TV Treasures and Why We Keep Watching:

We are technologically stalled in our house.  I don’t know how to work a TiVo nor do I care about the improvement in picture quality that is now available with digital TV.  We have a TV in our house but we do not have a digital converter box or cable.  We’ve had cable before, but it is one of the expenses that we eliminated when we had our little gal, V, and went down to one salary.  Plus, we watch enough of the boob tube without having a steady viewing stream available with the click of a button.  So we rely on DVDs and the Internet to view our favorite shows; thus we are not up to date on every currently running show.  BUT, we do spend an inordinate amount of time in front of a rather outdated TV, immersed in the lives of characters. There are times my husband M, and I have decided to put a moratorium on TV watching in our house to spend more quality time together doing other creative things and actually living our own lives, but I have to say that both of us do enjoy the time we spend cuddling on the couch with one of our few guilty pleasures.  So, as we begin our period of hibernation over the next few months as the cooler weather begins to urge us indoors to engage in cozy pursuits, I thought I’d share our fave addictions with you (since my links are often unrecognizable, click on any underlined text to get to the show’s website for more info)…

Burn Notice:

American James Bond in Miami!  The cast is just great!  For those of you who are sticklers for detail; they made some quick changes in the first season that I was happy about (cutting Madeleine’s hair, ending her hypochondria, and getting rid of Fiona’s inconsistent accent), and since then, it’s been pretty enjoyable.  I like the trajectory with Fiona and Michael’s relationship and with Michael and Madeleine’s relationship; there is forward momentum rather than stagnation.  The endless layers to his burn notice sometimes feel a little strained, but the actors are so fun to watch, that it doesn’t matter if the plot is a little redundant at times.

Castle:

We started watching this show because we LOVED Firefly (why that show was cancelled, I will never understand) and our beloved Nathan Fillion (Firefly’s Malcolm Reynolds) was going to be playing the lead role, Rick Castle.  We kept watching because it was good!  I love Stana Katic and the chemistry between her character, Kate Beckett and Castle.  This show mixes humor, family interactions, romantic tension, and mystery with light and serious, episodic and extended story lines.

Dexter: 

My mother and sister went on and on about this serial killer show for the longest time.  We finally gave it a try, just to see what all the obsessing was about and found ourselves drawn into the gripping and intense storyline.  When you find yourself actually liking (and rooting for…) a character who is a SERIAL KILLER, (even if he does wipe out bad guys) you have to question yourself a bit, though…  AND season four finale…man, I have to say, I wanted to stop watching.  I wanted to.  But I just couldn’t; I was sucked in.  So still watching!  There are times when the intensity is overwhelming, but that’s the sign of darn good writing and acting.

Supernatural:

On our refrigerator, we have a picture of the two main Supernatural characters, Sam and Dean.  My husband, M, gave it to me, joking that I’d love to look at them each day.  I have to say, the picture and the show are both enjoyable. Where else do you find the cutest brothers on a lifelong road trip fighting Supernatural entities?  The only bummer about this show is the recent detour from funny, episodic storylines and a relatively solid central plot to delve into the battle between heaven and hell for multiple seasons.  So, I get that it’s a big battle, but too many “reincarnations” have occurred, and too many subplot points regurgitated.  It’s time to wind up that story and move in a different direction.  Still, we will see it through to the end, whether that is apocalyptic or otherwise.

The Big Bang Theory:

I think this is currently my favorite show.  And it’s not because my daughter, V, dances so cutely to the Barenaked Ladies theme song either!  As a nerdy type of gal, I dig the smart factor.   The characters are hilarious.  We own several seasons and have watched them all about four times.  Any show that can take super smart and make it cool and trendy (if you doubt its influence, check out the fashion trends in all of the discount superstores) is really accomplishing something good in my book.  If only a few more such shows could displace the Kardashians, Real Housewives, and Extreme Makeover, I think a cultural shift might start occurring.  Incidentally, for Halloween, I will be dressing up as Howard Wolowitz.  My husband, M, will be (or, um, already is) Sheldon Cooper; our good friends will be accompanying us as Amy Farrah Fowler and Leonard Hofstadter.

The Office:

So sad that Steve Carell has moved on.  I’ve only seen two episodes from this season, so we’ll see how it goes.  I do love that James Spader has joined the cast; his character in Boston Legal was a hoot.  The cast is lovely as always; if they can keep the writing on target, there is some hope left for the continued existence of this beloved comedy.

The Walking Dead:

My husband, M, is freakishly obsessed with zombies.  More specifically, the idea of a zombie apocalypse.  Having viewed oodles of zombie movies from Shaun of the Dead to 28 Days Later, of course we had to watch a whole SHOW about them!  Our nearly two year old little girl (who does NOT watch this show) is slowly receiving her own education re: zombies.  She has recently learned to say “zomies” and imitates her father’s impressions of zombies walking and groaning.  I’m waiting for her to start saying “Brains…brains….”  I do enjoy The Walking Dead and appreciate the way, Andrew Lincoln, who plays the lead character, Rick Grimes, has gone from his last noted role in Love Actually, to depict a very different sort of role.  Impressive.  The show is well written, suspenseful, and the acting is great!  Worth watching even if you aren’t as entranced by all things zombie as my dear husband.

Other past and current shows I like to watch:

The advantage to watching shows on DVD, is that you can return to shows that are no longer on the air. You can also watch foreign (though the UK doesn’t REALLY seem foreign) shows as well. Below are some favorite standbys that I enjoy when I am able to rent from Blockbuster or the library (or when I just give in and buy the seasons!).

MYSTERY:

Midsomer Murders

Miss Marple—Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot—Agatha Christie

Cadfael

Hetty Wainthropp

Sherlock Holmes

 

SCI-FI/FANTASY:

Firefly

Fringe

Smallville

 

COMEDY:

How I Met Your Mother

 

What shows keep you watching and why?  Feel free to share in the comment section below!

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6 responses to “TV Treasures and Why We Keep Watching:

  • JamieAnne

    I’m freakishly obsessed with zombies too! My almost 14 year old son and I watch The Walking Dead together. Mommy-son bonding at its goriest.

    • Pamela

      This season is KILLING me….no pun intended. Way to pull on a parent’s heartstrings, right? So fun; enjoy watching with your son–I used to watch Dark Shadows with my mom and I have fond memories of those days:)

  • Kristin @ What She Said

    I’m just not loving The Office this season. I’m sticking with it for posterity, but it’s just not the same.

    We were really into Fringe when it first came out, but when it moved to Thursdays competed against both The Office and Grey’s Anatomy, it fell off our line-up. When it moved to Fridays, I was anxious to start watching again but didn’t want to come back into it having missed so much. Maybe one day we’ll get caught up on DVD.

    I’m down to five shows: Desperate Housewives, Glee, Grey’s, The Office, and Gossip Girl (my guilty pleasure), but I’ve gotten into American Horror Story on FX. I can only watch it during the daylight hours, though. It’s pretty creepy. And I just caught Once Upon a Time and loved it. If it doesn’t get canceled, I’ll probably stick with it.

    • Pamela

      We are so behind on Fringe; we liked it a lot but has fallen off our radar a bit. Wasn’t sure about the Office at first, but M and I couldn’t stop laughing at the last episode and I like Andy as boss…surprisingly. I do miss Steve Carell though. I used to enjoy Desperate Housewives, but I got too far behind when we dropped cable and as my tv watching intersects with my time with M, unlikely that I’ll be catching up on multiple seasons any time soon:) Was curious about Once Upon a Time; we’ll have to chat about that one!

  • MEL

    I couldn’t possibly BE Sheldon Cooper as the existence of two Dr. Coopers would axiomatically violate the space-time continuum!

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