Watching TV

As my Twittersphere blows up this evening with blurbs from the Emmy Awards, I find myself thinking about how much great, entertaining TV I've been able to watch in my life. There's nothing more relaxing to me than plopping down in front of the couch and drifting away into whatever new universe my TV presents to me. 

I love that the content on TV ranges from completely devoid of meaning to saturated with artistic and intellectual value. Whether you want to be sucked into a show that will make you reevaluate your entire life or you want to cackle judgmentally at other people's drama there is no shortage of shows to suit your needs! Some argue that TV is a vast wasteland of garbage content, but more often than not even trashy TV shows can provide some solid escapist entertainment.

With the media landscape evolving and reformatting how we consume television shows, I thought it could be fun to organize a list of some of my favorite shows based on how I watch them!

Shows I'm Always Watching On Netflix

There seems to be an endless supply of episodes that I'll never reach the end of.

  • Archer
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Portlandia

Shows I Watch Only When They're On TV

Great shows to play while you fall asleep on the couch.

  • NCIS
  • Law and Order: SVU
  • Ancient Aliens
  • Pawn Stars
  • Dr. Phil
  • Undercover Boss
  • Modern Family
  • Say Yes To The Dress
  • Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta
  • Four Weddings
  • Property Brothers
  • Flip or Flop
  • Chopped

Shows I Keep Up With Live Or On Streaming

Some high quality content along with some guilty pleasures.

  • Last Week Tonight
  • Are You The One?
  • This Is Us
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • RuPaul's Drag Race
  • The Bachelor
  • The Bachelorette
  • The Bachelor in Paradise
  • Handmaid's Tale
  • Westworld

Shows I Own On DVD

Does this mean I'm old? Are DVD's the new vinyl?

  • 30 Rock
  • Downton Abbey
  • Monk
  • Psych

Shows I Watch and Rewatch

...and force my friends and family to watch.

  • Dexter
  • The X-Files
  • Weeds
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Westworld
  • Black Mirror

Shows I Binged In The Past Year

This could mean anywhere from one season to an entire series watching episodes back-to-back-to-back.

  • Quantico
  • Ozark
  • Breaking Bad
  • Twin Peaks
  • Narcos
  • The X-Files
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Black Mirror
  • Westworld
  • Chuck
  • Dance Moms

Shows I Remember Loving At Some Point

What even happened to some of these?

  • Glee
  • Ugly Betty
  • All of the crazy dating shows they used to have on VH1??? Rock of Love?!
  • New Girl
  • Every 90s cartoon!
  • American Idol

Shows I Have To Watch

I know. I'm getting around to it. I've watched a couple of episodes.  I swear.

  • Veep
  • Atlanta
  • Insecure
  • Broad City
  • Master of None
  • Parks and Recreation

New Seasons I Can't Wait For

  • Are You The One?
  • RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars
  • Black Mirror
  • Westworld
  • Handmaid's Tale

Shows That Are Overexposed

These shows are probably great, but the hype is so aggressive I'm worried I'll be exiled from society if I don't like them. Or, I am so late to the game on these shows that I feel like I already understand all of their references in pop culture.

  • House of Cards
  • The Office
  • Stranger Things
  • Game of Thrones
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • The Walking Dead
  • Gilmore Girls

Bonus: YouTube Series I Love

  • BuzzFeed: Unsolved
  • BuzzFeed: Worth It
  • Dan and Phil Games: Sims 4
  • WOWPresents: UNHhhh
  • WOWPresents: Untucked
  • Complex: Sneaker Shopping
  • Vox: Earworm
  • Genius: News
  • Genius: Deconstructed
  • The Philip DeFranco Show

I'm sure I'm forgetting some hugely monumental shows! What are your favorite shows, favorite viewing platforms, and favorite viewing practices? What new seasons are you eagerly awaiting? What shows should I add to my list to watch? Let me know in the comments!