Watch more TV in 2014!

We all make resolutions that we can’t keep, or we often give up on them when there is no progress. Have you ever thought of changing something that you might actually continue to do? Here are our three resolutions that we think you can also succeed at keeping!

1) Make time for more TV.

Do the dishes, put the kids to bed, and grab your computer. Whether it’s the visualization of aromatic flavors from watching a cooking show, the pounding heart caused by an intense drama, or the rolling laughs from a sitcom, making more time for TV can help you relax and enjoy some much needed YOU time.

2) Make more space in the DVR for kid shows by using Television Fanatic more for myself!

With over 4,000 shows from over 40 networks and services, we are able to help you locate your favorite shows - Scandal from ABC, Supernatural from CW, The Big Bang Theory from CBS, Game of Thrones from HBO, and the list goes on!

3) Discover one new TV show a month.

With the Internet at your fingertips, it’s easier than ever to catch up on past seasons of TV shows. You can also find shows that have been canceled, ones that lasted only one season or had an epic 9 season run, there is sure to be something new to discover!

Time is running out for resolutions. Do you have yours yet?! 

Top 5 episodes of 2013

In recent years, TV has become a staple in many people’s lives again. With the ease and accessibility of online streaming of television shows, it is no wonder that today’s shows just keeping better! 2013 was a huge year in television, and we have picked our top episodes for the year.

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Throwback Thursday: Taxi

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Lasting 5 seasons (1978-1983) Taxi followed the lives and friendships formed within the Sunshine Cab Company, where almost everyone dreamed of more. Instead of a temporary job they found friendship, and a job that was more something longer than “temporary”.

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Back to School: TV High Schools We Wish We Went To

Labor day is now behind us and we all know what that means - the kids head back to school!

As the kids start to head back to school, old memories of our school days always seem to come to mind.  For most of us, these usually include cinder-block walls, mystery cafeteria meat, and an indefinitely jammed locker door… but not for these TV teens.  Nearly everyone would grimace at the sheer thought of being forced to relive their painfully awkward high school years, but these shows make high school look like the best place to be!

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Sorry, I’m Not Sorry: Not-So-Guilty TV Pleasures

Perhaps you like to hole up in bed and watch them alone to spare yourself the embarrassment, or maybe you shamelessly discuss your trashy TV addictions in the break room at work.  Either way, these days there seems to be an endless supply of addictive bad shows that viewers cannot get enough of. 

We all have guilty pleasure when it comes to TV, but don’t be ashamed! Let your love for hot-messes shine!

At Television Fanatic, we are proud to say we have plenty of mind-numbingly ridiculous guilty TV pleasures, and here are just a few…

 

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#TBT: Knight Rider

Knight Rider, a cult classic, chronicled the crime-fighting adventures of Michael Knight with the help of his artificially intelligent supercar, KITT.  Short for Knight Industries Two Thousand, KITT was the ultimate envy of any 80’s techy and petrolhead - this show made the Trans Am the coolest car around!  The 2008 revival of Knight Rider used a modified modern Mustang as the new KITT, but we must say, we prefer the original here at Television Fanatic.  We loved tuning in as Knight and KITT brought the perps to justice when no one else could.  The series mastered that classic “Western” feel but added a ton of gadget-filled goodness that made it so much fun.  In our opinion, no one can do Michael Knight quite like David Hasselhoff, and that’s why you’ll find us re-watching for years to come!  Were you a total Knight Rider fan like us, and did you dream of having a KITT in your garage too?

#TBT: 21 Jump Street

Look how young our Johnny Depp looks from this showcard pic! This week’s throwback takes us to the late 80’s as Officer Tom Hanson (Depp) and the rest of his fresh-faced undercover team infiltrate the troubled local high schools to solve crimes, keep order and bring the real troublemakers to justice.

The show was a total hit upon its debut – especially with younger viewers – and helped to put the relatively new Fox Network “on the map” as a serious broadcaster.  The show not only helped Fox get its ratings up, but it also served as Depp’s foray into the spotlight as a national teen heartthrob which arguably hasn’t stopped.  Taking on everything from drug dealers to burglars, these cops dealt with some of the toughest characters in the bleakest of scenarios that kept audiences on the edge of their couches seasons after season.  How believable do you think these twenty-something officers were as high school students?  Tell us what you think after catching all five seasons online!

Geek Attack! Our Favorite Funny TV Geeks

Grab your pocket protectors and tighten those suspenders – it’s geek attack time! Our Television Fanatic viewers have been totally obsessed with The Big Bang Theory, and we are pretty sure that the hilariously geeky cast has got something to do with it!  With quirky genius Leonard, socially-inept Sheldon, momma’s-boy Howard, and the totally awkward Rajesh all thrown together, this is geek comedy heaven.  To give our geek-loving streamers a little treat, we thought we would highlight a few of the favorite funny TV geeks we absolutely love to watch so that you can check them out for yourself!

Liz Lemon from 30 Rock is not a stereotypical geek on the surface, but she oozes geek from every pore.  Between her practically non-existent social skills and die-hard Star Wars fandom, Liz’s character is the classic loveable geek that anyone can relate to on some level.

Referred to by the actor who plays him as a “fascist nerd,” Dwight Schrute of The Office is quintessential geek.  Dwight’s gullible nature, love for playing by the rules, horribly unfashionable office attire, and devious mastermind planning have all attained him a spot in our TV Geek Hall of Fame.

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, the geeky duo from MythBusters, are the real deal – they aren’t even acting! Jamie, a special effects guru with a walrus-mustache and signature black beret is about as quirky as they come, and Adam’s nerdy glasses make him the perfect geeky myth busting companion.

Last, but certainly not least, is one of our all-time favorites, Abed from Community.  Loveably awkward with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things pop-culture and a terribly lacking set of social skills, Abed wins our geek heart over every single episode! 

#TBT: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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“West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where he spent most of his days, chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool,…until he got in one little fight and his mom got scared, she said ‘you’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air.’”

This week’s throwback all began when a fictionalized Will Smith was forced by his mother to move across the country to live with his wealthy relatives in hopes of establishing a better future.  A smooth-talking and hilarious teenager that never quite fit in to his new environment, Will always seemed to stir up a little trouble wherever he went, and he had us in stitches the entire time! Smith’s character also still serves as an icon of the 90’s look, rocking poppy clashing colors, a flattop and Air Jordans nearly every episode. 

Interesting fact about the show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, although fictional, ironically was Will Smith’s saving grace as his album sales from the late 80’s began to taper off and his spending left him strapped for cash until NBC offered him the show, pushing him back into the spotlight for his acting capabilities. 

Luckily you can relive the funky outfits, permed hair and all the laughs with The Fresh Prince today with ease! 

Winning Women in the West Wing

With the rumor mill of 2016 presidential hopefuls picking up speed, and some influential female leaders among the chatter, we thought it appropriate to feature our favorite TV power ladies taking on the nation’s capital.

Recently nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress Primetime Emmy, Kerry Washington has been kicking butt and taking names as Olivia Pope on Scandal. This fiercely sharp and well-connected “fixer” in Washington heads an elite crisis management team. Her secret past affair with the President catches up with her at every corner as she cunningly plays the system to protect her clients from legal nightmares.  Pope is the epitome of a no-nonsense woman that knows what she wants and how to get it – “lose” is not a word in her vocabulary. 

Although Commander in Chief ran just one season, Geena Davis took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a drama series for her fantastic portrayal of President Mackenzie Allen.  When the current president unexpectedly dies from an aneurysm, Allen, then vice president, suddenly becomes the leader of the free world.  She is forced to quickly prove her prowess and strengthen her support from her constituents as she copes with many new stresses, including the toll on her personal life.  Allen’s character demonstrates inspiring determination and willpower at every turn throughout the season. 

One of the most beloved characters in the world of political TV by fans, C.J. Cregg was masterfully played by Allison Janney on The West Wing.  While playing the role, Allison picked up a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor and two Primetime Emmys for Best Lead Actress to boot!  As we watched her transition from Press Secretary to Chief of Staff, we admired Cregg’s witty and strong-willed nature, as well as her endless devotion to her job and to her President.  

Taking home an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Cherry Jones played President Allison Taylor on action-packed seasons seven and eight of 24.  President Taylor was an idealistic and aspirational leader, even turning in her own daughter in order to uphold her commitment to the constitution.  President Taylor was never afraid to take action and do what was best for her nation throughout her role in the series.  We really loved the dichotomy between her tough exterior and the sensitivity she exudes in her personal relationships.

You may not be able to predict who will win office in 2016, but you certainly can have your own viewing party watching all of these wonderfully talented women dominate the fictional political scene with the help of Television Fanatic!