TV in 2009

Dec. 30th, 2009 11:22 pm
memoryfloodsin: (l; parker & the boys)
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For [livejournal.com profile] picspammy. For a full list of the TV I've watched over this year see my listography and also my 2009 scrapbook

My previous 2009 roundups:

Books
Films
Theatre

And my end of the decade picspam:

British TV of the past decade

If I've got time tomorrow I'll try and do a 'these are the beautiful people of 2009' post but I don't know if I'll manage.







The TV I've loved this year.

Studio 60* ● Shakespeare Re:Told - Macbeth ● Shakespeare Re:Told - Much Ado About Nothing* ● State of Play* ● Shameless* ● Leverage ● Britannia High* ● Demons ● Party Animals* ● Criminal Minds* ● Spaced* ● Wonderfalls* ● Arrested Development* ● Green Wing* ● Jeeves and Wooster* ● Absolutely Fabulous* ● How I Met Your Mother* ● Robin Hood * ● The Big Bang Theory ● Slings and Arrows* ● Castle ● Ashes to Ashes* ● Whitechapel ● Cambridge Spies* ● All The Small Things ● Lewis* ● New Tricks* ● Criminal Justice - Ben ● PBS Great Performances: In The Heights, Chasing Broadway Dreams ● Kitchen Confidential* ● Veronica Mars* ● The Mentalist ● Mock the Week* ● The Black Donnellys ● Sports Night* ● Merlin* ● In Plain Sight** ● M*A*S*H** ● Band of Brothers* ● Primeval ● Jane Eyre ● Community ● Miranda






The best TV 3 current shows of the year**.

Friday Night Lights* ● This is one of the best, if not the best, dramas ever. It is so incredibly realistic. The characters all have their strengths and their flaws. They interact as if they were real human beings not just plot points, so sometimes there'll be a scene that in no way drives the story or contributes to events but just allows you to feel for these characters. It's a very brave show to do that. Season 4 has been incredible. It's taken a whole new bunch of kids and made you care about them the way you did with the Panthers. It has not made them Smash point 2 or Matt redux. It's made them new and fresh. I think The Son and Stay have got to be two of the most incredible episodes of TV ever. How this show hasn't won every award possible I do not know.
Beautiful People* ● This show makes me laugh and cry. It's so ridiculous at times and then so incredibly touching at others. The cast are fantastic and have such fabulous chemistry. I love all the little musical numbers. It's just so fresh, funny and sweet.
Generation Kill ● Gorgeous cinematography, phenomenal cast. I find it really hard to write about Gen Kill the TV show because you can't really say things like 'incredible story' or 'great characters' because it's real, they're not characters in the strictest sense. The adaptation of the book to TV though is superb, it makes you really care about all these men, even the ones who are arseholes 90% of the time. It breaks your heart one moment and then makes you laugh hysterically the next. It's sheer perfection.


** It was so hard to narrow down my favourite shows so I decide to list all the shows I've loved and then do the 3 top current shows, by current I mean they aired this year, so that helped me narrow it down. It meant that Jane Eyre was out etc etc, which was helpful. OMG I watch too much TV - although I was unemployed for most of this year.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sibyllevance.livejournal.com
Cambridge Spies and Wonderfalls are both excellent choices. Completely different, of course, but both gems.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
I love them both so very much. I adore Cambridge Spies, I'm watching it right now actually.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boombangbing.livejournal.com
Wonderfalls, Slings & Arrows and Community? \o/

Date: 2009-12-30 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
I adore Slings and Arrows.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apologizeg.livejournal.com
OMG LEWIS! ♥

Also, Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars and The Mentalist are awesome.

Cool picspam!

Date: 2009-12-30 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Lewis is awesome!

Thanks.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thelackoflight.livejournal.com
Great list! Aw, GK and FNL. ♥

Haha, you watched Demons too? Oh man that show was so much lolz but enjoyable. Shame it's not coming back.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Yep, I had to it had Holiday Grainger in - I'm compelled to watch everything she does. I love her.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_la_mysterieuse/
I miiiisss Miranda! *wails* Bring it back now, please Beeb! Aww, poor Britannia High.

Yes to everything about FNL. I think I'm still an episode behind. I really need to catch up.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Me too. Miranda was awesome, she had Tom Ellis! So glad it's been recommissioned.

I don't get how it's not won every award going - HOW HAS IT NOT?!?!?!

watch cambridge spies

Date: 2009-12-30 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_la_mysterieuse/
It has? Yay!

Urgh, I know! It's just ridiculous. It's going to be an essential cult thing in a few years but it needs recognition now!

I think your stealth spy tactics may need a little work!

Date: 2009-12-30 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
Yeah she posted it on her Twitter after the last ep aired.

It's not good enough, I demand it be laden down with awards now!!!

Yeah, oops - damn html.

Date: 2009-12-31 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_la_mysterieuse/
She has a Twitter?! Link please?

I feel a sudden urge to watch Cambridge Spies!

Date: 2009-12-31 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
She does. (http://twitter.com/mermhart)

I wonder where that comes from?!

Date: 2009-12-31 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honeyfitz.livejournal.com
Yes Yes Yes:
State of Play
Spaced
Arrested Development ♥

I MUST watch:
Band of Brothers
Ashes to Ashes (I only got as far as 1x05 or thereabouts)

Oooh and I must finish Kitchen Confidential too. Resolutions for '10 perhaps? x

Date: 2010-01-01 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egotists.livejournal.com
YES. Generation Kill is excellant. (But I thought it was originally in 08? EH it's past midnight here. My brain doesn't work xD)


A friend told me I should watch The Beautiful People. I'd never heard about it before but I'm thinking I'll have to look it up.

The Black Donnellys and Band of Brothers ♥

Date: 2010-01-01 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memoryfloodsin.livejournal.com
I'm in the UK, it aired over here this year. Although I watched it before, for the first time I still watched it in 09 so I figured that counted.

It's fantastic, it's so funny one moment and the next so touching.

I don't understand why TBD was cancelled!

Date: 2010-01-01 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egotists.livejournal.com
Oh! That makes perfect sense :) Of course it counts!

I don't either. It was a really nice show. Billy Lush was fabulous and the story line was just awesome and really easy to get into.

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