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2012 Top 10 Worst Shows

Everything has an opposite.  Up has down.  Yin has Yang.  And best has worst.  I’m not going to rain on their parade too much by going into detail on each show the way I did for the best list.   But I will give some explanations at the bottom of the list.  Without further ado, here are the shows I felt were the worst in 2012, again in no particular order:

  1. Glee
  2. Work It
  3. 90210
  4. Whitney
  5. American Horror Story
  6. House of Lies
  7. Guys with Kids
  8. Two and A Half Men
  9. The Killing
  10. Rules of Engagement

Some of these shows, I can’t believe they are still on the air (Whitney, Two and A Half Men, and Rules of Engagement.)   I’m still trying to figure out how Work It even made to the air last spring…yikes!

My biggest issues were with The Killing and Glee.  The Killing started out so promisingly and then completely pulled the rug out from under us with not revealing who killed Rosie at the end of the 1st season like everyone in the world was led to believe would happen.   Then to top it off, Veena Sud, the showrunner, came out and was so thoroughly obnoxious in the media in regards to her show.  She basically said that anyone who didn’t like her show, lacked the intelligence to understand what she was trying to tell us.  Really?  How about instead of ripping your audience (who then tuned out for season 2 resulting in your show being cancelled) you reflect on how you can make what was a good product, better?  Nope.  Instead, season 2 was an even bigger mess than season 1 and eventually we learned it was the aunt that killed her by accident.  No punch was packed.  No one cared.  And no one watched.

Glee, ugh.  That show should have had the plug pulled on it two seasons ago.  What is on the air this year is completely unwatchable (like many episodes in previous seasons.)  The only part I really care about is what happens with Rachel and Kurt in NYC.  They should have just cancelled Glee and run with a spin-off featuring Rachel and Kurt in NYC.  I couldn’t care less about what is happening at McKinley.  Seriously, Santana who’s in college, is playing Rizzo in a high school production of Grease?   Is there something worse than Jumping the Shark we can use to describe Glee?  I don’t think so.   If someone can think of one, let me know.

Usually these types of lists stir up debate and I’m curious to see if you agree with any of these choices or think I’m completely off my rocker.  Just keep in mind, my list has nothing to do with ratings, critical acclaim, or anything else.  Just my own personal opinion based on episodes that aired in 2012.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Ranking/Lists, Top 10

 

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2012 Top 10 Best Shows

Best is a subjective word in this context. I define “best” as what I enjoyed the most. Not what was most popular or what had the best ratings or what was the most critically acclaimed. But what show I throughly enjoyed watching from start to finish in 2012. Here is my Top 10 Best Shows of 2012 (in no particular order):

  1. The Good Wife
    1. Year in and year out, this show is one of the best on TV. From the acting to the writing to everything in between, you can never go wrong with TGW and as long as it’s on the air, it will be on my list. Team Peter!!! You know I had to get that in.
  2. Homeland
    1. Many people questioned whether or not a show like Homeland could sustain it’s intensity and compelling story telling season after season. Maybe this was better as a Mini-Series than ongoing show. Season 2 proved that Homeland still has it and it set itself up for moving in a different direction with the core of the cast into Season 3. So many twists and turns and tying up lots of loose ends towards the end of the season made up for a relatively slow early part to the season. The only hiccup was the Dana storyline, but other than that, Homeland was outstanding and might net Claire Danes and Damien Lewis back-to-back Emmy wins.
  3. Parenthood
    1. This show never gets the love it deserves. But similar to The Good Wife, Parenthood just cranks out stellar episode after stellar episode with an amazing cast to back it up. This season really kicked up the Kleenex factor with Kristina’s cancer story line as well as with some fantastic performances from Monica Potter, Peter Krause, Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria, and Erika Christinsen.
  4. Suits
    1. My father told me to start watching this show last summer. And what started as a smug, campy show, has turned into a very well written, well acted show that has me deeply invested in each one of these characters. From Donna being fired to Louis and Harvey’s rivalry. From Mike losing the one person in his life who meant the world to him to Jessica doing everything she can to save her firm from Hardman, I care about each one of these characters. Suits gave us more insight as to why these characters are the way that they are while still leaving a whole bunch of mystery and intrigue. And I’m in 100% Where Harvey Spector goes, I will follow!
  5. Castle
    1. This was the year Caskett shippers. Our favorite crime solving duo was getting together and Andrew Marlowe didn’t disappoint. Not only did their pairing not spoil the show, it’s made it even stronger. Now that Beckett knows who was behind her mother’s murder, it’s just a matter of how she will handle it moving forward. Now if only they can take care of a little thorn in their side known as 3XK.
  6. Scandal
    1. Shonda Rhimes, I applaud you. I’m not your biggest fan, for reasons I won’t get into in this post because it isn’t relevant, but you have knocked this show out of the park woman! Scandal is the perfect show in many ways. It has characters you are deeply invested in and it has story lines that suck you in completely. Just when I thought Scandal couldn’t get any better, the last 3 episodes before the winter break occurred. My head couldn’t stop spinning. My jaw couldn’t stop dropping. It was one twist after another that kept me wanting more. Is it Jan 10th yet?
  7. Game of Thrones
    1. As soon as Ramin Djawadi’s Main Title kicks in, I am flushed with anticipation for what I am about to watch. Who knew George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, would bring such a riveting, heart-pounding, water cooler inducing show to HBO. I heard the buzz around this show but never in my wildest imagination thought I would fall in love as much as I have. While there is a lot to take in and this year’s season had even more thrown at us, I don’t mind rewatching episodes over and over to learn something new. People might argue it’s a sign of a show with too much going on. I say, it’s a sign of a great show. But I still miss Ned Stark!!! And if someone doesn’t kill Joffrey soon, I’m going to lose my mind!
  8. Pretty Little Liars
    1. I’m not embarrassed to say that I love a good teen drama. PLL fits the bill season after season. Well written and crafted, I love where this show takes me each week. Of course the big reveal at the end of the summer run, was that another member of the A team was none other than Spencer’s boyfriend Toby! Not as much of a shocker as it was a disappointment because of everything these girls have been through, to be betrayed by one of their own will crush them when they find out. The question is, when will they know?
  9. Person of Interest
    1. While this was a show that piled up on my DVR last year (until I was yelled at by my family at Thanksgiving to start watching), this has become must see TV for my husband and I. The thing I like best about this show in 2012, is the effortless way it has entered humor into the show. I didn’t remember the show being so funny last year but this year, it has injected humor at all the right moments. I like the fact that Carter and Fusco are working with Finch and Reese rather than in secret. It almost makes me wish this were true just so I would know Jim Caviezel always has my back, looking out for me, ready to destroy 15 men all at once!
  10. Survivor Philippines
    1. Survivor had some tough seasons the last few go arounds. But Philippines brought it back to its glory days. You had villains, you had great athletes, you had smart, strategic game play, you had hot men and women…and of course the incomparable Jeff Probst! It was the perfect season in many ways. Can Fans vs. Favorites Part Deux live up to the hype? Probst says it will. I’ll be tuning in!

Honorable Mention goes to Dexter, Veep, Rizzoli & Isles, Ben & Kate, and Arrow.

I just wanted to add how hard it was to keep Dexter off this list.  I was going to do a 10a and 10b but that’s cheating.  To make a true top 10, one show had to go.  It was a toss up between The Good Wife and Dexter because I thought TGW did have an “uh-oh, what the hell is THAT storyline” moment with Kalinda and her husband.  But even with that aside, it’s still the best written show on TV and the cast is flipping phenomenal.  Dexter had an amazing comeback season after two dreadful seasons.  It was so hard to keep it off the list.  But something had to give.  I should have made it a Top 11 but that’s so not right.

That’s my best list. What’s yours? And stay tuned…the worst list is coming up next!

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Ranking/Lists, Top 10

 

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Top 10 Must Watch Christmas/Holiday Movies

I love Christmas time!!!!  Santa, snow, Christmas carols, giving presents, and great TV shows and movies!!!  Here is my top 10 list of the holiday season (so far.) I must watch these during the holidays every year:

10. The Year Without A Santa Claus

The claymation movie from 1974 about Santa having a bad cold and wanting to cancel Christmas.  So Mrs Claus and some elves want to get the children of Southtown, USA to convince Santa to not cancel Christmas but the Heat Miser and Snow Miser are standing in their way!  One of my husband’s favorites!

9. White Christmas

A fun musical about 2 soldiers, who sing and dance, who team up with a singing/dancing sister act to travel to Vermont to save their General’s troubled inn.  For us musical fans, it’s always a fun watch during the holidays.

8. Home Alone

Macauley Culkin stars as a young boy who feels neglected by his family and wishes for them to go away so he can be on his own.   He gets his wish when his family leaves for France and forgets him and leaves him behind.   It’s all fun and games until Kevin (played by Culkin) notices 2 burglars trying to break into his house.  He is able to come up with creative ways to get rid of them and finally, after the robbers are arrested, Kevin realizes how lonely he is without his family.  His wish comes true and his family comes back to be with him on Christmas.  Some funny moments but some really touching ones like when the McAllisters’ neighbor gets reunited with his son and granddaughter for Christmas and you see Kevin’s mom (Played by Katherine O’Hara) doing everything she can to get home to Kevin.

7. The Ref

I know what you’re thinking…Dnnis Leary, really, that’s a must watch?   YES.  It’s absolutely hysterical and my holidays are not complete until I watch this crazy holiday comedy about a husband and wife whose marriage and family is falling apart and gets taken hostage by a house robber who needs to hide out in their suburban home until the police checkpoint runs its course.  While hiding out, Lloyd’s (played by Kevin Spacey) family comes to his house to celebrate Christmas Eve and hilarity ensues.  The movie stars Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis, Glynis Johns, and Christine Baranski.6. A Charlie Brown Christmas

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Really any holiday isn’t complete without watching a Charlie Brown Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas!  This classic Charles Schultz tale revolves around the Peanuts gang putting on a Christmas pageant and when Charlie Brown is down in the dumps about the commercialization of Christmas, Lucy makes him the director.  Determined to put the true spirit of Christmas into the show, Charlie goes out to get the famous “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.”  When he brings the tree back, the kids all make fun of him and he wonders if he really does know the meaning of Christmas.  This is when Linus hits the spotlight and tells the story of Christmas (from the Gospel according to Luke.)  Charlie takes the tree home and when he tries to decorate it, he thinks he “killed it” when the branches can’t hold the weight of an ornament.  The other kids show up at his house and feel bad about how hard they were on him, and they decorate his tree to surprise him.  When he comes back, they shout “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” and sing Hark the Harold Angels Sing.   Awesome!

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I don’t know one person who doesn’t know the name Cindy Lou-Who and think of that sweet little face who catches the Grinch stealing everything out of her house but still gets her a little glass of water before going off to bed.  The Grinch is a great story of the true meaning of Christmas and when even the worst things happen (like someone trying to take Christmas away from an entire village) as long as you have your family and friends, Christmas hasn’t gone anywhere!

4. The Holiday

I love this chick flick that stars Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black.  2 women who have been unlucky in love, switch houses during the holidays and find love in the most unexpected of places.  Everyone in this movie is charming and delightful.   And as cheesy as this sounds, this has turned into a guaranteed tear-jerker movie for me.  The scene that gets me, is when Iris (Kate Winslet) takes Arthur (Eli Wallach), who happened to be involved in the motion picture industry for years, to “An Evening with Arthur Abbott” where they are going to honor his life work.  Arthur thinks maybe 6 people will show up and he wants no part of being there.   But when they open the door and hundreds of people are there to give him standing ovation, it gets me every time!!  If you want a light, fun, really sweet movie for your holiday list, you must check this movie out.

3. Frosty the Snowman

Another tear-jerker for me.  From the time I was little, the scene where Frosty melts and Karen cries her eyes out because she couldn’t save Frosty in time, still makes me cry (I’m crying as I type it….and I’m not kidding.)  Who doesn’t love the story of the magic hat who brings the snowman to life and the rush to get Frosty to the North Pole before spring so he doesn’t melt.  It’s a classic and I always DVR it every year it’s on.

2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The best claymation of all time!  I love the music, the story, the characters, and this story never gets old.  This movie has everything..Rudolph, Santa, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowman, Hermey the elf who wants to be a dentist, and the island of misfit toys!!!  Rudolph, as we know from the famous song, gets made fun of by the other reindeer because of his bright red nose and Santa doesn’t want him either.  So Rudolph and Hermey run away because they are outcasts and no one wants them.  Along their journey, they meet Yukon Cornelius and Yukon helps them find their way, saves them from the Abominable Snowman and eventually leads them to the island of misfit toys.  Rudolph is determined to find these toys a home and rushes to get back to Santa on Christmas Eve.  When he learns Santa is fogged in, Rudolph shows how his bright red nose can help Santa find his way and Christmas is back on!   Santa makes a pit stop at the island of misfit toys and grabs them so they can have homes to go to on Christmas.  Yeah Rudolph!!!!

1. Miracle on 34th Street

The best Christmas movie ever!!!  It is the first movie and the last movie I watch every holiday.  And I only watch the original version from 1947.  No offense to the cast of the 90s remake but it just isn’t the same.  This is the story of Susan and Doris Walker (played by Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara respectively.)  Doris is a single mom working in a man’s world (an executive at Macy’s) and Susan is her very intelligent and precocious daughter.   Doris is in charge of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and when her Santa turns up drunk, a special gentleman, Kris Kringle (Played by Edmund Gwenn), shows up to take over the role of Santa in the parade.  He is an instant hit and becomes the Santa at Macy’s for the holiday season.   Fred Gailey (played by John Payne) is Doris’ neighbor who has grown really fond of Susie and her mother.  He also develops a friendship with Kris and invites him to stay with him.  The main part of the movie is the fact that Kris really believes he is Santa and one of the psychologists at Macy’s thinks he is crazy and intends to prove it.  Doris isn’t sure what to believe.  She always raised Susan to believe in reality and truth and not myths and fairy tales.  So neither believe in Kris.  Little by little, Kris does things to start changing their minds.  One of the sweetest scenes is when Susan watches Kris have children in the store come sit on his lap and ask what they want for Christmas.  A young girl from the Netherlands comes to see him.  She was recently adopted and can’t speak English and has been very lonely and sad being by herself.  Just then, Kris starts speaking Dutch to her and they sing a cute Dutch song about Santa Claus.  Tissues please!!  Eventually, Mr Sawyer, the Macy’s psychologist tries to get Kris committed and Fred, who’s an attorney, defends him and his sanity.  As the trial ensues, many beliefs and relationships are tested.  Doris and Susan admit their belief in Kris and really, that is all that really mattered to him.  While Doris and Fred admit their love for each other and are willing to put their beliefs in each other and have a life together.  In the end, Kris is proven in a court of law to be the one and only Santa Claus and all is right with the world!   It truly is a magical movie and it should never be missed this time of year!

I know right now what movie everyone is screaming at me that I missed…..It’s A Wonderful Life.  Here’s the problem….I’ve never seen it.  I know, it so wrong on so many levels.   I plan on watching it this year but since my list is coming out before I watch it, I can’t put it on here…yet.  Maybe after I watch that classic, it will bump someone from the list.  We’ll see.

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?  What would be on your list?

No matter what movies and TV shows are your favorite, you should make sure you grab some hot chocolate or egg nog, put on your fireplace, and pop in one of your favorite holiday movies and enjoy with family and friends!!!

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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