For today’s post we thought that we’d write about 5 of our favorite TV shows – we thought doing 5 each would be a lot simpler and cause a lot less debating that trying to come up with 5 shows that we both love equally as much – so this is the outcome!:
Scarlett’s Top 5 TV Shows:
1: Ghost Adventures
So if anyone out there reading this knows me, or even if you’ve been in my presence for more that 5 minutes you’ll know that i have a serious obsession for ghost adventures. Now ‘Ghost Adventures’ is an American ghost hunting show with Ghost Hunting being one of the things I would consider being when i’ve matured, Ghost Adventures and Zak Bagans has to be one of the biggest inspirations for me. Zak Bagans, the lead investigator is not only macho and wears tight tops – he saves dogs too, what more could you want? I know some of you’re out there are saying ‘It’s Fake!’ and i’m not going to sit here and tell you that you’re wrong because you’re most likely right. I understand that Zak, Aaron and Nick often will have to make up more exciting encounters just to keep their audience entertained but that doesn’t go to say that SOME of their evidence isn’t truthful. If you’d like to read more about what i think about Ghost Adventures, click here.
2. Doctor Who
With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who coming up, it’s making me love it more and more – the tension of who will be the new Doctor is killing me but being a VERY big loving of Matt Smith i know that more than a few tears will be being shed this Christmas. The way that Doctor Who has something for everyone is magical – quirkiness, sadness, comedy and in some cases; romance. Doctor Who brings back memories from childhood for older views, and will without a doubt it’ll be something i can look back on from my future and remember it as an amazing show. However, despite my love for Doctor Who, i can’t regret the thoughts of it going down hill – the story lines are getting more complicated and in some cases it seems as if The Doctor is becoming more of a magician rather than a mad man with a box. – Regardless, i still love Doctor Who.
3: The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory is spectacular – let me just get that out there straight away. Not many American shows about Geeky Scientists do it for me, but The Big Bang Theory certainly does. Every Single member of the cast is perfectly chosen – especially Sheldon. The main four, Sheldon, Lennard, Rahj and Howard and just so different it makes them such an amazingly formed quartette. Each one has their own qualities and developed stories which we are told about through out the series – My favorite is most definitely a tie between Sheldon and Rahj, Sheldon’s dominant presence is hilarious for someone of his mental capacity and Rahj’s Innocence and witty one-liners popped in here and there is just what makes them two so perfect. The women are also casted perfectly – Penny, Amy and Bernadette are so different but just so perfect for each of their partners. If you haven’t seen the Big Bang Theory yet, you need to get out of your little cave and check it out!
4. Storage Hunters
Storage Hunters has increasing started to become a major part of most days – watching hours on end of the amazingly staged program. This is ANOTHER American show, about people bidding for ‘Bins’ of storage that people no longer want or access – it’s so staged and fake it makes it absolutely hilarious to watch. The auctioneer Sean Kelly has the most annoying but brilliant voice it makes me giggle all the way through. Each bidder has their own little personalities and the on going hatred between Brandon and Lori Bernier and Jesse McClure is absolutely priceless. Sean’s nicknames for each of the bidders are also priceless – calling big black women ‘Queen Latifah’ and calling the lock gutter ‘Green Mile’. It’s just so obviously American, staged and practically amazing it’s unbelievable – you should all check it out, if not for the program it’s self and just the comedy value.
5. Come Dine With Me
Come Dine with Me is a cookery program which, lets face it, is absolutely hilarious. The show has either four or five amateur chefs competing against each other hosting a dinner party for the other contestants. Each competitor then rates the host’s performance with the winner winning a £1,000 cash prize. Most of us have seen Come Dine With Me at one point of our lives – but what makes this tv show so amazing is DAVE LAMB. Dave Lamb is the comical genius who does the bitterly sarcastic commentary, ripping into each contestant one by one. His comments are amazing, because it’s just what everyone is thinking but they don’t have the guts to say it – but oh boy, Dave Lamb does.
Laura’s Top 5 TV Shows:
So I’m struggling with how to rank mine so as most television competitions do I shall announce them in no particular order:
My Favourite TV Show (probably of all time):
This has to be one of the greatest TV shows that has ever been created, and I am so so upset that it got cancelled after just four series. I couldn’t understand why such a good show could just end. I couldn’t understand why people could not like this show…hold up, actually I can, even I got frustrated at times when all I wanted to know was just that little week. But that is exactly what makes a good TV show, right? If you are literally on the verge of throwing yourself off the cliff to find the hanger, then the company producing the show and the writers are doing something right. Having viewers craving to know more and more keeps them eager, keeps them keen, and keeps them watching, which is the aim. This was definitely plentiful in Ugly Betty. The cliffhangers they left us with were just unfair. Especially the ones at the end of each series that we then had to wait for an ENTIRE new series to find the answer to. However being a master con artist, actually no, I don’t think that is relevant, I found away around this. After not watching the show for a period of time (god knows why) me and my mother (also a huge fan) decided to buybit extra that would make the whole thing make sense but darn I had to wait til next the complete box set on Amazon, and spent many many days and nights sitting and watching episode after episode until we could leave the story in a place where we weren’t going to claw our eyes out to know the next bit. THAT was a hugely difficult task. I think we decide an honour for managing to find a situation at the end of an episode where we could cope with leaving it til the next day.
So the plot? It was so varied and was always changing so I could possibly not explain it to you. It basically teaches the story of a young girl, and how she becomes a success through her own ways and by not conforming to the world of vanity and beauty. It teaches of inner beauty, and I truly believe that that is the constant theme and the constant message throughout the show. The idea is that Betty is ‘ugly’ when she first comes onto our screens, but I’ve always strongly thought and believed that she couldn’t look more beautiful as she did in her first appearances in Season 1. All I would be able to say is just buy the box set (it’s not that expensive at all!) and watch every single episode and you’ll be able to understand why I am so hooked.
The characters were just so brilliant, so perfectly cast, so full of charisma and just so talented. There are simply too many to name, but each individually communicate their own individual message to the audience about who they are. I personally learned a message from all of them, and they each taught me something, an important life message, which I am so grateful to the show and the actors/actresses for creating characters that the audience could so easily connect with.
This is a show that can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can frustrate you and it can make you the happiest person alive. I found that after watching episodes I began to actually become the characters that I watched on screen, especially Amanda. Sassy, sexy and with one hell of an attitude, I found myself saying the things that she would say and adopting her ‘no-care’ attitude. This was followed closely by the character of Betty, as I immediately found myself with the ability to give so many more ‘pep’ talks. You can seriously connect with the show at a more emotional level. It’s not like a typical American show. It’s creative, it’s effortlessly fantastic, and the talent behind it is phenomenal…and that’s what makes it so different, unique and just so brilliant.
After finishing the box set, I was left saddened and unsatisfied at the ending. It all seemed too rushed and too quick, as opposed to the length of the story lines that had taken part in the four series. The network and writers had attempted to bring closure to all individual stories of the fourth series, but left me with so many questions. So this is when I made my decision to spend my days campaigning to find out more. And I did! I found a literature version of a Season 5 of Ugly Betty and I could not contain my joy! I originally thought this was the actual genuine Season 5, but then realised it was something created by fans, namely a organisation called ‘The Bachelor and Butterfly Committee’. This disheartened me slightly, but when I started reading, it shocked me to find that it was as if the actual writers had written it. The plot and the stories were so similar in style to how the ones of the TV Show were portrayed and the ideas were in such a similar style and portrayed in such a similar way to that of the show. I could actually imagine the scenes unraveling in my mind, and it was so wonderful to have a glimpse of Ugly Betty being alive again, for me. If there are any fans of Ugly Betty out there, who felt they had many questions at the end of the series, you can find a version of Season Five here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6002738/1/Ugly-Betty-Season-5. This Season Five focuses a lot on Daniel and Betty and portrays what happens to them once they both end up in each others company in England. So for any ‘Detty’ fans out there, these literature episodes are definitely for you! Most of my questions were centered around Daniel and Betty and I personally wanted to see them as a couple (although some people took to the Internet to write articles as to why they’re so not right for each other, which I never understood) so this was perfect for me.
The Committee promised a full 26 episode series, however, are only on Chapter 14, and we’ve been waiting a long time for anything new to be added, so I was very sad when I saw that it had not been updated for a while and finally thought I may have to just learn to survive without Ugly Betty being a part of my life any more.
But I couldn’t do it. I wanted to see more. I wanted more Ugly Betty to be made, and after searching through social networks, discovered that many other people did too. So I was on a mission, and determined to get in touch with the writer. It may seem silly to some, like, how would I make a difference? But I thought better to try and to know, than to never try and to never know what may happen. Starting my research, I become slowly more disheartened as I read critical reviews and bad press on the show. But watching videos of the characters and how much they would love for the show to continue, and reading comments on blogs about how much the public wanted it back, and my own personal desire kept me going. I gathered a lot of research, found contact details, came up with alternate ideas such as just a series for DVD if it could not get the air time, or just a movie, which had been rumoured to be in talks of being created and began to draft my letter. Unfortunately, school began, GCSE Year 11, and I couldn’t afford to spend any more time on my mission. I had to leave it unfinished, and focus of my studies. However, now starting this blog, and having the ability to communicate with a large community of people, I am determined to finish what I started.
If you want to see Ugly Betty back, please contact me through the comments below or on our Facebook page which you can find in the bar to the right. I would love to find other people that feel the same as me about this fantastic show and would love to bring it back. I know I can’t be the only one.
I do agree with Scarlett on ‘Doctor Who’. I love this show, but I always struggled to understand some of the story lines which I always have to interrupt the show to ask about and getting into the show once there was a new Doctor. I started watching Doctor Who when Christopher Eccleston began as the Doctor and I loved every single minute of it. This was my reasoning behind why I then swore loyalty to Mr Eccleston and swore never to watch the new series of Doctor Who because of the fact he was no longer in it and I believed the show would never be as good without him. I refused to accept David Tennant. However, I did start the watch the new series as it had become something of a family tradition with my Dad and brother. After a short amount of time, I had fallen in love with David Tennant as Doctor Who. His craziness, wacky style sense and pure talent to entertain hooked me instantly and I was drawn in to this new world of Doctor Who with David Tennant. However my ability to understand and grasp some of the story lines didn’t change, so didn’t improve. But with David Tennant as the Doctor, it didn’t matter. My biggest apologies to Christopher Eccleston (who became a very very close second) but David Tennant did become my all time favourite doctor.
So it was my utter delight that David Tennant remained as the Doctor for three series and eight specials. However, when this ended, I was utterly distraught and again, I swore loyalty to Mr Tennant, and refused to watch the next series. Due to family circumstances, I did stick by my oath, and I didn’t begin to watch the new series with Matt Smith, already certain I would neither like him, or the new adventures.
Scarlett, on the other hand, fell in love with Matt Smith and she has hundreds of photos of him and the Doctor Who series plastered all over her walls. I saw snippets of the series including Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) but did not generally follow them up to watch properly. I eventually did come to watch the series properly, but this began when Jenna-Louise Coleman started on the show, and I was so upset I had not watched it sooner. Although David Tennant still remains by favourite Doctor of all time, Matt Smith fell in at second place, cosying up to Christopher Eccleston. I loved the series, and I loved Matt Smith (his craziness just continued from that of David Tennant effortlessly and amazingly-they shared the same energy and the same passion) and I loved his companion, Clara Oswald (what a sassy one she is! :-)) . I just fell in love with the show again, but it seems this series was so short, which is really upsetting. However watching all the episodes on record, it meant I now don’t have to wait as long for November to see a new episode and series! And guess what?! I finally began to understand the story lines which is a miracle in itself. So I thank each and every one of the people behind the scenes at Doctor Who for helping me to do that.
Rumours of David Tennant returning have also made me very excited, so I wait eagerly for November and the Christmas special! 😀
I also like both ‘Come Dine With Me’ and the ‘Big Bang Theory’ but they are not in my Top 5. I also really enjoyed the one episode of ‘Ghost Adventures’ that I watched during a PD lesson at school. I enjoy all kinds of TV shows very much, it’s so unfortunate that I can’t list them all! 😦
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