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Have you ever tried explaining your favorite TV show…?

Have you ever tried explaining your favorite TV show to a person who has never seen your favorite TV  show?

Fringe (TV series)
Fringe (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok, so, it’s called Fringe and it’s about this guy, you know Pacey from Dawson’s Creek? Him. And his dad and the FBI, well, they’re not really the FBI, they’re like a special division that investigate weird events in the worldYeah, a bit like X Fileskindabut the guy and his dad aren’t in the FBI. They just help. Oh and there’s a girl and a whole love story too. And the dad is a scientist and he opened a portal to an alternate universe and stole a kid and then the world is gonna end and then these bald people from the future invade and they all get ambered andOh no, sorry, ambered is like, it’sHave you ever seen Jurassic Park?

This happens me all the time with The Canadian One as I watch a lot of TV shows that he doesn’t. Mainly crime dramas. A lot of crime dramas.

CSI: NY (season 5)

To his credit, he has started watching a few of them with me, Sini-S-I: New York (with the lovely Gary Sinise), The Finder and Hawaii 5-O. He was watching Bones with me too but gave up after a few episodes.

It got us thinking about the ridiculousness of most crime dramas and how explaining the basic premise of a lot of them to people who’ve never seen the show can be…well, tricky.

He’s a dogand he solves crimes. The Littlest Hobo. (or Lassie…) ‘Plots ranged from the simple “dog-helps-person” stories to secret agent-type adventures.’ – Wikipedia

The Canadian One, joking: ‘Ha, he’s a pastry maker…and he solves crimes.’

Me: ‘Wait, I think there is a show like that already!!’

The Canadian One: ‘WHAT?!!!’

He’s a pie makerand he solves crimes. Pushing Daisies.

He’s a doctorand he solves crimes. Diagnosis Murder.

He’s a coronerand he solves crimes. Quincy MD

He’s an alienand he solves crimes. Alien Nation.

She’s a city morgue worker whose days restart themselvesand she solves crimes. Tru Calling.

He’s a seriel killerand he solves crimes. Dexter.

Psych (season 2)

He’s a priestand he solves crimes. Father Brown.

They’re a wealthy coupleand they solve crimes. Hart to Hart.

He’s a fake psychicand he solves crimes. Psych.

She’s a forensic anthropologistand she solves crimes. Bones. (maybe not too far fetched given it’s based on a real person)

She’s a model trying to escape bankruptcy by running the detective agency she had previously owned as a tax write-offand she solves crimes. Moonlighting.

They’re a divorced couple who played a married couple on fake TV showand now they solve crimes. Diamonds.

He’s a brain damaged war veteran obsessed with finding thingsand he solves crimes. The Finder.

He’s a writerand he solves crimes. Castle. (or change the gender and you have Murder, She Wrote)

He’s a vampireand he solves crimes. Moonlight. (and he’s now Steve in Hawaii Five-O!)

She’s a high school studentand she solves crimes. Veronica Mars. (whose co-star went on to star in Moonlight)

He’s a neuroscientist who hallucinates and has imaginary friendsand he solves crimes. Perception.

She’s a DEA agent recruited by a covert government agency that hunts genetically enhanced individuals. She discovers that she can heal rapidly from any injury and begins to investigate the source of her powers…and she solves crimes. Painkiller Jane.

He’s a advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible carand he solves crimes. Knight Rider.

He’s a robotand he solves crimes. Robocop.

He’s a ghost…and he solves crimes. Randal and Hopkirk (deceased).

Missed any? Hit up the comments below and let us know. Or describe your favorite TV show to us!

14 replies on “Have you ever tried explaining your favorite TV show…?”

The Mentalist is a FORMER fake psychic. He would definitely not approve of Sean’s (Shaun’s?) deception on Psyche. Would love to see what would happen if they crossed paths.

Wait wait wait, a FORMER fake psychic? What, does he just suddenly BECOME psychic during the show?! No, wait, don’t tell me, I’m gonna get season one and start watching!

You misunderstood me. Or I explained poorly. But I won’t explain – go watch it. Myself and my housemate are Mentalist fans.

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