Examining the TV Show Backlog

Recently, Heather over at Just Geeking By posted a list of TV shows she was hoping to finish watching. It made me realize that all the shows I’ve been waiting for just the right time to watch – this is probably that time. I’m only going to focus on shows that have completed their run, and that are available in their entirety on one of the streaming services we’re subscribed to.

On Netflix

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – 62 Episodes
A young woman abandons a choice job at a law firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California.

Sometime around the first week of May, there is going to be a giant Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist shaped hole in my life, and I have been considering giving Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a whirl. I’m kind of a sucker for any musical television shows, and although I’m not super excited by the premise, I’m hoping the execution will make up for it.

Gotham – 100 Episodes
The story behind Detective James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.

I’ve now watched the first season twice, and honestly, I think the absurdity of the asylum break-out storyline at the very beginning of season 2 is turning me off. If I can just push through that, though, there’s a lot about this show I do like, and I’d love to see the whole thing.

On Hulu

UnREAL – 38 Episodes
A behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program.

I remember seeing ads for this show before it aired, and wanting to watch it then. Sometime between then and now, it completely dropped off my radar, but I noticed that the complete series is available to watch now. I have a soft spot for Shiri Appleby from my guilty pleasure Roswell watching, and the idea of being behind the scenes of a fictional reality show sounds far far more interesting than watching an actual reality show.

Sleepy Hollow – 62 Episodes
Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

Time travel Gothic mystery? Sign me up. This is another show I’d been interested in for awhile, but never quite enough to actually settle in an watch it. Even though I’ve heard that the final season was … divisive to say the least, I’d like to give it a fair shot.

On Amazon Prime

Grimm – 123 Episodes
A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.

Ok, this one is kind of a hefty undertaking. I watched this show fairly faithfully while it was airing, through at least the mid-point of the second season. I’m not sure why I stopped, but I can tell you that despite a couple attempt at a re-watch, I’ve never made it past that point. That said, I remember it being on a very interesting path, and I’d like to see where it ends up.

Torchwood – 41 Episodes
The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

Although it’s one of the shortest runs of this list, it’s the one I think I’m least likely to complete because Torchwood is such a hard watch. It’s a show that seems to revel in its darkness and brutality. In the past, I’ve watched the majority of the first season, and in an epic blunder, the entirety of the third season, because I thought it was a stand-alone mini series. Oops. It might be too bleak a choice for such a time of uncertainty, but it is one I’ve always wanted to spend some quality time with.

Are you taking advantage of the extra time at home right now to catch up on some series you always meant to watch, but never quite got around to? Tell me about the television shows you’d like to binge watch – either in the comments or feel free to steal the heck out of this idea for your own blog.

5 thoughts on “Examining the TV Show Backlog

  1. Torchwood was one I watched just after it’s run had completed (incl. the final mini-series thing) and it *was* good from what I now recall, but you’re possibly right on the timing front.

    Sleepy Hollow was very good though in my opinion, probably my favourite on your list (that I’ve seen, never seen Unreal or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). Grimm… I dunno; I tried to jump into it several times. But something was just so… off? about it all. Not 100% sure I can put my finger on what it was. Some mix of the acting and the story itself though just didn’t mesh for me. And I’m pretty tolerant of the supernatural TV genre typically!


  2. Conversely, I quite liked Grimm. I found it rather bubblegum urban fantasy, along the lines of a Charmed wannabe. Accept the monster of the week stuff, don’t overthink the writing (a brilliantly plotted overarcing story arc it is not) and just coast along with favorite supporting characters for drama, comedy and relationship squabbles.


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