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Our Staff’s Favorite Television Shows: Comedies, Dramas and More!

16 Sep

Run out of things to stream?  Looking for your next binge worthy show? You may remember I previously polled our staff about their favorite movies.  This time I wanted to see what their favorite shows to watch on TV are.  You can borrow them on DVD from Hoboken or other BCCLS libraries.

The Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory
Michelle Valle one of our circulation assistants said, “The Big Bang Theory is hysterical; it is a smart comedy about a group of friends.”

Keeping Up Appearances
Keeping Up Appearances
Reference Librarian Lindsay loves the British comedy, Keeping Up Appearances. She also loves Community and the Golden Girls. These three comedies will make you feel good no matter what mood you are in!

The Wire
The Wire
Head of Adult Programming, Heidi Schwab, said, “The Wire is the Best TV show ever made!”

Bull
Bull
Circulation Assistant, Donna, enjoys Bull because it has “a different story every week!”

Star Trek and Deep Space Nine
Star Trek
Jade Mapp, our new literacy coordinator, picked the Star Trek series due to their ongoing storyline that is always featuring new expeditions.  She enjoys the show’s diversity, exploration, strong female characters and teaching of values.  Jade loved all the Trek series, but Reference Assistant Sacha Chavez singled out Deep Space Nine which he felt showed how people worked to forage their own policy and make things work.  He felt the stories often reflected on society at the time and are still relevant to today.  Also be sure to check out The Next Generation, Voyager, and Discovery.

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

Mihaela Colibasu in circulation said Game of Thrones is “unpredictable, unexpected, and there is a surprise in every episode!”

The Sopranos
Sopranos
Ashley Hoffman our Children’s librarian chose The Sopranos due to it having the best character development of any TV show.  Ashley also shared Lost in support of her fiancé’s favorite.

Our head of Marketing Mark Curiale seconded The Sopranos sharing that it reminded him of some of his relatives.  Community Outreach Specialist, Laura Knittel couldn’t pick just one though listing Criminal Minds, Honeymooners, and I Love Lucy as just a few of her favorites.

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary The Office Television Series at the Hoboken Public Library! 
office
Want to have a great time with other TV fans?  Join us in celebrating the highest streamed show currently on Netflix with fun trivia, funny memorable clips, and winner giveaways!  Let’s see if you are impish or admirable on March 24 at 6 PM!

Pushing Daisies
pushing daisies
I’ve written about a lot of my favorites like Murdoch Mysteries and Bones in previous posts, but one of my favorite funny fantastical, whimsical dramedy mystery has to be Pushing Daisies featuring the amazing Kristin Chenoweth as part of the cast.  The series didn’t last nearly as long as I would have liked, but its story book ending wrapped things up sufficiently in my book.

Compiled by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

The Perfect Mix of Comedy and History: Blackadder

2 Sep

Black Adder
This is the show I wish I wrote, but Richard Curtis and Ben Elton beat me to it. It combines comedy and history, the two greatest loves of my life, and it does it so perfectly. Most people will know Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean, but to me he’ll always be Edmund Blackadder. Besides Atkinson (and Tony Robinson, who plays Blackadder’s erstwhile sidekick Baldrick, who always has “a cunning plan”), the cast is a who’s who of British comedy in the 1980s, including already-living legend Peter Cook (sadly departed in 1995 – you might know him as the priest in The Princess Bride), renowned double act Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, esteemed comedian and actress Miranda Richardson, and film and stage actor Tim McInnerny (who might be better known to American audiences from his appearance in Notting Hill or for his season 6 appearance in Game of Thrones). That’s not even counting the numerous guest stars and cameos – the two episodes that feature the character Flashheart are my favorites, mostly because Flashheart himself is played by Rik Mayall, who blows everyone else out of the water.

My obsession with British comedy aside, what I’ve always appreciated about Blackadder is that it makes history accessible and funny, even as it takes liberties now and again for the sake of comedy or the plot. A lot of people think my field is quite boring – a bunch of names and dates and nothing much more. Blackadder is proof that you can take historical material and make it mind-blowingly hilarious, and I deeply admire the writing on the show for that. I also won’t spoil it, but it has one of the most beautiful endings to anything I’ve ever seen. If you even remotely enjoy history – or even if you don’t – I cannot recommend the series enough.  Stay tuned for our upcoming September 16 post for more staff favorite TV shows!

Written by:
Steph Diorio
Local History Librarian

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