asked me about my current favorite TV shows. This one's interesting to me, because for a long time I didn't watch any TV shows regularly. But lately I've picked up a few, so here goes.
1. Breaking Bad. Do I need to elaborate? It's brutal, but it's amazing.
The acting and writing are just top of the line all the way around. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are the most dysfunctional odd couple on TV. If you haven't watched, don't start now, catch up first on Netflix. It's probably the best show on TV right now, in my estimation.
2. Hell on Wheels. This one starts up again in a few weeks, and I'm looking forward to it. It's not the most evenly-paced show out there and the first part of the first season was sometimes achingly slow, but it picked up. The characterization is beautiful, and it has Colm Meaney -- always a plus -- and the attention to period detail is outstanding. Anson Mount plays a mean protagonist, and did I mention it's got Christopher Heyerdahl? In a way, all the characters on this show are minor characters -- the railroad is the star -- but for a historical/period piece, it's gripping.
3. Game of Thrones. I know it's on hiatus, and I know it's impossible to follow if you don't have some sort of foundation in the books, but it's lush and crazy and well-imagined. I don't necessarily agree with all the changes HBO's made from the source material, but I'm keeping an open mind. Season 1 was better than Season 2, in my opinion, but then again Season 2 has Jaqen. The acting is pretty beautiful, even if we have taken to calling Joffrey "Draco Junior." I miss Sean Bean, though.
4. Downton Abbey. Also on hiatus until the fall. I love love love
Maggie Smith in this show. She's enough of a reason to watch it -- her character is fantastic -- and in Season 3 we get Shirley MacLaine too. What's not to like?
Those are my current favorites! There are a few shows I won't generally turn off if they're in my line of sight (Chopped, House Hunters International, HIMYM, and sometimes BBT) but other than that, I'm not much of a TV watcher. I did watch all of Legend of Korra when that was on and enjoyed the hell out of it. I keep thinking there are more shows I should
watch, but TV's generally not on my radar screen. I tend to find it a distraction more than anything most of the time.