Television

Consider this page to be perpetually incomplete. Perhaps there is just an outline here waiting to be fleshed out. There’s always more to add, but it was lasted updated on: [8/5/2020]

There is so much to say about television, but for now here is an incomplete list of shows that I enjoy in no particular order.

  • Gilmore Girls (not the new reboot)
    The sound, look, and wit of this show completely pulls me in. Amy Sherman-Palladino is a hero.
  • The Golden Girls
    Classic, funny, timeless.
  • Parks and Recreation
    Funny, Indiana-based like me, Ron Swanson.
  • 30 Rock
    The speed and height of humor is marvelous. It’s challenging.
  • Seinfeld
    This used to be on in the house when I was growing up, and I enjoyed it even then. Elaine is my favorite character.
  • Will & Grace
    When I was younger I had a 5″ black-and-white TV in my room. When Will & Grace came on at 11:30pm, I would watch it with the volume turned down low. I thought Will was the most handsome man I’d ever seen.
  • The Office
    I have mixed feelings about The Office. It’s funny, but sometimes it just seems all too real and I’m reminded that many people have Corporate Stockholm Syndrome‘d themselves into those kinds of jobs.
  • The West Wing
    One of my favorite shows by far. All of the characters are witty, I laugh out loud, and it has an optimistic view of government. I don’t agree with many of the policies of the show’s cast, but they take the work of governing and government seriously. It’s heartening.
  • The Politician
    This would definitely be classed as “trash” by some people, but it’s so good. The drama just keeps getting hiked up and up, and you think they’ll run out of runway BUT THEY NEVER DO. Also, the aesthetics of the show are beautiful.
  • Greenleaf
    Again, we have epic drama. This show centers on the first family of a megachurch in Memphis, and my heavens the drama. I love it. Oprah guest stars sometimes.
  • Kim’s Convenience
    Funny, soul-warming, and Jung (played by Simu Liu) is very pretty.
  • Community
    The Dean is the best part.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    This might be one of the best shows of all time. Like top 10.
  • Schitt’s Creek
    I remember watching the first episode of this vividly. I got to know a lot of…culturally inflexible people when I was at Harvard. And this show is exactly what would have happened if they landed in my rural hometown.
  • Charmed (the original)
    Kicking ass and taking names. Love it.
  • Netflix’s Hollywood
    I felt triumphant watching this. It’s the golden age of Hollywood done right, with many handsome men in the cast for that extra kick.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
    Salem.
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
    This show often just gave the audience (and boy did the writers know their audience) exactly what it wanted, and I am pleased about that.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Same pace of humor as 30 Rock, no surprise. Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane should live forever.
  • VEEP
    Last but certainly not least. You guys. It’s the most delightfully mean thing I’ve ever witnessed.