Top Ten Favorite (Current) TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking about our non-bookish obsessions –  favorite Movies or TV Shows.  The Emmy nominations were announced last week and some of my picks were nominated, but mostly not. (I’m still mad about The Good Wife and The Mindy Project snubs)

Here’s some of my TV faves- I went with current shows rather than old standbys:


1. The Mindy Project

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling as Danny and Mindy
Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling as Danny and Mindy

Do you love romantic comedies? This show is for you! It’s about Dr. Mindy Lahiri and her romantic adventures in NYC. It has sharp writing, quirky characters,  and it’s consistently funny. Stream it on Hulu Plus.

2. Parks & Recreation

Parks and Recreation
The cast of Parks and Recreation

Love this cast (led by Amy Poehler) and the funny situations they find themselves in. And ooh I can’t wait to find out what happens next season! Seasons 1-5 now streaming on Netflix, season 6 on Hulu Plus.

3. Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley cast
The cast of Silicon Valley

This is an HBO show that just finished its first season. It’s about a group of guys trying to strike gold with their big idea in Silicon valley. Check it out on HBOGo.

4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast
The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Andy Samberg’s action/comedy cop show is silly but very entertaining. It’s re-airing on Fox this summer or you can catch it on Hulu Plus.


5. Orange is the New Black

The Cast of Orange is the New Black

I binge-watched season two but I’m watching it again an episode a week. I love that the series focused on so many great stories and characters this season. So deserving of all its Emmy noms! Catch it on Netflix.

6. My Mad Fat Diary

The cast of My Mad Fat Diary
The cast of My Mad Fat Diary

This is a British show based on the YA book by Rae Earl. It’s about a teenage girl who just left a psychiatric hospital,  and the group of friends meets. It’s set in the 90s so there’s lots of grunge-wear and Oasis songs. I still haven’t been able to track down series two- hope it airs in the US soon.

7. Parenthood

Parenthood cast
The Cast of Parenthood

This heart-warming show centers on the Braverman family and includes all kinds of drama, but there are comedic moments as well. Since it’s from Jason Katims of Friday Night Lights fame, it’s a treat to see many old-favorites from Dillon, Texas make an appearance. Stream it on Netflix.



8. The Good Wife

The cast of The Good Wife
The cast of The Good Wife

Whoa this last season was intense and maybe my favorite yet! Love this legal drama, and the way this show has evolved and still surprises over six seasons. Catch up on seasons 1-5 on Hulu Plus.

9. The Killing

Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman)  in The Killing
Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) in The Killing

I’m so glad Netflix picked up this crime drama. I’m glad that Holder and Linden are getting a proper send-off and anxiously await their Netflix debut on August 1. This series was already so dark on AMC, so I wonder how disturbing the new episodes will be.

10. Mad Men

The Cast of Mad Men
The Cast of Mad Men

The Madison Avenue adventures of Don Draper are coming to a close. Hope the series finale satisfies! Catch the first six seasons on Netflix streaming.

What are you watching when you’re not reading?


31 thoughts on “Top Ten Favorite (Current) TV Shows

  1. All of these are shows that are on my list of To Watch shows. Orange is the New Black is next! 😉

    Jennifer @ A Librarian’s Library–My TTT!

    1. Lucy says:

      OITNB is so addicting! I wish I didn’t watch them so fast.

  2. Okay now I know I MUST watch The Mindy Project. Great list! 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      Yes you MUST! 🙂 It is so funny & I wish it weren’t so under the radar.

  3. readerbuzz says:

    I’ve stepped away from tv and movies for so long that I need some new recommendations. Thanks for sharing these. I’m taking notes today. You’ve given me four to add to my list.

    And, since I’m not really in a position to recommend tv or movies, I decided to venture off on my own this week and post about mood-boosting books: Be-Happy Books.

  4. BermudaOnion says:

    Don’t laugh but I haven’t seen any of those and have only heard of a few of them.

  5. Tammy Sparks says:

    Great choices, Lucy! You even have some fave shows that I’ve never heard of:-)

  6. I love the Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine Nine! Great choices!
    Check out my Top 10

  7. Your list is fantastic! Love this list! Also, I’ve been meaning to get to My Mad Fat Diary but after seeing it on your list, will get to it sooner!

    1. Lucy says:

      My Mad Fat Diary doesn’t seem to be airing here in the US. (Darn it- I want to watch season 2!) But you may be able to find it on YouTube. Oh, and MTV is talking about making an American version of the show.

      1. I’ve seen enough stuff about this show on tumblr to know that I’ll like it so I’m just going to buy it on Amazon when I’m ready to get to it. 🙂

  8. starryeyedjen29 says:

    The Mindy Project….YESH! I love that show! Great picks!

    1. Lucy says:

      Nice to meet a fellow Mindian!

  9. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook says:

    I should really watch The Mindy Project. It looks like a show I would love. I don’t really watch any of these other TV shows. I’m not really huge into Mad Men. Although I love the clothes!

    1. Lucy says:

      I really do think you’d like The Mindy Project- it’s so funny and romantic.

  10. I’ve been curious about Silicon Valley, I’ll have to give it a shot. The Mindy Project and Parenthood are two shows that so many people I am friends with and respect love, but I just can’t get into them. I even wish I could have stuck with Parenthood just for all the FNL cast appearances!

  11. stacybuckeye says:

    I love Parenthood too and am so glad that it’ll be back for at least a short last season next year. Parks and Recreation always makes me laugh, miss Rob Lowe though.

  12. I haven’t watched a lot of these. I hear that Orange is great and that’s definitely on my list. I am watching Season 2 of Orphan Black right now, which is just crazy pants. I love it. I also love Archer, Bob’s Burgers, and The Mindy Project.

  13. There are so many shows on this list I love (Mindy! Parks! Mad Fat Diary!) that I think I need to start all the shows on here that I haven’t seen.

    1. Lucy says:

      Ooh you have great taste in TV 🙂 If you like comedies, I bet you’ll think Silicon Valley is a riot.

  14. How could I forget the Killing??? I love love that show so much. I didn’t know the premier date was August 1st. So fun!!
    Top Ten Tuesday

    1. Lucy says:

      Yay! Another Killing fan 🙂 I think there’s only six episodes in the new season, but they will be longer episodes at least.

  15. I’m really interested in The Killing. Actually a lot of those shows, but The Killing jumps out at me.

  16. Irish says:

    I’m about half-way through the second season of the Killing and I’m enjoying it so far. And the Good Wife was a recent discovery of mine – can’t wait for Amazon Prime to stream the latest season so I can get caught up!

    My TTT is here.

    1. Lucy says:

      I was re-watching The Good Wife and so bummed that the latest season is not up yet. Maybe they are waiting for the dvd release? This last season is goood.

  17. Mindy’s humour is so enjoyable to watch! I didn’t know what to expect from Peter as a character but he’s definitely grown on me throughout the season; though, I am disappointed that Peter basically got my screen time than Reed.

    I’ve only watched a few episodes of Parks and Recs but I always see my friends making comments per the happenings in it. Guess I need to expedite the watching of it!

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    1. Lucy says:

      That is also a pet peeve of mine, re: Peter/Dr. Reed. I warmed up to Peter more as the season wore on, but wish they used Dr. Reed more.

      Parks & Rec is really funny. This next season is their last so you can begin the binge watch if you wish 🙂

  18. I’ve been binge-watching The Mindy Project this week. It’s my new favorite show. I love it so much.

  19. Alisa Selene says:

    I keep hearing Mad Fat Diary is good! I want to check it out!

  20. kay says:

    Ha! For some reason I am not surprised to see we love a lot of the same shows! Though I have yet to watch The Mindy Project (it’s really close to the top of my list, especially since it’s recently been added to our netflix!)

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