The other day I was thinking about the fact that I watch a lot of TV.
(Well, when I have time. My DVR is getting very full these days.)
I love TV. Always have. Probably always will. Unless it goes to 24/7 reality shows. Then I’m not going to love it so much. But, I’ll probably still watch.
(I actually watched a full 20 minutes of From G’s to Gents this morning before tearing myself away from the screen.)
Anyway, I watch a lot of shows. Not all of them are on at the same time, but they’re there. I’ll let you decide if it’s too much:
Desperate Housewives (ABC, 9pm)
I watched the series premier way back when because there was nothing else on. I knew I was going to hate it, but I turned it on anyway. And was immediately sucked in. While seasons 2 and 4 haven’t been so amazing, the show is always entertaining and I still totally love it. And I really loved the five year fast-forward this year. Thought that was cool. Even though later episodes have kind of blown it a little bit.
Brothers and Sisters (ABC, 10pm)
I frequently miss this show and don’t even record it. But when I happen to catch an episode because I’m up way too late on a Sunday night, I still enjoy it. Although if Rob Lowe leaves, I’m giving it up. I love him.
Chuck (NBC, 8pm)
It’s hilarious, and it co-stars Jayne from Firefly. Even though the writing isn’t always spectacular, I love shows about geeks, partly because I am one. It’s a fun spy show that doesn’t take itself seriously.
Heroes (NBC, 9pm)
Yeah, I’m pretty much over it. AMAZING first season. Really good second season. Third season? Kinda blows. Maybe the one good thing about the death of Pushing Daisies is that Bryan Fuller can come back and try to make this show awesome again. But I think it’s done.
One Tree Hill (CW, 9pm)
I used to call this a guilty pleasure, until they fast-forwarded four years (which is where, I’m pretty sure, Marc Cherry got the DH-fast-forward idea). Now I just love it. Although I’m getting really sick of characters ending up in car accidents and if something happens to Peyton or her unborn baby, I’m going to be really mad.
Castle (ABC, 10pm)
It’s one of my DVR shows because it’s on just way too late for me. But it’s fun and it’s about a writer that is shadowing a cop. Who hasn’t always wanted to do that?? Plus it stars Nathan Fillion.
90210 (CW, 8pm)
No way! I don’t watch that crap! It just somehow ends up getting recorded every week…Okay, okay. THIS is my guilty pleasure. The show is not good. The acting is not bad. But really, the show is not good. But I can’t stop watching. I need help. (And just a sidenote: I think it’s HILARIOUS that Luke Perry refuses to do 90210 (you know, the remake of the show that…well…launched his career, yet he starred in the made-for-tv ABC Family movie The Sandlot 3. Go fig…)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery, 9pm)
I think I’ve already expressed how much I love this show. It makes me happy.
Fringe (Fox, 9?pm)
They had me at JJ Abrams. I love him. (Another sidenote: Patrick is going to co-star in a movie that JJ is producing!!) Anyway, the show has taken some time to develop, but I’m glad I’ve stuck with it because it’s becoming really great. It’s sort of a 21st century X-Files. I don’t know yet if it has anything to do with aliens, but there’s already been enough crazy fringe science stuff to keep my brain fully occupied for years to come.
Ghosthunters (Sci Fi, 9pm)
Totally addicting. Some people get freaked out by this documentary-style show, but it’s made me less afraid of ghosts, since most of the time they are actually able to prove that those “things that go bump in the night” really do have perfectly logical explanations. Plus the investigators are really funny and are more likely to get freaked out by spiders than by seeing shadow people move toward them, unlike on other paranormal investigation-type shows.
LOST (ABC, 9pm)
I could pretty much say good bye to every other show as long as I could keep this one. I’ve been totally hooked on it since six months before it ever premiered and I’ve never missed an episode. It’s also one of only two series that I own entirely on DVD. (The other is Firefly, which was cut devastatingly short so that it fits onto 6 discs.) Lost is amazing. The writing is amazing, the acting is almost always incredible, even though the Emmy and Golden Globe folks are too dumb to recognize it. Plus it has Matthew Fox. So, what’s not to love?
My Name is Earl (NBC, 8pm)
It’s funny, but I don’t watch it as much as I used to. It’s kind of lost some of its original charm. But it’s still enjoyable when I do get around to it.
Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30pm)
It’s too soon to tell if I’m going to stick with this or not. So far, it does emit frequent bouts of chuckling, but I’m not completely sold yet. After 2 episodes, it’s not a Must Watch yet.
The Office (NBC, 9pm)
Seriously. So. Funny. If you don’t love The Office, then I do not understand you.
30 Rock (NBC, 9:30pm)
I always enjoy it when I happen to catch it. But it’s also not a Must Watch. It’s very funny, though, and I miss Alec Baldwin’s “Jack”‘s secret affair with Condeleeza Rice.
Dollhouse (Fox, 8pm)
OMG. This newest Joss Whedon show (the creator of Firefly) is AWESOME. I love it. Can’t miss it. And every episode just gets better and better. Programmable people is an interesting enough concept, but what happens when one of the “dolls” starts to become self-aware is just seriously compelling TV.
Shows Whose Returns I Eagerly Await
The Closer (TNT)–Best cop show on TV, as far as I’m concerned. Kyra Sedgwick is adorable and smart and almost always gets the bad guy. And it’s often really funny too.
Leverage (TNT)–A new show on basic cable last year that became an instant hit. It’s sort of a mix between Robin Hood and Ocean’s 11 and every episode is just really great. I will be sad if it doesn’t come back.
So, what do you all think? Do I watch WAY too much TV? Should I give something up? What? And which shows do you watch? I’d love to know!