Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's a Showdown

Well folks, here it is. I am coming out with a certain addiction that I have, and that is....
watching shows.
NOT to be mistaken for television. I hate the TV. I hate watching anything on cable unless it's the news or Ellen. If we had DVR, then that would be another thing! These shows are via Netflix or the ABC and PBS apps on my iPad.

If I could get paid for the amount of tube watching that I do, then I'd make a very respectable income. Too bad, so sad! Here's my run down for the following shows that I have had the privilege of watching in the past year (predominantly during nap times and after the little one is in bed). They are in no particular order.

 This was, and still is, a hit. When people ask me why I like watching what seems like "an old lady show," I can only tell them..."Just try more than just the first episode and you will be hooked." True? Mark hasn't seen this but he knows alllll about it. I cried and cried in the latest episode and sent Mark a text saying that I love him to which he didn't reply, but came to my rescue at home and spent lunchtime with me. Presh. That's all I will say about that. 

 Glee is a bust. I kinda-sorta liked the first season, and parts of the second, but I canNOT get through this third season. You know that feeling when you start watching something you just have to finish it, even if you don't enjoy it? That's what I'm going through with Glee. I end up fast-forwarding half of each episode, whether for too much teenage sexuality (= 40% of the show...), for over-the-top cheese that I'm just not in the mood for, OR for badly done songs. I still really like a bunch of the songs, but I'm always skipping some too. . I would never allow my teenagers to watch it. I'll probably drop this show altogether.

Some of you will really judge me for seeing this show! I can't believe I watched it. It sure taught me a lot about the business of illegal drugs, money laundering, extermination techniques, what big campers are really used for, and that you can't judge a book by its cover! Isn't the knowledge valuable? I still need to watch the current (last) season. I will when it comes on Netflix. Mark and I found ourselves staying up really late watching more and more episodes because some end really terribly. But somehow I couldn't stop watching! It's by far the craziest show that I've ever seen. There are parts in the show that must must must be skipped. It's no wonder that I'd have nightmares after some of those episodes. If you have a strong stomach and love thrilling, dangerous shows, this is for you. I would never allow my teenagers to watch this one either. 
Ahh, Modern Family. I love this show. I have only gotten to the beginning episodes of season 2. Cam and Mitchell are the only same-sex couple that Mark has ever been able to stand. Mark especially loves my (wannabe)impressions of Gloria. This is a "couple's favorite" for us.

Nashville. I started watching this show because of Connie Britton. I just loved her on Friday Night Lights and so I figured I would try this show out. I like it. I don't love it, but I watch it every Thursday in the background while I'm doing dishes or folding laundry. It's not one that you have to pay super close attention to know what is going on. Hayden Panettiere drives me a little bonkers but she's decent. I love their costar "Scarlett." Her voice is amazing and I would rather listen to her sing every song but I have a feeling that's what is coming in the future....we'll see. 

O.M.G....I've heard that this show is amazing for years and years and years and didn't get the courage to start it (NINE SEASONS, PEOPLE), until last night with Mark. We are hooked. We watched three episodes last night and sacrificed an hour of precious precious sleep for it. It's that good. I like it because it has just enough drama without being over-bearing, and I love Ellen Pompeo who plays Meredith Grey. I love the egos and the politics involved in medicine. I'm excited to watch more tonight. 

Oh, the Bachelor. Another one of those "I watch it because why wouldn't I?" and not "I watch it because I love it more than life". Those statements are terrible examples...but do you get my drift? I guess I watch it because of the same reason everyone watches it: it's entertaining. The drama, the dates, the music...part of me throws up, the other part of me gets really into it. Plus, I like Sean. He's cute!

I haven't seen Parenthood in awhile, and I may have blogged about it before. It's one that I took to right when Noah was born and would sleep all day long. I really like this show and the real life problems each family goes through. It's entertaining, more realistic-ishhh, with family drama. It's good. I'm excited to see the next season when it's on Netflix.

I have this love-hate relationship with Arrested Development. It's one of those shows that I watch when I can't find anything else to watch. It's funny, it really is, but each episode has like 100 one-liners and that can get old after awhile. It's so ridiculous, not realistic at all, but I LOL every now and then...this is also a show that Mark is willing to watch with me. 

As far as shows that Mark is completely AGAINST watching with me, this is one of them. I had a major Gossip Girl marathon a few months ago and that's all I would watch. It's a good one! Again, I'd never let my teenagers watch this (seriously, them drinking cocktails at a bar when they're supposedly freshmen in high school? joke!). It took me to another world for an hour a day and I loved every season. 

I may have seen even more than these but I can't think of them at the moment. I'm enjoying having just one kid right now, because once I have two, it will be impossible to watch shows like I do now!
What shows do you like and why??


  1. You crack me up!! I was scared to watch Downton on Sunday because my lovely mother who can't keep a secret to save her life called me "warn" me that it was a tear-jerker, but kept refusing to tell me what happened, but in the process did tell me. So sad. And I felt horrible for thinking I would of picked Edith to kill off. Yeah, bad.

    We finally started LOST. Morgan is addicted. Even blowing off studying to watch it. I'm re-hooked, too. Love that show. We are going to need some new shows once the baby is born. My entire family is obsessed with Modern Family so maybe that one...we'll see.

    And I loved Grey's for years, but sadly got behind and then gave up after I got married. Maybe I should re-kindle the flame with it. Okay, I'm going to stop writing a novel comment now.

  2. haha! oh my gosh, I'd be a millionaire!!! my fav netflix series: downton abbey, parks and rec (could seriously watch it ALL DAY forEVER), the office, 30 rock, scrubs...I also watched grey's until the end of last season and never finished it and haven't watched any of these new ones.../sigh. I also LOVE modern family but haven't watched it on netflix, just hulu. and oh, arrested development is so great. haha.'s patetico how much tv i've watched the last 2 years (online/on the wii).

  3. Oh my gosh! Thanks for posting this, it makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one who is a show watcher. I LOVE Downton (so much so that I illegally watched all of the 3rd season already) and Grey's. I gave up on glee mid-season 2. We loved Modern Family, but we fell behind and haven't caught up since. Tyler loved breaking bad, I watched some, but I agree parts were really hard to watch. My shows that I watch are:

    Private Practice (it just ended, and it a TON of drama, unrealistically so, but I was an avid watcher)

    Switched at Birth (teeny bopperish but not so much teenage sexuality and what not)

    Smash (this is what took place of glee for me, LOVE this show)

    Once Upon A Time (the writers of Lost created this, honestly its so good, the way the incorporate all the fairytales)

    Those are the ones I watch every week. Tyler and I watch Criminal Minds and The Big Bang Theory together. And when I was nursing all the time when Kaiewa was little I watched Army Wives and Desperate Housewives.

  4. heads up on grey's anatomy....LOVE LOVE LOVE it but there are some episodes in the middle seasons that are really dry and drag on and you just wanna skip but can't. but keep going because it always picks back up! your list makes me want to start a new show. haha!