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Favorite TV Shows

Favorite TV ShowsI’m not a big television fan. In fact, for almost two decades I watched so little TV that I couldn’t even identify the day/time of a single television show. There was a show called Early Edition that I liked back in the 90s, but that’s about it.

I never once saw Friends, Survivor, The Simpsons, or Sex in the City. And I probably missed your favorite shows, too. It just always seemed there were better things to do with my time.

In the rental house, we had terrible Utopia television service, so it wasn’t very tempting. The picture jerked and popped and would often skip segments. Satellite TV was a distant memory.

Once we got settled in the new house, we started looking at services that offered whole house DVRs. If you don’t like spending the time to watch television shows, you sure as heck don’t want to waste any time watching commercials, and zipping through the ads is a powerful feeling.

When all was said and done, and the comparisons were made, we signed up for Direct TV again. It had the best mix of features and price for our family.

Currently we have one TV in the family room, one in the master bedroom, and a third in the guest bedroom where my dad sleeps. Eventually, we’ll add one in the laundry room and another over the jetted tub. (Seriously, what a way to watch a movie!)

For better or worse, there are now three shows we like to watch. Fortunately, the television season these days is short. We set the DVR to record and most weeks have a show to watch for a little R&R. Most days I’m worn out enough that this kind of relaxation is more appealing than it used to be. So I try to assuage the couch potato guilt by telling myself that recreation is just as important as other productive stuff. In limited doses, at least.

We’re fans of the following three shows:

  • Leverage
  • Human Target
  • White Collar

Fairly similar in content, formerly bad guys now doing good deeds, helping victims make things right. Fluffy, yes. But fun with generally positive messages.

Do you watch any TV shows regularly? What are your favorites?

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  • Bryan Thompson February 23, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Alison, my wife and I watched a whole lot more television before we had kids. I was a pastor and so I was often on crazy schedules, so the only time I had time to watch television was late at night. Our glory days of no-responsibilities was IN the days of FRIENDS. In fact, even during the hectic times, we’d sit down and have FRIENDS Nights – where we’ll watch all the DVDs in a marathon setting.

    To that end, I did learn to slow down a bit, but still don’t have time to watch much TV. We do like to settle down with a movie sometimes (and I’m a film buff so it was hard for me not to watch much).

    Some of our favorite shows over the last few years – “Chuck” (though not as crazy about it now. I loved it in the beginning with the tagline, “Saving the world at 11 bucks an hour”), “Chase” (though I’m pretty sure NBC pulled the plug on it by now), and “Boston Med” (wife is a pre-nursing student so we like real-life medical stuff.)

  • Alison Moore Smith February 23, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Wow, I (barely) remember those days! When we were newlyweds (1985) we loved Moonlighting. (That made Bruce Willis a star.) And a couple of years later it was thirtysomething. It was funny that we identified so much with that show — even though we were twentysomething. 🙂 It was like the rest of the world was on delay “finding themselves” for a decade before they got down to business. 🙂

    I’ve not seen any of the three shows you mentioned. You see how out of touch I am with TV? My soon-to-be son-in-law is named Chuck, so maybe I should watch that just out of courtesy. 😉
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  • Anna February 23, 2011, 11:24 pm

    Personally, I don’t like TV shows, especially the ones called ‘reality TV shows’. They look unnnatural and fake. I prefer some talk shows where people discuss real life matters and offer some solutions.

  • HH February 24, 2011, 3:47 am

    i love to watch Oprah show…..and i am big fan…….. and i always love to wait for the next show

  • Alison Moore Smith February 24, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Anna, so true! “Reality TV” is about as far from real as it could be. Worse than a scripted show (with some time and attention given to story line), you have a whole bunch of star wannabes acting out impromptu in front of a 24/7 camera. Ack!

    What is your favorite talk show?

  • Anna February 26, 2011, 2:27 am

    Oprah shows are great but not of them.

  • Tom March 1, 2012, 12:15 am

    We don’t have TV reception, but we like watching shows on Netflix without commercials. We watched all of the old X- files episodes over the course of a year and a half. We also like The Office.

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