July 15, 2014 • Cee • Lists

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

This week’s topic is “top ten eight TV shows I love with awesome friendships.” I tend to watch shows with an emphasis on the friendships. I think it’s an unconscious thing. I gravitate towards them because they are the best. I love the character development between the characters. They just make me so happy. Here are eight shows I love that have awesome friendships in it.

FIREFLY

Firefly is a space western drama, set five hundred years in the future. It’s about a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft, Serenity, who tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. — Wikipedia

SPACE WESTERN, GUYS. SPACEEEEE. AND BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIPS AND EVERYTHING AWESOME. Seriously, Firefly is fucking amazing. Nothing beats the friendship in Firefly. The characters in this are the definition of a found family, which is what I hold dear to my heart. Every time I look for books, I’m looking for the friendship I see in Firefly. (I have high expectations.)

Remember this scene? “When you can’t run, you crawl, and when you can’t crawl, you find someone to carry you.” I WILL FOREVER WEEP AT THIS. (And yes, it is spoilery, so don’t click on the link for that.) Nobody gets left behind. Just, I’ll be here crying into my arm.

This is a show that everybody must watch. I can go on and on about it, but it’ll most likely be incoherent dinosaur squealing noises.

PSYCH

Psych is a detective comedy-drama television series about a novice sleuth, Shawn Spencer, who is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers that help solve crimes. With this assistance of his reluctant best friend, Burton “Gus” Guster, the duo take on a series of complicated cases. — Wikipedia

I’m so sad that Psych ended. Where am I gonna get my fill of Shawn and Gus bickering and being my BROTP? Where will I get Shawn being ridiculous and showy with his intensely awesome observational skills? Where will I see him butt heads with Carlton Lassiter or moon over Juliet O’Hara? Whereeeee?

I really love this show.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American action comedy television series,sSet in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn. It follows a precinct team of detectives and a newly appointed captain. — Wikipedia

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an absolutely refreshing police comedy. Diverse cast. Race isn’t the butt of every joke. Lack of stereotypes. The team of detectives being awesome. Friendships. I fell instantly in love with every character — Jake Peralta, Captain Raymond Holt, Amy Santiago, Rosa Diaz, Terry Jeffords, Gina Linetti, and even Charles Boyle (sort of). There are sooo many gems in this show. I don’t even know what else to say.

JUST GO WATCH IT.

VERONICA MARS

After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune. — Wikipedia

Ahhhh, Veronica Mars. I was obsessed with this show. Veronica Mars is fucking kickass. She’s snarky. She can one-up anybody in a clever bantering contest. She’s a private eye, and uses her skills to help unveil the shadiness within Neptune. She has a fucking great relationship with her father, Keith Mars. They’re just so cute. She has an amazing friendship with Wallace and Mac. (Remember that first scene when she cut Wallace down from the pole?) The cases she takes are always so fascinating. Snarky detectives are always a win in my book!

When I grow up, I want to be just like Veronica Mars.

ELEMENTARY

Elementary follows Sherlock Holmes, a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard, as he assists the New York City Police Department in solving crimes. He is accompanied by Joan Watson who initially acts as his sober companion. They eventually begin to work together on his cases, and she becomes Holmes’ apprentice.— Wikipedia

SUPERIOR SHERLOCK HOLMES. Although the cases are weak in Elementary, it’s the character development that keeps me coming back. The character development of Sherlock Holmes hits me in the heart because it’s so wonderful. You see him grow from being this difficult human being who did not care about the people around him to this person who values others and actually cares what they think. He is on an equal playing field with his counterpart, Joan Watson. He cares for her and encourages her to hone her sleuthing skills. I love that none of the characters — Watson, Detective Captain Gregson, and Marcus Bell — take his shit. They call him out on it. And it is amazing. And there’s amazing actors in this. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu just kills it.

LEVERAGE

Leverage follows a five-person team: a thief (Parker), a grifter (Sophie Devereaux), a hacker (Alec Hardison), and a retrieval specialist (Eliot Spencer), led by former insurance investigator Nathan Ford, who use their skills to fight corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on ordinary citizens. — Wikipedia 

As you already know, I love heists and found families. And when those two go hand in hand? Well, you can imagine me saying “fuck yes” while pumping my fist. You get the best of both worlds in Leverage and then some. You have these “criminals” relying on each other to play their parts in the heist. They come together to form this makeshift family that defines who they are. They are no longer stealing for themselves, but for the greater good of others who are in need. All the feeeeels!

THIS IS ENGLAND

This Is England is a British drama miniseries, and it’s about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1980s. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. — Wikipedia

I love this series a lot. I’m so invested in all the characters. They are a family, and once you’re in, you’re in for life. They have your back no matter what. They go through some hardships that felt very real. The acting is incredibly top-notch. (Here’s looking at you, Joe Gilgun and Vicky McClure.) There are so many scenes that make you step back and go “fuck, they really love each other.” I can’t wait for the last series.

PARKS AND RECREATION

Parks and Recreation is an ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun with the help of her friends and co-workers. — Wikipedia

Parks and Recreation never fails to leave me smiling. I wish I had all these characters in my life because they would just make me smile constantly. You have: Positive Leslie Knope who is just the best role model you’d ever have in your life; Ann Perkins, Leslie’s best friend aka her beautiful tropical fish; Meat-lovin’ Ron Swanson with his glorious moustache, his gruff attitude, his hate for people, and secretly cares for his co-workers; Cynical April who is very deadpan, snarky, and looks up to Leslie; Goofy, but lovable Andy who is a bit dumb but totally earnest; Loud Tom Haverford, who tries to live the high life and wants to do what he loves; pop-culture savvy Donna Meagle who tells you to TREAT YO SELF; and plenty of more characters that I want to talk about, but this is already getting too long, sooooo…

Have I convinced you to watch any of these shows?Which one sounds awesome to you?You should go watch allllllll of them. Goooooo. 


 

17 Responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY | TV Shows I Love With Awesome Friendships!”

  1. Let’s cry over Firefly, yes?

  2. Firefly!!! This show was far too smart for its time and, as with all shows that are actually decent, it died too young :(

  3. Haaa, I have never watched ANY of these! I’ve always heard good things about Parks & Recreation and Veronica Mars, sooo maybe I need to give those a try, but I just fail so bad at keeping up with series, and I have so many to watch as it is :p

  4. Stormy says:

    I am so glad that everyone(ahem, including you. . . ) pushed me to watch Firefly because now it’s a favorite of mine too–even made the cut on today’s TTT! I’ll have to add some of the others to my to-watch list.

  5. Oh man Cee I feel like I haven’t seen the glory of the blockquotes in a while so just *pat on the back* :’)

    Okay so I figured I do need to watch Firefly now, basically you’re going to have to force me when I have my semester break so I remember to watch it :P Or basically just force me to watch any of the shows I haven’t watched, yup. Have fun with that lol.

    B99 <3 Ever so grateful to you for introducing it to me or well, forcing me but still, I feel like rewatching it right now because just TOO AWESOME. All the characters and their dynamics are the best.

    Gah, Veronica's relationship with Keith was just the best. Plus Wallace and Mac. Season 1 with Veronica and Wallace was still my fave though, not that I don't like Mac but just I have a soft spot for them :')

    I really need to catch up on Elementary but just YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE LUCY LIU <3 Sherlock and Joan are just the perfect working couple. They complement each other so well and just *sighs happily*

  6. I want to watch Firefly soooooo badly! Thanks for the reminder that I need to watch it! I don’t watch any one these shows, but I have seen little bits of Elementary because my parents watch it. But I’ll definitely try to start Firefly ASAP!

  7. Firefly – EXCUSE YOU NOW I’M CRYING TOO. And now I need to go rewatch the entire series. Thanks a lot.

    Okay, I haven’t watched any of the other ones. Although I’ve heard that Parks and Recreation is really funny!

  8. Firefly – EXCUSE YOU NOW I’M CRYING TOO. And now I need to go rewatch the entire series. Thanks a lot.

    Okay, I haven’t watched any of the other ones. Although I’ve heard that Parks and Recreation is really funny!

  9. Valerie says:

    YES PSYCH IS THE BEST! Too bad I haven’t even finished it yet. Oh well. And I’ve gotten a couple of my friends asking me to watch Elementary too. So maybe one day.

  10. I wanted to see Firefly ever after the episode in The big bang theory where Sheldon is stalking the producer because the series was cancelled (and if it’s not THAT series he’s talking about.. I still want to see it for that reason, haha)

    Parks and recreation is on my list, because after seeing The Office I’m in need of another comedy series. I want to see Elementary. I’ve seen some episodes when my father watched it and I really liked it :)

  11. Ahhhh Psych!! I’m so excited to see it on someone else’s list! I’m absolutely obsessed with Shawn and Gus!

  12. Becky says:

    Firefly, Psych and V Mars all amazing TV shows. Great list. I haven’t thought about watching Psych in ages, I think I may be due a rewatch, that show is just amazing

  13. Oh how much I love Psych! It’s too bad that show is over, but at least it went out on top. The bromance in that show is unforgettable, not to mention all of the laughs. I just started watching Parks and Recreation and it is my new funny addiction. I love every single character on that show, every one. I love them. Did I mention that I love them? lol

  14. Psych is my all time favourite show. Too awesome. #Shules
    unfortunately I haven’t actually seen any of the other shows mentioned but I definitely will now!

  15. Fireflyyyyy, I really need to watch that. I watched Serenity back in a high school English class and loved it, so I don’t know why I never got round to Firefly.

    ALSO Veronica Mars. I’ve heard sooooooo so so so so many good things about it but I never seem to find the time to watch it!

    Hmm…how would you compare Elementary to BBC Sherlock? I didn’t think I’d like BBC Sherlock because of the modern setting but I love it! But an American Sherlock feels so wrong to me. :P

  16. Amaris says:

    I love Psych so much, Gus and Shawn are so perfect together! I’ve never heard of Firefly, but it sounds really interesting … I’ll have to check that out :)

  17. First of all, this is the first time I’ve seen your new blog design, and it’s absolutely beautiful! I love it. Second of all, I now have a TON of new shows to add to my to-watch list!! I’ve seen a bit of Parks and Rec here and there (my parents watched it) but none of the other ones. I’ve heard amazing things about Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Veronica Mars, so I need to start those soon. I love TV shows with awesome relationships (romantic OR friendships) so these all sound amazing.


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