List: CJ’s Favorite Shows of All Time
Posted by CJ Cregg on August 25, 2009
This list will undoubtedly brand me as a much more modern enjoyer of TV. (A huge contrast with Mr. Feeny, I suspect.) While I have seen every episode of Boy Meets World, Growing Pains, and Full House, the shows that continue to resonate with me are the ones I have watched most recently. Thus, I bring you my favorite shows EVER.
Top 10 Shows of all Time
1) The West Wing-This should come as no surprise, but I LOVE this show. Aaron Sorkin does a fantastic job with character development, and his witty banter is bar-none tops. CJ Cregg (Allison Janney) is my favorite character (no, really?) because of her earnestness, intelligence (yay female empowerment), and her tendency to become passionately involved in the issues. Watching her grow from White House press secretary to chief of staff is a true journey for the viewer. Of course, Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), Charlie Young (Dule Hill), and POTUS himself, Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) are all fantastic characters as well. A familiar Sorkin cast also includes Josh Malina, Rob Lowe (ROB LOWE!), and Teri Polo. Other famous actors include Kristin Chenoweth, Gary Cole, Alan Alda, and Mary-Louise Parker. A great cast, great writing, and great premise make this show even better than the sum of its parts. This may be the only show in which I can say I have seen each episode (from all 7 seasons) more than 3 times. I have watched this show more than I have watched any other show on TV. It’s like comfort food for me. For those that are curious, my favorite episode is from season 4, “20 hours in America.” In addition to time zone errors, missed buses, and a truck that ‘runs’ on corn, this episode also has a brief appearance by Amy Adams. Close seconds for favorite episode include from season 1: “The Crackpots and These Women” and “Lord John Marbury. From season 2: “Shibboleth.” From season 4: “Privateers.” I could write about this show for hours, but I’ll stop now.
Enjoy this clip from “20 Hours in America.”
And this clip with CJ Cregg from another episode. No explanation needed.
2) Pushing Daisies-A show that is surprisingly tongue in cheek, clever, and self aware. I love shows that are self aware. I love the use of the narrator; it truly makes the show unique. I have raved about this show in other places, so I will save the column inches here, and point you to that earlier post.
3) How I Met Your Mother-Another show I have raved about before. Clever, funny, like one big inside joke. I seriously wish Ted, Lily, Marshal, and Barney were my friends. And for the record, I’m pretty sure “The Naked Man” would work on me. See my other thoughts on the show above.
4) Gilmore Girls-Many people abandoned this show around season 5 or 6, but I stuck with it, and I have to say, it was good for all 7 seasons. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) had a snarky sense of humor that never got old, and while Rory (Alexis Bledel) was a bit too goody goody at times, I really enjoyed watching her grow up. I took great pleasure in seeing Rory in college. My favorite character on the show as probably Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) because she was so self righteous and out of touch with reality most of the time. Richard Gilmore (Edward Hermann) was also quite funny. The small town recurring characters such as Ms. Patty, Suki, and Kirk also added much to the show. I agree that it was a good choice to end the series when it ended, but I think it sustained all 7 seasons quite well. ABC Family plays reruns weekday afternoons, so if you haven’t seen this coming-of-age drama, check it out.
5) Brothers and Sisters-Politics, families, and Rob Lowe. Have I mentioned Rob Lowe? (Although for those who haven’t seen the show, he’s kind of [ok more than kind of] a big jerk in Brothers and Sisters.) Plus, the family business is called Ojai Foods, which always brings a smile to my face.Greek-Sorry to be repetitive. This guilty pleasure makes me nostalgic for college like you wouldn’t believe. Thus, in an attempt to reminisce about my life when it was much more fun, I watch every season.
6) Greek-Sorry to be repetitive. This guilty pleasure makes me nostalgic for college like you wouldn’t believe. Thus, in an attempt to reminisce about my life when it was much more fun, I watch every season.
7) The Unusuals-The best show on TV this spring for sure. Sadly, seems that I was the only one that thought that. ABC only aired about 12 episodes before the show got the boot. The writers just did such a fantastic job building likeable, quirky characters and making their relationships so deep and interesting. Read more about why I was so devastated when this show got canceled here.
8 ) Sex and the City-I suspect this is a show that will be on my list and my list alone. (Any closet SATC fans, Mr. Feeny or Mr. Moltisanti?) Perhaps kind of cliche, but I love this show. I love New York City, cosmopolitans, and Manolo Blahniks. Their glamorous lifestyle yet continual struggle with the male half of the population was a perfect mix of escapism and ‘stuff I could relate to.’ While I tend to be skeptical of voice overs, I found many of Carrie Bradshaw’s ruminations on relationships to be quite apt. (For our female readers who may be curious, I always identified the most with Charlotte, but I have a bit of Carrie in me too.) TBS plays reruns on weeknights, so if you need your fix (as I so often do myself), SATC is usually not too hard to find on the air.
9) Project Runway-While I certainly don’t consider myself a fashionista (I tend to wear what JCrew and Banana Republic tell me to wear), it’s fun to watch other people’s creative minds at work. Heidi Klum’s accent makes her criticisms so much more entertaining, and Michael Kors’s brutal honesty can be shocking. Read my ruminations on the current season here.
10) Wipeout-Big Balls. That is all. Here’s a teaser for you: