All of the following series and dramas I have in my personal DVD library. I have many more that I like today and watch – but do not own the series. These are simply the ones that I do – and love to pull out and watch over and over.
1) Anne of Green Gables – with Megan Follows and a long list of impressive actors. I first saw this ‘series’ in 1985 while living in Jeannette, PA – and I think that’s why it will always be special to me. I read the books when I was a child – and though the ‘series’ takes a serious detour along about the 2nd book – I still loved what they did with the screen play version. The scenery is break taking and makes me want to live on P.E.I. by the sea. The musical score is one of the best I’ve ever heard – the theme song can make me cry – it’s so beautiful. I also loved the ‘sequel’ and ‘the continuing story’ – but nothing tops the first one. Colleen Dewhurst is an AMAZING Marilla. I laughed and cried – it’s really beautiful.
2) Pride and Prejudice – Not the movie (although that was very good) the BBC released series in the early ’90’s. This is the one with Colin Firth – and if you’re a fan of his – then you owe it to yourself to see this. He IS Mr. Darcy. Period. Another Jane Austin masterpiece – about a family of 5 sisters and the ultimate love affairs with the eldest sisters. It is wonderful and very funny and entertaining from the get go – we have watched it many times. My husband even like it!
3) Wonder Years – I have a ‘boot legged’ copy from someone who recorded the series off the TV and until they get the copyright permission to release this wonderful TV show to DVD – it is all I have. It is a story of a boy growing up in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The boy would have been a little older than I am – so I can identify with much of what is going on. There is an ‘older’ Kevin Arnold that narrates throughout – so you always know what the younger Kevin is thinking. It’s a wonderful nostalgic trip to the past – with the music and videos of real events of that time period. When they play those old songs – I’m instantly transported back in time. The actors are perfectly cast – it’s a real gem.
4) From the Earth To the Moon – the HBO produced series narrated by Tom Hanks. Well worth the investment if you are a history buff and love information, actual transcripts and events surrounding the Gemini and Apollo flights to the moon. Very well done – we watch it every year or so – one of our favorites.
5) Gilmore Girls – this clever fast spoken comedy/drama really caught on and have some serious fans! Greg got sucked in when he bought me the first season for Christmas a few years ago. He started watching with me – and got hooked! It’s really incredibly well written and FUNNY!! I own all 7 seasons and it’s one we pull out about every year to watch. It’s one of our favorites!
6) Star Trek Next Generation – Yes we are ‘trekies’ and proud of it. I must admit though, that we didn’t like this series when it was first released in the early 80’s. It took awhile to catch on – and I think I began watching it – when it was almost over. By then we were hooked and had to buy all seven seasons. Patrick Stewart is AMAZING in this – as well as all the costars – so well assembled and cast – a real gem for Gene Roddenberry. This is one we pull out and watch all the time too. Love it!
7) Band of Brothers – great series about true events during WWII – a ‘band of brother’ who fought together – laughed, cried and watched death happen all around them. This series is one that my husband Greg and son Shawn pull out and watch often – a real testosterone series – but I like it too.
8) Victoria and Albert – with Victoria Hamilton and Jonathan Firth – the delightful story of young Queen Victoria – her 6 decade reign as Queen of England and her love for a man named Albert. Gives a rich glimpse into what it must have been like for a very young girl to take on the heavy responsibility of ruling England. Loved it!
10) Tom Jones – by Henry Fielding – starring Max Beesley and Samantha Morton – this is a VERY PG-13 – (if not R) series written over 300 years ago – and it is both an outrageous and irreverent look at England society in the 18th century. It is NOT something to sit down with the children and watch – because of the subject matter and inappropriate scenes – but it is a work of art – very funny and entertaining about an orphan who grows up in a wealthy home and falls in love with a childhood girl he played with. Once grown there are several obstacles to being with her and he has many adventures and mishaps that only a man like Tom Jones could have. If you’re easily offended by some crude language, situations and sexuality – this is NOT for you! It’s no Jane Austin!! Just saying!