TV Shows

I have this thing where I like to completely fill my sensory capacity. Especially when I’m working. I hear some folks do it by playing the same song on a loop while they code. What I do is have a TV show playing in the background behind my laptop screen, which I mostly follow while I work.

I work a lot. So I go through a lot of shows. I figured I would make a list for people who might share my predilection for science fiction and teenage drama. I generally watch full seasons. It’s kind of like having co-workers. Don’t judge me!

New shows go on top (even if they are just new to me).

2013/2014

  • Extant  infertile couple ends up with both an robot kid and an alien baby
  • Orphan Black  actress plays a bajillion clones of herself, really well
  • The Last Ship world pandemic leaves one ship trying to find the cure
  • Falling Skies history teacher leads rabble to fight alien overlords
  • Continuum cop from the future finds history more morally complicated than she thought
  • Under the Dome small American town gets encased in a clear dome and
    everyone inside becomes crazy, heroic, prophetic, and/or homicidal very fast
  • Orange is the New Black privileged white girl ends up in prison, oddly.
  • Lost Girl succubus doesn’t need to pick a side because she’s so hot.

2012

  • The Vampire Diaries Good brother goes bad. Bad brother goes good. Both hot.
  • The Secret Circle teenage witchcraft
  • Alphas X-Men/Heroes with more psychology and funny autistic boy
  • Tintin (animated) fewer guns and less racism than the comic
  • Gossip Girl rich young people fight and scheme amongst themselves
  • Supernatural two brothers fight demons and wish they didn’t have to
  • Star Trek The Animated Series real voiceovers, more elaborate aliens
  • Roswell teenage aliens try to figure themselves out
  • Parenthood family arguments and an Asperger’s kid
  • Drop Dead Diva skinny dumb blonde comes back as smart fat lawyer
  • Life cop, interrupted by wrong life sentence, returns quasi-Buddhist
  • Enterprise Star Trek, with crazy intergalactic plots and sexy Vulcans
  • Life Unexpected teenager finds birth parents who then have to grow up
  • Greek surprisingly charming frat boy finally gets girl, graduates
  • Switched at Birth poor vs rich, deaf vs hearing, teenagers vs parents
  • Merlin Teenage Merlin protects teenage King Arthur for no apparent reason
  • Make It or Break It teenage gymnasts train for the Olympics
  • Weeds mom becomes clever classy-trashy drug dealer, eventually reforms
  • Eureka smart-dumb sheriff saves town of genius scientists each week
  • Modern Family a sit-com that is actually funny
  • Mad Men 1960’s man creates ads, manufactures self
  • True Blood Southern vampires fight amongst themselves
  • Bones beautiful people study remains of gory deaths, solve murders
  • The Closer lady detective has ethical blind spots
  • Girls New York twenty-somethings are mesmerizingly lost

earlier than that

  • Boston Legal brilliant emotionally crippled lawyer finds peace in bro-mance
  • Ghost Whisperer hot lady with amazing husband helps ghosts move on
  • Ally McBeal skinny lawyer finally finds hole in heart is kid-shaped
  • Scrubs funny doctor has bro-mance, anxious girlfriend
  • Flash Forward world falls asleep for 2 minutes and sees future, why?
  • Kyle XY teenager has no belly button and special powers, why?
  • Stargate Universe stranded in space, people get weird
  • Stargate Atlantis aliens are bad everywhere, even far away
  • Stargate SG-1 ten seasons fighting bad aliens make a very loyal team
  • Lie to Me guy who knows when you’re lying is annoying about it
  • Californication womanizing-but-charming doesn’t work forever
  • Damages scary lawyer creates scary protege in high-stakes litigation
  • Veronica Mars teenage girl helps P.I. dad, solves crimes
  • Better Off Ted hilarious quirky satire of corporate life
  • Saving Grace Texas lady cop prays and it actually works, takes 49 episodes to sink in
  • Arrested Development weird family funny in off-beat way
  • Conviction newbie lawyers are awkward
  • Six Feet Under mortician family has issues
  • The Practice earnest defense lawyer builds firm with heart, center cannot hold
  • The Sarah Silverman Program uncomfortably funny
  • Caprica girl dies, lives on as avatar, Christian-like cult thinks “resurrection!”
  • House anti-social doctor brilliantly saves lives, destroys own
  • Big Love polygamous Mormons try to make that normal
  • Battlestar Galactica robots are scary
  • The L Word actresses too sexy to be lesbians cheat on each other a lot
  • Queer As Folk gay boys party, grow up, settle down
  • Satisfaction high-class Australian prostitutes fulfill odd fantasies
  • The Guild uber nerdy gaming geeks are friggin’ awesome
  • Lost plot is lost amongst avalanche of mysterious clues
  • Swingtown 70’s suburbanites experiment with more worldly neighbors
  • Friday Night Lights small town football coach lectures team to success
  • Dollhouse tech to make people into puppets gets loose, destroys world
  • Sliders (old school) accidentally lost in alternate timelines, trying to find correct Earth while fighting alien conspiracy to destroy it
  • Joan of Arcadia girl hears God, follows instructions
  • My So-Called Life (old-school) ironic teenage angst, gay sidekick
  • Jericho small-town America, post-apocalypse
  • Jeremiah plague kills all adults, post-apocalypse world run by kids
  • FarScape normal guy, scrappy aliens, and girlfriend with intimacy issues
  • My Name is Earl white trash is funny
  • Heroes X-men but less well organized, and one is a serial killer
  • Charmed 30-something sister witches live together and fight demons
  • Felicity girl goes to college, cuts hair
  • Angel vampire reforms self in L.A.
  • Firefly cowboys in space who swear in Chinese
  • Buffy teenager vampire hunter wishes she was normal
  • Star Trek Voyager lady captain kicks borg ass to bring crew home
  • Star Trek DS9 exploring spirituality and trans-species love while fighting creepy manipulative alien empire
  • Star Trek TNG exploring the galaxy while proving to indifferent aliens that humans are worth their existence, really
  • Star Trek TOS exploring the galaxy and finding it full of Earth-like planets at various points in human history