I don’t watch a lot of TV and if I’m not with my grandchildren, I’m either ghost hunting or writing paranormal stories. When I do watch, I like stories that deal with the supernatural, science fiction, or horror, so it was really hard to come up with just five favorites. “The Walking Dead” is my #1 favorite and my reviews of this brilliant show can be found here at Biff Bam Pop! I’m also a fan of “Doctor Who” and “Firefly,” but I will save my reviews of these two for another time. So let’s begin with my Top Five after the jump.
David Giuntoli, as Nick Burkhardt, is the lead actor in NBC’s supernatural mystery, created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. In episode one, Nick’s Aunt Marie (Kate Burton) reveals to her nephew that he is descended from a line of hunters who seek and destroy monsters. She is later attacked by one of the monsters, but before she dies, she leaves Nick her trailer filled with weapons to fight the supernatural. Nick, using all kinds of neat weapons and magic potions is able to fight monsters and protect humans and innocent shape shifters with the help of his partner Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) and his friend and adviser Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) a werewolf. Nick is unaware that his boss, Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) is a supernatural prince of the “Seven Royal Families.” This season ended with Nick’s girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) admitting to Nick that she has feelings for Capt. Renard (due to a curse). Hank now knows that Nick is a Grimm and the Royal families want Nick and all his friends dead.
This weekly supernatural drama shown on the BBC had, to the joy of all its American viewers, premiered on the Syfy channel in 2011. Created by Toby Whithouse and produced by Muse in Montreal, “Being Human” is a tale of three friends (no longer human) trying to survive in a normal world. Aidan Waite (Sam Witwer) a vampire who is also a nurse at the Suffolk County Hospital in Boston is friends with Josh Levison (Sam Huntington) a werewolf who is an orderly at Suffolk. They rent a house that is haunted by Sally Malik (Meaghan Rath). Sally was killed by Josh and Aidan’s landlord. She seeks revenge and in the process meets a Reaper who wants her dead. Josh has a romantic tryst with Nurse Nora Sergeant (Kristen Hager) but she is scratched during love making and becomes a werewolf. Aiden, who loses his maker, must now work for Suren (Dichen Lachman), a former lover and daughter of the vampire Queen. The season cliffhanger left us with Aiden buried alive, Josh possibly shot and Sally trapped in the afterworld and trying to connect with her friends via old radio.
HBO’s supernatural show premiered in 2008 and is produced by Alan Ball. Based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse and written by Charlaine Harris, this vampire story takes place in Bon Temps, a fictional town in Louisiana. Sookie (Anna Paquin) is a telepathic waitress who is part fairy. She’s in love with two of the sexiest vampires around, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). While most episodes involve Sookie in bed with either Bill or Eric, last season focused on Sam (Sam Trammell) a shape shifter and owner of Merlotte’s Bar, who spent the season trying to protect his wolf girlfriend from an abusive mate. Sookie deals with a group of vampires who worship Lilith (Jessica Clark). Yes, that Lilith, the one from the bible. The followers of Lilith want their meals obtained the old fashion way, fresh from the package, meaning people. The season ended with Bill drinking Lilith’s blood and going mad. This bold and sensual show will premiere with its sixth season in June of 2013.
This show premiered on the Syfy channel in 2011. Created by Michelle Lovretta and produced by Prodigy Pictures, Lost Girl revolves around Bo (Anna Silk) who is on the run after accidentally killing her first love. Bo is a succubus who can drain the life force from people if she isn’t careful. She saves the life of a human girl, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and they become best friends and start their own detective agency. Bo, who tries to learn about her origins, is confronted by the Fae elders who order her to choose sides between the Light or Dark forces of the Fae world. She refuses their request, but accepts their offer to have Dr. Lauren Lewis (Zoie Palmer) help Bo with her training. Later, Bo becomes romantic with Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) a wolf shifter and a detective in the human world, but there are betrayals and conspiracies that tear them apart. Season 3 is scheduled to air in early 2013.
This science fiction show premiered on TNT in 2011. Created by Robert Rodat and produced by Steven Spielberg, Falling Skies tells the story of an alien invasion and how the human population tries to survive in an apocalyptic world besieged with mechanical drones and green skinned six legged creatures known as skitters. The Overlords are the aliens in control, but not much is known about them. After destroying the world’s power grid and killing 90% of the populace, the aliens focus on capturing human children who are then attached to a mechanical harness, which controls the mind of the child through their spine. Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) is a former University history professor who uses his knowledge of military strategies to help Captain Weaver (Will Patten) of the Second Massachusetts, fight the enemy. Falling Skies, like the AMC hit “The Walking Dead” begs the question, “How do we survive in a world that’s no longer ours?” and brings to the forefront how important it is to be prepared for the worst case scenario. This powerful science fiction show has great special effects, a strong cast, some really nasty aliens and I can’t wait to see where Season 3, which will premier in 2013, takes us.