Yup, we’re checking all the boxes this month! Albums, movies, and now TV shows! This is going to be a wild ride! Like movies, I came up with these pretty quickly, and I feel fairly confident in them. I’ve also listed them in order of favorites, and I just kept thinking, if I could never watch anything but these ten shows again, would I be okay? And yeah, I think so.
There was a time, not too long ago, when Merlin just sat in my Currently Watching on Netflix pretty much always. I just loop back around to the first season every time I finish the fourth (the fifth hurts so much, and I’ve never watched it a second time), and it’s been really great for my overall health. It is, without a doubt, my favorite TV show of all time. Back in my heyday in college, when I was known for pirating movies/music/whatever (I’M SORRY), I found a proxy that allowed me to watch whatever channel Merlin was playing on BBC so that I could watch the fifth season while it was premiering instead of waiting a million years for it to reach the US. I know, it’s the most absurd thing I’ve ever done, but it was 100% worth it even though I nearly missed the finale because I was crying so much. Truly, the only other time I’ve cried that hard over a TV show was when Rose & the Doctor had to part ways.
What is it about? A young wizard wanders into Camelot, searching for his destiny, and accidentally knocks a pretentious prince on his ass.
Don’t even get me started! It was so damn hard for me not to put Peaky Blinders in the top slot because it deserves it, but nothing is ever going to beat out Merlin, so it’ll have to sit here in the second spot. BUT WOW. There’s another show below that I’ve rewatched previous seasons multiple times to get ready for the new season, and Peaky Blinders is the only other show I’ve done that for. I truly don’t know how many times I’ve watched the first season, but every year around this time, I start to get the itch, even if a new season isn’t impending, because it’s just amazing.
What is it about? Post WW1, Birmingham is suddenly overrun with boys who went to war and returned men with a whole bucketload of issues. One of them is Tommy Shelby, and he’s ready to steal and corrupt his way into notoriety.
Is Avatar: The Last Airbender one of the best pieces of art ever? Yes, it really, really is. It’s the most progressive, inclusive, and incredibly well-told stories I’ve ever witnessed, and I just love it to pieces. I truly wish I’d seen it as a child because I feel like it would have made me even more well-rounded, but I’m also so glad that I watched it the first time as an adult because I just appreciated it so much more. There is not a single thing I don’t love about this, and the fact that it’s finally available on Netflix is the best thing to ever happen to the world.
What is it about? The last living airbender has finally returned to the world, and though he’s prophesied to bring peace to the four nations, he’s only a child.
I started watching Supernatural in college when the first five seasons had already aired, so though I was a bit late to the party, we ended up bingeing the first five seasons in about a month and a half and then eagerly awaited the sixth season. I haven’t watched the latest season because I’m the worst, but it’s the only show that I’ve followed for this long, and even when the going’s been rough, it’s still something I’ve enjoyed thoroughly. I’m so sad that it’s ending, but I’m also really glad that they’re finally wrapping up the story, and I can’t wait to see what they do.
What is it about? Two brothers fight supernatural creatures that run the gamut of werewolves, vampires, angels, demons, creatures of legend, the devil himself, God, and everything in between.
New Girl truly holds a special place in my heart. It was another show that I watched primarily in college, and it was seriously the thing I looked forward to the most when it came to what I was going to watch during the week. I’d love to rewatch it, and I can’t believe that I’ve only watched it once. I know it’s absurd and fluffy, but everyone needs a quick 25-minute sitcom that they can use to de-stress a little, and this was always it for me. I’ve longed for another show like it, but haven’t found anything yet, and that makes me so sad. UGH WINSTON.
What is it about? Recently heartbroken, Jess moves into an apartment with three men who don’t really know what to do with her until, suddenly, they’re each other’s ride or dies.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include Lost in Space on this list, but then I remembered that I’ve binged each season in only a couple days, and that those episodes have swung me between absolute delight and a sobbing mess, so it belongs here. It’s such a sweet, fun story, and I think it’ll be one that I return to many times over the course of my life. I’m so sad that it’s ending soon, but I’m so glad that we got it, and that they’re going to give it a full story rather than drag it on forever. And yes, I will murder every single person that even looks at Will Robinson wrong.
What is it about? While trying to find a new, habitable planet for a dying Earth, a family gets lost IN SPACE.
The Magicians is one of those few stories out there where I haven’t read, and don’t plan to read, the books. I’ve heard horrible things about the books, and I love the show so much that I don’t want to tarnish that love. I could probably write an entire post on each character separately, too, and why I just adore them. And it’s so interesting, too, because there are some, like Julia, that I didn’t like at the beginning, and that I still sometimes disagree with, but that I would now do anything to protect. Obviously, Quentin & Eliot have my heart forever and a day, and I’ll never get over the fact that we actually got to see a relationship between them. And the magic is so interesting! I’ve definitely been influenced in my own writing by the hand movements that the magicians use in this. Not to mention how very, very nerdy this is, which is a bonus point in and of itself.
What is it about? Quentin Coldwater wanted nothing more than for magic to be real, and when he’s invited to attend Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, it seems like nothing could go wrong.
Gentefied only has one season, but I’m calling it now, it’s going to be one of my favorites ever. I shout at literally everyone I can to watch this show, and now I’m shouting at YOU. DO IT YOU WON’T REGRET IT. I’m definitely going to rewatch it before the next season comes out because we were renewed y’allllllllll! I just love this show so much. I want mini-series for each of the characters by themselves, but I also still want the main show with them all together. And it makes me so damn hungry!
What is it about? In a Latin neighborhood slowly being overrun by gentrification, a struggling taco shop tries to stay afloat.
I totally forgot Sons of Anarchy even existed, but then I was thinking about what shows I’d watched multiple times and would continue to watch to this day, and I remembered that I watched the first season of SOA seven times, so it should probably go on this list. Like, I’m not even kind of exaggerating, I rewatched it every single time there was a new season. It was one of the few long-running shows, too, that I really, really loved the ending of because they actually tied the story up instead of just waiting to be cancelled, and the arc of the story was just fantastically executed. The characters were amazing, and it birthed my love of Charlie Hunnam, and I am forever going to want to own a motorcycle because of it.
What is it about? The youngest member of a motorcycle gang discovers corruption is threaded deep in his club, but it will mean the lives of those he loves if he roots it out.
I have to be straight up with this one–I haven’t watched anything post-Eleven on Doctor Who. I want to, and I will, but I’d love to rewatch Nine, Ten, and Eleven before I start in on Twelve & Thirteen, so I’ve been kind of putting that off until a rainy day, which never seems to arrive. I swear I’m going to eventually! However, those seasons with Nine, Ten, and Eleven were truly some of the best television I was watching at the time, and I still look back on them fondly. Obviously, my favorite was Ten, I will actually die if Rose ever returns to the screen, I’m in love with Billie Piper for the rest of my life, and it was the ending of Eleven that finally did it for me. I didn’t like the storytelling anymore by the time we left behind Amy, Rory, and River, and when Eleven left, I decided that was enough for me. I’m hella hyped about Thirteen, though, so this is my official call out to myself to get back to it.
What is it about? A time-traveling doctor saves the world again and again in his bigger on the inside time machine.