This is a post for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more and follow along there!
There’s a bonus here–I did a whole separate category of period adaptations, because I love so many of those. I also tried to stick with things that I currently love, which means most of these are fairly recent. Commentary for some of these but not others, because I can.
1. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Socialite/detective in 1920s Melbourne, going around solving crime while wearing the most beautiful clothes. Bonus: all of the other characters are also awesome, especially Dot.
2. Call the Midwives: Wonderful cast of characters, which makes it hard for me to even pick a favorite except that my favorite is Chummy. Also, if I could somehow have Jenny’s hair that would be great. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, sometimes in the same episode.
3. Bletchley Circle: A group of female code breakers from Bletchley Park get together after the war and solve crime. How is that not the best? Also, Anna Maxwell Martin.
4. Doctor Who
1. Lord of the Rings: While I have my issues with certain choices, (Faramir in TTT, argh!!) Peter Jackson’s adaptation of LotR is certainly the best we’ll ever get.
2. Master and Commander: Pure fun for the nautically minded amongst us, I also really loved this one as an adaptation.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: I just really really love it, okay? Honestly, I love the fact that it’s a sleek, carefully crafted superhero movie that’s full of trenchant political commentary (“You want to see my lease?” -Nick Fury) and that also has a diverse cast and it’s just…*flails*
4. The Hunger Games
Bonus: Period adaptations:
1. North and South
2. Pride and Prejudice 1995
3. Little Dorrit
4. Our Mutual Friend