TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Favourite TV Shows of All Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week, in honour of Fall TV you can do a top ten about anything TV related. So I’m keeping it simple and sharing my ten favourite TV shows ever. I say “ever” but I’m pretty bad at keeping up with TV shows and some of these I might not have actually seen the entire series and I’m sure as soon as I finish this list I’ll remember a show I’ve forgotten but otherwise here’s my favourite TV shows.

White Collar
I love heist and con-artist stories so White Collar is right up my street. White collar criminal Neal Caffery gets offered to serve his jail time working for the FBI catching criminals with FBI Agent Peter Burke and lots of escapades happen. While it does get a little repetitive that the main story arc each season often revolves around Neal lying to Peter and Peter lying to Neil, I still love the relationships between all the characters and I love it when Neal’s criminal friend Mozzie and Peter’s awesome wife Elizabeth get involved in an FBI sting.
Please note: I have a series and a half left of this show to watch.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
I basically marathoned season one and two of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in just over a week and I loved every minute of it. I love the characters, all the different relationships, the humour and how the characters actually grow. I’ve written before why I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine and I would recommend it to anyone, even those who are like me and don’t usually like American comedy shows.
Please note: I haven’t watch season three yet because Netflix doesn’t have it yet.

This show can scare the bejesus out of me – the scene where a guy crawls from under a woman’s bed after she’s just gotten into it freaked me out – because it has gruesome murders and serial killers. It also has a great baddie in Alice Morgan and her relationship with Luther is a highlight of the series. (more…)

V is for Victoria Barton

victoria bartonVictoria Barton née Sugden is a precious cinnamon roll, she’s too good for this world, too pure. That is possibly a slight exaggeration but the point still stands.

Victoria is from a British soap opera so she’s had various things happen to her – including nearly drowning twice – but she’s still such a positive, loving person. She cares about her family a ridiculous amount even though that often means she want to smack her brother’s heads together because they really don’t like each other – there has been some attempted murders/accidental injuries for both of them.

Victoria is so great because she works hard and has gone from learning to cook in the village pub, to a full-grown chef who is now setting up her own street food catering business. Victoria puts her heart into everything she does whether it’s work, her family or her marriage. Victoria is loving and fiercely loyal and she’s just the sort of person you’d want as a friend and fighting in your corner. She may be small but she’s a morally strong person and she’s not afraid to speak her mind when people are being stupid or cruel.

L is for Aaron Livesy

aaron livesyTo say Aaron Livesy has had a tough life would be an understatement. His dad sexually abused him when he was a child, he tried to kill himself because he was gay and he helped his paraplegic boyfriend commit suicide which then caused him to self-harm because he couldn’t handle the guilt.

This quote from Doctor Who, “All that pain and misery. And loneliness. And it just made him kind” is the perfect way to describe Aaron Livesy. All that stuff has happened to him but he is still the most kind, loving and selfless person. Yes, he is closed off and sarcastic to a lot of people but if you are his family or someone he cares about he’ll do just about anything for them. For instance he said he was the one who committed arson and then went on the run to France, meaning he couldn’t return home for years when it was his best friend Adam who had done it. Aaron knew Adam couldn’t have coped in prison so he took the blame for him.

If we’re going with ways best to describe Aaron Livesy, another would be the cinnamon roll meme. Aaron would definitely fit in the “looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll” category. He is quite capable to look after himself in a fight and he has been in trouble with the law multiple times so he’s often seen to be your average thug but he’s so much more than that, he’s a secret softy with a big heart.

Aaron Livesy is one of my favourite characters because he’s so strong and brave and loyal. He has had such a tough life but he still manages to smile and find it in himself to love people. If Aaron Livesy can keep smiling, then so can I.

Side note: In the episode aired last night Aaron’s decided to change his name from Livesy (his abusive father’s name) to Dingle (his mum’s name) but I’d already written this post and I love him a ridiculous amount so he’ll stay Livesy for now so he can be a part of the challenge and I don’t have to worry about writing another post for a different “L” character.

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Fictional Families I’d like to Celebrate Thanksgiving with

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. In honour of Thanksgiving (which I know nothing about really because I’m a Brit) this week I’m going to list the ten fictional families I‘d like to celebrate with, these families are going to be from books, films and TV shows and my favourite trope of “Families of Choice” will almost certainly be making an appearance.

The Pevensies – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Sure the Pevensies don’t always get along but they always come together and sharing a special dinner with them, and maybe some other characters like Mr Tumnus and the Beavers, would be nice.

The O’Connell-Carnahan’s – The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
This family is #familygoals. Rick may be the only American in the family so he might have to persuade his wife, son and brother-in-law to take part in Thanksgiving but I’m sure they would and then Ardeth Bay could join in too.

The Baggins’ – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
Whether it would be a small dinner with just Bilbo and Frodo, or if Pippin, Merry and Sam were there too, it would be a great meal because Hobbit’s know their food and how to party. (more…)