Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bingeworthy TV Shows


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is  Bingeworthy TV Shows.  The shows I've picked this week are some of my favorites (that I feel like I don't talk about all that much) and that I've binge watched myself (at least to some degree recently.


Early Edition - This is one of my all time favorite shows. It originally ran from 1996-2000 (I remember watching when it was new) and it follows a Chicago man named Gary Hobson who receives tomorrow's newspaper today (delivered by a smart orange cat) and does what he can to avert potential disasters with the information from the paper.  By the way, Gary  is played by a young Kyle Chandler.  I just recently realized that the Heroes and Icons channel plays like an 8 episode marathon of the show on Tuesdays (in order and everything) and I've been watching this classic.


Hetty Wainthropp Investigates - So one of the last times I was at Goodwill I found the first two (of four) seasons of this cozy mystery series that sometimes isn't afraid to tackle some darker subjects on dvd.  Anyway, I've just recently completed those two seasons and I'm totally hooked.  This show ran from 1996-1998 and features Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth from Keeping Up Appearances) and a young Dominic Monaghan.  Plus, I have to admit that I love the theme song which is performed by the cornet.  And I'm kind of convinced that if I keep watching Richard, Onslow, Daisy, or Rose will show up.


iZombie - This is easily one of my favorite zombie shows ever to be honest and one of the best newer shows on the CW.  I love that it really allows Rose McIver who plays Liv to really stretch her acting muscles every single week.  I wish this upcoming season wasn't going to be its last, but it's had a great run.  By the way, this might also be one of my favorite cooking shows on tv right now too.


Lucifer - I've just recently finished binging all three seasons currently available and I need more.  I was crushed when I heard it got cancelled, but I'm so glad it's been picked up for a fourth season by Netflix.  This dark fantasy mystery series is incredibly addicting and the cast is absolutely marvelous.  Tom Ellis as Lucifer totally gives Mark Pellegrino a run for his money.  I can't wait to see where this series will be going in the future.


Midnight, Texas - This series is due to return for its second season at the end of October on NBC so of course I just rewatched the entire first season to prepare myself.  The show is based on a series by Charlaine Harris and it focuses more on the urban fantasy elements than the romance which is exactly my kind of thing.  I don't know about you, but I think this awesome series has a fantastic ensemble cast.  I've always ready the first book in the series its based on and I plan on reading book two before season two begins.  Don't tell anybody, but I think I kind of actually prefer the tv show to the first book.


Outlander - I have just caught up on this series and I'm totally dying for season four.  I'm not as big of a fan of the books (I've only read the first one and it wasn't quite for me), but I've become hooked on the tv adaptation.  For this series, I borrowed the seasons on dvd and I pretty much watched the episodes one right after another.  I couldn't help myself.


Penny Dreadful - A friend of mine just recently recommended this series to me and I'm currently about halfway through the first of the three seasons.  It's bloody, creepy, and easy to become addicted to.  I'm enjoying where they are going with some of my favorite classic characters.


Poldark - This is one of my favorite current series on Masterpiece on PBS (the other being Grantchester).  It's so easy to get sucked into the world of Ross and Demelza.  The actors do a fantastic job of bringing all of the characters to life - even the actor playing George.  He's one of the few characters on tv that I hate with such a level of passion, and that definitely takes skill.  Anyway the series is returning for its newest season later this month and I'm beyond excited to see what happens next.


Shadowhunters - I'm currently halfway through season 3a and am terribly disappointed that the show will not becoming back for a fourth season, but I'm glad we will get closure after 3b next year (why do we have to wait so long?!).  I love the book series that this tv show is based on and it's fun to see the series bring the world to life in its own way.  It isn't perfect, but it sure has me hooked.


The Shannara Chronicles - I love the huge and ongoing book series that this tv show is based on.  Yes, it is a bit more of a looser adaptation than what I generally prefer, but I surprised myself and invested in this fantasy tv adaptation.  I just finished up the second and final season of the show and I'm disappointed that it won't be back for a third season, especially after how it ended.  When I was watching the season on dvd, I could easily sit and watch one after another.


Have you watched any of these shows?  What are some of your favorite bingeworthy series?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

118 comments:

  1. OHMYGOSH!! How do I forget about Early Edition!? I watched the first two seasons of this one (which I think were on DVD), but then couldn't find it anywhere else. I'll have to try and track down the rest of the seasons because it's such a cute show (and I miss happy-go-lucky-TV).

    Fun list, Lauren. :)

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    1. I hope you can see the rest of the series, Rissi! :)

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  2. I haven't watched many on your list, but I have read Outlander and really enjoyed it. I should try the show! My TTT

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    1. In my opinion the show is even better. :)

      Thanks for sharing, Chrissi!

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  3. Midnight, Texas looks really interesting to me, and although I haven't read the books I like the idea of it. I'd like to see more urban fantasy make it to the screen.

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    1. I like that the tv show seems to focus a bit more on the uf aspects than the book does. :)

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  4. You've pretty much got my wish list here. LOL I really want to see Midnight Texas, Shadowhunters, and Outlander especially. I have been wanting to check out The Shannara Chronicles. I have seen a few episodes of Penny Dreadful and enjoyed it. And how could I forget Early Edition? I used to love that show when it was on the air!

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    1. Yay! Early Edition!

      I hope you get to some of these shows.

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  5. I thought the premise for Early Edition was good, but I can never get myself to sit down and watch television, LOL.

    I am enjoying The Mortal Instruments books right now :-).

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    1. I know what you mean - there are so many great books to read! :)

      I love the Shadowhunter books!

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  6. A lot of unfamiliar series on this list, but they all seem to be really interesting. I've struggled with whether I should give TMI a try or nah.

    * TTT: 10 feel-good TV series to binge-watch while studying/rewriting notes

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    1. I love the books, and I like the tv series. It does go it's own way with some elements, but I some of those differences work onscreen.

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  7. Great list! I loved Penny Dreadful, and Outlander, iZombie and Midnight, Texas are all on my list of shows I need to check out.

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  8. I LOVE iZombie. Rob Thomas just writes great shows. I fell behind on Outlander, but hope to catch up (someday). I was so into Shannara the first season, but struggled with the network switch as they were burning the episodes. It's a shame, because I really thought it was great. I am glad Shadowhunters is getting to do a wrap up, though I am sad it was canceled right when it was getting good.

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    1. There was a definite difference between the two seasons of Shannara, but once I got about halfway through I was thoroughly invested. :)

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  9. I absolutely LOVE iZombie, it's definitely one of my favourites.
    I can't believe I missed Outlander from my own list!
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

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  10. These look good! iZombie is great!

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  11. I love iZombie, I bingewatched the first two seasons and then watched season 3 & 4 as they came out. I'm sad the fifth season will be the last, but I'm glad they're not stretching it out for too long. I also love Outlander & Lucifer, so glad they will both be back for season 4!
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  12. I didn't really like the book Midnight, Texas, so I'm happy to hear you think the TV show is better😁

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    1. I love that the show focuses on the fantasy elements of the book - and I think we get a bit of a better sense of who the characters are.

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  13. Lucifer is one of my favorite shows!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  14. Yay for Outlander! I haven't seen the other TV shows on your list, but knowing them will come in handy when I'm in a binge-watching mood. I love The Mortal Instruments so I should probably give Shadowhunters a go, but I've been traumatised by the movie adaption that I haven't had the chance to see it yet haha

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    1. I feel you on that movie adaptation. The tv series does go its own way to a degree, but for the most part it works. Also Magnus and Alec are pretty fantastic on the tv adaptation.

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  15. I couldn't handle more than one season of Shadowhunters. They changed too many of the wrong things for me to get hooked on the show.
    The biggest issue I've noticed with Shannara (having not read the books) is pacing. The seasons are too short and things become rushed.
    I might give Lucifer a watch after it gets to NetFlix, I have no other way to watch it.
    My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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    1. It took Shadowhunters a little while to get into the swing of things for me, but once it did I found myself really hooked especially once season two rolled around.

      I've noticed that with Shannara as well - and the network change didn't really help matters when it comes to some elements.

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  16. Ha, iZombie as your favorite cooking show, that's hilarious. I really enjoy it as well. Sad that this will be the last season. I really need to check out Lucifer. Everyone was talking about when all those cancellations happened. I must know what all the fuss is about.

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    1. Needless to say I don't watch a whole lot of cooking shows.... :D

      I don't know how but Lucifer is just getting better. I'd love to know what you think of it, Alicia.

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  17. I finally saw Outlander earlier this year. It’s entertaining. I liked it. I've seen a few episodes of Shadow Hunters, too. Maybe I should catch up on that series.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. YES to Outlander and Poldark!! I really want to check out Lucifer soon - I've heard great things about it!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Yay!! Lucifer is so much fun!

      Thanks for sharing, Tracy.

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  19. Great list! I'm also watching Shannara Chronicles and I can't wait to see more of that show!

    Here’s my TTT!

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      Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I loved the first season of Outlander. I am doing the books though and I wanted to do the books first so I haven't moved past season 1 yet. They are just so long!

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      Thanks very much for sharing!

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  21. Oh, interesting. I haven't watched ANY of these TV shows! I really want to watch Outlander though. I just need to figure out how to start from the beginning.

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    1. I've borrowed all of the seasons on dvd from my local library. :)

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  22. I'm super bummed that this will be the last season of iZombie. It's such a great show. And you had me laughing so hard saying it's your favorite cooking show! :D

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    1. I know... I'll admit I don't like a lot of cooking shows. :)

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  23. I totally forgot to add Izombie to my list! I also forgot about all my BBC shows, Poldark, Call the Midwife, Broadchurch, Sherlock and Doctor Who. Outlander too... there's just too many!! haha

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    1. I'm going to have to get back into Call the Midwife and Broadchurch - I loved the first seasons of each.

      Thanks for coming over!

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  24. I really want to watch Lucifer and need to get caught up on Outlander. For some reason though, I just can't hate George Warleggan - I feel too sorry him!

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    1. There are moments when I feel sorry for him, but rage quickly overrides that! :D

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  25. Penny Dreadful is a show I've been wanting to try but it seems like it might be a little too scary for me. I don't know... I'm a whimp when it comes to horror! :D

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  26. first of all, what kind of magics do you have that you have ALL OF THE COMMENTS? I mean wow! very impressive. But secondly, I totally used to watch Early Edition with my mom and my brother back in the day!

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    1. I'm still surprised when I see a lot of comments! :D

      Yay - an Early Edition fan!

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  27. I forgot all about Midnight Texas. I LOVE the show and I adored all three books as well. Such a great cast. You have a lot of great shows here!

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  28. Ah I haven’t watched any of these, but I’ve been wanting to watch Outlander and Poldark, so I’m excited to see they made your list! :)

    Theresa | https://thecalicobooks.wordpress.com

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  29. I totally forgot about Lucifer and Midnight Texas! Their both such good shows. Great list! :)

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  30. iZombie is one of my all-time favourite shows. I just love it, and I also really enjoy Lucifer and Shadowhunters (but yeah gutted it's not been renewed).
    Great list, and great picks for this week .:)

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  31. Oh, man, how I loved Early Edition! I watched it when it originally aired, and then I got the first two seasons on DVD. I was so sad when the show ended!

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  32. I will have to check out Midnight Texas, and holy cow I remember Early Edition. That was so good!

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    1. Yes it really was! I hope you like Midnight, Texas!

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  33. Oh man, I loved Penny Dreadful. I could have watched so many more seasons of that!

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    1. The friend who got me started in on it says the same thing. ;)

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  34. Such a great list! I can’t believe I haven’t watched Poldark and Penny Dreadful yet - I definitely need to soon! Plus I’ve got a friend who keeps recommending Lucifer to me and here it is on your list too! It’s on my to be watched list! 😊

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  35. We don't tend to watch too much television, so when we do, it is generally news and current affairs programmes, or action feature films, rather than boxed set binges - I know, how boring are we!

    I do enjoy a good detective series though and managed to watch a few episodes of 'Hetty Wainthropp'. Hubbie did get addicted to 'Spooks', so I guess that counts too.

    Nice post and some interesting comments :)

    Yvonne
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    1. Thanks for coming over. I'm hoping to get to Spooks in the future! :)

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  36. Forgot about Outlander... I almost put Shadowhunters on my list, but I think Season 1 was a little weak. I almost gave up but I love the world building so much that I couldn't do it so I gave the show a second chance, season 2 was way better but I haven't started season 3 yet.

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    1. Luckily Shadowhunters really picked up - I hope you'll like season 3. :)

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  37. I've been wanting to watch Penny Dreadful for such a long time, hopefully I'll get too soon :)

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  38. Hey Lauren- thanks for swinging by to check out my Top Ten Tuesday at Hamlets and Hyperspace! I wanted to stop by and say hi. Love the vibe here! Also, looks like you are binging some great TV. Early Edition was one of my favorites when I was younger- I can't believe I forgot about it! And I need to get on the Penny Dreadfuls. I'm pretty sure I'd love it.

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    1. Thanks for coming over to my blog as well, Sarah!

      Yay another Early Edition fan!

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  39. OMG I totally forgot about Early Edition! But yes I love iZombie and am so happy Lucifer was saved (especially after that ending) but yay for Netflix. And yes Midnight Texas is great, as is Shadowhunters I mean Magnus is always my favorite, and I am half a season behind on Outlander but I’m working to correct that soon! I do have friends telling me I have to watch Penny Dreadful and Poldark so eventually I’ll dive into them as well.

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    1. Magnus totally makes the series! You have to watch Penny Dreadful and Poldark - happy watching!

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  40. So glad we both share Outlander and Penny Dreadful! I should also check out the Shannara TV show! I read most of the books, and was worried that the show would be awful, haha. But since it's on your list...! I also liked the first season of Shadow Hunters, and should really watch the rest. Aaaaand I should check out Poldark and some of the others!

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    1. Shannara does take some liberties, but overall I like what they've done with it. :)

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  41. I loved Early Edition so much! I should have also included Friday Night Lights on my list because I'll binge pretty much anything that Kyle Chandler is in.

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    1. Oddly enough I've never seen Friday Night Lights... I may have to change that!

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  42. Lucifer is so, so, so good! It's such a fun show! I don't think I've heard of Penny Dreadful but it looks really good.

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    1. Both of them are excellent! Thanks for coming over, Patricia!

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  43. Great list! Outlander is one of my favorites and so is iZombie (I need to start a re-watch from the beginning). I've always wanted to watch Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, it seems like such a fun series. Poldark is my to-watch list as well.

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    1. I'd like to rewatch iZombie from the very beginning too. :) Hetty and Poldark - hope you love them! :)

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  44. Ooooh I need to get back on the iZombie train!! I started it and was loving it but got distracted while waiting for a new season. I defintiely want to watch Lucifer and the new Shannara Chronicles!! Amazing list! <3

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  45. So many of these are shows that I'd want to check out. I especially like the sound of Penny Dreadful which you described as creepy. Definitely planning on checking out most of these shows. Great post!

    Diana- A Haven for Book Lovers

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  46. I completely love the Shadowhunters-show. They could NOT have cast a better actor for Magnus. I love the guy with all my heart, haha.

    Penny Dreadful sounds like something out of my comfort zone but interesting anyway. I might have to check that one out sometime. :)

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    1. They definitely got casting right for his character, didn't they!

      I hope you end up liking it.

      Thanks for coming over, Kathy!

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  47. I loved Penny Dreadful! Midnight Texas sounds really interesting. I had no idea it was UF. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

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  48. Early Edition! OMG< I love this meme for reminding me of all the good shows I should remember! And of course, Midnight Texas! I read the books and loved the show!

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  49. Outlander and Poldark are both on my list to watch someday. I tried the Shannara Chronicles. I was really excited about them. And they were gorgeously produced. But for some reason, I just couldn't get into it.

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    1. Well, it isn't for everyone - glad you had the chance to try that series, though. Outlander and Poldark are also gorgeously produced - the scenery is amazing. Makes me want to to do some traveling!

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  50. This is definitely an interesting list. Unfortunately, I haven't watched any of them, but I am glad that they interest you.

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  51. There are SO many of these that I'd love to watch- iZombie I always tell myself I am going to start, Midnight Texas, Outlander. Sorry that some of the series you love have ended, especially Shannara with no real conclusion, UGH. That is the WORST. You know, Lola Flanery (the Seelie Queen on Shadowhunters) has moved over to The 100. Hint hint. Wink wink. ;)

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  52. Great list! Great to find another Outlander fan! I love both the books and the series. I've been thinking of trying Poldark.. a friend of mine raves about it... and I also want to watch Penny Dreadful.

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  53. I really need to finish the first season of Shannara. I wasn't a fan of the books but I quite liked what I saw in the first few eps of the show.

    Hetty Wainthrop looks so familiar to me (and no not just because of Hyacinth haha)

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  54. I recently watched Midnight Texas and I love it! Can't wait til it's back. My dad actually recommended it to me. And Outlander - uhhh. I can't believe I forgot it in my top 10! I think becasue I am a season behind. I will have to check out a couple of others!

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  55. I've never heard of Early Edition but it sounds really interesting!

    I remember watching some of Hetty Wainthropp when it was on TV here in the UK!

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      I'm glad I just happened to stumble upon Hetty.

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  56. I'm going to have to add some of these to my list of to-be-watched. XD My go-tos are usually The Mentalist, Sherlock, the original Teen Titans cartoon, and Leverage. But recently, I started Criminal Minds, and I am so hooked. It's really bad. XD I've on and off been giving the original X-Files a try. It's a bit spookier then the stuff I usually watch, but I really like it. And a friend of mine recently introduced me to Supernatural (I'm always late to the party when it comes to long-running series that already have fandoms the size of Jupiter).

    Love this list!

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    1. I liked the original Teen Titans cartoon so much - not the newer one though.

      I miss The Mentalist. I really used to watch Criminal Minds a lot more when it was newer - I guess I kind of got out of it.

      Supernatural is one of my all time favorite TV shows so I hope you're enjoying it!

      Thanks for coming over!

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  57. I have wanted to watch Outlander for a while. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

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  58. I quite enjoyed the first few seasons of Lucifer, so will definitely be watching the 3rd at some point 😊
    Amy x

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