Scandal (First Impressions…sort of)

I’m obsessed.

“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is the creative mind behind this ABC drama. Olivia Pope, a former media consultant to the president, is ready to move on with her life and opens her own crisis-management firm, but she can’t seem to shake ties with her past. Olivia’s staff includes Quinn Perkins, who has a complicated history, and hacker extraordinaire Huck. As she moves forward it becomes clear that, while her staffers may specialize in cleaning up the lives of other people, they can’t seem to do the same for themselves.

You see, I’m already halfway through Season 3 on Netflix. Maybe I would have stopped to do a first impressions post, if I had been able to stop at all. Once I started this show, I fell down the deep dark rabbit hole. This show is incredibly addictive, and each episode ends on a cliff hanger. I love the show so much. Olivia Pope is beautiful, fierce, fashionable, and all-around perfect. I love that in each episode you get to see flashbacks of the various back stories of the characters. The show is always taking crazy twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. If you’re looking for a new show on Netflix, I highly recommend this one.


Gilmore Girls (I Finished)


So if you don’t know, Gilmore Girls is about a mother and daughter who live in the small town of Stars Hollow in New Hampshire. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a super fascinating show, but don’t judge it yet. The show stars Lauren Graham as the mother, Lorelei and Alexis Bledel as the daughter, Rory. the dialogue is fast and witty. You fall in love with the characters. The show begins when Rory is in high school and finishes when she graduates college.

Wayyy back in December 2014, I wrote a post about my first impressions of the show. Here it is, if you want to check it out! Yeah, it took me way to long to finish this series. The thing is, I finished the first six seasons by about January. It took me until June to finish the seventh season. The seventh season kind of lost me, and it was a struggle to finish it. But I couldn’t get as far as season 6 and drop the show, so I powered through. I think part of the reason the show wasn’t as engaging to watch the last season was because there was a different writer for that season. Another part of the reason why it took me so long to get through it is because I actually had a life last semester. Whattt?? Haha!

If you are not reading any further because of spoilers and you haven’t seen the show, I 100% recommend it. You will not regret it. It’s on Netflix! All seven seasons! Go! Now!


I absolutely love the show. I love Lorelei and Rory. They are amazing. I love how the show was able to transition and continue on once Rory started college because so many shows end when the character finishes high school. I am 100% Team Jess. I loved him from the start, and I loved him whenever he made small reappearances. I just wish he hadn’t totally blown it with Rory. Up and leaving without saying a word… It took me a very long time to accept that Rory was dating Logan. I didn’t like him from the beginning. And by the time I had come to terms with their relationship, he went and messed it up again. And Dean isn’t even in the running. I mean, the car gesture was nice and everything, but that’s about where it ends. I’m not really sure what went on with the whole Lane getting married and becoming pregnant with twins thing. I wasn’t exactly a fan of that. Lorelei and Chris. Arrrrrghhh! That never should have happened. What a mess! Luke and Lorelei forever! Everyone is so lovable, and it is such an amazing show. I’m sad to see it end. I wish I had loved the last season as much as the others.

I love this so much that I sat and watched the entire reunion video that recently happened. If you’re interested in watching this, you can find it here. It’s wonderful!

Gilmore Girls: First Impressions (sort of)

I love this show so much!!!!!!!!!

This is a tv series (that’s on Netflix) about a mother (Lauren Graham) and daughter (Alexis Bledel) with a close relationship who live in the small town of Stars Hollow in Connecticut. It’s a bit difficult to sum up, since it’s pretty much just them living their lives in the small town.

This show is absolutely amazing. It doesn’t sound like much, but it so is. The writing is absolutely wonderful! It’s so quick and witty! Once you get to know the characters, you fall in love with them and their lives. Melissa McCarthy is on the show. This is where she got her start! (I think…at least it was before she was big)

Currently I have just started season 5, so I’m not quite at the first impressions stage…

Let me just say this, watch the show. Please give it a chance. It’s wonderful.



Okay, first of all Jess… I love him. Even though he’s messed up so much, I love him. I wish he could just do it right and be with Rory… He had to go and mess everything up by being uncommunicative! Grr! So frustrating.

Also, don’t shoot me or anything, but I’m not that big of a fan of Dean. I feel like he’s a really flat character. He’s just the boy next door, the perfect boyfriend. He doesn’t seem to really have any interests or anything interesting to say. Nor does he seem to share common interests with Rory! He’s fine. He’s not a bad guy, but he’s just meh. And that is not good enough for Rory!

Luke and Lorelei!!! Ah! Finally. It’s so cute! They’re perfect together!! I hope it doesn’t get messed up as it always seems to on tv shows.

I’m just tearing through episodes, which scares me. I don’t want it to end, but I want to find out what happens!

Orange Is The New Black: First Impressions

Well, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.

The tv show follows Piper Chapman, an upper middle-class woman, who is incarcerated for a crime she committed ten years ago. The show explores different women Piper encounters in prison and their backstories.

I love how unique this show is. The setting is so different and fascinating. I also love shows that have characters with backstories that are revealed slowly throughout the show. It is also interesting to take a character like Piper who seems so “normal” in her day to day life and put her in the setting of a prison. Also, while watching the show, I’ve come to realize how similar prison is to high school. There are the cliques and rumors and gossip in both places.

I had been looking for a Netflix show to get hooked on, and I chose wisely. It’s always fascinating to find out what will happen next during Piper’s incarceration. Sometimes the focus is on the corrupt administration/guards. Other times the focus is on the tug of war between Piper’s outside life and her life in prison.

I would say it’s a must-watch.

Downton Abbey: First Impressions

I am surprised.

Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants. (

I was extremely reluctant to watch this show, dismissing it as “a boring adult show”. Plus, why would I want to watch a show from PBS about hoighty toighty old British people?? Now, I guess, I ask why wouldn’t I?

I will admit the show is a bit confusing to watch, at first. I saw the first episode or two at least a year ago but didn’t pay much attention. So, I picked it back up again with the third episode. I was very confused because everyone looks so similar and dresses so similarly. After lots of pausing and questioning, I think I’ve got a pretty good grip after watching a few more episodes. My advice is to pay full and close attention to the show. Sometimes, I just end up missing a softly spoken or mumbled British line. This is not the kind of show you can watch while scrolling on your phone.

I’ve always loved things about the upper class. Their lives are always so fascinatingly decadent, and there’s always so much drama. I loved Gossip Girl and the books series, The Luxe. So, this show is just a drama about old-fashioned English people. It may not sound that appealing, but I’m telling you it sucks you in!

Give it a chance!

P.S. Maggie Smith (aka Professor McGonagall is in it!)

Friday Night Lights: First Impressions

I’m really into it.

The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff. (

I didn’t think that this would be a show that I really enjoyed. For one, it takes place in Texas–not really a place that particularly appeals to me. The big thing in town is football–definitely not something I’m into. But, my favorite writer, Sarah Dessen, happened to mention loving the show on her blog, a while back. It was on Netflix, so I decided to give it a try.

Really, the show is about the people. They tend to be. Everything seems so real. I can’t really personally connect with the characters, but they are very realistic for me. I love the way the show is filmed. There’s a bit of purposeful shaky camera to give it a “in-the-moment/real-life-feel to it. Also, I don’t think the show uses a lot of typical lighting because the lighting seems very natural and sometimes dark/bleak, as it can in real life.

I’m excited to see where the show goes.

The Carrie Diaries Season 2 Finale

I love this show so much and I hope that it doesn’t get cancelled.

The promise for the show is that is a prequel to Sex and the City, following a young Carrie Bradshaw in high school and as a young adult.

I know that there’s some criticism that the prequel doesn’t line up with SJP’s Sex and the City, but I’ve also heard that it does line up with the book series. I personally have not read or seen either. So, I tend to take the show for what it is. Standing alone, I think the show is quite good.


There were plenty of ups and downs this season. I was happy that Carrie and Sebastian had a more stable relationship this season. I really like them together. Sadly, in the last episode, it looked like they they were parting ways. If the show is renewed, I really hope he stays on it and that they stay together.

The last episode left it so that if the show get cancelled storyline are mostly wrapped up. If it’s renewed, I’m just not sure where it will go. While I enjoyed the last episode, I was sad that Dorrit and Sebastian played such small roles.


The Carrie Diaries Pt 2

I am normally hesitant to write reviews about tv shows. I prefer to write a review when I’ve watched the whole series. But for The Carrie Diaries, I can’t resist.

I feel such strong feelings when I watch this show. I feel extremely involved and invested in the characters and their lives. So, this is my Season 1 and 4 Episodes of Season 2 Review:

Here’s my original post about the show.

I love this show. I feel like the characters and their situations are extremely relatable. The most unrelatable thing about the show is how accessible alcohol is to 17 year olds… But, other than that, I feel like the show is very real. As a teenager, I can relate to the struggles of high school and love and lack of love and parents, etc. that the characters experience.

As the show has progressed, I have mixed feelings on what I think about Carrie. I love how passionate she is about her love for New York City. Sometimes, though, I wish she was that passionate about Sebastian. I feel like I’ve fallen for Sebastian myself, so I really want Carrie to fall for him, and stay with him. I think in one episode they broke up, got together, and broke up again! Carrie needs to realize when she’s got someone awesome. Sebastian loves and admires her.

I kind of like Dorrit (is that how you spell her name?). She’s very different than Carrie. She has more of that laid back attitude going on that Sebastian has. I like that. Now, a senior having a relationship with an 8th grader, that’s questionable… But, I’ll just look past that…

I really admire this show for having involved parents. I think I mentioned this in my last post. Carrie and Dorrit’s dad tries to be involved and discipline his children. It definitely makes the show more realistic.

I just love how this show evokes so much emotion from me. It’s weird. I’ve never experienced it before. I am so upset when Carrie breaks up with Sebastian for some stupid reason. I feel disappointed in Maggie when she goes back to that police officer guy. I feel sadness when I watch Walt struggle with being gay in the unaccepting world of Castlebury. I feel happy for Mouse and West. Then, of course, there’s Sebastian, who I swear I’m in love with! And I feel all of these feelings in other tv shows, just not quite as strongly.

Just go watch the show…

P.S. Though based on other reviews, if you’re a big fan of SATC, you might be a bit more critical about this show than I am (comparing it and what not).

The Carrie Diaries: First Impressions

When I first heard about the series, I was a bit skeptical, but I am OBSESSED (I’ve watched 3 tonight).

So this is a tv series that is a spinoff from Sex and the City. It is about Carrie Bradshaw (Anna Sophia Robb) growing up as a teenager. Carrie is growing up in the 1980’s in suburban Connecticut. She’s a junior in high school, and she recently lost her mother. Her widowed father is learning to take care of Carrie and her especially rebellious sister. Carrie has her three best friends at school, and of course the a love interest in the form of Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler). Also, once a week, Carrie goes into Manhattan to intern at a law firm. She dreams of living in NYC. The first day of her internship she bumped into a woman who admired her handbag and is part of the fashion world, so Carrie sneaks off from her job to experience the exciting world of fashion. So far, the show is about Carrie and how she is balancing it all.

Let me preface this whole thing with the fact that I haven’t ever seen the actual tv show Sex and the City, I only saw one of the movies. It’s all a bit before my time.

I think Anna Sophia Robb does a great job. And I love her hair. It’s amazing. The curls!

Also, if there’s any reason to be watching this show, it’s Austin Butler. He is hot! Like, so hot. SA-WOON!

Also, the show is just really addicting. I just want Carrie to have it all, and she just can’t balance it. But still her life is amazing!

Go check it out! Season 1 is on Netflix instant!


Wow. I just finished Lost.

Okay, this is kind of difficult to explain because it’s so complex, but I’ll just give he bare bones. Basically, this airplane flying from Sydney to Los Angeles crashes on an island in the Pacific. There are about ten main cast members that the show focuses on. There are many flashbacks to fill in each character’s back story I their life before the crash. Now, for a bit the show seems like an innocent survival story. It actually ends up being kind of a super naturalish/science fictiony mystery complex thing. You’d have to watch to know what I’m talking about.

I would definitely recommend this show. I watched it on Netflix instant watch. At first, I was so addicted to it. It was all I would watch. But about halfway or maybe a little more than halfway through the show, I started to lose a bit I interest. The only thing that powered me through was wanting to find out what happened in the end.

SPOILERS!!!!!!! I seriously suggest watching it I find out what happens in the end.

The entire time I was watching the show everyone told me how disappointed I would be at the end. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now that I’ve watched the end, I do feel a little disappointed. The ending was a bit to gooey happy with them in “heaven”, all together. Now, I haven’t quite had time to truly process the end. I wanted to type out this review so I could read stuff online (I try not to read anyone else’s opinions until I write a review).

Honestly, at the end, I was kind of confused. I felt like there were a lot of loose ends.

Overall, though, I thought this was an excellent show. It makes you think and ponder. It makes you want to keep watching more. It keeps you puzzled. I’m still kind of puzzled.