Quick Five with Susan

Hello, dearest bandita buddies!

RB GreysPost 1So I’ve just now–like ten minutes ago–finished binged watching all 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.  I didn’t intend to do this.  I didn’t intend to sit down & watch an unconscionable amount of television all by myself.  (Mr. Sey isn’t a fan, & the girls are far too young for the soapy goodness that is Grey’s.)  But Mr. Sey was traveling a fair bit back in the fall & I found myself up late a few evenings with a pile of laundry that needed folding.  I figured I’d treat myself to some trashy TV.

But I didn’t want to watch a show Mr. Sey would want to watch with me–like The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad or House of Cards, all of which we adore.  No, I had the golden opportunity to watch something purely because I wanted to watch it, without haggling or bargaining with anybody.  Now this is a rare beast once you’ve been married a while.  Even rarer once kids come along.

RB GreysPost 2Long story short?  I discovered Grey’s Anatomy about a decade after everybody else, & got myself caught right up.  And it only cost me about a three hundred hours I’ll never get back.

I don’t regret a single one.

But it did get me thinking.  I’ll bet there are other great shows that I haven’t seen.  Tons of them.  And I never know when Mr. Sey’s travel schedule is going to heat up again.  I might find myself with a basket of laundry at ten pm & nothing to watch.  And that would be a shame.  So I made a list–five shows I’m totally going to start next time Mr. Sey is out of town:

RB GreysPost 31)  Downton Abbey

I started this show back when everybody else did & it fell off my radar.  But the instant I have a pile of laundry that needs folding & the house to myself, I’m checking back in.  Because the clothes!  And Professor McGonagal.  Enough said.

2)  Orange Is The New Black

I’ve heard this show is incredible & it just keeps winning awards.  I’m a little hesitant about the prison setting–depressing!–but am willing to at least give it a try.

GALERIE3)  Modern Family

I have multiple friends who continue to recommend this show, & once again it’s an awards show darling.  I might even have the first season sitting on top of my TV, lent to me by a friend who’s a little evangelical about Modern Family.  It’s on the list, if only because I’m starting to feel guilty about having those DVDs so long.

4)  Brooklyn 99

Because Andy Samberg.  That is all.

RB GreysPost 55)  The Good Wife

Because Juliana Marguiles.  And because I live in hope that George Clooney will find some way to make a guest appearance & we’ll have Dr. Ross and Nurse Carol reunited again!  Also because it’s won so many awards it’s practically TV royalty at this point.  And it had that guy from Sports Night on it, & I love him.

How about you?  What shows are on your missed list?  Anything you’re loving now?  I’m making a list…

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  • Kaelee says:

    I’m not sure if it was on the Romance Bandits blog or not but someone recommended Call The Midwife which I really enjoyed. I watched the first two seasons back to back.

    I would love to watch Downton Abbey sometime.

  • Helen says:


    They sound like great shows but I have not seen any of them and I don’t have any recommendations for you seeing as how I really don’t watch TV 🙁

    I have way too many great books on a massive TBR pile that are calling me LOL

    Glad that enjoyed it though and I hope you get the time to watch more of the shows

    Have Fun

    • Susan Sey says:

      that’s the funny this about this, Helen! I usually prefer books, too! It’s only when I’m folding laundry that I feel this particular urge to watch TV, probably because I can’t fold & read at the same time. Both tasks suffer.

      That said? I was NEVER behind on the laundry since I got hooked on Grey’s. 🙂

  • flchen1 says:

    I do remember at least one rec for Call the Midwife in the Lair, Kaelee! And Susan, I have zero time for TV 😉 Too many books 😉 (I have watched a couple episodes of Masterchef Junior with the family–the kids are hooked, and hey, if it helps them develop an interest in cooking, I’m all for it 😀 ) They have also watched a few episodes of The Librarians and Scorpion… DH watches a bunch of stuff, but I can’t keep up! 😀

  • Jane says:

    Hello Susan,
    I love Josh Charles, too. I really need to watch The Wire someday. I’ve been watching a lot new shows like Mozart in the Jungle, 12 Monkeys and Agent Carter.

    • pjpuppymom says:

      I love Mozart in the Jungle! It’s one of my favorite new shows.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, the Wire! It’s sooooo good! You won’t be sorry! You have to have a relatively high tolerance for the F bomb, & the southern/inner city dialects some characters speak in could honestly use subtitles, but you get immersed in the world after a while & it all starts to flow. Don’t be surprised if you start ending every sentence with “yo” after a few episodes!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Can’t live without NCIS. Have eleven seasons on DVD. Loved Flashpoint, which of course was cancelled but have them on DVD too. Loved Chuck with Zachary Levi. Am working on getting those. Everybody Loves Raymond because the cast worked so well together. Brad Garrett was hilarious as Robert. And Common Law, even though it ran for only one season. The chemistry between Wes and Travis was so good and as detective partners, whose captain made them go to couples therapy since they couldn’t get along, their camaraderie was top-notch in spite of all their arguing.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Shows on my missed list: House of Cards, Homeland. I used to love Grey’s Anatomy but lost interest around season six.

    Shows I’m loving now: Mozart in the Jungle, Scandal, Downton Abbey, Forever, Nashville, State of Affairs, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Hellion says:

    Looks like good choices, Susan! I definitely recommend the Downton Abbey. My binge watching involved: Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow, and Call the Midwife.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I’ve had Call the Midwife on the back burner for a while & just haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s moving slowly toward the top of my list….

  • I have all 9 seasons of Criminal Minds on DVD. And I have the first 11 seasons of CSI on DVD. After that it lost its charm. I don’t receive television out here in the boonies. So until I bite the bullet and put a satellite dish on top of this trailer I only watch what I can get on DVD. I LOVE Ripper Street. I have the first 2 seasons on DVD and I am waiting for the third seasons. I have all of the seasons of True Blood on DVD because I am a huge fan of the books. The series sort of went down hill, but I have watched it to the bitter end. I have the first 4 seasons of Downton Abbey on DVD. I haven’t decided if I will get the 5th. If I do it will be solely to watch Dame Maggie Smith. I LOVE the Dowager Duchess !

    And I finally succumbed and got the first season of Sherlock Holmes on DVD. Bought it used from half.com. And I will kill whomever recommended it as I LOVE it! I should have known I would. Love Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Now I have to get the second season. Drat you!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, I’ve heard SUCH great things about that version of Sherlock! And I just recently fell in love with Benedict Cumberbatch after his heart-breaking turn in The Imitation Game. Seriously, if that guy doesn’t rake in the Oscars by the handful, I don’t know how to explain it!

  • catslady says:

    Some of these I started but when they moved nights I was over it lol. I really enjoy Castle, The Vikings, Hell on Wheels, The Musketeers and Blacklist and NCIS – 6 lol.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Castle! I was trying to remember the name of that series the other day & couldn’t come up with it. But I’ve been in love with Nathan Fillion since his Firefly days & have always wanted to check out Castle. Will put it on the list!

  • Kim says:

    My must see TV shows are Once Upon a Time, Castle, Bones & The Mentalist. I don’t binge watch unless the episodes are back-to-back on TBS in syndication.

    I started watching Bones in syndication, then switched to its first-run shows on network TV. I started watching The Mentalist in the last 2 years, so I haven’t seen the earlier episodes.

  • Shannon says:

    I”m working on Game of Thrones Season 2. I always watch it as a treat after I have gotten something done, and by the second episode I am wanting to drift off.

    Others on my list is this season of Downton Abbey, still have the Tudors on my DVR, Murder at Pemberly (25 minutes in and NO body), and Turn. I also have all the Harry Potter movies from TBS marathon. They have commericals but it’s Harry Potter.

    Off to read a book!

    • Susan Sey says:

      I was a little meh on the Game of Thrones TV show. I was mesmerized by the books & probably sank the better part of a year into binge reading them all, but for some reason the TV show hasn’t captivated me. I didn’t get very far, though, so maybe I’ll try again…

  • jcp says:

    I watched and enjoyed on Netflix: first 3 seasons of Call the Midwife and Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries (2 Seasons).

  • jcp says:

    and first 4 seasons of Blue Bloods (with Tom Selleck starring) is also on Netflix.

  • jcp says:

    Don’t miss Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries! I think you’re set for tv watching for a while.

  • Mozette says:

    There’s a lot of shows on my Missed List… but you see, a lot of those shows hang out on the free to air channels for about 4 seasons then bugger off to Foxtel.

    I hate it when that happens.

    So, I don’t bother when a new show comes on television, because – how does the famous line go in ‘Wall Street’? – ‘Greed is good’, right? Well, for the great television producers and creators it is; but for the fans it’s not.

    And I’m not forking out $$$ for Foxtel just for one or two shows.

    I’ve missed out on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ – I loved that show, but missed out really big at the end of Season 4 when Jax’s son was kidnapped by the Irish Biker gang and we were left with him screaming at the end of a watery dock at a motor boat taking off into the distant sunset… the next year, ‘SOA’ went to Foxtel!

    I watched ‘True Blood’ for two seasons, and then it went to Foxtel and I bought it on dvd and found it got far too expensive to buy… so I’m stuck with 3 seasons of the show and nowhere to go with it.

    Now, the shows I’ve kept up with:

    ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ – it was put on at what we call ‘The Dead Hour’ of 1am because it became too User Unfriendly. So, I missed out on the last 4 seasons or so. So, my brother dated this crazy woman who had all 11 seasons and he burned them for me! I love my bro. 😀

    ‘Angel’ – yep, I bought the collector’s box of that. Great show.

    ‘The 70’s Show’ – yeah, okay, a dumb, stoned-as-a-crow comedy about the late 70’s, but I love it. I was born in the 70’s and love the 70’s music and clothes…

    ‘Supernatural’ – I have every season of this show… right up to Season 9 … and counting! On air now? Season 10, and the boys – and crew – have signed up for Season 11! 😀

    Woot! I love my tv shows. Some I collect, some I don’t and – as you can see – some I gave up on. 😀

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, man, I LOVE that 70s show! I can’t believe I just admitted that on the internet but it’s true! And I, too, lost track of Sons of Anarchy but I really loved the writing on that show. Will have to check back into it!

      • Mozette says:

        I heard ‘SOA’ is finished… completely and it turned into a Biker’s Soap Opera… damned, it was really bad-ass at one stage.

        But yeah, I just love the antics on ‘That 70’s Show’… it’s great! 😀

  • Susan, I want to see Galavant and The 100. I hear Broadchurch was really good, so I’d like to see the first season of that. I also need to catch up on the first season of Agents of SHIELD, which I got for Christmas. I’m not thinking the dh will b into that, though the boy might be next time he’s home.

    I love NCIS: LA, Grimm, Gotham, Flash, and Arrow. I watch Castle when NCIS: LA is a rerun. The dh and I sometimes catch Blue Bloods, which is a good cop show that also demonstrates that Tom Selleck has aged well.
    The dh and I try to watch Downton Abbey, too.

    These are all shows we like watching together. I’m more prone to binge-watch a series than he is. The boy and I had a Boston Legal marathon one day, and I’m looking at the calendar, trying to figure out when I can do a Heroes binge as well as my Agents of SHIELD catchup thing.

    On a different topic, did you know there are action figures for Magic The Gathering? I saw them today.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’m totally killed intoa Cinemax series called BANSHEE. Z This is a show I normally wouldn’t watch, lots of guns, killing, sex, but if is so good
    Next is OUTLANDER. Yes, only 6 episodes so far, but it is too good not to wat h over and over. And of course there is Sam/Jamie, sigh.
    Ok, I’ll admit it, I need my General Hospital fix. I usually dvr during the week, the binge on Thursday nights.

    And I LOVE “CALL THE MIDWIFE”. Can’t wait for Dowtonto finish and Midwife to return.