For a long time, my knowledge of Sherlock Holmes didn’t surpass the Sherlock Holmes-themed episode of Wishbone (see Best Kids TV), based on “A Scandal in Bohemia.”
I knew that Sherlock Holmes was a great detective, that he worked closely with Dr. John Watson, and that he was partial to pipes and deerstalker hats.
But there is so much more awesomeness to be had in this legend.
Kids’ television shows have gone downhill since I was a kid in the 90s.
Here’s a brief list of shows from my childhood, in no particular order. Some are for really young kids, some are for slightly older. They’re largely educational (something modern kids’ TV shows lack) and entertaining.
Enjoy the trip down memory lane, and let me know what other great TV shows I don’t have here!
The Magic School Bus
There’s this cute little show that makes me happy inside every time I watch it. It’s name – Merlin.
Merlin (which made my TV Show List) is a fantasy-adventure British show that tells the story of the wizard Merlin, Prince Arthur, Arthur’s knights, and Camelot. But there’s a twist: Instead of a wise, ancient Merlin, the wizard is portrayed (by Colin Morgan) as a young man – more friend than mentor to Arthur (Bradley James).
Oh, and Merlin has to keep his magic secret from almost everyone, including Arthur.
I remember that after watching the first episode, I felt compelled to check out the next, and the next. Something about the show was drawing me in.
And it wasn’t the complex plot.
Colin Morgan and Bradley James carried the show for most of the first three seasons. This had largely to do with the fact that Colin Morgan and Bradley James are adorable/hot/cute/lovable.
Plus, they have great on-screen chemistry (in a completely heterosexual sense).
Also, they’re great friends off-screen. I know this because I’ve seen a bunch of youtube videos of them having fun together. Exhibit A:
And I have other reasons for enjoying Merlin.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I have a thing for Peter Pan. I loved the books and the movies and the idea behind Peter Pan and Neverland. I’ve even written a short story featuring Peter.
There’s a new mini series on Syfy called Neverland. The show is a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. It’s about Peter before he became Pan, Hook before he became a captain, and the story that led them to become enemies.
This version of Peter Pan is darker, more complex, and more human.
It’s Peter’s origin story and, though I haven’t watched it yet, it looks good.
My newest squidoo lens is up – all about British TV shows I like and watch.
Check it out here http://www.squidoo.com/best-british-tv
Some of them may be familiar from my TV show list, but you’ll also see trailers for each show, which I don’t have on my blog post.
As if I don’t have enough shows on my plate right now (see my TV show list), I just started watching Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey is a British television period drama series. It takes place in the early 1900s, in England. It’s interesting because, unlike most period dramas, the series delves into the lives of the servants as well as those of the Quality.
The cast is great and (as usual with British media) there are a number of familiar faces among them. Still, they occupy their roles singularly and are wholeheartedly believable as their respective characters.
I’m just three episodes in, and I won’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but suffice it to say I’m eager to continue watching it.
Have you seen Downton Abbey? No spoilers, please!
I’m new to blogging correctly but I’m not new to blogging.
When I was in college I took a Mass Media class where I was assigned a show to watch (mine was 24) and keep a blog about. Isn’t college great?
Anyway, my first attempt at blogging was really cute. There’s no other way to describe it.
Actually, there is this: it was hideous. Content aside, the design was bad, I didn’t use categories, didn’t use tags, didn’t use images…you get the idea.
I had no idea what blogging was really about.
I’ve learned a lot about blogging since then. So I went back and cleaned it up a bit so I could present it to you.
The blog is called glued2thetube (still love the title) and the content is pretty great (if I do say so myself). It’s mostly a play-by-play of the first season of 24. If you’re a fan or a first-time watcher, check it out here.
Beware: It’s chock-full of season one spoilers.
I’d love to hear comments (again, here or there). Enjoy!