Previously at theTRu. I decided to create master lists of pop culture media nuggets that have grabbed and held my attention. Like a variation on the game Scattergories, I’m picking one entry for each letter of the alphabet. And just to clarify, these are not intended to be thorough reviews or examinations of each item, just a quick mention of what it’s about and what I like about it.

I started with TV and we’ve already covered A-F in part one and G-P in part two. We’ll finish up today with Q-Z.

Q is for Quick Draw McGraw. Okay, to be fair, it’s been a long time since I watched an actual Quick Draw McGraw cartoon, but this serves as a placeholder for all the “classic” cartoons of my youth brought to my tv screen by the studios of Hanna-Barbera. Whether it was Quick Draw, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Captain Caveman, Tom & Jerry, Yogi Bear, The Super Friends, or (the list goes on and on), this was when cartoons were cartoons and their humor wasn’t at the expense of respect or authority. These shows all pretty much hold up today.

R is for Randy Jackson. Yeah, Dawg. I’m sure you were all wondering how on earth I could’ve skipped over American Idol for the A spot on this list. But to be perfectly honest, the show lacks some sense of chemistry nowadays and the only thing holding it all together for me, keeping me tuned in, is Randy Jackson and his irresistible laugh. Even Ryan Seacrest, who is typically very well composed and on top of things heads off the deep end pretty regularly, but Randy, the Dawg, is the anchor of the show. Oh, yeah, there are singers, too.

S is for Sherlock. Sherlock, like many good television shows, is an import from the BBC. And, somewhat obviously, it borrows the characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective tales and reimagines them younger, and in modern day. The result: 6 installments, about 90 minutes each. It’s a fascinating character study of tone of the most fascinating characters of literature. I’ve only seen the first three so far, but I have the rest on my DVR and plan to devote some time to them soon.

T is for The Twilight Zone. One of the early mind-bending programs with unexpected twists, plot turns, and (often) a lesson of sorts. Each episode featured creepy narration, a celebrity performance, and an in-depth exploration of the human phsyche. I imagine Alfred Hitchcock Presents to be pretty similar, but The Twilight Zone is my supernatural show of choice.

U is for USA Network. Characters welcome. It probably pre-dates Monk, but it started there for me. The USA Network has managed to create lasting programs year in and year out and they’re almost all really well done. Keep in mind, these are not deep, thoughtful shows with super-complicated stary arcs or anything, but they are enjoyable, fun, and consistent. From Monk to Psych, Burn Notice to Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal to Suits, White Collar to Common Law, the list keeps growing. And it’s pretty much all good.

V is for the Voice. I’m clearly a junkie for these singing shows. I mean, it represents the combination of music and television for me, which is typically a good thing. The Voice has a lot going for it. The “blind auditions” were a nice hook for season 1, less of a deal in season 2 and the battle rounds is where it was really at. I barely made it past the battle round in season 1, but I stuck with it almost until the finale this year. Maybe, I’ll make it to the end next season, maybe not. I like the interplay of the judges, but Christina is so incredibly annoying.

W is for the Wednesday Comedy Block. Modern Family and The Middle provide a backbone to ABC’s Wednesday Night comedy block. The only thing preventing these two shows from acting in perfect tandem is that they are often separated by other shows (most recently Suburgatory). The casting and writing for both shows are both top notch and laugh-out-loud funny at least once per episode.

X is for the X Factor. Another singing competition. I tuned into this one for Simon Cowell, but I didn’t even make it as far as the top 12 or 16 or whatever they do. They all went off to separate mansions to deal with the judges and they lost me at some point there. I may try again after they reboot the judges and host again, but I kind of hope XIII takes this spot. I really want it to be good.

Y is for Young Indiana Jones. A bit of a throwback, Young Indiana Jones has all the adventure of the original movie series, but it’s a bit more family accessible. Less nightmare-inducing, perhaps. I’ve re-watched a few of these with the littles and they’re quite enjoyable.

Z is for Zorro. Of course Z is for Zorro. And by Zorro, I mean the 1957 Disney series which is now available in 2 6-Disc sets (which I got for free with Disney Movie Rewards Points). This series is a staple in our household with a wonderful mix of swordplay, slapstick, and superheroics. CLASSIC.

Did you miss part one or part two of this series? Read them now! Coming next: A to Z online.

peace… love… bdg…