If you have never cried at a TV character’s death and spent half-an-hour mourning the loss before watching the next episode, you’re not watching TV right (or you are one of the lucky ones whose TV shows don’t have tragic moments.)
Whereas I can watch pretty much any type of film, I used to be very fussy when it came to TV genres. After breaking out of my Disney shell (and even then I watched stuff I was a bit young for- Boy Meets World, Teen Angel, Smart Guy etc…), I went straight for funny stuff. IT Crowd, Spaced, The Office and Friends were pretty much all I watched or was interested in. If it made me laugh, I liked it but if it meant I had to think a lot or involved too much drama, then I would usually turn it off.
Then I turned 15 and everything TV changed. The Internet exposed me to the wonderful thing called series or seasons, a TV show with a development within the story, episodes that make up a longer narrative.
During the summer after my GCSEs, I did something I never ever do; I downloaded the entire Arrested Development seasons onto my computer and stayed up between 9-2am watching dozens (DOZENS) of episodes a night. I was hooked. I had never found something like this. I was eager to watch the next one so much that on a few occasions I would stay up til 5, spend the afternoon in bed and continue where I left off the next night. x x x
Since then I’ve got through Firefly, How I Met Your Mother, Sherlock, Girls, Modern Family, Community (I have yet to complete this- damn UK broadcasting) and the love of my life right now; Game of Thrones.
Now if you’re reading this and know me personally you know that Game of Thrones has practically taken over my life. It may seem sad but, to those who watch it, it’s normal behaviour. I have never got this much into a show that is still being broadcast. I have to wait for new episodes now, which feels like torture, yet it makes the reward greater. I have expectations and excitement to gain which can be shattered easily.
Being a fan of a TV is one thing while being an emotionally involved fan of a TV show is another. It could be seen as being in a ‘fandom’, but I don’t like that term it sounds far too obsessive. At this moment in my life, all I want to talk about Game of Thrones. Not because I’m obsessed with it and living in a world away from reality, but because I like to hear what other people’s opinions are on characters and storylines, or hearing whether or not people actually like the show.
Game of Thrones seems confusing, however if you watch it, it's surprisingly easy to understand. I’ve been trying to explain characters to my sister, but until she eventually decides to watch it she won’t understand. There are dozens(!) of characters, with multiple different stories going on nevertheless it’s easy to follow, easy to understand characters and very easy to become addicted.
One day I’ll blog in more detail about why I love Game of Thrones, but for now I didn’t want to spoil it for others instead just blog about my TV tastes. If you haven't seen it, give the first episode a try (UK- Sky Demand) and if you like it you'll want to watch the rest. I believe that soon everyone will watch Game of Thrones, and you don’t want to be the one left out.
Anyway, I am hoping to find more TV to watch once my exams are over. What do you all recommend? Here is a list of my top favourite TV shows so you can get a jist of what I like:
- Arrested Development
- Game of Thrones
- How I Met Your Mother
- Modern Family
I hope to watch Freaks and Geeks, Veronica Mars and the new season of Arrested Development come the end of June. Any other recommendations to add to the list?