by Jo Robertson
Am I the only person who’s terribly upset that the WGA strike hasn’t been resolved? I love television. I adore television. I watch far more of it than any one person should ever admit to.
But I no longer apologize for it.
You see, all those shows are fodder for my imagination as a writer. So it’s a business expense, right?
Currently, I’m disgruntled that the networks don’t validate the work of writers because, after all, where would the shows be without the brilliance of an Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon?
So in support of the brilliant WRITERS of television shows, I’m listing five of my favorite shows, based on the writing alone. If I based the list on the characters or the acting, the list might be different.
1. West Wing: I know. It’s now defunct and seriously went downhill after the amazingly smexy Jimmy Smits joined the team, but come all, no one can write snappy dialogue and non-sentimental emotion like Aaron Sorkin.
2. Seinfeld: Ah, the scintillation of the show about nothing! Who would’ve thought the ordinary and quaint meanderings of a bunch of friends could be so witty? Of course, this was a show that was definitely an acquired taste, and some people never got on the bandwagon.
3. Friends: No better comedy ever! Flat out. We always wanted to know who Rachael would end up with. Now this was a show that knew how not to jump the shark!
4. Rome: I’m sorry, but do you know how hard it is to write an historical show that has the epic quality of the old Biblical movies of the fifties and sixties and yet appeals to the modern viewer? One word for this show: yummy!
5. Sex and the City: Okay, this is my dirty little secret and certainly not a show I’d ever let my own children watch, but it’s so outrageously funny that I had to put it on the list.
Okay, readers, your turn. What are your top five favorite TV shows? It’s okay if you go back to I LOVE LUCY or RAWHIDE or even THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW! Let’s hear from you.