On TV Shows…

As much as I would love to share a delicious dish with you today, I just can’t.  My camera memory card is messed up and I’m hoping a good friend of mine can help me retrieve some of the photos off of it so it can be reformatted and I’m back in picture taking business.  Perfectionist me refuses to blog a recipe with my iPhone.  I just can’t do it.

So today, I’m blogging about something that we can all relate to and requires no photography…TV.

Here are a few shows I’ve been watching lately and my thoughts on each.

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1. Mad Men
I just finished the fourth season of Mad Men.  I watched all four seasons in one month.  When I start watching a show I really like, I watch it during every moment possible, like when I’m getting ready or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep (this happens at least once a week).  I wonder how long I’m going to have to wait until season five comes out on Netflix.

Here are my thoughts on some the main characters and how they’ve shifted through the seasons…

Don — I never really liked Don except those brief moments when he seemed like a decent person visiting the real Don’s widow in California.  There was a brief moment that I thought he was transitioning to a decent person when he split with Betty and seemed to be in despair, but no.  I”m pretty ambivalent about his new fiancee. He might actually be the least interesting person on this show despite being the main character.

Betty — I used to really like Betty and I felt sorry for her.  I was actually rooting for her to cheat on Don after seeing how many trists he had.  But now I think she’s just a mean mommy with deep psychological issues and is going to scar poor Sally for life.

Peggy — By far, Peggy is my very favorite character. I love everything about her and I find her story line to be the most interesting.  I honestly wouldn’t care if the whole agency went down in flames if Peggy came out on top. She’s the only really smart female on the show and the only one who hasn’t conformed to the 1960′s expectation of what a woman should be.  I’m team Peggy all the way.

Joan — I really liked Joan at first.  She was one of my favorite characters.  But she’s mean to Peggy sometimes, which explains why my feelings about her go hot and cold sometimes.

Pete — I actually have always liked Pete, even when he was kind of being a bit of a jerk in the first season.  I felt like there was some redeeming quality in there and he was just having a hard time figuring out who he was supposed to be.  I’m not sure if I want him to eventually to get together with Peggy, but I guess I would allow it.

Everyone else (including Roger) kind of bores me, except Sally. And her character just started developing so it’s difficult to determine how she’s going to turn out (especially with her disconnected and mean mommy).

**Please don’t put any spoilers for Season 5 or 6 in my comments.**

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2. How I Met Your Mother
I was several years late to this party, but I’m here now. Barney is my favorite character, although sometimes his “wait for it…” commentary makes me want to punch him in the face. My second favorite is probably Robin.  Obviously they should be together.

Lilly and Marshall are sometimes a little over the top for me sometimes.  Like the writers are trying too hard to make them quirky so they just come off as lame. And as an ex-elementary school teacher, sometimes I think Lilly is one of the worst teachers I’ve seen in a long time based on some of the things they’ve shown on the show.  Obviously I’m taking this too seriously, but teachers don’t get enough respect as it is without a TV character portraying a teacher talking on her cell phone all the time while she’s supposed to be teaching small children. Just so we’re clear, that’s not real life, folks.

This show is obviously this decade’s version of Friends.  It’s one of those shows I can keep on in the background or watch intently, even if I’ve already seen the episode.  It’s comfortable like an old sweatshirt.

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3. Downton Abbey
Tied for my favorite show right now is Downton Abbey.  I can’t get enough. Hands down, my favorite character is the Dowager Countess. Her witty elitist one liners make me giggle.  As much as I enjoy the show, it’s not a comedy so the only time I ever really laugh is when she offers commentary. One of the things I think this show has going for it is that they’re are so many story lines. If you don’t like one, don’t worry, they’ll move on to another in five minutes.  It’s kind of like a high brow soap opera and I love it. :)

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4. Buck Wild
I hate this show, but it’s kind of like Honey Boo Boo.  It’s a train wreck and I can’t look away. Actually, I couldn’t look away for two episodes.  Just long enough to realize that this show could be about some of the people from my hometown (not all of them, mind you, but some of them). And that’s all I have to say about that.

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5. Catfish
This show is mildly addicting because it shows a whole world that I really didn’t know existed.  I know that people meet strangers online, but I guess I didn’t know that there are people out there that have five year relationships with people on the internet that they’ve never even met.  It’s uncanny and shocking and interesting.

However, I’ve only seen one actual show that ended well.  If you haven’t watched it, I recommend watching the documentary first (you can rent it on iTunes) and then tuning into MTV at pretty much any time of the day.  It seems like it’s always on.

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6. Big Bang Theory
I saved the best for last. This is my other current favorite show.  It’s so funny.  I laugh out loud during almost every episode.  And now I catch conversations between Brad and I that could occur on the show, and I don’t mean the ones that happen with Penny.  Like the other night when we couldn’t decide between two 9″ pizzas for $9 a piece, or one 18″ pizza for $18.95.  I pulled out the calculator on my phone and did a little pie r square (the area of a circle) to find out that the 18″ pizza was the best deal.  I don’t know if I ever convey it properly here, but Brad and I are definitely nerdier than most people.  And we embrace it.

Sheldon, is hands down my favorite character.  May he never lose any of his neurotic tendencies or the show just wouldn’t be worth watching.

What are you watching right now and what else should I be watching? 

18 Responses to On TV Shows…

  1. I love the Big Bang Theory! My other favorite show is Two Broke Girls. I literally laugh through the entire show.

  2. Lee

    The only one of those that I’ve seen is Catfish. I think it’s extremely interesting. The actual documentary is on MTV sometimes too. Which one ended well? The one where it turned out that the person was transgender?

    • You can watch the documentary on Netflix too. Yes, the transgendered one ended well and since then I’ve actually seen another one that ended well. They’re few and far between.

  3. Your opinions of the Mad Men characters are kind of the opposite of mine! I hate Pete, I think he’s totally arrogant and obnoxious! Maybe you’re not far enough into it to see some of the crap he’s pulled!
    I love How I Met Your Mother too. Agreed on it being this decade’s Friends.
    I’m fascinated by Catfish too. If you haven’t seen it already, try to find the SNL skit with Adam Levine as Nieve. So funny :)
    I haven’t gotten on the Downton Abbey bandwagon yet. I know everyone says it’s great, but from an outside point of view it looks like it would put me to sleep…
    If you haven’t seen it, Breaking Bad is probably my favorite show. Greg and I just caught up to where they left off (middle of season 5) and can’t wait to see how it ends when it comes back on in July. I just think Breaking Bad is an awesome show because it really makes you think about deep stuff like right and wrong (conventional vs. perceived), and the show constantly surprises me and actually makes me laugh a lot. Plus I just love Jesse Pinkman :)

    • Yeah, Pete hasn’t really pulled anything unless I’m completely blanking on something through season four, but someone told me a lot of the characters really change as the seasons go along. I absolutely love historical fiction so that’s partially why I love Downton Abbey. I love learning about the historical context of everything, but history has always been one of my favorite subjects.

      I have seen two episodes of Breaking Bad and it just wasn’t my thing. I can’t watch episode after episode of really dark shows. As a movie, I think things like that are fascinating because they’re over after two hours, but really dark shows just make me feel gloomy.

  4. What channel does Downtown Abby come on? I would love to check it out! Oh — and what night. :)

    I love Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yes, I just said that outloud. ;)

    • It’s on PBS which is 15 for me and it comes on Sunday at 9 pm. You can watch the first season on Netflix and buy the second season on iTunes or Amazon instant streaming (it’s free for Prime members). I highly recommend catching up before diving into it. You’ll get the show regardless but you’ll miss out on the little nuances that make this season great because it’s building on so many other juicy details. :)

      And I watch the Real Housewives of Everything. Except Atlanta.

  5. Emily S

    We like a lot of the same shows. Mad Men is one of my top 2 favorite shows (Dexter, the other). I am OBSESSED. Like you, we watched four seasons over the course of a couple months and then watched season 5 in real time. I don’t echo your feelings about Don – as despicable as his actions are, I find myself constantly rooting for him. And I despise Pete. ;) If you’re about to start season 5 – man, are you in for a TREAT. Season 5 was just OUTSTANDING from beginning to end.

    • I am SO glad you said that because someone told me season 5 isn’t very good and I was so incredibly sad. I wonder how I can get my hands on season 5. I never seem to catch it on AMC.

  6. Mad Men is great! Right now my husband and I are watching Community, Girls (auuuugh LOVE), and Downton Abbey. We just got caught up with Breaking Bad, The League, and Modern Family. And then I watch Grey’s Anatomy on my own. There are so many great shows that have come out the last few years. I want to start Parenthood, Sons of Anarchy, and rewatch Felicity, but there’s just not enough time.

    • Oh my gosh. I watched the almost the whole season of Girls in one night and the only reason I didn’t finish is because Amazon streaming messed up so I was forced to go to bed and try again in the morning. My husband loves Breaking Bad but it’s just too dark for me to watch over and over. Felicity was one of the best shows ever. :)

  7. Elizabeth Dickinson

    I absolutely love Mad Men. I am kind of ambivalent about most all of the characters, but I think that they are all interesting–and I 100% agree with you about Betty. I think that my favorite part of the show is the fashion. I love how feminine the women’s clothing is, and I LOVE that everyone wears hats and gloves.

    But the show that I am watching at every possible moment right now is 30 Rock. I think that Tina Fey (writer AND lead actor) is a genius, and the characters are ahMAZing. Especially Alec Baldwin’s character Jack. I laugh out loud at least once every episode. Just don’t know how they come up with the stuff they come up with!

    • Yes, the fashion is great! I went to a Mad Men premier party once (before I even watched the show) and it was fun to dress up. I have a lot of things in my closet that would have been appropriate back then. :) You know, I used to watch 30 Rock a long time ago and kind of fell out of the habit of watching it. Tina is so funny and I loved her book.

  8. I am faithful to 3 shows: Castle, Scandal, and Grey’s Anatomy. I also tivoed The Americans (it premiered last week) but haven’t watched it yet.

  9. Love Downton Abbey!
    Also love Once Upon a Time (and honey boo boo)! then old favorites like Grey’s anatomy

    • I couldn’t ever get into Once Upon a Time and Honey Boo is such a train wreck. If it’s ever on, I can’t look away. I seriously need to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy. I’m at least 2-3 episodes behind.

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