Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy TV

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.

So when I decided to start this blog- I asked my goodreads buddy, Melanie at Mel to the Any if she had any advice. She kindly and patiently answered all my questions and if you haven’t met her yet, you should head over to her blog because she’s awesome!  The main piece of advice she gave: do a Top Ten Tuesday.

I was hesitant to do this yet, seeing as my blog so far has all of five reviews and zero readers, but on the other hand, I have to start somewhere… right?  So here goes, my first TTT is “bingeworthy” TV.  Be prepared to go old school, and venture into horrendous reality tv territory.


10. SpongeBob SquarePants – Yeah, I went there.  So I know SpongeBob is something you either love or hate, but I love it. It was one of the few cartoons my siblings and I all agreed on growing up.  Now I have a five year old, and she is just getting into SpongeBob.  It’s one of the few shows she watches that doesn’t make me want to gouge my eyeballs out. (Parents who hate it, you have my deepest sympathies.)


9. Real World Road Rules Challenge(s) –  The drama between these “characters” is never ending, but it’s really their triumphs that I enjoy. Personal Challenge MVP? Derrick Kosinski.  Not being anywhere near the height or weight of most of the other male players, he was a consistent underdog, but never a quitter.  That time he won against Syrus, I remember jumping up and screaming my head off, sort of like when your favorite team wins the Super Bowl… yeah, I was that big a fan.


8. Supernatural – I mean… Sam and Dean Winchester and a ’67 Impala. This doesn’t really need more explanation than that… does it?  I would have this higher on the list- but honestly, the show got way too complicated for me after season two or three, and I sort of missed the monster hunting.


7. Malcolm in the Middle – This is another show from my childhood.  I absolutely, positively, loved this show.  I remember this one the way most people my age remember The Simpsons or South Park.  There wasn’t a single one of these characters that could have been replaced for me.  Favorite character?  Reese of course.


6. Blue Mountain State – This comes from my years of only having internet and Netflix.  I think there is a cultish following of it out there, but most people I meet have never heard of it. Normally- college football is not my thing.  College football following the screw up, happy-to-be-second-string quarterback, and a team captain who can’t pronounce his own name?  Sign me up!  Although I feel like I should put a warning here- this show, and the humor, really is geared to 20 year old college boys, but funny is funny to me.  (Psst- if you like the show- there’s a movie too!)


5. My Name is Earl – Petty criminal learns about karma and decides to right all his past wrongs.  This stars Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, and Jamie Pressly.  The tragedy is that there are only four seasons.  You can’t not laugh at this show.


4. Naked and Afraid – I am unabashedly obsessed with this one, especially the 40 day XL challenge.  No, the draw isn’t the naked people, who are, generally speaking, not all that attractive (which I find refreshing).  It’s watching them make fire with two sticks and wet kindling.  Watching them get eaten alive by all manner of nasty insects.  Watching them figure out what to eat on a desert island that doesn’t have so much as a coconut laying around.  What I love- is the rare episode where the teams actually manage to hunt something, and I don’t mean mussels or the occasional (and really gross) tarantula, but the episodes where they catch a huge eel, a gazelle, or even a wild boar.  The worst part?  They suffer through all that and don’t even get a cash prize. Just a boost to their totally meaningless PSR (Primitive Survival Rating).


3. Destination Truth/Expedition Unknown – So I’m cheating with this one, because these are technically two different shows, but they have the same host.  Josh Gates.  He has a degree in archaeology, but seriously, I swear the man was born to be a tv show host.  He’s one of the most entertaining people I’ve ever seen on tv.  Destination Truth gets a leg up on Expedition Unknown, simply because I’m more interested in knowing whether chupacabras and yetis exist then where Jean Lafitte buried his treasure- but both shows are great.


2. Impractical Jokers – These guys are hysterical. I’ve been watching them since season one and I’ve probably seen every episode at least five times.  I’ve seen them in person twice.  I hope they’re still making the show when they’re 90. Favorite episode: That one where Joey Fatone subs in for Q and proves he should have been in comedy all along.


1. Vikings – If you read my About Me page you had to know where this was going right? I re-watch every season as the new one is about to air.  The actors are amazing, this attention to historical detail is incredible, and unlike Game of Thrones, the battle scenes are genius.

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