I have a confession to make. This may shock you. We own a TV.
I know it’s borderline dirty to do so, but we do. And we use it.
A lot of my friends are highly intellectual and don’t own a TV. I picture them forever and always doing posh things, like playing violin, tatting lace, drinking tea and reading.
Probably while they listen to NPR and their butlers bring them crumpets and scones.
Okay, a step too far… I know. But, sometimes I feel like owning or watching a television is the new fast food of time usage.
It’s not like I’m a crack head feeding my kids nothing but McDonald’s hamburgers served on BPA riddled plastic plates.
It’s just that I DO watch the occasional episode of Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy and New Girl.
I’m (mostly sure) that no one thinks less of me for my TV ownership and usership, but in my head it makes me lazy and I’m setting my kids up for utter academic failure.
But then again, my head isn’t always a very nice place for me to be.
For a while I imagined us as TV free family, only ever doing puzzles and making origami in out organic cotton clothing… but the truth is that we get by with a little help from our tv friends.
I can’t quit on my stories mid-stream, I can’t break up with Meredith Gray and Mary Margaret Blanchard. They need me! And what in heavens would the Braverman family do without my supporton the other end of the screen? They’d fall apart, that’s what.
And the truth is that even though there is a lot of crap on Television these days… there’s some great stuff too.
Also since I need further justification for myself, there’s the following:
- I watch an average of an hour or less a day, on average. Mostly. Overall our family falls well below the national average in TV viewing.
- my children only watch educationally based shows for an hour or so in the early morning
- I watch TV while folding laundry or making Rag Rugs for my Etsy store, so it’s just multi-tasking and productive.
- We don’t have cable so we can’t channel surf. We just catch up on specifically selected shows on Netflix or Hulu.
So, now that I feel better about my TV habit, let’s talk fall line-up and what I’m excited about.
Also, I gave up the Bachelor / Bachelorette. So, my soul is safe, right?
We can consider this a sort of, What I’m into, Fall TV lineup edition.
Grey’s Anatomy: (Drama, NBC, Thursdays, Premieres September 26 with a 2 part series… because OF COURSE.) Kel and I were were late starters with Grey’s and we spent the fall of 2009 catching up on it after our first EVER episode being the one where where George gets hit by a bus. We were hooked and went a little overboard. But now? I think the drama of the characters is getting a little ridiculous and over the top. Creator Shonda Rhimes has stated that even though main characters may start to leave, the show will continue indefinitely, like ER… which i eventually walked away from as well. If there’s one show on this list I’m considering giving up it’s this one… but not just yet.
New Girl: (Comedy, FOX, Tuesdays, Premieres Sept 17) I’m very new to this show which is just entering it’s third season. My dear friend Becky told me to watch it so many times that she finally just came over and made me watch it. And I’m so glad she did. It’s a smart comedy that sets off my funny bone with small chortles and actual LOLs. Also, I adore Nick Miller and I want to move our family into a cool loft with urinals.
Downton Abbey: (Period Drama, BBC, Viewed Online, Premiering Late September in the UK and Jan 5 in the US.) No spoilers here, I’ll try to be vague. What happened… is still hard for me to acknowledge and even though I’ve read very intelligent articles on why it needed to happen. I’m still pissed off.
Dr Who: (BBC, Viewed Online, Premiering Nov 23 in the UK… and rewatched often on our TV screen) I have no idea how to properly describe to you my love for Dr Who. I was reluctant to start it, it looked hokey and … weird. But after massive prompting from my husband and some other positive tweets I committed to the first season, by the end of it I was hooked, mourning Christopher Eccleston and falling in love with David Tennant. If there is one show on this list that I love above all else, it’s this one. I love it enough to buy a piece of TARDIS Art and a Sonic Screwdriver flashlight. I love it from deep and unexplainable places but it’s not just SciFi, it’s beauty from the depths of human emotion… and outer space.
(BONUS) LEANNE’S WHOVIAN PROFILE
– Favorite Dr, Matt Smith… it’s the chin… and the hair… and the… something.
five four episodes.
1) Vincent and the Dr
2) Lady in the Fireplace
3) Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
4) Anything with River Song in it. If she doesn’t come back anymore.. I’ll be… more than really sad.
Sherlock: (BBC Still without season 3 premiere date) This show is smart and sexy with a dry and understated humor that should satisfy anyone. It’s one of those shows that you really have to pay attention to, because it’s the details Watson. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most talented small screen actors I’ve seen in a long time and I simply need more of him.
Once Upon a Time: (ABC, Sundays, Premiere Sept 29) This show hooks me (no pun intended) and then loses me over and over again. Some story lines and engaging and some are worthy of an eye roll. That being said there are too many lose ends hanging out there to walk away now. Plus, I have this show to thank for my pixie cut so, that’s true love.
Parenthood: (NBC, Thursdays, Premiere Date Sept 26) This show has me hooked by the heartstrings, potentially more than any other. If you have kids.. or have family.. or have a heart at all.. you should be watching this show. What I want to know is will the Adam Braverman family ever get a break? And will Sarah please get back together with Mark already?
UPDATE AFTER REALIZING I FORGOT 2 IMPORTANT SHOWS
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursdays, Premiering Sept 26) This is my favorite comedy of all time because it’s smart and nerdy, just like me. Also, I’ve played the corresponding trivia game and it’s equally weird and fun.
So these are my shows, the ones I love (mostly appropriately)
What are you watching, excited about? Should I drop one of my stories and pick up one of yours?