If you know me at all, you know that I watch an obscene amount of television. Year-round, I watch close to … well, let’s just say the number rhymes with “nerdy” and leave it at that. (It’s an illness, I know). I have my all-time favorites and then there's those shows you've been watching for so long and while they're not your favorite, you have to know what happens next. You know the ones. But if I had to recommend my absolute favorite television shows of all time, these would be it. Any day, any time, I’ll gladly rerun these to my heart’s content.
And let’s just get a few things out of the way — I don’t watch Game of Thrones, Black Mirror or Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Apologies in advance.
Here are my top seven favorite TV shows of all time:
1. Gilmore Girls
Did you expect anything else? I mean, c'mon. I grew up watching this show with my mama and in her words, "watching it just feels like home." I've always felt pretty connected to this show in more ways than one, (raised by a single mom who's your best friend, studied journalism, etcetera, etcetera ... ) so maybe that's why it feels like a big hug when I watch it.
Gilmore Girls is about mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, and their life's happenings in their small Connecticut town of Stars Hollow.
Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na. Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na. SO NO ONE TOLD YOU LIFE WAS GONNA BE THIS WAY *clap clap clap clap* (that's the intro music I just sung for you, you're welcome). I was way too young to enjoy this show when it aired, but I caught up as I entered my teens. I used to have every boxed season on DVD (remember DVDs?) and would play them over and over and over again. Everyone needs a group of friends like these. Pun intended.
The show centers on a group of friends living in NYC. From their highs to their lows, this group of six is always there to hug each other ... or laugh at each other. *Chandler voice* Could the show BE any better? The answer is no.
No matter what I say about Timeless, it'd never be enough. I remember watching the pilot's trailer a few years ago and was immediately excited for the premiere. The sci-fi drama centers on history professor Lucy Preston, Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan and programmer Rufus Carlin, in their time-traveling fight to preserve history. Timeless features well-known historical figures from Abraham Lincoln to Harriet Tubman as well as unsung heroes like Grace Humiston and Hedy Lamarr. It's a show for all-ages and the impact its made in its short life is truly incredible.
The show was initially cancelled after its first season, but was resurrected and brought back for season two (thanks to the fan outcry) three days later. Sadly, NBC repeated history and cancelled the series yet again a couple months ago. But fret not — the series is coming back this winter for a 2-hour movie wrap-up. The fandom (known as "Clockblockers") is still hard at work to make sure that movie isn't the last we see of the show. They even raised money to rent two helicopters with "Save Timeless" banners to be flown around San Diego Comic Con in June ... what other fandom do you know that's done that? Go binge the first two seasons before the movie event on Hulu. You won't regret it.
4. One Tree Hill
I started watching One Tree Hill in college, a couple years after the show ended. Clocking in at nine seasons, it's a quality, binge-worthy show. It's set in the small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, and follows a group of teens as they navigate their life in high school and beyond. Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, James Lafferty ... this is teen TV drama at its finest. Also, that intro with Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want To Be"? Iconic.
5. Big Brother
ILOVEBIGBROTHER. So much. I've watched the show from its infancy and I'm so happy it's alive and well to this day. Actually, probably better than well. The current season, Big Brother 20, (TWENTY! Twenty seasons!) is one of the best seasons they've had in a long time. On top of that, they're currently casting for season 2 of its spinoff, Celebrity Big Brother.
The reality show is hosted by Julie Chen and focuses on a group of houseguests living in a house for 90 plus days where they're cutoff from society and outside communication. Say it with me: D-R-A-M-A.
6. Grey's Anatomy
My mom introduced me to Grey's years ago, but despite her rave reviews, my squeamish self couldn't get past the hospital and surgery aspect. Eventually, I gave it a shot (and closed my eyes during every surgery scene) and was pleasantly surprised. Series creator Shonda Rhimes is the QUEEN of drama TV shows. (Seriously. Check out her other popular shows, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder).
Grey's Anatomy centers on surgical intern Meredith Grey and her fellow co-workers at Seattle Grace.
7. Hart Of Dixie
If you took the set and small-town charm of Gilmore Girls, threw in some high heels, country music and dropped it in the south, you'd get Hart Of Dixie ... minus the whole mother-daughter thing ... so, kind of? This show warms my country-loving heart. Hart Of Dixie follows Dr. Zoe Hart to Bluebell, Alabama where she finds colorful characters, nosy neighbors and ultimately, herself.
I hope I gave you some new shows to binge or at least reminded you of an old favorite! These are my most-loved shows of all time. I’m also into comedy shows like The Big Bang Theory, the NBC Chicago franchise, Netflix’s original hit Stranger Things and a few other shows you probably stopped watching ages ago ... but that's a post for another time. So what are you waiting for? Grab a bucket of popcorn and binge!