Day 04: Your favorite show of all time.
I actually had to think between the two shows. There are two shows that I truely love and helped shape my teenage and college years. The first being Xena: Warrior Princess, and the second being the winner of this category (warning: there be spoilers ahead):
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
This will also not come as a shock to anyone who knows me. Let me take a paragraph or eight to explain my love for this show and how it shaped my life.
Back in the spring of 1997, I was 17 and a junior in high school. I remember watching the new network, the WB, and seeing these awesome commercials for a new show. I remember laughing when I saw the name of the show and remembering the TERRIBLE movie by the same name from about 4 years previously. So, that night, on Monday, March 10th, I traipsed down to the basement and turned on the WB. This is the first thing I saw:
I went to school the next day and my core group of friends had watched it, and loved it. There were three of us who every Monday would three-way call each other to watch the show together (oh, the days before skype and AIM!).
Granted, the first season was pretty cheese-tastic, but I still loved it. I was close enough in age to Buffy and her friends to appreciate what they went through. When I was in college I made sure I didn't have any Tuesday night classes so I could watch the show. I was thrilled when Willow started dating a woman. Of course, my friends STILL tease me because it was my straight friends who pointed out the chemistry between Willow and Tara, and I shrugged it off and told them I was nuts.
Along with Xena, it was one of the few shows that showed powerful, strong women. Even the catty women (coughCordeliacough) had a strength about them I found facinating. Thier lives were not perfect- they were complicated, and messy, and had both ups and downs. Every week I could count on losing myself even just for an hour- and sometimes it was much needed. The characters grew and changed- even Cordelia. When the show ended, I was sad, but I loved how it was done. The finale is one of the reasons I chose Buffy over Xena as my favorite show (don't get me started on the Xena finale).
At least once a year I have a Buffy marathon where I watch all 7 seasons in a row. I then will watch the commentary and the extras. Yep, that's how much of a geek I am.