Tuesday, 6 September 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten best TV shows of all time

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)

Rather than having a bookish topic this week, the amazing people at The Broke and The Bookish have decided it's time to have a week dedicated to all things TV. I don't have much time for TV watching anymore - too many books, too little time - but there are some shows that I'm always going to love.

10) Hannibal
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I haven't watched the third (and sadly, final) season of Hannibal yet, which is why I've put it so far down on my list. It also took me a few tries to get into it: I watched the first few episodes and then abandoned it, and it was only on my third try that it finally clicked.

9) Bates Motel
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Rapidly approaching its final season, Bates Motel's creepy aesthetic and baffling narrative choices make it one of the least predictable shows on television, and that makes it one of the most interesting to watch for sure.

8) 90210
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The remake, not the original. I haven't watched the early seasons of 90210, my first episode being the heartbreaking moment when Annie rejects Liam's proposal, but I had to know what happened to the characters after that and loved it - including the amazing final episode.

7) The 100
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I was disappointed by the last series of The 100. There were bad (see: terrible, disgusting, heartbreaking) choices regarding character deaths and a clunky and convoluted plot. Hopefully that'll change when the new series comes out next year, because the first couple of seasons were outstanding.

6) Game of Thrones
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I haven't read the books yet, because they're too damn long, but I've found myself very emotionally attached to a lot of the characters anyway. Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and - my personal favourite - Brienne of Tarth, mean that I can't stop watching, and I can't wait for the next (and almost last) season.

5) Pretty Little Liars
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I kind of hate myself for putting Pretty Little Liars so far up my list, because it's pretty awful, but I'm purely including this for my OTP Aria and Ezra. If you don't ship them, get off of my blog.

4) One Tree Hill
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This was the first TV show that I became obsessed with. My favourite character was Peyton, because I loved music just as much as she did (and her romance with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy certainly helped!).

3) Jessica Jones
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Jessica Jones is my favourite of the Netflix Marvel series so far. While I loved season 2 of Daredevil, I couldn't really click with the first season, but I loved everything about Jessica Jones... Apart from what I thought was a rather anti-climactic ending. I'm hoping season 2 will redeem the show.

2) American Horror Story
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I'm torn on putting American Horror Story this high up my list, because I've hated a couple of the seasons (specifically Asylum and Coven) but really loved the Murder House and Freak Show seasons (don't mention Hotel, I'm still really confused on what was even going on there). The sixth season is premiering in a couple of weeks, dealing with a so far undisclosed subject matter, so my excitement for the show is currently at its highest.

1) The Walking Dead
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I'm also torn on putting The Walking Dead this high up. I think the last two seasons have been lazy at best, with predictable character deaths and bland storytelling... But all of that changed with the introduction of the big bad Negan at the end of the last series. With the cliffhanger of who Negan killed still very much up in the air, it'll depend on how they resolve this plotline on how affectionate I am towards the show - I want them to take risks, dammit!

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! What's your favourite TV show and why?


  1. The Walking dead is on my list, I am just hoping that they haven't killed Glenn. That would break my heart. I need to catch up with season 5 on Netflix. I just need to time to watch it , So many shows to watch!
    My TTT.

    1. Luckily I watch TWD weekly with one of my close friends, so I have no chance to fall behind! I'm not up to date with anything else though... Whoops.

  2. Great list - so many of these are some of my favourites too! I absolutely love The 100 and Game of Thrones, which includes so many characters I've also got so attached to - unfortunately my favourites always end up dying though! American Horror Story is also at the top of my list to start soon :)

    Heres my TTT

    1. Nearly all of my favourites are dead in The 100 (exception being Murphy - what a babe!) but I've been luckily in Game of Thrones and I've only lost two of the characters I really cared about. Guessing that'll change next season though...

  3. I absolutely adore American Horror Story, though I agree - it's SO hard to say it's a favorite, because all the seasons were very different and some I hated. Unlike you, I *loved* Asylum, but I wasn't a fan of Cover - it wasn't even the plot that bothered me, but the whole atmosphere was off... And don't even get me started on Hotel - way too many subplots & not enough time spent on most of them or on characterization, it was my least favorite season so far.
    I also really, really want to start Bates Motel.
    Great list! :)
    My TTT

    1. If you love American Horror Story I can guarantee you'll love Bates Motel: it has all of the creepiness, but the writing is off the charts.
      That's why I'm confused about my opinion on Hotel! The subplots were mixed and almost impossible to follow (particularly when you look at the fact that Cheyenne Jackson and Matt Bomer look remarkably similar, so I couldn't keep track of which character was which...) but I thought the concept was genius. I loved the way it played on the idea of the Winchester house with the dead end corridors and secret rooms.
      Fingers crossed the next season will be less confusing!

  4. I've been meaning to watch Bates Motel for a while now. I should hurry up and get to it! Great Top Ten :D My Top Ten Tuesday!