Top 10 TV shows (On air)

Top 10

Today’s entry is all about my TOP 10 FAVOURITE TV SHOWS that are still on-air! These are in no particular order, it’a all about fun tonight!

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CASTLE 2009-present

I will start with Castle and say this once (less you all get bored) I LOVE THIS SHOW Nathan Fillion is an amazing actor and takes the words he provided and just runs with it! Really everyone that works on this show is awesome, there has not yet been on episode where I thought “meh, could have done without this”. Great story arcs, great follow through, amazing writing, great lighting, I could go on..you get the idea.

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ELEMENTARY 2012-present

We are about mid way through the third season and this show just keeps getting better. I know a few people who are comparing this show to one called Shrelock and saying that this is a knock off but since I haven’t seen the other show…I can’t say. what I can say is that I am very much enjoying the twist of a female lead as Watson, and a not so different take on Sherlock, he is a dick! I love the introduction of a new character this season named Kitty who was a victim of a horrific attack. Really great writing, acting, just all around well done, must watch show.

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BORDER SECURITY: CANADA’S FRONT LINE 2012-present

Most people who know me know I’m not much in to reality TV however this show is THE best reality TV on air right now. I’ve watched both the Canadian one and the Australian one and have to say both are extremely entertaining. If you want to check it out and live in Canada just visit Global TV’s website or on their mobile App to watch an episode. The things people try to get away with, or the stories they make up are just awesome. Anyone who works or has worked in Customer service will see some parallels with your job. It’s not scripted and you really never know what’s coming, after seeing a few episodes it is fun to guess.

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SCORPION 2014-present

This show is in it’s first season and is said to be based on an actual person named Walter O’Brien, I guess that’s true but really doesn’t persuade me to watch it. I love the characters, the action is damn good and I haven’t seen these actors much so it was nice to watch a show where I didn’t see the actors as previous characters in my head. Sometimes the stories are a bit disjointed but overall the level of acting more than makes up for it and I do hope this show goes on for many more seasons.

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BONES 2005-present

Going into it’s 10th season and still going strong. With some shows after it’s been on as long as this one has it can start to get a bit stale but Bones has not had one drawn out episode, I enjoy the stories that this show continues to tell. There have been a number of times where I have had to pick my jaw up off the floor after some crazy stuff has happened. I was sad about the loss of a key character at the start of this season but I do understand the need to have characters in peril, keeps everything fresh and exciting. Although I feel some of the characters can be over the top sometimes, that is a small (very tiny) complaint I have. I really want this show to just keep on going!

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MURDOCH MYSTERIES 2008-present

Set in the 1890’s William Murdoch sets about to solve crimes in the city of Toronto, the character uses some really inventive ways to find evidence which points to technology and practices we use today. One of the great themes during the 8 season it has been airing is that of woman’s rights. This was a time before women had the right to vote, before we could feel free enough to wear what we wanted. It’s great to see what it may have been like back in the day, the writers and prop masters do try to keep things as historic as possible. You never who is going to step out of the past and make an appearance.

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THE BLACKLIST 2013-present

One of my favourite shows currently on, I always make sure to catch all episodes. It stars James Spader who plays one of the most Wanted men in the world by the FBI, he turns himself in in order to gain access to someone he knew when she was a kid. As the show progresses he helps the FBI catch some of the worst criminals out there some of whom the FBI didn’t even know exist. I can’t say enough good things about this show, not one bad episode or one miss by the actors, writers, and everyone involved. We are about halfway through season 2 so you can catch up and watch the rest of the season with me!

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SCHITTS CREEK 2015-present

This show has just started and it’s already on my list for one very good reason….it’s so funny. A great Canadian TV show wit so much talent and potential to have a very long run. Easy to catch up on if you have access to CBC’s website. It’s about this very well off family who end up losing almost everything they have due to a bad financial adviser who takes them for all they have. They are forced to move to this town that was purchased as a joke. Watching such seasoned actors letting lose and playing such crazy characters is refreshing…also it’s fun saying Scitts Creek!

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RICK MERCER REPORT 2004-present

In the US there is The Colbert Report as well as The Daily Show with John Stewart, in Canada we have Rick Mercer Report. One of my favourite parts of Rick’s show is the segments where he goes out and tries really crazy things all over Canada. One year he came to here for the KW Oktoberfest, just recently I saw that he went to Variety Village and he hung out with some cool kids and tried his hand at wheelchair basketball. One of my favourites is when him and Jann Arden get together and go out on “dates”. If you have never seen any segments, look him up on YouTube and come back and let me know what you think!

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THE BIG BANG THEORY 2007-present

PENNY?, PENNY?, PENNY?…wow how many times have I heard this since this show aired…..well yesterday was the most recent. This show is so good for so many reasons, watching them all evolve as characters and their relationships with each other is fun. Seeing all the guest stars from Bill Nye to Stan Lee make appearances has kept the show fresh. It hasn’t gotten old yet and I doubt for me it ever will.

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NCIS 2003-present

NCIS: LOS ANGELES 2009-present

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS 2014-present

I lumped all these in to one, because they are all NCIS shows, I don’t have a favourite, each spin-off of the original is so awesome. Again great characters, great writing amazing stories and arcs that they can play off of. They all follow the same premise but are all very different and I’m hooked with all of  them.

Top 10 TV shows (off-air)

Top Ten

Since tonight is Superbowl Sunday I thought I would stay along the theme of television and do another top 10 list. This one is my top 10 show that are no longer on-air, I miss them so. I don’t watch football nor do I care much about the Superbowl, although I do admit that the commercials are usually awesome!

OK so there are 11 on this list….ah well, in order form the oldest air date here are my top 13 shows that just ended to soon in my books.

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Forever Knight // 3 seasons // aired from 1992-1996

I am not sure if this show aired outside of Canada but if you can find it I highly suggest you watch it. The premise is simple, an 800 year old vampire is trying to atone for his past sins and regain his mortality. This show aired before vampires were “in” and it was a pretty dark show. Nick Night (our main character) is a detective on the streets of Toronto, he tries to hide what he really is from his partner while also trying to thwart seduction attempts from his 2000 year old mentor. I would love to re-watch this series even if the fashion and technology is really out dated by today’s standards. The writing and acting was good, the stories were well thought out. Although it was a dark show it still had its comedic moments that until I looked back at the pictures, I had forgot. SO GOOD, it deserved more than 3 seasons, wonder if a remake would work?

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Due South // 4 seasons // aired from 1994-1999

Another great Canadian TV show that I’m not sure aired outside of Canada and another one that is really good, I own all seasons on DVD so if anyone local wants to borrow them just let me know! This one stares Paul Gross as RCMP officer Benton Fraser who goes to Chicago on the trail of his father’s killer. He ends up staying in the windy city and works with the Chicago PD to solve cases. It’s a great show with really amazing writing and acting, great mix of comedy and a bit of drama. It does play up the “nice Canadian” stereotype but in a quirky way. Even though it only lasted 4 seasons, I cannot be disappointed with how it ended, the last episode always has me in tears and always makes me smile!

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Sliders // 5 seasons // aired from 1995-2000

This show came out of nowhere for me when I was younger. I saw the advertisements at the time and thought it looked good so I gave it a shot, my sister and I would watch this one together and we both enjoyed it. The main character Quinn (Jerry O’Connell) manages to somehow create a portal to an alternate dimension and gets sucked in with a few people one of whom isn’t too happy! It’s neat to see how the characters develop though out the season, it ultimately ended on a cliffhanger which was sad because I always wanted know what would have happened.

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Star Trek Voyager // 7 seasons // aired from 1995-2001

This was the third series that was created in the Star Trek universe and i personal favourite. I did enjoy Star Trek: TNG, and DS9 but this was a different feel to the franchise and it continued to explore new frontiers. Captain Katheryn Janeway was not one to be messed with but she was a fair captain. I did enjoy all the characters and how they evolved. I really wish that Ensign Harry Kim (Garret Wang) earned a higher commission on this 7 years but that’s really the only complaint I have. One of may favourite memories was watching the final episode at my friend Becky’s house. My mom was babysitting her sister at her house so my sister and I made everyone watch the last episode. I remember Becky making fun of it at the beginning and that we tried to explain some of the back stories but in the end she still wasn’t a fan but I think she at least liked that episode.

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Stargate SG-1 // 10 seasons // aired from 1997-2007

I almost didn’t put this on my list, not because it doesn’t deserve it, I still think it ended too soon but have to say 10 seasons is a damn amazing feat. This is a great show, based on the movie of the same name it elaborates further and continues to explore new worlds through the means of a device called a Stargate. Throughout the 10 year run, characters came and went but the main thread of the show continued. The show runners, and writers were not afraid to poke fun at themselves and had some memorable episodes. It was sad that during the 200th episode party they had to learn that the show was coming to an end. We were blessed with 2 movies that came out after the show finished airing to help further bring closure and explore what might have been but its no substitute for the show continuing.

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Firefly // 1 season // aired between 2002-2003

This is the show that really gets the trophy for being cancelled WAY way too soon. It was cancelled after one season, I hadn’t even heard of it until after it was canceled. I have since learned that FOX really mishandled this show in ever aspect and as such it never got a chance. I have since watched, and re-watched the episodes that there are and as I write this have watched and re-watched the movie that came after called Serenity. This show has nothing that I can find fault with, the characters are amazing well imagined, handled by amazing actors, great balance between humour and action…I could go on. I have also read the comics that have been written by Joss Whedon that have since been published for Dark Horse Comics. I would LOVE if this show came back to air but I know that Nathan Fillion is currently being awesome in the TV show Castle.

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Dead like Me // 2 seasons // aired from 2003-2004

This show was wacky, and off beat, and I loved it. They could have kept going there is was just so much to explore in regards to the character’s back stories. I have to say that I love that the dinner used in this show made an appearance on a later season of Stargate SG-1 and i geeked out a bit about that. The main character dies after a freak accident and becomes a grim reaper only they live among us, they look different but have to live just like us. It’s such a smart and funny show. Really did end before its time.

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Stargate Atlantis // 5 seasons // aired from 2004-2009

A spin-off of Stargate SG-1 the characters explore a galaxy very far away from Earth and in the beginning with little hope of ever seeing or talking with Earth again. Knowing that the show runners had plans to continue but were cut short is sad, also no movies when this show ended has me even more sad. What I loved about almost all the shows on this list and this one is no different was the relationship the characters develop with each other, how they grow and evolve. They are not always perfect and they make some big mistakes (like when Rodney blows up a solar system) they are portrayed not to be on some sort of virtual pedestal.

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Boston Legal // 5 seasons // aired from 2004-2008

“Denny Crane!” if you have watched this show just those two words should have had you laughing and remembering how William Shatner brought the character of “Denny Crane” to life with gusto. This show is a legal drama but the humour mixed in with some of the serious issues they tackle is really like nothing on TV before or since. The dynamic duo of Denny Crane and Alan Shore played by the amazing James Spader had me hooked from right from episode one. I really wish they had been able to continue but this is another show that ended really well and with no lose ends.

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Eureka // 5 seasons // aired from 2006-2012

I cannot think of this show and not think of the catchy theme song, humming it as we speak, if you know it hum with me! Here is another show that didn’t have to end at 5 seasons the concept is so broad that they could have just kept coming up with crazy stories to explore. Another show that was good at injecting humour while exploring the complexities of humans and how we relate to one another but not in the same way as other shows. It was fun, quirky and you were invested with what was going to happen next. I demand a movie!

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Chuck // 5 seasons // aired from 2007-2012

Will they?…, won’t they?….will they? Maybe? For the first few seasons you really were rooting for Chuck and his handler Sarah to hook up and when they do its AWESOME. I’m a huge fan of Adam Baldwin’s so when I saw that he would star in this show I was already willing to give it a shot. This show is so funny, has great stories to share and impossible odds that they have to overcome, the show had to share some of those same obstacles and it was the fans that were able to save it from being cancelled a few times. I love their partnership with Subway and love how they were able to get the chacaters in and out of some pretty crazy situations. I also wouldn’t mind a movie….

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The Listener // 5 seasons // aired from 2009-2014

The cancellation of this show is still a fresh wound for me. Another great Canadian contribution to the airwaves I think it should have been given a few more seasons. The show follows Toby Logan a paramedic who has a very unique ability. I won’t spoil it for anyone and I highly suggest you watch every episode. This was one of the first shows that I really utilized social media to be able to connect with other fans of the show and thankfully the actors as well. I have been lucky enough to have a few twitter conversations with the actors and got some awesome swag! I can’t say I’m surprised at the caliber of writing and acting coming from Canada and this show is one of the best show cases for that. With a great ability to play off of they are able to explore what it means to really connect to another human being. I felt myself being sucked in every week and wondering where the hour went when an episode ended. It’s just some really great television!

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Republic of Doyle // 6 seasons // aired from 2010-2014

Another one that ended too soon and just finished airing not that long ago. The show follows Jake Doyle a private investigator along with his father and family. Trouble finds him where ever he goes but he always does right. Set in NFLD (Newfoundland) you get to see some really amazing scenery and try to learn newfie! Like all of the shows on this list it has great writing, amazing acting and really good stories to tell. I felt that the end was rushed a bit but I know that series creator and star Allan Hawkco was behind all of that, it wasn’t cancelled because of ratings or anything of the sort, it came to its natural conclusion by the creator himself, hard to fault him for that I’m just selfish and wanted it to keep going, and going, and going……

Well that’s my top 10…uh…13? list of shows that I loved that are no longer making new episodes. What would be on your list?