Annnnnd we’re back! That’s right, after a summer vacation, Fangirl Friday is back to bring you all the feels, lots of flailing and of course…even more FANGIRLS! I thought I would kick-off this feature’s return with one of my favorite things to do, besides reading of course. I’ve always been a television junkie. I’ve watched more tv then one probably should as a child, but I think I turned out ok so it’s all good! One of the things I love about tv is when you find that PERFECT show that just grabs you and won’t let go.
For the past 15 years or so, television shows have really taken things to the next level and binge watching your favorite shows has practically become a national pastime. So for today’s Fangirl Friday I’m sharing some of my all-time favorite shows that I love to binge.
I think this is where it all began for me. Before Alias came along I was an everyday run-of-the-mill television watcher. But when this show debuted I was OBSESSED! I mean never missed an episode, had various theories for various storylines all plotted out in my head and even had a silly little dance when the theme song played each week. Alias is the brain child of JJ Abrams, creator of Felicity, and he came up with the idea when he started wondering what would happen if Felicity were an undercover CIA agent. Fun fact…this show features one of my very first OTP’s before I even knew what an OTP was!
It stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a double-agent for the Central Intelligence Agency posing as an operative for SD-6, a worldwide criminal and espionage organization.
The main theme of the series explores Sydney’s obligation to conceal her true career from her friends and family, even as she assumes multiple aliases to carry out her missions. This theme is most prevalent in the first two seasons of the show. A major plotline of the series is the search for and recovery of artifacts created by Milo Rambaldi, a fictitious Renaissance-era figure with similarities to both Leonardo da Vinci and Nostradamus. – Wikipedia
Breaking Bad started off a little slow for me but once I got into it I was totally hooked. Thankfully my husband was obsessed as well, so we binged the entire series in about six weeks. It’s gritty, violent, dramatic and infuriating…and I absolutely LOVED it. Watching the rise and fall of Walter White was addictive and this series had one of the best finales I’ve ever seen!
It tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. – Wikipedia
This show, you guys! THIS SHOW!!! Maybe you’ve heard of it? I mean, there seems to a little buzz about it on Twitter, as a matter of fact you may see some enthusiastic tweets about it on Sunday nights? That’s me trying to be funny! Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television right now, and for good reason. It’s AMAZING! To be honest, I never really thought of Game of Thrones as a binge-worthy show, but then Ginger proved me totally wrong and watched all seven seasons in record time.
Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, Game of Thrones has several plot lines and a large ensemble cast but centers on three primary story arcs. The first story arc centers on the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms and follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the dynastic noble families either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from the throne. The second story arc focuses on the last descendant of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty, exiled and plotting a return to the throne. The third story arc centers on the longstanding brotherhood charged with defending the realm against the ancient threats of the fierce peoples and legendary creatures that lie far north, and an impending winter that threatens the realm. – Wikipedia
I read this book AGES ago and absolutely loved it. So when I found out there were bringing Claire and Jamie to life on the small screen I was a VERY excited book nerd. I was even more excited when I found out who they had cast. If you ask me, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe perfectly embody the two main characters and they do an amazing job of bringing them to life. It doesn’t hurt that the chemistry between them is crazy good, so the swoons on this show are completely off the charts! Season three starts in just a couple of days so you have plenty of time to get caught up!
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Developed by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Sony Pictures Television and Left Bank Pictures for Starz, the show premiered on August 9, 2014. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse who in 1945 finds herself transported back to the Scotland of 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings. – Wikipedia
As you may have guessed by now, I love a show with a strong female character! Well, it doesn’t get more badass than Jessica Jones. She’s a cranky, snarky, reluctant superhero and I don’t think I’ve binged a show as quickly as I binged this one! For all those Doctor Who fans out there, this show also features the beloved 10th Doctor, David Tennant!
Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City. – Wikipedia
To be completely honest, I had absolutely NO interest in this show when my husband started binging it several years ago. But like any nerdy fangirl, I got sucked in by the sci-fi goodness and halfway through the first season I think I was more obsessed than my husband.
Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant star system, where a civilization of humans live on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies had been at war with a cybernetic race of their own creation, known as the Cylons. With the unwitting help of a human scientist named Gaius Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden sneak attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. Out of a population numbering in the billions, only approximately 50,000 humans survive, most of whom were aboard civilian ships that avoided destruction. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the eponymous Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack. Under the leadership of Colonial Fleet officer Commander William “Bill” Adama (Olmos) and President Laura Roslin (McDonnell), the Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.
So, I’m pretty sure this show isn’t on the radar for most of you out there. I found it randomly while cruising Netflix and immediately clicked watch because I’m obsessed with all things Versailles. Apparently, it’s received mixed reviews but I was all about the over the top drama and sexiness of this one!
Versailles, 1667. Haunted by the trauma of the Fronde, as the nobles of his court begin to rebel against the monarchy, 28-year-old King Louis XIV of France and Navarre (George Blagden), in a Machiavellian political move, decides to make the nobility submit by imposing a definitive move of the court from Paris to Versailles, his father’s former hunting lodge. Trapped by their king’s “invitation”, the nobles of Paris gradually come to see the castle as a gilded prison, and soon even the most humble courtiers of the king begin to show their viciousness as the alcoves of secrets, politics, and war are maneuvered through, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality. – Wikipedia
Stranger Things was an instant hit and I am so glad I got on the bandwagon early! There’s so much to love about this show, it’s totally creepy, the kids are amazing and the music is perfection. But…I think what appealed to me most was the 80’s nostalgia. This show is like if Stephen King and Steven Spielberg had an epic 80’s baby!
Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy’s friends in their own search. The second season is set a year after the first, and deals with attempts of the characters to return to normal and consequences from that season.
The Duffer Brothers developed the series as a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements with childlike sensibilities, establishing its time frame in the 1980s and creating a homage to pop culture of that decade. Several themes and directorial aspects were inspired and aesthetically informed by the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King, among others. – Wikipedia
Watch on: Netflix
What I want to know is, what show should I binge watch next! Let me know in the comments below!
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