Monday, November 22, 2010

What I Watch on The Tube

For many years I really only watched one thing on television: NBC's Thursday night line-up. When I looked it up, I realized that this dates back to the early 80's with Cosby and Family Ties. But for me, it consistently started back in 1995 with good ol' Friends, Seinfeld, and ER. Over the years, the shows changed and included several gems such as Mad About You, Frasier, Will and Grace, Scrubs, and My Name is Earl. Eventually it has landed on The Office and 30 Rock, which have also ranked toward the top on the hysterical rating.

However, for the first time in 15 years, I'm kind of bored with the Thursday night line-up. I still laugh, but not to the degree that I used to.

So thanks to the genius that is DVR (and the fact that we are home with kids in bed by 8 every night), we've branched out to some other shows. Here's what we've been watching:

1) Glee. Watching the initial previews I never would've guessed it, but I love this show. Hilarious characters and one liners, ever-prevalent Ohio references, and the music is SO fun to watch.

2) The Middle. The wife from Raymond and the janitor from Scrubs? What better combination to make a parody on family life in the midwest? I laugh out loud at every episode.

3) Modern Family. I'm laughing just thinking about what to write! Mitchell - you're the reason we now refer to athletic events as "sports games." And Phil. Oh, Phil. I think I laugh so hard because you're the only person I know who's a bigger dork than I am. Classic.

4) The Office. Although I think it's past it's prime, we still watch it. The cast is brilliant.

5) 30 Rock. Until a few weeks ago, I still thought this was the best comedy on television. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are the best combination. It's just a unique comedy.

6) The Event. We just started watching this one this fall because Brian was so upset about Heroes being cancelled. Heroes lost me after the first season because I couldn't keep track of who was really alive, actually dead, who knew who had which powers, what year it was and who had time traveled to get there. But Brian stuck it out until the end. The Event is reminding me very much of Heroes. They've got two more weeks before I'm lost.

7) Oprah. I don't even come close to keeping up with her during this final season, but I DVR it and watch probably a couple of episodes per month. I keep thinking that I'll get this long glorious vacation and be able to catch up. (ha!) But I just love Oprah. She's genuine, generous, smart, concerned, funny, and interesting. This is going to sound corny, but I've learned a lot from watching her show here and there over the years. I really can't fathom that she won't be on at 4:00 next year. I remember that my cousin saw her live and said that she cried when Oprah walked into the room, just realizing how much she has done for so many people. I would do the same thing, I know I would. I would bawl my eyes out. (don't judge me!)

Not that I need to add to the list, but what are your shows?


Anonymous said...

We love DVR too. Here are my favs:

Grey's Anatomy. I love Meredith and Derek. And I miss Izzy.
Parenthood - portrayal of the Asperger son is spot-on.
Castle - improbable situation but great characters.
Dancing with the Stars. I love watching the improvement each week.
NFL does not count.

See you on Thanksgiving..We can watch any of these that you want.Sue

Pam said...

Right now we love "Walking Dead" on AMC. We DVR Shameless, Man Versus Wild and Destination Truth. I love Nurse Jackie, The Tudors, Sparticus, The Office and Nancy Grace. And Craig likes all the ghost stuff.
Blimey - what a mix! I don't watch telly that much to be honest - I read and mess about on my computer more. Craig's the telly nut.

Anonymous said...


LAW & Order I love that show, even the re runs. Baseball, Baseball, & baseball. The NFL, OSU football, Some basketball, but I fine basketball boring and I watch any other sports that on TV.


Jen said...

My current favs. are: The Office, Chuck (a spy comedy), Castle (mystery and murder), Outsourced (this is great to watch with Katie's boyfriend who is from India. We get the inside scoop on how "real" it is), Psych (son of a cop claims to have psychic powers and helps solve crimes...turns out he is just really observant) and Blue Blood (Donnie Wahlberg is in it!). Apparently, I have a thing for cops/spies...who knew?!