As much of a TV buff I pretend to be, I have definitely missed the boat on some major hits over the years and only jumped on either way after the boat had arrived at its destination or was (hopefully) still afloat.
This metaphor is terrible. What I mean to say is that I'm constantly going backwards to older hit shows in the hopes that I would become a fan along with the legions of people who kept those shows going when they were still on.
I definitely did, and now I think you should too. Here are some shows that you should definitely check out when you're looking for your next obsession.
The West Wing
This is by far my favourite television show of all time and I started watching it about 10 years after it went off the air. I'm probably the least politically savvy person I know, but for some reason this show resonated with me on so many levels. Even the later, less remarkable seasons were still some of the best television I've ever seen. It also has my very favourite TV character of all time, C.J. Cregg played to perfection by Alison Janney. Here's one of my favourite clips of her on the show:
From the writing, to the characters, to the very famous walk-and-talks, The West Wing remains poignant and relevant even a decade later.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
There's gotta be at least one comedy on this list and It's Always Sunny fills this spot nicely. I've spoken before about my weird love for this show that actually evolved from a mild distaste for it. Once I was able to just let the awfulness of the characters go, I found myself totally engrossed with these modern-day Seinfeld-ian assholes. This show is bonkers in the best way and you really learn to love to hate each and every one of the protagonists in their own terrible way. Thankfully, this show is still going strong, having just finished its 10th season, with the writers already prepping for an 11th.
But, if you don't find this funny, you are going to hate the show:
I talked yesterday in my Fangirl Friday about how obsessed I already am with The X-Files only half a season in. Though probably the least bingeable of all the shows mentioned (most of the episodes could be considered stand-alone), once you are in Mulder and Scully's world, it's hard to extricate yourself. The mystery, the conspiracies, the holy-hot chemistry between the two leads will keep you coming back for more.
Also, as terrible as the opening credits are, you cannot deny how amazing the theme song is:
Basically all Joss Whedon Shows
Or at least the three early ones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. These shows were MASSIVE hits in the sci-fi/geekdom community and it's honestly a pity how long it took me to watch them all. Buffy is my favourite of the three (yes, I like it more than Firefly) but all three were such vital TV watching experiences. The female characters were so multi-dimensional and different and strong and flawed, the dialogue was witty and clever and heartbreaking, and the storylines were unconventional and weird and amazing. Best to watch Buffy and Angel simultaneously as there is some cross-over.
Also, Buffy managed to pull off one of the best musical episodes of a series ever (excuse the Spanish subtitles):
So what are you guys bingeing these days?