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Paradigm Shift

Posted on 2008.09.23 at 13:30
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When I was single man, I didn't require network nor cable television. I had a nice TV that I used solely as a monitor for my laserdisc player. I didn't even own a VCR. Movies are grand, orchestrated things. Television was for the weak-minded, the dull-eyed. And I despise sitcoms for too many reasons to go into now. And while I prided myself on not having some astronomical cable bill, nor needing to schedule around some silly television event. However, as life sometimes does, things eventually changed.

During my wife's stint as a stay-at-home mom, I provided her with all the luxury DirecTV had to offer, and yes, I would plant my carcass dead-center of the boobtube most nights, watching mindless drivel flash across the screen. Every year or so, we boot television out of our house and concentrate on DVD movies we missed in theaters. Its a well-oiled plan. But recently, that too has changed.

Since the release of more and more television shows on DVD, I'm finding that I *actually* watch more 'TV' than anything. More serialized shows than ever before. And I'm enjoying them. I'm becoming cattle. It was rare that even when we'd have cable in the house that I would get attached to a series. There have been but a few shoes I've really enjoyed, or to a lesser degree, at least watched:

I now have one more to add to this list, although begrudgingly - Supernatural. I remember galinda822 and catttitude watching it during her last visit, but I did not participate. Last month or so ago, my wife picked up Season 3, and since we've made a habit of laying in bed in the evenings together watching television on DVD, she decided to 'catch me up' on the first two seasons. And while it was entertaining enough, it was simply something to do. But as these things seem to happen, I started looking forward to watching them each evening.

My wife is working now, and things have changed again. And while we still don't have any incoming signals to the house, we sure do have a lot of DVD box sets. And I like this change. I like spending this time with my wife. And I sure as hell like not having any commercials. If you're going to watch TV, this is the only way to roll.


galinda822 at 2008-09-23 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
All excellent shows. catttitude got me hooked on "Supernatural" and you got me on "NCIS".

With going to the gym every night now I find I don't have enough time. So I've actually cut down on the number of shows I watch.

ehowton at 2008-09-23 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
Admittedly, the amount of time spent watching TV in bed was cut by the amount of time spent on the Bowflex, but it just makes what time we do spend in front of the TV that much more enjoyable.

Its easier to justify being a couch-potato when you've just had a great workout.
galinda822 at 2008-09-24 12:09 (UTC) (Link)
I like the way you think.
mr_dowg at 2008-09-23 18:39 (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree....there is nothing better than watching a show and not having to watch....or fast forward through.....the commercials!

It is also wonderful to have friends that have series for you to borrow as well.....at least then you don't have to buy ALL of them yourself!
ehowton at 2008-09-23 19:06 (UTC) (Link)
Speaking of...as soon as my mother-in-law gets finished with them (she got hooked while she was here and will be taking the first two home with her) I think you'll enjoy Supernatural as its a fun drama with great story arcs.
mr_dowg at 2008-09-23 19:25 (UTC) (Link)
Cool.....I will be looking forward to seeing them.....I am finished with Season 1 of Sarah Conner Chronicles so I will get that back to you soon. I also have Season 3 of Numb3rs AND Criminal Minds that I will let you borrow once we have watched them!
ehowton at 2008-09-23 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
We haven't started NUMB3RS yet. I assume we'll do that once we're done with Supernatural. And thanks!
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-09-23 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
I keep meaning to watch Supernatural because half my f-list gushes regularly over the hot men giving each other slashy looks, but I never seem to get round to it, even though I have a few of the first episodes. Ditto Sarah Connor Chronicles, which I made a special effort to get from a friend but haven't watched yet.

Must be all the Guild Wars taking up my time. Maybe the porn too! ;)
ehowton at 2008-09-23 19:22 (UTC) (Link)
galinda822 mentioned to me that I'm outside the intended audience of young girls who watch it for the hot brothers. Thankfully it also has good story-telling...but at least her comment awakened me to why my wife watches it.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-09-23 19:33 (UTC) (Link)
I guess I'm getting old, because I can't work up the energy to watch it just for the hot brothers either. Alas. How depressing.
ehowton at 2008-09-23 19:52 (UTC) (Link)
I understand, I do. I don't think I'd invest the time in T:SCC on half-nekked cybernetic organisms alone (even though it is Summer Glau we're talking about). Good thing its got such great scoring and an engaging storyline.

I'm saddened that I have to wait so long for Season 2 to be released on DVD :(
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-09-23 20:03 (UTC) (Link)
See, my problem is that I'm a feast-or-famine, all-or-nothing kind of person. It takes me aaaaaaaages to get around to watching episodes of any given series but, if I start and I like it, I'll watch about ten episodes every day and do fuck-all else until I've exhausted all stocks of that particular addiction. Not to imply that I have obsessive tendencies, of course. ;)

Maybe I'll get round to T:SCC this week. I hope so.
ehowton at 2008-09-23 20:16 (UTC) (Link)
That's why DVD box-set's are such a godsend, and why its best to take that long to get interested, lest you fall prey to having to wait an entire broadcast season + requisite dvd-release-date waiting period to sate your need. It feels like an honest-to-god sickness, all that waiting!
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ehowton at 2008-09-23 20:07 (UTC) (Link)
I always wondered why my father came home from work and wanted to sit in front of the television.

It amuses me to think my son wonders the same about his father.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-09-23 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
No cable or antennae... but I do watch television shows, at my own pace. Nobody dictates to me when to watch or how long to wait. That's why I tend to wait until a series is over before checking it out.
ehowton at 2008-09-23 21:12 (UTC) (Link)
A prudent measure. I also prefer shows that don't run too long. Buying an entire series of a 4-season show beats the hell out of purchasing one that's run 10. At some point it just stops being fun. And would you believe that I assumed you also didn't have cable nor broadcast television? Call it the videophile in you.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-09-23 21:18 (UTC) (Link)
I am hard-pressed to think of a television series that lasted that long that I'd care to watch. Most of the shows I really like were either canceled early or have had a finite run anyway. And, like you, I am not very fond of American sitcoms (although the British do have a few I found hysterical).
irulan_amy at 2008-09-24 05:33 (UTC) (Link)
Awesome icon!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-09-24 10:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I thought it appropriate to the conversation...

I had the Mal icon before, but I only animated the text onto it last night! It seems to be making an impression!
wardlejew at 2008-09-23 22:38 (UTC) (Link)
TV on DVD is great. A friend loaned me Heroes and I watched the series like I read the last Harry Potter book. I couldn't stop myself until it was over.

My guilty pleasures are Smallville, Quantum Leap, the Star Treks. Smallville seams to be losing steam now that they are in season 8 though.

I've seen a couple episodes of Numbers and NCIS. I think I'll be watching them through Netflix at some point. BSG didn't make your list. Have you given up on the show? I haven't seen en episode since my wife and I decided to stop paying for TV 1.5 years ago.

Between Netflix, Netflix InstantPlay, and hulu.com(has some great classic TV shows on it) I honestly don't watch live TV anymore. I can't stand commercials.
ehowton at 2008-09-23 23:41 (UTC) (Link)
BSG goes without saying! I'm simply awaiting the final season on DVD. I have the mini-series, Season 1 (UK release), Season 2.0, Season 2.5, Razor & Season 3. By far the mini-series is my favorite.
irulan_amy at 2008-09-24 05:33 (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoy Supernatural. Tim's brother is awesome enough to record them as they air, burn them, and mail them to us (we don't have cable). The first episode of Season 4 is awesome!

We just watch TV on DVD too. I agree, it's the best way. :D Especially with edge-of-your-seat shows like Lost and 24. I can't wait weeks between episodes, apparently I can only do that for BSG.

We're rolling through Season 2 of Dexter right now. It's a brilliant show. The Sopranos, Lost, and Heroes are up soon.

We have a lot of DVD box sets. Often, if I think I even might like a series, I'll pick it up at Target on sale for $29.99 (it's how we discovered Supernatural). If we have a free afternoon on the weekend or a whole day, we have a nice marathon with lots of junk food. :D
ehowton at 2008-09-24 11:42 (UTC) (Link)
First seasons are also like crack. You can almost always get the first season for between $20-$30, but if you like the show...you're going to shell out $50 to get the others. Only the first season is ever inexpensive.
irulan_amy at 2008-09-25 04:47 (UTC) (Link)
You know, that's a good point. I didn't actually notice. They're good.
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