My Top 5 Quotable TV Shows by Jess Anastasi – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Jess Anastasi who is celebrating yesterday’s release of Take Down, a Texas Heroes book.

Top 5 Quotable TV Shows

Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t enjoy a good snarkfest? I certainly can’t go past snappy dialogue from a character with just the right amount of attitude, so today I thought I’d share with you my top 5 favourite quotable TV shows.

1) Supernatural

Ah the Winchester brothers. So much to love. So many years of snark. Sam and Dean have been filling our screens with spookiness, gore and humor for 14 years now. Its certainly going to be the end of an era when the 15th and final season airs later in the year. I’m extra sad about it because I’m the same age as the brothers and it’s been kinda cool to have that one TV show with characters of a similar age to go back to again and again. Not only do we get all the brotherly love in Supernatural (the jerk/bitch thing never gets old) but we’ve also been treated to Dean’s particular brand of commentary (“I’m Batman!”) and memorable episodes like the time Sam was cursed with a rabbit’s foot and had a string of comical bad luck (“I lost my shoe.” *insert sad face emoji*) and who could forget the time Dean died over and over in increasingly ridiculous ways? Supernatural has always managed to strike the perfect balance of humor, tension, fear and heartbreak. There’s probably never been a show quite like it and likely never will be again.

2) Killjoys

If you haven’t checked out this SyFy gem yet, you’re seriously missing out. I can’t even begin to paint a picture of the snark that is Dutch, Johnny and D’avin. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Dutch and Johnny are Killjoys, which are basically like futuristic bounty hunters and they fly a cool spaceship. In the pilot episode, Johnny has to go rescue his older brother, D’avin, from what amounts to a prison/slaver ship. Johnny has an adorable entertaining-banter-type relationship with their ship’s AI, named Lucy (which included an episode where Lucy was downloaded into this android bot thing and was a woman for a few hours. Easily one of the best eps). Not only is this show is filled with snappy one liners (“I think I prefer regular bitchy Dutch to creepy nice Dutch” and “That guy is the dickiest dick that ever dicked.”), but the banter back and forth between the characters—including the secondary characters—is just brilliant (D’Avin: “No offense, but I always pictured my last stand blaze of glory being with my brother. Not you.” Fancy Lee: “I heal, remember? You’re the one having an existential crisis. Don’t worry, I’ll tell everyone you died sexy.”) This show has a really great balance of series-arcing story line, action and humor that keeps the plot spinning.

3) Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Where to even begin? Similar to Supernatural, I was the same age as Buffy when it started way, waaay back in 1997. While I know that some people watch Buffy now and point out all the ways its problematical, for its time, Buffy really was revolutionary. It proved to viewers and critics alike that a show primarily from the feminine perspective could be sharply humorous while enjoying a swath of pop culture references and constant dismantling of horror movie clichés. For myself, I always think Buffy was one of the first signpost for me becoming an author. I was addicted from the first episode. It just amazed me that something could be so fun and clever and emotionally wrenching (“I may be dead, but I’m still pretty. Which is more than I can say for you.”) all at the same time. It made me think differently about how stories could be told and I think Buffy’s unique style of dialogue and storytelling created a long legacy for books and TV shows going into the 2000s

4) Firefly

Yes, another Joss Whedon entry. Another cult classic with undertones of issues when looked at with 20 years hindsight, but take Firfely’s clever dialogue (“I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you.”), space western feel and cast of characters, and its easy to see why this became an obsession for many people after its premature (and probably short-sighted) cancelling by Fox. I can say with all certainty that Firefly had a hand in inspiring me to write my own sci fi series, along with many other authors who no doubt were frustrated by the abrupt way the show had to end and all the questions that were never answered. While Firefly had really great snark, it also went the extra mile with sarcasm (“Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.”) and hyperbole that was just enough to be entertaining, but never over the top (“You know what the chain of command is? It’s the chain I go get and beat you with until you understand who’s in ruttin charge here.”). And like Buffy, Firefly was able to find a really great balance of emotional angst, humor and action, with the added bonus of intrigue over things like River Tam and Shepard Book. This one is always an easy go-to when I’m feeling nostalgic and wanting to re-watch some of my favourite TV shows.

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Teen Wolf was a really great drama, surprisingly aired by MTV. One of the elements that probably made this show, however, was the character of Stiles Stilinski. First introduced as the goofy sidekick and humorous counterpoint to the main character Scott’s more serious and sometimes brooding personality, Stiles ended up owning the role and a good portion of the audience in his long-time ship with Lydia. He transcended the typical sidekick role to become a cornerstone of the series, but always stayed true to character (“I’m 147 pounds of pale and fragile skin and bone, okay? Sarcasm is my only defense.”). What the writers did with Stiles was almost art. He was there for some of the most tense, emotionally charged moments, but could always be relied on to break the tension when the audience needed to take a breath (“Well, I shouldn’t say I told you so, cause it’s not strong enough. How about, I’m always right and you should listen to whatever I have to say, and never disagree ever for the sake of your wolvlihood.”). I always really loved how Teen Wolf played to its character’s strengths and weaknesses, making for compelling stories week after week and season after season.

So that’s my top 5 favorite quotable TV shows; snark, angst and action all the way. What more could you want from a story?

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About the Author: Jess Anastasi has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred, and now she gets to make up stories for a living. With a multi-award-winning science fiction romance series to her name, her books feature larger-than-life heroes with relatable vulnerabilities who find themselves in situations that push their resolve to the limit. Jess is a tea addict who loves loud music, dancing in her kitchen, and a good book on a rainy day. A fangirl at heart, she probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia.

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  1. I love Supernatural. “I’ve got the King of Hell in my trunk” has become a favorite of mine. Oh, and the ever applicable, “Demons I get. People are crazy!” The whole “I lost my shoe” thing is a huge joke between my husband and I.

    Love, love, love Killjoys and Firefly, too. Killjoys especially. When I got my new phone a couple months ago, I couldn’t figure out what to name it and eventually decided on Lucy. Which, in hindsight, might have been a mistake because Lucy is snarkier than anyone on that show.

    Great choices for this!

    • Thanks, Aymee, Glad you enjoyed my choices. And I’m super glad to meet another Killjoys fan. Not many people seem to realize the awesomeness they’re missing out on! Lol naming your new phone Lucy, that was just asking for trouble.

      • I know, right? I might connect via Bluetooth and have my phone take over my car’s navigation. HAHAHA. Seriously though, sci-fi isn’t even my favorite genre, but Killjoys is so good!

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