My TV Obsessions

I‘m not much of a TV watcher in general (no wonder with the choices they're offering over here which is mostly stupid reality shows, game shows and endless casting shows) but I do like US crime  shows and dramas. In fact,  I got quite "addicted" to some. What I like most about serial television is that I can get attached to my favorite characters and follow them for a longer period of time. (Not a fan of daily soaps though!).

So, once I’ve found a good TV show… I stick to it.

Below are my favorites so far, the shows of which I haven't missed a single episode of.

My absolute number one show at the moment:

Sherlock (BBC One)

Co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade.

The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain – they live at the same address of 221b Baker Street, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. 

Steven Moffat says: "Conan Doyle's stories were never about frock coats and gas light; they're about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes – and frankly, to hell with the crinoline. Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that's what matters."
(from the official BBC One website)

Set in today's London, this is a complete new way to tackle the famous detective's adventures. Such a refreshing and excitingly original writing is something I haven't seen on television ever! I love the intelligent and complex plots and the surprising twists and turns. Not to forget the amazingly talented cast, above all the two leads, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock and Watson.

There is simply nothing better on TV these days. 

The only downside of it is, there's only three episodes per season and due to Benedict and Martin being very busy doing other projects, we had to wait 2 years for season 3 to air this January. Let's hope season 4 will roll around a bit sooner!

Next on my list:

Mad Men:

Go here for the official website at AMC.

*Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper adverstising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.
(* taken from Wikipedia)

One of the most intelligent and brilliantly written TV programs I have ever watched! This is something that I eagerly await each year.  I was utterly bummed that due to "negotiation problems" AMC had with Matthew Weiner, the writer/creator of this series, they had postponed the start of season 05 until Spring 2012, hence making us wait almost two years for its return to the screen. Season 6 went by so fast and now with half of season 07 already behind us, I dread the day the last of the final 7 episodes has been shown. This will be a show very hard to say goodbye to.

For anyone unfamiliar with Mad Men, it is not a show where you can come in after a couple of seasons though. To really understand the incredible journey Don Draper has been on so far, you need to start at the beginning. Don Draper (the show's protagonist just IS the show!)

Don Draper  portrayed by Jon Hamm: 

 Creative director and junior partner of Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency and, as of the fourth season, a partner of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, he is the series' main character. He is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking executive with a shadowy past who has achieved success in advertising. He was married to Elizabeth "Betty" Draper and has three children with her, but his history of infidelity, along with his revelations to her about his past led to their separation at the end of Season 3 and eventual divorce. Draper's real name is Richard (Dick) Whitman; he assumed the identity of Don Draper during the Korean War after the death of his lieutenant, who was due to return from the war, thereby avoiding further combat.
(* taken from Wikipedia)

 Jon Hamm’s nuanced portrayal of the high-powered, philandering advertising executive, Don Draper has firmly established him as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors, and earned him numerous accolades, including the 2008 Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama.

 (taken from AMC's official site)

 (photo via IMDb)



Go here for CBS' official site.

*CSI: NY, a crime drama inspired by the drama series, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," is about forensic investigators who use high-tech science to follow the evidence and solve crimes in the Big Apple.
*(taken from CBS official site)

This is the second spin-off of the original show „CSI: Crime Scene Investigation“ (which for some strange reason never really grabbed me)  and I got hooked on it after CSI:Miami (which was the show that introduced me to this franchise) got so bad that I just couldn‘t bear the awful writing anymore and turned to the spin-off.

I haven‘t looked back since!

CSI:NY had been my favorite TV show for a long, long time and from their first season right down to the end of season 06, there wasn‘t a single episode of this show that I didn‘t enjoy. However... season 07 was anything but brilliant. The writing had taken a real downturn and it was mediocre at best. Season 08 and 09 were a bit better but still a far cry from the high-quality scripts this show delivered in the beginning. So it came as no surprise that CBS didn't pick them up for a tenth season.

Still... what‘s kept me tuned to this show was the character of Don Flack  who I really fell in love with.

Don Flack is an edgy, hardcore homicide detective with a quick wit, impressive forensic insight and a long family history in law enforcement. Thanks to the charismatic and talented  Eddie Cahill, who turned him into such a lovable character on screen, I just cannot get enough of this guy. 

Eddie Cahill:
Edmund P. Cahill, or better known as Eddie Cahill, was born on January 15, 1978 in New York City, New York. He is probably best known for playing the role of Detective Don Flack on the hit series, CSI: NY.

A handsome, dark-haired actor balancing dashing good looks with an appealing innocence, Eddie Cahill has the unique charm and palpable talent that makes him one to watch.

(Picture copyright (C) CBS. Screen shot of Episode 8.08 -  Cuckoo's Nest)
Needless to say that I‘m a HUGE fan of Eddie. It was well worth checking out his other work as well. I‘ve rarely seen such a natural in front of the camera. He‘s a very talented actor, whose performance in „The Narrows“ blew me away and gave an insight into what he‘s capable of bringing to the screen. .

He‘s so much more than just an incredibly handsome man! No wonder, he brings out the  „fan-girly“ side of me (to the amusement of Best Hubby in the World :).

I confess, I need my „weekly dose“ of Don Flack to keep me happy.  That‘s why I am going to miss this character dearly. Well... There's always DVD re-runs to help ease the "pain" :)

Well, last but not least... there was Dexter! How I have loved the first five seasons of this show. However... this is a good example how a bad finale season can ruin the whole thing. The ending of this show was a major let-down for its fanbase. 

Still... Seasons 1 - 5 were brilliant and sure worth to be watched over and over again.

 *(taken from the show's offical website here).

*Dexter Morgan is a Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst who leads a double life. When he's not helping the homicide division solve murders, he satisfies his dark desires by hunting and killing bad guys who slip through the justice system. To learn more about Dexter and the people around him, check out the show's offical website here.

*(taken from the show's offical website here).

This short synopsis taken from Showtime‘s official website can hardly explain the awesomeness that is this show. I never understood my friend‘s excitement about a show that features a serial killer (let‘s face it, that‘s what Dexter is :) and so I resisted her urgings to go and check it out.

Well... one day I gave in and gave it a chance,  and from the first episode on, I got totally hooked. What makes this show so remarkable is the fact that the incredibly talented writers really manage to make the audience indeed sympathize with a killer (it certainly challenged my morals and made me think about it a lot).

For seven seasons straight, I had been  cheering for Dex and keeping my fingers crossed that he won‘t be caught. Then came season 8 and I still can't believe what the writers did with it. They drew Dexter so far out of character in his actions that it was hard to even recognize him as the same person we had been watching over the previous seven seasons. 

Ending it with him leaving his son behind (in the care of another serial killer... wtf?!?!) and tossing his dead sister into the sea (like he did with his victims). It was almost more than I could bear to watch.

In one word: disaster.

Anyway... I'll just pretend season 8 never happened!

A huge part of the „charm“ of this series was doubtlessly because of the charisma that Michael C. Hall brought to this role. Brilliant, brilliant actor, as he has proven already in another awesome series (Six Feet Under). It‘s a pure joy to watch him act in this show - even when the scripts turned awful, he still delivered!

The main character:

Dexter played by  Michael C. Hall:

Moving effortlessly from an uptight funeral director on Six Feet Under to a Miami blood-spatter analyst and serial killer in Showtime's hit series Dexter, MICHAEL C. HALL continues to illuminate the humanity and intelligence in transformative, challenging characters.
*(taken from the show's offical website here).