THE A-Z OF TELEVISION : PART 1

[A] ARROW (Genre – Action, Crime) Based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, this is a show for those who like Superheroes. Watch how a billionaire playboy started fighting crime in his city with a bow and arrow in the age of big-ass guns.

ALCATRAZ (Genre – Sci-Fi, Action, Crime) Inmates and guards of the Alcatraz Prison disappear in 1963 under inexplicable circumstances. They begin to come back in the present day but they haven’t aged at all. alcatraz

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[B] BREAKING BAD (Genre – Crime, Drama, Thriller) What happens when a Chemistry genius starts to produce and sell crystal meth to provide for his family’s finances.

BRAIN GAMES (Genre – Reality TV, Documentary) A National Geographic series that is all about the Human Brain. Experiments, facts, Interactive games that makes us understand our brain better (how it works, what are its limitations etc)

BONES (Genre – Crime, Drama) An FBI Special Agent partners with a Forensic Anthropologist to solve crimes by examining human remains a.k.a bones.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (Genre – Comedy) 4 Science Nerds and 1 Beautiful Blonde ! The hilarity that ensues when these two opposite worlds interact is what this show is all about.

[C] CASTLE (Genre – Crime, Drama, Comedy) When an attractive Homicide Detective of NYPD and a charming Mystery Novelist form an alliance to crack crime cases in the city, sparks fly.

CRIMINAL MINDS (Genre – Crime, Drama, mystery) The Behavioural Analysis Unit of the FBI is tasked with profiling criminals/unsubs so that they can be one step ahead of them.

CHUCK (Genre – Action, comedy) Chuck Bartowski is the typical geek until an e-mail from his ex-roommate turns his world upside down. Chuck is now endowed with all the data of “The Intersect” which was subliminally implanted into his brain. (The Intersect is a super-secret database of the CIA and the NSA !)

[D] DEXTER (Genre – Action, Crime, Thriller) Are all serial killers bad ? Do you think you could ever cheer on a serial killer ? Dexter is the quintessential anti-hero – a boring lab geek by day and serial killer by night. dexter

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DOWNTOWN ABBEY (Genre – Drama) It gives a glimpse of the British high-society in the Post-Edwardian Era through the lives of the Crawley family.

DRAKE AND JOSH (Genre – Comedy) The escapades of stepbrothers Drake and Josh, who are polar opposites of each other. One is a shy, intelligent and socially awkward goody two shoes while the other is a charming, popular and not-so academically bright guitarist. Add into this mix, a cunning little sister whose favourite past-time is to get her brothers into trouble and you have a great show.

[E] ENTOURAGE (Genre – Comedy, Drama) Everybody has their own group, gang or clique. Call it by whatever name but one’s “Entourage” is where all the fun in life comes from. Follow Vincent Chase and his entourage through the glitzy world of Hollywood in this HBO Series.

[F] F.R.I.E.N.D.S (Genre – Comedy) One of the best shows in this genre and still going strong nearly 20 years after its pilot aired, it revolves around the lives of six friends living in NYC; their adventures at work, romantic pursuits and family issues. Laughter guaranteed.

FULL HOUSE (Genre – Family Sitcom) The life of Danny Tanner (recently widowed) who is the doting father to 3 beautiful girls and to help him raise them are his best friend and brother-in-law.

[G] GOSSIP GIRL (Genre – Drama, Romance) This show revolves around wealthy (and stylish !) teens of the Upper East Side in NYC whose lives spell Drama with a capital D. gossip girl

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GAME OF THRONES (Genre – Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Drama) The fight for the Iron Throne is on. Power plays, Murder, deceit, political alliances and sexual intrigue are common; because when you play the game of thrones you win or you die !

GREY’S ANATOMY (Genre – Medical, Drama) It follows the lives of interns and doctors at Seattle Grace hospital – their private and professional lives and how they steer through them. The voiceover of Meredith Grey at the end of each episode is quite impactful.

[H] HOUSE M.D. (Genre – Drama, Mystery) An extremely gifted and witty doctor along with his team try to treat patients with unusual cases.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (Genre – Comedy, Romance) Ted Mosby recounts the events that led him to meet his wife to his kids. His adventures with his gang of friends, happy and sad times, relationships and breakups, life-lessons and more.

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HOUSE OF CARDS (Genre – Political Drama) Frank Underwood and Claire, a shrewd couple set out to take revenge against those who stabbed a knife in their backs.

HOMELAND (Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Drama) A CIA officer is convinced that Nicholas Brody, who returned home after 8 years of confinement in Iraq, is not the war hero everyone seems to think he is. Follow her through her quest as she will stop at nothing to prove it.

[I] IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (Genre – Comedy) The story of 4 friends who are co-owners of an Irish Pub in Philadelphia.

[J] JUST FOR LAUGHS (Genre – Comedy) Don’t we just love to watch pranks being played on unsuspecting people ? This show does just that and you can see it all through their hidden camera footage.

[K] KYLE XY (Genre – Mystery, Sci-fi) Kyle has no recollection of who he is or where he’s been. Human emotions are alien to him but he has mysterious psychic powers. Watch him try to adjust with his new family and unravel his past.

[L] LOST (Genre – Adventure, Drama, Fantasy) What happens to the passengers of an airplane after it crashes on an island that is deserted. Or is it ?

[M] MAD MEN (Genre – Drama) The series follows Don Draper, a Creative Director at an Advertising firm. It is a Period Drama where we see snippets of his work, his romantic liaisons and life in the 1960s.

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MODERN FAMILY (Genre – Comedy) Families are fun, supportive, caring and sometimes even weird, exasperating and difficult to handle. Watch the various shades of 3 inter-related families in this mockumentary styled show.

For Part 2 go here.

WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE ?

 

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GoT GYAAN – II

In continuation to GoT Gyaan.

  • “Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

            — Syrio Forel, A Game of Thrones

We are all phobic to something or the other that makes us miss out on fun and certainly deprives us of some excitement we could’ve had be it water sports due to aquaphobia or bungee jumping due to agoraphobia. But I must say a little encouragement and that spontaneous rush of courage when faced with a fearful situation is all that it takes to overcome it…really! The more you hesitate, the harder it becomes to do what you fear. Like Nike’s tagline –Just do it! To sum it all up, the only thing we should fear is fear itself! Need more gyaan particular to your fear? Leave a comment (without any fear).

**Spoilers**

  • “If there are rocks to starboard and a storm to port, a wise captain steers a third course”

              — Asha Greyjoy, A Feast for Crows

All of us have felt that we were squashed between a rock and a hard place at some point or other, with no escape in sight. At times like these, it is best to take a step back and look at your situation afresh. You might just find a way out. Don’t let yourself be victimised by any situation, take full charge! Remember, the situation is always in your hands. It’s up to you if you want to make it or break it! Don’t shy away from help though.

  • “Words are wind. They cannot hurt you. Let them wash over you.”

            — Brienne of Tarth, A Feast for Crows

Haven’t we all met people who criticise us or try to bring us down for no apparent reason than out of malice, perceived superiority or simple boredom? Yup, that’s society! Believe me, if you start listening, or worse believing everything people tell you, you’ll go crazy! Best hear it from one ear and take it out the other we say. But yes, do take constructive criticism from your mentors, family and close friends, because these are the people who actually care and whose opinion makes a difference in making you a better person! People bringing you down? Don’t stay down, leave a comment! Being a psychology student, I believe in not judging people but empathising with them.

  • “No man ever truly knows what he can do unless he dares to leap.”

            — Euron Greyjoy, A Feast for Crows

Many people are diffident with respect to new situations. It’s human. But you’ll never know what lies at the other side of the rainbow unless you go have a look, would you? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You may not find a pot of gold every time, but it’ll make you braver and you won’t regret that you couldn’t even muster a teeny tiny bit of courage. Don’t agree with me? Post your counterviews below.

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GoT GYAAN

Words of wisdom can be found almost everywhere even in the most inconspicuous of places. The lyrics of a pop song, conversations with your siblings, a dialogue on your favourite TV show or from your 5 year old cousin. These are a collection of the choicest “words to live by” from my latest obsession, The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) by George R.R.Martin.

I admit that it’s easier said than done, but it’s not impossible…at all! Will try not to be too preachy, excuse me if I become too philosophical.

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  • “Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it and it will never be used to hurt you.”
    ― Tyrion LannisterA Game of Thrones

The basic idea is one that all of us have heard sometime or other in a plethora of versions. Be yourself, Love yourself, Learn to laugh at yourself etc etc. But it will serve you well in this mean world, no matter who you are. Look at it this way: You’re a limited edition; learn to be comfortable in your own skin. Chances are that people may laugh at you only because they want to bring you down! No kidding! Being unconventional makes you stand above the rest.

  • “Any man, who says I am King, is no true king.”

― Tywin LannisterA Game of Thrones

A person who stands above the rest doesn’t need to state or declare his/her position to the world; it becomes pretty obvious to everyone by his/her actions. Have you ever seen Sachin Tendulkar going around praising himself? Nope, he doesn’t need to. But he is The Master Blaster. People who go on and on, desperately trying to make people realise that they’re the best suffer from a superiority complex. Their feelings of superiority exist just to counter or conceal their feelings of inferiority. So just remember, Actions speak louder than words. Want everyone to know that you’re the best, prove it!

If you are among those who has seen the HBO Series but stayed away from the books, stop right there. **Spoiler Alert**.

  • “Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next. Sometimes the best way to baffle them is to make moves that have no purpose, or even seem to work against you.”

― Petyr Baelish, A Storm of Swords

Too evil you say? Who in this day and age spends his life plotting and scheming? Well then let’s subtract the evil intent and put our own spin on it. Keep others guessing, try to do different things, Surprise Yourself once in a while. Don’t get in a rut.