"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for ???

Well, it is here.  The final letter and final post for this month's challenge.  Another year down.  But we can relive the magic that was April in the forthcoming reflections post.  For now, it's all about the "Z"!  On with the post.

Nope, I'm not missing something.  I don't have a show for "Z".  Sure, there are some out there.  A painfully small amount, but they are there.  However, I have not seen any of them.  Heard of them?  Yes, but that's it.  Do you have a TV show that begins with the letter "Z"?  I don't.

Maybe it's Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane?  Never saw it.  It was only around for 2 seasons, totaling 26 episodes.

Maybe Zoey 101?  A Nickelodeon show that was moderately successful with tweens far before I had children.  But it's probably more well known now because Jamie Lynn Spears (Yes, Britney's sister) was the title character and star until she got pregnant at the age of 16 and the show was cancelled.

Maybe Zorro?  The original from the 1950's or one of its many reincarnations?  You know who Zorro is right?  I do, but was never interested.  Meh.

So, that's all I have.  Can't end the month with a bang.  But that's the case with the letter "Z".  I figured I would not find a show beginning with the letter when I chose the theme but I tried.  Oh well.  We will see what "Z" has in store next year!

All is well, 26/26 and done, in Drosche Land.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for You Can't Do That On Television

Ok, off the heels of yesterday's lukewarm post I am totally stoked about this one.  This show is a bit more obscure so I will forgive you if you are not familiar with it.  Maybe I can persuade you?!

This show is hilarious.  Basically it is a preteen SNL.  A sketch comedy of sorts where all of the actors are teens, so you have that kind of fun humor.  Oh, and it was the 80's so think about all of the hair and clothes.  Oh, and they're mainly all Canadian so you get the fun accents too!  Sounds like a winner, right?  I can't even begin to tell you where you might find episodes.  Maybe YouTube?  Probably.  They were also known for the running gag of sliming the kids with a green, gooey substance whenever they said "I don't know".  Sure there are now reports from the former child stars that the slime was toxic and has had negative long-term effects on their health, but back then it was hilarious.  Well, it still is for me.  

The show is also known for the fact that Alanis Morissette was one of the child actors.  In fact, many of the actors went on to be somewhat well known, well maybe more so in Canada.  Either way it was a great show and if you grew up in the 80's and watched Nickelodeon then I am sure you are familiar with it.  If you have no clue what I am talking about, be sure to head to this website to learn more!  Go ahead and go there now.  I'm done here!

All is well, 25/26 down, in Drosche Land.  

Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for The X Files

Ok.  Honestly, not one of my all-time favorite shows.  But surely you can understand the lack of TV shows beginning with the letter "X".  So, here we are.

Even if you have never seen an episode you can't deny the phenomenon that was The X-Files.  It was groundbreaking, legendary.  When I think back to the show my favorites were the ones about aliens, unsolved mysteries, bizarre occurrences.  The political and governmental story lines were not among my favorites.  I was never too attached to the show but I have a feeling that if I were to start watching it now, as an adult, from the beginning I would develop a new appreciation for it.  Maybe I will one day.  I mean the truth, and the episodes themselves, is out there.  :)  So I guess I will add it to my TV show bucket list, not high up, but on there nonetheless.

What about you?  Enjoy aliens and those plots?  Yes, no?  Remember The X-Files?  Fondly or not at all?  Like I said, not being overly attached to this show the post is short.  Oh well.  

All is well, 24/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

W is for The Walking Dead

Ok. So I have been waiting to write about this show since I thought of the theme for this year's challenge.  I am so excited!  For me, "W" couldn't have been for anything else!

So you know I love scary movies, TV shows, and books. Well, zombies might be my favorite monster. The undead, wandering around, decaying, wanting only to eat my braaaaiiins!  Awesome. Ok, so the zombies (walkers) in The Walking Dead don't say "braaaaiiins" or anything else, but the gurgling/breathing/guttural noises they make are better. There's also something fascinating about a post-apocalyptic world too. No electricity, running water, or any of huge other modern conveniences that we rely upon. Then factor in the fight for your life against the undead. Mesmerizing. 

In addition to the horror factor, this show is also a fascinating look at human nature and what happens when societal norms and government are no more. Deep huh?  I don't see how you couldn't at least know about this show, even if you haven't ever seen it.  And, if you haven't ever seen it, well I can't understand that either.

In breaking with what has become the norm here, I actually am all caught up and current with this show. I love it that much. Thanks in part to my wonderful wife for letting me watch the season finale live and for On Demand for ensuring the episodes are available at all times!  I cannot wait until October when it returns. Until then I will just wait and wait and wait. Oh and read the entire series of graphic novels which I am also obsessed with!  

All is well, 23/26 down and just looking at the flowers, in Drosche Land. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

V is for V

The original.  Not the 2009 revamp.  That one was alright (admittedly though I didn't watch it after the premiere, maybe it's on Netflix?) but this is about the one from the 80's!

Loved it!  Doesn't every little child enjoy a good show about aliens disguised as humans, posing as friendly while secretly plotting a hostile takeover of Earth?  Well, I did.  Sure I was young, but clearly mature and advanced for my age!  :)  Well, at least I enjoyed a good scary movie and/or sci-fi.  It has been so long since I have seen this, but I do remember it and loving it.  Scary reptilian aliens in human suits?  Creepy and awesome!  I don't think anyone else in Drosche Land will share my love of this show, but that is alright.  Maybe one day they will come around.  Until then I remember and now begin the search for it on Netflix.  I think I may even have the original TV movie/pilot on VHS (yikes, a VHS dates me!)!

All is well, 22/26 down, in Drosche Land.    

Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Ugly Betty

The letter "U" is not a common one when it comes to TV show titles, let me tell you that.  Lucky for me there just happened to be one that I watched and enjoyed.  If it weren't for Betty and her wacky exploits I don't know what I'd be talking about now?

An American telenovella?  Sounds awesome.  I mean, I'll admit that I have never actually seen a real one, other than in passing as I flip channels that is.  But I know the premise.  Drama.  Over the top story lines and characters.  Like a soap opera on steroids.  Score.  I got hooked on Ugly Betty via Netlflix, of course, and fell in love.  Then through the wonder of DVR I was able to stay up to date with the series for the final 2 seasons.  I found the outlandish plots and characters to be entertaining and part of what made this show so enjoyable.  That and America Ferrera, she was hilarious and perfect as sweet, dorky, Betty.  I wasn't totally thrilled with how the series ended, but eh, I'll get over it.

So, did you watch Ugly Betty?  What did you think?  Writing this has made me want to pull it up on Netlfix and relive the series.  Ahhhhh streaming video, how you've enhanced TV watching and my life!  

All is well, 21/26 down, in Drosche Land.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for The Twilight Zone

Ok. This one is a classic. A classic. However I do understand that many people probably haven't seen it since it is so very old. But still, a classic!

A different story every week. Creepy. Supernatural. Mystery. Twists and turns.  Abnormal and normal switched. So many great themes and episodes here. I don't even know where to begin. The best part is, they are all in black and white. Sure, you might think that it ages the show and dates it. But you'd be wrong. I think that the black and white aspect only enhance the feelings and undertones of the show.  Colorization would take so much away from it, I am so glad Ted Turner hasn't gotten ahold of this series. 

Ok, again, I'll admit that many of you probably are unfamiliar with this show. You might know it by name, but that's it. Some of my favorite memories from childhood are with this show. My Dad loved it and I remember watching it with him. I also remember watching the New Years Eve marathon of it every year. Hour after hour of great episodes for nearly 2 days straight. They still do this, I think it's on the SyFy Channel. Luckily you can still find this show on cable every now and then. I highly recommend you give it a shot. It is epic, groundbreaking, amazing. Again, a classic.  Find it now and watch a few episodes. 

Well, what do you think?  Have any clue about this?  Did you ring in the new year with it ever?  What are your thoughts on black and white?

All is well, 20/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Survivor

The grandfather of all reality TV shows. Survivor. Surely you are familiar with this show. It has spawned countless copycats and inspired many others in the genre. Another family favorite here in Drosche Land.

Amy and I have a history with this show. It benga when we were in college and we were instantly hooked. Regular people competing against each other in the wilderness to not only win a million dollars, but to survive while doing so. Awesome. We even had viewing parties with our friends in college. Good times. Then we graduated, got married, got jobs, had kids. We quickly ran out of time for just watching TV and doing nothing else. We had to be judicious. Some things fell to the wayside. Sadly, Survivor was one of them. Factor in time without cable and a DVR and we just stopped watching. 

However, cable is back here in Drosche Land and, thanks also to On Demand, we were able to find time again to discover Survivor. We rekindled our love for it. Like riding a bike (I can guess since I can't ride a bike (story for another post)) we fell right back in with it. The boys quickly developed an affinity for Survivor as well, enjoying the competitions and gameplay aspects of it all. So, what started so long ago as a fun dive into a new genre has come full circle as we now enjoy it all together. 

So, Survivor?  Love it?  Hate it?  I love some reality TV and of course Survivor comes in at the top as having started the trend.   Think you could survive?  I don't know how long I'd last. 

All is well, 19/26 down, in Drosche Land.   

Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Revenge

Another confession. Are you picking up on a trend here?  Yes, I'm behind in thinks show too. Makes me sound super busy and important, but it's just life really. Too many TV shows and too little time. Oh well, on with the post. 

So, right from the title you're hooked. At least I was. Revenge. Who doesn't like a little revenge-inspired drama?  I sure do.  A young girl finds out the truth behind a family scandal. Then plots revenge for years, working out every detail to destroy the lives of those who destroyed her life. Winner. That's a lot of anger. Many issues. Wow. I loved the first season and watched it on DVR back when we had one. Then we got rid of cable and I didn't have the time to watch it live. It's on Netflix now so It has been added to my ever-growing list of TV shows to watch/catch up on. In the mean time I follow the previews of the new weekly episodes and wonder what has happened since I left off. 

The glory of this show is that, as with every dramatic guilty pleasure, you can watch wealthy people do things that you can't fathom, let alone ever do yourself. An escape, and who doesn't enjoy that?

So, have you gotten into Revenge?  What do you think?  No spoilers, I have 2 seasons to watch I believe.

All is well, 18/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Quantum Leap

Surely you remember this one.  Even though it has been a very long time since this show was even on the air. Travel back in time with me. 

Oh boy!  I remember watching this show when I was little. My Dad loved it too.  How could you not?  Leaping throughout time into different people.  New adventures. Sometimes changing the course of history. What fun. Sure there was a premise behind it all. He was leaping throughout time to find his way back. Honestly I cannot remember how the series ended. Did he ever make it back to himself and his life?  I hope so.  If not then the entire 5 season were all for naught. Oh, and another fun thing. What about his holographic friend?  How cool and futuristic was that for your late 80's/early 90's?  

Anywho, this show was fun. At least that's how I remember it. I'm going to have to head to Netflix to see if it's available. Or was it on Hulu that I found it?  Either way, it's out there so relive it all or discover it for the first time.  Leap back here and let me know what you think. Oh boy!

All is well, 17/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for a Pretty Little Liars

Yes. That's what "P" is for. Don't judge. Read on. 

Yes I'm in my (early) 30s. Yes I'm a guy. Yes I know this show is based on a series of books written for, about, and geared to teen girls. Don't judge. Have you seen it?  It's good. Like a teenage soap opera. In fact, that's exactly what it is. I don't know about you but my high school years were not filled with murder mysteries, stalkers, crime drama, etc. Maybeyours were (yikes), but not me.

I've already mentioned this month that I'm a sucker for some guilty pleasures when it comes to TV shows. This one is no different. I like a good mystery/drama/thriller. It just so happens that this one centered around teens. Sure some of it is a bit outlandish, I mean how do these high school kids get get into these situations and do some of these things?  I guess that's what makes it a good (fictional) show.

So I do thoroughly enjoy this show. I got hooked late so I am forever getting caught up via Netflix, but that's not a bad thing. What about you?  Seen it?  Like it?  Was your high school experience anything like this?  Ha!  If you have never seen it, give it a shot. What's there to lose?  You can always turn it off, but hopefully you won't want to. 

All is well, 16/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Once Upon A Time

Confession time again. I'm behind in this show. Way behind. But I still love it and it deserves it's post this month. That and there's not a lot of TV shows that begin with "O". On with the post. 

So, fairy tales are the new adult topic du jour.  That and vampires. Who doesn't love a good fairy tale?  Now, throw in a twist on your beloved characters, develop them outside of what you know, give them human personalities, bring them into modern day. What's not to love about that?  This was a show the whole family was interested in when they were previewing it prior to the pilot. We all loved it and watched it together. It was fun. We watched it until the whole twist occurred and they were transported to Wonderland.  That season we got behind. You know the drill. Life, busyness. So we're behind. But I'm still intrigued and can't wait to get caught up and see how the story lines developed and progressed. 

Well, have you seen it?  Like the fairy tale genre?  I know Netflix has this so you could start there. I'm hoping they have it up to where I left off this summer!

All is well, 15/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Nip/Tuck

Can you believe that we are halfway through this month and the challenge?  Me neither.  The first half was great so let's get going on the second part.  A memorable show to begin it all.

So, it's been a few years this this show ended.  It was on FX.  Remember it?  It was pretty memorable.  Two plastic surgeons, best friend since college.  A thriving practice.  Both men talented and driven.  One driven for the art and helping others (at first) and the other driven by money and the clientele.  Each episode featured one particular patient who needed some kind of plastic surgery for some reason.  The show then focused on that story but there were also constant story lines going on in addition.  

Sure, some of the plots were twisted, shocking, and sometimes far-fetched.  But that was the point.  That was what made it interesting.  For me at least.  It was what also drove the show.  It was good.  Something different, very different.  I wasn't a fan of how they closed everything at the end of its run. but it is what it is.  It was a good show.  Entertaining.  Interesting.  Definitely something you should check out if you haven't seen it.  You may love it, you may hate it.  It's that kind of show.

So, seen it?  What did you think?  Good, bad, ridiculous?  I know it's on Netflix if you want to give it a shot!  

All is well, 14/26 down, in Drosche Land.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Mad Men

Oooooh, I have been looking forward to today's post since I figured out this theme. I LOVE this show.  Let's go. 

So, the first of two AMC shows of this month and also probably my other most favorite show of the moment, in addition to AMC's The Walking Dead (obviously for "W"). Where do I begin?  Have you seen this show?  It is amazing. I love a good period show (remember Downton Abbey?) and the 1950's and 1960's are fascinating. Throw in the advertising angle (once upon a time many moons ago advertising was my dream career) and I'm hooked. The acting is stellar and the characters are so well developed. I get lost in the story lines so easily. I also love how cultural references are worked in throughout the plot and also influence the story as it develops. It has been amazing to see it change over the past 6 seasons as they deal with all of the many issues and events of the 1960's. Equal Rights, feminism, the race to the Moon, etc.  Amazing.  It is clear to see why it has won so many awards. The cast works so well together yet each one does an outstanding job alone. 

As I write this the 7th, and final, season has already premiered (last night) but I am still getting caught up on Season 6 thanks to Netflix. My plan is to binge on that when I can and get caught up via On Demand with the current season. I'm saddened that this is the show's last season, I will miss it. But I also can't wait to see how they end it and tie up all of the loose ends that have developed over the past few years. 

Again, I LOVE this show and could go on and on about it but I will spare you. What about you?  A fan (how could you not be?)?  Who is your favorite character?  What is your favorite thing about the show?  Just writing this has given me the itch to watch an episode!!!

All is well, 13/26 (halfway!) down, in Drosche Land. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for. Lost

Ok.  Confession time.  I never finished watching Lost.  Don't throw anything.  I just didn't.  Many reasons I'll detail below but I still wanted to include it this month.  So, read on.

I remember when this landmark show premiered.  Amy and I were newlyweds living in our first apartment together.  The reviews and teasers intrigued us so of course we had to watch.  We were instantly hooked.  We were those people totally addicted from day one, living week to week to see what new mysteries would be uncovered.  What mysteries would be solved.  What answers, if any, would be given.  Where were they?  Dead?  Alien abduction?  Hidden island?  New dimension?  You name the theory we discussed it as we eagerly watched and looked for clues.  We did this for a few seasons.  However, time went on.  Life happened.  Life meaning hurricanes, moving, dogs, new jobs, and children.  You know the drill.  We grew confused and tired of the plot twists and unanswered questions.  New story lines popping up without clear resolution for those we'd been following.  We got frustrated.  We got, for lack of a better word, lost.  :)  So we stopped watching it.  I know, I know.  I still followed it in previews and in the news.  I remember when it ended, part of me wanted to watch but so much time had passed.  We were so out of the loop.  I did watch the final few minutes though.  Sometimes I can't resist a good spoiler.  So I know how it ended but I won't spoil it for you though in case you were like me and just have never committed to finishing it.

It is on Netflix, the entire series.  Maybe I'll start over again.  Rekindle that old flame.  Get caught up and relive it all on my own terms, as my own busy schedule allows.  Maybe.  Maybe then I will enjoy it more.  We will see.

What about you.  A fan of this show?  Did you watch it for its entire duration or did you give up on it?  Any other shows you were addicted to but grew apart from over time?  Did you ever give it a second chance?

All is well, 12/26 down, in Drosche Land.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Ok, so maybe I'm slightly embarrassed about this show. But just slightly. I mean, who doesn't love some good, pointless, tacky reality TV every now and then?  I know I do. 

I kan't imagine you don't know who the Kardashians are. The thought that you might not is just krazy.  Tired already of the random k's in place of the c's?  Sorry, I just had to. So, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe. They're something else. Then there's Kris.  Definitely a polarizing show and group of people. But I do find the show entertaining, in a crazy way. Like it or not there is a niche out there for reality shows about famous people who are famous solely for being famous. Their trials and temptations. The ups and downs of being wealthy and all of the drama that comes with it. Sure it's probably scripted in some sort of fashion and sure it's mindless. But sometimes that's what you need. Well, maybe that's just me. 

What about you?  Kardashians fan or tired of them?  Either way you have to admit that their show has had far-reaching influences on pop culture and society. Like it or not. 

All is well, 11/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for Jessie

Yes. Today's post is about a Disney show. Yes it is technically for kids. Yes. I am in my (ahem) 30's. Don't judge.  On with the post. 

I'm not afraid to admit I enjoy a good kids show. Doesn't everyone really?  I'd like to say that the fact that I have 3 kids is the reason I enjoy Jessie, but we all know that's just not true. Maybe I'm just a big kid at heart. I'm sure Amy would say that I act like one at times (she's nodding while reading this)!  So I am sure a lot of you might not have seen or heard of this show unless you A: have kids or B: are like me and just love kids shows. Sure it's a bit formulaic, your standard Disney kids show with physical goofy comedy and wacky situations but it's fun. A southern girl moves to New York to sing and act but has to pay the bills. She gets a job as a Nanny for a very wealthy couple's children, a mix of biological and internationally adopted. You can see how the comedy would ensue. I'm not going to lie, the adoption aspect of it is one that we enjoy, being smack in the middle of the process here ourselves. My boys are in love with Debby Ryan, the actress how plays the titular (ha, funny word) character, they think she is hilarious. Even Stella enjoys watching it with us. Maybe that's another reason I enjoy it so much, we can sit down and watch it all together and laugh. Thanks to Netflix we have seen every episode at least 4-5 times so we know the jokes and lines well, often quoting along with it.

So, I highly recommend it whether or not you have kids. It's just good and easy fun. You can relax and mindlessly watch it while multitasking a thousand other things. Have you seen it?  What do you think?  A fan?  Are there shows that you watch that aren't geared toward your age demographic, but you totally love?  It's ok, I'm with you!

All is well, 10/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I is for I Love Lucy

Was there any question about today's post?  Is there even any other TV show that begins with an "I"?  Not in my book. This is it. The ONE. 

You can't get any more iconic or groundbreaking than Lucille Ball. Seriously. At least not when it comes to comedy. She is legendary. Who hasn't heard of her?  Who hasn't at least seen a clip?  This is one of my all-time favorite shows. Sure I've said that already this month and I am sure I will say it again, but I mean it. I do love her. Again, this is a show that I could watch at any point no matter when it was on. Despite having seen every episode multiple times. A favorite?  Gosh, that's hard. Vitameatavegamin. The candy factory. Those definitely rank up there. Stomping grapes?  When she announces she's pregnant?  Lighting her fake nose on fire?  Yep, they're up there too. 

I have always been a huge fan and went through a slightly obsessive phase when I was a kid, collecting all things Lucy. Ok. So maybe that phase went on for a while and maybe it has never truly gone away. I have all of the Hallmark Christmas ornaments and Amy always makes sure that they get special spots on the tree. Ahhhh. Lucy. My hope is that one day the kids will love her too. It's a little harder to expose them though since it's black and white and clearly from an entirely different era. But I hold out hope. 

So, how can you not be a fan?  At least not a little?  Favorite episode or are you torn too?  Surely you love her too?!

All is well, 9/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

H is for Home Improvement

Finally. A show that Amy and I both will agree on, she's nodding now reading this.  So, now that there is finally some agreement here in Drosche Land, on with the post.

Now, this is truly a show I grew up with. I am sure I was its target demographic for the duration of its run. A good, old-fashioned family friendly show. Busy mom? Check. Goofy dad with zany ideas?  Check. Smart child? Check. Jock child?  Check. Young child?  Check. Friendly neighbor always offering wisdom and advice?  Check. This show had it all.  It made Tim Allen famous and paved the way for his latest show (not covered on this blog), Last Man Standing.  Have you made it far without quoting Tim's signature grunt?  More power!  I'm doing it in my head since I am writing this at the boys' swim practice and I'm all about avoiding awkward stared and glances. But if you're at home, feel free to say it loud and proud. 

So, remember this show?  I know it was the 90's although I'm too afraid to look it up exactly for fear of feeling ancient once again. Did you grow up with it as I did?  What do you think, family classic?  I know the kids would love this one if it were readily available. Fingers crossed. 

All is well, 8/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

G is for The Golden Girls

Well, there was no difficulty in deciding on today's topic. None whatsoever.  I didn't even need to think of what shows might begin with a "G", this one was one of the first posts that came to mind when I decided on a theme. So, here goes.

Thank you for being a friend. Another iconic theme song to go with another iconic show. I will admit though that this is somewhat of a polarizing show; either you love it or you hate it. Clearly I LOVE it (Amy, not so much). Goofy lovable Rose. Sarcastic and headstrong Dorothy. Hormonally charged Blanche.  Kooky old Sophia. I don't have a favorite. They are each awesome and together make the show amazing. It is hilarious. I remember watching it when I was little and I still will stop and watch it if I come across it, and it always seems to be on.  I have seen every episode at least a dozen times, some more.  I know not every little kid was a huge fan about watching The Golden Girls, but it was. I've always had an eclectic taste when it comes to TV and music, I like a wide variety. I still will watch anything with Betty White in it.  I mean, what other 90 year old is that hilarious?!  I do have one season on DVD, but am eagerly awaiting the day it becomes available on Netflix. This is my go-to show. The one I can always watch, no matter what. It always makes me laugh and never gets old.

I feel like I could go on and on about this but I'm sure you don't want me to.  I don't know if I have a favorite episode, there are just too many. Hurricanes. Trips. Jobs. Relationships. The humor. The characters. The cheesecake. It is just all perfect. 

What do you think. I'm severely aging myself with this show, but oh well. Are you a fan or not?  Although I just can't imagine someone not being!  :)

All is well, 7/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

F is for The Facts of Life and Friends

Ok, so with "F" came another conundrum. However, this one was easy to deal with after my realization from "D" that I would mention 2. So, on with the post about 2 awesome TV shows, both with iconic theme songs. Which are you singing now?

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have: The Facts of Life. There, if you weren't singing it before, hopefully you are now.  How can you not love this show?  It was hilarious. It dealt with many hard-hitting teen life topics. They went on goofy vacations to far away places.  A group of friends that stuck together through school, jobs, relationships, etc. Who wouldn't want a group of friends like this?  Sure, as the series grew long in the tooth the plot lines weren't as great as they were before, but it was still good. Yet again I find myself wishing that this were available on Netflix. Maybe some day?  I know that I'm not the only fan of this show since there was a reunion episode, also awesome, that occurred in 2001, over a decade after the series ended.  So, who was your favorite?  Tootie?  Jo?  Blair?  Natalie?  Mrs. Garrett?  Too hard to choose huh?  

So no one told you life was gonna be this way (clap clap clap clap clap). There.  If you didn't have the first theme song stuck in your head, maybe now you have this one. Or maybe this one will take its place. Another iconic TV series, again about a group of friends that go through life's ups and downs together and always remain close. It's hard to believe but this year marks 10 years since the show went off the air and 20 since it premiered. 20?!  Seriously?!  Am I that old?  Anywho, Friends is by far one of the best TV shows ever, both in my opinion and in that of many others. How many quotes do you still use in your daily life?  "Pivot!"  "How you doin'?"  Do you find yourself mentioning the love-life of lobsters when referring to true love?  Do you know the words to Smelly Cat?  I'm sure you know at least several of these and many more. If not, then you seriously need to invest in all 10 seasons on DVD and enter into a marathon. We have several seasons on DVD but it would be great to have them all. I don't think they're on Netflix though, I'll have to check. Luckily there is always some channel playing an episode of Friends at some point during the day.  Hopefully that will always be the case!

So, have I gotten one or both songs stuck in your head?  I hope so, they're firmly implanted in mine!  If you're not a fan of both of these shows, hopefully that will change soon!

All is well, 6/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Saturday, April 05, 2014

E is for Ellen

No dilemma over choosing a topic for today's "E" post. At least not that I can't think of. I watch a lot of TV so you never know. Anyway, on with the post. 

I'm not talking about her current successful talk show and I'm not talking about her fantastic job hosting the Oscars this year (I retweeted!). Nope. I'm talking about the show that started it all. Her first sitcom. 

Originally it was titled These Friends of Mine but that was changed after the first season.  Thank goodness for that because I already had a show for "T".  In this show she played the owner of a small book store and the show focused on her, her life, and her wacky assortment of friends. It was funny, hilarious at times. Ellen herself is an amazing comedienne and I have always loved her. I even remember reading her first book, My Point … and I Do Have One back when her show was on. Hilarious. I highly recommend it. 

It's been over a decade since this show was on,and the thought that it began 20 years ago makes me feel ancient, and I haven't seen it available on Netflix, Hulu, or anywhere else. Therefore my memories of it are somewhat foggy. However, I remember thinking how great Ellen was and that she would be big. Now look at her, who knew I was so prophetic?  

Anywho, you know the story. At the height of the show's popularity she came out and then it was cancelled after the following season and a decline in viewers. But she went on to bigger and better things. Many may remember the controversy of huge show or the "groundbreaking" status of it. Me, I choose to remember it for the introduction to a hilarious actor. 

So, remember this show?  What do you think or remember about it?

All is well, 5/26 down, in Drosche Land.

Friday, April 04, 2014

D is for Downton Duck

So the topics for the first 3 post were simple. I knew right away what show is I wanted to blog about. But the letter "D" brought me my first conundrum. Which show to choose?  I went back and forth before finally realizing that there was no rule against posting about 2 things. Problem solved!  Here goes!

Downton Abbey and Duck Dynasty. The two shows couldn't be any different but I love them both so much. But that's me. I like to think I have an eclectic taste when it comes to TV, and music for that matter. There isn't much I won't watch at least once and there are many things I love. 

Downton Abbey. I love a good period piece. Something about the costumes, the language, the idea that you can "travel" back in time for an hour and get lost in another world. Amy loves historical fiction in literature and I have often told her that she would thoroughly enjoy Downton Abbey. Who knows?  Maybe this summer is the time I get her hooked!  I'm a little behind but thanks to Netflix, Amazon, and On Demand I am never hurting for an episode. Aside from all of the fun of a period story, I'm a sucker for a good drama and fun accents!

Duck Dynasty. I've posted before about my love for this show. It's just fun. I have an affinity for reality television and this is just one of the many I enjoy. The Robertson clan seems like such a genuine set of people. I just want to travel to West Monroe and stop in for a visit. I know they'd welcome me in right?  I also enjoy the fact that they are such great witnesses of their faith. An awesome global platform to state their religious beliefs. Plus, Si is just hilarious. An episode never fails to make me laugh and entertain me. 

So, there you have it. A tie for "D". Which do you prefer or are you torn as well?  Is there another show beginning with a D you love?  Darn!  I just thought of two more. Dallas (the original) and Dynasty!  Two fun guilty pleasures from the 80s that I grew up loving. Well, this post is long enough, maybe I'll share my love of hyphen later!

All is well, 4/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

C is for Charlie's Angels

Day 3 already?  Time is flying by!  Here we go!

Clearly by the image above you can tell that I'm not talking about the recent 2011 reboot of this show. Nope. I didn't even watch it. Not one of the measly 7 aired episodes. Why mess with a classic?  But enough about that inferior copy. On with the original. 

Come on. How can you not love Charlie's Angels?  3 beautiful women who also just happen to possess ridiculously amazing crime-fighting skills and wits?  Rescued by an unseen benefactor?  Trained to do what law enforcement can't: solve crimes while maintaining glamorously coiffed hair. I don't get why anyone wouldn't be a fan. 

Sure it was was a little campy with often far-fetched plot lines. That's the beauty of it. As the years went on some angels came and went and the final seasons are nowhere near as good as the first. The girls just don't have that same magical make up that the first 3 did, but it was great nonetheless.   I totally plan on exposing the kids to Charlie's Angels when they're older. Who knows?  I could see Stella as an angel, she definitely has the personality.  

So, are you a fan?  Love it?  Hate it?  Regardless, it is a timeless classic and I now have the theme music stuck in my head. Plus, you can't tell me you and a couple of friends never struck that famous pose while sporting some finger guns?

All is well, 3/26 down, in Drosche Land. 

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

B is for Breaking Bad

Time for Day 2. Here goes!

Confession. I've only seen the first episode!  Gasp!  Shock and awe!  I know. But, I fully intend on watching them all. I promise. I don't know why I never got into this show while it was on the air. Probably a mixture of no cable and no time. However, with all of the recent hooplah over the series finale I decided to finally give it a shot. Thanks to Netflix I was able to. 

Like the addicts in this show, I was hooked.  Well, on the show, not the actual meth. I love a good drama and even more so when the storyline and plot are something so out there and foreign to me; which meth labs obviously are. Throw in media hype and I'm in.

So, it's been a few weeks since I watched the first episode. With life and The Walking Dead going on I just haven't had the time to devote to it. Plus I just didn't want to get invested in a new show yet. But I fully plan on binging via Netflix this summer. I figure that by the time I make it through the first 4 seasons the fifth, and final one, will be available!  Score!

So, what do you think?  Are you a Breaking Bad fan?  Newbie?  Completely oblivious to the series and have no clue what I'm talking about. If you're a fan, no spoilers. Newbies, join me in a new TV adventure.  Never heard of it?  Try it out, you won't be sorry. 

All is well, 2/26 down, in Drosche Land.