October 26, 2011

Television, the drug I can't quit. (Nor do I want to.)

It all started at an early age. Don't get me wrong, I had plenty of meaningful play time as a kid, but a good portion was spent in front of the boob tube. With All-That, Rugrats, Salute Your Shorts, Kenan and Kel, Doug, Hey Arnold!, and so many more, the long-term relationship began. It would be a full time relationship if I didn't try and have a life sometimes. Or go to college. Or be a productive member of society. But it just is so great. We have truly entered the golden age of television, at least for my generation.

Here's a list of current shows I have come to love, and sometimes I feel as though these fictional people are a part of my life.                 (**Sobbing Ensues**)
                                                           Ugly Betty (ABC, 2006-2010)
If you know me extremely well, you know how much I love this show. Great writing. Great Character development. I know I don't wear poncho's in public (EVER), but I really made a connection to the heroine Betty (America Ferrera), as she delves into the world of fashion as an intern for the Boss' son Daniel (Eric Mabius), and adventure and comedy ensue. I was sad to see this show end, but it was a hilarious and touching journey for Betty, and for me. Every show 
had a lesson to learn, and really had a lot of heart. 

In Plain Sight (USA Network, 2008-Present) 
I have John to blame for getting me addicted to this show. It is the story of tough girl Mary Shannon (Mary McCormak), a U.S. Marshall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her life of taking care of her witnesses, and her crazy family, complete with alcoholic mother, and druggie sister. Sounds a little more intense than it really is. The first three seasons have been better than the fourth, but with the show being axed with only 8 episodes for season 5, I have high hopes that it will end with a bang. I really enjoy this show because through everything, Mary is teaching and learning how to cope with her family issues, and issues and drama her witnesses bring. Great show.

                                                 Psych (USA Network, 2006-Present)
This is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. The story follows son of a cop Shawn, who has been taught by his dad to be super observant, like seeing things others don't notice. Along with his side kick Gus, aka Burton Guster, aka Gus T. T. Showbiz, (the list goes on), they help solve crimes with the Santa Barbara Police Department. Jessica and I started watching the first few seasons on Netflix, and I am an official Psych-O.  Through the clever writing, physical humor, and random movie references, the dynamic duo has been bringing laughs for 6 seasons, and I can't wait to finally be caught up with the episodes. They are truly classic. Wonderful show.

Glee (Fox 2009-Present)
With my choir nerd background this is the one of the only ways I can channel the geek within. I love the the hilarious writing, and the great music they make on nearly every episode. The cast is filled with actors and actresses I may not be able to take seriously in other roles, but I'm going to enjoy Glee while it lasts. In it's third season, the McKinley High New Directions are hoping to take nationals this year. They are also performing on of my "Top 5" musicals, West Side Story, so we'll see what drama ensues.  I'm no Rachel Berry, more like a white Mercedes who likes to "Park and Bark". Gleeks all the way!

Chuck, (NBC 2007-Present)

Another great comedy. Regular Joe Chuck Bartowski is trapped in his boring life working at an electronics store "The Buy More" in California. But when he is emailed from an old college friend, his life is turned upside down. That email contains a program that puts a computer in his mind that the CSI and NSA can use to catch criminals from various sectors. Sarah and Casey are his handler's, who pretty much do all the butt-kicking while Chuck watches, and or runs scared. But Chuck has evolved, and has always been a nerd haven, and I can't wait for the next season to start tonight.  Zachary Levi is a favorite and one to watch.

New Girl (2011-?!)
This is such a funny show. Maybe I love it because 500 Days of Summer was so great. Maybe because Zooey Deschanel is that girl we all want to be. I think it's super funny, and I hope it goes far. My favorite moment so far is in the third episode, when all four are doing the chicken dance, to Groovy Kinda Love from Phil Collins. Jessica and I have done it quietly at the dinner table multiple times, with Debby becoming oober confused. Easily the hardest I've laughed, (that day.) The only problem we're facing is the world series. Seriously!? Bring back my shows on FOX. Also, why did they switch the black guy? I loved coach. 
    Bring him back please.  

So all in all, you now know I have no life. All I do is watch T.V....and eat. But it's kinda great, but sad, living vicariously through characters on fictional shows. But someday I'll probably find something better. But for now this will do splendidly. So watch what you will, but I'm the one holding the remote, ..........when no one is home.

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