The Television Tag

When the lovely Kayley Hyde posted this video, I knew I wanted in on her new creation: the television tag. I might be studying film, but when it comes to switching off and consuming media for pleasure, I am all about inhaling a mountain of delicious TV shows. I’ll watch anything, from crap reality shows to high concept fantasy – and yet I’ve somehow never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, but that’s another story. For now, let’s get into the tag:

What are your favourite shows?
Please know that these choices are subject to constant change, because I’m flaky and bound to forget about shows I adore. I’m going to go with Friends as my classic choice, and Jane the Virgin as my more current pick, but then I don’t think I’ve missed an episode of Coronation Street in about ten years either.

Favourite genre?
I honestly kind of don’t know the answer to this question, because what I watch is so all over the place. Generally, I seem to be drawn to female-led stuff, usually comedy. But I also love documentaries, reality TV, sci-fi…

Least favourite show?
I sat through an entire season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and found nothing likeable about it. The characters were annoying, the plot didn’t interest me, and it wasn’t shot well either. I adore Tina Fey and was determined that I was watching it wrong or was missing something, so I tortured myself with the whole first season – but I didn’t gel with this show at all.

Most re-watched show?
Almost definitely Friends, with Scrubs as a close second. I am almost always rewatching one or the other of these shows at any given time, even if its just as background noise while I do the washing up or hoover. They’re my comfort food and I love them very, very dearly.

Do you prefer watching things week-by-week or binge-watching?
I think there are certain shows that suit marathoning, but I really like the ritual of viewing something week-by-week. I even write when shows air in my planner, so that I properly set some time aside and spend an hour or so with characters I love – I don’t know what I’ll do once Orphan Black stops airing. My Sunday routine will be completely broken.

Favourite television characters?
Out of what is currently airing, I just adore Xiomara Villanueva and Annalise Keating, from Jane the Virgin and How to Get Away With Murder respectively. I also have a lifelong obsession with Rachel Green, and Rory and Lorelai Gilmore are fast becoming two of my favourite ever women on screen.

Favourite television couples?
I acknowledge this relationship is entirely unhealthy, but Ross and Rachel are my absolute bread and butter of TV couples. I longed for them to get together. I feel really similarly about Ezra and Aria from Pretty Little Liars: they’re actually a pretty terrible couple, but something about the performances or writing makes me wholeheartedly root for them. I’m also really into Jane and Rafael on Jane the Virgin at the moment; I still really want Petra to get a happy ending though, so that’s slightly more subject to change.

A show you could never get into?
I’m currently giving Firefly another go, after only getting a couple of episodes in last time before sort of forgetting about it – my interest just petered out last time, but everyone else seems insistent that I try it again. The show that I’ve definitely given up on, though, is A Series of Unfortunate Events. I love the books, I was so excited for the show, and I just can’t get into it! I don’t know if its the humour or the acting or what, but after three or four episodes, I allowed myself to set it aside, because it just wasn’t working for me.

A show you fell out of love with?
I think this one is probably going to Bates Motel. When Netflix first released the third season, I was so excited – but at some point I just stopped choosing to watch it. I’m a huge Hitchcock and Psycho fan and loved what they did with the Bates’ family in the first season, but at some point it just stopped being engaging. Maybe I’ll pick it up again one day, but there’s a pin in it for now.

A show that was cancelled too soon?
I think Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 was a wasted opportunity for a brilliant show, and I’m adamant there is room for a fourth series of Broadchurch – a good one, too. I’m also still kind of mourning Torchwood.

Guilty pleasure show?
I do not feel guilty about my love for this show, because it is an icon of British culture, but… Coronation Street. I’ve grown up with Corrie, and despite it being hammy and often predictable, this show is in my bones. If you’re from anywhere but the UK, Coronation Street is a soap opera set in Manchester; you can fill in the blanks yourself. Affairs, murder, affairs, tram crashes, affairs, pregnancy, even more affairs. My favourite characters are generally the gobby barmaid types: Liz McDonald, Carla Connor, Michelle Connor, even Bethany Platt, now that she’s grown up. I’ve not missed an episode of this show in quite literally years, and I’m honestly not convinced I ever will. I love it, practically unconditionally. 

What are you currently watching?
I’m about halfway through the second season of Gilmore Girls right now (it’s actually playing in another window), which I honestly don”t know how I lived without. Why did nobody tell me how perfect this show is? Coffee, mother/daughter bonding, someone who loves studying almost as much as I do. All that and a constant run of cute boys. I love it very much.
I’m also watching Orphan Black; the last ever episode airs this Sunday and I am praying for a fitting finale for all the sisters, because my God, they deserve the happiest of happy endings. Especially Alison and Sarah. I’m almost as nervous as I was at the end of Pretty Little Liars.
I’m watching season five of Nashville as it airs, too, which is one of those guilty pleasure shows that is mostly cheesy and silly, but sometimes has moments of proper brilliance. I’m slightly obsessed with Hayden Panettiere as Juliet in particular; she’s constantly on the edge of being too much of a bitch, but is never quite unsympathetic enough to cross the line. That is some good characterisation.
Lastly (I think!), I’m re-watching Jane the Virgin with my housemate Sage. She caught me watching the odd episode of season three, which Netflix released not long ago, and accidentally got really into it – so we’ve gone back to the beginning. We’re inhaling it together, and it’s such a great show to watch with my bestie.

And that’s me done! Somehow I’ve not mentioned Doctor Who, or Glee, or Sherlock, so this isn’t necessarily a comprehensive list of all my favourite shows, but it’s a good introduction to my taste in television. I think basically what I seem to look for is really great female characters.


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