What a piece of crap.
I'm Black and I'm really not trying to be the 'universal.' I don't think it's really a goal for most of us in my race (it is for some). But this idea comes from a certain type of White males who think they are universal and they pick the same crap product over and over and claim it's worthwhile.
It's not about critiques, it's not about anything except re-enforcing the world they love, that White, White, White, Male, Male, Male world
In what world is "Angel" ever a good show? Forget top 30, try top 100.
It wouldn't make it. It's a piece of crap show that got lousy ratings that started off being one thing, then morphed into another and then something else. It's like these shows where a man's got a family the first season but no one's watching so they give him a new job and disappear the kids and act like it never happened. That was Angel from one season to the next.
It was an awful show. And this from someone who loved David as Angel on "Buffy."
"Buffy" is on the list as well. I think the UPN years are awful. But just for the WB years, yeah, put it on the list. An incredible show.
I find it interesting that the shows I watch on Netflix don't make the list.
(I don't watch "Buffy" on Netflix. I saw every episode when it aired the first time and was deeply devoted to the show -- to the point that I got all the episodes on videotape -- the WB ones.)
But the shows I stream on Netflix?
Here's my 15 faves and don't feel bad if it's not your top 15. I'm not seeing these are the best shows. I'm saying these are the 15 I enjoy and I don't expect it to be universal. After my 15 faves, I'm offering 7 shows I wish Netflix streamed but it doesn't.
1) "United States of Tara." I meant to give this one a try when it was on Showtime but it was not a show I wanted my daughter walking in on and I just never got around to it. (My daughter is my youngest child. I knew this was a mature show and was concerned with the theme of the various personalities and trying to explain that.) (I stream on my laptop with my ear buds in, when I stream. My oldest son will come in sometimes and plug a set of ear buds in and watch with me. He doesn't care what it is. But he's the oldest and he can grasp all the concepts.)
2) "Being Human" -- UK version. I do like the American version and that's how I learned of the UK version. But I see them as two different shows. (The American one isn't streamable on Netflix. I grab episodes on Hulu from time to time.) Season two was a real shocker.
3) "Happily Divorced." I love Fran and I love Tichina. I think season two (not yet on Netflix) is better than season one.
4) "Rockford Files." This is a fun one to watch. Still multi-layered and still worth watching.
5) "Parks and Recreation." I've streamed the entire series. Now when I do, I usually stream one of the Tammy episodes (Megan is hilarious) or the one where they go to the cabin and Ron gets shot. My favorites are Leslie, Ann, Ben, Andy, Ron and Donna. My least favorite? Chris. I can't stand him.
6) "That 70s Show" -- all 8 seasons are online. And not like "SNL" where you go to watch one and it's 20 minutes or less long because -- for some stupid reason -- Netflix isn't able to air the full episode.
7) "Raising Hope" -- you've got Martha Plimpton acting so brilliantly and singing so wonderfully -- singing on some shows -- you've got a perfect cast including Cloris Leachman. This is just a really funny show. I do not believe that Princess Beyonce's mother's really dead. If they brought her back once, I think they can do it again.
8) "Star Trek" -- the cartoon series. I really enjoy that. I feel like I know all the episodes of the live action 60s show but this was really different.
9) "Portlandia" -- Fred's so wonderful in this. My favorite skit is probably the Feminist Bookstore. I love all of them but my favorite is either when April from "Parks and Recreation" drops by the bookstore for college books or when Heather Graham shows up at the journal reading. But I love them all. Even when the guy has to buy something because he used their bathroom. :D
10) "Roseanne" -- the most honest sitcom ever. I had the biggest crush on Mark (who was on the first season of "Angel" until he died in real life). I always felt Mark and Darlene should be a couple.
11) "The Incredible Hulk." The live action, Bill Bixby program. This is a great show.
12) "Warehouse 13." After "Alphas" (not on Netflix, by the way), this is probably my favorite American sci-fi show.
13) "Medium." Patricia Arquette deserved an Emmy for every season of this show. I loved this when it was on NBC and then CBS. I miss that there aren't any more episodes. It still satisfies.
14) "McMillan and Wife." The Susan St. James episodes are classics.
15) "Charmed." If you've read this for any length of time, you know how I love "Charmed."
7 shows I wish Netflix offered for streaming:
1) "The Bionic Woman." Still one of my faves.
2) "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." One of the best sitcoms of all time. Mary, Rhoda, Phyllis. Say no more.
3) "Happy Endings." ABC's best sitcom currently.
4) "Revenge." ABC's best drama.
5) "Space 1999." I used to watch that on Saturdays when I was a little girl. Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (then married in real life) starred.
6) "Martin." Still hilarious after all these years. And you find yourself, all these years later, tending to side with Pam more and more than you used to.
7) "Dark Angel." I'm not a big Jessica Alba fan but I do think she was excellent in this show. And Michael Weatherly was still good looking back then.
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