Fav TV Shows BTB #3

Posted July 2, 2015 by Elizabeth in discussion, Features/ 18 Comments

I am sending the love to my bloggy friend KissinBlueKaren for her new weekly meme Beyond the Books. Here is her description:

beyond the booksI will throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other. I will be posting on the new topic every Thursday at midnight EST. My weekly post will kick it off. I will list upcoming topics so you can schedule your blog posts ahead, but please don’t post before Thursday 12am EST, (and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky so everyone who plays along can see it, too).

This week’s topic is Favorite Television Shows, another one tailor-made for me.  Because I am somewhat handicapped and don’t work all day, I have tons of time to watch TV.  When I am doing bloggy things, I have the television on as background noise, so I can quote full seasons of NCIS and most of the Law & Orders, all franchises! Are you old enough to remember the days when summer TV was re-runs or pilots?  With all the cable channels and basically three TV seasons, there are a lot of shows to  watch and DVR! I am going to highlight the shows that are not what you would think I’d be watching based on my reading tastes of mostly historical fiction, mystery/thriller, and chick-lit. I’m consciously going to leave out any streaming shows on Amazon or Netflix, but all cable channels are up for discussion.

While putting this post together, I realized that my TV viewing is different from my reading. With books, I have little interest in fantasy, humor, or memoir but with television I watch a lot in those genres.


logo game of thrones Game of Thrones (HBO) I did not read the books until I had watched the first season of this epic program. I never pick up fantasy books, so I had never heard of it. Once I started I couldn’t stop and read all of them that summer. This year the show took some huge deviations from the book, but all were put forward by George R.R. Martin, so I am not going to complain. I liked seeing what the White Walkers were doing with the baby boys, which so far hasn’t been revealed in the books.


Orphan Black (BBC America) If you like sci/fi this might be for you. Orphan Black is in its third season, and you definitely have to watch it fro the beginning.  A young single mother who is a product of the foster-care system sees a businesswoman who looks exactly like her commit suicide on a subway platform. Grabbing the woman’s purse, she opens a huge world of scientific experiments in cloning. Wildly versatile actress Tatiana Maslany has played thirteen dramatically different versions of the main character, Sarah and is in almost every scene of the series. orphan black


blackish Blackish (NBC) I have always liked Anthony Anderson and Tracy Ellis Ross, and they are great in this show about an upper middle class family where the father is trying to hold on to his heritage and pass it along to his children. It makes me think of my own family as those with the strong ties to our heritage weren’t around to pass on traditions and the younger generation had little interest.
Silicon Valley (HBO) In its second season this show is even funnier now that I know the characters. A bunch of guys starting up a revolutionary software company encounter all sorts of wackos, businesspeople, and other nebbishy nerds in their struggle. HBO_SiliconValley

Reality TV

cold justice Cold Justice (TNT) This crime scene procedural works with police on murder cases that have stalled. They have had great success in finding new evidence and have even gotten a conviction or two. The best part is that the two lead investigators are women.
Real Housewives (Bravo) I question the educational and literacy levels of many of these women, but their self-indulgence, awesome homes and clothes, and exciting trips are fun to watch. I watch all franchises, sometimes twice if there’s nothing on during the day. I’m watching the OC right now as I write this post. Ha! rhnyc

How does your TV viewing compare to your reading tastes? Do you stick within the same genres or have some you avoid?

In addition to Beyond the Books with KissinBlueKaren, I am linking to the 2015 Discussion Challenge with It Starts @ Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.


18 responses to “Fav TV Shows BTB #3

  1. I haven’t watched Game of THrones for the last two seasons!! I’m not big on reality TV but I know a lot of people that watch Real Housewives. 🙂

  2. I haven’t heard of a few of them but they may only appear here (in Oz) on cable TV. I’m a fan of Orphan Black though and we’re basically up to date with you guys.

    I’ve never been able to get into GoT. I watched the first season but it really didn’t appeal. I have a heap of all favourites I loved for their writing (Buffy, West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Deadwood, The Newsroom) and some I love for the same reason I read mysteries… like Criminal Minds etc.

  3. I don’t really watch a lot of reality shows and I know some have a love/hate relationship with it, I just can’t bear to watch it. The only reality show that I watch is Project Runway… but I’m not even sure if it’s still on LOL

    GOT is really interesting and I am still in season 1 ep 8 of the series. As I’ve said I am a slow TV series watcher… LOL

    I still love watching reruns of CSI, Law and Order and Criminal Minds 🙂

  4. Hmm Cold Justice looks good. I’d been eyeing Orphan Black in my Prime account and thinking about giving it a try. Just moved it up the queue 😀

    My reading/viewing are sometimes similar but not as often these days as they used to be. I love crime shows but don’t read true crime anymore or really even just fictional crime/mystery ones. True Crime used to be all I read but I guess I got burnt out on it during my major in college. But I still love watching it. It’s just fascinating to me.

  5. I am not much of a TV watcher. I don’t think my reading ties with my TV watching that much but occasionally it does. My guilty pleasure is to tune into E channel and watch a few of the reality shows there. I don’t the Housewives shows here but I see a bit on the E news occasionally. I like some British shows, they do good comedy and drama. I enjoy Downton Abbe of course. I watch Greys but skipped heaps of the episodes, just deleted them off my recorder! I like watching house selling programs that show various parts of the world and I always like peeking into wonderful houses. And dream……..

    • I love the home and garden shows also, but lately there hasn’t been anything new. I also really like British mysteries and historicals like Call the Midwife.

  6. You got a lot of variety there. I do love to variety viewers. I haven’t seen any of the shows on your list, oh except The real Housewives, I watched the whole New Jersey season. I love the drama. Thanks for playing along!

  7. I do recall summer reruns, and I like how things are now better. Shows on hiatus are replaced by other shows that continue until their hiatus. I am always sorry to see my favorites, like The Good Wife go on hiatus, however. I would love MORE each season than we get.

    Orphan Black is one I haven’t seen, but I like the premise. Will have to catch it. I don’t know if it’s available to me…BBC America?


  8. Love your picks! I love Orphan Black though I still need to get to the third season. Silicon Valley was one me and my husband just got into this year – it is hysterical. And I am ashamed I forgot the Real Housewives. NY is my favorite!

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