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.
Shows I love that are still on air –
Parenthood: This is a family drama that’s warm and funny and always leaves me feeling a little emotionally-drained. In a good way.
Modern Family: This is the sitcom version of Parenthood – more comedy than drama, half as long, and yet there’s a realism to it. Shot documentary-style.
Mad Men: This drama is set in the 1960s. It revolves around an advertising company, its employees, and their families. The fashion is great, affairs are commonplace, and political correctness is non-existent. This isn’t a “feel-good” show by any stretch of the imagination. Yet I keep going back.
How I Met Your Mother: This is a sitcom about five friends living in Manhattan. Funny in its early years, the show has gotten more depth in recent seasons, making it that much better.
Castle: This humorous drama is about a famous author who shadows a female NYPD detective for inspiration. “Will they or won’t they” romance ensues.
I really like (read: am obsessed with) a British show called Doctor Who. It’s sci-fi, it’s part of British pop culture, and it’s gaining quite a following in the U.S. It’s about a Time Lord called the Doctor who travels through time and space, usually with a companion.
I highly recommend the show – it’s funny, scary, dramatic, and everything in between.
However this post isn’t about Doctor Who. It’s about the small things in life. Okay, it’s a little bit about Doctor Who.
The following is an exchange between the Doctor and his companion, Amy (s5e2).
Doctor: Big day tomorrow.
Amy: Sorry, what?
Doctor: Well, it’s always a big day tomorrow – I’ve got a time machine; I skip the little ones.
And then in a later episode (s6e1) the Doctor says: There’s loads of boring stuff, like Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.
I beg to differ. Continue reading
The British television show, Doctor Who, is an easy show to be obsessed with. There’s so much richness about it, so much that could be debated, just so much surrounding it. The Doctor Who culture includes a long history, a huge fandom (“Whovians”), behind-the-scenes (“Confidentials”) of every episode (Update: Doctor Who Confidential has been cancelled), holiday specials, and a fan-based band (“Chameleon Circuit”) which plays Timelord Rock – a new genre inspired by the show.
Doctor Who originally ran from 1963 to 1989. Classic Who, as it’s known, is very different from the rebooted version that made its debut in 2005. Potential viewers need not worry that they have all those seasons (or series, as they say in the UK) to catch up on; there are a number of different starting points to break into the show. More on that in a bit. Continue reading