Binge-Watching (aka Just When I Thought I Was Out They Pull Me Back In)

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Has this ever happened to you? You innocently start a new show. Maybe someone made a suggestion and it sounded interesting, so you follow the thread to see where it takes you. Once you hit the point of no return, which depending on the show can be anywhere from episode 1 (LOST) to episode 4 or 5 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), there’s no going back. With each new episode you dig a deeper hole that you cannot crawl out of. After the end of each subsequent episode you think to yourself, “this will be the last one for tonight. After all, I have to work tomorrow.”

Next thing you know, you’re calling in sick to work because, in your heart, you do you feel a little under the weather, come to think of it. Perhaps you’ve hit a cliff hanger and you can’t possibly be expected to put your big girl/boy pants on and adult today. What if she leaves and never finds out he loves her? What if he’s really dead? What if the whole town really did explode in that fiery ball of destruction?

So you settle in for a sick day…come to find out there are 10 seasons of this show. It’s gonna take a lot more than one measly, little sick day to get you through all the plots your eyes are waiting to behold. But then…a light at the end of the tunnel. A stopping point. A gentle lull in the storyline. It’s not that the show has gotten boring, it just allows you to breathe for a moment. You push stop, go to the bathroom, throw some water on your face and remind yourself that you don’t live in Sunnydale and you aren’t facing an apocalypse. The world is ok and you aren’t President Jeb Bartlett or Jack Bauer. It’s perfectly alright for you to go ahead and live your life outside of the TV screen.

Maybe you grab a snack and think about something else for a minute, maybe you even make it all the way outside where the sun is still shining and the birds don’t even have Netflix.

Then it hits you, that familiar feeling of longing for more, more, more, next, next, next. You look back and forth between nature beckoning you to choose the light and the dark cave that has become your TV watching space. The characters call to you. The darkness calls to you. And just when you thought you were out…they pull you back in.

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Farewell world, God knows when we shall meet again. Perhaps there will be another lull in season 8.

Costumes of Yesteryear

Happy Halloween, Nerds!!
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Here’s a collection of my costume choices from the past. Head over to Instagram for a countdown to this year’s costume. And be sure to tag @nerdinthesand with your Halloween pics for a chance to be featured on ny insta. I will reveal this year’s costume at 3pm pst.

#1: First Halloween Costume Ever

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#2: Tinkerbell

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#3: Minnie Mouse

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#4: Princess Leia

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#5: Chicken

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#7: Maria from Roswell

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#6: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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#7: Harley Quinn

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#8: Padme Amidala

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There are plenty more to choose from, but there are my personal favorites.

Do you have a favorite costume from your past?

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Favorite Halloween Episodes of TV Shows

#1: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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A strong argument could be made for any of the 3 Buffy Halloween episodes. All are wonderful in their own right. But me…I prefer Fear, Itself from season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You cannot deny the brilliance of Anya dressing as the scariest thing she can imagine…
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#2: FRIENDS
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Chandler and Monica throw an episode Halloween party. Phoebe finds out her sister Ursula is getting married and Ross dresses as “spud-nik.” Accordingly… hijinks ensue!!

#3: The Office
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Michael Scott may very well be one of my favorite characters on television. Possibly the favorite. So The Office deserves it’s place on the list!

#4: Modern Family
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The Dunphy’s love Halloween so their Halloween eps are always EPic…see what I did there. 😉

#5: Parks and Recreation
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And bringing up the end of the list is Parks and Recreation. Ben and Leslie (one of my favorite TV couples) dresses as Wesley and Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride and it is just glorious. If you’ve never seen it…you should.

What episodes are your favorite to watch on Halloween??

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5 Fandom Deaths I’m Still Upset About

Fair warning! This post contains many spoilers because one cannot talk fandom deaths without actually mentioning who it is that died. So if you haven’t watched Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, LOST, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones than don’t look. Don’t be spoiled. Go watch those shows and come back…see you in a few months or a few years if you aren’t that dedicated to getting through them all.

Thanks to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for creating 5 Fandom Friday.

Here goes…

#1 – Amy and Rory from Doctor Who

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OK, so the fans knew this one was coming. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill were set to leave the show. It was either die or stop time traveling all together and Amy Pond would never have quit her raggedy man if she could help it. So they died. Death by old age, so not a bad way to go. But to be ripped from your own timeline by a Weeping Angel…no thanks. This episode still causes major waterworks every time I watch it. I’ll never get over losing Amy and Rory!!

#2 – Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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There are quite a few upsetting deaths on BtVS (I’m looking at you Joyce and Jenny.) Even Buffy herself bit the bullet, not once up twice. But Tara’s death still manages to shock and upset me the most. When you see that blood splatter on Willow’s crisp white peasant blouse…Tara’s blood. Tara who was sweet and innocent and Willow’s lobster. Torn away from the mortal coil by a gun shot to the chest. This one stings because it smacks of reality. In a fantastical world like Buffy, to have died from something so human as a gun shot…well, it just sucks. We live in a world where this is far too common. And Tara’s death still feels completely unjust. Warren deserved the flaying that he got, if you ask me!

#3 – Charlie from LOST

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DANG! Charlie!! This one stings every time I think about it. You LOST fans know the keen loss. The pain still smarts! I never saw this one coming. I guess I should have. By season 3, people were being picked off like flies. I guess I still thought the core cast (the ones I like most) would be safe. Of course, we’d come to find out that no one is truly safe on LOST and it is Charlie’s death that really taught us that lesson. The words “Not Penny’s Boat” still haunt me. Charlie went out saving lives. The perfect symmetry to how he entered our lives. He began as a selfish, drugged out rock star and truly became a fan favorite (or at least this fan’s favorite!)

#4 – Ned Stark from Game of Thrones

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I’m a GOT book reader. I’ve read books 1-4 so I knew it was coming, but it still didn’t prepare me for the sadness of losing the Stark patriarch. Ned Stark was a man of justice and integrity. He kept the monarch in line and his own family. Tough job, especially when you have Lannisters against you. He was domed from the beginning because on Game of Thrones, the just and the moral get punished.

To be fair, there are more shocking and more horrifying deaths on Game of Thrones (see: Rob Stark, Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, Ygritte, Khal Drogo, Oberyn Martell, etc.) but it’s Ned’s death that sets the tone for the series in season 1. It’s Ned’s death that sets the Lannisters up for their reign of power and ultimate downfall. And it’s Ned Stark who could have stopped the evil from spreading through Westeros. We miss you, Ned! (Please stop killing Sean Bean off of things I like!)

#5 – Hershel from The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is another show where death is rampant and usual. It’s rarely surprising anymore (except if Darryl were to die… that would be shocking and surprising and completely upsetting…Don’t do that, AMC!) But I admit, Hershel’s death got me. I literally screamed when it happened. (That’s what happens when you watch TWD alone in your apartment with all the lights off.) Hershel was another example of someone who kept the balance. Being a good guy is a really tough business on TV. No one cared when Angela died or stupid Dale. It’s the good ones that truly rip the heart out. And Hershel’s death was my least favorite one (though Beth’s came pretty close.)

Honorable Mention – Tasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation
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I want to give a shout out to one of the earliest fandom, TV deaths, Tasha Yar. Star Trek killed off Tasha way before it was cool to kill off characters. And no one saw that one coming because the internet wasn’t what it is today… or even a thing at all. So there were no rumors surrounding her upcoming death. Or fan theories about. She was an upstanding crew member who went on an away mission to a planet with a tar monster. She was taken by the tar monster…goodbye Tasha Yar.

If this post has left you feeling a little depressed and nostalgic for characters long gone, then definitely don’t go back and watch the happy times before they died. I tried that with season 1 of Game of Thrones…trust me, it only made things worse.

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5 Geeks Who Inspire Me

Before this week, I’ve been away from the Blogosphere for a little while. And I have to share that I haven’t been the same without my blog or without you, my darling, nerdy readers. It’s a part of me. An extension of my brain and of my personality. And I think I’d forgotten that! I must have, because I thought it’d be a good idea to take a break from writing. When in fact, writing is exactly what I’ve always needed to help me figure out the cobwebs of my mind.

Whether it’s introspective blogs like I’ve been writing this past week, or blog topics that we write together as a community like today…I’ve remembered why I started blogging in the first place. And while I don’t promise never to take another break (cause sometimes we need such things) I do, however, promise not to neglect my little blog. She who has been there in so many dark moments. She whom I found over 4 years ago, but I suspect it’s she who found me!

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is about Geeks who inspire me. Cutting this down to just 5 people is tough. There are so many amazing nerdy folks out there living the dream. But here are the ones who really speak to and inspire me!

#1: Felicia Day

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She has offered nerd girl’s everywhere the inspiration to step out and shout “I’m a nerdy girl and proud of it.” She was a potential slayer in season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and also starred opposite Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris in Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog which she helped write with Joss Whedon. She’s also the writer and star of her own extremely popular web series, The Guild. Founder of the nerd mecca that is Geek and Sundry and now author of her own autobiography (which I just bought last night and started reading), “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost).” Felicia Day has been where we nerd girls have all been and she’s made it to a place we sometimes wish we could reach. Acceptance. Acceptance of who she is, of the power she wields and of the world she lives in.

#2: Zachary Levi

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If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on any social media platform, then this one is a no brainer! He’s the founder of The Nerd Machine and of Nerd HQ. He’s the star of Chuck and the voice of Flynn Ryder. He’s an ambassador for Operation Smile and a genuinely kind man. He’s Zachary Levi and I am constantly inspired by him. Doesn’t hurt that he’s 6’3″ and loves Jesus! He has often been called the King of the Nerds. He leads the charge and finds a way to give back every chance he gets.

#3: Wil Wheaton
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 It was the early 90’s and one of my favorite shows to watch with my mom and dad was Star Trek: The Next Generation. And since I was between the age of 5 and 12 when TNG was on the air, I was the perfect age to fall head first in love with the dashing, young Wesley Crusher. He was just a kid and he was serving on the USS Starship Enterprise. Be still my preteen heart! Later I would come to admire Wil for his work in Felicia Day’s web series, The Guild and as himself on The Big Bang Theory and just for the all around nerdy dude he is. He can also be seen as the host of Geek and Sundry’s Table Top. Wesley Crusher was not a favorite among TNG watchers, but Wil didn’t let that stop him from becoming the nerdy icon that he is today!

#4 – John Boyega

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No, he didn’t make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, but now he knows someone who did. John Boyega is one of the lucky stars who will be in a little film called, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (maybe you’ve heard of it.) As a bonafide fanboy himself, one imagines that when the call came in that he’d gotten a part in the biggest movie of our time that he ‘Squee’d’ the ‘Squee’ of a thousand nerds, especially since he’s a Star Wars nerd himself. We don’t know much about his character other that his name is Finn and he now has a chance to wield Luke/ Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber and we don’t know why. (Dear Lord, let December come swiftly!!!) It is a joy to watch him at conventions and press junkets, because he is truly one of us. A nerd to the core…inside and out. And we are proud to have him represent his people in the Star Wars Universe!

#5: Veronica Roth

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Another nerd to the core. I started out liking Veronica Roth as the author of the Divergent series. It’s a great set of books with a compelling story and I like to support the people that create things I like. And then I saw her at Book Con last year and at Geeky Con this year and that’s when I realized that she is one of us. Truly, madly, deeply one of us. Dressed in her Draco Malfoy cosplay and talking about which house she’d be sorted to if she ever went to Hogwarts. Veronica Roth is a bonafide nerd and we nerds gotta stick together!!

Honorable Mention: My Little Brother

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I love all the nerds I mentioned above, but this nerd is the nerd who made me into a nerd! If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Power Rangers or Batman: the Animated Series. I would probably still be a Star Wars fangirl (that one was written in the stars) but I might not have the deep understanding of the SW Universe that I have from knowing this guy. My younger (not littler) brother, Jeremy. He is the coolest nerd I know. He taught me how to nerd. And if you are looking for someone to share a road trip with…he is your guy. Plus he comes complete with Star Wars sleeping bag and audio books. He’s a nerdy boy scout, which means he’s always prepared to nerd!

Which nerds/ geeks/ dorks inspire you??

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 2

Day 2: Buffy Summer from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

My favorite show of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I can watch it over and over again and never get bored. It’s a show that will stand the test of time. The musical episode, Once More with Feeling, will always be my favorite.

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If you weren’t a teen of the 90’s then you may not have enjoyed the many wonders of watching Buffy, including but not limited to, staking vampires, witty dialogue, teen romantic drama, and epic 90’s fashion and hairdos!! Including this classic 90’s updo!

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This hairstyle can also easily be accomplished with a pencil or a small stake, which makes the vampire slaying all the easier!!

“In every generation there is a chosen one… her hair alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”

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My 13 Fictional BFF’s

As all of my real life, non-fictional friends will know, I’m a very social person. And I love friends. I love to surround myself with people who are smarter and prettier and just all around better than me. It makes me a better person. It gives me something to aspire to. 5 fictional BFF’s seems mean cause so many fictional friends will get left out. So in honor of Friday the 13th, I will choose 13 BFF’s instead. Seems a more realistic number. Thanks to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for the topic!!

I’ve decided not to explain each choice, cause they all really make perfect sense!!

#1– Jim Halpert from The Office

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#2– Judy Greer (basically from anything she’s ever been in!!)

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#3- Mindy Lahiri from The Mindy Project

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#4- John Watson from Sherlock

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#5- Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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#6- Chewbacca from Star Wars

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#7- Tom Branson from Downton Abbey

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#8– Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones

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#9– Joey Tribbiani from Friends

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#10– Annabeth Nass from Hart of Dixie

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#11- Jimmy Olsen from Superman

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#12- Rubeus Hagrid from Harry Potter

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#13- The Flash aka Barry Allen from The Flash

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Ok, I admit some of these (1, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 13) were chosen to be fictional BFF’s that eventually turn into boyfriends forever, cause they are wonderful!! But can you blame me!!!

5 Fandom Friday Classic

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Fictional Couples I Ship (Classic)

So I had to go ahead and do a post about those couples that are no longer on television. These are from what one might affectionately refer to as the good old days. Before couples had mashed up names, before Twitter could save a show. Back when the CW was The WB. Back when you spent years and years watching the sexual tension get more and more tense, till it’s season 10 and that couple still isn’t together and all you want is a freaking happy ending (I’m looking at you, JAG!) These are the couples that came before the couples we ship today. And I couldn’t just choose 5. So I picked as many as I wanted! As always, thanks to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for the blog topics!! I also wrote about today’s couples… Click Here for that post.

Major spoilers ahead in this one, but since all of these shows are off the air, I’m just gonna go ahead and say, if you haven’t been spoiled by now, then don’t read on till you’ve watched all of these shows. Each ship is as magnificent as the one that follows!!

#1 – Harm and Mac from JAG

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10 seasons. 10 seasons of sexual tension till this couple finally got together in the last episode… at the last possible moment. Against all odds and executive producer, Donald P. Bellisario’s campaign to keep the couple apart forever, they finally got together. But after 10 years it was basically to placate the fans, then again after all that time… why wouldn’t you?

#2 – Chandler and Monica from Friends

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Sure Ross and Rachel are the obvious choice from Friends, but it’s Monica and Chandler that sneaks up on you and steals your heart completely. They start off as… well… Friends. And after that time in London, they start down a road to something so much more. And infinitely better than the Ross and Rachel will they/won’t they. Because there was never any won’t they. We knew they would and they never disappointed! And with Friends on Netflix now, we can all go back and relive the adorable romance of Mondler…Chandlica… Not sure what their shipper name would be these days.

#3 – Mulder and Scully  from The X-Files

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This was another fictional relationship that was a long time coming. We knew they belonged together, they knew they belonged together. I’m not sure why it took them so dang long. Perhaps it was the impending doom of regular alien activity that seemed to leave romance at the door. But they found a way, even after David Duchovny left the show and it really should have been cancelled in his absence.

#4 – Dr. Mike and Sully from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman

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I loooove me some Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. This is a couple that did some serious dancing for a plenty of seasons. But they did get together and eventually have little Katie Elizabeth. Ultimately delivering the kiss of death (as it was know when a couple would get married on a TV show back then.) Once Sully and Michaela finally got it together and got married, everyone basically found no reason left to watch the show. Sure, Colleen had a love interest and there was that whole Dorothy and Cloud Dancing thing, but it was the long-haired, brooding Sully and the longer-haired, intrepid Michaela that really kept us invested in the show.

#5 – Everyone on all Star Treks

Captain Picard and Beverly Crusher from The Next Generation

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This one sadly had no big wedding payoff. Only the fleeting sense that they belonged together and they both knew it. Lovers came and lovers went, but these friends always remained in each others lives and that is something that transcends romance!

Commander Riker and Deanna Troi

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They had a little time of will they/ won’t they going on. She even dated Worf and he dated plenty of women who were not right for him. Sometimes you gotta kiss a lot of frogs. Am I right? But eventually in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis (arguably not the best of the Trek movies) these two finally tied the knot!

Lieutenant Worf and Jadzia Dax

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Sure, Worf and Deanna had a thing going back on the Enterprise for a short spell, but everyone knew that she belonged with Riker. Leaving Worf wide open to leave The Next Generation and find his lady love on Deep Space Nine. And find her he did!

Constable Odo and Major Kira

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This relationship begins as so many of the best ones do, with utter loathing. Odo and Kira can’t stand each other at first. He’s a changeling, she’s Bajoran. Both have a job to do and find it best if everyone stays out of each other’s… oh wait, what’s that? They love each other now? Of course, they do!

Seven of Nine and Commander Chakotay

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I love a good tale of opposites attract. Who would have thought, when Seven of Nine was ripped from the Borg collective that she and the spicy Maquis Commander Chakotay would fall truly, madly, deeply in love. The best ships are the ones you don’t see coming!

Tom Paris and B’elanna Torres

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That was not the case with these two. Another tempestuous pairing that was destined for true love. Of course they couldn’t stand each other in the beginning, they hadn’t reached that part when they are yelling at each other and realize the very fine line that exists between love and hate. But once they did it was beautiful to watch them fall. And eventually have a little half Klingon/ half human baby in a Delta Quadrant far, far away!!

#6  – Joey and Pacey from Dawson’s Creek

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Sorry to you Dawson fans, but there is no way that our girl Joey Potter was ever going to end up with a sap like Dawson! Pacey was always the guy for her. We knew it back in high school when they first did it at on the ski trip and we knew it when they got stuck in the K-Mart together. She makes him wanna be a better man!

#7 – Max and Liz from Roswell

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Roswell only had 3 seasons, but from episode 1, it was always Max and Liz. He saved her life. And not crazy pants Tess nor evil alien spawn or the Skins could separate them from that bond! As you can see from the picture above, it worked out in the end! Happily ever after ensued and I cry every time I watch that finale!

#8 – Lois and Clark from Smallville

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After suffering through 4 years of Clark pining after stupid Lana, Lois finally came on the scene like a proper hurricane! And anyone who knows anything about anything at all knows that Lois and Clark are meant to be together! So, go ahead Lois, flirt with Oliver Queen. And feel free, Clark, to pine all you want after Lana.. but in the end it’s Lois and Clark and everyone knows it! This is a show that knows how to ship and didn’t wait 10 years for their characters to say I love you. They did, however, wait 10 years for them to say “I Do.” Can’t give all the good stuff away up front!

#9 – Niles and Daphne from Frasier

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Poor Niles Crane. We watched him pine after Daphne from the minute she walked into his life. He was married, she was single. The she was engaged, and he was single. It took years for them to finally be on the same page. But once they worked it out and got together it was completely glorious!

#10 – Everyone on Lost

Jack and Kate

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This was a big will they/ won’t they. Jack loved Kate. Then Kate slept with Sawyer. Sawyer loved Kate, but Kate loved Jack. Jack loved Juliet, but Juliet was potentially evil. Then Jack and Kate left the island, but then they needed to go back. Meanwhile back on the island…

Sawyer and Juliet

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The island started hopping time, leaving Juliet and Sawyer to start their romance. And finally at the end of the day Jack ended up with Kate, Juliet ended up with Sawyer (up in that purgatory church thing) and all was right with the fictional world of Lost. Whew!

Jin and Sun

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The union of Jin and Sun was never really up in the air. They started out married and lasted until their untimely demise. But don’t worry, they too met again in that church purgatory! What I loved most about Sun and Jin was Jin’s character development. He started out as a tight ass who never let Sun be Sun and ended up being one of my favorite characters on the show!

Charlie and Claire

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Lost was a show that was constantly bringing the pain, but nothing was quite as painful as poor Charlie’s death on not-Penny’s boat. And in the finale when they panned the shot to a very happy Claire and Charlie, I defy you to have had a dry eye!! It was beautiful, it was moving, it was television at it’s most heart-warming!!

#11 – Buffy and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Plenty of people out there are Team Angel. He has his place and we love him, but there that’s whole unfortunate Angelus part of the package. So along came William the Bloody. Of course he was evil. All the best ones start out bad but then make that pivotal turn towards love. Spike spent season 5 pining for the Buffster. We knew she was too good for him. She was the slayer for Pete’s sake! But then she died and spent all that time dragging herself through the proverbial muck by lower her standards and getting busy with Spike. And there is that unfortunate scene in the bathroom, that I’ll never forgive him for, but he knew he was evil so he went to get his soul. And eventually gave his life for the Scoobies and their cause. He is my favorite and I love him!!!

#12 – Mal and Inara from Firefly

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Any Firefly fan out there knows the deep, heart break that is the cancellation of this television gem. It sucked, it was depressing, it left us too soon. And Mal and Inara never had the chance to declare their love for each other. The signs were all there. And deep down they both knew the truth. But truth unspoken is just heresay. It’s a deep sadness we all keenly feel. But I think we can surmise that eventually these crazy kids said what they needed to say! One can hope!

#13 – The 10th Doctor and Rose from Doctor Who

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Oh Rose! So many people hate you, but I know you belong with the regenerated human version of the 10th Doctor via his severed hand. It’s a classic tale. Girl meets Chris Eccleston. Chris Eccleston becomes David Tennant. Everyone is ok with that. David Tennant leaves girl on a beach in an alternate reality. Girl spends all of her time trying to get back to real reality only to have David Tennant split into two David Tennant’s (hello nurse!) Classic! This one had a weirdly happy ending. She ended up with an inferior version of David Tennant. And a human, non-time traveling David Tennant is better than no David Tennant at all. Everyone knows that!

#14 – Steve and Miranda from Sex and the City

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Whenever you mention Sex and the City, most people bring up Carrie and Big or Carrie and Aiden or Carrie and whoever. But it’s Steve and Miranda who make it work and make it last. Sure there are some rough patches, but that’s what makes it so beautiful. They find their way back to each other even after all the bad! It’s a tale as old as time and worth watching over and over again.

I know it’s a long one, but honestly, this list could have been even longer. And it’s my list so I’ll write as much as I want to! 😉

I’m such an easy shipper. Throw a little tension my way and I’m all about THAT couple!! I get drawn in and I just have to binge-watch till everyone is happily married off. I’m the same way in real life. Perhaps I’m just waiting till everyone has a happy ending before I even think about finding mine.

Who do you ship!! Come on over to my Twitter party tonight at 9pm EST where we will be talking about love and shippers. Join in with the hashtag #NerdySlumberParty There will be giveaways and plenty of nerd talk! Virtually see you there!! @nerdinthecity

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