I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have a TV anymore or that I’m just set in my ways but I have stopped discovering new shows. Everything that I watch; I plan to watch. That doesn’t mean that I never see new shows: right now, I’m watching Pitch and Westworld, but I’ve made a conscious decision to sit down and view these shows (most likely with some information as to what it’s about).
Recently I’ve been feeling nostalgic about the times when I would just turn on the TV and get sucked into some random show that I had never heard of: in some ways, I feel like that’s a better experience because it’s so spontaneous and when you fall in love with the show, it’s so unexpected that the feeling is a hundred times better. With that said, I wanted to share my top five accidental watches:
(5) La Femme Nikita
This is an oldie that I adored when I was little. They showed reruns at 7am and I would watch them before school with my mum. I can’t attest to how good it is because I don’t remember it that well but they rebooted it 2010 with Maggie Q and obviously I had to watch that and I can say that that version is great.
(4) Ugly Betty
You probably know about Ugly Betty: it became a surprise hit at some point in its first season, but I found it a quarter of the way into its second episode. My brother was watching a horror movie in the living room and despite my protests (I still can’t do horror movies) they wouldn’t change it. To avoid being emotionally scarred I went upstairs and turned on the TV where I found this strangely colourful,fast-paced show about fashion and Latin culture. It was love at first sight. It was also the first show that I watched from beginning to end.
The story behind my finding Hustle is a little embarrassing but I still re-watch the show so I can’t complain. In school there was a certain student that I had a strange infatuation with and they posted a Facebook status about what they were doing that evening: chinese food and Hustle. Naturally I had to find out what this show was and then I was hooked. I don’t give the BBC enough credit but they have amazing series (as shown by the last two shows on this list).
Another testament to the BBC: I literally don’t have a clue how I ended up watching Merlin. I’ve re-watched it a few times so I know that I started watching it during it’s second or third episode but other than that I have no recollection. All I know is that I would tell people that I was busy on Saturday because Merlin was a iron-clad part of my evening.
It’s strange to think that Sherlock began so long ago and when I was watching that first episode I had no idea how huge it was going to become. Everybody in my house had gone out for the night and my young, unsupervised self found this show about Sherlock Holmes. I remember wondering if it was a movie because it was so long and then being bitterly disappointed when I tuned in for the fourth week in a row to discover that the series was finished. After three episodes! Regardless, it became my favourite show despite only supplying four and half hours of footage every two years.
So those are my accidental watches. I get really happy thinking about these shows: they feel like a part of me becoming an adult (that’s weird, right? I should probably go outside more…). Anyway:
What shows have you discovered by accident? Do you have any fun stories? Let me know in the comments.