I am not sure what it says about me that I am this thrilled to have some TV shows returning but I am OVER THE MOON that Downton Abbey and Girls both start back up this coming week.
I know they couldn't be more polar opposite, Downton being sort of classy because it is a period drama but anyone who watches it knows it puts a big ol' pile of soap in the opera with its cheesy twists and turns. I am just sad that I can't attend a viewing party this weekend at my boss's house because it would mean I wouldn't be home until close to 10:30pm on a school night and mind you, that is pretty late for me since I get up at 5:30am now to work out.
Girls is more controversial but for me it is more of a feeling I get from it, that I am watching some sort of new and independent cinema like back in the day before I was a mom when my biggest hobby was going to film festivals to see the quirky indies from around the globe. I also think it rings true to what it is like being a woman in her early 20s trying to navigate love and sex when you aren't sure what you want, what you think you want, and what is expected of you. I remember what it is was like to be both simultaneously a door mat and an asshole in those early relationships.
I also appreciate that the writer/director/star is not afraid to make her character so entirely unlikable and she is more than willing to show her less than typically perfect body on TV.
So yes, I am a fan of Lena Dunham. I loved her first foray with her film Tiny Furniture and I love her show.
I would worry that my love and excitement for TV show returns would say something about the narrowness of my life now but my longtime friend reminded me how when I was a teenager I wouldn't go out on Saturday nights if there was a new Dr. Who episode and in college, before the advent of the DVR, I had to be in front of a TV for any new episode of Twin Peaks so if the phone rang or there was some sort of social event going on, forget about it.
Therefore I admit it, I own my TV Junkieness.
Here are my favorite shows in no real order:
Vampire Diaries - don't laugh, it has awesome pacing
True Blood (hmm, sensing a theme)
Parks and Recreation
Once Upon a Time
Ricky Gervais show (when is the new season?)
Shows I will watch with B but can take or leave: Mad Men. I know, I should love it more but eh? B loves it though.
Do you have any shows to recommend?