25 TV Shows You Should Watch on DVD: Our Favorite Marathon-Worthy Series

It’s summer and there’s a massive heat wave and chances are when you’re not at work, you’re going to be somewhere else with air conditioning. And perhaps also a television set and more importantly, a DVD player.

See,  having cable is all well and good, but who wants to wait up to seven full days to see the next show in their favorite television series? Who has that kind of time and patience? We prefer dedicating one solid sleepless weekend to watching the whole run on DVD — even the ones we’ve already seen before. At the end of the weekend you usually feel like the cast of Bones knows you better than you know yourself and it can be a bit of an effort to integrate yourself back into society. But it’s well worth it.

Here are some of Team Autostraddle’s favorite TV series to watch on DVD!




Golden Girls has been a part of my life since before I was old enough to understand the jokes. I have early memories of watching the Season 4 episode where Blanche considers breast implants at my grandmother’s house when it originally aired in 1989…I would have been five. Obviously it took a little while for the show to catch on, and I didn’t REALLY get into it until I was a freshman in college. My friends and I would have what we called “ladies’ nights,” where about nine of us would regularly cease homework at about 10:45, head up to the dorm room of our one friend with a working television, watch an hour of uproarious Golden Girls reruns, then immediately return to our studies.

Golden Girls has always resonated with me because it isn’t just a show about senior citizens – it’s a show about four close friends who experience personal tragedies, relationship drama, insecurities, political issues and other things that affect women of any age. Although the first few seasons have their after school special moments, the show later managed to touch on a variety of topics including Alzheimer’s, HIV, assisted suicide, teen pregnancy, nuclear war, sexual harassment, homosexuality, artificial insemination, drug addiction and aliens – all while maintaining a sharp sense of humor and an earnestness that never felt overly cheesy. Also, I have NEVER seen women this age speak so frankly about sex; I have a barely-realized dream of one day having a Dorothy and Sophia-style uncensored relationship with my own mother some day. A sexually confident character like Blanche was revolutionary and important for women of the 80s – I mean, let’s be real; without Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia, there would have been no Sex and the City and THEN WHAT?!?! I’ve always loved how sometimes they’ll use an actor in a few different roles and hope nobody will notice, and the way Dorothy’s ex-husband Stan Zbornak always introduced himself by saying “Hi, it’s me, Stan!” as though they needed reminding. Begin a story with either “Back in St Olaf…” or “Picture it! Sicily, 1934…” and I promise, I will listen.

For what it’s worth, here is a Sophia quote from the episode where Dorothy’s friend Jean develops a crush on Rose: “Jean likes girls instead of boys – some people prefer cats instead of dogs. I’d rather live with a lesbian than a cat.” I would also like to point out that the 25th Anniversary Special Edition DVD comes IN SOPHIA’S PURSE.



Recently I was trying to list the things in my life that have had a profound impact on me creatively. Most are from my childhood (Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, Jim Henson’s Muppets, the films of Christopher Guest, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and Joss Whedon’s Buffy series spring to mind immediately) but the most recent addition to this list is Tina Fey and her brilliant series 30 Rock. I know it’s not particularly unique or interesting to even claim this as an influence anymore – I’m a muppet-esque 29-year-old female after all – but when I think about recent pop culture affecting me nothing stands out as much as 30 Rock.

I have been watching 30 Rock on NBC since it began airing in 2006, but the show didn’t become the giant force it is for me until repeat viewings on Hulu and eventually on DVD. For the better part of 2011, I’ve fallen asleep to 30 Rock DVDs every single night, and while I don’t think it’s necessarily bringing me any closer to Tina Fey brilliance in my professional life, it’s making me a far happier person in my personal life. There is something so madcap, ridiculous, absurdist and somehow still human about the series, and now that I have the DVDs I’ve begun studying the show; the nuances of the characters, the commentary from the cast and crew, the outtakes. I’m a huge tv nerd and repeated DVD viewing is very commonplace for my favorite series, it’s like a companion to viewing the show week-to-week.

Get a copy of Season One, Season Two, Season Three, Season Four or Season Five at Amazon.

Another show that I adore is Summer Heights High, but unlike 30 Rock, I didn’t discover this one until years after it aired in the US on HBO. My roommate at the time had the DVD and after watching it with her I ordered myself a copy as well. Much like 30 Rock (and Newsradio, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Parks and Rec, and seasons 2-4 of the US Office) I can watch SHH over and over again and it never gets old. If you haven’t seen it do yourself a favor and get a copy of the DVDs immediately. There are only 8 episodes so it’s a quick viewing.




What do you do when living in LA has made you hate actors, acting, and the television industry?

You watch CARTOONS! Subversive, hilarious, inappropriate, adorable cartoons. And you watch them over and over. On DVD. The best thing about cartoons is that they can go on forever and no one ever changes! The kids never grow up, the parents never get old, and the old people never die. Imagine a world where the Olsen twins stayed babies (with red hair!) forever and Kimmy Gibler was always your annoying neighbor.

FAMILY GUY is on it’s 9th season and still going strong. It’s getting funnier with each passing year and creator Seth MacFarlane shows no signs of slowing down. Family Guy is genius to watch on DVD because the shows (and the jokes) are independent of each other and do not need to be watched in sequential order (unlike shows like Arrested Development where much of the comedy is built on inside jokes from previous episodes and if you miss one you feel like you’re out of the loop). And after you get hooked on Family Guy, you’re gonna want to revisit your favorite episodes again and again and again and again. (We have watched the episode where Peter turns gay at least 67 times. Literally.) Your obsession will start with Stewie, the snarky, gay baby with a pseudo-british accent, but it won’t take you long to fall in love with Peter, the dumb-butt father, and all the other characters. Even the 97 year old, pedophile neighbor who always tries to lure boys into his house will become one of your favorites. HE’S SO FREAKIN’ CUTE!

The good news is- you can get 8 of the 9 seasons in a dvd set that comes in an ultra-adorable Stewie head!

SQUIDBILLIES is not for the faint of heart. This is a late-night, adults-only cartoon that airs in 15 minute episodes on the Adult Swim portion of the Cartoon Network. The show revolves around a family of hillbilly squids. They are the ABSOLUTE CUTEST, crystal-meth making, boonie-living, redneck trash that you’ll ever meet! They squish around their junk yard in the Appalachian mountains on their long, tentacley legs, and their sound effects and thick (nearly unintelligible) accents are intoxicating.

This show is good for people who LIVE to be shocked and aren’t afraid of being appalled. Like, for example- Riese wouldn’t care for it because she doesn’t like violence (which is a quality we love about her, btw), and actually- most people won’t care for it because it can be somewhat racist, misogynistic, sexist, homophobic, violent, gory, crude, stupid, ignorant, and gross (a lot like The Real L Word). Squidbillies is proudly defiant and offensive to EVERYONE. No one is safe and that is exactly what we love about it.

If you enjoy shows like Jackass, Tosh.0, South Park or Strangers with Candy– then you should absolutely get these dvds. (They’d also be a great gift for your unemployed, druggie brother or guy friends).

Get Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three or Volume Four at Amazon.



If you’ve ever read any of my articles you know that I have a rich fantasy life where I think I’m rich and can buy all the cute clothes I want. This is why I love Gossip Girl. Actually, I only started watching because I heard Hilary Duff kisses a girl in it. This is true and highly relevant to my interests, but Gossip Girl is so much more than that. In care you don’t know, Gossip Girl is about mega rich high school (and later college) students living on the upper west side of Manhattan. Thus, it’s basically the best show for anyone who wants to escape their life without running in to Doctor Who territory. It’s one of those shows where the plot line makes insane jumps and characters have complete personality changes over the course of an episode. Luckily you’re too distracted by how Unbelievably Good-looking everyone is to notice. Seriously, between Blake Lively and Leighton Meester you basically have all your basis covered. Chuck Bass (played by Ed Westwick) basically makes the best male-identified attempt at a hot butch lesbian that I’ve ever seen.

Gossip Girl is particularly good to watch on DVD because the plot lines are so entangled, that unless you watch it all in a row you’ll be all mixed up by the end of the season. Best of all, Gossip Girl is one of those shows you can watch with anyone. It might take some coercing, but as soon as anyone watches a few episodes they’re hooked. Your mom will love this show. You sister will love this show. Your dog will love this show. By the end of last summer my friends and I had two Australian golfer dudes more glued than us. They wanted to go as the cast for Halloween. Obviously it’s a winner.

Get the first, second and third, seasons on DVD at Amazon now. Season four is due out on DVD August 23rd (available now on iTunes and Amazon instant).




Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a show I was way too cool for in the late 90s. I’d repeatedly watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer THE MOVIE as a 12 year-old, and frankly, this television remake felt childish and unnecessary, so I didn’t even give it a chance. I was a very smug teenager.

After getting involved with the queer girl community on this magical internet, it became clear pretty quickly that I’d missed something. Not only was I not kissing girls in high school — like I should’ve been — but I had also missed out on this apparently amazing tv show. So I put aside my teenage snobbery and plowed through Season 1 over the course of a weekend (via Hulu, god of the Internet TV Show-Watching K-Hole). When that was over, I promptly purchased the entire set (and Angel! What?) on Amazon and never looked back. BTVS is witty, hilarious, campy as hell, empowering, GAY, feelingsy and I love love love it all so freaking much.

I’ve made peace with the fact that I didn’t watch it when it first aired. And I no longer lose sleep at night wondering if I would’ve realized my queerness sooner if I’d only been into Buffy instead of… whatever I was into then. Who has time to dwell on the past when you can ponder a world without shrimp?




People always assume I know a ton about Sci-Fi because I can tell them what iPod to buy and I have a comprehensive genealogical knowledge of the Marvel universe. Confession: I’ve never seen a single episode of Star Trek and when people talk about Star Wars, I just play along so I don’t lose friends. I may be an infidel in those respects, but boy howdy did I get hooked on Battlestar Galactica.

I haven’t had cable or watched much TV over the years, so like every other show, I didn’t know about Battlestar Galactica (the new one, not the kitschy old one) until it had already ended. Before I watched the pilot, I was skeptical — I’m not into campy sci-fi stuff or horror so I went in pretty closed-minded, like a total asshole, really. As it turns out, BSG is just a really fucking mind-blowingly good drama that happens to be set in space in a future world where the human race is not quite so on top. To me, Battlestar Galactica seems like science fiction at its purest: rather than using futuristic technology, alien races, and interstellar travel as the focus, these aspects become the backdrop of brilliantly layered ethical dilemmas that would be otherwise impossible to conjure in say, Friday Night Lights.

This show is smart as all-get-out, incredibly hot (have you seen Starbuck?), respectably queer, and completely, utterly compelling. Of course, you’re not going to have much interest in our own mundane not-so-interstellar universe once you dip your toes into Battlestar’s tense, sexy, politically-charged spaceworld — so plan to your sick days accordingly.

Get the complete series on Amazon.

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  1. Yo, all of “Summer Heights High” is on YouTube. I HIGHLY recommend it, if only to witness Ja’Mie and her “unique” relationship with the school’s most popular lesbian. And, of course, Mr. G and Celine.

  2. Also, I marathon my DVD set of “Freaks and Geeks” about twice a year. If you were anything of an outcast in high school, or if you just appreciate smart humor (and awesome characters – especially Lindsey Weir, and Kim, and Bill… all of them, actually) you’ll find something to like.

    • Totally my favorite. Whenever I travel I always take Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire with me. Such. good. tv. :) I could rewatch all of these ad infinitum

  3. If you’ve only got time for a mini-marathon, the UK Queer as Folk is only ten episodes long and is super-enjoyable! It’s also kind of fun to watch if you’re a Doctor Who fan — when crucial plot moments hinge around K-9, it’s hard to care about the parts that kind of suck.

  4. The Golden Girls, my go-to marathon series for when I’m feeling under the weather. It’s still laugh out loud funny even after more than 20 years.

    • I’ve seen almost every episode and I also laugh out loud even to the jokes I’ve heard over and over. I love those girls. Hell, my DJ name is Blanche Devereauxx.

  5. MSCL is so freaking amazing. My bff got me the series on DVD for Xmas a couple of years ago and I nearly exploded with joy.

  6. I’ve been marathoning Xena this summer and it’s been a blast. Also I second Arrested Development so hard.

    • I started to marathon Xena (but then Star Trek came out on Netflix and now my summer belongs to space) and I was amazed that it’s a LOT better than I remember it being. Also omg Lucy Lawless.

    • I grew up watching Xena, and it is still one of my favorite shows ever. I gleefully marathond it back in February after a six years of my DVDs being packed away. Also OMG Lucy Lawless! So. Hot. I am super happy I can also watch her in BSG and Sparatcus.

  7. Ahhh, I want to hug Riese and Laneia for shouting out MSCL. The aching vacuum that Angela, Patty, Graham, Rayanne, Sharon and Brian left is still palpable. Did Patty and Graham stay together? I hope so. How long did Angela and Jordan last? I’m seriously tearing up thinking about that time he walked across the hall and held her hand in front of all his friends and wait, Angela, the geometry review but it didn’t matter. Did Rayanne stay off booze and what the heck did she grow up into? Please did Ricky find self-acceptance and a hot man who saw what a beautiful person he was? Did Brian Krakow finally find a way to talk to a girl and the miracle of Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious conditioner?

    Oh, uhm I really like and miss Firefly and Buffy too.

  8. “Government porn” is the best description ever phrased of the West Wing. Also the West Wing is the best TV series ever made.

  9. If by buy on DVD and marathon, you mean watch on megavideo and have to stop every 72 minutes, you got it!

      • but, when i tried to install it (illimitux), it said:

        “This extension can access:
        Your data on all websites
        Your browsing history”

        isn’t that, like, access to everything i do online, and will it access everything i share on the internet? (does this make sense at all, or am i paranoid here? LOL)

        • Oh shit, I don’t know. I don’t think it said that when I downloaded it. Or I didn’t mind if it did, since I only use Firefox for watching videos.

          • okay.. it just kinda freaked me out.. guess i’ll just have to wait those damn 30 minutes then.. :P

          • Also, I didn’t mean “oh shit” in an exasperated way. Just like, “oh that’s some bad shit that they’d pull a heinous stunt like that!” Rereading it I realized I sounded like a total bitch.

        • no worries with that, chrome has that warning for every extension you install!
          megavideo away!

  10. Oh no. I feel a Buffy marathon creeping up. Goodbye outside world. Ugh I have to stop this from happening. I have things to do! The entire series is only feet away from me in a box :(. Must…resist…

    Still waiting to go on my dream date with Michelle Trachtenberg. She was so hot as a brainwashed christian & and evil bitch on Gossip Girl. <3 (I'm weird)

  11. This is an awesome list, especially for those of us who are all dried up and empty because we haven’t got Mad Men this summer. I already added The Good Wife to my queue, and FINE, I will now give FNL and The Wire a go. Thank you!

    • “My name is Jessica, some kids call me a slut, and I’ve a dirty habit for Ecstasyyyyy.”

  12. You basically hit all of my favorite shows to marathon except
    +Freaks and Geeks
    +Arrested Development
    +The O.C.

  13. Okay so you mentioned Doctor Who in passing, but um. Number one recommendation: DOCTOR WHO. All five and a half seasons of resurrected tv glory. (Okay season 1 is not my favorite and neither is season 3 except for “Blink” and about half of 5, but: seasons 2, 4, the other half of 5, and the parts of 6 that are out are SO GOOD.) I only started watching this January, so my obsession is about half a year old, but it is exceedingly strong.

    Also, this show called “Downton Abbey” is fabulous if you enjoy drama-dramz with British accents and people in period clothes. So many characters you will either love or love to hate. There’s only one 7 or 8 episode season, so it will only suck your life for like 3 days, but you’ll be thinking about it for weeks after. Bonuses: Maggie Smith as a crabby rich lady, house maids with Irish accents, fancy clothes, girls with huge eyes, one proto-feminist daughter campaigning for women’s suffrage circa 1914, and an upcoming second season. It’s fantastic.

    One last show: Better Off Ted. Two seasons of 20-minute long episodes full of hilarious hijinks in an evil company. And Portia DeRossi. Should have gone on for at least 3 more seasons.

    (All of these things are available on netflix instant!)

    • thank you for mentioning Downton Abbey. It can also be imbibed straight, which will lead you to ask yourself at four in the morning if you are insane, AND, why there aren’t any MORE episodes. Don’t forget the one gay character, who is an ambitious young footman, and damaged goods, which comes to expressionm in his doing lots of plotty eeevil, but of course, his character is hardly one-dimensional. Oh what a fine show.

      And let us not forget the 3 part series (more coming in the fall) of Sherlock. So, so good. That guy from Office UK plays Dr. Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch rocks the cell-phone-pinching modern Sherlock to a tee (tea?) I can’t wait for more in the fall. But I am a ho for good Holmes… So there you go. GO UK!

      • Yeeessss DA is so good, I’ve been trying to convert people ever since I watched it.

        Sherlock! Awesome show, I’m excited for the next season :D

        • I’m watching DA right now, because of this referral, and I have to say that I’m extremely intrigued.

    • Better Off Ted was such a pitch perfect satire! It is a shame that it didn’t go on longer.

    • Yes, Dr. Who can be fabulous, but its spin-off, TORCHWOOD, is perhaps even more so. Pansexuality & 51st-century characters & aliens, set in modern-day Cardiff. Also, Gwen Cooper’s Welsh accent is a joy & Captain Jack’s greatcoat is a thing of beauty (still searching for one, cause I’d really love to have one as this year’s winter coat).

    • I’m more into Doctor Who than Torchwood. So glad others are shouting out “Blink”, as far as I’m considered that’s the single best hour of television that’s ever been screened.

  14. So many awesome shows recc’d. However I’d add Arrested Development to the list myself.

    Fun Fact: Firefly was the show that made me realize I was uber-gaymo. First there was Kaylee, but then there was that b-plot where Inara serviced her female client (the senator) and…. yeeeah I’m gay.

  15. The Office (U.S.) is mine. It’s my favorite TV show with re-watchability. It’s true the past couple seasons have been pretty awful, but seasons 2 and 3 were something pretty special and I would argue the show stayed pretty awesome through at least early season six. Season one is a poor representation of the show (although Diversity Day remains a hilarious episode) so you could start with season two if you wanted. I can just watch that show and still laugh even though I have the jokes memorized. It was so pitch perfect at one point.

    Other favorite shows of mine that are re-watchable (so, like, not the Amazing Race):

    Felicity – I wish my college experience was like that

    Daria – I agree with this one. But by the time they introduced Tom, the show started to go downhill. It’s like they were worried Daria was too much of a loner (and seemed too much like a lesbian) and the show seemed to inherit the values it rejected early on. Tom was just kind of smarmy and useless.

    Lip Service – Only six episodes, but it’s like a better version of the L Word. Season two is coming at some point in 2012, so get ready!

    Degrassi – Major guilty pleasure, but I’m not sure what it is about this show that I am always perfectly willing to watch it when it’s on TV. The show has been around for a while (it’s in its 11th season now) so seasons vary in quality. Last season, season 10, was universally praised as being a strong return to form for the series and there’s a lesbian and MtF trans character, so it’s worth watching. At 44 episodes (half hour), it will keep you busy for a while.

    I honestly don’t watch that much TV. I’ve heard good things about shows like Weeds, The Wire, Madmen, etc. It’s just such an investment. I’ve realized I don’t really watch shows unless there are lesbian characters (or strong female leads), which is pretty limiting. If not, it was by accident.

    • I work in politics but I couldn’t get into the West Wing. I don’t know, I’ve never aspired to end up working in the White House like so many of my colleagues do. Plus the characters remind of people in D.C. I hate. I think real issues and real government action are more interesting. I like to follow the real thing — if there was a documentary like the West Wing, I’d be all over it. The War Room, a documentary about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign is one of my faves. I’ve been trying to find a part fiction, part documentary show called K Street that aired for a short run about lobbyists in D.C. I may need to just rent it if I want to watch it.

    • If you like strong female characters, though, you should watch “Mad Men.” PEGGY OLSON. I think the first two seasons are on Netflix now, and in the most recent season, there was a badass lesbian character.

      • I’ve only seen season 1, but thank you for inspiring me to continue! (Yes, I will watch pretty much anything with a lesbian character in it.)

        • Watched a clip on YouTube. I’m gonna download the series. It looks pretty good. I’m fascinating by advertising and the tipping point is the time era its set in. I’m always drawn to the 60s. Seems like an interesting time in America. Hopefully the actual stories and characters can interest me as well. Thanks!

          • I absolutely love Mad Men, but I found it slow to get into at first. Give it at least three episodes before you give up on it.

      • The fact that you say there “was” a bad-ass lesbian character makes me think she was on the show for one episode, two tops, and probably during sweeps. I usually only watch shows with regular lesbians characters. There’s literally no other explanation as to why I put up with Pretty Little Liars. It’s just Emily’s lesbianism and her beautiful flowing hair. That’s all.

    • the office is my favorite sitcom ever by a longshot, it’s the only thing i can watch re-runs of and not get bored

      • Totally! My mistake was I kind of watched it out of order. I don’t know why since I just went through the entire show anyway, but I watched season two last. I’d recommend someone get the DVDs and watch it straight through in order to get all the storylines and jokes! I wish I could go back in time!

    • i am so glad you brought up felicity because I have so many feelings about that show and no one ever seems to share my enthusiasm for that character. i always thought felicity’s character was a lot like angela chase. felicity got SUPER weird towards the end (time travel? really, jj, really? thats what we get? thats some IFC shit right there), but the first season was really meaningful for me as a 13 year old girl. i was a bit too young for angela chase the first time around (dont worry, i have since discovered the magic), but felicity was the first time i experienced that type of female character and it was pretty powerful for me. I think they were both introverted, sensitive, intelligent, unknowingly beautiful, and huge fans of enormous clothing. oh and they both had great hair that became a major defining characteristic for each of them. i would recommend the first season if you havent seen it.

  16. My two favorite shows are Weeds and Sex and the City. Since Nancy Botwin is in New York now, she should maybe just drop by Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment.

  17. VERONICA FRICKIN’ MARS is right. I cannot say that enough. Easily one of the best television shows of the 2000s, if not ALL TIME.

    Alias is also good for marathoning, especially the first two seasons. The third is really good for drinking games and despair at how awful it became. Four and five are back to being good.

    Also, a series that never really got its due, but is super great, American Dreams. Annika, if you like TV set in retro times, this is the series for you. 60s pop EVERYWHERE and Brittany Snow in a role that doesn’t make me want to rip my eyes out. It’s astounding that it got three seasons, and it’s probably my favorite show of all time. Did anyone else watch this when it was on, because I’ve never been able to find anyone who actually cared about it.

    • Thank God someone finally mentioned Alias. My best friend in high school and I were obsessed with it. Only years later did I realize that my overwhelming and somewhat confusing adoration of Lena Olin should have been the first sign that I liked women. Especially nicely muscled ladies with accents and perfect hair.

      Screw it. I’m going to start a season 2 mini-marathon right now.

  18. I would also add Sports Night to this list. I didn’t not to expect to like it as much as I did, but I was so sad that it was over after only 2 seasons. Felicity Huffman was perfect on that show, she is wasting her talent on Desperate Housewives.

    • SportsNight was brilliant
      If I ever hhaave my own company I will call it QuoVadimus

  19. I will marathon Buffy and BSG pretty often. Love those shows. Firefly is also up there.

    Anybody like farscape?

    • Sorry I think you mean *~*FARSCAPE*~* because that is the only way to represent my feelings about that show/Claudia Black. So bizarre, so brilliant.

      • Ha! I accept your correction. I wish I could gush about my feelings for both the show and Claudia Black more often, but sadly not many people I know are aware of their utter awesomeness.

    • ZOMG FARSCAPE!!!1!eleventy

      Yes, I do like Farscape.

      And I highly recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi even a little bit. A lot of people have avoided it because some of the characteres are puppets (although I don’t know why. Think what the world would be like if people had avoided Star Wars because Yoda was a puppet), but honestly you’ll forget all about them being puppets pretty quickly. Soon enough, they’ll just be Rigel and Pilot to you and it won’t seem weird at all.

      The first two-thirds-ish of the first season is a little shaky because there was some behind the scenes stuff going on between the writers, production company, and the SciFi Channel trying to figure out if this was going to be an adult show or if it should skew younger because of the Henson Company involvement. They finally settled on ADULT and from about ep 16 on, it’s one of the best TV shows that’s been on TV. John Crichton/Aeryn Sun is one of the greatest TV relationships ever, too.

      Also, Claudia Black gives me a lot of feelings.

      • Interesting. I didn’t know that about the first season. It did take a little bit to get into, but once the characters were established it was fantastic.

      • This is good to know because I started to watch FS but quit after a few episodes because I just wasn’t feeling it. I will give it another try while it’s on Netflix Streaming (after my current marathon of ST:V)

        • Ooh, please give it another chance! If you see the episode “A Human Reaction” and don’t want to see more, I’d question your human reaction, frankly ;)


      I love Farscape, and no one knows what it is. Currently rewatching, and just saw the first episode with Scorpius. I love Scorpius.

  20. Nurse Jackie.
    We just started watching it and are hooked. She takes multi-tasking to whole new levels.

  21. If I wasn’t already committed to a Sunday of watching all the HP films in a row (including a late-night 7.2 3D showing) I would be all over this. My 90s nostalgia is running deep (I bought a stash of fun dip and warheads yesterday) so I could definitely go for some Daria or MSCL.

    Also, Doctor Who. I plan to (possibly via acquisition of a time turner) block out enough time to watch all 5 1/2 series again before 6.2 starts at the end of August. I always do this to myself. Like how before any HP release I find it necessary to re-read all the books leading up to it. Sleep is for babies?

    Finally. Even though this would quite possibly be the shortest marathon ever… Sherlock (BBC) is also worth an afternoon. Plus, another three episode mini-series this autumn!

    • As soon as season 6 paused I started marathoning every previous Doctor Who episode. Almost done season 4! David Tennant!

  22. Parks and Rec is an excellent show to marathon, you can never have too much Leslie Knope or Ron Swanson

    • “Give me all the Leslie and Ron you have. Wait. You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of Leslie and Ron, but what I said was: Give me all the Leslie and Ron you have.”

    • totally agreed. I think my life is guided by an awkward combination of wisdom from Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson. I also appreciate any show with a guy my height on it :) (Aziz)

  23. “Chuck Bass basically makes the best male-identified attempt at a hot butch lesbian that I’ve ever seen.”


    Additionally, I am convinced that every week there is a distinct lesbian moment between Blair and Serena. It’s amazing.

    • i have a picture of chuck bass on my wall because i think he’s the prettiest butch in all the land.

  24. BSG is one of those shows you have to marathon since about every episode ends on a cliffhanger. First time I watched it was when I powered through the entire series during Christmas break via Netflix. Best way to avoid hanging out with extended family ever!

    • Gah, I know. I always think, “Oh, I’ll just watch one episode before bed” and then wind up watching three in a row because holy shit, what’s gonna happen next?! Is everyone going to die? Will I get to see more of Starbuck’s abs? Who’s really a Cylon?

  25. great list, i’ve seen some of those (absolutely loved six feet under, not even ashamed to admit i cried during the finale), and i will definitely check out a couple more! these are some other shows i really like:

    in treatment
    pushing daisies
    breaking bad
    the o.c.

  26. By the way, before anyone jumps on this:


    • There’s also more than three comic books, but I guess you were talking about the Serenity graphic novels?

  27. yes, 30 Rock, the Good Wife, West Wing, etc. all very well-written shows that could be watched over and over again.

  28. Definitely Veronica Mars, love it! I have all three seasons, but unfortunately my second season is still locked (with that plastic thingy to prevent thieves) and I have’t figured out how to break it off yet since I am afraid of using sharp things and clearly I would suck as a thief sighhhhh. I speak the sad truth.

  29. FIREFLY FIREFLY FIREFLY ON AUTOSTRADDLE. This is the sound of the cult of Whedon hyperventilating :)

  30. MSCL. *sigh* I honestly feel like, if someone doesn’t love MSCL we can’t be friends.

    I need to finish Weeds. I left off in the middle of season 4 (I think) b/c whereever I was watching it from stopped working. Mary-Louise Parker is so incredibly sexy I can’t even.

  31. Beautiful days outside, yes, but it’s soooo hot and I don’t like sweating unless there are orgasms involved, so yesyesYES to this post! Buffy is soooo my Slayer (Buffy nights are fun, my gay neighbor lusted after Angel as I enjoyed watching women kick ass. Bottles of wine round it all out, of course), Six Feet Under sucks you, er, in, or under? 30 Rock cracks me up out the DOOR. As long as out that door is also air conditioned. I apologize to our planet, cuz fuck, freeon and tv sometimes are just what we need…

  32. I’m so disgusted with my computer right now because it didn’t work all day, but I’ll take a minute to talk about TV before I throw it out the window.

    Buffy, Firefly, The Wire, Queer as Folk, The X-files, Battlestar Galactica, Six Feet Under, Daria and Dexter are all shows I’ve watched and loved. Well, uh, I’m still working on The X-Files.

    Of course, I’ll take any opportunity to talk about Buffy. I consider it a huge part of my childhood, like many of you feel about MSCL. I missed most of it; I was (almost) eleven years old when I caught the last fifteen minutes of Season Six as it aired. After that, I found myself filling at least 20 VHS tapes with reruns. It didn’t matter that I was too young to understand the adult humor or old pop culture references(Farrah hair, anyone?), I loved this damn show. My friends did, too, and it turned out they didn’t share the same affection I had for Willow. That – coupled with my complete distaste for Spike – helped me realize I was gay. The show ended three days before my 12th birthday and I started coming out soon after that.

    It also made me contemplate a world without shrimp.
    Oh, Anya.

      • I just watched episode 411 El Mundo Gira, which’s the first episode I’ve watched in over a month now. If there were more cliffhangers(of the smallpox-aliens variety) I’d probably be nearly finished with the series by now, to be honest. How far have you gotten?

        • I got stalled for a long time between seasons 5 and 6 because the first movie goes between those two, and they took that off netflix and I was deeply discouraged. But then I went to great lengths to watch it illegally and now I’m starting season 6. I think I am just apprehensive about reaching the end? I mean how can this end satisfactorily? You know?

  33. the wire, weeds, dexter, 30 rock, yes.

    yeah, arrested development? and true blood? that’s on dvd. the opening credits of tb are the best.

    i kinda like damages too, although it’s totally bad, but it has rose byrnes and glen close, so y’know.

    my so called life — liked it, but was for sure the in thing at my school, not like the alternative kids thing.

    thanks for the post, good motivation to check out some shows.

    • wait, why is Damages bad? Is it because it kept getting nominated for awards and people think that means it’s not cool/alternative enough to be good? Is it because the storylines were too well plotted out and it was so difficult for the average viewer to follow (read: “elite,” as the Republicans like to say) that it didn’t build the kind of following of, you know, 2 1/2 Men? What’s “bad” about it?

  34. While I enjoyed this list greatly and agree with many items on it…


    D: !

  35. ‘the sopranos’ is brill; the uk’s ‘the thick of it’ is ridiculously funny, as is ‘peep show’. ‘misfits’ is also great. ’24’!! and ‘heroes’ was good for the first two series

  36. I’m surprised none of the writers put down Arrested Development. That show is SO smart and hilarious. Sadly, there are only three seasons but they are worth it.

  37. i am flailing so much over this post! TV IS MY FAVORITE THING OF ALL THE THINGS.

    shows i would add would definitely be arrested development, doctor who, and sherlock. ALSO, COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY NEEDS A LOT MORE LOVE.


      I read all the damn comments, and was surprised it took this long for someone to mention Community. I want to be in a Troy and Abed sandwich. Make of that what you will.

      Also, I feel like I need to speak up for Party Down, which is almost never mentioned anywhere. Probably because nobody watched it, even though it’s the funniest goddamn thing ever. And Janis Ian looks rull gud in a bowtie.

  38. Gilmore Girls! Best week ever!
    Veronica Mars would probably be a good one too. And Lost. And Community. And Daria.
    Also, I just got into Game of Thrones and must really control myself not to watch all 10 episodes at once! I’ve seen 3 so far… off to watch the 4th!

  39. I’m going to need to see a pic of hillary duff kissing a girl.

    also i had daria but my ex borrowed it and refuses to give it back. but i watched that shit all the time. my mom swears that daria is the reason for the way i act today. i was really shy until i watched that show and discovered sarcasm.

    also i was daria for halloween last year.

  40. The Office (UK only)
    Skins (UK only)
    Once and Again (and for goodness sakes they need to put season 3 on dvd)
    Hex (and for goodness sakes they need to put series 2 on dvd)
    Twin Peaks
    Strangers With Candy
    At Home With The Braithwaites (and for goodness sakes they need to put the rest of the seasons on DVD)

    Last of all – Hopefully Sugar Rush will be put on DVD

  41. Veronica Mars. Please, just everyone, watch Veronica Mars. Her total badassness made me realize the awesomeness of being gay, even though I was crushing on all her boyfriends. Except Duncan. Obviously. There is just something about a smart, snarky, beautiful, tough girl on my television that makes me smile.

  42. scully <3

    speaking of great 90s mystery series, twin peaks was pretty awesome/crazy. i mean, david lynch!!! the audrey horne character is just.. wow. sadly there are only 2 seasons, although i'm not sure i could handle more. and then there's the movie.. which i found a bit disturbing but also is it supposed to be a prequel or sequel or wtf?

  43. daria. daria. daria. maybe its pathetic that i relate to a cartoon character so much, but i do.

  44. Northern Exposure. It’s kind of terrible, but also very, very good for watching in marathons.

    But the West Wing is the best television show ever made, this is fact. And the Wire is a close, close second.

  45. How can two of the hottest series on TV in the last few years be missing from this list?! Both on Showtime.

    1. United States of Tara (writer/producer Diablo Cody)Tara played brilliantly by Toni Collette. Gay friendly storylines.

    2. Nurse Jackie ( writers/producers Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem: both lesbians)”is at turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny.” Jackie is played by Edie Falco, previously Carmela on Sopranos. Jackie’s best friend is a lesbian. Interesting portrayal of a strong friendship between a straight woman and a lesbian.

  46. Anyone seen Bad Girls? Its a UK show, set in prison; long off the air, but in its time the gradual development of the relationship between the 2 central women over many seasons was sizzling hot :)

    Helen & Nikki…just youtube it :)

  47. I’m bummed you forgot Arrested Development and Flight of the Conchords. And yes Doctor Who.

    Share the Sorkin love!
    And yes, Firefly. always <3

    Veronica Mars, of course. if you like buffy/whedon/mscl, you'll like it

    Doctor Who, it happens to be my favourite show ever made
    Game of Thrones, if only for lena headey.

    I must give a shoutout to Coupling. it's absolutely hilarious. best sitcom ever. yes,better than friends. and even better than how I met your mother. which is also awesome.

    life on mars/ashes to ashes
    british music,70/80's aesthetic, mindscrewyness. plus keeley hawes. and the guv.

    someone mentioned american dreams! yes, I loved that show.

    oh, and Castle!
    starring Captain tightpants himself, Nathan Fillion, in his second-best role ever. also there's Stana Katic who's definitely worth watching. and it's funny and sweet and at times even a bit scary.

    Leverage also hasn't been mentioned. witty thieves who ruin bad guys and help good peoople while making doctor who references.

    I could go on. I do watch a ridiculous amount of tv.

  49. Ok Big question here:
    Why didn’t you put The L Word in the list or did I miss it? I am curious to know. Beyond being a Lesbian show, it was a great show (until season 4). Was it too obvious?

    Oh and you girls don’t like 24? I found it one of the most amazing tv show of the past decade.
    But you put six feet Under so I love you still. :) *Best ending ever by the way*.
    Also, The Walking Dead has to considered, it first doesn’t seem to be targeted for women at all but it is actually a very good ’emotional’ show, so well directed and edited. If you want to feel 100% into what you are watching, that’s the show!

    Oh I am also really surprised not to find Nurse Jackie! I thought she was your kinda gal!

  50. No Nip/Tuck? The first few seasons explored sexuality in a social and personal sense. For the time, having characters that were transgendered and gay without it being a big deal and portrayed in a positive light was pretty groundbreaking.

  51. Just watched all series of Ellen Degeneres’ sitcom “Ellen”. So funny.

    Some of my other marathons over the last 6 months include…
    Criminal Minds.
    Twin Peaks!
    Flight of the Conchords.
    Gossip Girl.
    Summer Heights High.

  52. Honestly disgusted by the recommendation of The Wire. I mean, I get it, it’s supposedly the best show ever. but talk about a show that doesn’t even TRY to pass the Bechdel test. I can count on 1 hand the female characters who were at all developed in 5 SEASONS. Literally hundreds of male characters with well-sketched out storylines, and the women get nothing? Oh, but wait, they get to be “lesbian,” or the TV equivalent of “having an interesting character trait we won’t really discuss, elaborate on, or deal with in any sort of meaningful way, but will use to get ratings ’cause straight dudes sure love lesbos.” Yet, when they screened the show for ACTUAL GANG MEMBERS, one of the main complaints? THE LACK OF FEMALE CHARACTERS. Even GANGSTERS noticed. Yep, talk about insulting.

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