Happy Valentines Day to all you lovers out there!
And now for the real post! :)
What are your favorite TV shows? I have quite a few that I'm hooked on, much to my husband's chagrin. And I try to get him to watch them all with me, to his even greater chagrin. :) To his credit he does watch a few, and we enjoy discussing and analyzing them together. The rest though, he leaves me to my own devices.
We spent 2011 with no TV because we decided we could no longer afford cable, even the most basic option. So we canceled it and just relied on DVDs for our entertainment. We found a few things we could watch online for free, but that wasn't the best option because we don't have a laptop (nor a fancy new TV that can hook up to the internet), so we'd have to get as comfortable as we could in chairs huddled around the computer desk. Not fun for extended periods of time.
For awhile, we enjoyed getting DVDs of old TV shows from our library, like All In The Family, Father Knows Best, and The Andy Griffith Show. I even actually bought the first season of The Donna Reed Show, probably my favorite old TV show of all time.
Around this time last year, I got fed up with not being able to watch ANY programming on TV and bought an indoor antennae to hook up to our dual DVD/VCR player, which has a digital TV tuner in it. We can't get a lot of channels, but what we can get has been a sanity-saver for me. I'm sorry, but I LIKE television, and refuse to be made to feel guilty over it! We can get three PBS channels, CBS, ABC, and FOX. I'm sad that we can't get NBC because that's where all of the figure skating is shown, but I'm content with what we do have.
We love PBS. One show that we're hooked on is Downton Abbey. It's total soap opera, but it's soap opera in gorgeous Edwardian clothes and decor.
We really don't watch much of anything on CBS, except Wheel of Fortune. Yeah, we're old nerds. CBS is sort of crime-drama central, and neither of us enjoy that genre.
ABC though has a lot of our favorite shows. We LOVE Once Upon A Time, The Middle, The Neighbors, Modern Family, and Nashville. Well ok, I love Nashville. Husband is usually in bed by the time it's on.
We both enjoy Touch on Fox, as well. I liked Fringe, too, but discovered it too late to be able to watch it in real time on TV. By the time I was all caught up with the seasons on DVD, it had been canceled. :(
There are quite a few cable shows that we like as well, but have to wait for them to come out on DVD to watch which makes waiting unbearable sometimes. For me, anyway. Can you tell yet that Husband is not quite the TV enthusiast as I am?
Mad Men and Game of Thrones are two that come to mind that we devoured on DVD. Literally, like watching a whole season in one weekend.
I truly, truly, lament the loss of TCM when we canceled cable. So many of those old movies aren't available on DVD nor can they be seen anywhere online. As we were leading up to our cable cut off date in 2011, I was recording movies like a mad woman on our VCR. Yeah, we still use our VCR. No, we don't have a DVR. Wanna make something of it? :) (we don't have cell phones either, but that's another blog post)
What are some of your favorite TV shows? Or have you eschewed TV altogether?