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TV favorites make winter bearable

Published 12:29pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Previous editions of The Outlook are full of columns written by my colleagues on their favorite movies, books and places to travel.

And while all of those things top my list of favorite hobbies, I decided to share a little different prospective.

With winter weather making it miserable to be outside, I have reverted to my most favorite pastime: watching recorded TV.

I love to go out for date nights, but arguably what Dane and I both look forward to most after a long, hard day is a glass of wine (red for him, white for me), a plate of pasta and something interesting to watch while lying on the couch.

So in case you find yourself in need of something to watch during these last few chilly evenings, allow me to share a few suggestions.

These are my top five favorite TV shows and what’s currently filling up space on my DVR.

1. Grey’s Anatomy: This choice will undoubtedly cause me a great amount of grief from my news editor, but I can’t help it. The show that began when I was just a junior in high school is still my very favorite thing to watch on TV. I love to catch previous seasons on Lifetime, and I still tune in to ABC on Thursday nights to watch the latest episode. Yes, it’s over dramatic and yes, it is that predictable, but I am still a fan of the Seattle Grace doctors – and in love with Patrick Dempsey.

2. The Bible: This five-week two-hour mini-series kicked off Sunday night on the History Channel, and I was a huge fan. I thought the acting was great and the message was awesome – definitely worth watching.

3. Scandal: This show is relatively new, and the story is set amidst Washington politics. Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a former White House Communications Director for the president who has started her own crisis management firm. She “fixes” scandals no one but Shonda Rhimes, also the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, could dream up. It’s interesting to see a behind the scenes look at the White House, even if it is fiction.

4. The Good Wife: Julianna Margulies stars as Alicia Florrick, the wife of a prominent state’s attorney who stands by his side after some questionable choices and returns to practice law herself in order to support her family. This show combines two of my most favorite things – law and politics – so it too tops my list.

5. Law and Order SVU: This spin off to the Law and Order series is in its 14th season and still going strong. The show follows a crime – with many being inspired by current events – and a group of dedicated detectives and amazing assistant district attorneys through the entire process of investigation and prosecution.

I know vegging out in front of a TV screen isn’t a particularly scholarly way to spend time, but curling up on the couch in front of a fire with a fuzzy blanket and my favorite TV shows is something I look forward to all day.

So at least until the weather warms back up, you can probably find me by my fireplace – with my remote.

Pemberton is a staff writer for The Outlook.

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