My Life in TV

…because I like making lists, apparently. :)

What I find interesting, looking over this huge list, isn’t how much of my life has been spent in front of the tube (which is, to be sure, slightly scary), but how much of my writing has been influenced by episodic storytelling. TV–especially commercial TV–doesn’t have the flexibility to truly build and expand on characters and set up slow-burn scenes and plots, but it’s still a very good example of basic storytelling structure.

I’ve certainly read a lot and watched a lot of movies, too, but I’d say the majority of stories I’ve been exposed to have been in short-form video. Of course, the titles below are of sharply varying quality, from amazing works of art to, frankly, utter cack, but there are still a LOT of worlds and people I’ve come to know this way, and they’ve taught me a lot about the worlds and people I’m creating now.

Without further ado, the list: shows I’ve watched all or most of, 1970s-present (by the decade in which they started airing): 

’70s

There really wasn’t much else to do for a poor kid in the boonies but read and watch the tube … 

  • The Muppet Show
  • The Hardy Boys
  • Dukes of Hazzard
  • Battlestar Galactica (original recipe)
  • WKRP
  • The Love Boat
  • Fantasy Island
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Hart to Hart
  • M*A*S*H* (most; I’m missing a few eps.)
  • Happy Days
  • Mork & Mindy
  • The Facts of Life
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Hart to Hart

Also watched a ton of game shows, particularly The Price is Right, Press Your Luck, Hollywood Squares and Match Game. Also, the Gong Show, though that wasn’t really a game show.

Kids’ shows:

  • Kids are People Too
  • Big Blue Marble
  • Captain Kangaroo (mostly)
  • Sesame Street (virtually all of the ’70s episodes)
  • Sid & Marty Krofft hour (including Electra Woman and Dyna Girl!)

Also watched the usual WB/Hanna-Barbera Saturday Morning cartoons: Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Captain Caveman, Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Superfriends, Space Ghost, Shazam/Mighty Isis

’80s

When I wasn’t watching MTV, hanging out at Rocky Horror showings or roaming the city in search of a social life …

  • The A-Team
  • Thundercats
  • She-Ra
  • Fraggle Rock
  • You Can’t Do That on Television
  • That’s Incredible
  • Real People
  • Dangermouse
  • Airwolf
  • V
  • St. Elsewhere
  • Perfect Strangers
  • The Cosby Show
  • Family Ties
  • Growing Pains
  • ST:TNG
  • Quantum Leap
  • Moonlighting
  • Newhart
  • Night Court
  • Head of the Class
  • L.A. Law

’90s

I was working my tail off with full-time classes and two jobs, so TV took a bit of a back seat … 

  • Tiny Toons
  • Law & Order original recipe (through the Lenny years.)
  • Twin Peaks
  • ER
  • Friends (missed the last two seasons)
  • Babylon 5
  • Drew Carey
  • Xena
  • Cybill
  • Almost Live
  • Daria
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • My So-Called Life
  • Dinosaurs
  • MST3K (through Mike’s first year)
  • X-Files

’00s

The first half of the decade, I was up to my ears in online gaming and LOTR, and then I was back in school for a couple of years, but I still got some viewing in … 

  • LOST
  • Fringe
  • CSI (through season 10)
  • Criminal Minds
  • Battlestar Galactica (reboot)
  • Caprica
  • Eureka
  • Heroes
  • Supernatural
  • Primeval
  • Warehouse 13
  • Robin Hood
  • Merlin
  • Jericho
  • Sanctuary
  • Witchblade
  • Mythbusters
  • House (except for the last season)
  • Painkiller Jane
  • The Middleman
  • True Blood
  • Being Human (UK)
  • Leverage
  • Ideal
  • Commander in Chief
  • Rome
  • Numb3rs
  • Carnivale
  • Firefly
  • Eleventh Hour
  • Torchwood

’10s

Still watching the ones that are airing! 

  • Game of Thrones
  • Sherlock
  • Sinbad
  • The Borgias
  • Longmire
  • Wilfred
  • Grimm
  • The Hour
  • Downton Abbey
  • Strike Back
  • Lost Girl
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About Shawna (A Mediated Life)

Writer, singer, parent, fan, media maven, and general ne'er-do-well. Fierce protector of the rights of the disadvantaged and endless pontificator on subjects both ridiculous and sublime.
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