Hey everyone, happy Sunday! Today’s post is about all my favorite TV shows, in honor of Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt debuting on Netflix. Season 2 left us with such a cliffhanger that I can’t believe I’m not glued to my screen right now, already halfway through it. The things I do for my Uninspired readers :).
If one of your favorite TV shows is on a break, or if it *gasp* ENDED, and you feel ready to move on from your hangover, I have your cure right here. This is a list of my top ten favorite TV shows. They’re all available on Netflix, and they all have at least a healthy three seasons available. Some have as many as ten. Happy watching! I promise you’ll get hooked on at least one of these.
10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Yes, if you don’t know, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a comedy about a woman tackling New York City after living underground in a bunker for most of her life. A preacher (played by Jon Hamm, which I find hilarious in and of itself) convinced them that the world had ended. She acts like an 8-year-old most of the time, she lives in a shitty apartment owned by the very eccentric Lillian (Carol Kane) and her roommate is the flamboyant, sometimes cross-dressing Titus Andromedon, a wannabe actor (Tituss Burgess).
She finds a job as a babysitter for Jacqueline Vorhees, a rich, out-of-touch mom (Jane Krakowski) who is supposed to be a native american woman trying to be white. Which is uncomfortable and funny because Jane Krakowski is very white. It’s super funny and appeals to millennials because of it’s liberal lean and emphasis on the hardships of being an adult. Also, it’s produced by Tina Fey, and she makes appearances, which is amazing.
9. Young and Hungry
In Young and Hungry, Emily Osment plays Gabi. She’s a broke, young chef who gets a job working privately in the home of a rich bachelor. Of course, on the first day of her job, she sleeps with him. The rest of the show follows their ups-and-downs as a boss/employee, and couple/non-couple. It’s very cute and simple. Not the kind of show you need to watch intensely to understand. Part of the reason why I love it so much is the outfits Gabi and her roommate supposedly own. Suspension of disbelief plays a major role there. She wears like, four-inch heels and mini-skirts to work as a chef in some guy’s home. It’s ridiculous. But, again, it’s just one of those TV shows you watch for easy fun, not an intricate plot or deep characters.
This show wouldn’t normally be my style, but I started it when I had just finished the Gilmore Girls revival, and I was suffering from Lauren Graham withdrawal. It follows three generations of the Braverman family as they navigate very relatable struggles.
The matriarch and patriarch ( Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia) suffer from marital problems after becoming empty nesters. They have four kids, Adam (Peter Krause), Sarah (Lauren Graham), Julia (Erika Christensen) and Crosby (Dax Shephard). Adam has a son with Asperger’s, Sarah is a single mom struggling to keep her kids in line, Crosby has just found out that he has a son, and Julia is a busy lawyer mom who struggles to bond with her kids. There’s even more to it, of course, but they try to cover pretty much any family drama you could possibly imagine. It’s heartwarming and sweet, but not necessarily one of those easy TV shows to watch. There’s a lot of heartache and sadness, and a lot to keep up with.
7. Parks and Rec
Every day is the best day of the year for Leslie Knope, who works for her local government’s parks and recreation department. She brings sunshine and light to the otherwise dull world of town-level politics.
It’s filmed in a mocumentary format, like The Office (which is not on this list because I have not watched it *gasp*), and it follows Leslie around in her many adventures trying to create the best parks department in the world. It is slow at first. It took me five or six episodes to really care, and I had given up on it once before. But once someone convinced me to give it another shot, I was so glad that I had. It’s iconic, funny, full of quotable characters, and Amy Poehler is the lead. How could that ever be wrong? If only one of these shows is going to get you hooked, it’s probably this one!
6. Gossip Girl
The world does need Gossip Girl, Georgina Sparks. I loved this show because it’s just so indulgent. The juicy drama, the incredibly sexy people who are supposed to play high school students, the clothes…what’s not to like? I stayed away from it for so long because I couldn’t imagine what could be so interesting about a bunch of privileged teenagers frolicking around New York City, but I changed my mind real quick once I actually started watching. In the interest of full disclosure though, I have a serious girl crush on Leighton Meester. I would watch any of her TV shows just to look at her all the time. Still sad her and the prince didn’t work out. I love Chuck and everything, but come on, Blair is a princess.
5. Fixer Upper
I’m not gonna lie to ya’ll, I would throw away the thousands upon thousands of dollars I’ve spent on school if I had a chance to become the Joanna Gaines of the northeast. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s on HGTV, and it follows a couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, as they rehab “fixer upper” homes in and around Waco, Texas. They have four children, a working farm, a real estate empire, a novel, a magazine, a bakery, and a love of shiplap that rivals any great American romance I’ve ever heard of. They actually just removed it from Netflix for some absurd reason, but you can still catch it on HGTV, which I highly recommend.
4. New Girl
Don’t we all, Jessica Day.
Every character in this damn show is lovable and wonderful. They’re all so weird in their own ways, but they love each other so much that they make it work and I love them so much that sometimes when I watch for too long I forget I’m not one of them.
Woah, sorry. Accidental confession session there. New Girl follows Jess, who, in the beginning of the show is moving out of her boyfriend’s house because she had come home from work early and naked to surprise him, but she found him with another woman right in the middle of her sexual dance with their living room plant. She interviews with a few guys who are looking for a roommate because, as she says, their Craigslist ad made her think they were women. That’s how she ends up being the New Girl. It’s full of awkward humor that makes everyone uncomfortable, but it also brings you all closer together as one big happy family. Oh wait, not you, just them. Sorry, that pesky wishful thinking again.
3. Gilmore Girls
I don’t know anyone with a vagina who hasn’t watched this show if I’m being perfectly honest (and a little too graphic), but I’ll give a quick synopsis anyway. Lorelei and Rory Gilmore are a weirdly close mother-daughter duo living in the fictional Stars Hollow, Connecticut. It follows their lives from the time Rory is fifteen to when she graduates college.
It documents the struggles that both a child and a single mom can go through during those years. It’s heartwarming, funny in a dry sort of way where you won’t catch half the jokes if you’re not paying attention, and it’ll leave you wanting more at the end, I promise. I just learned from reading Lauren Graham’s memoir Talking As Fast As I Can that they didn’t know for sure if the finale was even going to be the finale, so they left hella strings loose. However, this left them the perfect opening for the revival which aired on Netflix in November. However however, I wanted more after the revival too, which is why I got Graham’s memoir for Christmas and started watching Parenthood.
2. Once Upon a Time
The only reason OUAT isn’t first is that it doesn’t appeal to as wide an audience as the one that took the spot. It’s a little science-fictiony, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s not usually mine, but this show, as you may have guessed, is about fairy tales. Fairy tales are my shit.
The main character, Emma, wishes for her twenty-eighth birthday that she didn’t have to be alone. As if by *magic* a little boy shows up at her door, claiming to be the child she gave up for adoption ten years prior. She gives him a ride home, and accidentally turns her life upside down when they arrive in Storybrooke, Maine.
Robert Carlyle is unbelievable as Rumpelstiltskin, and Lana Parilla is the most beautiful and incredible evil queen to ever grace a TV screen. I highly, highly recommend giving it a shot, even if you’re not normally into TV shows like this. The stories are so intricately woven together. They beautifully incorporate classic stories and new ones of their own. It’s full of both heartwarming morals and intense action, and even though we know good always wins, it’s so much fun to see how they make it happen.
1. How I Met Your Mother
Ta-daaaa! Number one on my list of favorite TV shows is How I Met Your Mother. It’s the show that you can bond with almost everyone over. Its insanely quotable, witty, heartfelt, and funny all at the same time. The kicker is that the kids knew the ending to the show the entire time! They recorded all of their parts in the beginning so they wouldn’t age. Can you even imagine? From 2005 to 2014 Lyndsy Fonesca and David Henrie kept one of the biggest secrets in American pop culture. To put it in perspective: the ENTIRE time David Henrie was on Wizards of Waverly Place, the secret of HIMYM was floating around his head. Government secrets get out to more people than this one did.
Also, have you all ever seen the episode where Marshall’s father passes away? There’s a countdown in that show to the moment it happens. It’s Season 6, episode 13 (Bad News), if you want to see for yourself. Even more incredible is the fact that Jason Segal’s script said that Lily was pregnant. When Lily said his father passed, his reaction– just looking at her and processing– was both his character and himself. I just got chills remembering. It was perfect.
Did any of your favorite TV shows make the list? Let me know which ones I missed in the comments! Below are some other honorable mentions, and TV shows I’m looking to start soon.
On My Future List
One Tree Hill
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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