I blame American Airlines.
I found How I Met Your Mother on their inflight entertainment "Eye on America." I enjoyed the episodes I watched when I took my Disney blogging boondoggle trip last April, then I really enjoyed the episodes I saw on my more altruistic trip to the Dominican Republic in November ("Slapsgiving," anyone?).
So, when my mom and I were early Christmas shopping so that the kids could enjoy the gifts now while she was here, I saw Seasons 1 - 3 of HIMYM at a low low Costco price, and I told my mother that I would love that as a present. So, now I've been gorging (after only four days, I'm almost through Season 1), and the more I watch, the closer I am to figuring out why I love it so much.
It's not only a clever team comedy, like Seinfeld which I already own every season of, but with a heart. It grabs my heart. I makes me feel an odd sense of nostalgia. Odd because me -- married at 22 -- never experienced that fun and fancy carefree single life hanging out with my buds in a bar like Ted, Robin, Barney, Marshall and Lilly do. But I am married. I did find my guy, and that's what this show is all about: "a love story in reverse."
And we did have some good times in our early twenties as well with Doug and Danielle, Alex and Alicia and college friends John and Shelley and Robin and Bill (who are, like the HIMYM cast, still around twenty years later).
And college--college was fun and worthy of nostalgia -- hanging out in the dorm with the girls, often waiting for guys to show up (see Bill, above), meeting in the TV lounge at 9pm each Tuesday to watch thirtysomething. Yes, thirtysomething -- for some reason my 19-year-old self was drawn into the thirtysomething lives of Hope, Michael, Melissa, Nancy, Elliot and Gary. Ironically now that I am thirtysomething and might appreciate it more, it's not even available on DVD. There's some grassroots campaign, but apparently there are copywright disputes, so I'll have to wait a while to see if real life would make me warm and fuzzy or just depressed.
People think that I'm some sort of intellectual book snob, but see the truth is that I do love TV, and TV on DVD is my very favorite -- I can watch them over and over again, but most importantly I can watch them on my own time.
One of amazon's big Cyber Monday sales is on TV DVD sets -- it's huge, so this weekend I used some amazon gift certificates and bought some for myself to add to my collection: The West Wing - The Complete First Season and House season 3. Gilmore Girls tempted me, but since I'm about to finish the seventh and final season, which I've been Netflixing, I decided not to buy it. But seriously, if you like TV on DVD, or are looking for some Christmas gifts, many TV shows -- current and classic -- you can't beat the prices -- between $15 and $20 for a whole season. That's less than a dollar an episode! How I Met Your Mother - Season 1 is less than $18. So, if you love it, suit up. It's awesome.
Most of these are Cyber Monday sales (good through today, December 2), but they are teasing new deals each day on TV/DVD sets through December 16.
Edited Wednesday to add that the DVD sets are still on sale, and that I am going to submit watching TV on DVD as what Works for Me this Wednesday. Seriously, if it weren't for my sports-watching husband and Disney-obsessed children, I might just cancel the DirectTV and stick with my DVDs. Go on over to Rocks in My Dryer to see what else people are posting about. I'll bet you can find some more gift-giving ideas and holiday survival techniques, including Shannon's two great soup recipes (I think we'll be having Ham and Potato soon. Amanda will LOVE it).