Friday, November 13, 2009

What We Watch Together

Not watching TV almost broke up my marriage.

I exaggerate. A little. But in reality, over the last couple of years we've reduced the amount of TV we're watching. That seems like a good idea in theory, right? Less "boob tube," more books. More time to get caught up on other things. But the reality is that TV is a shared activity while books and laptops are not, so that lack of connection began to take its toll.

All that we really watch during the week are Top Chef, which I watch and Terry doesn't mind following; sports, which he watches and I totally ignore; and The Apprentice (returning with a new season this Spring I guess). On the weekends we usually rented a movie, or continued re-watching The West Wing on DVD. In the last year, we've also caught up on How I Met Your Mother** on DVD.

We had recently finished watching season 5 of The West Wing and were looking to take a break from that, so it's back to an old faithful: 24.

Like most fans, we've had our ups and downs with the seasons. But there's no doubt that it's a show that invites interaction, whether it's marveling at Jack Bauer's cell phone battery, or yelling at villains that we love to hate, it definitely has us involved.

We started watching a few years ago, and did get caught up to the current season, but we decided not to go live in January. We are too old to take the intensity and too impatient to have to wait for it to be resolved the next week. By watching the discs, we are able to control our intake, and for Terry, he can binge if he likes as each disk arrives.

Can we talk a bit about 24: Season Seven (with no spoilers!)? It seems as if the cast all took "bad dramatic acting" lessons during that extra-long break between seasons six and seven that was a result of the writers' strike. Also, the "real-time" angle seems to be pushing the limits a bit -- a guy is shot and has surgery and is already in his hospital room -- in 3 hours time.

And I won't give any spoilers, but even Terry and I knew about the biggie that is over-the-top soap operish in this, the season that aired last year. We are just waiting for someone's evil twin to appear now.

But however bad it gets, I think that we'll hang in there. We might laugh or roll our eyes, but inevitably we will be caught up in the quick 24-hour resolution of the current crisis that the CTU is dealing with. And what's even better -- we'll be doing it together.

What do you and your partner enjoy watching together?


**I just noticed that amazon has a fabulous price -- less than $15 on Season 1 of How I Met Your Mother, as well as a ton of other series on sale at their Fall TV event

15 comments:

planetnomad said...

We haven't watched TV as in TV for years now. When we lived in Mauritania, some friends had all 10 seasons of "Friends" and we watched them all, straight through. It was great! Then we started on 24. I actually refuse to watch it anymore because the violence really bothers me! Has it gotten any better? (We watched seasons 2 and 3) Now I miss having TV shows on DVD to watch in the evenings together. You're right--it is somehow more interactive than reading or computer time.

Carrie said...

We enjoy watching Monk together (just finished season 3). We're probably in a Monk zone right now. We tend to watch one series at a time. We've enjoyed Friends, Fraiser, Cosby, Everybody Loves Raymond (a show I cannot take worth beans anymore!) and Mad About You. But for now - it's Monk.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Hm... TV is not really a shared activity for us -- we don't engage much. We're better off playing a boardgame together or just chatting, I guess.

That said, we've been watching The Next Iron Chef this season, and we also occasionally watch Criminal Minds or Law & Order (though, admittedly, we've been letting the episodes pile up on our DVR...the TV's been mostly off lately).

You know my 24 experience -- loved the first 3 seasons, couldn't get into the 4th...I haven't tried 5th or later yet...

(Also, can I just say, you didn't finish your last sentence in the paragraph that starts with "We started watching..." and that made me smile, because I know you so well.)

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