Confessions of a TV Addict: Top 10 TV Shows

One might call me a TV addict.

I was recently inspired by the lovely Heledd from Running with Lavender, who wrote a post on her Top Ten Box Sets. So I decided that I would share ten of my favourite TV shows.

So without further ado, here they are...

1. Game of Thrones

So first up is Game of Thrones. For those who do not watch GoT, it is a fantasy drama series that is based on the book series A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. The series is set in the fictional countries of Westeros and Essos and there are seven noble houses who are warring for the Iron Throne.

It is gory, violent, full of sex and totally addictive. The characters are written incredibly well, the scenery is beautiful and once you get started with this show, you literally cannot stop. My only criticism... Why can't there be more than 10 episodes?!

2. Orange is the New Black
I missed out on Orange is the New Black when it first came out, I only starting watching in April of this year. All I kept thinking was... why did I not watch this sooner?

Based on the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in Women's Prison by Piper Kerman, the show follows not only Piper but all the other women who she comes across in the prison. The show is incredibly funny but also has moments of genuine sadness and you can't help but empathise with the wonderful women who portray these amazing characters.

If you haven't caught the OITNB bug, get watching... somehow you'll turn around four days later and you will have watched all the episodes, you will smell and you'll be surrounded by mugs of tea, food wrappers and the need to get outside... but it will be SO worth it.

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I remember watching Buffy on BBC 2 when I was about seven years old and it was season 2 and I was absolutely hooked. What followed was little Lauren reading the graphic novels and doing cosplay (I even had Angel's Claddagh ring)! I also owned the Buffy Top Trumps and the two video games... although I did not complete the second one, it was too damn hard.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the story of Buffy Summers, a young girl who becomes the Slayer and along with her friends, The Scooby Gang, they eradicate the vampires and general Big Bads who arrive in Sunnydale. The TV series has a very special place in my heart, alongside my early crushes on Angel and Spike.

Whatever you do, don't make me choose between them.

4. The Good Wife
Thanks to Netflix, I finally sat down and watched the Good Wife from the start. I had watched the odd episode on and off but I am so happy I finally got to sit down and watch it from the beginning.

The Good Wife is the story of Alicia Florrick, the wife of the Cook County state's attorney who after being involved in a corruption scandal is imprisoned. Alicia is forced to return to work as a litigator after being a stay at home mother. What I love about this show is watching the character development of Alicia, who goes from being the woman behind the man to being a very strong willed and powerful woman.

This show is the perfect courtroom drama with a splash of politics. The show is funny, sad and has given me a great education in litigation. If you haven't watched it, go and watch it now... and glare enviously at Julianna Margulies' wardrobe and cheek bones.

5. The Sopranos

What can I say about the Sopranos? Aside from it is probably one of the best TV shows of all time. It follows the story of Tony Soprano, a capo of the New Jersey based DiMeo crime family. The series deals with Tony trying to balance family life and his ties to the mob, all the while dealing with his own personal issues.

Once again the show is a typical HBO show; violent, funny and emotional but you can't help but get caught up not only in the series itself and believe me, when it ended it was a sad moment. You also can't help but find yourself sitting there and falling in love with James Gandolfini, who sadly passed away last year.

6. Gilmore Girls
This is another show that has a place in my heart. Following the story of a mother and daughter, Loreali and Rory, in the town of Star's Hollow, you can't help but laugh and cry along with them when you watch it.

From start to finish, you watch both these women grow and fall in and out of love. Rory, the daughter, goes through all the trials and tribulations of being a teenager and Loreali the problems of being a single mother. Alongside these two incredible female characters, are their friends and family, who are not just supporting characters but who are also the flesh and blood of this show.

If you need any more convincing, there is the very good looking Milo Ventimiglia in this show.

7. Fargo
This is a new favourite but a favourite all the same. Based on the 1996 film by the Coen Brothers, the TV series follows Lorne Malvo played by Billy Bob Thornton, an almost Loki-like character who influences people around him with some serious malice and violent behaviour. One of his victims is Lester Nygaard, played by Martin Freeman, who goes through some seriously impressive character development.

What I like about this show is that I can be laughing one minute and then horrified the next, the characters are incredible, especially Thornton, who is probably one of the most unnerving fictional characters I have ever come across.

If you haven't checked out Fargo, you're going to have to because you are seriously missing out.

8. Doctor Who
Yes, Doctor Who is on my top 10, why? Because I bloody love Doctor Who. I love everything from the idea of running away and going on crazy adventures to being caught up with the character of the Doctor, who let's face it... is a pretty incredible character.

Prior to the reboot, I'd never watched early Doctor Who, so since watching the episodes of Christopher Eccleston to David Tennant and then on to Matt Smith, it has been a growing love affair. Maybe it is a little geeky but hey, I can't help but fall in love with the idea of a mad man with a box and I cannot wait to see what Peter Capaldi does with the role.

9. Downton Abbey

One of my major weak spots is period dramas. I love everything about them from the costumes to the sexually repressed tension between leading characters.. I'm looking at you Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Downton Abbey premiered, I remember making a huge occasion out of it and getting thoroughly caught up in the drama, the beautiful scenery and the clothes. Oh and let us not forget Maggie Smith, who is the Queen of this show with her sharp wit and her incredible one liners, "I was right about my maid. She’s leaving – to get married! How could she be so selfish?"

10. House

Last on my list is House. A medical drama with the fabulous Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House, who is addicted to pain medication and comes across as a serious pain in the arse but is a medical genius all the same. He often has problems with other doctors, including his own team and his own boss, Dr Cuddy.

The show is brilliantly written and is amazing to watch, as is Hugh Laurie in his role as House. I was very sad to see the show end but that just means that I get to rewatch the show on a regular basis.

What are your top ten TV shows? Let me know in the comments!

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