I Love Television....




I suddenly realised the other day that I hadn't really watched television for some time....
not any good television anyway, the kind where you cannot wait for the next episode.
  
Like most parents, evenings are spent in a round of homework, baths, discussions & keeping up with the events of the school day.

And, of course, when you have less time, you tend to be more particular about what you spend that time on.

I gave up watching soap operas years ago & I realised the other day that whilst we have more & more channels and therefore endless programmes to watch....I do prefer watching really good quality television - and sometimes, there just seems to be nothing worthwhile on.

It did get me thinking however about how great really good television can be & that actually there is something about getting totally caught up in it that I absolutely love.

"Homeland" was probably the most recent TV programme that I felt like that about....
I was a huge "24" fan & both shows had me glued to the television, at times watching through my fingertips, sitting on the edge of my seat, talking about it to friends - and desperate for the following week's episode.

Such is the power of a great show full of characters that you can empathise with, even if you can't always identify with them. 
Jack Bauer in "24" was one such character....I loved every season of that show.
Even when he bent the rules, he was the hero that you rooted & felt for.


There is something about watching a TV series, any series sometimes....
something about watching in your own living room that connects you with it differently to going to the cinema.
Maybe it's the fact that the characters come into your home & you are able to almost develop a relationship with them, in your own mind anyway.

Most women could name you their favourite "Sex And The City" character
within seconds - as well as telling you which character they are most like.
(My answer to both questions would be Charlotte!)



The same, probably, with "Friends", we all instantly know who our favourite is (Ross)
 Virtually impossible not to love & enjoy, "Friends" is a great example of the power of TV.
Who can't name a whole list of "favourite" episodes....it's a feel-good show that is always funny.
I've probably laughed, cried & can recite lines more from that show that any other show in my TV history.

I do think as well that certain TV shows connect you with particular times in your life, much like a song or a book does....they also connect you with people, you can bond over them.

Something I've got into over the last couple of years has been the TV boxset.
The number of evenings that I've stayed up way too late watching "just one more episode....".
It's a great, albeit it very intense, way of catching up on seasons that you've missed - my current favourites are "Private Practice" & "Grey's Anatomy".
I watched so much of both of those a couple of weeks ago, that by the time I'd finished, I had almost convinced myself that I was a doctor - or at least I could be one!!

  
 A good TV show can comfort & inspire, distract & stir your emotions like nothing else....
the saddest & most emotional moment in "ER" wasn't when George Clooney left the show, it was when Dr Mark Greene died....
in Hawaii, listening to "Over the Rainbow" on the headphones his daughter had placed on his head.
The whole episode was brilliantly directed, incredibly moving & I sobbed inconsolably.

There is something unifying about watching TV....
whether it's the Olympics, a Royal Wedding or the final episode of "Downton Abbey".
Television connects people & when it's good TV, there's really nothing quite as powerful.

Ross & Rachel...."I got off the plane"....this still brings tears to my eyes!!

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12 comments:

  1. I watch very little, Downton Abbey being my current fave; love Revenge as well. PS I am a Charlotte also.

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artists Series

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  2. I think I'm a little bit Carrie, a little bit Miranda. What a mixture!

    I love that we love all the same shows. I miss Homeland so much. Please come back, Brody!

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  3. Good evening,

    I am not really a television fan, simply because there is not too much quality TV. That said, I love Downton Abbey!

    I agree with you, more and more channels and more an more junk on the screen. Why(aside from money) are all of these reality shows clogging up the screen.

    Have a great week, Elizabeth

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  4. It's so much fun when a series comes along that really pulls you in like that. I was a huge '24' fan as well, and now of course Homeland! Alias was another I loved back in the day. Friends, Sex & the City, Grey's...yes yes yes. Downton Abbey is keeping me fulfilled these days (since I just finished Homeland Season), and I'll eagerly await that next show that touches me.

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  5. "Something unifying about watching TV" I love that, it's so true! We have several box sets we've bought or borrowed rather than watching much TV, and in facthave just finished the first series of Homeland (already ordered the second). And yes, I can now relate to what people mean when they talk about it, and yes, I want to talk to people about it--all very unifying!

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  6. I don't watch alot of television these days but have been watching Downton Abbey which I've become fascinated with. I too weaned myself off of soap operas many years ago. I tend to watch the food channel and the home and garden channel when I do turn the television on. I am a definite Charlotte myself. xxoo

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  7. I love Friends!
    I have seen them sooo many times and I can still watch them again and again! Actually, it is my motivation to survive these days (before exam -- lots of learning and funny breaks with Friends:)

    Grey´s is also great, I ordered some DVD as a treat for my successfully passed exam in surgery.

    And in spite of not being such a huge fan of Carrie and company, I guess having seen more episodes of it would change that.

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  8. Too funny...I just wrote a post about my television obsessions today too! http://whinewithfriends.blogspot.com/2013/01/dr-danny-castellano-or-how-i-learned-to.html

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  9. Oh girl ~ you had me at I love tv as you know I am a junkie. Private Practice series finale was last week and I am pleased with how they ended things ~ cannot wait for you to get to see it ~ what season are you watching now?? Mark Greene was my fav character on ER and I cried when it was over.... Friends ~ my fav was Chandler and one of my fav episodes was Ross in the leather pants ~ snort beverages through your nose funny! Some of my must see shows now are Scandal ~ if you see it on you must watch it! The Following just started last week and it had be riveted from the start ~ I am getting ready to watch last night's episode now. What a fun post. xo

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  10. Oh ~ I forgot about Revenge ~ another good one ~ I watched the entire first season over a long weekend. xo

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  11. The only TV I look forward to is Sunday at 8 PM & 9PM DOWNTON ABBY.
    I am and have been hooked. I'll check out Homeland. Thanks for the heads up.

    Yvonne

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  12. You got me at Damian Lewis Simone..I just finished of Season 2 of Homelands and am in a flurry of anticipation for next season. Our kids love Friends...we have the entire collection and never tire of them. I miss British TV in a big way...it is only DVD's for us in Vietnam. I recently watched Season 3 of Downton Abbey...but I do not have the Christmas special...DESPAIR! I guess you could say I like TV too...especially Damian Lewis. :) xx

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