Castle

Castle

Castle

 

General Information on Castle:

Genre(s): Comedy, Crime, Drama, Positive, Quirky

When viewers first met Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) — a famous mystery novelist and divorced father raising his teenage daughter, while being kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother — he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a bright and aggressive homicide cop with a fascination for odd and offbeat cases stemming from the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother.

Though they instantly clashed, sparks of another sort began to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle stepped in to help find the copycat killer. (abc.go.com)

Related books: Nikki Heat crime thriller series and Derrick Storm crime thriller series by Richard Castle

Setting: Modern New York City

Potentially Sensitive Incidents:  murder, discussion of sexual habits of victims, social drinking, discussion of drug use

Is series complete? No

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Target Ticket, Vudu

At Least Seven Seasons:

  1. 10 episodes (2009)
  2. 22 episodes (2009 – 2010)
  3. 24 episodes (2010 – 2011)
  4. 23 episodes (2011 – 2012)
  5. 24 episodes (2012 – 2013)
  6. 23 episodes (2013 – 2014)
  7. 23 episodes (2014 – 2015)

 

Rated TV-PG (suggestive dialogue, infrequent coarse language, some sexual situations, or moderate violence) 

 

Awards and Honors for Castle: 

  • Nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Multiple People’s Choice Awards and nominations
  • Multiple TV Guide Awards and nominations

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

Supernatural

Supernatural

Supernatural

 

General Information on Supernatural:

Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Bound by tragedy and blood to a dangerous, otherworldly mission, two brothers [Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki)] travel in mysterious back roads of the country in their ’67 Chevy Impala, searching for their missing father–and hunting down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way. Supernatural is a completely new kind of thrill ride that takes viewers on a journey into the dark world of the unexplained. (wbshop.com.com)

Setting: Modern United States

Potentially Sensitive Incidents: occult themes including demons, murder, torture, beatings, childhood loss and abandonment, occasional homosexual references, drinking, drugs, smoking, sexual situations, some strong language, suicide, deceit, objectification of women

Is series complete? No

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Mgo, Netflix, Target Ticket, Vudu

At Least 10 Seasons:

  1. 22 episodes (2005 – 2006)
  2. 22 episodes (2006 – 2007)
  3. 16 episodes (2007 – 2008)
  4. 22 episodes (2008 – 2009)
  5. 22 episodes (2009 – 2010)
  6. 22 episodes (2010- 2011)
  7. 23 episodes (2011- 2012)
  8. 23 episodes (2012- 2013)
  9. 23 episodes (2013- 2014)
  10. Season 10 (2014 – 2015)  (Most recent episodes available on Hulu Plus)

 

Rated TV-14 (intensely suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations, or intense violence)

 

Awards and Honors for Supernatural:  

  • Multiple Leo Awards and nominations
  • Nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Nominated for multiple Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards
  • Multiple People’s Choice Awards and nominations

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

 

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

General Information on Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Genre(s): Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror

“In every generation there is a chosen one… she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.” Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) knows this tale by heart, and no matter how hard she tries to be just a “normal girl”, she can not escape from her destiny… Thankfully, she is not alone in her quest to save the world, as she has the help of her friends, the hilarious (and surprisingly quite effective) evil-fighting team called “The Scooby Gang”. Together, Buffy & co. will slay their demons, survive one apocalypse after another, attend high school and college… and above all, understand that growing up can truly be Hell sometimes… literally. Written by m_starling (imdb.com) The series was written by Joss Whedon, of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Dollhouse, and Firefly.

Based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

Setting: Modern fictitious city of Sunnydale in California

Potentially Sensitive Incidents: occult themes, murder, torture, sexual situations, adult / teen relationships, mild cursing, violence with little bloodshed, demons, hideous vampires, domestic violence, rape culture references, underage drinking, school violence and flippant references to school shootings (filmed before Columbine), suicide attempt, homosexual references, epilepsy warning for opening sequence and some episodes

Is series complete? Yes

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Prime, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Mgo, Target Ticket, Vudu

Eight Seasons:

  1. 12 episodes (1997)
  2. 22 episodes (1997 – 1998)
  3. 22 episodes (1998 – 1999)
    1. After episode 22, watch Season 1, episode 1 of Angel
  4. 22 episodes (1999 – 2000)
    1. After episode 3, watch season 1, episode 3 of Angel
    2. After episode 6 watch season 1, episode 7 of Angel (then return to Buffy for episodes 7 & 8)
    3. After episode 8, watch season 1, episode 8 of Angel
    4. After episode 16, watch season 1, episodes 18 & 19 of Angel
  5. 22 episodes (2000- 2001)
  6. 22 episodes (2001- 2002)
  7. 22 episodes (2002- 2003)
  8. 19 episodes (2010 animated season that continues the series)

 

Rated TV-14 (intensely suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations, or intense violence)

 

Awards and Honors for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 

  • Nominated for a  Golden Globe Award
  • Multiple Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations
  • Multiple Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards and nominations
  • Multiple Hugo Awards and nominations

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

Revenge

Revenge

Revenge

General Information on Revenge:

Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

This is not a story about forgiveness; Revenge is a show about retribution. Meet Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), the newest resident of The Hamptons. When she was a little girl (and known as Amanda Clarke) her father, David Clarke (James Tupper), was framed for a horrific crime and subsequently sent to prison. While serving his time, the conspirators plotted and murdered David in order to prevent the truth from coming out. Emily is now back with a new identity and ready to take vengeance on the people that murdered her father and stole her childhood. Central to all the conspirators are Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny). Conrad is CEO of Grayson Global, David’s old employer, and Victoria is Conrad’s wife (David’s old lover to boot). At first we believe these two power players are the masterminds of the cover up, but we soon realize that they are only the tip of the iceberg.Emily’s friend, Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann), is there to aid Emily in her plans. Most notably, Nolan provides assistance to Emily is the areas of electronic surveillance and espionage and keeps Emily’s childhood friend and current secret love, Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler), out of harm’s way.Nothing will stop Emily’s pursuit of justice and no one is off limits. (abc.go.com)

Setting: Modern Hamptons in New York state

Potentially Sensitive Incidents:  Murder, corruption, childhood trauma, betrayal, bullying, affairs, cattiness, blackmail, torture, homosexual relationships, hatred and hate-filled marriages

Is series complete? No

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Netflix, Target Ticket, Vudu

Four Seasons:

  1. 22 episodes (2011 – 2012)
  2. 22 episodes (2012 – 2013)
  3. 22 episodes (2013 – 2014)
  4. Season 4 available on Hulu Plus

Rated TV-PG (suggestive dialogue, infrequent coarse language, some sexual situations, or moderate violence)

 

Awards and Honors for Revenge: 

  • Nominated for a Golden Globe Award
  • Nominated for multiple People’s Choice Awards
  • Nominated for multiple Teen Choice Awards

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

 

 

 

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

General Information on My Little Poly: Friendship is Magic:

Genre(s): Animation, Comedy, Family, Positive

In the land of Equestria, a precocious but introverted bookworm named Twilight Sparkle is the personal protégé of its ruler, Princess Celestia. Sent to Ponyville to oversee a celebration, Twilight faces the return of a menace she feared and defeats it with the power of friendship she discovers with some locals. Now charged to learn more, Twilight and her new friends face life’s challenges from personal problems to grave threats to the land with a growing appreciation of the friendship they share and the magic it makes possible. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com) (imdb.com)

Based on line of My Little Pony toys, games, movies and TV shows

Setting: Animated fantasy world of Equestria

Potentially Sensitive Incidents: Contains “magic”, occasional mild insults, bullying, some scary creatures

Is series complete? No

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix

At Least Four Seasons:

  1. 26 episodes (2010)
  2. 26 episodes (2011 – 2012)
  3. 13 episodes (2012 – 2013)
  4. 26 episodes (2013 – 2014)
  5. 8 episodes (2015) (Check availability on Netflix)

Rated TV-Y (Appropriate for children of all ages)

Awards and Honors for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: 

  • Nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy Awards
  • Multiple Leo Awards and nominations

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

 

General Information on Veronica Mars:

Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Mystery

In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there’s Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town’s toughest mysteries.

Veronica (Kristen Bell, Heroes) used to be one of the popular girls, but it all came crumbling down around her after her best friend, Lilly (Amanda Seyfried), was murdered, and her then-sheriff father, Keith, was removed from office for naming Lilly’s rich father (Kyle Secor) as the lead suspect.

During the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average teenage girl. But at night, she helps with her father’s struggling, new private investigator business-and what she finds may tear the town of Neptune apart at the seams  (warnerbros.com)

 

Setting: The fictitious town of Neptune in modern Southern California

Potentially Sensitive Incidents:  murder of a teenager, parental abandonment, suicide, illicit affairs, teen drinking, alcoholic parents, inappropriate adult / teen relationships discussed, discussion of child abuse, bullying, teen pregnancy, drug smuggling, gang violence, date rape and other violence against women, school bomb threats, serial killer

Is series complete? Yes

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Target Ticket, Vudu

Three Seasons and a movie:

  1. 22 episodes (2004 – 2005)
  2. 22 episodes (2005 – 2006)
  3. 20 episodes (2006 – 2007)
  4. Veronica Mars, the movie (2014)  (Also available on Mgo)

 

Rated TV-14 (intensely suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations, or intense violence)

 

Awards and Honors for Veronica Mars: 

  • Winner of an AFI Award
  • Multiple Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards and nominations
  • Nominated for multiple Teen Choice Awards

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

 

 

 

Damages

Damages

Damages

General Information on Damages:

Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Mystery

Smart, sleek, and more than a little wicked, the Golden Globe-winning series Damages proves that legal programs don’t have to follow a well-worn formula in order to prove completely addictive. In fact, the show (from Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, whose credits include The Sopranos) steers clear from nearly all courtroom drama clichés over the course of its 13 episodes, and hews closer to classic film noir with the slowly-spun web of deceit that is woven around fresh-scrubbed lawyer Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne). After joining the legal firm headed by uber-powerful litigator Patty Hewes (Glenn Close, who won a Golden Globe for her performance), Parsons lands a career-making case–a class-action lawsuit against millionaire Arthur Frobisher (Golden Globe nominee Ted Danson)–but discovers that digging deeply into the case not only reveals layers of corruption, cover-up, and potential scandal, but places her own life in jeopardy as well. Smart, mature writing and note-perfect performances, most notably by Danson as the perverse and complex Frobisher, but also by Tate Donovan, Zeljko Ivanek, Peter Facinelli, Philip Bosco and Peter Reigert, make Damages a genuine pleasure for law and mystery show fans, but also those craving a challenging series that delivers water cooler chat material in every episode.  –Paul Gaita (editorial review from amazon.com)

 

Setting: Modern New York City

Potentially Sensitive Incidents:  murder, torture, suicide, discussion of child death, corruption, images of a dead pet, profanity, child custody issues, difficult parent / child relationships, drug use, alcohol use, war veterans suffering from PTSD

Is series complete? Yes

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Target Ticket, Vudu

Five Seasons:

    1. 13 episodes (2007)
    2. 13 episodes (2009)
    3. 13 episodes (2010)
    4. 10 episodes (2011)
    5. 10 episodes (2012)

 

Rated TV-MA (Crude language, graphic violence, sexually explicit)

 

Awards and Honors for Damages: 

    • Multiple Golden Globe Awards and nominations
    • Multiple Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations
    • Multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards and nominations

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

 

 

Psych

Psych

Psych

General Information on Psych:

Genre(s): Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Positive, Quirky

Fake psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his skeptical best friend Gus (Dule Hill) are on the case in the fresh and quirky runaway hit Psych! Relive every quick-witted remark and hilarious misadventure in all 15 Season One episodes, including both the domestic and international versions of the series pilot! Thanks to a childhood spent with a family of cops, Shawn possesses an incredible photographic memory and notices seemingly insignificant details. These traits allow him to spend his jobless days providing the police with mystery-solving tips – but his knowledge soon makes him a suspect. In order to clear his name, the unlikely sleuth declares that he has clairvoyant abilities and launches his own investigative agency, Psych. Return to the scene of the crime with Psych, the phenomenon that the New York Post awards 4 stars and declares “just terrific.” (editorial review from amazon.com)

 

Setting: Modern Santa Barbara, California

Potentially Sensitive Incidents: murder, self-centered characters, difficult family relationships, some racial stereotypes, some strong language

Is series complete? Yes

 

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Mgo, Netflix, Vudu

Eight Seasons and a musical:

    1. 15 episodes (2006 – 2007)
    2. 16 episodes (2007 – 2008)
    3. 16 episodes (2008 – 2009)
    4. 16 episodes (2009 – 2010)
    5. 16 episodes (2010)
    6. 16 episodes (2011 – 2012)
    7. 14 episodes (2013)
    8. 11 episodes (2014) (check availability on Netflix)
    9. Psych, The Musical (2013)

 

Rated TV-PG (suggestive dialogue, infrequent coarse language, some sexual situations, or moderate violence) 

 

Awards and Honors for Psych: 

    • Nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award
    • Nominated for multiple ALMA Awards
    • Multiple People’s Choice Awards and nominations
    • Nominated for multiple Image Awards

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

 

 

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

 

General Information on Friday Night Lights:

Genre(s): Drama, Sport

(The following description may contain spoilers)

Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book “Friday Night Lights,” this award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together — and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart. Coach Eric Taylor (Emmy nominee Kyle Chandler, “Grey’s Anatomy”) faced countless challenges over the course of the show’s three seasons, but he wasn’t the only one juggling responsibilities between family, work and pressures from the community. Coach Taylor’s wife, Tami (Connie Britton, “Nashville”), also had her hands full as Dillon’s new high school principal: managing a shrinking budget, a lack of school supplies, decreased teaching staff and student issues, as well as a baby and teenage daughter, Julie (Aimee Teegarden, “Prom”) at home.

Previously, the start of a new school year brought a wave of change to Dillon, such as the affluent McCoy family: Joe (D.W. Moffat, “Grey’s Anatomy”), Katie (Janine Turner “Strong Medicine”) and their freshman son and rising-star quarterback J.D. McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter, “Soul Surfer”). The McCoys befriended all the right people in town, except for Coach Taylor, who felt challenged and at times threatened by the power they wielded.

Additionally, the graduating senior class was one step closer to adulthood, riding out their last year of high school. Senior student Tyra Colette (Adrianne Palicki, “About A Boy”) sorted out her feelings for Landry (Jesse Plemons, “Breaking Bad“) and did her best to stay on track with her academics and college applications; Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly, “Parenthood”) and Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) were officially a couple and while Tim enjoyed every minute of his senior year, Lyla tried to plan out a bright college future for both of them. What would have been the best year for senior quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford, “The Mob Doctor”) proved to be a difficult one as he continued to deal with his ailing grandmother and increasing competition with freshman J.D. McCoy for playing time on the field. On the brighter side, Saracen and Julie Taylor rekindled their friendship. Matt also became re-acquainted with his mother and found himself needing her support and love more than he ever thought. Meanwhile, Jason Street (Scott Porter, “Speed Racer”) struggled to start a new life with his girlfriend and newborn son, which had him exploring interesting business ventures that had the potential to lead him to a future beyond Dillon. Brian “Smash” Williams (Gaius Charles, “The Messenger”) had also graduated and, after nursing an injured knee and with the persistent training and support of Coach Taylor, was given a second chance at playing college ball.

Hailed as one of the top 10 shows by numerous publications such as Time magazine, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, the critically acclaimed drama “Friday Night Lights” also has been honored two years in a row (2006/2007) as an American Film Institute (AFI) Television Program of the Year, received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2006, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series in 2007.

The series is executive produced by Peter Berg (the film “Friday Night Lights,” “Hancock”), who also wrote and directed the pilot. Joining Berg as executive producers are Jason Katims (“Roswell”), Brian Grazer (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Da Vinci Code”), David Nevins (“Arrested Development”), Sarah Aubrey (“The Kingdom”) and Jeffrey Reiner (“Caprica”). “Friday Night Lights” is a production of Universal Media Studios, Imagine Entertainment and Film 44. (nbc.com)

Based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream by H.G. Bissinger, and feature film by the same name

Setting: The modern fictional town of Dillon, Texas

Potentially Sensitive Incidents:  racism, rape, steroids, jealousy, infidelity, abusive relationships, and life-changing injuries

Is series complete? Yes

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Mgo, Netflix, Vudu

Five Seasons:

    1. 22 episodes (2006 – 2007)
    2. 15 episodes (2007 – 2008)
    3. 13 episodes (2008 – 2009)
    4. 13 episodes (2009 – 2010)
    5. 13 episodes (2010 – 2011)

 

Rated TV-PG (suggestive dialogue, infrequent coarse language, some sexual situations, or moderate violence) 

 

Awards and Honors for Friday Night Lights: 

    • Multiple Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations
    • Winner of multiple AFI Awards
    • Nominated for multiple Writers Guild of America Awards
    • Nominated for 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB

 

 

Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty

 

General Information on Ugly Betty:

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

Golden Globe winner America Ferrera (The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsReal Women Have Curves) stars as Betty, a whip-smart assistant at a women’s magazine who is clueless when it comes to fashion. While her size 0 colleagues parade around in haute couture and stiletto heels, Betty shows up for work in her mismatched outfits, complete with thick glasses and awkward braces. The series, which made its debut during the 2006-2007 season on ABC, could have relied on physical humor for laughs. But the sharp writing and likable cast bring the show to life. There’s a lot going on in the first year. Besides setting Betty up as Mode Magazine’s ugly duckling overachiever, the first few episodes introduce viewers to a superb supporting cast that includes Betty’s frenemies Amanda (Becki Newton) and Marc (Michael Urie), the hysterical duo that aligns themselves to whoever can best advance their careers. As for Betty’s womanizing boss, Daniel (Eric Mabius), he’s not the brightest bulb in the package. Recalling childhood outings with their mother, he says, “She used to like taking us to clothing museums.” To which his sibling says, “Those were stores! She just called them museums to get us out of school.” Salma Hayek–one of the show’s producers–guest stars in an arc as a powerful editor who beds Daniel to prove a point. But it’s her unexpected turn as an actress on Ignacio’s favorite soap opera that is the real treat. (editorial review from amazon.com)

 

Setting: The fashion industry of Modern New York City

Potentially Sensitive Incidents:  murder, illegal immigration, infidelity, a vendetta, death of loved-ones, materialism, intimate relationships at work, homosexual relationships, and racial themes

Is series complete? Yes

This show is sequential and is best experienced beginning with Season 1, Episode 1.

Available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu

Four Seasons:

    1. 23 episodes (2006 – 2007)
    2. 18 episodes (2007 – 2008)
    3. 24 episodes (2008 – 2009)
    4. 20 episodes (2009 – 2010)

 

Rated TV-PG (suggestive dialogue, infrequent coarse language, some sexual situations, or moderate violence) 

 

Awards and Honors for Ugly Betty: 

    • Multiple Golden Globe Awards and nominations
    • Multiple Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations
    • Multiple ALMA Awards and nominations
    • Multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards and nominations

For more information on all awards and honors, please visit IMDB