I mean, really.
#45-Mad About You
Paul and Jaime Buckman are a newlywed couple living and working in NYC (he’s a filmmaker, she working in media) with their adorable dog Murray who chases mice and everyday problems to sort through. So, basically, this show is my life. Except we don’t brush our teeth at the same time.
#46— Brooklyn Bridge
Perhaps the most influential piece of pop-culture in terms of my desire to move to New York, this CBS gem from the early ’90s followed a multi-generational Jewish family living just over the Bridge. Even as a kid I loved the themes of change and progress as expressed the the cultural clash of the city and the times. My Daddy also really loved this show, I’m sure because it reminded him of his own youth. I’m sure, given its nostalgic tone, I’d feel the same today.
#47— October Road
Most people don’t know what this show is and those who remember it probably weren’t fans. However, my live for the writer-come-home tale made perfect sense when I learned that creator and writer Scott Rosenburg also made Beautiful Girls, a film based in the same town and with some of the same characters. It doesn’t hurt that the star of the show is Bryan Greenberg who I am most definately in love with. Too bad I hate Laura Prepon with the fire of a thousand burning mid-’90s sitcoms.
Poor Hildegarde, if only she wasn’t so “careless about perpiration odor in underthings.”
#49— Party of Five
Orphans! Beautiful orphans! With beautiful girlfriends! With giant boobies! Of course I loved Claudia and her stringed-instrument playing genius ass. And one of those hot London twins got Neve Campbell pregnant! Fun fact: that scene in the pilot when Matthew Fox is standing under the street lamp with the full weight of his parents’ death and family’s dependence upon him crashing down? Shot in the first take.
Faaaaaaaabulous. Following the interior design adventures of the Sugarbaker sisters and their business partners, this cast was just too much awesomeness for me to deal with. All sequins and sass, my personal favorite was Delta Burke’s Suzanne Sugarbaker who everafter made me have a special place in my heart for chubby beauty queens the world over. And, look at those dresses!!!
Do I find Denis Leary’s propensity toward gratuitious swearing and semi-racist humor a bit disheartening? Yes. But this show grounded firmly in a post-9/11 NYC is perhaps the best modern representation of both New Yorkers and the city itself. Well-rounded characters and sets located in the boroughs make for an authentic final product. It even makes me look past the ever rotating cast of half-naked 40-something actresses banging Tommy.
#14- Erie, Indiana
Marshall moves to this surreal Indiana town where he meets friend Simon and they encounter all kinds of weird shit. I was in love with Marshall (remember cute little Omri Katz in Hocus Pocus?), and I totally identified with Simon. Favorite episodes include the one where the ATM befriends lonely Simon and gives him money and the one with the retainer that tunes into the vocal waves of a group of evil dogs looking to take over the world. Weird shit.