November 13, 2013
Anyone who knows me, knows one of my first friends in life was a short, boxy, little fellow called TV. Yes, I watched copious amounts of TV growing up, and I do not regret it one bit. I have learned many useful things from my old pal. You would be surprised what you can pick up watching an I Love Lucy marathon. For instance, I can say "the check is good" in Spanish, thanks to Ricky Ricardo.
Sitcoms are my favorite thing to watch on TV. I'm no stranger to a Nick at Nite marathon, now. I remember Comedy Central ran a marathon of The Kids in the Hall (those Canadian boys are side-splittingly funny!) when I was in high school. I stayed up all night (don't worry, it was the weekend!) to watch and laugh! Recently, I heard from my big sis about something the kids call "binge watching." When she explained the term to me, I was like, "Hey! I have been doing that for years! That's nothing new!"
With all the technology out there, "binge watching" has never been easier. Gone are the days when you had to wait for your favorite show to be run in massive blocks on an actual TV station (although, that was part of the thrill of it!). This is still done of course, but with instant streaming and DVDs, the wait is over. As a matter of fact, I just "binge watched" How I Met Your Mother on Netflix so I could catch up to the current and final season airing on CBS on Monday nights. I flew through that sucker in less than two weeks (I have a life, I swear)!
If there is a show I really love and know, I will want to watch it time after time. I usually will buy the DVD set, but you don't necessarily have to do this when there's a little thing called the public library! MCPL has a ton (okay, we haven't actually weighed them) of DVDs to get you on your way to "binge watching" expert status. Say there's a show you missed because you weren't alive when it originally aired (like Get Smart - "Excuse me, your shoe is ringing") but you've seen a few reruns on TV and want more. Or, maybe, there's a show your sister has been telling you to watch for years and you couldn't get past all the risqué humor (yeah, this is a personal experience: my sister and How I Met Your Mother), but then you decided to be mature and now you can't get enough of it!
Being as I am an expert in this particular field (self-professed, anyway, ha!), might I make some suggestions for you to start with? Okay, here you go! These are among my favorites:
- Gilmore Girls (also, if you love Lauren Graham as much as I do, check out her new book Someday, Someday, Maybe)
- Ballykissangel (a co-worker got me hooked on this one)
- I Love Lucy (uh, that's a no-brainer, best show EVER!!!)
- Growing Pains (probably my favorite sitcom as a kid)
- The Bob Newhart Show (c'mon, that dry humor is sooooooo hilarious!)
Okay, I must stop myself now or this list will stretch across the world at least once!
Thanks for always being there, friend. I love you!