It’s Thursday and it’s time for another light and fun post!
This week, I want to share with you five TV shows that are not airing anymore, but that I was obsessed with (and maybe still am today, ha!). Ready?
You saw that one coming, right? If you read my Ten Random Facts About Me post, this is not a surprise.
Lorelai Gilmore, 32, lives in the quirky small town of Stars Hollow, CT, with her super smart 16 year-old daughter/best friend, Rory. When Rory gets accepted to Chilton, an excellent but very pricey private school, Lorelai has no choice but to ask help from her rich parents, with whom she has a stranded relationship ever since she left home as a teenager, when Rory was still a baby. The series follow the lives of three generations of Gilmore, their friends and their romantic interests.
I think it’s safe to say that Gilmore Girls is my favorite T.V. show ever. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever love a show as I love this one.
I was almost 18 when I watched the first episode, completely by accident, and I fell hard, immediately. This is one of the only shows that I religiously taped (yes, taped, on a VHS. I’m an old crane) every week. I would go crazy if I missed an episode. Actually, I discovered streaming and downloading because of Gilmore Girls (it was another time… I’m legally watching shows now, I promise!). It also made me discover spoilers… I could never get enough of my girls!
When I first watched, I related so much to Rory. We were almost the same age and we both loved school, writing and reading. Of course, she had a much cooler life than mine, but that’s the point, right? I lived vicariously through her. I was involved in fan forums, discovered what “shipping” means and was clearly Team Jess, before becoming Team Logan. My planner was filled with GG quotes and doodles.
Nowadays, I’m closer in age to Lorelai and when I rewatch episodes, I relate more to her. I love her self-confidence and her quirks. I was ecstatic when they announced they would revive the show on Netflix and I know not everyone was a fan of the reboot, but personally, I LOVED it. Anything to give me my Gilmore fix 😉
Veronica Mars,16, is a pariah in her own town, Neptune, CA. Her best friend, Lily, was killed the year before and when Veronica’s dad, Keith, who used to be sheriff, accused Lily’s dad of the murder, everyone turned against them. Including Veronica’s mother, who left them. A year later, Lily’s death is still a mystery and Veronica is determined to find out what truly happened to her friend.
The teen-sleuth drama only lasted three seasons but boy, oh boy was I INVESTED. I loved that show from the first minute I watched it. A colleague told me about it and lent me the first season DVD set. I loved it so much that I went to buy my own, and the second season at the same time, the very next day. I watched all 44 episodes in less than a week. I’m not lying. I was breathing Veronica Mars. Even though the third season was not as good and left us with a disappointing ending when the show was cancelled, I still watched and loved it.
I’ve rewatched all episodes more than once and I’ve even used them in class, when I teach English, sometimes. Students love them, too! I’m telling you, it’s a universally loved series.
As with GG, I was Team Logan (or “LoVe” as they’re sweetly dubbed by fans). I was over the moon when Rob Thomas, the creator, and Kristen Bell announced their Kickstarter campaign and the movie got made. I went to see it all on my own, because no one I know is as obsessed as I am, sadly. Oh, and I own the two novels written by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham set in the Veronica Mars universe, too.
How I Met Your Mother
Ted, a 27 year-old architect, lives in New York with his two best friends, Lily and Marshall, who have been together since college. When the pair gets engaged, Ted realizes he’s ready to find The One, too. The story is told by an older voiceover Ted to his future children, in 2030, and explains to them (and us), in many details, twists and turns and shenanigans, how Ted finally met their Mother.
I stumbled onto HIMYM while I was in Hawaii, on a few days layover before coming back home after spending the last six months in Australia. The girl I shared my room with was watching it and told me I had to see this new sitcom that was like a new Friends.
I’m so glad I listened to her! It was the New Year’s episode, with Lily and Marshall trying to find each other in the craziness that is Manhattan on December 31st and I laughed so much! And wasn’t that Dr. Doogie, in a completely different role? I was immediately hooked.
When I got home, I caught reruns of the episodes I had missed and for the next nine years, I watched every week, wondering who the elusive “mother” would turn out to be. This show made me laugh, but also cry and feel all the feels. I love all the characters, I can’t choose a favorite. The fifth season is my all-time favorite.
And because I’m such a geek, every May, I would pray for the show’s renewal. As the years went by, more and more people realized what a gem HIMYM was and when the finale aired, I was as disappointed as the millions of people tuning in by the ending. When I rewatch it now, I stop at the second-to-last episode. It’s perfect.
In 2004, Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles crashes on (what looks like) a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific. While many passengers die in the accident, some of them survive and have to find a way to stay alive in this strange environment. Because it becomes clear really fast that they did not land on an ordinary island when they found traces of human occupancy and some supernatural forces start to manifest.
Another show I couldn’t miss from one week to another. It’s not like that anymore, is it? Every Thursday, I was in front of my small screen, biting my nails as I watched those stranded strangers, survivors of a plane crash, discover the mysterious island they landed on.
The smoke monster! The hatch! The Others! So many twists and turns! I loved learning about the characters from flashbacks and rooting for people who were so flawed yet so lovable.
Before the advent of Game of Thrones, Lost was one the first T.V. shows to kill off major characters unexpectedly. It made me cry, and jump and cheer. It was a show filled with philosophical questions and easter eggs and I loved it.
When the finale (which I adored, by the way) aired, I was in New York with friends for the weekend and I decided to stay at the hostel to watch it instead of going out with them. They thought I was nuts. I never regretted it. That night spent on my own in a small living room, tears streaming down my face, is one of my fondest memories. It’s me.
It’s 1912 and Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham and father to three girls, learns of the Titanic sinking. His family is devastated, since Robert’s cousin and heir was on the ship. The Grantham title and ownership of the family manor upon Robert’s death now falls to an unknown distant cousin, Matthew Crawley, a solicitor, much to the dismay of the Earl’s older daughter, Mary. The series follows the family and their servants as they come to terms with this reality, live through war, fall in and out of love, and everything in between, over the course of a decade.I discovered that show with my parents. I was staying with them because I was not in a good place (maybe I’ll tell you more about that time of my life in an upcoming post) and my mother suggested we start watching it as a family. She had bought the first season’s DVDs after someone told her Downton Abbey was good. We’ve always been fans of the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and thought this was right up our alley.
We were right. I loved watching what happened to the Crawleys, but also to their servants. It was so entertaining and so different from my own life. I love british television in general and Downton Abbey holds a dear place in my heart.
Maggie Smith as the cheek in tongue Lady Crawley was simply delicious. And I loved seeing how society evolved and changed during the 20th century through the eyes of two different types of people. I got attached to everyone on that show (yes, even Thomas and Lady Mary, although I sometimes wanted to slap her) and felt for every joy and pain they lived.
I seriously could have named so many other great T.V. shows, because let’s face it, I’m an addict. But those are my top five favorites. Maybe one day I’ll tell you about my next five favorites 😉
Are you a fan of any of these shows? Or have I inspired you to go and watch them? Which past series are a must watch for you? Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook on or Instagram!
Until next time,