I thank God every day for our DVR. Unless it’s a show on Nick Jr, I’ve forgotten what it’s like to consistently watch a live television show.
TV time usually doesn’t start for me until love bug is in bed. But when it does start, it is ON! Here's a round-up of the shows I try to catch...
The Bachelor: Okay, don’t judge me. I don’t know why I give into this schlock, especially since I know EXACTLY what is going to happen (I keep up with my man Reality Steve). It’s cheesy, and ridiculous, and I can’t. look. away.
How I Met Your Mother: I have enjoyed this show, despite the uneven story line’s through the years. Husband and I consider ourselves a (slightly less cool) version of Marshal and Lilly, so it’s always fun to see what they’re up to. Robin has grown on me, and Barney has been my bro since day one (oh, NPH!). Ted... just hurry up and find the “mother” already! It can’t be THAT hard.
Smash: I’m really trying to give this show a chance. The Pilot “wowed” me, but it’s seemed to taper off a bit since then. Yes, putting together a production is hard. But I feel like everyone is just whining their way through it, and giving sophomoric performances along the way. Step it up, peeps.
The Voice: I may be the only person that DIDN’T watch this show last season. My bad. I really enjoy Blake (for his attitude), Cee Lo (his charm) and Adam (his hottness), but can’t seem to get past Christina’s boobs. Also, I’ve disagreed with more than half of the battles done so far. Really? You kept RaeLynn over Adley? WRONG MOVE.
Glee: When this show first came out, I avoided it like the plague. When I was pregnant and on bed rest, though, the first season’s DVDs got me through. I think that love bug was programmed in-utero to chill to Cory Monteith’s smooth sound (it definitely wasn’t his moves), and Lea Michele’s power house voice. Many an afternoon he was put to sleep with the Glee soundtrack on repeat. The show’s story lines have jumped the Shark for me, but I continue to watch. (WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME!)
Teen Mom/16 & Pregnant: OMG. I want to punch myself for even admitting to this, but it’s like a car accident—you can’t NOT look at it. I’m FASCINATED at how easy and hard they make having a kid is. The drama! The suspense! The inevitable shenanigans: break ups, make ups, cheating and diaper changing, all in under an hour!
Raising Hope: Spoiler alert: Jimmy and Sabrina are finally together, and the family is still dumb as bricks. I keep coming back each week, if only to make sure that Hope lives to see another day at the Chance household. Seriously, though, their naïveté is endearing.
New Girl: A-dork-able. ‘nuff said.
Parenthood: Everyone needs a good come-drama, and for me, Parenthood fits the bill. It’s entertaining to watch the Braverman clan deal with the many angsts of life every week. They’re fun and witty, which every family could use a bit more of.
SURVIVOR NIGHT! This is mine and my in-laws THING. For the past three seasons, I’ve been roped in to a friendly betting pool (even winning last year—GO SOPHIE!), so I’m beyond invested. It’s honestly a great way to watch TV. I get into the strategy (or yell at the TV for the lack thereof), and try to figure out how it’ll all go down. Of course, I’m already out of the game this season, thanks to Manono’s STUPID ASS MOVE of going to tribal council after winning immunity, but I’ll continue to watch. A woman better win this year, or I’m gonna be pissed.
Modern Family: If there was ever a family on TV I could choose to be a part of, the Dunphy/Prichett/Delgado/Tucker clan would be my #1 pick! "Ayyy, Jaaaaay!" Love them.
Thursday (aka MUST SEE TV)
30 Rock: Liz Lemon is everything I see myself as: an awkward, yet awesome working woman, just wanting to be loved. NERTZ! Tina Fey is a comedic GENIOUS, and I know we would be best friends. And who wouldn’t want a mentor like Jack?
Parks & Rec: I had a hard time getting into the first few episodes, but once we got past the “pit” storyline, Parks & Rec took off for me. With the addition of Rob Lowe (lit-tru-ly amazing) and Adam Scott, this show became one of my favorite shows to watch. Solid ensemble cast.
The Office: I miss the Michael Scott days. I hate the turn the show took with Sabre, and feel like the show ended when Mr. Scott got on a plane and whizzed away. I only watch with the hope that it’ll somehow go back to the glory days. Sigh.
Up All Night: OMG! They have a baby? They work? I have a baby, and I work! What are the odds?! The bits with Amy stand out for me, but Ava sends the show to an “over the top” place that I don’t always enjoy. Oh well. I’m just in it for Will Arnett.
Awake: I told myself I wasn’t going to get invested in another drama (after the days I usually have, I need LAUGHS in my life), but I was pleasantly surprised by the pilot. Which life is reality? Is it all a dream? Will he ever wake up? Ooooh, intrigue. I WANT TO KNOOOOOWWW!
Big Bang Theory: While I’m not up on the super scientific lingo, I am fluent in nerd and geek. I know the difference between Star WARS and Star TREK (yes, Penny, there is a difference), and can appreciate a good video game. (I think that’s what sealed the deal for husband) These dudes are like my friends (yes, I have a Sheldon), and I can’t imagine my Thursday night without them.
Sunday Once Upon A Time: This show is the subject of many water cooler discussions at work. Just when you think you’re getting somewhere... BAM! They throw you a curve ball (what? He’s married? Huh? She really loved HIM? For real? You killed the hunter?!) Rumplestiltskin is boss and the Evil Queen is a Queen BEE. Can’t wait to see their epic battle... You know it’s coming. (And just putting it out there; I think the mysterious writer is Rumple/Mr. Gold’s son.)
So there you have it, a round-up of what I'm watching, sans kid.
What do YOU enjoy watching?