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
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