5 Fandom Friday – Most Binge Worthy Shows

Seeing as I was working Friday and got into a car accident, I haven’t really gotten around to this post until now.  Luckily I am starting to feel a bit better due to meds and my extremely loving and supportive boyfriend (who also threw me a surprise party for my bday on Saturday). That being said, here are my picks for most binge worthy shows.

Criminal Minds cast for Season 10

1. Criminal Minds

Ever since I discovered Criminal Minds about five years ago, this has been my go to binge show. When I lived in Miami by myself I had a tiny TV with no cable and like 12 local channels. This one channel was constantly playing Criminal Minds reruns so I started watching it because it was sometimes the only show on. I immediately got into it because of the interesting dynamic between the BAU team and their characters’ ever evolving arcs. My favorite character is Penelope Garcia for sure, but Dr. Reid and Morgan top the list too.

Ok ok, I’ll admit it. Matthew Gray Gubler’s nerdy charm is what REALLY attracted me to the show at first. One of my favorite episodes is a Dr. Reid centric one from Season 2. It’s actually a two-parter with James Van Der Beek playing a serial killer with multiple personality disorder. I was so riveted to the very end and loved how they gave Reid something to struggle with into the next season.

I’ve only watched about half of the new season, but I binge through whenever I have a little extra time. It’s one of the only shows where I feel like I really know the characters and feel like a part of the family. I can also boast being an extra on the show for two separate episodes in seasons 7 and 8, which was an awesome experience.

Family Guy

2. Family Guy

Whenever I don’t know what else to watch, Family Guy goes on. It’s my go-to feel good show. Peter’s stupidity really makes me feel better about life in general. Sometimes the jokes go way over my head, especially in the later seasons, but that’s probably because they’re referencing something very specifically Rhode Island. I love it when Lois gets excited about something or when Brian gets drunk. I love it when Stewie hits on other babies or when they make jokes about him being sexually ambiguous. They always throw in some real gross out moments that make me squeal but then laugh uncontrollably. It’s a truly fun, easy to digest show.

Game of Thrones Opening Logo

3. Game of Thrones

I jumped on the Game of Thrones bandwagon after Season 1 and 2 had already aired. I had seen the billboards around Hollywood and heard about the books from friends, but wasn’t really that interested at first. At some point, however, I decided to give it a try and binged the first two seasons in like a week. Holy crap it was good. So much drama and passion and conflict for just one show. I really enjoyed the world George R. R. Martin had created. Having read The Lord of the Rings, I could definitely relate to Game of Thrones’ elaborate universe. Tyrion was instantly my favorite character and still remains so. I am definitely a fan of the strong female characters on the show too, namely Brienne of Tarth and Daenerys Targaryen. I’ve kept up with the show into the current season and get really excited every time Sunday rolls around now.

Glee Promo Shot

4. Glee

Ok I am slightly embarrassed to admit I watch Glee, but it really is a great show. I love music and musicals and Glee executes the musical genre in a highly effective way. I was a drama and chorus kid in high school so I found it fun to watch this show and feel good no one ever slusheed me in school. I love all the characters even though they sometimes annoy me for various reasons, but hey, that’s just like real people! I binge the crap out of this show for long stretches and then get so emotional I have to stop. I actually put off watching the episode where Finn dies until recently because I knew I would have to devote an entire day to crying about it. I was right. It was so incredibly sad that Cory Monteith died and that he had a real thing going with Lea Michele. Other great sad-cry moments were when Blaine sings “Teenage Dream” before him and Kurt break-up or when Kurt’s dad has a heart attack. Blaine is definitely my favorite character. I ❤ Darren Criss’ voice.

Gravity Falls

5. Gravity Falls

So my little cousin Ella actually got me into this show. She is a rabid Disney Channel fan and discovered it one day. I was skeptical at first, but the humor on this show is so kooky it hooked me right away. Like most cartoons, there is actually a lot of adult humor sprinkled in that goes way over a kid’s head. Grunkle Stan is especially great at saying mean and sometimes inappropriate things. I also love all the creatures and the Mystery Shack and all the weird shit that goes down in Gravity Falls. The Halloween episode was one of my favorites especially because the Summerween Trickster ended up being made of all the crappy candy that no one wants. Where does Alex Hirsh get his ideas from??

Mabel is definitely my favorite character mainly because she’s voiced by Kristen Schaal. She’s also just super adorable and has a pig for a pet so what else could I ask for? I watched a few episodes here and there initially, but recently binged through the rest so I could finish the season. They just started Season 2 and I will definitely be catching up with that in the next week or so.

There are tons more shows I’ve binge-watched, but most of them aren’t on TV anymore. What are some of your favorite binge-worthy shows?

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AMC Releases New BETTER CALL SAUL Clip

On November 30th, I got a happy little surprise in my inbox: a new clip from AMC’s “Better Call Saul”! The clip shows Jimmy’s first interaction with Mike the hit-man at a parking garage. Take a looksie! The series will premiere in February and more content will continue to be released until then.

American Horror Story: Freakshow Extended Trailer

American Horror Story was first introduced to me about two years ago when I first moved to Los Angeles. It was when the second season had just started and I watched with a few friends, old and new. The premise of the second season was mildly interesting to me, taking place in an insane asylum run by the Catholic church. However, it failed to really grab my attention and I stopped watching after a couple of episodes. A year or so later when the show returned with American Horror Story: Coven, I became intrigued again, but decided to go back to the very first season instead. I really enjoyed American Horror Story: Murder House although I was annoyed by almost all of the characters at one point or another. Everyone was so goddamn stubborn and weak. Nevertheless, the writing got progressively better, the story kept getting weirder, and I kept coming back for more.

When I heard that the new season was going to take place in a circus freak show (or side show as it’s sometimes referred to), I was pretty excited. Freak shows always seemed so strange and forbidden, happening behind closed doors (or tent flaps). I almost flipped my shit when I saw this trailer today, which really sold it for me. Kathy Bates as a bearded lady?! Whatttttt?! And Jessica Lange in that huge striped dress with the train? I guess that means she’s the ring-mistress? Already, it seems like this could be the best season yet. Wes Bentley (American Beauty, The Hunger Games) is also appearing as a “tormentor of Bates’ character (The Bearded Lady), according to the Wikipedia for the show.

The synopsis says it’s going to take place in Jupiter, FL (why am I not surprised) and centers around the struggle of the freak show trying to stay in business while dark forces are acting upon them and the rest of the town. I wonder if they’re going to pay homage to the old black and white film Freaks with that famous “One of us!” scene? October cannot come fast enough.

Penny Dreadful Update!

Episode 101

Ok, I am majorly missing Penny Dreadful once again, which is pretty bad since its only been two months. However, as I was looking to see if LA Weekly had done any posts on the series, I did come across the official Penny Dreadful production blog! So here’s another delightful resource to check-in on, especially when Season 2 starts up.

http://blog.penny-dreadful.com/

The blog has a lot of the videos from the YouTube channel, but also includes news articles about the series and production stills too.

Upon checking Christopher King’s Twitter @ChrisWKing, I also saw a few tweets from Aisha Tyler (Archer) @AishaTyler, who recently visited the set in Ireland. 

Aisha Tyler on Penny Dreadful?

While she has been an avid fan of the show, which led to her moderating the Comic-Con panel, I’d like to speculate that there might be more going on than just a tour of the set. This photo in particular made me wonder if she will have a guest appearance, perhaps as a dead body?! 

Only time will tell and there is still so much time left until Season 2, said to be premiering in August 2015. Until then I’ll be lounging in my pajamas with Dorian Gray, Vanessa Ives, and the whole gang while I re-watch Season 1. #dreadful