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3 TV Shows That I Gave A Chance In 2014

Instead of watching endless repeats of The Vampire Diaries.

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During the painful weeks of television hiatus every calendar year, I usually resort to repeats of my 3 favorite shows - The O.C., One Tree Hill and The Vampire Diaries. But, as a self-proclaimed entertainment junkie, I figured it was about time to give those shows a chance that I always put on my list to watch and then never did (plus one guilty pleasure). I won't judge you if you won't judge me.

1. Parenthood (NBC)

NBC

I KNOW. How could I want to get into a show that is in its sixth and final season? Well, for a show with this much emotion and heart, I'm not sure how everyone isn't watching this cry-fest of a TV gem developed by Jason Katims. The dynamic of the Braverman family is so raw, real and honest. Parenthood isn't afraid to really go there - to talk about those embarrassing topics, to argue, to touch on the fact that marriage is hard and that everything isn't always going to end up happily ever after.. but they show us that it will be okay. Except (spoiler alert!) if Joel and Julia don't get back together by the end of the series, I'm not sure that going back and watching repeats for years to come will mend my broken heart.

2. Arrow (The CW)

The CW

As the resident queen of The CW (I'm known as that by everyone who knows me...), it was necessary that I start watching this superhero action drama based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. Stephen Amell is captivatingly convincing as Oliver Queen and his chemistry with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), a proven and worthy fan favorite, allows for moments of heart and sexual tension to ride along seamlessly with the fast paced action that comes along with being the one protecting an entire city. Another plus: Anyone remember the second Kaitlin Cooper? Hello, Willa Holland (Thea Queen)!

3. Are You The One? (MTV)

MTV

Is this something that I should keep to myself? I really can't even handle the level of absurdity of this show. To be honest, it's mostly a mess of drunken twenty-something- year-olds getting wasted in a house, pissing each other off and then going into the "truth booth" (seriously) to see if they are a perfect match. This is all to win a million dollars, that they all have to split 11 ways, by the way. But I still somehow found myself looking forward to Mondays at 10:00 p.m. (when I know there's plenty of "good" TV for me to watch) and making a chart of who was already deemed "not a match" and trying to guess who is. And yes, I am already looking forward to next season. Bring it on, MTV, I'm ready for it.

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