Monday, August 17, 2009

The Definitive List of Adam Rucker's Favorite TV Shows

I have the habit of saying that one show or another is "my FAVORITE" TV show or "the BEST TV show ever," so in order to clear up confusion, I thought I'd take a moment to create a definitive listing of my favorite TV shows.

Let's begin (by category):

Reality (competition): SURVIVOR:I was a late comer to this show. I didn't really start watching until the last few seasons when I upgraded to an HDTV. Yall, this show is magnificently beautiful in its high definition presentation and the drama amongst the contestants is nearly unmatchable. I mean, who WOULDN'T be feisty after a diet of rice and boiled water for 40 days?

Honorable Mention: "The Amazing Race." Teams of two on a race around the world? Sign me up. No really, I would love to be on this show.

Also "Big Brother," CBS's somewhat trashy indoor version of SURVIVOR. It's embarrassing to admit that I watch it, but it is totally addicting. (PS: Team Jeff & Jordan for this season!)

Reality (docu): Man vs. Wild:Bear Grylls is a beast. He will literally eat anything to survive during his adventures. Man vs. Wild shows you how to live in the harshest of climates and survive in the most difficult of situations, should you ever be stranded in the wild. Bear takes on a different terrain in every episode and shows you different ways to make the best of what you're dealing with.

Honorable Mention: "Ace of Cakes." This show will put your cowboys and Indians birthday cake from the third grade to shame. Ace of Cakes profiles a bakery's different cake assignments and takes you through the process of each cake's carefully planned out artistic design and execution.

Drama (action): LOST:This could also probably be considered as my all-time favorite show ever. If you aren't a Lostie yet, BECOME one. You have four months to catch up on the first five seasons before the sixth and final season begins in 2010. There is so much creativity and unexpected twists and turns in this show it'll make you want to throw up, but in a good way. Season one is quite possibly the greatest season of television ever to air. I can't say enough. Just watch it.

Honorable Mention: "24." No reason other than Jack Bauer is the bomb dot com.

Also Glenn Close's "Damages" is a great and often frightening show about the behind-the-scenes life of a high profile lawyer who will do ANYTHING to win.

Drama (drama): Friday Night Lights:Quite possibly the most unappreciated show on television, FNL delves into the lives of several teenagers and their families in a football-centric small Texas town. Being from Texas myself I can connect to the characters very easily. But I think that this show is so well-made that anyone, Texan or not, and football lover or not, can connect to it (I'm not the biggest football fan myself). The show is filmed at real locations in Austin, Texas, and never uses a soundstage. The great amount of improvisation allowed in scenes with skilled actors like Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton also adds to the authentic feel of the show, making it more real than an episode of "The Hills."

Honorable Mention: the first few seasons of "Grey's Anatomy." It's kinda gone off the deep end as of late with all its inter-cast drama.

Also "Brothers & Sisters" is a great show about a large family headed up by Sally Field. They do a good job of showing the dynamics of a very dramatic and very loving family.

Sit-Com: How I Met Your Mother:Quite possibly the smartest sitcom on television, HIMYM is a series based on a man telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. Each episode takes you further along the journey of Ted Moseby meeting his wife. The strong cast made up of a few household names, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, as well as some lesser knowns, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, and Jason Segel (of Forgetting Sarah Marshall fame) perfectly click as a group of friends who are the main characters in the stories from Ted Moseby's life. This show is really smart and really hilarious. And again, is very underappreciated (though recently it has been gaining more attention). Plus, what's not to love about a show featuring guest spots from the universally loved Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and a recovering Britney Spears?

Honorable mention: Tina Fey's "30 Rock." No explanation really needed. It's awesome, but the episodes can be hit or miss.

Classic TV Show: I Love Lucy. This show is in a category of its own. It's like how Oprah takes herself out of the running for daytime Emmys cuz she knows she'll always win. It really was revolutionary and ahead of its time. It introduced the now standard practice of multi-camera shooting on a stage and remakes of its gags can still be seen on most every sit-com out there today. Really, how many times have you seen some version of the chocolate factory gag on TV? A LOT. I could watch reruns of this show all day long, and I do. There will never be a better show ever. Really. Ever.

So there you have it, those are my favorite shows on television (as of right now).

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iamrobyn said...

Embarrassing that you watch BB?! No way! It's everything reality TV is supposed to be. :)

I'm glad you watch it though... and Survivor. Otherwise who would I tweet about it with??

I didn't realize that you watch B&S as well! I just started watching it (and Desperate Housewives and Grey's) last season. Love them all!