Already on to day 12: Your favourite TV show.
This is such a difficult question because I watch so much TV, I have got a lot of shows that I love. It would be so hard to try and narrow them down to just 1, so I will pick my top 10.
I’m not going to pick any of the Netflix original shows because I am planning on making a separate post about them at some point. Also, I’m only going to include shows that are no longer airing, as this will make it easier for me to choose.
- Psych (2006-2014)
Plot: “A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.”
This is one of my all time favourite shows. I love detective shows so much but I also love comedies. Psych is a perfect mix of the two. It sums up my sense of humour. It has a great cast, characters you fall in love with, and there isn’t a bad episode. I was gutted when it was cancelled, but they have recently released a movie!
Couldn’t recommend this show enough.
2. Stargate SG1 (1997-2007)
Plot: “A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.”
For my birthday, my brother got me the full boxset of Stargate SG1. It included all 10 seasons and the 2 movies that followed them. I watched it all within a month. I don’t have anything bad to say about this show, other than maybe a couple of episodes being a bit below average. There are a few cast and character changes throughout its run, which is to be expected for a show lasting 10 seasons. Definitely my favourite of the ‘star-‘ franchises (Stargate, Star Trek, Star Wars).
I was half way through season 5, I think, when my Mam said “Oh, has ________ died yet?” No. They haven’t. Thanks for that.
On a side note, I also would highly recommend you watch Stargate Atlantis if you like SG1. I actually watched Atlantis before SG1 for some reason.
3. Friends (1994-2004)
Plot: “Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.”
Everybody has heard of Friends. You either watched it when it was airing, or have seen it since it came on to Netflix. When I was in school, E4 used to air 2 episodes at 5PM, so I would come home, have my tea and then go upstairs and watch it. A few months ago, I watch all 10 seasons on Netflix, it still holds up even now, although there are some moments that haven’t aged too well.
SPOILERS: Chandler and Monica belong together. As much as I loved Joey and Phoebe together, I’m glad they let her be with Mike. Rachel should have went to Paris and not gotten back together with Ross. Ross is a terrible person.
4. Scrubs (2001-2010)
Plot: “In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John “J.D.” Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship, and life.”
That plot doesn’t really do it much justice. This show has been praised by medical professionals for being the most accurate in portraying what it is really like to work in a hospital. It is ridiculously funny and very well acted. There are still serious moments due to where it is set, and they really hit you.
This is next on my list of shows to rewatch.
5. Community (2009-2015)
Plot: “A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.”
This is one of those shows that I can rewatch 100 times and still never get bored of it. It embraces how ridiculous it is at times, and I adore it. It is effortlessly hilarious and each actor has got brilliant comedic timing. Even though some characters leave nearing the end of the shows run, in my opinion it doesn’t lose anything. New characters are added that bring different things to the table to keep the show fresh.
6. How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)
Plot: “A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.”
With How I Met Your Mother, no matter where you are in life, you can relate to at least one of these characters. This show gets compared a lot to Friends, which I don’t think it fair. It has its own unique take on issues. There are only so many things that shows like this can deal with, so of course there will be some cross over.
I’m still not sure how I feel about the last episode. I see why the done it, but still.
7. Full House (1987-1995)
Plot: After the sudden death of his wife, a young father enlists the help of his brother-in-law and his childhood friend to help him raise his three daughters.”
As I was born in 1996, I obviously did not watch this when it was airing. I watched it when it was put on Netflix. I really liked this show, it is very cute and sweet. Every problem, no matter how big or small, could be solved by sitting down and talking. I imagine children watching this when it was on would learn valuable lessons, like why they shouldn’t be mean to their siblings and what to do if they are being bullied.
8. House (2004-2012)
Plot: “An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.”
Another medical show! I used to watch this show with my mam and dad every week when it was on, which was sometimes awkward when it was a sex related illness. It’s a vary cleverly written show with amazing acting, especially by Hugh Laurie (who plays House). He is a a really sarcastic, mean doctor but you can’t help but feel for him.
9. LOST (2004-2010)
Plot: “The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.”
My mam and dad used to watch LOST every week when it was on, although I didn’t care enough to watch it. Until we got the boxset and I decided to give it a try. I wish I had watched it when it was airing. I’m currently in the middle of rewatching it, I’m on season 5 right now.
The show is very cleverly written, with fantastic actors and characters. There are comedic, dramatic, and tense moments all throughout the series. LOST is one of those shows where you cannot switch off while watching it or miss an episode.
10. Torchwood (2006-2011)
Plot: “The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.”
Torchwood was a spin-off show of Doctor Who. However, it is a much darker and less kid-friendly show compared to Doctor Who. The first 2 seasons were of a ‘monster-of-the-week’ style. Season 3 and season 4 each had its own plot arc. This show was one of my all time favourites when it was out, although I was probably a bit young for it.
I truly wasn’t expecting it to be as heartbreaking as it was, I went in to it expecting the same light-hearted fun you get from Doctor Who.
I used to watch Fringe, which I feel I would add to this list but I cannot really remember it as I watched it a long time ago. I need to rewatch it soon.
So that is my list. These are my favourite TV shows that are no longer being aired. I will do a list some time soon for shows that are still airing that I love. What about you? What shows that have been cancelled, or came to a natural end, that you miss?