Saturday, November 9, 2013

5 Awesome TV Shows You Probably Forgot About

With shows like The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory dominating current TV ratings, it's easy to forget about some pretty awesome shows from the past.

Friends, Seinfeld and C.S.I. will probably forever have prominent spots on syndicated television, but other shows aren't that fortunate. Some shows, for whatever reason, aren't shown in syndication as often. If you don't stumble upon them on Netflix or at some random department store, you may forget they ever existed.

Here are five awesome shows you may have forgotten about:

5. Father Dowling Mysteries (1987-1991)

I recently found the Father Dowling DVDs at BJ's for $9.99 a piece. I bought the first two seasons and hunted down the third season at Barnes & Noble (for a hefty price of $40!). I remember watching this show when I was a kid in the early '90s.

I'm a fan of murder-mysteries, whether it's Murder, She Wrote, C.S.I. or the more contemporary Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr. Father Dowling was one of my favorites though. The idea of a crime-solving priest and nun? What's not to like?

At first the concept seems a little far-fetched. After all, how many homicides does the typical Catholic priest or nun encounter? Factor in that it's Chicago and that Father Dowling is an armchair sleuth, however, and it makes sense.