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The Shows That Made Us Fall in Love With TV

Valentine's Day: a time to open up a nice bottle of red wine and fall into the loving arms of your... favorite TV show. For most normals, television is an occasional treat, but for SideReel's editors, it's a true love. Like all relationships, TV can be challenging ("ugh, so many episodes of Scandal to get through") and it can disappoint (see: Homeland Season 3), but it also can delight. We're all in the throws of great romances with television that go back many years. Here are just a few examples of the series that made us fall in love with TV.     Life Goes On Among the few childhood memories I haven't blocked out is this TV-centric one: In fourth grade, we were finally allowed to pick a musical instrument to learn. A choir kid, I had longed to play music too, so I jumped at the chance and chose the saxophone. It was all so exciting: going to a music store to pay for the instrument, assembling it, figuring out how the reed worked, and finally, learning to play. And then… it was a little less exciting. A total beginner with what some would describe as a patience deficit, it was frustrating fumbling through those first few weeks of lessons. But I persevered! Until practice interfered with my totes fave TV show, Life Goes On . When I was forced to choose between spending my precious Sunday evenings learning how to make musical magic happen by blowing air through a conical brass tube or watching the Thatchers battle every serious social issue the early '90s could throw at a family dramedy, I chose television. Felicity My SideReel bio reads "University of New York, class of '02" for a reason. Felicity is my JAM. I remember being very aware of the show during the summer before it premiered. One of the big entertainment magazines included it among the fall's must-watch new series, and since it was a college drama that coincided with the start of my college drama, I made sure to check it out. And it was good, you guys. So good. It was a show about young people that treated its audience with respect. It made a star out of Keri Russell. It featured THE love triangle. It was super moody and dark — literally, the lighting was so dim — but also sometimes light and fun. You know, like college. And with J.J. Abrams, the show wasn't afraid to take storytelling risks, most of which really paid off. Yes, even the final four episodes, a hard right turn down a sci-fi path that I was living for. Happy Endings I have loved many modern, single-camera comedies, from 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation to Broad City and Catastrophe . But there's one I absolutely adore: Happy Endings . It's the best sitcom of the past 10 years, without a doubt. A highly GIFable, quotable, bingeable series that brought together the absolute perfect cast to play borderline sociopaths who are not always likable but who are completely lovable. The six friends play with 1990s sitcom tropes, but obliterate the traditional boundaries in a refreshingly modern way that still, watching them a few years later, doesn't feel dated. No show has made me laugh out loud as often as this one, and no single television moment has made me laugh as much as Penny's disastrous trip to the car dealership with Jane. The actors and creators have gone on to work on new projects of varying creative and commercial success, but #sorrynotsorry, this will be the career highlight for each.   Smallville You never forget your first. Binge, that is. Two weeks before the fourth season premiere, my family decided it was time to stop catching out-of-order reruns of Smallville and start the series from the beginning. There was no time to lose, so we bought the first three seasons on DVD and dove right in. My life became eating, breathing, and sleeping Smallville . My mother was a ruthless binge leader, watching ahead while I was at school and insisting there was no time to go back and rewatch the episodes I'd missed. We caught up with just minutes to spare before the premiere. And from then on I was hooked. I'd like to say I was in it for my nerdy love of the comic book-inspired storylines or John Glover's nuanced portrayal of Lionel Luthor, but I'm pretty sure most of the magic was generated by the potent combination of my raging 17-year-old hormones with The CW's knack for casting beautiful 30-somethings as high school kids. Tom Welling defined my taste in men for years to come — my parents even nicknamed my first boyfriend Clark Kent. Alas, from that first TV love also came my first heartbreak. What happens to a TV cancellation deferred? The show gets three too many seasons and suddenly what was once a blissful hour of my week felt like a chore. I stuck it out to the bitter end, long after the rest of my friends and family had fallen off the show. I'd like to say this first heartbreak lessened the blow of later shows that went the same way, but in all honesty, it hurt just as bad with The Office and How I Met Your Mother . (And since we're airing grudges, I still haven't forgiven the writers for not running with the Chlois theory. I ship Chlark forever.)   Seinfeld Although I was much too young to be able to fully appreciate the humor of a show about nothing, watching Seinfeld with my family has always been a fond TV memory for me. The subtleties of Jerry’s attempted deadpan delivery were almost always lost on me and I’m fairly certain I didn’t understand most of the jokes (though Elaine’s dancing is universally hilarious). But the nostalgia of my parents’ pee-pants laughter makes re-watching old episodes now even more enjoyable for me. The Sopranos Frequent TV watching was embraced rather than frowned upon while growing up in my family, but for some reason, mafia-related shows were the one off-limits genre, according to my parents. That made my going off to college and having the freedom to binge-watch The Sopranos that much more satisfying to me (thanks, SideReel!). I guess you could say it was my "gateway" show into the addictive world of premium television… and look at me now!   Full House One of the first shows I remember truly loving was Full House . I mean, what young girl wasn't obsessed with the Olsen twins in the early '90s? In fact, I'd argue that Full House profoundly impacted my life in a number of ways. First off, after moving to a new city in third grade, I learned that a girl who lived around the corner from me also loved it, so I went to her house after school one day to watch — and we're still friends nearly 25 years later. I also learned to avoid wearing vests at all costs so you don't accidentally dress like your teacher (I legit stopped wearing vests after watching that episode, at least for a few years). Lastly, I realized from an early age that, at least based on the intro and some B-roll footage, San Francisco seemed like a pretty awesome city. Guess what? I live there now and it's pretty great. (Sadly, I don't own a beautiful Victorian, though.) Thanks, Full House !   We showed you ours; now you show us yours. Which shows give you that warm and fuzzy feeling? Let us know in the comments below! div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Smallville's Chloe Kicks Black Canary's Butt, Reunites With Green Arrow

Six years ago this Friday, Allison Mack returned to Smallville for the superhero series final stretch and boy, did she come back with a bang. Just ask Black Canary! Having last been seen in the Season 10 premiere, in which she mysteriously gave herself over to the Suicide Squad and subsequently disappeared, Chloe resurfaced [] http://tvline.com/2017/02/02/smallville-season-10-chloe-oliver-reunion/

One of the First Attempts at a Big CW Crossover Event Involved Supernatural and...Smallville?

I think we know why it took the CW having several shows based in already-connected source materials for the network to make giant crossovers a yearly event. Because there was once a plan to have the boys from Supernatural visit Smallville. No, not the fictional Smallville of the show, a fictional version of the set of   ...Read More... http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/FL_u4GMeuOw/the-first-attempt-at-a-big-cw-crossover-event-involved-1789620057

Is It Time for The CW to Reboot 'Smallville'?

When Supergirl soared from CBS to The CW, it joined fellow DC Comics superhero series Arrow , The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow . Before all of these series, however, The CW was home to the hugely successful 10-season run of Smallville , Superman's origin story. It's been five years since Tom Welling retired his cape from that series, and with Superman's popular appearances on Supergirl , could it be time for a new series centered on the Man of Steel? Let's discuss. ...Read More... http://www.buddytv.com/articles/smallville/is-it-time-for-cw-to-reboot-sm-61889.aspx

'Smallville's' 15th Anniversary: Clark's 10 Best Superman Reveals

Over the course of 10 seasons, many of Clark Kent's (Tom Welling) friends, loved ones and enemies discovered his secret identity either by accident or by Clark revealing the truth. ...Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/XZlxqDq4cIc/smallvilles-15th-anniversary-clarks-10-938214

Smallville's Lasting Legacy Is Not Heroics but Head Trauma

  Today The CW is home to four superhero dramas, but in 2001, the network's predecessor The WB had just one: Smallville . The show, which told the story of Clark Kent before he was Superman, turns 15 on Sunday. But instead of wondering what happened to your youth, let's spend some quality time on   ...Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/news/smallville-anniversary-head-trauma-lana-lois-knocked-out/?rss=breakingnews

Smallville Turns 15: 30 Guest Stars You Might Have Forgotten About

This Sunday, it will have been 15 years since Smallville first arrived on the scene, changing the TV superhero game forever. Over its 10 year run, the WB/CW series gave us countless well... ...  Read More... http://www.eonline.com/news/801872/smallville-turns-15-30-guest-stars-you-might-have-forgotten-about?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-tvnews&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_tvnews

The 10 Best ‘Smallville’ Episodes, Ranked

TV’s longest running series based on a comic book, Smallville lands on Hulu beginning on Saturday, October 1st. Starting at a time where audiences wouldn’t have a new Marvel or DC show every night of the week, the Tom Welling-led series ultimately lasted for 218 episodes, all of which are now available for streaming. With so many episodes to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow down to just ten being the "best;" episodes like "X-Ray," "Crush," "Heat," "Red," "Lineage," "Exile," "Memoria," "Covenant," "Run," "Commencement," "Arrival," and "Bride" were all at the very least considered and are definitely worth watching. If you want the cream of the crop, though, these 10 are a great place to start. (be aware that there may be some spoilers if you are new to the series). READ MORE...

Noel Neill: Smallville's Erica Durance, Others Remember Original Lois Lane

The original live-action Lois Lane, Noel Neill, was fondly remembered by Smallville cast members in the wake of her passing on Sunday at age 95. Neill was the first to play the iconic newspaper reporter in the black-and-white 1948 Superman film serial (opposite Kirk Alyn). She then made her TV debut as Lois starting with [] http://tvline.com/2016/07/05/noel-neill-lois-lane-remembered-smallville-erica-durance/

Smallville's Big Finish: An Oral History Marking 5 Years Since Clark Took Flight

To commemoratethe five-year anniversary of theSmallvilleseries finale, TVLine is republishingthis oral history which was first compiled by Matt Webb Mitovich for the June 2011 issue of CBS Watch! Magazine(and has been enhanced for this update). With those words, spoken by Jonathan Kent in the Smallville pilot, a new take on the superman saga found a [] http://tvline.com/2016/05/13/smallville-cast-remember-oral-history-5-years-tv-show/
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