What TV shows did you start watching in 2013?
A lot. The Fosters, Pretty Little Liars, Orphan Black, Bomb Girls, Sleepy Hollow, Atlantis, and Caprica. I also went back and watched the entirety of Cashmere Mafia, a fascinating train wreck of a show, for Lucy Liu.
What TV show did you let go of in 2013?
Doctor Who, and boy am I glad I did.
A few years ago, when I first tried the show, I wrote up my thoughts in a post I never shared. Essentially, I could easily see why other people would love it, but if a group of people had sat down to design a show that would not work for me, they would have come up with Doctor Who. But "The Eleventh Hour," Amy Pond, and River Song got me hooked. I enjoyed parts of their run, but the underlying mismatch between me and the show grew more evident as I slowly lost interest over the course of series 6. When River said goodbye, so did I.
Scandal and Downtown Abbey, two shows that have nothing in common except the fact that I watch them with the same person, are both on my temporary hiatus list due to real-life challenges. I'll probably get back to Scandal sooner rather than later.
Which TV show did you mean to get into in 2013 but didn't? Why?
Orange Is the New Black. So many people I trust love it, and from their descriptions it sounds like I would love it. But the fact that the privileged white woman is the main character made me leery, and the actual time I have for television tends to vary dramatically.
To be honest, I'm a little leery of the baggage I bring as the relative of someone currently serving a life sentence in a US prison.
What TV show do you intend to check out in 2014?
I intend to give Orange Is the New Black a try. I've also been meaning to watch Farscape for years. And at some point I intend to get back to Once Upon at Time, and maybe Lost Girl (though I find the racial and class politics of that one pretty painful to sit through).
What TV show impressed you least in 2013?
That Show With All the P.E.R.I.O.D.S.
I didn't have particularly high expectations, but wow, was that pilot bad. (And I say this as someone who is generally a sucker for pilot episodes.)
What show did you enjoy most in 2013?
Elementary is a contender; so is Orphan Black. Both shows are not only technically excellent and phenomenally acted, but emotionally engrossing to a surprising degree.
But in terms of pure joy, it's a toss-up between Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which I am little by little catching up on fifteen years late (shhh! no spoilers!) and The Fosters, which has completely and utterly won my heart.