Since I got my hands on a TV Firestick I can’t remember the last time I actually watched live television as it was being broadcast, instead I’ve been rewatching some of my favourite TV shows, which is kind of ridiculous because I have most of them on DVD but at least it means I don’t have to get out of bed to change discs in the middle of a binge anymore. So what have I been watching?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I was late to the Buffy party, by about five years after it ended, but luckily despite some questionable fashion choices and a lot of cheesy one-liners this series is absolutely timeless. I was a fan of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie so I don’t know why it took me so long to watch the TV series but since that first binge I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve rewatched it, especially the musical episode ‘Once More With Feeling’ – who doesn’t love a spontaneous musical about killing vampires and erasing your girlfriends memory? I fell in love with the show a little bit more when Willow (Alyson Hannigan) came out and got with Tara (Amber Benson) despite the fact that they never got to share on screen kisses the way that Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) did and Tara was never actually featured in the main opening credits until the episode that killed her off, but I’ll let that slide.
The L Word
This is another show I have on DVD and have watched countless times that I’ve started to watch again on the Firestick. Known as Sex in the City for lesbians, The L Word is choc-full of beautiful, exquisitely dressed women with careers to die for, swanning about West Hollywood and sleeping with each other.
We get insight into the first season through the eyes of wide-eyed heterosexual graduate Jenny (Mia Kirshner) who has moved from the Midwest to LA to live with her sun kissed, buff, swimming coach boyfriend Tim (Eric Mabius) who introduces her to his sapphically inclined next-door neighbours, the beautifully power-suited Bette (Jennifer Beals) and her life partner Tina (Laurel Holloman), a decision which will change Jenny’s life (and sexuality) forever. Whilst the show revolves around the lives of a diverse bunch of LGBT characters the series can be enjoyed by everyone, straight, gay, male, female, non-binary and though at times it can be pretty difficult to believe that this particular collection of women would actually all be friends the drama, storylines and regular sex scenes make this series utterly gripping from start to finish.
It has been pretty awesome having access to almost every show ever made, I’ve been able to watch things that are almost impossible to find anywhere else, like the original animated series of Jem. This ultimate 80s girl-band cartoon was my absolute favourite growing up and if you can manage to not spend each episode repeating the phrase “as if…that just would never happen” it is just as charming and action-packed as it was 30 years ago.
Rival band The Misfits commit attempted murder, kidnap or theft at least once per episode but never get arrested and there is the frustration of Jerrica’s boyfriend Rio’s constant cheating with Jem (yeah, I know they’re the same girl but he doesn’t know that!) Throw in a couple of original songs for each episode and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool and unique cartoon series.