Get with the Program #3 - TV To-Watch List, Birthdays and Tina Fey Backlash (HELL No)?

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TV Birthdays

Many people get excited when their friends and family have birthdays. But here at SideReel, we get excited when TV shows have birthdays, and we had some big ones this past week:

Supernatural turned 100 on Thursday (that is, it aired its 100th episode)

South Park turned 200 on Wednesday

I'm so happy for both shows - I am big fans of both - and it is a rarity that a show maintains its quality when it reaches this old age - and both of these shows have managed to do just this. South Park's social commentary has remained as razor-sharp as ever (and who would have guessed it would have gone that route when it started with anal probe and poop jokes) and Supernatural has so exceeded my expectations for any WB/CW show.

TV To-Watch List

Sometimes people are shocked when they mention some great TV show (either current or old) and learn that I - the girl who watches EVERYTHING - has never seen it. My response is that there's only so many hours in every day and so many days in each week. But, that doesn't mean that I don't keep an ever-expanding list of all of the shows that I wish I had the time to start watching. In no particular order, here they are:

The Wire

The Shield

Twin Peaks (to go WAY back in time, hehe, but the soon to premiere Happy Town reminded me that I always wished I had watched this one)

The United States of Tara

Nurse Jackie

Ugly Betty

Breaking Bad (sorry, Kendra, I know I said I'd watch this back in December...)


White Collar (only a little, but I can't rule it out forever until I've tried it...)

Angel (I never watched the final season. Joss Whedon, I'm so sorry!)

The L Word

And I'm probably missing a lot of others. What shows are on your TV to-watch lists?

Backlash Backlash

I am a self-identfied cynic/pessimist/backlash-giver. Though I love TV, you'll more frequently find me complaining about what's wrong with a show than what's right about it. But, this week, I read that there's now officially Tina Fey backlash out in the world - and I will just have none of it! The argument presented here is that some of her recent work - like the hilarious Brownie Husband commercial from last weekend's SNL - are anti-feminist. Why? Much of Fey's humor - both on 30 Rock and SNL - stem from a premise of Fey being a needy and unattractive woman (when in reality, she is obviously neither, though that fact is less relevant). Additionally, much of her recent humor has been 'picking on' women themselves, such as Sarah Palin.

My response: While some interesting points are raised in this article - wow - they need to lighten up...and lay off Tina Fey! Frankly, I think it's anti-feminist for women to complain about being attacked in the same vein that SNL would attack a man (particularly in the Sarah Palin instance).

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Default avatar cat
Apr 16, 2010 9:16PM EDT

YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE FINAL SEASON OF ANGEL.It is my favorite. And the finale is maybe my favorite series finale of all time. Plus, the final season has the 100th episode and the puppet episode!

Default avatar cat
Apr 16, 2010 10:25PM EDT

White Collar is really good. I thought it was going to be just-alright when I watched the pilot, but it's got so much more plot than many other crime shows. It's really interesting... can't wait for season 2.

Apr 16, 2010 11:42PM EDT

I keep meaning to watch The Wire but I want to finish Buffy before I start a new show. And yes, you and everybody else need to watch Skins!

Default avatar cat
Apr 17, 2010 3:33AM EDT

Please put Breaking Bad at the top of the list...the first chance you get, you need to watch it. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Apr 18, 2010 5:49PM EDT

I must agree with StraBerryCutie that Breaking Bad should be at the top of the list, but it is tough to say that means placing it over The Wire! I believe you tried The Wire, already though, and weren't crazy about that, so in that case I can more easily say go for Breaking Bad first, then give The Wire another try! :)
Buffy is starting to creep near the top of my list now that I've caught up on other WB necessities like Veronica Mars!

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