotion.
- And last but not least, the scintillating comedy.
After the fine response to my last royalty post, I thought it good to feature another one. Historical drama can sometimes feel too formal, which is why I’m sure things are often sexed up. And sometimes it is in keeping with various scandals of history involving royalty, which is even more fun. So which depictions of real life monarchy where the sexiest for you on television of in film. I have a feeling The Tudors is going to get a deserved mention.
And on a related note and after discussion with the fabulous Gill, I think that I should host a blogathon on celluloid versions of monarchy. Royalty in movie and television should make for fine posts. At the moment, I’m busy but in the nearby future, I promise to do a blogathon.
Many television shows showcase eventful places for the characters to occupy, but there are some more eventful than others. There’s no shortage of drama or mayhem in the following roads, streets or towns. These are only a few examples as there are too many to list.
Sunnydale- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Many people may proclaim that where they live is hellish, but fancy residing in a town where you are right about the mouth of hell. For Buffy and pals, things that go bump in the night and monsters are a day to day occurrence as frequent as going shopping. Much supernatural peril and ass kicking commences in the ironically named Sunnydale.
Wisteria Lane- Desperate Housewives:
Beneath the pleasant mask of suburban bliss is a very dark hotbed of affairs, murders and bitchiness. Seriously, how much stuff has gone down in Wisteria Lane for the eponymous ladies? It’s no wonder the emergency services are an almost constant presence on the seemingly sleepy street given all the drama unfolding.
Coronation Street- Coronation Street:
The long running British soap boasts one of the most event laden streets in television history. For such a small street in Manchester with only a few houses, Coronation Street’s small size shouldn’t fool you as its played host to all number of tragedies, disasters and squabbling. Scrapping in the street is a given, bed-hopping is a go to and drinking in the pub is mandatory. Is it any wonder there’s so much going on?
Those were three examples that spring to my mind. So which places in television would you say had enough drama to last a lifetime?
As many people will know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrated its 20th anniversary on the 10th of March. I was planning on doing a post, but the house move got in the way. Never fear, as I’ve decided to still do a post about the greatness of the show, just in belated yet graceful fashion. I love Buffy so much, it has to rank as one of my favourite shows ever. Watching as the eponymous warrior fought the powers of darkness while grappling with her personal life was entertaining television of the highest. As I could about the show for hours, I thought it better to condense my feelings into something more concise. So without further ado, here are the five reasons that Buffy the Vampire Slayer rocks like no other.
It knew how to scare you:
As a show that delved into the supernatural, it was only right that many things that our sarcastic heroine would battle would be creepy. And when I say spooky, I’m talking nightmare inducing at times. The villains and forces of darkness where never dull and had just the right amount of fright to creep you out.
It can make you laugh:
The sarcastic and often darkly humorous aspects of the show where always in high supply. In a show that was dark, laughs were generated frequently due to the comic timing of characters and the often outrageous things they would have to battle.
And just as quickly break your heart:
The amount of times I felt emotional watching Buffy are too many to count. It really knew how to get you emotional because of how well written it was. Tragedy and death formed large parts of the show, yet where always searing and ready for the tears to fall.
It’s highly innovative:
From the musical episode ‘Once More, With Feeling’ to the creepy and largely silent episode ‘Hush’, Buffy was always a show that was willing to take creative risks and challenges. And a lot of them largely paid off, which resulted in the show being a force to be reckoned with.
And of course the amazing title character:
Smart, sassy and kick ass to a fault, Buffy Summers has to be one of the strongest women warriors to hit television screens. Played to perfection by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy is a girl you can gravitate towards on a lot of levels. In the beginning, she just wants to be a normal teenager though her destiny is what stops that. Over the course of the show, she grew into a woman accepting her destiny and learning how to embrace it. In short, Buffy Summers is a feisty and relatable heroine of steel and heart.
There are many other things I could list, but I’m trying to be concise as I know I’ll ramble given half the chance. All I have left to say is that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a show that will never get old.
My other recaps on older movie reviews have gone down a storm with all of you wonderful followers out there. And it occurred to me that I hadn’t done any recap on television reviews, now is my chance. I love television just as much as movies and most followers will know that I really commit to watching a television show when I’m reviewing it. So in case any of you missed them, here are some of them:
I am a huge fan of the legendary Angela Lansbury. I mean her work ethic and quota of stage, screen and theatre appearances is staggering. For many people, they remember her for playing the amiable mystery novelist Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, who solved various crimes with her knack for detail and peerless observations. Now I love the show and I like how it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Plus, you have the delightful Lansbury as excellent as ever playing the sharp-minded Jessica, who always seems to be two steps ahead of everyone else. I don’t think I’ve come across anyone who doesn’t love Murder, She Wrote. I mean, what’s not to love? I continue to watch the show on re-runs because it just has that nostalgic quality to it. Please let me know your opinions on the show.
The other day, a friend and I were discussing television shows that we watched as kids and reflected on. It got me thinking about all of the stuff I watched as a child. Today, I’m talking of one of my favourites from childhood, Recess. The Disney show that shaped my younger years, I have fond memories of watching this amusing show. The basic premise was of a group of elementary school kids and the adventures they’d get up to, primarily at recess. The group consisted of rebellious T.J, tomboy Spinelli, sporty Vince, smart Gretchen, gentle giant Mikey and awkward army brat Gus. The show focused on life on the playground, which in this case had its own class structure and even a king. Watching it as a kid and the show being from a child’s point of view endeared it to me so much and I do look back on watching the show with good memories. The feelings of fun watching Recess were second to none as the gang hot into all sorts of trouble and misadventures. I hope you enjoyed reading my reflection on Recess and how it was one of my go to television shows as a child.
I recently saw the entire run of Alias and fell in love with the twisty spy show. Much of that was down to the central character of spy Sydney Bristow, played wonderfully by Jennifer Garner. The character is a phenomenal one and here are the reasons why:
Reason 1- She is the mistress of disguise:
A lot of the fun of watching Alias was watching the disguises that Sydney would use when on dangerous and covert missions. They ran the gamut from classy to outrageous, though she looked amazing in all of them. Seriously, how many wigs did she wear throughout the run of the show? There are too many to count.
Reason 2- She is adept at getting out of sticky situations:
Bad situations continually befall Sydney throughout Alias. She really shows a knack for getting out of these tough jams with prowess and fighting skills. If there is anyone you need to be cool under pressure and not crack, it is Sydney Bristow. Put her through torture, beatings or threats and she will still most of the time come out on top.
Reason 3- She is a polyglot:
In the spy game, knowing the lingo is key to concealing who you are. Sydney masterfully has a great command of many languages that helps her infiltrate enemy territory with guile and trickery.
Reason 4- She is an emotional person who is sympathetic:
Unlike so many spies in films and television, Sydney actually has a heart and is pretty much just like everyone else. Only she has a more dangerous and eventful life than the average human. All of the events that happen to her show her as a person who while strong, still has vulnerability underneath it all. This is precisely one of the reason I responded to her as a character, her depth of humanity. Her character is a prime example of someone who goes through a lot of trauma, but has the resilience to survive.
Reason 5- She kicks major ass:
As a spy, it is only natural that Sydney would know how to defend herself. Yet her fighting skills are something to behold. Sydney can brawl with the best of them, coming up against evil on a daily basis and locking horns with baddies. Seriously, I wouldn’t want to be on the end of one of her punches.