Isn’t Netflix Instant amazing?
It gives Zoe a constant supply of all her favorite shows and introduces her to new ones.
It lets me travel down memory lane, revisiting shows I loved ten years ago (looking at you, Sports Night).
It offers an impressive array of BBC dramas based on classic novels, as well as enough episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to last me and Mike for months (possibly years) to come.
And it made it possible for me to fall in love with Drop Dead Diva.
I had always wondered about this show–I’d seen an episode or two in hotel rooms or other places with cable–and after I finished reliving the glory days of Aaron Sorkin (seriously, Sports Night is a joy), I needed another one to watch without Mike. (Every happily married couple has some separate interests, right?)
Enter Drop Dead Diva. It’s a fascinating mash-up of Ally McBeal and Touched by an Angel. Lawyer Jane and model Deb die at the same moment, and Deb gets sent back to earth into Jane’s body. She has Deb’s memories and personality but Jane’s intelligence and lawyer skills (which is totally how this would work, I think). She also has her guardian angel Fred and Deb’s BFF Stacy, model / actress and “secret genius”. Oh yeah, and Deb’s perfect boyfriend Grayson just started working at Jane’s firm, but Jane can’t tell him she’s Deb because The Universe Forbids It.
If you’re rolling your eyes, I don’t blame you. This show is silly. Very silly. It is a Lifetime original series, for heaven’s sake (pun absolutely intended). What can I say? The show definitely does not take itself too seriously, but it takes the emotions and struggles of its characters seriously. And I can’t help taking them seriously, too.
Plus, sometimes Paula Abdul is a guest star. And yes, there is singing and dancing. Also: Margaret Cho as Jane’s sassy assistant. Come on, people. What further incentive do you need?
What’s your guilty TV-viewing pleasure?