Ask Andy: What are your favorite scripted shows? Are you gay?

“I have always wondered, what are your favorite scripted shows? Either currently on the air or in the past.” –Melissa Oswald, Sacramento, Calif.

I do actually watch (and read) fiction, and love high-quality television in whatever form it comes. In terms of shows from the past, there are too many to list and/or remember, from The Golden Girls to Seinfeld, Star Trek: The Next Generation to Firefly, Six Feet Under to the Sporanos, Deadwood to West Wing, South Park to Arrested Development, The United States of Tara to In Treatment.

To answer what I’m watching now, I was going to just list shows I watched the past week, but there are many series I love that aren’t currently airing. So, here are some categories instead.

Shows I’m currently committed to: Homeland, Happy Endings, Parks and Recreation, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Southland, Girls, Veep, Justified

New(er) shows I’m watching for now: Elementary, The Last Resort, American Horror Story, Game On, Shameless, The Good Wife

Shows I’m watching because I want to see how they end even though they are not as strong as they once were: Dexter, The Office, 30 Rock

Shows I want to watch but have not yet: Friday Night Lights, The Shield, Twin Peaks, Revenge

I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Or many.

Andy, are you gay? –Warren Z.



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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.