Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What to Watch About the District

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm pretty much non-stop during the summer. My weekends are consumed with obligations like weddings and bachelorette parties and trips to the beach with friends. Combine that with country music concerts, margaritas, barbecues, and happy hours every day of the week? By the time Labor Day hits I'm exhausted and ready to slow things down with cooler weather, football, and pulling out my crock pot. Turns out a lot of my friends are the same way.

Cozy fall weather = more stay at home time.

Just because we're not out and about as much, doesn't mean that we can't continue to enjoy our beautiful city. What do I mean? Well, watching it on television, of course. Below is a round-up of the fall shows that take place in our dear city.

I got completely hooked to this show last spring.The main character is Olivia Pope, played by the extremely beautiful and talented Kerry Washington (I definitely have a girl crush on her). Pope is a former White House Communications Director that now runs her own crisis management firm that represents clients from across the spectrum-- Congressmen, administration officials, millionaires. Pope left the White House for personal reasons (aka she had an affair with the President), but is still in close contact with the administration. The plot is full of twists and surprises, and there is great character development.

Source: tv.com
NCIS has been on air since 2003. It's about the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp. The NCIS headquarters are at the Washington Navy Yard, so there are lots of local D.C. spots in the show. Additionally, the show is usually pretty accurate when it references various locations in and around the District. The show itself is kind of predictable at points and the humor is cheesy, but it's a fun show to watch because you don't have to watch it every week to follow along, and the plot line is always entertaining.

Bones is another show that's been around for a while. The premise of the show is based on two main characters who work for the FBI. One is a forensic anthropologist and one is an FBI Special Agent. The show revolves around solving Federal legal cases by examining the human remains of possible murder victims. It can get pretty gross at times, but that is offset by the pretty intense chemistry between the two main characters and lots of D.C. scenes. It's nerdy and funny all at the same time.

Source: showtime.com
I've just recently started watching this show (aka I may have watched nine episodes yesterday..I swear I have a life), and so far it's great. Good character development, excellent acting, and extremely compelling story line. The main character, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), works on anti-terrorism for the CIA and is investigating Nick Brody, a POW who was recently rescued in Iraq. Carrie believes Brody is working for the terrorists, despite the rest of the country considering him an American hero. In addition to the entire show taking place in and around the District, and constant twists and turns in the plot, there are also some pretty good sex scenes. Just sayin.

I've got to be honest-- I've not seen this show yet, but I've consistently had friends tell me that I need to watch it because it's political, dramatic, and makes constant inside jokes about D.C. culture. It's based on the office of a fictional Vice President of the United States, played by none other than Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Lie to Me

This show isn't on anymore, but it's still available on hulu, netflix, etc. and it used to be one of my favorite shows. In the show, Cal Lightman runs the The Lightman Group which accepts assignments from private individuals, and local and federal governments to assist in reaching the truth through applied psychology, interpreting micro-expressions, and body language. The acting is really good, there are always really good twists in the plot, and because the office is set right downtown, there are lots of D.C. scenes.

No cable? Already caught up on the above shows? Well, then of course the GO TO Washington, D.C. based show, which also happens to be my favorite show of all times, is the West Wing. Order seasons on netflix, buy them on Amazon, or if you're like me, just pull them out from your DVD collection. Then pour yourself a cozy glass of red wine, grab a blanket, and snuggle into your couch (either by yourself or with a hot man) for some serious television watching.

Any other D.C. based shows that are worth mentioning? Please include them in the comment section below!


  1. The West Wing is on Netflix and I will always watch it (asking for series on DVD for Christmas). There's also Political Animals on USA (with Sigourney Weaver) that premiered over the summer.

  2. Yes, Political Animals! Very addictive. And in their DC, you can pretty much pet the elephants at the National Zoo through a gate! And apparently gaze wistfully at the Washington Monument from Woodley Park.

  3. Also Covert Affairs on USA -- granted it's shot in Toronto, but there are quite a few stock DC scenes. Once they accurately got the backdrop of a car ride all the way from the Watergate past the Monument!

  4. Parks and Recreation just shot in DC and they've featured some scenes already this season! I think 24 spent a lot of time in DC, too.

    I loved Lie to Me and was very bummed when it got cancelled. I'm still an avid Bones watcher and I was a huge West Wing fan for the first few years. And there was a little-watched show back in the 90s called Jake 2.0 about a gov techie who got implanted with some sort of chip and became a human supercomputer, also set in DC. I liked it a bunch.

    Fun post! Right up my alley.