I don’t watch much television. Well, actually, my relationship with TV is complicated.
When I wake up, I don’t turn on the TV. I’m usually running late (either legitimately or in my head) so I grab what breakfast I can and head out the door. At work, there isn’t a TV, nor would watching it be rewarded. When I get home, I’m usually tired/stressed from the day at work, and want to wind down. This would be prime TV time for me, but I usually head to my computer for a few minutes (because, you know, it’s not like I’ve been mindlessly staring at one all day doing legal briefs or anything) and then I kick back with an issue of Guitar Player, Esquire, or a good book (I’m currently reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, and I highly recommend it).
So here we are, late in the evening, and I haven’t even thought about TV. I decide to click it on, but I know nothing will be on. What do I do? I check through the DVR recordings, go straight to the “Family Guy” category, and select one of the episodes I’ve seen a billion times already (with this show, I could watch it over and over and not get tired, but it’s not fresh). Occasionally I remember to watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or The Colbert Report, but generally speaking, I just don’t remember to watch certain shows.
The magic of TV on DVD might be saving me from my normal, boring routine. I’ve purchased the first three seasons of The Office, borrowed the first two seasons of Weeds, and enjoyed watching some selected episodes from the second season of House during my New Year’s trip to Louisville. Not since the days of classic Nicktoons, SNICK, and TGIF have I thought that TV was worth watching, but…maybe, just maybe, the talkin’ picture-box has been, through this DVD voodoo, redeemed somewhat.
I know that too much TV watching is a bad thing, but it’s also possible that, when you’re dying for some sort of entertainment or distraction, too little TV is not so good, either. Compared to spending money going out to dinner or a movie a few nights a week, watching the much cheaper TV at home seems like a good way to both be entertained and save money.
What about you? What TV shows do you watch regularly, or with at least some degree of regularity? Help a blogger out.
NOTE: The author wishes to state that, due to having an I.Q. above that of a lemming, he wishes not to be subjected to serious suggestions of The Hills, Gossip Girl, and those of that ilk. Comment away.