Everything bad is good for you?

TV Shows I love

Life on Mars
I’ll admit that I’ve never been drawn to 70s British police dramas. Then again, I don’t know that I’ve ever actually seen a full episode of any of them. But Life on Mars is just fantastic. This and Doctor Who have renewed my faith in BBC drama.

Prison Break
When I’m about to head off to bed after a hard day’s TV watching, I tend to go for one last flick through the channels. I remember crying whenever I’d stumble across CSI at midnight because it meant I was stuck for another hour without any way of wrenching myself away from the telly. Televisual crack. I was addicted.

I get the same thing with Prison Break, the TV show with the most idiotic setup I’ve ever seen. It makes me think of that episode of the X-Files where Mulder discovers the TV networks are putting subliminal messages between the frames of TV shows. I don’t know why else I can’t pull myself away from these breathtakingly stupid shows.

Actually, I don’t love Lost any more. I watched the entire first season over the course of a weekend and was completely hooked but since then, I think I mostly watch it out of some hope that they’ll finally start dishing out some answers. So far, they haven’t. And now there’s talk of dragging this into four seasons, with a feature film finale. I think it’s time I cut myself free.

Anything involving people being chastised for being bad parents/children/pet-owners
Yes, they might be lowest-common-denominator TV, but these shows have saved my life on more than one occasion. However, this does not extend to anything presented by Gillian McKeith. She is the devil. A bitter, hump-backed devil

Grand Designs
This has been mentioned before, but I still can’t get enough of it. I love everything about it, from the creepy Harry Potter-esque theme music to Kevin McCloud’s shameless baiting of the absolute cocks he’s showcasing. I wish it had its own channel.

The IT Crowd
Apparently, this isn’t being as well received as I would have expected, which is a shame because I think it’s one of the best-written, best-acted comedies on TV today (or at least since Black Books went shit). The fact that it’s about a bunch of socially inept geeks – thus mirroring my own existence – only makes me love it more.

TV Shows I just can’t get into

Battlestar Galactica
I’ve tried and I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but I just can’t get into this show. I think this means I have to hand in my nerd badge or something.

Veronica Mars
It’s nice to have a female-led teen-oriented drama show that doesn’t involve someone being a superhero or a total fucking flake. But I just couldn’t care less about this show.

I used to love this show, but I’ve come to realise this was mostly down to my hetero boner for Noah Wyle. Now, not even John Leguizamo can save it.


6 thoughts on “Everything bad is good for you?

  1. Joanne says:

    Did you see ‘You are what you eat’ last week? There was a fat vicar and Gillian shouted at this sweet little old lady for baking him a cake. “YOU’RE KILLING HIM AND YOU’RE KILLING YOUR COMMUNITY WITH THESE CAKES!”.

    I’d love to force feed that bitch a cheeseburger. She said she’d divorce her husband if he ever ate read meat. Looper!

  2. Pjup. says:

    Totally hating Gillian McKeith too – hence my “if you are what you eat, Gillian McKeith is a sour oul’ cunt” remark. (plug http://www.thesalivatinglabrador.com)

    Never got into Lost – but I am totally hooked on Law & Order SVU – I bought the 1st series for christmas and it had 7 discs. – still not through it.

    I’ve been watching MasterChef religiously for about 2 weeks now – and the 2 guys who judge it are total legends – completly honest with some of the shit they have to eat – it’s class.

    Not watching a whole lot of TV other than that – totally hating, HATING, desperate housewives though.

  3. Del says:

    I heartily agree with your petition that Grand Designs should have a channel of its own. Kevin is just brilliant and I love looking at the houses and dreaming of millionairedom.

    I’ve only seen a few episodes of The Long Way Round and every time I see it it touches me profoundly. Not in the way that I’d like the new Lara Croft to touch me (thanks for sharing Steve!), but it still makes me really happy and inspired to see such simplicity and adventure rolled into one. I want to buy the DVD, the book, the t-shirt, the bikes, the beard that Ewan McGregor grew. I wouldn’t wear it, I’d just hang it in my garden for the little birds to shelter in on a windy day.

    How could you not mention Scrubs ?! And I was totally shocked when Ann told me that Elliot had played Becky in the latter episodes of Roseanne !? Jaysus !

  4. Pjup. says:

    hahaha – Man, I got the DVD for the long way round and walked around with a stunned/happy look on my face for a week.

    It’s just class.

    I reckon it’s addictive/hypnotic because I just wanted to go out and get all the merchandise too.

    Didn’t tho.

    Chris Farleys anniversary today – 9 years dead 🙁

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