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Thirteen Things about MissMeliss
13 Shows I Love to Watch

  1. Degrassi: I started watching the original when I still was a teenager and it aired on our local PBS station, and I’ve come back to its current incarnation, which can be found, here in the States, on The N. While it does tend to wrap up issues within the half hour, it’s also full of talented kids playing interesting characters.
  2. The Dresden Files: I called this show “cozy paranormal” in comments on a favorite author’s LiveJournal, just a few hours ago. Based on a fabulous series of mystery/fantasy novels by Jim Butcher, and starring Paul Blackthorne and Terrance Mann, this is becoming my new favorite show. Quirky, funny, and nicely dark, the adventures of Harry Dresden, wizard, are never boring, and while it isn’t true to the letter of the books, it’s true to their spirit.
  3. ER: I know, I know. But I’ve been watching it for so long it seems a shame to stop now.
  4. Eureka: Another of SciFi’s shows. This quirky dramedy kept me watching all last summer, and I’ve read it’ll be back with a new season this year. Sort of like Northern Exposure with geeks and gadgetry.
  5. Gilmore Girls: I started watching it quite by accident, and instantly fell in love, I think because so many of Rory and Lorelai’s conversations remind me of me and my own mother.
  6. Heroes: Fuzzy and I had one show in the new line-up last fall, that we were both intrigued by, and this was it. Almost an entire season later, we’re even more into it than we originally were. I love that seemingly “stock” characters are given depth and dimension, that the teenaged character is played by an actual teenager, and that Greg Grunberg is in it.
  7. House: I caught an episode of this from 2005 one night when I thought Monk was going to be on. Hugh Laurie’s credible American accent, and his snarky style, quickly hooked me. Now? I’m watching new eps at the beginning of the week and prior-season reruns later in the week, and I cannot get enough of this show.
  8. Inside the Actors Studio: Caught more in reruns these days than original airings, it’s still one of my favorite shows on tv. A recent episode featuring Chris Rock changed my perspective on him, and the Mike Myers episode is one of my all-time favorites.
  9. Instant Star: Another Canadian kids show found on The N, this show about a teenaged girl becoming a rock star is just fun. Also, the music is surprisingly good.
  10. Lost: Even though forward plot momentum is not a strong point of this series, I’m still eager for each new episode. Tonight’s seemed a little too much like filler, but it was enjoyable filler. However, it must be said: More Sayid, please.
  11. Monk: Tony Shalhoub as the obsessive-compulsive San Francisco detective came into my life one day when we still lived in California, and I wasn’t feeling well. I spent a lovely afternoon on the couch watching a Monk marathon, and haven’t stopped watching since.
  12. Smallville: Despite the “no flights, no tights” policy the show has maintained since day one, I really enjoy this version of the Superman legend. Tom Welling is lovely to look at, and Michael Rosenbaum made Lex Luthor one of my favorite characters on television. I like that they’re blending the original comic book tales with original stories, and I get a kick out of the references to the various shows, movies, and body of work, that they drop into each episode.
  13. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: I may never forgive NBC if this doesn’t return – especially since they pulled it in favor of the suckful “The Black Donnellys.” While Stuido 60 is no West Wing, it had the potential to become a solid, steady, entertaining show. Also, the box is just not as compelling without Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue being spoken on a regular basis (preferably by Bradley Whitford).

Also of note: Both Stargates, and Project Runway, are shows I rarely miss when they’re on, but I’m a little miffed at the former, and the latter is between seasons.

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