Day 1: A show that never should have been canceled
Day 2: A show you wish more people were watching
Day 3: Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 4: Your favorite show ever
Day 5: A show you hate
Day 6: Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 7: Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 8: A show everyone should watch
Day 9: Best scene ever
Day 10: A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11: A show that disappointed you
Day 12: An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13: Favorite childhood show
Day 14: Favorite male character
Day 15: Favorite female character
Day 16: Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17: Favorite mini series
Day 18: Favorite title sequence
Day 19: Best TV show cast
Day 20: Favorite kiss
Day 21: Favorite 'ship
Day 22: Favorite series finale
Day 23: Most annoying character
Day 24: Best quote
Day 25: A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26: OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27: Best pilot episode
Day 28: First TV show obsession
Day 29: Current TV show obsession
Day 30: Saddest character death
Since cornelius_mcfee went with the ever-controversial Sopranos finale, and idiolecto chose the venerable Buffy the Vampire Slayer finale, I suppose I'm forced to come up with something original, here. So I'll go with the ever-well-regarded last episode of The Prisoner (the one from the '60s, not the remake with Jim Caviezel, which I haven't watched yet). The episode is titled "Fall Out", and it really paved the way for the use of certain mind-f*ck and red herring conventions in (now-)contemporary science fiction film and television. Plus, it's packed with ambiguity, which I always love. If you don't want spoilers, avoid the Wiki hyperlink; but, uh, this show is 42 years old, so some foreknowledge of the plot is probably unavoidable.
Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) on 24 is ... boy howdy. "Annoying" doesn't begin to cover it. (Edgar is a close runner-up. But he just seems like too easy a target). This character makes more moves to actively -- albeit accidentally -- impede her father's attempts to, like, save the world and stuff than seems reasonable. Even for the patently ridiculous 24. And how did she get hired at CTU, anyway? Surely, the arm of nepotism isn't that far-reaching. I wish she'd been taken out by that mountain lion.
There are a lot of comedies that are amazing repositories of quotable quotes, but perhaps none moreso than The Simpsons. I don't know if I have a favorite-favorite; but this exchange has always made me smile:
Lisa (devestated, gesturing toward a stack of books): "Friends? These are my only friends. Grown-up nerds like Gore Vidal. And even he's kissed more boys than I ever will."
Marge: "Girls, Lisa. Boys kiss girls."
And who can forget ...?
Jasper Johns: "Yoink!"
A lot of great shows have been recommended to me recently (again, since we cut off our satellite subscription and are relying on inter-library-loaned DVDs for our television fix). One that I regret not giving more of a chance, and will be revisiting soon, is The Wire. Given my love of Homicide: Life on the Street, the involvement of Clark Johnson -- sadly not reprising his Homicide role -- should be enough to tempt me. Cullen and I started watching the first season about four years ago, and stopped mid-way through the first disc because the writing and acting seemed a little ... "off" ... to us. But, by all accounts, it simply gets off to a shaky start and picks up really quickly.
Birgitte Raaberg's birthing scene at the end of Riget? If your reaction is anything other than "OMG WTF?", I might have to check your pulse.
I'm with Cullen on this one: Lost had its expository episode down to a science. Even in light of future revelations (half-baked or satisfying), the Lost pilot is still incredibly resonant and creepy as all get-out.
The first I can remember, right? Because I wrote about Belle and Sebastian a bit earlier.
I can't think of one, specific program; but I did have an affinity for (mild) horror and suspense pretty early on. A few that come to mind include: the original Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack; the Tales from the Darkside TV series; Amazing Stories; and re-runs of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
I have been working my way through The X Files again on DVD, but I am (as previously mentioned) desperate to see the new seasons of True Blood and Mad Men that are currently airing.
Well, this is a downer of an ending!
Like most viewers, I was completely taken aback by the death of Buffy's mom, Joyce, in the fifth season episode "The Body". It is handled with great sensitivity and realism; and I doubt anyone who watched the series from the beginning failed to tear up just a little.