Idiot Box

I watch a lot of TV, I freely admit that.  It probably takes the place of things like working out and being social.

I know that when the TiVo was first released, people said it revolutionized television, and I scoffed.  But then I got one and it really and truly does change the way I watch TV: it lets me watch more of it.

In a TiVo-less world, I wouldn't watch half the shows I watch.  If I had to pay for each show individually, I wouldn't watch most of them.  But neither of these things has come to pass, so I fetter away the hours on my couch.

Since new episodes of traditional television shows are returning to the air in the next few weeks, I thought I'd throw out my big, fat, list of Shows That I Watch.  So here we go, starting on Monday and going forward...



MONDAY

CHUCK -- 8:00, NBC

I will not bore you with details on this show, as it could be argued that this is actually a blog about Chuck in which I periodically talk about other things.

HOUSE -- 8:00, FOX

I used to love House.  I'm not so fond of it anymore.  It's kind of just there.  I really wouldn't still be watching it without TiVo, as it's on the same time as Chuck.

GOSSIP GIRL -- 9:00, CW

Sad but true.  I enjoy certain aspects of this show, mostly the wish fulfillment part.  But most of it is pretty bad.

TUESDAY

LIFE UNEXPECTED -- 9:00, CW

I really enjoyed this show when it debuted last season.  It was quaint.  That didn't last.  It is now ridiculous and horribly written.  Thankfully, it's coming to an end this month.

PARENTHOOD -- 10:00, NBC

I like about 75% of this show, while my wife likes about 100% of it.  It's got a pretty great cast, too.  If they got rid of one character, I'd enjoy this show a whole lot more.

WEDNESDAY

MODERN FAMILY -- 9:00, ABC

When this show is on, it's hilarious.  When it's off, it's boring as hell.

COUGARTOWN -- 9:30, ABC

This is the second funniest comedy on television right now and, sadly, gets very little press for it.

THURSDAY

COMMUNITY -- 8:00, NBC

This is the funniest comedy on television right now and, thankfully, it's getting a lot of press for it.  Maybe that will actually result in more viewers.

BONES -- 8:00, FOX

Not unlike House, this show has become white noise to me.  It's like muzak.

FRINGE -- 9:00, FOX

Soon to be appearing on Friday nights, Fringe is one of the few shows (like Chuck, Cougartown, and Community) that I would pay to watch if it weren't on TV.  It's also a show that gets better as its mythology expands, but it doesn't seem like it will be around long enough to get much bigger.

FRIDAY

SUPERNATURAL -- 9:00, CW

This would be the fifth and final network show that I'd be willing to pay for.  I had my reservations at the beginning of the season, but the show has won me back over.

SUNDAY

FAMILY GUY -- 9:00, FOX

Still good for a laugh here and there.

MAD MEN/THE WALKING DEAD -- 10:00, AMC

Great shows, both of them, and not surprisingly on cable and not on network television.

ENTOURAGE/TRUE BLOOD -- HBO

Combined because they're both on HBO and because I doubt I'd really go out of my way to watch either of them, although I might be more interested in Entourage next season since it's coming to an end.

So that's it, more or less.  I'll watch a few other things here and there, but nothing regularly like these.

I do find it interesting that, as far as network shows are concerned, the line is drawn at five shows comprising only 4 hours of television, which isn't that much, if you think about it.  Even on the off chance that both AMC shows were ever on at the same time, that would only get me up to six hours, a not unhealthy amount of television watching.

That's as opposed to the, you know, roughly 12 hours that make up the whole list (dividing the AMC and HBO shows in half).

Yikes.