Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tee Vee

It is 7:57 pm. I have been alone all day long. I have not once turned on the tv or any musical device.

I painted trim for countless hours, I baked brownies, I cleaned, I worked, all in blessed, mind-numbing silence. Does this strike you as strange?

Might my condition be diagnosable on the DSM-IV?

Hear me - I'm not one of those anti-tv people. I'm just not a girl who enjoys background noise. In fact, I am very nearly illiterate when music is playing. I appreciate the time and effort that goes into producing a playlist on one's blog, but half the time it startles me when it cues up and I end up typing "swooooobt!@%$" instead of "swoony", or something equally egregious. Just to be safe, I always keep my speaker-thingy turned all the way down. And it's not that I don't enjoy your music - I love your music! Youn's could teach me a thing or two about cool music. Some of you have. I just cannot make sense of words on a page when any form of a tune is involved. Back in college, the cool people would take their Discmans to the library to study, while I sad idly by, in conspicuous, uncool silence.

I am well aware that I am outside the norm here.

I wish it weren't so.

But I didn't come here to talk about my right brain/left brain dilemma du jour.

I've got bigger fish to fry. I've got burdens to cast asunder.

While you now know that I am not really not a tv person, what you do not know is that I am most definitely a show girl.

Wait, that didn't come out right...

Take 2.

Although I do not enjoy television broadcasting as a broad, generalized entity, I am profoundly drawn to and transfixed by a small handful of shows.

And tonight, I'm ready to dish.
Friday Night Lights, baby.
I am dying, Dying! for this season to premier on regular tv. FYI, once it does, I'll be booked solid for the next 10 or 12 Friday nights. I could wax poetic all night long about FNL. But I'll save that for another day.
30 Rock
Jack makes the show. Liz comes in a veryclose second.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette
Don't judge. It's a great show for people watching.
(Marty - Meet Reid. Best Bachelor ever. Strong nerdy/quirky streak. Enough said.)
Dateline Mystery
My heart skips a beat when I hear the theme song. I hung on every word of the Amanda Knox case and trial. I had bad dreams the night the verdict came in. I believe she is innocent.

Honorable Mention:
Various PBS documentaries via Frontline and Independent Lens. Of particular note:
I was wholly and thoroughly engrossed for 5 nights straight. I was spellbound -emotionally invested. I cried. I considered purchasing the dvd series.
Frontier House
For reasons I cannot fully articulate, I loved this show. Blame my Amish proximities. It harkened me back to Walnut Grove. It was so tragic when they finally re-entered normal society and some of them went right back to their self-serving ways...

So lay it on me, what are your favorite non-cable tv shows?