For Your Viewing Pleasure

I think you can tell a lot about a person by what television shows they enjoy.

After reading the following post, I’m banking on you knowing even more about me. And my viewing habits. And my obsession with all things Joss Whedon.

I’ve been feeling very list-y lately, so today, I’m going to tell you all about my Top Five Favorite TV Shows (That Are No Longer On The Air Because I Have Another List For Those Shows). One day, I will share my Top Five Favorite TV Shows (That Are Currently Still on the Air.)

Ok. Let’s start with

#5) F*R*I*E*N*D*S

I own all ten seasons on DVD. I’ve watched the entire series through 7 or 8 times. I cry every time Ross and Rachel break up, or when Monica proposes to Chandler, or when Phoebe gives birth to the triplets.  I laugh hysterically every time Joey does squats in Chandler’s clothes, or Phoebe changes her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock, or when Ross tells Chandler that Rachel’s dessert “tastes like feet.” It’s the show I most often quote and reference. In fact, with those nearest and dearest to me, I don’t even have to set up the reference first. I’ll just say, “Could I BE any more annoyed right now?” and they automatically get the Chandler impression.  Even my husband takes part in the fun. If I’m reading an emotional scene in a book, he helpfully offers to put it in the freezer for me.

If you were at my house right now, I would pull out the Friends DVD collection and show you all my favorite episodes. But since you’re not at my house, I’ll share my favorite gag reel, from Season 6, instead. Enjoy.

#4) Farscape

It’s the show that officially turned me into a nerd. I’d never really been into sci-fi before, but my husband was addicted to this show and got me and our roommate, Jenna, summarily addicted shortly after he moved in. On Sundays, we would pull out the hideaway, put reruns of Farscape in the VCR, and pass around pints of Ben and Jerry’s from dawn till dusk. We laughed at Crichton, we sneered at Nigel, and we mourned for Zhaan.  The night of the last episode was like a funeral at our house. And while the final credits rolled, we shouted obscenities and shook our fists, cursing the executives at SyFy for cancelling our favorite show.

This show had everything you could want in a one hour drama: compelling story lines, lovable characters, a heart-wrenching love story, cartoons, Bugs Bunny references, and the hottest leading man in history (short of Angel). If you’ve never seen it, Netflix it immediately.  I’ll always carry a torch for John Crichton. Always.

Oh, to be Aeryn Sun…

#3) Ally McBeal

I’ve already referenced Ally McBeal on Abby Gabs at least once. I firmly believe that John Cage is the funniest character in television history. I can’t even count the number of times I laughed out loud while watching him stutter his way through five seasons of terrific television. In fact, as lovable as Calista Flockhart was as Ally, I always wondered why they didn’t just call it “John Cage.”

I will admit that this show made me feel somewhat bipolar. I’d be laughing hysterically one minute, and sobbing my eyes out the next. But I think that’s the culmination of excellent writing and a great ensemble cast. I never understood the “great fall of Robert Downey Jr.” until I watched him as the adorable Larry Paul. It makes me even gladder that he’s back in the biz.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a slightly fuzzy video of the famous “Barry White” dance.

#2) Battlestar Galactica

This is a recent addition to my list. I avoided it for years, mainly because I was still mad at SyFy for cancelling Farscape. So, in true Abby fashion, I boycotted. I’m not sure what possessed us to watch it. We were really bored one day, flipping through the Netflix queue, and my husband said, “Why don’t we try Battlestar Galactica? I’ve heard it’s pretty good.”

So we did.

And we watched the entire series in a matter of a month.

Any free time that we had was spent either watching the show, discussing the show, obsessing over the show, or dreaming about the show.

We had entire conversations picking apart the cast, speculating on who was Cylon, and who was not. We found ourselves interjecting “frack” and “oh my gods” into our daily vernacular. I decided, in short order, that I desperately want to be as cool as Starbuck when I grow up.

We sat on the edge of our seats through every episode. We picked up our jaws from the floor countless number of times. And when it was all said and done, we began forcing BSG on our unsuspecting family and friends.

Here’s how the conversations go:

A or B: “Did you watch Battlestar Galactica?”
Unsuspecting friend/family member: “No.”

So, reader, I ask….have you ever seen Battlestar Galactica?


Well then, here’s a quick taste of what you’re missing. I had to look all over for this, but it’s a trailer that gives you all the info without revealing any of the storyline. Man. It makes me want to watch it all over again!!! (Yes, I’m giddy like a child over sharing this with you. So much so that if you can’t see the video embedded below, go HERE.)

Battlestar Galactica – Epic Series Trailer from Tom Howard on Vimeo.

#1) Only the best TV show in the creation of TV, ever….Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Ok, if you thought I was excited about BGS, prepare yourself. Because as crazy as I am for those mother-frakkin’ toasters, I will always and forever be an honorary Scooby.

What can I say about BtVS? It came on the scenes when I was still a wee young thing. I watched with my high school girlfriends, and we all fell in love with David Boreanaz.

(My husband does a great “Abby Watching David Boreanaz on Screen” impression. It goes something like ” Angel….” But he was too much of a poo-head to do it on camera for me today, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.)

Let me put it this way. If Joss Whedon–genius creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and the amazing web series “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog“, and director of the greatest episode of Glee, ever…

Ok, wait, that was a really long sentence.

Let me start over.

If Joss Whedon were a magazine, I would have a subscription. If Joss Whedon had a fan club, I would be Vice President (because I’m pretty sure Jenna would be President.) If Joss Whedon started a cult, I would join. If Joss Whedon told me to drink the Kool Aid, I would DRINK THE KOOL AID.

Are you with me so far?

There is nothing that I don’t love about Buffy. I love the characters. I love the zombies. I love the fast-paced, witty dialogue. I love Xander, I love Willow, I love Giles, I love Anya. I adore Angel.

But my real love affair is with Spike.



I’ve decided that I’m going to have to do an entire BtVS blog later. Because I’m probably losing you at this point. I can force feed you my favorite lines later. For now, I’ll leave you with the best musical number from my favorite episode, “Once More With Feeling.” (Ok, so the whole episode is the best musical number, ever, but this one is very, very, very short.)

What you should take from today’s blog is this: No, I’m not a spaz. Unless we’re talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or Battlestar Galactica. Or Spike.



(EDITED 6/11/13: All of the videos that were posted in this blog have since been removed. Which is sad. But I refuse to take down the post because these are my all-time favorite shows, ever! Just hit YouTube, folks. Maybe you’ll have better luck than me.)

One thought on “For Your Viewing Pleasure

  1. Brian

    And if you ever want a show to get cancelled, just convince us that it is good after it’s been on for a season or two. Then as soon as we start enjoying it, BAM cancelled.

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