At the end of a busy day, my husband and I enjoy relaxing together with a TV show. We’re big movie fans, but often don’t have time to watch a movie between the girls’ bedtime and ours. Lately, we’ve been watching our favourite shows on DVD but as fall resumes, there will be new shows coming up. For this week’s 5Faves, I thought I’d share my five favourite TV shows.
My first two favourite TV shows are scripted shows; my last three a reality TV shows. I like the story that develops over time in the scripted shows, but I also like being able to pop into the reality TV shows even if I’ve missed a few episodes.
My Favourite TV Shows — Scripted
#1: Once Upon a Time
Several years ago, my husband said, “I found a TV show you should check out.” He showed me the preview episode and we were hooked. For the next several years, we watched Once Upon a Time religiously. I loved the twists and turns of the show and the unique play on familiar fairy tales.
The story began when an evil spell transported a group of fairy tale characters from the Enchanted Forest to a small town in Maine. It’s up to Emma, a girl raised in the foster system, to help the characters remember who they are and break the spell. The end of each season thereafter brings new evil spells for the characters to fight, as various villains pop up to ruin the “happily ever after.”
#2: Big Bang Theory
My husband found the first three seasons of The Big Bang Theory at a thrift store. These have become our go-to in the evening when we’re tired and want to relax together. It’s easy to pop in a DVD and watch an episode (or two or three…) together. The show is good for laughs, although I’d rate it R for the fact that three of the four guys are constantly trying to get a girl into bed. (In other words, don’t watch before the kids fall asleep.)
If you’re not familiar with it, the show follows the lives of four friends who work together at the same university. Sheldon is a high IQ astrophysicist who has very specific rules and routines for his life. Leonard is his roommate, a nice, fairly ordinary guy. Raj is an East Indian guy who can’t talk to women. Howard is a Jewish guy (when it’s convenient) who still lives with his mom. And Penny is the ordinary, Mid-western girl who moves in across the hall and hopes to make it big in Hollywood.
My Favourite TV Shows — Reality
#3: The Voice
I’ll admit that a big part of why I like The Voice is that it features one of my favourite country artists, Blake Sheldon. The joking back and fourth between the four judges also adds to the fun on the show. The premise of this show is that each singer is selected solely on the merits of their voice. The first round of judging is blind; each judge picks a singer for his or her team just by listening to them sing.
#4: So You Think You Can Dance
My husband and I took several dance classes together when we were dating and first married. Though we are still amateur dancers, it’s fun to watch professionals. I love the variety of So You Think You Can Dance and the way that each dancer is challenged to compete in multiple dance genres.
#5: Amazing Race
My favourite part of this show is seeing where the teams travel. I loved the Amazing Race Canada because it was fun to see familiar parts of Canada as well as places that I’d love to visit someday. Sometimes I find the challenges a bit ridiculous or boring, but it’s always interesting to see how the teams work together (or don’t) when given a challenge.
What are your favourite TV shows?
Now it’s your turn! What were your five favourites from this week?
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