Confession #1 : I'm not a big fan of traditional TV. I love film, helped start a film festival called Damah, and enjoy short-format content on my iPhone (Rhett and Link anyone? ... the Spanner Commercial slays me every time). But TV and I have never become great friends.
I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe it is because it's so easy to get sucked into the depths of my couch while content from dozens of channels seeps into my soul.
On an average evening I'll enjoy dinner with the family and a walk with my bride until about 7:30. Then I might browse my iPhone for half an hour (news, FB, email). I try to hang with our daughters over a game of some kind. The last hour before bedtime (10:00 p.m. is my goal on week nights) might be spent on mail, reading, and some serious dental hygiene.
This past week Shirin was overseas and I had the bedroom all to myself. For 22 years of our 23 year marriage, we never had a television in our bedroom. AT&T U Verse won out when they made us an offer we couldn't refuse. That deal brought the TV into the bedroom and not just the family room.
Shirin might watch news, the Oprah Winfrey Network, or TLC programming before going to bed. She has to fly solo here because, again, TV and I just ain't the best of friends.
So last Thursday night I decided to turn the TV on around 9:45 to see if per chance I was missing out on some great TV secret. While surfing for the next 90 minutes, this is some of the content I sampled.
Summary: I think I got my fix for another 3 to 4 months when I imagine I'll be tempted to stop in TV-land to see what content is being offered to the hungry masses.
Confession #2: Through friends, I have discovered there are some well-told episodic, television dramas that are worth the time. In the last six months we have actually watched a few series as a family. Downton Abby, Sherlock, and John Adams have been fun, safe (for the most part), and occasionally redemptive.
Confession #3: I did get snared into Walking Dead for the first 2 1/2 seasons. During the three-month, mid-season break, I got hooked on Downton Abby and never looked back.
Confession #4: I'm open to your suggestions for good programs.