Becoming an icon on a television show is no easy feat with ratings wars and finicky fan followings for each show. Over the years, many have starred in various shows with very few breaking the code. But there are the rare few who are lucky enough to taste success not once but twice, known across generations for two iconic roles. This post focuses on those talented stars who cracked the code twice in different shows and had us going 'You again! I know you!'.  

Hugh Laurie - House MD / Jeeves & Wooster

As Jeeves, he is the hilariously silly rich British kid from the 1900's with no brains who is dependent on his butler to get him out of trouble.
Decades later, House MD would turn it all upside down, leaving him an genius, drug addled, scowl-faced American doctor who solves medical mysteries that nobody else can.


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This post is part of my #AtoZChallenge for April 2016 where my theme is TV Sitcoms.
For the letter W, I choose The Wonder Years.

Premise:

The off-screen narrator reminisces about growing up with his family as a young boy on the verge of becoming a teenager through the late 1960s and early 70s in America and the lessons in life he learned along the way. 


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Not all good shows get the love they deserve.
The reasons can be so many - too complex, too serious, too funny, too real, too satire-y... sometimes a good show is just released at the wrong time and lost in the shadows of other more popular shows. With the advent of online streaming, downloading and binge watching though, we have been blessed with the chance to find so many gems that lost the battle on television ratings but won the war to be loved by the public.

These were shows that were well above the average and yet for some or the other reason, never got the love they deserved while they were on air. So which shows pop in your mind when I talk about Underrated shows? Here is my list. 

Supernatural

People assume this is a 'monster of the week' horror show which is so sad because Supernatural has to be the best ode to family and how far one will go for them. Great effects, genuinely heartfelt emotions, super cool lead duo, excellent classic rock, smart storylines (except Season 7 - always ignore Season 7)... what more do you want? The two brothers, Sam & Dean have died (and been reborn) for you!

Sure, they've also opened the gates of hell, pissed off God, made deals with the devil, have the King of Hell literally on their speed dial, have the most flawed angel as a friend and gone evil at times, but hey! Who doesn't, right?



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This post is part of my #AtoZChallenge for April 2016 where my theme is TV Sitcoms.
For the letter T, I choose the ridiculously talented Tina Fey & her amazing show 30 ROCK.

Premise:

The show revolves around the hilarious antics of the cast and crew behind the fictional TV comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan', filmed inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza ('30 Rock')


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It sometimes saddens me that the only way the present generation is connected to the iconic Star Trek: the Next Generation is because actor Wil Wheaton is a part of The Big Bang Theory!

The 18 Emmy Winning Star Trek: The Next Generation was the worthy successor that fans of the original 60's show wanted. Creator Gene Rodenberry's vision of trekking through the galaxy mixed with his liberal concept of a world where everyone was treated equally led to some unique episodes.

While the original show was campy fun with lots of action (and dare I say it, overacting), The Next Generation tempered it down by mixing excellent futuristic concepts (your touchscreen tablets and screens, bluetooths et al first appeared here!) with some solid story telling, unafraid to explore relevant topics of the day, from terrorism to rape.

While it is easy to find a 'Top 20 Best Star Trek episodes' list online, I wanted to do something different and showcase part of what made this show stand out.

This is a list of 10 times Star Trek: The Next Generation honored the vision of their creator by boldly tackling controversial topics that not many other shows are ready to talk about even today.


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Movies based on real life incidents make for good and often inspiring tales. They help us relive key moments of history in a short span of time. Making a TV show based on real life characters and events is a different cup of tea. Knowing that the comfort of a tight 2 hour time is replaced by larger, often undetermined period of story telling for a show of many years and seasons, it takes talent and often guts to attempt to recreate real life events. And yet, there are quite a few good shows that have chosen this path with huge success.

Inspired by events, eras and people and their life experiences, these are some of the best TV shows based on real life events.


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