THE A-Z OF TELEVISION : PART 2

For PART 1 go here.

[N] NUMB 3 RS (Genre – Crime, Drama)

Are you one of those who thought that the Algebra and Trigonometry we were made to learn at school served absolutely no purpose ? Watch Charlie, a mathematician, help his elder brother Don (an FBI Agent) solve crimes using mathematics !

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THE NEWSROOM (Genre – Drama)

Explore the workings of a News Channel in this HBO Series. The central character is Will McAvoy, anchor of News Night.

[O] THE O.C. (Genre – Drama, Romance, Comedy)

The O.C = Orange County, California. The Cohen family adopts a troubled teen Ryan Atwood and he suddenly finds himself in the midst of a rich, superficial and materialistic community.

[P] PRISON BREAK (Genre – Crime, Action)

What happens when a man is falsely convicted, put on death row and his brother vows to break him out of the prison by getting himself in ?

PERSON OF INTEREST (Genre – Crime, Drama)

A mysterious Billionaire hires an ex-CIA officer to prevent crimes that are predicted to happen in the future by a super computer.

PERCEPTION (Genre – Crime, Drama)

The FBI seeks out the help of a genius neuroscience professor in examining extremely difficult cases. Will his schizophrenic hallucinations come in the way or actually help him solve these cases ?

[R] REVENGE (Genre – Drama, Psychological, Mystery)

Everything she loved and held dear was taken away from Amanda Clarke. Her father was framed, falsely accused and imprisoned thereafter. He was killed by the very same people who framed him and now his daughter is out to get revenge.

[S] SHERLOCK(Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Adventure)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character brought to life yet again in this BBC show where Sherlock and John Watson team up to solve crimes.

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SUITS (Genre – Legal, Comedy, Drama)

What happens when one of the best lawyers in town hires a talented young man who’s never been to law school to be his associate ?

SEINFELD (Genre – Comedy)

Ever wondered how comedians get material for their jokes ? Watch the life of a comedian (Jerry Seinfeld) unfold on screen. His friends and family, his normal routine and how he finds humour in them.

SUPERNATURAL (Genre – Fantasy, Action, Mystery)

Two brothers make it their mission to nab evil supernatural creatures.

THE SOPRANOS (Genre – Crime, Drama)

Explore the life of a Mafia capo (Tony Soprano) through the sessions with his therapist. The show is about how he tackles his professional and private life.

[T] TWO AND A HALF MEN (Genre – Comedy)

Charlie is a carefree Casanova living in a beach front house. Hilarity ensues when his brother has to move in with him after his ex-wife throws him out. Add to this mix his son who visits on the weekends and Charlie’s smart-mouth housekeeper and you have the perfect recipe for laughter.

[U] UGLY BETTY (Genre – Drama, Comedy)

The adventures of Betty Suarez, an “ugly” girl who is given an opportunity to be an Assistant to the Editor of Mode magazine (Arguably one of New York’s most popular Fashion magazine). Watch Betty’s tryst with the big bad world of Fashion.

[V] THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Genre – Fantasy, Drama, Romance)

Elena Gilbert’s life changes completely when she meets Stefan Salvatore and his brother Damon.

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[W] THE WALKING DEAD (Genre – Drama, Horror)

Rick Grimes wakes up to find that the world has been overtaken by Zombies ! There are only a handful of survivors, how will they cope ?

WHITE COLLAR (Genre – Crime, Drama)

The tagline of this show sums it up pretty nicely – To solve the toughest crimes, hire the smartest criminal. A white collar criminal assists an FBI Agent to put other criminals behind bars.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY ? (Genre – Comedy)

Performers who make up songs and comic scenes instantly (in response to prompts given by the host or the audience), which will surely tickle your funny bone.

[X] THE X-FILES (Genre – Sci-fi, Thriller, Mystery)

Two FBI Agents, of contrasting views are tasked with investigating inexplicable cases involving strange supernatural occurrences.

[Y] YES, MINISTER & YES, PRIME MINISTER (Genre – Comedy, Politics)

Ever wondered what it would be like to be the Prime Minister ? Follow Jim Hacker, his struggles and elevation from Cabinet Minister to the British Prime Minister.

[Z] ZORRO (Genre – Adventure, Romance)

Don Diego de la Vega has an alter-ego called El Zorro. Watch him defend people from the enemy Alcalde.

Which show is your favourite ?

THE FIRST VAMPIRE

Dark. Sinister. Menacing.

That’s how Aaron looked when a bolt of lightning offered a momentary glimpse of the basilica’s hall. But he wasn’t always like this. He had been the good and noble Lord Aaron once. Once, but that seemed a long time ago.

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Once upon a time in Italy, there was a town like no other. Scenic and abundant, with an unhurried air about its townsfolk. Most of the lands and its incomes belonged to Lord Aaron Salvatore, a just man endowed with both charm and wit. The Salvatores were one of the oldest names there and their estate had pride of place in the valley town. Aaron’s father had been loved and respected in equal measure. After his father’s death, the responsibility of carrying on their legacy fell in his hands. Aaron did all he could to be a worthy overlord; genuinely cared for the town and its residents, worked in their interest and solved any crisis that needed solving. He earned the respect of the townsfolk through his deeds and not his last name.

He was an ardent believer in the power of prayer. His faith in the Almighty was unshakable but the thing that mattered to him above all else was his family. His wife and children meant the world to him, gave meaning to his life and were the reason for his happiness.

Everything was perfect, the stuff of fairytales. Too perfect. Not for long though, dark clouds loomed over the horizon. Their peaceful town had been embroiled in a war they wanted no part of. Since they were all drawn into it, they had to fight. Fight for their lands, fight for their families and fight for peace in the valley. Lord Aaron wasn’t the kind of man to let his people die whilst he did nothing. With a heavy heart, he set out with his men to help bring an end to the war. He could not forsake his responsibilities and duties, no matter how much he hated leaving behind his wife and children. Before he left though, he prayed that his family did not suffer any harm. “I ask you not to protect me during the war; my family’s wellbeing means more to me than my own fate. Keep them safe when I’m not around to do it. That’s all I ask of you.”

After several months of fighting, the war was won. Fatigued, he returned home to find the town eerily calm. In his happiness and relief to be back, he didn’t notice that something was amiss. Upon reaching home, he found his home all deserted but for his butler. It seemed as though the man had aged years in a matter of months. He was uncharacteristically dishevelled and bandaged up. Aaron’s footsteps caught his attention and he looked at him with blank eyes. “They came at night” he said. “Armed men that hunted us like wolves and left behind a trail of blood and body parts. I was wounded, sprawled on the floor with the others and they took me for a dead man.”

All dead. Aaron just stood there looking as if made of stone. His wife, his lovely wife was lying there with the corpses of his children. Even his little daughter who he fondly called Strawberry. They were all dead. There was absolutely nothing he could do.

He stalked to the basilica through the desolate lanes. The night was dark and gloomy with the promise of a storm. The weather mirrored the turmoil in his heart. Once inside, he faced the almighty and set down the silver goblet he’d brought with him. The goblet was filled with blood! The blood of his family, the blood of his wife, the blood of his children, his daughter’s infectious laughter was in it, his son’s curious questions, his wife’s tender love, his time with them, his happy memories, his not so happy memories, his home and his life. He lifted the goblet to his lips and drank. He drank deep till there was nothing left.

“You mean nothing to me now” he raged. Everything he once held dear had been taken away from him. He was left with nothing. Nothing except:

Grief. Wrath. Vengeance.

This tale was narrated by a friend one dark chilly night whilst walking down a lonely road. I have taken the liberty to pen it in my own words.