Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

So everybody’s talking about Game of Thrones, which will air its final episode tonight. Everyone except me, that is, because I stopped watching it during season three (for reasons that would take an entirely separate post to explain). I am aware of most of the highlights from blog reviews and conversations at work, but I won’t be among the millions of people tuning in tonight.

Instead, I’ve been thinking about two other television shows, one that just ended a few days ago, and the other that will take its final bow before the end of the summer. I’m going to miss them both, but luckily there are other shows to ease the pain. What’s been taking up the TV portion of my brain? Well…

The Big Bang Theory

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Why I’ll Miss It

I’ve always been a fan of a good sitcom (so much so that sitcom style has become part of my inner monologue), and I especially enjoy shows focused on groups of friends, since my friend groups have been a central feature of my entire adult life. Other personal favorite shows include Friends and How I Met Your Mother (except for the ending, which I try to forget).

The Big Bang Theory had everything I liked in other shows, and more. Although I’m not a science person, I always have been proud to be a geek, and so a lot of the conversations and humor among the show’s characters really resonated. I could relate to the difficulties in navigating social waters, the fun of regular gatherings for takeout in someone’s living room, and the excitement of the weekly trip to the comic book store.

Over twelve years, the characters grew and changed, and the cast expanded. Since the show runners never decided to just coast on the formula, there were always newer developments to keep me interested. Since I’m around the same age as the characters, a lot of people in my life were going through the same kinds of changes that were addressed in the show: marriage, children, home ownership, career changes, maturing in specific ways, etc.

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Over the years, the show has been something I’ve looked forward to watching, and frequently discussed with friends and coworkers. This week’s finale was a perfect way to say goodbye…even though I didn’t want to.

Why It’s Going to Be Ok

At least I still have Young Sheldon. I was a little dubious before this show premiered, afraid it would just be the same kinds of humor and situations with a slightly different premise. It turned out to be something very different, and in some ways something that is actually better. I know quite a few people who weren’t huge fans of The Big Bang Theory, but have fallen in love with the prequel series.

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As an adult, Sheldon Cooper was always portrayed as brash, demanding, and stubbornly insistent that the world needs to change to suit him. Instead of putting all of that into a younger character, Young Sheldon instead gives us a child who is trying to learn to navigate the world, who struggles with the fact that his intellect is so far ahead of his age and understanding. The humor is more subtle and the gags are interspersed with a lot more character development and some deeper issues. Add a really strong cast, and you have a great show that I’m really glad is continuing.

iZombie

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Why I’ll Miss It

I love zombie stories. Movies, books, comic books…it’s a genre I’ve been into for a very long time (see this post where I broke down why I’d be an asset in the zombie apocalypse). I read the DC Vertigo series during its original run (2010-2012), and really enjoyed both the idea of a zombie protagonist and the execution of the storyline. When I heard about the possibility of a TV series (this was in 2013, I think), I was cautiously excited. When I heard that Rob Thomas (best known, of course, for Veronica Mars, but also the mind behind several other short-lived but very good series and a few books that deserved more attention than they received), I got really excited.

The show took the basic premise of the comics and turned it into something new, and I was hooked from the first episode. If you haven’t seen the show, it began as a police procedural, pairing a homicide detective with a zombie medical examiner (who is able to see some of murder victims’ memories after eating their brains). Right from the start, the show was fun, clever, and engrossing, combining a case of the week style with an overarching metaplot related to larger zombie issues.

This is another show that didn’t just stick to the formula. With each season, circumstances changed, the stakes got higher, the world expanded, and the show evolved. While the focus has always remained on the core characters, there’s been a consistent introduction of new themes and issues that help keep the viewers invested. With the final season currently underway, I’m just as excited for each new episode as I was for the premiere, and I’m already dreading the final credits.

(By the way, if you’ve missed out on iZombie, you can catch up on Netflix and watch the current season through the CW.)

Why It’s Going to Be Ok

First of all, Rob Thomas has been very clear that the reason the show is ending after five seasons is because that will be the end of the story he wanted to tell. I totally respect that. We’ve all experienced TV shows, books, and movie franchises that keep going because they’re popular, not because there’s a quality story that still needs telling. I hate to see something I enjoy go downhill because it goes on too long, and as much as I wish there was more to the story, I’m glad it’s getting the right ending.

Second, the end of iZombie left Thomas free to return to Veronica Mars, where he does have more of a story to tell.

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Season one was fifteen years ago…but the story isn’t over.

I loved the original show (2004-2007), and was crushed when it was cancelled. I love that Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell kept the faith and brought us a movie in 2014. I love that Thomas continued the story in two novels. Clearly, I’m a fan…and I’m thrilled that Thomas has more to tell us, and that this summer Veronica’s back.

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Are you a fan of any of these shows? What are your “must sees” (past or present)? Let’s discuss!

32 thoughts on “Worth Watching: TV Shows I’ll Miss, and The Silver Linings

  1. Alex Raizman says:

    I fell behind on iZombie, but your post made me absolutely want to catch up on it! I need something new to binge anyway. Right now I’m all about the Arrowverse shows, but iZombie will be my next watch after I catch up!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’m holding you to that, Alex. 😉

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      1. Alex Raizman says:

        Lol, I don’t doubt that you will!

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  2. High five, I’m a fan of BBT as well! Apart from that i like to binge watch old episodes of Friends and Two and a half men. These shows still cracks me up though I’ve watched it over 10 times already!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      The best shows are the ones you can watch over and over.

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  3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I miss the survival show days. Survivor Man, the old Dave and Cody Dual Survival days.. A new season of Alone comes on June 16 I think 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Something to look forward to!

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I’d rather be a participant lol!

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        I think I’m better off as a spectator. Lol

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      3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        It makes you a better zombie hunter!

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  4. Great review Amanda.

    I really like Young Sheldon.
    I like Big Bang too but it’s not a family show that I can watch with my kids. But it’s very enjoyable and I also think it has done a great deal to create awareness about things like Asperger’s and autism.

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  5. masercot says:

    My boys make fun of me because I still like Big Bang Theory but I am unrepentant. Having a science background, I can relate to Leonard and Howard (my degree is in engineering). I even do magic, sometimes…

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I love magic. ☺

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      1. masercot says:

        I used to do it at birthday parties when my boys were young. I’d find one kid who was not with any others and sit on the floor in front of him/her. Then, I’d explain that I just got these magic items but I didn’t know how to use them. Then, other kids would start to gather as I did the cup and balls trick, vanishings and a few card tricks. By the end, all the kids would be watching and quiet and we didn’t even have to call them together…

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  6. Hi Amanda, I’ve also had a hard time getting on the Game of Thrones bandwagon, but that’s mostly just because so many other people won’t stop talking about it.

    The only of the shows you’ve mentioned that I’ve watched is Big Bang Theory, and I agree that it was a great show. I loved the characters, but I’m glad the series ended before it was played into the ground.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It’s never fun when something goes on too long and stops being good. I’m glad both of these shows avoided that.

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  7. I have to admit that I was dubious of Young Sheldon, but it’s kind of a sweet show. Just simply sweet =D

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It really is. And such a great cast.

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  8. Shell Vera says:

    I am such a fan of Big Bang Theory. It was such a fun and funny show.

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  9. ohina says:

    I get your point on game of thrones. I watches it till the end and I absolutely loved it but can’t say the same for everyone tho. Anyway I absolutely loved the big bang theory. I honestly loved it more than I loved “friends”. Not sure if you’re into sci-fi and thriller TV shows. If your are then check out Buffy the vampire slayer. I mean, it’s got bad CGI CUZ it’s damn old but it’s got a hooked story line that I finished all 12 seasons in a month. (binge watching guilty). Just putting it out there

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I preferred The Big Bang Theory to Friends, too, but both are great.
      I actually watched Buffy when it was on TV, and really enjoyed it.
      As far as Game of Thrones goes, I liked the books, and at first I really liked the show, but it just stopped working for me. Wasn’t thrilled with the most recent book, either, to tell you the truth.

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  10. JustJen says:

    Had no clue about the iZombie x Rob Thomas connection! Will definitely now have to give the series a closer look to see if it’s worth the watch. Would you say the witty dialogue found in VM is similar to iZombie?

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      In some ways. It’s a different kind of show with a different style, so it isn’t quite the same, but it definitely has strong writing.

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  11. I have to admit I watched GOT but missed the last 2 episodes. It got so bad it wasn’t what it was on season three. I was so sad when TBBT ended and I cannot bring myself to watch the final episode just like I haven’t seen friends finale or HIMYM.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      TBBT had a great final episode. HIMYM’s finale made me want to scream and throw things. If you stopped at the actual meeting, that’s the perfect time. Don’t keep going.

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      1. Actual meeting! Got it I’ll stop there if it wasn’t great. I can’t bring myself to say bye lol.

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  12. Hey! I’m a huge big bang theory fan as well. I don’t know how many times I have watched it. Infact, just finished watching. Hahaha 😂
    Now that BBT is over, I look forward to young Sheldon. I think both shows have their own charm. One is more about friends and other about family. I like both of them, actually BBT a little more😉

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  13. sunilmdabral says:

    Apparantly the big bang theory is the only sitcom I have watched from start to finish. First the show is brilliant, second it has science and third my roommate was Sheldon. So many fond memories. My favourite is when Sheldon quote Spiderman to Amy who interestingly is my most favourite from the show.

    As for the relativity I might be Leonard but without penny the hot girl and penny the money.😂.

    Young Sheldon is all together a different deal.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I still haven’t fully accepted that it’s over.

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      1. sunilmdabral says:

        Me neither. But with time all good things come to an end. Like it or not.🤔

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