TV catch-up

I didn’t watch much television when my sister lived here, because she lived in our TV room and I’m not a very nice person but I’m nicer than that.

Since she left and we moved the TV down into the main living space, I’ve been making up for lost time. I mean, as much as I can in the evenings after the children go to bed and before I fall asleep. Some nights there’s only a five minute window. Also sometimes I like to just talk to Will. Or have work to do, or don’t feel like watching anything. But anyway.

We discovered that How I Met Your Mother is finally streaming, and started over again from the beginning. A few years ago we watched the first four seasons (borrowing the DVDs from Cassie) and LOVED the show. We are just as fond of it the second go-round, and Sam adores it too. (Just wait till he finds out that Marshall made a movie with the Muppets!)

Will has been watching some hour-longs, like Shameless (Brit version) and Sons of Anarchy and a bunch of other stuff I think sounds neat but just am not up for right now.

This week, I get to watch anything I want. I watched the pilot of Greek the other day and enjoyed it (which is nice since I know the creator/showrunner – and yes, I am only just now watching my friend’s show from like 5 years ago). I will most likely keep going but I want other options as well. Of course, what I really want to watch is season 7 of Gilmore Girls (I’ve never seen it! And am unspoiled! Can you believe it?) but it isn’t available for free anywhere.

Any suggestions for me? I’d say I’m about 8 years behind overall. Please don’t suggest Veronica Mars, Glee, or True Blood. I couldn’t get into the former and HATED the latter two.

14 thoughts on “TV catch-up

  1. Nana

    January 14, 2012 at 5:58pm

    I rarely watch TV, but you got me hooked on HIMYM. I’m up to season 4 now.

  2. Katherine

    January 15, 2012 at 1:56am

    Streaming on Netflix, I think you’ve seen everything I like… have you watched Psyche? It’s very silly. Jekyll? Peep Show?

    I love Trailer Park Boys. It’s ridiculous and Canadian!

  3. Lucretia

    January 15, 2012 at 4:35am

    Shameless Brit version? Wow, is it popular over in the US? I loved it when James McAvoy was in it. Are you enjoying it?

  4. Becky

    January 15, 2012 at 9:13am

    So much great TV out there! Justified (FX). Sherlock (BBC). Downton Abbey (streaming on Netflix). Breaking Bad (AMC). And I doubt it’s available anywhere yet, but Homeland on Showtime was INSANELY GOOD. Have fun! :)

  5. Annika

    January 15, 2012 at 9:26am

    Justified! I knew we had started one other show. We absolutely loved the first three episodes, but the rest were scratched so we gave up. I’d love to keep going.

    Lucretia, I know Will loves Shameless. I don’t think it’s very well-known around here but there is an American version that either just started or is starting soon so all of the original is on Netflix streaming.

  6. Kim

    January 15, 2012 at 11:26am

    Not sure if you can get it in the States, but Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is brilliant. You’ve probably seen Arrested Development and Battlestar Galactica (I’m behind on TV too). A friend recommended Dead Like Me, but I couldn’t really get into it – not sure I gave it a chance.


    January 15, 2012 at 12:49pm

    My suggestion ? No TV. Went cold turkey after Angel ; haven’t looked back. Now I can’t stand stuff that once wd have enthralled me like House or Breaking Bad.

    As fer HIMYM the sight of NPH’s puss wrecks my digestion for a week.

    Read. Knit. Garden. Play music. TV is bad for anyone & worse for kids.

  8. Annika

    January 15, 2012 at 12:51pm

    We unplugged our antenna after Angel. I don’t have any tolerance for most TV but I love having a show to put on in the evenings when I knit.

    I disagree that TV is, in and of itself, bad for anyone. It all depends how you use it.


    January 15, 2012 at 2:04pm

    Jerry’s Mander Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television & Ellison’s Glass Teat convinced me, back in the ’70’s, that

    TV is just flat out bad for ya; the medium itself is morally, physically & mentally debiltating, regardless of the quality or content of what is on the screen. Never watched much after 1978 thogh Chris Carter & Wheedon seduced me back for a while. Took almost 30 years to junk the stuff altogeher. Sometimes I watch Russia Today onstream which has better news than anything produced in this basketcase of a country. Maybe I’ll move to St Petersburg.

    Good to look in on your blog again.

  10. Nana

    January 15, 2012 at 7:00pm

    I’ll second Psych, and Sherlock (BBC). And yes, TV is brain-deadening, which is why you didn’t get to watch it as a child. But you are grown up now and can decide.

  11. ewokmama

    January 17, 2012 at 12:37am

    Well I dunno if you are able to watch Hulu stuff on your TV but we are in love with the Brit show Misfits. The Booth at the End was fascinating, too. The Walking Dead is good fun (although has its weaknesses – but hey, it’s zombies!) and Breaking Bad is freaking amazing. Did you ever watch The Wire? That was really good (and I was shocked that I liked it – not my usual fare). Other than HIMYM, we watch The Office, 30 Rock, and (somewhat embarrassingly) Revenge.

    OH! And have you seen Game of Thrones? ‘Cause HOLY SHIT that is amazing.

  12. Lucas

    February 1, 2012 at 6:26pm

    Sherlock, Misfits, Supernatural, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Community… I hear Downton Abbey is good but I haven’t seen it yet.

  13. CosmicAvatar

    February 4, 2012 at 5:56am

    Yay HIMYM! I still love that show so much.

    My other must-sees are The Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist. I still love Supernatural, although I don’t sit there slavering for every new ep the way I used to do. I also second The Wire; not my usual thing but I decided to catch it when it started from scratch on Sky Atlantic recently, and it’s very good. And Castle! Let’s not forget that one.

  14. Cazzle

    February 5, 2012 at 12:54pm

    For what it’s worth, I have just ordered the box set of 30 Rock, and am going to try Community on the rec of a good friend. I am totally out of the the TV loop as well, the only thing I watch with any regularity is Doctor Who. (Though I did also watch Sherlock, and despite my issues with Moffatt, I did enjoy most of it.)

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