TV to Inspire: Shows I Watch

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine requested  that I send her a list of all the shows I watch. At the time, I was watching a show that she fell in love with (can’t remember what that show was?? Anyway), and I guess she thought I had interesting tastes in TV.

Well, I finally got around to creating this list. I pick my TV mostly by what I like in general: I’m a superhero nerd, I’m a writer, I love love stories, I love to laugh, and I like dramatic action. The TV shows I watch give me inspiration for some of my stories, motivation to work on my crafting projects, and some great new music for playlists (I Soundhound a lot while watching TV) among other things.

Here’s a good sampling of many of the shows I watch right now, categorized by my interests/likes. Some of these fall into duplicate categories, but I’ll only list them once. These are in no particular order.

Regularly Watching

Dramas (aka “Good Stories” or “Good Writing”)

  • Ozark
  • Manifest
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • For the People
  • Succession
  • The Good Fight
  • The Bold Type
  • Queen Sugar –from the book Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile: This is here, and not in the TV from a Book section, because I fell in love with this show for the show itself. I didn’t read the book or have an appreciation for the book before I watched the show. Also, the cinematography is amazing (can’t get that in a book).
  • Black Love –Love what I have seen so far, just need to add it to my queue to keep watching.
  • Ballers
  • All-American

Action Shows/DIY shows (My “Weekend DIY Girl” side)

  • The Rookie
  • Blindspot
  • Legacies
  • This Old House
  • P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home
  • Growing a Greener World
  • For Your Home
  • Design on a Dime
  • Ask This Old House
  • Black Lightning (Honorable Mention– interest waning in season 2)

TV From Books (The “Nerd Bunch”)

  • Younger –from Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran
  • You –from You by Caroline Kepnes
  • The Flash –from the comic book series (DC)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale –from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Marvel’s Runaways –from the comic book series (Marvel)
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones –from the comic book series (Marvel)
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage –from the comic book series (Marvel)
  • Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger –from the comic book series (Marvel)
  • The Gifted–from the X-Men and EXiles comic book series (Marvel)
  • Outlander –from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  • Supergirl –from the comic book series (DC)

TV from TV

  • Homeland –from Israeli drama series Prisoners of War (2009)
  • Charmed (2018) –from Charmed (1998)

Guilty Pleasures (aka “The Ratchet (the correct word is Wretched!) Bunch”)

  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Vanderpump Rules
  • UnReal
  • Empire
  • Star
  • Claws

When I Need a Laugh

  • Grown-ish (Black-ish gets an Honorable Mention. I’m not really a regular watcher)
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Insecure

Reruns I Keep Re-running

  • Star Trek: TNG
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Star Trek: DS9
  • Scandal
  • House
  • Living Single

Sporadically Watching/TBW

Upcoming Shows/Shows on my “To Watch” List

(They interest me, but I have yet to really dive in and put them as my favs.)

  • Game of Thrones–This is kind of like The Sopranos for me (see below). I missed the initial hype, and it’s almost slipping away (last season). It looks like it might be my kind of thing, but I don’t know. The 1st book is in my TBR pile as well.
  • Black Mirror
  • Atlanta
  • Harlots
  • Pose— Only 2 episodes in so far
  • Bosch
  • Killing Eve
  • Good Girls
  • Dietland–I’m trying here, for my sisters (the BBW club)
  • Good Trouble–new series
  • Star Trek Discovery –on principle, I don’t like what CBS is doing with its All-Access platform, and this show had issues in production, but I am a Trekkie, so I have to check it out. Plus, it got a Season 2, so…
  • A Million Little Things –see “This is Us” (below). Trying to get past the 1st ep. crying spell.
  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Also, I thought these two categories would be pretty cool:

Shows that a lot of people like, that I don’t/didn’t watch (& why)*

  • Stranger Things* — Aliens? meh. Trying to get convinced to add it to my queue, but I haven’t yet, so it stays here.
  • TrueBlood — The books are so much better and richer when it comes to story. HBO went overboard on the shock value and forgot the story. Also, one of the fun Easter Egg/tropes in the books couldn’t be repeated on screen because of fan response.
  • This is Us* — Watched 3 episodes, cried uncontrollably, can’t go back.
  • Grey’s Anatomy* — Got invested too late, couldn’t stay invested.
  • The Walking Dead* — I don’t do zombies. I don’t do much horror. (“Legacies” is hanging on by a thread with their latest episodes)
  • The Sopranos — Missed the hype. Not sure I want to go back now that it’s over.
  • Being Mary Jane (Is this one over?)* — ditto Sopranos
  • The Haves and Have-Nots* — Too soap-opera-y for me. Plus, I never got invested.

*still running as of Jan 2019

Shows that I wish weren’t canceled/that created a “ShowHole” even though they ran their course

  • Mistresses –from the BBC series Mistresses (2008): It was going off the rails, but the fact that it’s gone created a summer “showhole” for me. If they had kept the show in LA where Alyssa Milano could stay on, this might still be running.
  • Devious Maids –Created a fun-bingewatch “showhole” in the summer for me, but it was starting to lose it.
  • Sleepy Hollow –I wish this wasn’t canceled, but I totally agree with why. Google all the controversy about it. I’m totally with fellow fans on this one.
  • Fringe — Went off the rails, but I still miss it!
  • The Originals –obviously a vampire show can only go for so long, but I miss this one! Legacies can’t fill this showhole.
  • Reign –the CW didn’t really give this one a chance (same with The Coven–Although, I’m glad most of those actors got other roles in some great CW shows.)
  • Gossip Girl –I miss the drama and love-relationship aspects. And Ed Westwick. But if there was a good adult version of this, I wouldn’t mind–The show itself ran its course. (same for One Tree Hill and The O.C.)
  • The Client ListClaws fills this showhole nicely, but I do wish I knew what happened! I need closure!
  • Girlfriends –I still need closure.

What are some of your favorite shows? What more should I be watching?

Note: This is one person’s ginormously uncontrollable TV habit. It is by no means indicative of anyone sane.  Seriously though, I was not paid to mention, endorse (or disparage) any specific TV show, network, or TV streaming service. This is merely my opinion about TV shows and commentary on my personal choices.


Black Panther: A Moviegoer’s Guide to the Moviegoer

**Note: There will be some stereotyping in this post (denotative meaning) to achieve a lighthearted and fun (connotative meaning) tone. (In other words, get the heck over yourself, and have some fun! It’s Black Panther week!)**

With not just the highest pre-sales record for a Marvel® movie, but now the highest pre-sales record for any superhero movie, Marvel Studio’s Black Panther® moviegoers are not just going to be the typical comic book/superhero nerds that went on the first weekend of X-Men® way back in 2000. (Almost 20 years ago! Gah!) And since I have seen every deconstruction of the every trailer that I could possibly see, why not look at this movie from a different angle? Here’s a moviegoer’s guide to the audience you may see at your Black Panther screening this weekend.

If you are a…

Regular Moviegoer (read: maybe into action movies or maybe dragged to this movie by a significant other, probably White or oblivious to the struggle) So, you have no idea what wonders await you in Wakanda. In fact, you probably don’t even know what a Wakanda is (and no, it’s not a big snake). But that’s okay, there will be others there that don’t know what Wakanda is either.  You are not alone.

What you need to know about everyone else: There will be excited fans with various Black Panther and Avenger-themed t-shirts, African cultural wear, and maybe some in all-out costumes. Do not worry about being underdressed: you will be, but no one will care. For the fans, this is all about the movie. You will see rogue snacks, fast food, maybe even plastic containers with homemade food that have mysteriously slipped by the ticket taker. You will hear a lot of cheering and talking to the screen. Someone may be filming.  Do not be disturbed by what you see.  Just sit back and enjoy the antics on screen as well as in-theater. Some of us have been waiting for this movie for a long time. This is a very big deal for many reasons. It’s okay to learn the handshake. But if you want to leave when the credits start, do it quickly because Marvel movie geeks stay through the end of the credits.

Psyched Non-Nerd Moviegoer (read: socially conscious, just happy to see black people on screen but not really into comic books, probably Black or down with the cause) So, you’ve been waiting for this movie for a while. A serious black superhero movie with a mostly black cast! (No, Meteorman and Blankman don’t count.) Showcasing us at our best!  You’ve heard about the movie, seen some trailers (most likely during your favorite shows), and you’ve managed to score a ticket for opening weekend!  But, what’s a Wakanda?

What you need to know about everyone else: Well, all that stuff above for the regular moviegoer applies here. PLUS: While you may have seen the many Coming to America memes about what people are going to wear, comic book moviegoers are a t-shirt and jeans crowd. We don’t do stilettos, lots of jewelry, or suits. Don’t worry about being overdressed; people may look at you strange, but once the movie starts, no one will be paying attention to you. If you see some moviegoers in various level of cosplay, it’s normal here, so don’t call them out. Try not to scare the white folks with Bojangles® boxes or In-and-Out® burger bags.  And if your theater has reserved seating, please be in the right seat and have your ticket stub ready. Some theaters have been sold out for weeks, and well, nerds are nerds. Today, this is their turf!

Comic Book Nerd/Superhero Geek (read: Big Bang Theory type of nerd) So, you know where Wakanda is (yes, it’s a place!), you know about vibranium, and you know this is not Black Panther’s first appearance on the big screen. This is a must-see movie for you for 1 or all of these reasons:

  1. It’s right before Avengers: Infinity War, and you need this to complete the circle.
  2. You never miss a Marvel Movie in its first weekend.
  3. The action and effects from the trailer are so awesome, you’ve gotta see it!
  4. Something to talk about when you meet up with friends at the comic book store later.

What you need to know about everyone else: If you haven’t bought a ticket for NEXT weekend (or 2 weekends later), then you will need another one. Why? Because you will miss some Easter eggs and some comic book tie-ins, and you may be annoyed that you did (because you’re a nerd). People are not going to laugh in the right places or get some of jokes. Some people aren’t going to spot Stan Lee.  Some people will not understand your cosplay. The thing to remember here is not  to be affected by the surroundings. The big screen first-week Marvel experience will be new for a lot of people this weekend, many who could care less about superheroes, but felt the need to represent at THIS movie. And what you don’t get this first weekend, you will see in the second screening in March when the diehard fans re-emerge.

Black Comic Book Nerd/Superhero Geek  (self-explanatory) We’ve been psyched since the first trailer came out, and this is how we reacted when we saw it: (click here) (So now you know where I fit in!)

What you need to know about everyone else: You’ve already planned a second showing, because you will miss some Easter eggs and some comic book tie-ins, and you may be annoyed that you did (because you’re a nerd), but you will get over it (because you’re so happy this movie is out, you don’t mind seeing it again). There will be some people that won’t understand us. There will be some people asking us questions, there will be some people talking and annoying us. Try to spot them before the movie starts and sit far away from them (unless you have reserved seating. In which case, hopefully you’ve brought an entourage with someone that will trade seats with you). If you can’t, tell them to shut up. This is our turf; this is our movie. This is not high school; we own this theater for the next 2+ hours. If you have friends who’ve never been to a Marvel movie, please educate them NOW: Do not be late, we unobtrusively point when we spot Stan Lee (if they ask who Stan Lee is, stop being friends with them. You don’t need that kind of annoyance in your life), and plan to stay after the credits. This is an event we’ve been waiting for for months! Over a year if you start with Civil War sighting. Don’t let the newbs mess it up for ya.

Have a fun time at the movies! Wakanda Forever!