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Charles is a west coast boy at his core. He enjoys a nice sandy beach and a cold beverage. He dives for his own lobster and will one day live in Australia. College is a focus as long as it does not interfere with his adventurous lifestyle. He hates being in one place for too long and is prone to wonder. When he thinks about the future all he really wants is to make a change for good and have freedom to roam as he pleases.
1 year and 3 months. That is how long it took me to watch all 236 episodes of Friends on Netflix. I have had many friends (pun?) who suggested I try to connect with the early 2000’s nostalgia of the series and raved about how much they enjoyed it.
Though this TV series is widely considered one of the “greatest” ever produced, 90% of List Challenges Users have seen it and rank near the top, I had never seen more than a handful of episodes.
So I committed. I enjoyed. Now I think.
What it got me thinking about is, ‘what are the best TV series of all-time?’ Add another layer of fun to this thought, what are my 5 desert island TV series?
I have wrestled with this for several days now and this is where I have landed:
This show has held up incredibly well with time. I laugh, my parents laugh, and my grandparents laugh. Hell, I think I just heard great grandpa Al chuckle in his urn on the mantel.
I am obviously not the only who thinks so, it is at the top or near it in all of these lists. Deservedly so.
The third season of The Office came out before I jumped on board, but once I did I never looked back. This will be the show that I watch over and over and over again. My grandpa had Bonanza (if you have a grandparent, you know what I am talking about) and I will have the Office. 70-year-old Charles will be sitting in his Barcalounger watching Office reruns and shushing his grandkids like it was the first time the episode aired.
Yea The Office get bad towards the end of its run, but if you can suffer through a few rough seasons, the close is one of the best ever created. I love it. Unabashed and unashamed.
Since we were just talking about my generation, let’s keep to the theme. Boy Meets World changed my life. Cory (Ben Savage), Topanga (Danielle Fishel), Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) , and the Matthews family made me laugh and taught me to be a decent human being. 7 years (1993-2000), 158 episodes and somehow I still want more. Though admittedly, I watch all of 10 minutes of Girl Meets World and had to shut it down.
I remember the anticipation building as I suffered through TGIF waiting for Boy Meets World to come on. Need a little persuasion? Just follow this link: http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/25-reasons-why-more-boy-meets-world-is-a-wonderful-thing.php
One of the best shows ever.
Here is a fun fact about me, Ron Swanson is my moral compass in life. There are moments in my life when I ask myself, ‘Is this something Ron would do?’ If the answer is no, I do not do that thing.
Consult the handbook, rule 1: Be A Man.
An introduction to Ron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrLZgP-OR6s
Get to know him. Your life will be better.
Season 1 is pretty awkward, far from the first series to ever suffer from character development, but if you are persistent and keep watching, it turns into pure gold. One might even say that Parks and Rec are the ice cream of sitcoms. That would make Scrubs frozen yogurt. I said it. I put my name on it. Deal with it. Scrubs is meh at the best of times.
You add in the lovable Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and the sheer awesomeness of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and you have created a show that is nearly impossible to hate.
When you are playing desert island anything, your final selection is always the most painful. Alas, here we are. Coach makes my list for one reason and one reason only, pure reminiscence.
I will watch just about anything with Craig T. Nelson (Let’s go back to 1982) and you mix in Jerry Van Dyke as well and you have some pretty entertaining TV. Who could ever forget the laughable Dauber (Bill Fagerbakke)?
Here’s the thing, this show is corny, predictable, and slow. I know it and I still love it. This was the show that my dad and I would sit on the couch together and watch. I hear the theme song and a flood of memories come washing over me and will bring a smile to my face. For that reason alone, this show is getting a spot on my desert island.
So, in the end, my list is predicated mostly by personal connection and nostalgia to a show. In reality, most hard decisions are predicated by this driving force. Humans are constructed of experience and memories. Embrace it.
Think your 5 are better than mine? Comment below and prove it.
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