Favorite Television Shows

by MirandaMowbray on March 13, 2013

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not ashamed to say that I love to watch TV. Whether alone or with Brent, I usually spend a couple hours each day catching up on my favorite shows. We gladly subscribe to Hulu, Netflix, HBO Go, and use our OnDemand service all the time.

Like reading, I find that TV is a way to escape from your daily life and experience things from somebody else’s perspective or get to see things on a screen that you might never have a chance to in person.

Since TV is kind of a big part of my life, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite television shows with you. These aren’t in any kind of order, just because I don’t think I could ever choose, haha. I guess I’ll separate them by how I watch them.


#1: DVR


Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Keeping Up with the Kardashians is an American reality television series that premiered on October 14, 2007, on E!. It follows the lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family, including sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian. (source)


Kourtney & Kim Take Miami For the first two seasons, Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami followed sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian as they oversee the opening of a D-A-S-H store in Miami, a follow up to their original store in Calabasas. It also featured Khloé’s radio show at Y100, ‘Khloé After Dark’, co-hosted by Terrence J, and the day-to-day lives of the duo. The third season sees Kim joining Kourtney as they find a new location for D-A-S-H Miami. This is the first Kardashian-related series to air after the birth of Kourtney and boyfriend Scott Disick’s daughter Penelope. (source)


House Hunters

House Hunters takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a home. (source)


Love It or List It Love It or List It is a real estate and renovation show featuring interior designer, Hilary Farr and real estate agent, David Visentin. While designer Hilary attempts to win over the homeowners by renovating their current home, real estate agent David tries to find them the home of their dreams. Once all work has been complete and all potential homes have been viewed, couples must decide whether to love their homes or list them. (source)



Property Brothers

The Property Brothers are determined to help couples find, buy and transform extreme fixer-uppers into the ultimate dream home, and since it’s hard to see beyond a dated property’s shortcomings, they’re using state-of-the-art CGI to reveal their vision of the future. Can they convince these hesitant homebuyers to take a radical risk? And can they complete their ambitious project on time and on budget? (source)

The Ellen Show

Host Ellen DeGeneres continues to deliver uplifting, inspiring, and hilarious experiences to viewers. Ellen’s talent, personal warmth and insight have earned her recognition as a global entertainer and household name. Through her show, she brings her humor and talent for tackling topical issues into viewers’ lives with her distinctive style touching every aspect of the show. (source)


Dr. Phil

Dr. McGraw uses the power of television to tell compelling stories about real people with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems, stripping away the shame and embarrassment that often keeps people from seeking help. Many viewers, for the first time in their lives, develop an understanding of problems experienced by their families and themselves and, in the comfort of their homes, experience the hope and possibility of change. With a strong commitment to research and the assistance of leading scholars and behavioral scientists, Dr. McGraw educates viewers about state-of-the-art and evidence-based treatment options for many of the most challenging problems faced by individuals, couples and families. His unique dedication to families and children is legend to the millions of people around the world who watch his show and read his books. (source)



Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta brings Southern charm to a familiar series. Set in the nation’s largest full service bridal salon, viewers go behind the scenes at Bridal’s by Lori to see what each bride goes through to find the perfect wedding dress. (source)



Catfish: The TV Show is an American reality-based docudrama television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating. The show is based on the 2010 film Catfish and is hosted by Nev Schulman. (source)


Dance Moms

Dance Moms is an American dance reality series…set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company, and follows children’s early careers in dance show business, and their mothers. (source)



The X Factor

The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by Simon Cowell… The contestants are aspiring pop singers drawn from public competitive auditions… The “X Factor” of the title refers to the undefinable “something” that makes for star quality. The prize is usually a recording contract, in addition to the publicity that appearance in the later stages of the show itself generates, not only for the winner but also for other highly ranked contestants. (source)



In each episode, four chefs compete. Their challenge is to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that is judged on their creativity, presentation, and taste with minimal time to plan and execute. The show is divided into three rounds: “Appetizer,” ”Entrée,” and “Dessert”. In each round, the chefs are given a basket containing between three and five (usually four) ingredients, and the dish each competitor prepares must contain each of those ingredients. The ingredients are often ones which are not commonly prepared together. (source)


Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine tries to turn around restaurants across America that are facing an impending demise if things don’t improve. With a $10,000 budget and two days to work, Irvine uses his creativity and resourcefulness to turn the eatery’s fortunes around. On day one, he assesses the business by observing the staff and kitchen during a full service. He then updates the menu and makes aesthetic changes to the restaurant in preparation for the grand reopening the following day. Irvine goes out into the community to get a crowd into the building to check out the improvements on the second day of the project. (source)



The Big Bang Theory

The show is centered on five characters: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon’s equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny’s social skills and common sense. (source)


Oprah’s Next Chapter

Oprah’s Next Chapter is an interview program that allows Winfrey to step “outside of the studio for some riveting, enlightening in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.” (source)


Married To Jonas

Married to Jonas is an American reality television series on E!. The series debuted on August 19, 2012. It primarily focuses on Kevin Jonas, a third of the Jonas Brothers, married life with his wife Danielle Deleasa. However, the first season also focused on the 2012 “comeback” of the Jonas Brothers. (source)



How I Met Your Mother

Set in Manhattan, the series follows the social and romantic lives of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and his friends Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris). As a framing device, the main character, Ted, using voiceover narration by Bob Saget, in the year 2030 recounts to his son and daughter the events that led to his meeting their mother. (source)


Long Island Medium

Theresa is a typical Long Island mom who has a very special gift. She talks to the dead. While Theresa helps other families find closure and peace, her own family occasionally get annoyed by her inability to turn this gift “off.” (source)


Shipping Wars

In a typical episode, the carriers place bids on two jobs listed on uShip, in a reverse auction format. Each client has the option of awarding the job either to the lowest bidder, or to a higher bidder based on feedback from previous clients. Ties are broken in favor of the carrier with the higher average feedback rating. Winners load their cargo and attempt to deliver it intact by the client’s deadline. Feedback ratings from clients are displayed as the loads are delivered. At the end of the episode, each carrier’s net profit or loss is tallied on-screen, with the expenses (fuel, labor, late-delivery penalties, fines, etc.) subtracted from the bid amount to determine the overall profit or loss. At times, a carrier will arrange to haul one or more additional loads on the same trip, with the extra money figured into his/her tally. (source)



Chef Wanted

When top restaurants are in need of an executive chef — the critical employee who can make or break a restaurant — they turn to Anne Burrell. Each week Anne puts four candidates through the toughest job interview of their lives, testing everything from their culinary mettle to business acumen. It all ends with the biggest test of all: running the restaurant. Who will make their dinner service the most profitable and delicious, landing their dream job as the restaurant’s new executive chef? (source)


Worst Cooks in America

Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show on the Food Network. The show takes 16 contestants (referred to as “recruits”) with poor cooking skills through an eight-week culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000. The recruits are trained on the various basic cooking techniques including: baking, knife skills, temperature, seasoning and preparation. The final challenge is to cook a restaurant quality three-course meal for three food critics. (source)


Teen Mom 2

Teen Mom 2 is an American reality documentary television series which premiered on MTV on January 11, 2011. It follows the lives of four girls from the second season of 16 and Pregnant as they navigate their first year of motherhood. The series also focuses on the themes of their changing relationships between family, friends, and boys, while highlighting the struggles teenage mothers have to go through to raise their children. (source)


#2: Hulu Plus

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Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that airs on Fox in the United States. It focuses on the William McKinley High School glee club New Directions competing on the show choir competition circuit, while its members deal with relationships, sexuality and social issues. (source)


Kitchen Nightmares

Kitchen Nightmares is an American reality television series… in which chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business. (source)


Hell’s Kitchen

Chef Gordon Ramsay under his sole discretion progressively eliminates chefs from a pool of 18 contestants down to one, the winner, in which he/she is given the opportunity to be the head chef of a high-end restaurant… They are introduced to Chef Gordon Ramsay and to the audience typically by cooking their signature dish and presenting to Ramsay for judging… They are then given a set of utensils (theirs to keep regardless of their progress), as well as a chef’s jacket of their team color. The restaurant features two identical kitchens, one for each team, and each are supervised by Ramsay’s sous chefs with Ramsay observing both kitchens for quality control. While in Hell’s Kitchen, the chefs are given a broad array of cooking lessons, including how to cook some of Ramsay’s most difficult dishes such as risotto and Beef Wellington. (source)



Master Chef

MasterChef is an American competitive cooking reality show, open to amateur and home chefs. It is co-hosted and co-produced by Gordon Ramsay. (source)


Hotel Hell

The series features Ramsay visiting various struggling lodging establishments throughout the United States in an attempt to reverse their misfortunes. (source)



Castle is an American crime drama television series which… primarily traces the lives of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a best-selling mystery novelist, and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) as they solve various unusual crimes in New York City. Detective Beckett is initially infuriated at the thought of working with a writer and goes to great lengths to keep him out of her way. However, the two soon start developing feelings for each other. The show focuses on the romantic tension between the two lead characters, and also on the unsolved homicide of Beckett’s mother. (source)



The Bachelor/The Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad

The series revolves around a single bachelor…and a pool of romantic interests, which could include a potential wife for the bachelor. The conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Early in the season, the bachelor goes on large group dates with the women, with the majority of women eliminated during rose ceremonies. As the season progresses, women are also eliminated on one-on-one dates and on elimination two-on-one dates. The process culminates with hometown visits to the families of the final four women, overnight dates, should they choose to accept, at exotic locations with the final three women, and interaction with the bachelor’s family with the final two women. In many cases, the bachelor proposes to his final selection. (source)


Rookie Blue

The series follows the lives of five rookie cops from 15 Division who have just graduated from the academy. Training’s over, life begins. They must learn not only to deal with their duties as police officers, but also deal with the problems and expectation of their families and friends. They are first responders and they are about to learn that no amount of training prepares you for life. (source)


So You Think You Can Dance

The show features a broad variety of American and international dance styles including classical, contemporary, ballroom, hip-hop, street, club, jazz, and musical theatre styles, amongst others, with many sub-genres within the categories represented. Competitors attempt to master these styles—which are generally, but not always, assigned by a luck-of-the-draw system—to survive successive weeks of elimination. The eventual champion wins a cash prize (typically $250,000) and the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.” (source)



Grey’s Anatomy

The series…focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents, as they gradually evolve into seasoned doctors, while trying to maintain personal lives. (source)



Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) comes to the Hamptons, renting a home next to the Grayson family to enjoy the summer. However, it is revealed that Emily has been to the Hamptons before as a little girl. In reality, Emily is Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for a crime he did not commit and sent to prison for life. She was permanently separated from him and never saw him again. Now, she has returned to the Hamptons, intent on getting revenge on those who wronged her and her father. At the top of her list is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), matriarch of the Grayson family and the woman whom her father loved and who, in the end, betrayed him. Emily wants to get revenge on them all. As she sets her plan in motion, Emily tries to navigate the upper society to destroy those who betrayed her father. But the further she goes, the more her emotions get involved and the more she questions her motives and the moves she makes. (source)


New Girl

Jessica “Jess” Day (Zooey Deschanel) is an adorable, bubbly young woman who teaches at a Los Angeles middle school. Jess begins looking for a new place to live after breaking up with her boyfriend. She answers an ad for a new roommate on Craigslist, and moves in with three young men: Nick, Schmidt, and Coach. Very shortly after moving in, Coach moves out and is replaced by Winston, another young man who had previously lived in the apartment with Nick and Schmidt. Cece, Jessica’s childhood best friend and a fashion model, also appears in various storylines. (source)




The series follows Whitney Cummings, as she portrays a fictionalized version of herself, and her very supportive live-in boyfriend, Alex. Even though the two have decided that they will not commit to marriage, she does question how committed they are in their 3-year relationship and tries to go as far to prove a point. She begins to fear what she sees as “relationship boredom” and worries what will happen next that could possibly end their relationship. Because of what she sees and hears around her involving other relationships, she uses unconventional methods to keep the romantic flames glowing with Alex, often seeking the help of her close friends. (source)


Switched at Birth

Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) is an artistic teenager being raised by her stay-at-home mother Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and former professional baseball player father John (D. W. Moffett), in the wealthy Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, along with her older brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel)… After genetic testing that confirms Bay is not biologically related to her parents, the family discovers that the hospital mistakenly switched Bay with another newborn, Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), a deaf teen…living with her struggling single mother, Regina (Constance Marie) and Puerto Rican grandmother (Ivonne Coll)… When the two families meet, the girls struggle with their identities as Bay relates to Regina’s artistic abilities and Daphne is drawn to John’s athletic skills. The Kennishes learn that Regina is facing financial woes and propose the Vasquezes move into their guest home. The new living situation forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities. Kathryn attempts to bond with Daphne while unintentionally alienating Bay. At the same time, Regina struggles with Kathryn’s influence on Daphne and bonding with Bay. (source)


America’s Next Top Model

Each season of America’s Next Top Model has from 9–13 episodes and starts with 10–14 contestants [and] each episode, one contestant is eliminated… Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the season (usually after the first or second elimination in the finals), and a trip to an international destination is scheduled at about two-thirds of the way through the season (usually with five or six contestants remaining). (source)




Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) dedicates her life to protecting the public images of the nation’s elite and making sure their secrets never get out. Olivia is a former White House Communications Director for the president, but has left to start her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope and Associates. She is hoping to begin a new chapter of her life, but is finding out that she cannot leave parts of her past behind… Olivia Pope and Associates staff includes Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick), a womanizer considering settling down, Harrison Wright (Columbus Short), a smooth and efficient litigator, Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), the firm’s investigator, Huck Finn (Guillermo Diaz), a hacker with a CIA past, and recent recruit Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes), a fresh faced lawyer with a world-shattering secret. (source)


Pretty Little Liars

Set in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario) and Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), four girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse). One year later, they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure using the name “A” who threatens to expose their secrets. At first they think it’s Alison herself, but after she is found dead, the girls realize that someone else knows their secrets—including long-hidden ones they thought only Alison knew. Alison was also stalked by A, and the girls continue to find more and more information about A and Alison’s disappearance – all while risking their lives. (source)


The New Normal

Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) are a happy gay couple living in Los Angeles, with successful careers. The only thing missing in their relationship is a baby. They meet Goldie Clemmons (Georgia King), a single mother and waitress from Ohio. Goldie left her adulterous husband and moved to L.A. with her nine-year-old daughter, Shania (Bebe Wood), to escape their former life and start over. Jane (Ellen Barkin), Goldie’s conservative and very bigoted grandmother, follows her family to the city against her granddaughter’s wishes, thus causing havoc for her granddaughter and the hopeful couple. Goldie decides to become Bryan and David’s gestational surrogate and, naturally, her family gets involved. (source)



Ink Master

Ink Master is American reality competition on Spike in which tattoo artists compete in challenges assessing their tattoo and related artistic skills. They are judged by noted tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts, with one contestant eliminated each episode. (source)



The show maroons a group of strangers (as one or more tribes) in a desolate locale, where they must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves, while competing in challenges to earn either a reward, or an immunity from expulsion from the game in the next of the successive votes for elimination. While much rarer than elimination by vote, medical conditions, such as injury or infection, have eliminated several contestants. The last two or three survivors face a jury composed of the last seven, eight, or nine players voted off. That jury interrogates the final few, and then votes for the winner of the game, the title of Sole Survivor and a million dollar prize. (source)


The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries is an American teen drama television series on The CW. It is a prequel to the HBO television series Sex and the City and based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. The first season of the show focuses on Carrie Bradshaw during her junior year of high school in 1984, and she explores life in New York while interning at a law office. (source)



Shark Tank

The series features a panel of “Sharks,” entrepreneurs and business executives who consider offers from other entrepreneurs seeking investments for their business or product. (source)


The Taste

The Taste begins with blind auditions of both professional and amateur cooks during which four judges, who double as mentors, taste one spoonful of food from each contestant, prior to knowing who cooked it or what the ingredients are. Each judge decides whether or not they would like to have the contestant on his or her team by pressing a button (green for yes or red for no); the buttons are hidden from the other judges (although some decisions are revealed to the home audience). The four then meet the contestant and press a button to reveal their votes. If exactly one judge votes yes, that contestant automatically joins that judge’s four-member team. If more than one judge votes yes, the contestant chooses among them. Once the 16 contestants are chosen, each episode consists of team and individual challenges with various themes. Each episode ends with the mentors tasting all the competitors’ dishes without knowing what it is, how it was prepared, who created it, or whom they will be eliminating. The contestant with the worst bite of food is eliminated from the competition. (source)

#3: Netflix



Private Practice

Private Practice is an American medical drama television program… A spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy, the series…chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice in Los Angeles. Private Practice also revolves around Addison’s co-workers at Seaside Wellness, and how they deal with patients, and the practice while still finding time to live their everyday lives. (source)



Orphaned at the age of three by the murder of his mother, Dexter Morgan is adopted by Miami police officer Harry Morgan and his wife Doris. After discovering that young Dexter has been killing neighborhood pets for several years, Harry tells Dexter that he believes the need to kill “got into” him at too early an age, and that he believes Dexter’s need to kill will only grow. To keep Dexter from killing innocent people, Harry teaches him “The Code”: Dexter’s victims must be killers themselves who have killed someone without justifiable cause and are likely to do so again. Dexter must also always be sure that his target is guilty, and thus he frequently goes to great lengths to get undeniable proof of his victim’s guilt. Most importantly, Dexter must never get caught. (source)


Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series. The central character is Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling marijuana to support her family after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack. Over the course of the show, she and her family become more entangled in illegal activities on an escalating scale. (source)



#4: HBO Go



Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an American epic fantasy television series, …an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The series, set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, civil war, sexuality, crime and punishment. (source)


Big Love

Big Love is an American television drama…about a fictional fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah that practices polygamy. (source)



Yes, I do actually watch all of these shows, haha.

Does this list seem like a lot to you, or is yours pretty similar? Do we have the same taste? What is your favorite TV show?



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Abby March 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm

That’s a lot of TV shows!! I used to watch Chopped a lot! My parents always watch The Big Bang Theory, too. It’s a good one!
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MirandaMowbray March 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Haha, yeah. And I always get really behind on them! Like, right now, I probably have about 50-60 shows in my queu on Hulu that I need to watch. I try to watch at least one a day, but I’ll eventually end up catching up more during the summer when there’s not as many shows airing.


scarlet March 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Wow that is a lot of shows! I watch Dexter, True Blood, Game of Thrones, The Office, Parks and Rec, Revolution, and the news. Other than that I might watch something random like Big Bang Theory or Biggest Loser, but I don’t actively keep up with them. How are things going with your exercise bike? We love ours!


MirandaMowbray March 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Great! Honestly, we’ve only been able to use it a couple of times because we’ve been so busy (and exhausted!) with all of the unpacking and painting. But, trust me, that’s plenty of exercise in and of itself, haha!


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