From now until mid-June, I’m counting down my ten favorite SF/F TV shows – ranking them from least to most. Least favorite doesn’t mean it’s bad though. If it’s on my list, it means I liked it enough to watch beyond the pilot. My thoughts on each are included and, for once, these are SPOILER FREE posts.

9. Shannara [demons/elves/druids]: A guilty pleasure type of show. Kinda reminded me of my brief but furious flirtation with Reign. Based on Terry Brooks’ books, which I haven’t read (it’s possible I read The Sword of Shannara a million years ago but, if so, I don’t remember it). In any case, this is an MTV show, which seemed like an odd pairing, but it worked well enough to be entertaining. I watched it with my kids. My youngest liked it, although I fast forwarded through some scenes. Lol. For tween girls, I gotta say that I’d recommend Supergirl over Shannara. Supergirl didn’t hold my attention as much as Shannara did (although Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant was great; I miss Ally McBeal!) but my youngest is a devoted Kara Zor-El fan.

How about you? Did you watch Season 1 of Shannara? What did you think? Have you read the books? Are you a Supergirl fan?


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Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.


  1. I liked this show too and Alanon…YUM. The husband and I watched it together. He knew I was watching only for the hunky Druid (LOL) but I did get into it and loved the ending. I haven’t read the books either but I’m intrigued enough now that I want to. I thought the MTV pairing was weird too but I do hope they bring it back for another season.

  2. I saw the first two episodes of Shannara, liked it OK. I was giggling most of the way through, because as a 30-something I though the MTV-ness of the whole thing was hilarious – lots of cute, pretty people trying to impress cute pretty people of the opposite sex. My poor husband though, he loved these books when he was a kid, so he spend the whole episode saying “that’s not how it was in the book”.

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