Friday, March 4, 2011

Blog Hop - Gone But Not Forgotten

This is a blog hop hosted by Erin at Something Else To Distract Me. Today's task is to list our own favorite five shows that are no longer on t.v. This was hard to limit to just five but here goes:

5. ER - I remember when ER first came on, I was cooking at a restaurant and couldn't leave until 9 p.m. so it was a race to get home without missing more than the first five minutes or so. Most of my girlfriends fell instantly in love with Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney). My heart, however, was captured by Dr. Mark Green (Anthony Edwards - aka "Goose" in Top Gun.) When Dr. Green and his wife split up I would day dream about being cast to play his new love interest. My heart kinda broke when he died. I also had a little bit of a "girl crush" on Carol Hathaway (Julianna Marguilies - who is awesome by the way in "The Good Wife" Tuesday nights on CBS).

4. That 70s Show - The FSS (former supposed spouse) loved this show and would watch it almost religiously. I didn't think I would like it because I thought it was one of those "stupid-dumb" shows like The Simpsons. The first episode I really actually watched was the one where Eric is in line at the pharmacy in front of Donna's dad who is picking up her birth control pills for the first time. At the end of that episode Eric is sitting on the Vista Cruiser watching Donna walk away and Red, Eric's dad, turns the garden hose on him. After that, I was hooked. And now, every time I see pictures of me and my friends in grade school, I am struck by how much we resemble the cast.

3. Roseanne - I love Roseanne. She reminds me of me. I could relate so much more to the Connor's than I could, say, the Cosby's or the Keaton's. The Connors were real, and they were messy and kinda trailer trashy and they seemed like they could be any family anywhere. They weren't perfect and they didn't try to be. And there wasn't always a happy ending. And I loved that about Roseanne.

2. Mad About You - I remember the trailers that came out for this one. Paul and Jaimie are brushing their teeth before bed and taking turns spitting in the sink. Paul misses a beat and doesn't come up right away and Jaimie ends up spitting on his neck. I remember rushing to get home in time for this one too. They were two single people trying to figure out how to be a married couple and deal with the in-laws and the sister from hell and the stupid best friend and the other married couple friends and the neighbors from hell. Good stuff.

1. Boston Legal -  For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this show was cancelled. It was hilarious and socially relevant at the same time. I tuned in every week just to hear Alan Shore (James Spader) thunder away in the court room. And to see what kind of crazy-ass-shit Denny Crane (William Shatner) was going to try and get away with this time. David E. Kelley is a master of blending the off-beat, quirky and sometimes downright bizarre with current issues and socially relevant topics. (See also by David E. Kelley: Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, and LA Law). Happily, Mr. Kelley is back on NBC with Harry's Law on Monday nights which is equally awesome.

And there's my top five. With a couple of plugs for some current favorites as well. It was really hard to limit myself to just five. There are so many others I could mention - Picket Fences, Grace Under Fire, Charmed, Everybody Loves Raymond, Still Standing, Northern Exposure, Home Improvement.......and the list goes on.

What are your faves? Hop on over here and sign up.


KO: The Insect Collector said...

Hey! I am loving your list. These are all from my era, too. I totally remember the "excitement" of early ER. Such a good show.

Ruth E. Day said...

That 70s show was hilarious!!

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