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12 of my favorite TV series

So I thought I’d write about my favorite TV series, because sometimes it can be difficult to decide what series to watch next, and we all have different tastes. Sometimes we might just be in the mood for something a little bit different.

While I don’t like to limit myself to a particular genre, I’ve found that I tend to mostly like shows that have a female lead, so I guess I might be kind of a girly girl afterall.

Anyway, here goes…..

  1.      Scandal

     

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    So my absolute favorite show at the moment is Scandal. Some of you might be familiar with this action-drama based mostly along the corridors of the White House. I know many of us girls have ogled Olivia Pope’s beautiful beautiful coats. This show stars the beautiful Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a very tough political strategist who has her foot very firmly in the White House. The past six seasons have taken us (mostly spellbound in our seats) through a plot that has taken so many twists and turns, but has always centred around the person sitting in the Oval office.

    I hope that if you do decide to join the many fans of this show, that it brings you as much pleasure as it’s brought me.

  2. Gilmore Girls

     

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    This is my favorite show of ALL time. It focuses on Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel), a single mum and her daughter, who live in the sleepy town of Stars Hollow. We follow our darling Rory from her teenage years through her University days to where she becomes an independent adult.

    Her mum, Lorelai, having had Rory at a very tender age, is also going through a journey of her own, as she tries to get her love life and career in sync  with her dreams.

    I started watching this show as a teenager myself, and I was entranced by Alexis. She always looked, to me, as though she had been dressed by angels. I can’t even describe why I felt that way, or what it even means. But there you have it.

    I loved these two girls, and I really enjoyed taking the journey with them. Even my six-year-old daughter loved the theme song, Where You Lead by Carole King.

     

  3.       Girlfriends

     

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    I’m not sure how many of you are Diana Ross fans (I do like her, not a fan), but Tracee Ross definitely has my vote! In this show, she starts out as a financially buoyant lawyer. Her beautiful home serves as a setting for a significant portion of the show.

    She has 3 main girlfriends, Maya (Golden Brooks), Lynn (Persia White) and Toni (Jill Marie Jones). Her co-worker, William (Reggie Hayes), also forms part of the group. Later in the show, one or two of William’s girlfriends also join the group for short periods.

    This is a very interesting series, but like many fans, I was very disappointed when it was pulled abruptly in the eighth season. Still, it entertained me for many a night.

     

  4. Alias

     

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    If you like spy shows, then this is a really nice one. Jennifer Garner stars as Sydney Bristow, a CIA agent who works with her father. We follow her through several missions in this engaging series. The plot does get very deep and twisted at times, but it never gets boring.

     

  5. Covert Affairs

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    Although I started watching Alias initially because Jennifer Garner was in it (I just love her), I developed a taste for CIA-based shows. I was in seventh heaven when Covert Affairs was piloted, because it seemed right up my alley. And it was!

    Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is a pretty, charming and confident CIA agent. She works with Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham), her blind handler. The attraction between these two is unmistakable from the moment they meet.

    While we wait for them to give in to their feelings, Annie Walker takes us through several CIA missions.I felt that this show really showed a lot of background family issues relating to spy work. This was a good thing, as it made us relate to the characters as individuals, and not just people in suits carrying out exciting work.

  6. Suits

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    Although I got interested in legal dramas after watching the Good Wife, Suits is my favorite legal series. I love the power play and friendship between the leading characters.I love the way Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) always have a trick or two up their sleeves, no matter how tight a corner they get into.

    I must admit that i’ve found the latest season (season 7) a bit boring, with a little too much focus on Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman). Still, I enjoy the show and I’m sad that it will wrap up after this season. Let’s hope they get renewed for season 8.

  7.  White Collar

     

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    Although this series is now concluded, it centres around Neal (Matt Bomer), a former art thief turned confidential informant for the FBI.

    Neal develops a deep bond with his handler, Peter (Tim DeKay). The series takes us through Neal’s past life as an art thief, and he is sometimes compromised by his love for the girl he was dating when he was arrested.

    It’s a really interesting series, and I was really sorry when it ended, as all good things must.

  8. The Good Wife

     

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    This was the first legal drama I became interested in. The series follows Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) as she reenters the job market after being a stay-at-home mum. The move is forced on her following a public scandal after her husband, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth, remember Mr. Big from Sex and the City?) cheated on her. He was a public figure who went to jail for political corruption.

    Alicia had no choice but to find a way to rekindle her law career, since she became financially responsible for the household. She fell on her feet rather nicely, thanks to a friend from school, Will Gardner (Josh Charles), who helped her get a job at his law firm. I really enjoyed this series.

  9. Orange is the New Black

     

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    This is a series based on true life events. It follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) as she goes to jail for drug crimes committed during her wild years. She meets a lot of nice and sometimes quirky characters while imprisoned.
  10. House of Cards

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    House of Cards follows Frank and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) in their quest for the highest office in the United States. While they eventually reach their goal, a lot of lives are lost, and relationships destroyed.

    These two give a new meaning to the words ‘power couple’, and they are absolutely ruthless.

  11. Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce

     

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    I have to say, I only discovered this series by accident, and it’s been a really good find!

    Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) is the author of self-help books relating to marriage and raising children. She comes under fire when it is discovered that her own marriage her broken down. She loses credibility and has to re-invent her brand of writing. When she becomes the new face of divorce, she becomes popular again. However, a series of scandals lead the public to lose faith in her again.

    In spite of all the issues she went through, Abby has a great support system consisting of her divorced friends and her former spouse, Jake (Paul Adelstein).

    This is a really great series that highlights a lot of the issues people face after divorce, such as issues with the ex, parenting and co-parenting issues, financial issues and getting back into the dating scene. Although I must say, I did wonder how these women were able to hang out together so much. One of the issues that single parents face is a lack of a social life due to childcare issues, especially when there are financial restrictions. I don’t think that the series highlighted this issue. But I get that in order for the show to appeal to its audience, the characters must spend a significant amount of time together.

     

  12. Drop Dead Diva

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    Drop Dead Diva is about a model that died and came back to earth in an overweight lawyer’s body. While this show is really girly (even for me), I really enjoyed the storyline.

    I was entranced by the main character, Jane Bingham (Brooke Elliott). In spite of the fact that she didn’t conform to the usual standards of beauty due to her size, she was really confident and radiant. It must have helped that Brooke Elliott is beautiful, but in the series, Jane captivated everyone with her strong sense of self. As a result, I was really inspired by this movie. It’s just a reminder that the only thing limiting us is ourselves.

     

    So there you have it, this is what I get up to on my ‘Netflix and chill’ days (not all of these shows are available on Netflix, by the way). I hope this helps on a day when you are trying to decide which series to watch next. I would like to hear some of your favorite shows. I’m always looking for new interesting series to watch.

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

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