I don’t do television. I can’t tell you the last time I sat down and watched a complete TV show on a television set, although the other night I did sit through 45 minutes of American Idol just so I could see how J-Lo (that’s Jennifer Lopez) and Steven Tyler (lead singer for Aerosmith) were going to do as judges (before that I hadn’t watched Idol in three years). In case you’re interested, J-Lo surprised the heck out of me with her style and her compassion. AND she made some really good, constructive remarks. Steven Tyler – just plain gross. The only things he added to the show were stupid remarks, loud screams for no reason at all, and totally inappropriate remarks to several very young female contestants.
I used to like Criminal Minds, and yes, the show is weird in a truly creepy way. Then it got too truly creepy, and I stopped watching. I stopped reading Stephen King for the same reason.
I joined Netflix a while ago, and now I watch old TV series and old movies in all their magnificent glory on DVD on my laptop (another bonus on that is I can sit out on the sunporch in front of the fire). I’ve just finished the first season of ER, and I’m signed up for all 952 seasons. Gosh, they don’t make TV like that anymore, and George Clooney was just as beautiful back then as he is today. Sigh.
So now I’m going back and watching the shows that survived for years, but that I never watched because I didn’t get interested in them when they first came on. After they’d been airing a couple of years, I’d hear all these great reviews, they’d win 52 Emmys, and I’d think, “Why don’t I watch that”? So I’d tune in, but have no clue what was going on. With Netflix, I can just order up the whole series from Episode One, and now I’m finding out what all the hoopla was about. With no commercials. And if I want to watch half a season in one night – I can!
Take LOST. Now that show is a real doozie. Just finished the first season of that one too, and can’t wait to continue with Season Two. And Everwood! Did I ever even know that show was on TV? It is totally awesome – a wholesome, sweet, lessons-to-be-learned in every episode family show. Season One is behind me, and I can’t believe there are only two more seasons to go – guess it was too wholesome for TV these days. AND I just finished watching the Pillars of the Earth series that I heard was on a couple of summers ago and missed. Oh my gosh, it follows almost step by step that fantastic book of the same name by Ken Follett. I recommend it highly!
But maybe I’m missing something here. Maybe there are series I need to be watching that are airing right now. So I’m asking . . . what do you watch at night that you consider “must see TV” every single week. Tell me your favorite show – drama, comedy, late night, etc. – and why you like it. I promise to check it out! And if we get a really good discussion going in “comments”, maybe we’ll all discover a gem of a show we need to watch!
But right now – I think I’ll start on the first season on 24. I heard each season covers just one day in the life of this Jack somebody. Sounds interesting . . .
Oh – for some truly stunning photos of Mackinac Island during the winter, check out this week’s update at: http://bree1972.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/mackinac-island-off-season-update-volume-xii-1242011/