Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

What I’m Watching

I’m always fascinated by what people watch on television, probably because I’m so bad at guessing my friends’ and coworkers’ favorite shows. So I figured I’d share a few things that are on the weekly record list and see what everyone thinks.

Top Chef

Even though it just ended, I’m including it on the list. It is the only reality TV I watch. Sure, I’ve caught seasons of The Amazing Race, Top Shot, or any of the Gordon Ramsey shows, but reality TV doesn’t hook me that much. As for Top Chef, I love food, cooking, exotic locations, and talking about what Padma is wearing this week. This past season was great because there was less drama than usual and the judges were actually nice to the chefs.

Well, I have been watching Jeopardy that last few months too. Does that count as reality TV? I’m not sure what a game show is even considered these days.


Based on two novels and a short story by Elmore Leonard. Raylan Givins is a federal marshal in Eastern Kentucky, and he has his unique brand of justice. He makes as many problems for himself as he manages to solve, and it is a fun adventure every week. If you like dysfunctional families with lots of guns and not much common sense, then this is the show for you.


The only thing better than my generation is being able to laugh at my generation.

True Detective

Holy crap, I have no idea where this show is going, and I’m loving every crazy, screwed up second of it. Buddy cop show set in the deep South with creepy pagan crimes to solve, it might not be for everyone. But if you’re looking for something different and don’t mind the HBO-level sex and violence, check it out.

Person of Interest

A different flavor of buddy cop, much more sophisticated than True Detective. A CIA operative is recruited by a reclusive billionaire to stop the crime of the week in New York City. The story arcs for the first three season have been satisfying, and the cast of characters is enjoyable. If you are looking for something on the lighter side, I’d recommend picking up this one from the beginning.

And if you have any suggestions for other great shows, please feel free to share. I will probably have some freetime at home in the near future to browse Netflix. ;)

7 comments on “What I’m Watching

  1. laekanzeakemp
    February 13, 2014

    I’ve basically been shouting from the rooftops for months that everyone should start watching Orphan Black. It’s a sci-fi drama on the BBC channel and it’s excellent. I watched the entire first season on demand one day when I was sick last winter and I can’t wait for the new season to start this spring. But I’m also a big fan of Top Chef as well and tend to go through these phases where I don’t watch anything unless it has to do with food. I think in another life I must have been a restauranteur or maybe a competitive eater. Or maybe I’m just hungry all the time.

    • tracycembor
      February 19, 2014

      Ooo, thanks for the recommendation. I will have some free time on my hands (hopefully sooner than later), so I will definitely check out Orphan Black. :D

  2. H L Fatnassi
    February 14, 2014

    I think Murdoch Mysteries and Ripper Street are at the top of my list at the moment. Both are mystery/police procedural set during the Victorian Age in Canada and London respectively. Each feature the “latest” investigation techniques for the time and also include gadgetry. And Murdoch’s first episode has Tesla! :D

    • tracycembor
      February 19, 2014

      I have never heard of those, but I am running to check them out. I <3 a good police procedural, and you had me at Victorian Age. I can't even imagine what it must be like in Canada, so I'm super psyched to check it out. Yay!

      • H L Fatnassi
        February 20, 2014

        Let me know what you think. I am always curious to hear people’s opinions. :) My parents got me hooked on Murdoch and I got them hooked on Ripper Street.

  3. mrschmoe
    February 14, 2014

    the Incredible hulk TV series, the writing is good. Highlander TV series, the outer limits (The 90s) one of my favorite episode of the series is the last Supper.
    Intelligence TV series it’s all right.
    RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne its a dark and gritty anime, I don’t think it’s your cup of tea. The concept is interesting. Besides I like the music, except for the opening theme.

    • tracycembor
      February 19, 2014

      Yeah, I don’t think Rin is my cup of tea, but that’s okay. There’s plenty of good shows out there for everyone, ;)

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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