The Five: Five Go To TV Shows

This edition of “The Five” answers the question: “What are my five go to TV shows?”  These would be shows that I could pick up and watch anytime anywhere.  Kind of that “If you were on a deserted island and you only have five TV shows you could watch for the rest of your life, what would they be?”  I will put the caveat that these are live action show.  I will go back and probably address animated shows another time.  So here’s “The Five Go To TV Shows”:

1.) Law and Order

The classic.  The original.  Law and Order.  A show that started when I was in 5th grade and ended when I was in seminary (and that included middle school, high school, college, grad school, time in between grad school and seminary).  That how long that show ran.  But it was so good.  To this day, I can be randomly flipping channels and it’ll be on TV and I’ll get drawn right into watching it.  Probably the hey day of the show to me was mid/late 90s-early 2000s.  The casts during those years were probably my favorite.  The show had such as simple premise.  The first half of the show dealt with the crime and the police.  The second half of the show dealt with the trial and the prosecutors.  But yet it told such deep, compelling stories including those “ripped from the headlines”.  For me, I have to include Law and Order in my five, not only for the quality of the show but the number of episodes as well.

2.) Ed

Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good love story.  And who would’ve love the story of a lawyer who runs a bowling alley who tries to win the heart of his high school sweetheart?  Ed to me was that show that was quirky, heartwarming, lovely, funny all wrapped up in one.  The show debuted when I was in college and after watching one episode I was hooked.  Tom Cavanaugh and Julie Bowen were the couple you were rooting for getting together as Ed and Carol.  Add to it all the great co-stars, it was just a great show.  It was only 4 seasons but I would love to rewatch them over and over again.

3.) The Amazing Race

There are very few reality shows that I am interested in and watch.  The Amazing Race is one that I love and will rewatch again and again.  The main thing I love about the show is the locale.  All the different places the contestants travel to are ones that are so cool and is both a great geography lesson and historical as well.  Each season has those teams you root for (and root against) and it has been cool when the people have went to places that I have been to and seen in person.  So if I have to include a reality show in the list, The Amazing Race is the one for me.

4.) Saved by the Bell

I feel like I have to include this show because during my tween years it was the show for me.  Zack, Slater, Screech, Kelly, Lisa, Jessie.  There wasn’t a Saturday morning (or a weekday afternoon in syndication) that went by that I wasn’t watching this show during my tween years on into my teen years.  So for sentimental reasons, I have to put it in “The Five”

5.) Smallville

To be honest I was having a tough time coming up with a 5th show (because I love animated shows so much and wanted to make sure to save those for a different list).  But I keep coming back to Smallville.  It is probably my favorite live action superhero TV show of all time.  Granted there were a couple of season midway through it’s run that was meh.  But overall I love the show and the actors/actresses that were in it.  And I love the theme song as well.  So yeah, it has to be in “The Five”

So that’s my “The Five” go to TV shows (at least for live action.  What are yours? Comment below on what you would say are your go to TV shows.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1992 Version: TV Shows

It’s time again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1992. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music, video games and movies in 1992. We now turn to the TV shows of 1992.  Lots of pretty cool and memorable TV shows debuted in 1992 so let’s get right to it.

There were some great cartoons that debuted in 1992.  The two biggest debuted on FOX.  They were Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men.  Batman: The Animated Series premiered on September 5th and X-Men premiered on October 31st.  Other cartoons that debuted in 1992 were Goof Troop (September 5th) and Eek! The Cat (September 12th).

Nickelodeon debuted their Saturday night block SNICK on August 15th.  That night also saw the debut of  Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Some other big shows that debuted in 1992 included Dateline NBC (March 31st), Barney & Friends (April 6th), The Real World (May 21st), Melrose Place (July 8th), California Dreams (September 12th) and Mad About You (September 23rd).

There were two cable channels that debuted in 1992.  On September 24th the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as SyFy) debuted and on October 1st the Cartoon Network debuted.
Which of these TV shows listed was your favorite? Is there a TV show not listed that premiered in 1992 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in comics in 1992. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic TV shows.

Thursday Quote Day: Bart Simpson

For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” and for Star Wars Day, here is a quote from Bart Simpson:

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, contrary to what you’ve just seen, war is neither glamorous nor fun. There are no winners, only losers. There are no good wars, with the following exceptions: The American Revolution, World War II and the Star Wars trilogy.” (Bart Simpson The Simpsons)

Resonating with “This is Us”

Every year during the new “fall season” of TV shows, I’m always trying to watch previews and see what show I want to invest time in to watch.  I have a good number of shows that I regularly keep up with and so anytime there are new shows I want to see if they’re worth watching.  From the first time a saw a preview earlier in the year I knew that I wanted to check out NBC’s new show This is Us.  Even from just the brief few minutes of the trailer for the show, there was a feeling that resonated with me about it.  So I made sure to mark that as something I want to watch.


This is Us is a show about the Pearson family.  In the pilot we learn about a couple by the name of Jack and Rebecca.  They are pregnant with triplets and when the time arrived they got two healthy babies and one that died.  However, there was also an African-American baby that was born that same day that was left at hospital with no one to care for it and Jack and Rebecca adopt him.  Come to find out that the three siblings (Kevin, Kate & Randall) are all grown up in the present day and the episodes weave through the past with Jack and Rebecca raising the children and the present day with the three siblings living out their different lives.

I think resonate is the best word when it comes to this show.  All the struggles and heartaches that these characters face are ones that resonate with me.  I understand and feel when these characters deal with pain, hurt, rejection, hope, loss, fear.  It resonates with me because I struggle with those same feelings.  There are few shows that can entertain as well as resonate.  I can watch an episode (as well as the aftershow where the creator & the cast talk about the episode) and have that episode stick with me for several days.  It sticks with me because I can relate to what these characters are feeling and experiencing.

Whether it’s Kate and her struggles with her weight and relationship issues with Toby.  Whether it’s Kevin and his struggles of feeling ignored or not valued as an actor.  Whether it’s Randall and his struggles with feeling accepted or whether to excel or be middle of the road.  Whether it’s Rebecca and Jack trying to live out their lives and sacrifice their dreams to make the best for their family.  Each story is real because it’s things that are universal.  We all deal with these hopes and dreams and struggles and pains.

It is telling how the show weaves the past with the present and shows that the same hopes and dreams and struggles are there throughout the characters’ lives.  It is the same in our own lives.  There are certain things that we deal with all our lives along with those things that we deal at certain points in our lives.

If you haven’t seen This is Us, you really should.  It is one of those few shows that makes you feel and makes you think long after the credits roll.

Barry Allen and Moving Forward

I have mentioned before on here how much I’m a fan of the comic book character “The Flash”.  I feel like in a lot of ways I can relate to Barry Allen.  So of course I was excited to see the return of the series.  And along with the return gives a lot of entertainment as well as a lot to think about and ponder.

At the end of last season, Barry went back in time to try and fix a problem.  That problem was one that had defined him.  That problem was the death of Barry’s mother by Reverse Flash.  Barry goes back and stops Reverse Flash and prevents the death of his mother.  The season premiere of this season showed the effects of this “Flashpoint” which changed the timeline of what happened not only for Barry but for everyone else.  When things began to spiral out of control, Barry goes back and allows Reverse Flash to kill his mother.

Last night’s episode showed the effects of what happened when Barry “fixed” the timeline.  Relationships were damaged between family and friends.  New enemies began to appear in Central City.  So Barry decides to go back again and try and fix it.  However before he got too far, he was stopped by Jay Garrick (Earth 2 Flash), who knocked him out of the Speed Force and into 1998 (which wasn’t a bad year to be honest).


Jay and Barry then sit in a diner and have a conversation.  During that conversation, Jay tries to share with Barry about how trying to “fix” the timeline doesn’t work.  He uses the example of a coffee cup and how it can be broken.  Once it’s broken, even if you try and put it back together again, it still has the cracks and isn’t the cup it once was.  The same for the timeline.  The more one goes back to try and “fix” things, the more it breaks.  Jay then tells Barry that he has to accept what has happened and move forward.

I know for myself that there are those certain moments in my life that I wish I could go back and change or “fix”.  Painful times that I wish didn’t happen or good things that I wish had lasted.  But I cannot go back in time and change things.  All I can do is move forward.  That’s all that all of us can do.  We have to persevere and move forward.  We have to trust God that what hurt and pains that we’ve experienced are not the be all end all of our lives.  That we are not defined by those moments only.  But that we are defined by Him.

It is not easy to move forward sometimes, even for a speedster like Barry Allen.  But it is possible.  It is a daily struggle but it is possible.

Vengeance and Luke Cage

Like most everyone this past weekend or so, I started watching the Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage.  And while I haven’t binge watched it all the way through like some (I’m still a couple of episodes from finishing), I have watched a good amount of episodes since its release.  (FYI, there maybe minor spoilers but nothing major ahead)


And while there are a lot of things to think through with this series, there is one that my mind keeps going back to.  This is due in large part to one character in the series.  That character is one of the major villains of the series by the name of Willis Stryker aka Diamondback.  Many times throughout the episodes that Stryker is on screen he is either quoting Scripture or he’s holding a Bible in his hand.

The backstory of both Stryker and Luke Cage are linked due to the fact of both of them having the same father.  That father also happened to be a preacher who had an affair with his secretary which led to the birth of Stryker.  Stryker resented Luke and the “sins of the father” would later come to terrorize both Luke and the people of Harlem.

Stryker is unfortunately a reminder that you cannot separate the story of the Old Testament with the New Testament.  Much of what Stryker quotes is Old Testament.  He seems to live by the code of ‘eye for an eye’ or even more so a perverted sense of justice.  He hasn’t really known much about the New Testament and grace.  I would imagine the Bible that he carries around Him doesn’t get opened much around the Gospels.

To translate it from the small screen to real life, I think a lot of us live with the sense of wanting vengeance.  When we are wronged, we want justice.  It is that reminder that deep down there is a true moral right and standard.  However, because we all have a sinful nature, it tends to skew it sometimes away from justice and more towards vengeance.  The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 12:19 “never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine I will repay,’ says the Lord.”  God is the only one who can rightly judge in the end.  We are to called to forgive, even when we have been deeply wronged.

One of the hardest things in the world to do is forgive.  We see that in stories in TV shows like Luke Cage and in books and movies.  We see it in real life.  When we’re wronged, the default in being hurt is to rage and want revenge.  But like for Willis Stryker, it consumes you and you lose out on all the good that you can be.  Watching this series has reminded me of how much grace and forgiveness is needed in this world today.