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.
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”
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.