July 8th, 2011, 9:19 am

Topsy TV: What's on Your List?

This is a new feature I am contemplating writing regularly to the site. It's pretty simple: what are your top 5 TV shows?

For us comic book writers, watching TV is actually a good thing. Many scripted TV shows, like comics, have a continuity which builds on itself episode after episode. As such, comic book writers can learn a lot watching the storytelling choices screenwriters make week to week and season to season.

Plus, I thought it would just be a fun thing to do.

I'm just about all caught up on last week's show, and while I haven't seen any of the episodes from this week with my work schedule, here are my Top 5 TV Shows . . .

1. Teen Wolf. This MTV show has grown leaps and bounds over the last couple of episodes. The romance and intrigue is working hand and hand now. Plus, the few glimpses of the Alpha we've seen look like something out of "American Werewolf in London".

2. Falling Skies. I would be at all surprised if this show takes the top spot if Teen Wolf ever loses its bite. The show was good from the start, and one episode after my review, the focus seemed to have broadened on characters beyond Mason and Weaver. For their part, Weaver seems more human and less bombastic, and Mason seems more optimistic than idealistic.

3. Covert Affairs. The CIA series' sophomore season is quickly becoming the pinch-hitter of the list, delivering solid episodes week after week. Watching field operative Annie Walker (Piper Pearbo) learn the ropes of Langley while balancing her personal relationship with her family is simultaneously thrilling and touching. With the head of the CIA (Peter Gallagher) under investigation, some big shake-up's are sure to be on the horizon when the blood hits the water in Washington.

4. Burn Notice. I really expected this to be my favorite USA show, if not my top show altogether. After everything that happened last season and after the stellar prequel "The Fall of Sam Axe", Michael is finally back in the CIA. And that's basically all that's happened in the last two episodes, aside from Michael asking Fiona if she wants to move in with him. While the personal drama is compelling, the lack of a major over-arcing plot so far has me worried this may end up like Supernatural's sputtering Season 5.

5. Bleach. I always watch the anime on Adult Swim, and while some episodes are better than others, I have to say this last arc has been pretty satisfying. The last few episodes have been a prequel, depicting how main baddie Aizen betrayed several of his Soul Reaper (think samurai Grim Reapers) comrades and used them as guinea pigs. In particular, I like that Aizen wasn't shown to Palpatine his way into power: he is shown as being too smart as opposed to everyone else around him being too dumb to catch on. So far, this prequel has actually better than the main arc - which is pretty surprising.

Shows Which Almost Made It Onto the Top 5: Royal Pains, White Collar, Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes.

Now its your turn. What's on your Top 5? Feel free to post in the comment section. If you post from Reddit or one of the social network sites, we'll be sure to post your comments for you with your user name or initials so you don't have to sign up here!

Here's Ben D's List (in no particular order)

1. Suits
2. Falling Skies
3. White Collar.
4. Burn Notice.
5. Leverage

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