Ever since I become really interested in TV and committed to watching more shows, I have had a watch list. It started small and pretty much consisted of just my DVD and Instant Queue on Netflix, back before they really committed themselves to having varied, quality shows on the site. Since that point, it’s turned into it’s own spreadsheet, complete with information on the numbers of episodes per show, average running length, genre, and links to a show’s Wikipedia page. The list is still growing and as long as good television continues to be made and online streaming makes catching up with these shows easier, I don’t expect that to change.
I’m currently working through four shows on my watch list – Friends, The L Word, Lost, and The West Wing. It would probably be easier to finish shows if I didn’t watch quite so many at one time, but I like variety in my TV.
There are also a handful of currently airing shows that I would like to start, including Homeland, The Americans, Orphan Black, Downton Abbey, Nashville, Scandal, and Bob’s Burgers.
Then there are the shows mentioned in Alan Sepinwall’s The Revolution Was Televised that have significantly impacted the current landscape of TV. I haven’t seen The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Oz, The Shield, 24, or Mad Men, but I would like to see them all as soon as possible so I can finish reading the book.
After those major categories, the list goes on and on. I know I’ll never finish, but I still like keeping the list so I can’t forget anything I potentially wanted to see.
So what are you watching these days and what other shows are on your personal watch lists? What should I add to (or move up) my own watch list?