Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Happy 10th Anniversary Top Ten Tuesday!!! - Top Ten Popular TV Shows I Have Never Watched or Seen a Full Episode Of

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I need to start this week's post by wishing Top Ten Tuesday and its creators a Happy 10th Anniversary! I was so glad when Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl decided to take it over. It's one of my favorite blog memes.

In honor of Top Ten Tuesday's 10th anniversary, we had two options:
  • Option 1: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it
  • Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do
I opted to revisit a Top Ten Tuesday from September 6, 2016. Though usually posts have a book theme, the bloggers celebrated the fall TV season that year. I have still not seen any of the shows from my original list. Here is what my new list looks like:

Top Ten Popular TV Shows I Have Never Watched or Seen a Full Episode Of

Didn't like Rosanne, so didn't bother watching The Conners when it made its way to the small screen. After the Rosanne Barr controversy, I watch a part of the episode where they dealt with her character's demise. Haven't watched anything since.

Other than the occasional YouTube clip, I have never watched an episode of American Idol

Another reality TV show I never felt the need to watch. The Bachelor sounds like it could be such an embarrassing show, especially for those eliminated. While I don't consider myself an overly private person, I wouldn't want my relationship to be played out in front of millions of people either.

As much as I enjoy police novels, one would think I would watch some version of NCIS. I guess even knowing Mark Harmon stars in this one isn't enough to make me watch it. I really prefer to read.

Young Sheldon actually sounds interesting: For young Sheldon Cooper, it isn't easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. (From CBS)

I've never watched The Big Bang Theory, where the character of Sheldon, as an adult, is first introduced to the world. Not sure what I would think of this one.

I loved Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in the 1980's. Maybe that's why I haven't been able to watch the new Magnum P.I. It would be kind of like watching a modernized Little House on the Prairie with all new actors. 

My girls love Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I can't even think of wasting my time watching it.

I've never been a huge Tim Allen fan. I didn't mind him in Home Improvement, but I liked his TV wife's character more. Maybe that's why I haven't bothered to give Last Man Standing a chance. 

Considering how much of a comic book fan I was growing up, it seems hard to imagine I have never watched an episode of Riverdale. Part of the lack of appeal for me is the need for modern TV to provide such intense backstories and currently storylines for characters who were just out having fun as regular teens in the comic book world. My girls are also big fans of this series.

I love Jason Bateman and think the premise of Ozark is intriguing, but I've never watched an episode. The girls talk about this one, but not sure much they like it.

Now that I am done trashing television shows, here are a few remakes I wouldn't mind taking a look at.

The new HBO version of Perry Mason premiered tonight. This character is nothing like the Perry Mason I grew up with played by Raymond Burr. In addition, the new Perry is a struggling private investigator, not an attorney. John Lithgow, one of my favorite actors, plays E.B. Jonathan, a renowned defense attorney and Perry's mentor. Della Street is Jonathan's legal secretary. 

Walker is a remake of Walker, Texas Ranger played by Chuck Norris. While Norris' Walker was single, in The CW's version  Cordell Walker will be a widowed father who returns to Austin to "reconnect with his children, navigate clashes with his family, and find common ground with his new partner, while growing increasingly suspicious of his wife's death." I might tune in for an episode or two to see what it is like. Sounds like it premiers in January 2021.

The CW also remade Nancy Drew. A huge fan of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book series as a kid, I wanted to watch this when it first premiered in 2019. All of the episodes are saved on my DVR, but I haven't watched one yet. I am hoping to catch up, as it has been renewed for a second season that premiers in January 2021.

Finally, one show I think I am giving up on.

In 2018, The CW brought back the charmed ones. The new Charmed gave them different last names and new backstories, but the premise is overall the same: three sisters discover they are powerful witches after their mother's death. Season 1 kept me engaged. I watched every episode within the same week that it aired. Season 2 is okay, but I haven't felt like I missed much when I didn't watch right away. In fact, I had a bunch on the DVR, but I simply watched the last one that aired prior to them breaking up production because of the pandemic. I don't feel the need to go back to watch the others. They are supposed to come back with Season 3 in January 2021. Doubt I will tune in.

So, that's my TV roundup. How many of these shows have you watched? Do you think I'm missing anything? What are your thoughts about the three remakes? What is a show that you lost interest in and why?


Lydia said...

I've watched bits and pieces of Riverdale, but I've never watched any of the other shows on your list.

My TTT .

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

What's really fun about Last Man Standing is how in the early seasons--want to say 1 and 2...maybe 3? I only ever watch it on reruns on various channels. But anyway, in those early seasons a few of the cast members from Home Improvement star in an episode or two. And it's funny because they make jokes about it, like when Jonathan Taylor Thomas came on, Tim Allen looked at him and was like, "you look familiar..." and the same when his Home Improvement wife came on, can't recall her real name right now.

I was honestly a decent fan of the original Roseanne, at least the first 4 seasons or so. It started getting dull after a certain point and lost all humor. The same then is true for when The Connors started. I watched it out of curiosity and really having no other sitcoms to watch and it was just dull. I felt like it was trying too hard.

Young Sheldon is kind of fun, but might be more enjoyable for The Big Bang Theory fans as you kind of see it in reverse all Sheldon's eccentricities.

I do want to give that new Nancy Drew a try. Hopefully it'll pop on Netflix. I didn't realize the CW gave it a supernatural twist!

And then pretty much the rest of your picks are ones I never saw either. American Idol I did watch one season and ended up hating it when the person I liked the best lost and the one who drove me insane won! Lol.

Thanks for visiting my TTT!

Lectrice Vorace said...

I also haven't watched a single episode of nine of the shows on your list. I used to watch American Idol, but I stopped once Simon Cowell left the show. Fun post this week! Happy Reading!

Here's my TTT list.

RS said...

Oh, good topic choice! The only thing I love as much as books is television, and I really miss the way TV blogs have faded from the landscape, so thanks for bringing back a mini version so I can talk your ear off.

I am a major NCIS and Last Man Standing fan (or was; I lost interest in both in the past couple of years after one cast changeover too many), and watched American Idol with my mom until Simon Cowell left, but I've never seen any of the others either.
Especially The Bachelor -- there's just something kind of icky to me about turning romance into a game/competition, which I think bugs me more because everyone takes it so seriously, like they're really finding their future spouse. That's not how that works! (as for the Kardashians...yeah, that is also my exact sentiment about them)

Oh wait, I have seen a few episodes of Young Sheldon, but only because I left the TV on in between sitcoms I actually wanted to watch. I've seen most of The Big Bang Theory, but Sheldon is by far the most annoying character on it to me, and he does not get better with youth. (The cast around him on YS is great, though. I think it's a show that can easily stand on its own as a regular family sitcom. You might even enjoy it more that way, and/or enjoy BBT more in the future, with this background.)

I like the idea of remakes, but in practice, there's always some change that ends up annoying me too much to give them a shot. And some of the originals (*cough* Magnum, Macgyver) are simply too iconic to be replicated in cheap knock-off form. However, I really enjoyed the new Hawaii Five-0 and S.W.A.T., whose originals I have never seen.

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

I loved American Idol when I was a teenager, but I don’t think I’ve seen it since then. I guess I got bored with it. I’ve seen a few episodes of The Bachelor, but it was too stupid for me. I haven’t seen any of the others on your list.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting my blog last week. It was a crazy week or I would have commented sooner.

Lydia, I would like to catch Riverdale, but I'm sure I won't like it.

Thanks for sharing those tidbits, Jessica. That's so funny about Last Man Standing.

Lectrice, Simon was a popular presence on the show. I can see how that would happen.

RS, I'm glad this post gave you a chance to talk about some shows you enjoy. I didn't realize TV blogs have faded away. That's too bad, since shows are fun to talk about. I agree with your thoughts about The Bachelor. I struggle with remakes, too.

jessicabookworm said...

I'm afraid I haven't watched any of these either, Cheryl! I hope you have chance to start watching some of these soon. 😃