Mamacita says: I never realized how many things I hadn’t done yet until I started this semi-regular series. Here are yet more things I haven’t done yet.
1.I haven’t watched a single episode of “Gilmore Girls.” It just never caught my interest. Still doesn’t. All the hoopla about bringing it back, reunion, etc? Don’t care.
2. Ditto “Friends.” Not interested.
3. Ditto again “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Wait, I did watch two episodes of this because my sisters loved it, so I gave it a try. Two episodes. I’ve never heard such whining in my life, counting all those years in the church nursery.
4. I’ve never gotten hooked on any kind of reality show, and by “hooked” what I really mean is “remotely interested.”
5. I’ve never been able to see the appeal of any show that features stupid people, or glorifies or makes in any way acceptable people being ignorant on purpose.9.
6. I have never been able to tolerate people like Honey Boo Boo or any of her family. I include that show with the long-beard-for-profit guys who make duck calls even though most of them are college graduates and belong to country clubs but pretend to be rednecks, again for profit. Can’t watch it. Nope. Don’t even care enough to try. Horrible people.
7. Shows with laugh tracks are like that one uncle who always laughs at his own jokes because nobody else is.
8. Any show, for adults or children, that condescends. ESPECIALLY a children’s show that condescends. Absolutely not acceptable.
9. I have not watched a TV show regularly for probably thirty years, although I do watch a few things online or on DVD seasons. The last couple of TV shows I liked got cancelled, so I am probably the kiss of death for a TV shows actually on TV weekly. “Downton Abbey” has only one more season, so you see, THAT’S what happens when I announce in public that I am in love with a show.
10. I haven’t watched a show actually on TV once a week since MASH went off the air. There, I’ve outed myself as an old person. Or didn’t you know. . . . young people aren’t usually this curmudgeonly.
To be fair, my schedules have seldom allowed me the luxury of tuning in to anything on a regular basis, and I just got out of the habit. My friends have recommended several shows to me that sound really good, but again, I’m out of the habit. From the sound of some of these shows, I need to get back into the habit, but so far, I’m still not ready. My younger days were full of TV watching, so somewhere deep inside, I probably want to, but just can’t yet.
I also kind of like to say things like “Oh, I don’t watch TV” when people are raving about a show, especially if it’s something like the above-mentioned tripe. (MASH and Downton are not the tripe, by the way.) Except to someone, they are, just as those other things are beloved to them but are worthless tripe to me. And since I do watch segments online, well, that’s TV, isn’t it.
Lots of kinds of cereal on the shelves. . . . lots of kinds of shows on the air. Which is as it should be, but why are the ones I love always the ones that get discontinued or cancelled? Surely I’m not that quirky.
I tried watching Gilmore Girls and found it insipid and boring. It tried for cutesy and funny, but it didn’t impress me. I liked Friends and sometimes Raymond, in small doses. I HATE “reality” TV and never bother with it. I watch Downton Abbey and Call The Midwife, which I like even better than DA. I’m like you and rarely turn on the TV; I would rather read.