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: 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: 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!