Thank you, Netflix.
2. Orange is the New Black - Listen to this, for, like, the first time ever I was ahead of the game on something. When Orange is the New Black came to TV, I was like, "Hey, I loved that book!" because I had the book, I read it, and I even reviewed it well before it was a craze (instead of my usual, "I have that book, I should read it some day" MO). The show definitely doesn't match up with the book quite the same, but both are definitely great.
3. The Walking Dead - Because who doesn't want to know what will happen to the survivors in a zombie apocalypse? All the things you might expect, and a lot of the things you wouldn't. Plus, this last season even featured, like, character development. Can't wait for it to come on again in the fall!
Network TV? You're not so bad yourself.
6. Grey's Anatomy - I've been watching this show since I was in college, when my mother derisively referred to it as "Bed-Hopping With Doctors" until she started to like it. Its season finales have a higher main character body count than The Walking Dead has in a whole season. It's had its ups and downs but mostly ups, and happily Shonda Rhimes has a great knack for making you care so much about the current characters that you almost forget about all the characters that you loved who got killed off in the last finale.
7. Nashville - Okay, so it's kind of like a country music soap opera that plays in the evenings. However, the music is great, and I love Hayden Panettiere's character.
8. The Black List - This one was new last season. While its not always the most believable show, I loved how it kept me guessing all season and look forward to seeing where it goes in its next season.
9. Criminal Minds - I've been watching the BAU hunt down serial killers for the longest time. Admittedly, it seems like it's trying to cater to two very different audiences in recent seasons: the audience that loves really, really sick twisted freaky killers and the audience that is more fascinated with the whole process of profiling and unpacking what makes really messed up people tick. I'm definitely more of latter, so I often find myself thinking, "What in the heck am I watching?" Nonetheless, it's very satisfying because (spoiler alert?) they pretty much always catch the killer in the end.
10. Elementary - Sure, the Sherlockian deductive reasoning is always fun, as is the quirky crap Sherlock is always getting up to, but what I really like is Sherlock and Joan's relationship and how she helps him get in touch with his less prickly side while he's helping her get in touch with her logical side.
So, what are you watching when you should be reading? ;-)