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What’s On My TV Schedule?

For anyone who is unaware, I love television shows.

I don’t discriminate, I’ll watch just about anything. So, I thought I’d quickly list a few TV shows I’m currently watching, just finished watching and will be watching soon. Get ready for a melting pot of television shows!

CURRENTLY WATCHING (Season running)

Outlander (2014):

Starz

Literally my new favourite show. I watched the first half of the first season in one day. The second half has just started again, and I’m so glad I only just started watching it, otherwise a 6 month wait would’ve been torture. Many people have compared the show to Game of Thrones, so like, a Scottish version. I’m still not sure about the comparison, there is a lot of genre-blurring for sure, and it is definitely ‘up there’ in terms of quality television but I still haven’t made up my mind about what I think about this GoT comparison. I’ll get back to you on that one. Either way this show is all kinds of suspenseful, humorous, action-packed and sexy sexy sexy.

Reasons to watch:

  • For an amazingly witty and strong female character. Claire Beauchamp is probably one of my favourite female characters of television at the moment, and the writers do a superb job of keeping her out of the ‘damsel in distress’ stereotype.
  • Scottish accents and Scottish men, hello Sam Heughan (guys, he’s literally a Scottish god, no joke).
  • Men in kilts. ‘Nuf said.
  • Fantasy, history, humour, fighting action and sexiness. (I could list a lot more, generally just a must-watch).
  • Check out some insightful episode breakdowns on the AV Club (and check out the comments for some good commentary).
  • Learn about Scottish history, the show is incredibly historically accurate (from what I’ve gathered, from people who know).
Poldark (2015):

BBC

I am pretty much a sucker for any British period drama, Downton Abbey being one of my favourites. And ever since living in the UK I’ve paid even more attention to what the likes of BBC and ITV have been releasing of late.

Poldark was something that popped up when I went on the BBC iPlayer page as something that was popular, so I clicked on the first episode, watched it, and was instantly hooked. Each episode is gripping and the characters loveable (and not so loveable, depending on who). It’s also lovely to see Eleanor Tomlinson. I remember her very well in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging as Jas.

Reasons to watch:

  • You’ll probably like it if you enjoy Downton Abbey. It’s not all set in a lavish house, but the similar struggles against what’s seen as proper in that given society, and breaking those rules are very much there.
  • The chemistry between Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.
  • Interesting to see the different perspective of different people living in 18th century England.
  • A gripping and suspenseful storyline that keeps you coming back for more.
iZombie (2015): 

CW

Another new TV series, iZombie was something that interested me because the main actress in the show is a Kiwi, Rose McIvor, who I’d seen and enjoyed in the New Zealand show Go Girls. While I’m not a huge zombie fan (I’m refusing to watch the Walking Dead, despite how many people tell me how fantastic it is,) I did watch In The Flesh and absolutely loved it. I think I’m definitely into shows that show zombies in a more humanised light, and this show looked more In the Flesh than Walking Dead. So far I’m quite enjoying it. It’s more of a light-hearted, feel good show, rather than an intense and suspenseful drama, but I’ll be tuning back in this week for sure.

Reasons to watch:

  • The (friendship) chemistry between Liv (Rose McIvor) and Dr Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) is awesome and there is certainly a lot of laughs between them.
  • If you’re not too keen on the more gruesome side of zombies (the show is still gruesome at times though) then try this one out.
  • To see how many dishes you can make out of human brains (so far, quite a lot apparently).
The Flash (2014):

CW

First we had Arrow, now we have The Flash! If any of you have been avidly watching Arrow, then you would’ve remembered an episode wayyy back where a young crime scene investigator named Barry Allen randomly shows up and ends up helping Oliver and his team, well, that Mr Allen know has his own TV show!

If you’ve never watched Arrow, never fear, because the supposed back-door pilot got re-made into a proper pilot for the show, so you can start from the very beginning of The Flash season 1 and not have to worry about understanding Arrow related things.

Reasons to watch:

  • If you love Arrow, you will sure as hell love The Flash, there are also cross-over stories which work a treat, especially if you’re watching both at the same time.
  • Barry Allen look familiar? That’s probably because you’ve seen him singing up a storm as Sebastian Smythe in Glee.
  • Incredibly humorous, Barry’s side-kicks, especially Cisco are always a good laugh.
  • Great storyline, with a lot of mystery about the past and a bit of time travel thrown in there too for good measure.
  • Awesome villains with cool powers.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013):

ABC

The Marvel universe on our screens (both big and small) continues to grow and grow, with Agents of Shield being the first to jump onto our small screens and now Agent Carter joining it. Now in it’s second season, it’s plots are getting more complicated, as are it’s characters. There was a point nearing the mid-season break of this current season where I was getting a little tired, but as all TV shows do, it picked up the pace and the suspense for the mid-season finale and has continued this through the first few episodes of the second half of this season (WOW, I am saying ‘seasons’ a lot). We are also starting to peel back the layers on some of the more villainous characters in the series, and introduce a few more characters which for me, has been long-awaited for.

Reasons to watch:

  • Big fans of the Marvel universe should definitely check it out. It is by no means as gratifying as the big-budget films, but it is a great way to fill in the time between the film releases.
  • Lots of action. Literally in every episode there is an action-packed fight scene.
  • For the chemistry between the loveable Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, aka FitzSimmons. Their adorable and hilarious friendship is one of the reasons I love the show so much.
  • Skye. She is pretty badass.
  • I really enjoyed having Phil Coulson in the series, especially after seeing him in the the Marvel films and a great way to introduce the show with a familiar face.
Reign (2013):

CW

As you probably gathered, from the generous mentions above, I love period dramas. I will literally try any of them, just to see. Reign was something that I had been highly anticipating up to it’s release. Over the past couple of seasons I’ve seen a lot of comments about people complaining that the show is incredibly historically inaccurate, which of course is true. I however, have no problem with it. I understand that many of the characters were real-life people, but at the same time I’m completely aware that Reign is definitely a work of fiction per se, so as long as you come to the show knowing it’s not a history lesson, I think you’ll be fine! The first season was pretty good, the end of the season got a bit tiring, but I am thoroughly enjoying season 2.

Reasons to watch:

  • Mystery and intrigue, also some great, strong female characters
  • Absolutely gorgeous costuming. Those dresses are to die for.
  • Despite it being mostly fictional, I feel like you get a good look into the roles royalty played in those societies, and the different powers in play.
  • Lots and lots of love triangles. Watch your ships sail.
The Vampire Diaries (2009):

CW

If there is one TV show I feel I must stay loyal to, it’s The Vampire Diaries. Sure, it has it’s ups and downs, but this is a show that I’ve been watching religiously for 6 years now. I read the books when I was younger, and when I heard there was a TV series being made, I was more than excited. 6 years later, here we still are, and I’m quite happy about it. I have had so many ships come and go, I’ve loved characters to only end up hating them, and started by loathing some characters to now loving them, it’s been a real roller-coaster of a ride. All I can really say is that after 6 years, I’m still hooked, it’s so much more than anything Twilight ever was.

Reasons to watch:

  • Sexy vampires, werewolves and witches? Yes please!
  • Now 6 seasons deep, this show still just keeps giving and giving.
  • You get a bit of bloody action, a bit of love action, a bit of funny action and a bit of sexy action. Put those ingredients together and you have yourself a good show.
Once Upon A Time (2011):

ABC

This is a show that I’ve been watching on and off. There are times when I am absolutely hooked and have to watch the next episode asap, and other times when I’m not too bothered about the next episode, buuuuuuut I’ll watch it anyway. I love the variety of fairytale characters they’ve been able to tie in though, they just keep giving and giving, and the way that many of these characters are connected within the story, from all their different lands is fascinating to learn.

Reasons to watch:

  • See your favourite story book characters come to life like you’ve never seen before.
  •  A lot of background stories to these famous characters that you might never have imagined.
  • Many a ship has sailed from this show, #CaptainSnow?
  • The way that the character’s stories are interwoven and connected is really fantastic. I think I literally watch it, just to see how they add another layer.

JUST FINISHED (Season Ended)

  • Pretty Little Liars (2010): What an “OMG WHAT?!” moment that season finale was. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re missing out.
  • The Musketeers (2014): Bad ass (sexy) guys who fight and ride horses in France (but with English accents, obviously). It’s a lot better than it sounds.
  • Broadchurch (2013): If you haven’t heard of this show, you’re hanging out with the wrong people. If you’ve heard of the show but haven’t watched it, you’re doing something wrong. You had one job guys. Also, David Tennant.
  • How To Get Away With Murder (2014): Ok ok ok. That ending though! Also this show is literally the best show about keeping the audience in the dark about like, everything. But in a good way. Can’t wait for it’s return.

COMING UP (Seasons about to start)

  • Game of Thrones (2011): Dragons. Oh also, it’s pretty much one of the best TV shows around.
  • Teen Wolf (2011): Don’t get thrown by the title. Been missing this show so much and can’t wait for it’s return. Also Dylan O’Brien is the definition of hilarious.
  • Downton Abbey (2010): Always down for some drama, can’t wait for it’s return. So sad to have bid farewell to some of my favourite characters though. Also, Barrow NEEDS more screen time.
  • Hemlock Grove (2013): This show just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Also, better and better.
  • Doctor Who (2005): I went to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff… Must I say anything more? Read: MEGA-FAN.
  • Sherlock (2010): THE WAIT IS UNBEARABLE.

TV WISH-LIST (Shows to watch/re-try in the future)

*watched, but not up to date

  • American Horror Story (2011)*
  • Arrow (2012)*
  • Baby Daddy (2012)*
  • Bates Motel (2013)
  • Finding Carter (2014)
  • Girls (2012)*
  • Lost Girl (2010)*
  • Orphan Black (2013)*
  • Rome (2005)
  • Supernatural (2005)*
  • The Originals (2013)*
  • The Royals (2015)
  • Vikings (2013)*
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