Let's begin with a question. Which among these takes your fancy: fire-breathing dragons, yellow-eyed demons or telepathic fairies? How about a cannibalistic psychiatrist? Or a socially inept physicist and his geeky friends?
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Social media is the first choice of expression for fans. The How I Met Your Mother India page on Facebook has 21,000 fans and still attracts regular posts even though the sitcom has ended. A Game of Thrones fan forum on India-forums.com has a 150 page-long thread where fans passionately debate episodes and characters, while YouTube often throws up parodies and spoofs of popular shows in their Indian avatars.
Another online store, Bombay Trooper, which also makes T-shirts featuring categories like movies, gaming and music, draws one-third of its income from designs that reference TV. Their designs are minimal, like an illustration from the show with an interesting or funny caption. Jugal Mistry, the site's founder and CEO, says that do their best to avoid long dialogues. "Because if you are walking past me and it takes me more than two seconds to read what's on your T-shirt, I will have to chase you and that would be a really creepy thing to do, no?"
Top 10 from #BrunchTVSHOWPOLL
1. Sherlock (16%): A British crime drama that portrays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective Sherlock Holmes in a modern avatar. Follow the adventures of the eccentric master of deduction as he battles the world of crime and his arch enemy Moriarty in present-day UK.
2. The Big Bang Theory (14%): A sitcom about a group of geeks and an aspiring actor, who discover science, life and love in their apartment.
3. Game of Thrones (11%): This fantasy show takes us to the fictional continent of Westeros, where the war for power, money and control is waged by seven kingdoms. It's the real world draped in medieval costumes, swords, dragons, ice zombies, digital armies, teenage queens and a whole lot of sex and violence.
4. Suits (8%): A legal drama set in New York, involving Harvey Specter, an ace lawyer at an ace firm who hires boy genius Mike Ross despite his lack of a law degree. Indians love hot adalat dramas, hot clothes and hot people. Suits has the right mix of all three.
5. Breaking Bad (7%): A drama about a dying chemistry teacher who, to secure his family's future, starts to cook high-quality crystal meth using his Nobel-worthy skills in chemistry. Eventually, everybody gets involved in the meth mess, one way or another.
6. How I Met Your Mother (7%): This sitcom follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan, where the events lead up to Ted meeting the mother of his children. It has captured the imagination of a whole generation and is considered as legen-wait-for-it-dary as F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
7. Two and a Half Men (6%): A rich, single, lubricious jingle-writer, Charlie, lives the Californian dream with his wimpy chiropractor brother, Alan, and his couch-potato son, Jake. On Charlie's death, Walden (Ashton Kutcher), a dot-com billionaire takes over his house and his brother, and dulls the show in the new seasons. We wish Charlie would rise up from his grave and redeem it.
8. House of Cards (5%): A political drama about a fictional US senator Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). Ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, power and doing bad things for the greater good - who wouldn't love that?
9. Homeland (4%): A political thriller, featuring a CIA officer with a bipolar disorder and a war hero-turned-double agent, who is a threat to US security. Love, betrayal, suspicion, confusion in the time of terrorism.
10. Supernatural (4%): Two very attractive brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings, building up a complex story involving travels to hell and back. There's classic rock music and a car involved too.
(List compiled by Indra Shekhar Singh)
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From HT Brunch, July 20
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