You Need To Be Watching Crazyhead

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It’s the winter hiatus for most of our favorite shows right now, so it is the perfect time to pick up a new television obsession. So if you’re busy missing Supernatural, if you’ve never recovered from losing Being Human UK or US, or if you just want to see a show about two women kicking demon ass and taking names, you’ve got to check out Crazyhead. For now, there’s only one season (and a mere six episodes) of this spectacular show, but it’s six episodes of supernatural hunting fun. It’s streaming on Netflix so you can binge the whole thing over your winter break. Don’t worry, this whole post is spoiler-free, so if you haven’t checked out Crazyhead just yet, you can read on without fear!

Fans of Supernatural will definitely notice some…well…some differences in things like exorcism rites (it’s a bit more…personal and, well, flat out gross than simply shouting out some words in Latin), and the mythology and lore surrounding demons has a unique and interesting twist from what I’ve seen before (I’d go into it more here, but it’s a HUGE spoiler for the show). Still, it’s got that fun, other-wordly vibe that made us all fall in love with watching Sam and Dean kick monster butt. The show’s heroines, Amy and Raquel, are so much fun to watch together. The two meet for the first time in the show’s premiere, but by the season finale, you can’t help but want to be in Amy and Raquel’s squad.

The two are hilarious together, and Raquel is a perfect mix of tough, crass, and lovable. Amy is quieter with a more skittish and awkward nature, and watching the two women try to protect the earth from demonic threats is like watching two friends. Unlike Sam and Dean Winchester, Amy and Raquel didn’t grow up as trained warriors, and are both relatively new and uninformed about the dealings of demonic ways. So we get to learn right alongside the women as they get to know the underworld a bit more, and figure out the best way to get rid of demons once and for all.

One of the biggest complaints of Supernatural fans has been the lack of women hunters who aren’t killed off in some horrific fashion (read: Charlie, Jo, Ellen, and the OG, Mary Winchester). So it’s awesome to find such a cool, engaging show about two awesome women going up against the darkness. And without getting into any spoilers, they’ve set us up to explore a supernatural world outside of demons alone. So I cannot wait to see what exciting stories and frightening monsters we get to see Raquel and Amy fight in season two.

Have you watched Crazyhead on Netflix yet? What did you think of it? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Image credit: E4/Netflix

Fandoms I Love That I Never Thought I Would

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Fandom is a great thing, and sometimes it can sneak up on you. There are always those fandoms you never thought you’d fall for that you find yourself obsessed with, and there are some you were sure you’d hate that you end up adoring. This week’s fandom five is all about those fandoms that surprised you with how much you love them. Here are my top five:

Comic Books

Okay, so there isn’t really a “comic book” fandom, but I didn’t ever think I would like comic books. It wasn’t until I took a literary criticism class in college where I read Persepolis and took a comic book genre study for my senior seminar that got me hooked on comic books. I never thought I’d be a person who reads comics, but I LOVE comics and graphic novels.

Comic Con

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Okay, so this is another one that isn’t technically a fandom. Still, with my introvert ways and my anxiety in big crowds, I never thought I’d be one to love comic con. While I’ve never been to San Diego Comic Con because of where I live, I’ve been to several other conventions and I love it so much. Who knew comic con season would become one of my favorite times of the year!

The Flash

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Back when the show started, I wasn’t sure how I felt about The Flash on The CW. In fact, I was ready to stop watching the show. I’m not sure what got me back into the show, but I’m so glad I did. I love The Flash so much, and it’s such a great addition to DCTV.

Harry Potter

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When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to read the Harry Potter books or watch the Harry Potter movies. Because of that, I figured I just wouldn’t ever jump in to the story. However, I met a girl who told me that, despite being an adult, that I HAD to read the books, and I’m so glad she did. I fell in love with the story, and even though I didn’t get to grow up with it, the Potter-verse has such a special place in my heart.

Being Human US

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Being a part of the Being Human US fandom wasn’t just something I didn’t expect. I was vehemently against liking this show. I loved Being Human UK so much, and I just felt like the US version simply couldn’t be as good. I was SUPER wrong. I love this show so much. Hopelessly in love with it, despite my best efforts.

Your turn! What are those fandoms you were surprised to find yourself in? Let me know in the comments, and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts. Follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today–and be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–-and be sure to check out the brains behind the Fandom 5 linkup, the awesome Kristen and Megan

British Shows I’m Watching to Fill a Who-Shaped Hole

If you haven’t heard already, there are big changes happening in the Doctor Who world. The show’s intrepid leader (love him or hate him), Steven Moffat is leaving and turning the show over to Chris Chibnall, Peter Capaldi will likely end his run as Twelve after season 10 of the show, and to top it all off, we’re not going to get the tenth season of Doctor Who until 2017. You heard me right, the only new Who we’ll get in 2016 is a Christmas special

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Who knew that the biggest heartbreak of all wouldn’t be a Doctor regenerating, it would instead be a year-long silence from our favorite Time Lord…

So what the heck am I supposed to watch without any Doctor Who in my life? To make matters worse, Doctor Who has been pulled from every streaming service so I can’t even watch old episodes. I’ve heard rumors that it’s to prepare for the launch of a BBC streaming service, but come on, you guys. How many streaming services am I expected to buy??? I mean, come on, Netflix and BBC!

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The sudden but inevitable betrayal of Netflix and the BBC aside, the fact remains that I need to fill the TARDIS-shaped hole in my life. So I’m significantly upping the British television in my life to show myself and the cable and streaming service powers that be that I’m an independent woman and I don’t need no Time Lord.

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So here are the shows I’ll be watching/re-watching this year to distract myself from the dull ache of missing the Doctor.

Shows I’m Re-Watching

Being Human UK

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This show isn’t terribly related to Doctor Who thematically with the exception of being a bit weird and having a bit of a wibbly-wobbly time line at times (especially in the later seasons). However, like many BBC shows, there are several actors in the show who’ve been on Who–like Russel Tovey, Lenora Crichlow, and Sinead Keenan–so it’s close enough.

The IT Crowd

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I’ve watched this entire show several times through, but I just love it so much. It’s hilarious and never ceases to brighten my mood after a bad day. Besides, since it doesn’t have a real season or series-long story arc, it’s easy to watch episodes here and there. It’s a good one to watch if you want to go on a Netflix binge–it’s hilarious and tons of fun–but the lack of a Big Story makes it one to watch if you’re trying to not go on a proper binge.

New Shows I’m Watching

Peaky Blinders

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This has been on my to-watch list for some time, and I’ve heard from several people I trust that the show is great. Plus, I love Cillian Murphy so much. Ever since he ran around London running from the Infected, I’ve been obsessed with stuff he’s in. With a gripping actor like Murphy, plus a story set in 1920s England, I’m sure to be hooked quickly.

The Fall

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I don’t know much about this show, if I’m honest, but I do know two things: it’s a mind-bending show about a detective trying to catch a serial killer, and Gillian Anderson is in it. Sold.

Black Mirror

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This show is supposed to be hella creepy, and I’m all about that. It’s set in a not-too-distant future, and it shows a world that has taken some seriously dark turns thanks to society’s relationship with technology. I’ve heard this show called a horror show with dark humor with Twilight Zone vibes. That plus familiar faces (it’s the BBC–what do you expect) like Domhnall Gleeson and Leonora Crichlow pop up for extra fun.

Black Books

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As somebody who’s job relies on books and bookstores, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for any show set in a publishing office or bookshop. Black Books is a show about a small bookshop and the two guys who run the shop (and their friend who used to work next door). I’ve already watched a few episodes of this show, and it’s hilarious and ridiculous. Since a lot of the shows on my list are heavy, it’s good to have something lighthearted, right? I’ve also been told Inbetweeners and Peep Show are good ones to add, but I haven’t decided on those two just yet.

And One American Show For Good Measure:

Legends of Tomorrow

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This one’s a no-brainer to add. It stars Rory Pond Arthur Darvill, and is essentially a superhero version of Doctor Who. Darvill’s character, Rip Hunter, is a Time Master (seriously), he talks frequently about how time isn’t linear (is it wibbly-wobbly, perhaps?), harps on the importance of protecting the timeline (fixed points in time, you mean?), and he ran away from the Time Masters with one of their time machines–though this time machine has a functioning cloaking device, and it doesn’t make a wheezing sound when it lands.  And, if that wasn’t enough, the crew of Legends also made Arthur a makeshift Dalek. I know that this isn’t a Doctor Who AU, but since they’re making me wait a YEAR for more Who, I’ve got to get my Whovian fix wherever I can get it.

What shows are you watching while you wait for more Doctor Who? Any suggestions of good British shows I should add to my watch list? Let me know in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: Fave Late To The Game TV Discoveries

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Y’all, Netflix has to be one of the greatest inventions ever. It’s definitely a killer when it comes to my productivity, but it’s allowed me to experience a load of shows that I would have never had the opportunity to watch without it. A great deal of my favorite television shows are a part of my life thanks to Netflix. Even though I’ve come to them late in the game, I still love them like they were brand new. It can be tough to come to an AMAZING show long after everyone’s watched it, but it’s a magical experience nonetheless. Like I said, I’ve found several TV show gems since introducing Netflix into my life, but here are my top 5 late in the game TV show discoveries.

Breaking Bad

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This show was completely amazing, and I’d argue that it’s one of the best shows of my adult life. I had heard from everyone and their mom telling me how brilliant the show was, but since I didn’t jump in at the start the Breaking Bad era passed me by. I didn’t start watching the show until at least two years–but it may have been more–after the Breaking Bad series finale. Of course I was instantly hooked, as was my husband, and we also managed to get my parents hooked as well. In fact, they were so hooked that even though we started watching before my parents, they finished up the entire series a few weeks before us. I come from a proud line of Netflix bingers.

Doctor Who

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I’ve mentioned before that Matt Smith is my Doctor, and that he gets such a hallowed role in my life because he was the Doctor who brought me into the series. I joined the Whovian world in the Eleven/Pond era, which was only a handful of seasons late in the New-Who era, and CRAZY late if you’re thinking from the first episode WAY back in 1963. Regardless, I was instantly hooked on the world of Who and immediately began re-watching the series starting with Nine on Netflix. I still need to watch Classic Who, though. I’m really late to the game there.

Spaced

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I don’t even remember how I discovered this show. I know it was a Netflix find, but I can’t remember if I heard about it and searched for it, or just started watching it because I recognized Simon Pegg. Either way, I’m so pleased to have found Spaced when I did–especially because a month or two after I watched the show, it got taken off Netflix. I just love Simon Pegg’s brand of humor, and I think he’s at his best when he’s working with his friends Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and Jessica Stevenson. They are all just hilarious together, and I really hope it finds its way back to Netflix soon. I’d really love to re-watch the series.

The IT Crowd

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If you’ve been on the internet for four seconds, it’s likely you’ll have run into a gif or something from IT Crowd, be it the infamous, “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” a picture of The Internet, or even that gif of Denholm Reynholm jumping out of the window. Even if you’ve never seen the show, you’ve likely seen something online referencing it. So once I got Netflix, I knew that this was one of the first shows I needed to add to my queue, and I am so glad I did. The show is hysterical, often makes zero sense, but is one of the funniest shows ever.

Being Human (UK and US)

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This is another show that I can’t recall how I discovered it. Probably a mix of Tumblr and a general infatuation with Aidan Turner’s face if I’m honest, but I don’t remember the exact catalyst. Regardless, I watched Being Human UK first because I’m a snob and wanted to watch ~the original~ before watching anything I deemed to be a “stupid American knockoff”. It didn’t take me long to become obsessed with the show and zip through the entire series. Bereft and alone without more Being Human UK to watch, I sneered at Being Human US (which had aired its final new episode about six months prior to this). It wouldn’t be as good as the UK version, and I knew it. Even though Netflix recommended the US version as soon as the credits rolled on the final episode of Being Human UK, I was indignant. I wouldn’t watch that version. Then one day, I decided to watch it just to prove to myself that it was, in fact, a trashy knockoff. But then I got obsessed. It was similar enough to the UK version for me to fall in love with it easily, but different enough that I wasn’t constantly saying, “Mitchell is a better vampire, or is Aidan? Is Josh sweeter than George? Would I rather be friends with Sally or Annie? Annie probably makes better tea…” Plus, the show also featured the acting talents of one of my favorites, Mark Pellegrino, playing Bishop (the US version of Herrick), a vampire that’s essentially Supernatural‘s Lucifer with fangs.

And, because I can’t follow rules, here’s a sixth show (seven if you count Being Human US and UK as two shows–which they technically are, I guess): 

Supernatural

This show started when I was a junior in high school, and I just didn’t get into it. However, the older I got and the more I got into the Tumblr world, the more I saw Supernatural stuff. It got tough to scroll through the interwebz not having watched the show.

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So I watched the show from season 1 to season 6…and the rest, as they say, is history. I’m officially in the Supernatural family and hopelessly obsessed with this ridiculously wonderful show.

What are your favorite late to the game TV finds? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–the hashtag and series, of course, are courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan). 

5 Fandom Friday: Fictional Besties

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I’m one of those weirdos who can kind of latch on to fictional characters, so this week’s fandom 5 was a bit too easy for me. Really, the only hard part was narrowing down my list to five names, but I managed to do it. Here are five fictional characters that would totally be my BFFs if they were real.

Annie Sawyer, Being Human (UK)

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Annie is one of the sweetest characters on television. She’s loving, she makes a hell of a cup of tea, and she’ll do just about anything for the people she loves. I love her dry, British wit paired with her need to be a bit of a mother hen for those she loves. Sure, she’s a ghost, but no one is perfect, amirite?

Sally Malik, Being Human (US)

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Speaking of ghosts, Annie’s US counterpart is Sally Malik. Unlike Annie, Sally does not make copious amounts of tea, and she’s not so much of a mother hen (except towards her younger brother). Sally is kind of crass and she’s very sarcastic. She’s also silly and fun. Apart from Sally and Annie being dead, I feel like the three of us could be kind of an awesome trio together.

April Ludgate-Karate-Dwyer, Parks and Rec

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If anyone would be cool with being in a group of girls that contained two actual ghosts, it’d be April Ludgate-Karate-Dwyer. I love April’s dark sense of humor, her general distaste of other people (and doing things), paired with her fierce loyalty to the people she loves, her love of dogs and other animals, and her desire to have a job that means something to her. Also, if I ever decide to have kids, I totally want to go to the hospital in zombie makeup just like April.

Jessica Day, New Girl

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And now for something completely different, Jessica Day. Jess is happy, joyful, and is basically a friendly glitter bomb. I love that she’s not afraid to be herself–even when that means acting like a stone-cold weirdo–and she is always willing to do whatever she needs to help those she loves. She watches Dirty Dancing on repeat, she listens to Taylor Swift alone when she’s sad, she sings to herself, and she breaks for birds. Actually, Jess might actually be my long-lost, fictional, twin sister…

Daisy and Tim, Spaced

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I’m gonna need you to watch this gif in its entirety. I don’t think I can do a better job explaining why I want to be besties with Tim and Daisy than just showing you this gif. Technically Tim and Daisy are two people, but I think they would totally be couple besties to Hubs and me. These two are so goofy, so funny, and so lovable. They both have big, crazy dreams, and are trying to do whatever they can to find a live that brings them happiness and meaning. They also aren’t afraid to get weird, and I’m pretty sure they’d totally be down for hanging out to have a Catan/X-box night.

Of course, during the course of Spaced Tim and Daisy never officially become a couple–even though they make it pretty clear that’s where they are heading. Mercifully, on the Spaced Series DVD, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes give us a bit of a peek into where Tim and Daisy end up.

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What fictional characters would you like to be besties with? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is saying. 

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