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TOP 10 SHOWS-PEOPLE MAGAZINE

Mrs. Greenbean got her weekly dose of culture today.  People Magazine arrived.  As she nibbled her lunch, she read off to me the list of Top Ten television shows, according to People Magazine.  I asked her whether Chopped was #1 or #2 and she told me it wasn’t on the list.  How could that be?  Alas, none of my favorites were on there.

We do not watch any of them, so I don’t know what the shows are really about.  As she read the titles, though, I imagined what they might be about.  Here they are, with my imaginary descriptions.–

10.  The Returned–A riveting drama about postal carriers who specialize in handling packages that have been “Returned”

9.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine–A hapless Brooklyn baseball team struggles to find its identity, and to add a 10th player to the roster.

8.  Orange is the New Black–In Milan, a daring young designer makes interesting choices about men’s fashion.

7.  Behind the Candelabra–Phantom of the Opera, Part Two.

6.  Hannibal–Period piece about the African General Hannibal and his assault on the Roman Republic.

5.  The Good Wife–Mormon’s are becoming mainstream, and given new polygamy laws, this show is ripe for a big audience.  A Utah man tries to help his one Good Wife teach the other two how to best serve him and earn eternal life for herself.

4.  Breaking Bad–Docudrama about washed up street dancers from the 1980s.

3.  Masters of Sex–Geneticists race against time to add more males to the population because of the high number of young men who trip ove their own sagging britches and unwittingly kill themselves.

2.  Broadchurch–Griping drama about a Southern church struggling to get its weight under control.

1.  The Americans–Finally, a drama about Native Americans, set before 1492, and their plights to life on the high plains.

I guess I might try to find out what these shows really are about.  I wonder which one of them you like?

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  1. You’re descriptions are better than the actual shows, I shouldn’t wonder. I have only seen The Good Wife and have enjoyed it greatly. It was originally inspired by the Elliot Spitzer scandal from here in NY, though fiction is more entertaining than fact. The husband was the state attorney general in IL and is disgraced by a sex scandal in the first episode and sent to prison. His wife must rapidly transition to being a stay at home mom of two teenagers into the financial bread winner and so decides to return to a law practice, where she turns out to be brilliant. Most of the episodes revolve around a legal case and I think are very informative both about how the law works and the ethical dilemmas that lawyers may encounter. And there is the on going story of the marriage and politics etc as she tries to deal with her pain and betrayal. Smartly written. Not much in the way of truly likeable characters, but interesting ones. There is a bit of spiritual content. The husband seeks spiritual counsel from a black church in Chicago – not clear if he is politically motivated or genuine, but the church is portrayed fairly. The daughter becomes a Christian and seems to be genuine about it and growing and is portrayed fairly, I think.
    The other shows I don’t know.

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  2. Haven’t seen any of them either, and have only heard of two of them. But judging from most shows I’ve seen lately, I’m betting your descriptions are way more interesting than the “real” show storylines.

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    • i honestly don’t know darcy. i suspect people put them as the top ten because they are ‘edgy’ and probably violent and most certainly sexualized. i think that is why i often don’t find myself in the same viewership as the ‘top’ shows. there are only about three television shows i watch anyway.

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