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17 June 2010 @ 08:36 pm
30 Days of TV Meme - Day 17  

Angels in America and The Thorn Birds

I refuse to pick one for this because both of these, have touched me and affected me so deeply.

As a recovering Catholic (and someone who went to Catholic school longer than they didn't), the idea of a priest struggling between his vows and love just hits some serious kinks for me. I usually don't dig those kind of relationships but in the book, it's clear that at the start, the age difference between Father Ralph and Meggie is that of a big brother and sister type. He leaves before she hits puberty and it would be weird. When he returns, well she is completely changed. She's a woman. And for the first time, he has to pick between God and love. Just adore it. And holy shit, for that idiot who said gay men can't play straight, watch Richard Chamberlain. Holy crap. Between the mini-series and the book...yeah, it was my first wank material. I'm full admitting that. LOL

Angels in America, totally different side of life. I was OBSESSED with the play from the moment it came out. I have three copies, one signed by Tony Kushner. For my Theatre Dynamics class, I picked as my final project. I casted it, staged it, I had so many ideas. So when HBO announced it with such a fucking incredible cast, I was hooked. I pre-ordered the damn DVD. I can't watch it as often as I would like because it guts me. Some of the scenes hit me on such a personal level, as someone who has watched friends ravaged by AIDS before the cocktail. It's just beautiful and touching and I can't say enough about it. A must see, whether in play or series form.

Day 01 - A show that never should have been cancelled (Starved)
Day 02 - A show you wish more people were watching (Nurse Jackie)
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season) (Glee)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever (Angel)
Day 05 - A show you hate (Jersey Shore)
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show (Can't decide!)
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show (Eternity and Smiletime)
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch (Rome & Six Feet Under)
Day 09 - Best scene ever (End of "The One With The Jellyfish from Friends")
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving (Legend of the Seeker)
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you (Veronica Mars)
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times (A lot)
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show (Care Bears, Saved by the Bell, Out of this World)
Day 14 - Favorite male character (Jim Profit)
Day 15 - Favorite female character (Cordelia Chase)
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Day 17 - Favorite mini series (The Thorn Birds and Angels in America)
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death
yazizzle33: Charisma - Close-Upyazizzle33 on June 18th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I absolutely LOVE Angels in America! &hearts When I was real big on my Emma Thompson kick, I watched this series and just fell in love with it. You're so right about the cast. Just frakking brilliant!
Kelly: Cordy: Queen Cxlivvielockex on July 14th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Really the cast was just so pitch perfect, and I have seen it a number of times with a number of people. I just really wish more people enjoyed it. Most people seemed to shy away because of the subject matter.
yazizzle33: Cordelia/Charismayazizzle33 on July 14th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I understand that. People are always so shy about things of that matter and never seem to want to discuss it or talk about it, but I'm not and I think it's something that should certainly be addressed all the time. I watched it alone though.
the Vera: bye [aia]thevera on June 18th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
YES! I love Angels in America so much. I really hope I get to see the play one day.
Kellyxlivvielockex on July 14th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Seeing it on stage is an incredible experience! I hope you get to see it too!
phantom_queenphantom_queen on June 18th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
I would have gone with Lonesome Dove.
Kelly: LOTS: Jizzed! In My Pants!xlivvielockex on July 14th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
I actually have never seen Lonesome Dove. I'm not much on Westerns in general so I wasn't interested. But I might check it out cause well, you're awesome and you have good taste.
leobrat: Chemistryleobrat on June 18th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I should grab The Thornbirds at some point. There's no reason in the world I wouldn't love it. It basically hits all my kinks.
Kelly: C/A Antidrugxlivvielockex on July 14th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)

Seriously, I think you will love it.
Eibhlin with a Bimpetusofadream on June 20th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Angels in America breaks my heart. I've only ever watched it all the way through once cause I feel waaaay to depressed afterwards. I usually have to go watch something stupid like Tiny Toons afterwards to cheer myself up. But I do love it.
Kellyxlivvielockex on July 14th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)

Honest to god, it guts me so bad, I have to watch something lighter to get me over it. But it's the good kind of gutting. A sign of a great work of art.
Eibhlin with a Bimpetusofadream on July 15th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
It really is a beautiful piece of performance, but I just cannot handle it more than one every few years.
sherrilina: 9/Rose (Doctor Who)sherrilina on August 23rd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
OMG, The Thornbirds! <3333 I have yet to watch the miniseries (it seems to have been taken off YT, boo), but I LOVED the book, and Ralph/Maggie...it seems so wrong, describing it to people, "Yeah this priest falls in love with someone he meets when she's only like 10 and he's in his 20s", but I agree, it's not really sexual until later, more he's fond of her in a platonic way....it's such a beautiful and heartbreaking story though, and I agree, it is a little strange as a Catholic to be all rooting for him to break his vows and be with her, lol....
Kellyxlivvielockex on August 24th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
True story, I re-read the book every single Christmas without fail. I love it that much. Usually I wouldn't go for these kind of stories but man, something about it just gets to me.

If you want, PM me your address, I will burn you a copy from my DVD set.