What I’m watching, why I’m watching them and why you should watch them too PART 1

Hi, I’m Irick. I’m a couch potato.

Is there like some sort of meeting similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, but it’s for couch potatoes like me? I would definitely attend a meeting like that.

According to urban dictionary, a couch potato is “a lazy person who does nothing but sit on the couch and watch television”.

Being a couch potato is addictive. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never tried drugs or any mind-altering substances. But watching TV series gives me some sort of “high”. I feel euphoric with every 40-minute episode.

I don’t have a television. Or a couch. I get my daily dose of American television series from the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Kidding. I search every nook and cranny of the Internet for the TV series that I regularly watch. Whereas most people would opt for the popular “torrent” as way of downloading illegally, I’m more of a “direct link” downloader. I find it easier and more convenient.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to blog about the TV series and sitcoms that I’m watching, but I haven’t had the time until now. I don’t really do “reviews”, so this will be more like: Why I’m watching it, Why you should watch it, What irks me about it. So, here it goes.

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*2 BROKE GIRLS – A story of two diner waitresses, Caroline and Max, who became good friends despite their very different background (and philosophy) in life.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: Now on it’s season 5, it’s still one of the funniest sitcoms I’ve ever seen. There’s also that touching story of unlikely friendship between Caroline and Max.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: It’s hilarious, full of sarcasm, slightly racist jokes and interesting characters.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: Sophie. She used to be funny, but she’s kind of a nuisance now. I think the writers are trying hard to make her funny. The show could go on without her, imo.
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*11.22.63 – A sci-fi series based on Stephen King’s book, starring James Franco. Basically, he time travels into the past in order to save John F. Kennedy from getting assassinated.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: Stephen King. James Franco. Sci-Fi. Time travel. There’s nothing more to say.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: Stephen King. James Franco. Sci-Fi. Time travel. There’s nothing more to say.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: There are only 5 episodes so far, so I have no complaints about it… yet.

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*BABY DADDY – Womanizer Ben Wheeler was left in care of a baby – his daughter from a one-night stand. Since then, his life has turned upside down.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: Hottie alert! What Jean-Luc Bilodeau might lack in height, he makes up for in his charms and good looks. Derek Theler, on the other hand, is the epitome of tall, not-so-dark and handsome.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: It’s hilarious and realistic at the same time. It has the typical family drama and issues, but it’s 100 times funnier than real life.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: The “love triangle” between Ben, Riley and Danny isn’t that amusing anymore.

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*BATES MOTEL – We all know this story. It’s a classic. It’s the prequel of the suspense thriller film “Psycho” about a young, disturbed Norman Bates and his mother Norma Bates.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: Hottie alert! Freddie Highmore isn’t just gorgeous, he also gave life to this classic character with his incredible acting skills.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: If you’re into psychological thrillers and shit like that, then why not?
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: Norma Bates would sometimes get under my skin with her insane outbursts and incessant nagging. But then again, she’s a mother.

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*CHICAGO FIRE – It’s about the drama and action in the lives of the firefighters of the Chicago Fire Department.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: Fire + hot and handsome firefighters = HELL YEAH.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: It will keep your cold night blazin’ hot.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: Lots of annoying characters. Recently, there was a character named “Chili”, who was one of the paramedics. There is no word that could emphasize how “extremely annoying” she was. I swear I was so relieved and overjoyed when she was finally kicked out because if not, I would have gone to Chicago and strangled her myself.

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*CODE BLACK – A medical drama about the E.R. of Angels Memorial Hospital, which is apparently in “code black” almost 300 times a year.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: I’ve never been a big fan of medical dramas. I just tried out this one coz I was bored. Haha! It turned out to be one of the most thrilling and breathtaking dramas ever. It’s also a guaranteed tearjerker.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: Medical dramas don’t get any better than this. And there isn’t too much drama. It really focuses on the “medical” part more.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: Well, of course, there are some irksome characters – most of them are obstinate and unreasonable patients. And that one female doctor that I shall not name. Her self-righteousness is too much and too annoying.

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*CRIMINAL MINDS – It’s basically about the different cases taken by the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: It’s been 11 years and it’s still my favorite crime drama. It never fails to surprise and amaze me. Interesting characters, shocking revelations and suspense-filled cases = action-packed episodes.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: If you’re into crime/police drama, then try this. It has all the right ingredients of a perfect crime drama.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: Nothing. I just love this show.

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*GRIMM – An action-packed and suspense-filled twist on the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tales, in modern day Ohio.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: David Giuntoli is damn hot. The plot is exciting and riveting. I look forward to the “monsters” introduced in every episode.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: It’s a progressive show with lots of twists and turns. It will leave you on the edge of your seat.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: Let’s just say there are some ridiculous and far-fetched ideas and episodes here and there, but they were pretty normal and not THAT annoying.

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*HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER – Don’t let the title fool you. This is one of the best legal/court/crime drama I’ve seen so far. And to quote abc.com “The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class β€œHow to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller”.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: I usually don’t like legal or court dramas coz I thought they were boring and complicated. But this one is just off the hook! Every episode will leave you wanting more.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: You think you have it figured out, but you don’t. It’s full of shocking and WTF-inducing revelations.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT: EMILY EFFING SINCLAIR. You wouldn’t believe how much I wanted to kill that bitch. Like, seriously. Kudos to the actress who played this eternally annoying character. She really did a great job. I had never hated a character the way I hated this bitch.

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*IZOMBIE – Liv Moore was living her life peacefully – she has everything going on for her – a decent job, a wonderful family, a cool BFF and a gorgeous fiance.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: I was already hooked on The Walking Dead when this show started airing, so I actually didn’t pay much attention to it even though I love zombie stuff. My younger bro highly recommended it, and we have pretty much the same taste in TV shows, so I gave it a shot. I totally loved it even before the first episode ended.The story isn’t that strong or unique, it’s pretty trite, but the characters make it work. They’ve definitely chosen the perfect cast here.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT:
Well, if you’re into zombie flicks and apocalyptic stuff, then this one’s right up your alley. It’s fresh, exciting, hilarious and full of eye candies. AND you have got to watch out for the ingenious and creative way in which Liv “incorporates” human brain into her yummy-looking recipes in every episode.
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT:
So far, I love everything about this show. Well, except for Lowell getting killed. 😦

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*JANE THE VIRGIN
– Jane Gloriana Villanueva is an aspiring writer who is a devout Catholic and who is saving herself for her wedding night. She has a good life – she works in a luxurious hotel with her best friend, she has a handsome and decent fiance, she has a loving family – her mom and her “abuela”… until she gets accidentally artificially inseminated. That’s when the fun part starts.
WHY I’M WATCHING IT: At first, it seemed ridiculous. I think I was bored at that time and I was just watching almost ALL the new shows. I’ve abandoned some of those shows, but this one’s power over me was stronger. It has all the right ingredients for the perfect TV show: drama, comedy, romance, a bit of suspense, a bit of action, amusing and interesting characters and values. Yes, that’s right. It teaches about family and life, in general. It’s not just another romantic-comedy show.Β 
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT:
And I quote myself, “It has all the right ingredients for the perfect TV show: drama, comedy, romance, a bit of suspense, a bit of action, amusing and interesting characters and values. Yes, that’s right. It teaches about family and life, in general. It’s not just another romantic-comedy show.”
WHAT IRKS ME ABOUT IT:
At first, Petra got on my nerves, but she’s tolerable now. I can now understand why she did the things that she did on the first season. And I’m sorry, but I really don’t like Rafael. Okay, I was only attracted to him at first. As time went by, I jumped ship and went over to #TeamMichael. I’m still on that ship and I don’t think I would ever go back to#TeamRafael. I just don’t like the guy.

Nope, that’s not IT.

There’s more! There will be a “PART 2” of this blog post. I didn’t want to write a lengthy post that would make your eyes (and my fingers) hurt. So yeah, check out part 2 soon!

 

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Mastering multi-tasking.

I love multi-tasking. I think it’s a great way to get your job done and to exercise some brain cells as well. πŸ˜€

I normally multi-task at work by listening to music while doing my evaluations and browsing the Internet. ^^ Sometimes I even type my blog in between my evaluations and reports… or chat with my friends or download some movies…

So yeah. I multi-task. A LOT.

Nowadays, I’ve been ‘multi-watching’. haha. Definition: watching several TV shows and dramas at once. Okay, I don’t really watch them ALL TOGETHER. But I watch various shows and dramas in one day. For instance, I watch a movie, a Korean drama, a Japanese drama, a Filipino drama, a US drama, a US sitcom and a British drama all in one week. Oh, I also watch movies — with different languages: Korean, Japanese, Thai, English, Indian… πŸ˜€

So yeah, to summarize it. Here’s a list of what I’m watching, what I just finished watching recently and what I’m gonna watch in the near future.

Korean Drama:
1. Heartstrings (You’ve fallen for me) – 15 eps

I've fallen for this drama~~~

~ just finished this yesterday. πŸ˜€

2. Protect the boss – ongoing

Protect Jaejoong... errr... the BOSS ~ One of my favorites and the one I'm most looking forward to. It just cracked me up so much.

3. Princess Man – ongoing

The Korean Romeo and Juliet

~ great plot, love the actors, but the subbing team consists of TURTLES. Yeah, they’re kinda slow. So I only get to watch this on the weekends. 😦 It’s like a Joseon dynasty version of ROMEO AND JULIET. Just so you know. πŸ˜€

4. Scent of a woman – ongoing
~ not yet started but I religiously downloaded every episode up to now so I can marathon it sometime… in the near future XD

5. Goong (Palace) – 24 episodes
~ It’s an old drama, yeah, I know. And I’ve seen it before, yes. But that was the time when Korean DVDsEnglish subtitles still sucks like hell. XD So I’m re-watching it. ^^

6. Spy Myungwol – ongoing
~ there’s too much drama in this drama. I’m only watching it for the love of Mun Eric. But now I am so lovin’ it coz of the other guy– Lee Jinwook ❀

7. Can’t Lose – will start LATER!!! ^___^
~ I am so gonna watch it! It has one of my fave rom-com actors, YOON SANGHYUN, in it PLUS Choi Jiwoo. The story is quite interesting and based on the trailer, it’ll be a riot rom-com. XD

Japanese Drama:

8. IS ~ Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei ~ – ongoing
~ I don’t know (or like) anyone in this drama… Well, I’ve seen them in other dramas but I’m not a BIG fan. I was just so interested in the plot. An “intersexual” huh? It’s my first time watching this sort of drama. πŸ™‚

9. Ikemen desu ne ~ ongoing

Perfect Cast~

~ The remake of the Korean drama He’s Beautiful is so much better than what I expected. One of the best remakes ever. Shu-san really channels Shinwoo-hyung in the Korean version~

10. Ouran High Host Club ~ ongoing

Yosuke is just HILARIOUS.

~ live action of the highly popular animation about a girl who disguised as a guy to get into the school’s host club. The boring and ‘duh’ moments is totally forgiven thanks to Yusuke Yamamoto‘s hilariously animated acting. XD

11. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ ongoing

It's a good remake. So haters to the LEFT. XD

~ another remake. It’s a good remake as well. I mean, it’s NOT THAT BAD as some people might think. I really like the actor who plays Ikuta Toma‘s former character — Nakatsu. The guy is ALMOST as hilarious and insane as Toma. πŸ˜€ PLUS, there are lots of new hotties to look out for in this drama.

12. Trouble man – 12 episodes
~ I just randomly saw this drama and decided I like the story. It’s sort of a mystery-suspense drama starring Shige of Kattun πŸ˜€

13. Triangle – 11 episodes
~ I just randomly saw this drama and decided I like the story. It’s sort of a mystery-suspense drama starring one of my Japanese actor crushes – Eguchi Yosuke ❀

14. Misaki #1 – 10 episodes
~ I’m watching this for the love of FUJIGAYA TAISUKE (who plays SHU in Ikemen desu ne). They say it’s like a bad imitation of GOKUSEN, with the “YANKUMI” being a hostess or something… but still. It’s Shu-san~~~ ^^

15. Taiyou to umi no Kyoshitsu (Homeroom on the Beachside) – finished – 10 episodes

Not just another Gokusen rip off. XD

~ I finally finished this one. It’s great to see the young actors here who are now starting to gain popularity and getting more ‘important’ or ‘leading’ roles… πŸ˜€

16. Majo Saiban (The Witch Trial) – 10 episodes

I'd watch any drama with 'witch' on the title... and with cute curly Toma in it. XD

~ I just started episode 1 last night and I can say I’m soooo lovin’ this. I like any plot with “witch” or “detective” in it. πŸ˜€ AND it’s IKUTA TOMA~~~ with cute curly hair. haha.

17. Zenkai Girl ~ ongoing

~ I’m still thinking if I’m gonna watch this… I got bored easily even though it’s NISHIKIDO RYO… and YUI ARAGAKI… two of my fave actors… I dunno why… maybe I got tired of watching these sort of ‘feel good’ dramas…

18. Don Quixote ~ ongoing

WAH!I miss seeing weird and hilarious SHOTA...but I can't seem to continue this drama for some reason >_<

~ I SO wanna watch this. I was so excited to see this coz it’s one of my LOVES– MATSUDA FREAKIN’ SHOTA… but I dunno what happened to me after watching episode 1…. I kinda lost interest… same with Zenkai Girl… *sighs* My attention span isn’t the same as before. I don’t get satisfied easily now. T__T but… it’s SHOTA! 😦

US / American drama/ sitcoms:

19. How I met your Mother ~ ongoing

Barney is just HILARIOUSLY HILARIOUS! XD

~ I’m so stuck on Season 2 T__T I really love watching sitcoms coz they’re so short and easy to watch. πŸ˜€ Barney is just addictive. His humor and crazy antics helps me get through a crappy day.

20. Criminal Minds ~ Seson 6

I'm so looking forward to Dr. Spencer Reid's amazing logic, theories and deductions. ^^

~ The DVD I bought won’t work on my laptop dammit! >_< So I need to download it… T__T I miss Dr. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) over at FBI… πŸ˜€

21. Dexter – Season 5

~ I can’t seem to start this. I just feel so bad for Dexter after what happened at the end of Season 4… ooopppsss! SPOILER. Haha. But I’ll get to this some time… in the future… XD

22. Victorious ~ Season 2

This Nick TV series really MADE ME SHINE~~~ I love it!

~ It’s my first time trying to watch a NICKELODEON series and I definitely made the right decision! I fell in love with this series and all the cast instantly! Especially dear AVAN JOGIA… hehehehe… It’s still ongoing so… I’m stuck on Season 2…. but I heard it’s gonna be the last season… T_T WHY????>

23. Hell cats ~ Season 1

~ Aly Michalka + Ashley Tisdale + cheerdance = ME LIKES. πŸ˜€ I’m a fan of Step Up and Bring it on… so why not watch this drama? ^^

24. SKINS – Season 2

~ I so loved season 1 but I found out that Season 2 isn’t THAT great anymore… so I’m still thinking about watching this. Kaya Scodelario is ❀ though… ^^

WOW. Looking at these TV shows and dramas I feel dizzy now. I didn’t know I was REALLY multi-watching. Haha. Hopefully, I’ll finish ALL of these before the year ends. Haha. Wish me luck!