Friday, February 12, 2010

What I’m Watching Part…

Remember way back when premium channels only had movies on them? I can still hum the song that HBO used to play in the 80’s before a movie. Nowadays, my favorite shows are on HBO, Showtime, and I’m getting to like a new show on Starz. I can also remember a time when series’ were only on the main networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. Again, these days I rarely watch the old networks anymore. For lots of reasons I suppose. A big one is that those networks show A LOT of cheesy reality shows (sorry if you don’t find them cheesy) like Survivor, The Bachelor, SYTYCD, and American Idol just to name a few. There isn’t a single reality show on the main networks that I like. Not one. Not even one that would make me feel silly to admit. And I’m not saying that baaaaad reality shows are limited to the big Four, just that all their reality shows suck, lol.

My favorite networks these days are Discovery, TLC, A&E, Bravo, TNT, and AMC. One reason that I like these channels are that they seem to give shows more of a chance to gain an audience than do ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Or maybe the shows I like on the other channels are actually better. I dunno. I just know that they tend to get cancelled less.

My top favorite shows lately are and in no specific order:

  • The Tudors (so sad this is to be the last season!!)
  • Weeds
  • Big Love
  • Hung
  • Secret Diary of a Call Girl
  • True Blood
  • United States of Tara
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Mad Men
  • The Closer
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Two and a Half Men
  • The Little Couple
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Private Practice
  • Spartacus:  Blood and Sand (the new show I mentioned on Starz)
  • Bones
  • Flipping Out
  • Raising the Bar
  • Dirty Jobs
  • Myth Busters
  • Medium

I would put cooking shows on this list, reality and otherwise, but I can’t watch them anymore. They make me hungry, lol. It’s probably a good thing. My DVR gets quite a workout as it is.

Do you wanna know what my monthly cable bill is? Well, too bad. It’s embarrassing to admit it out loud. You can take a guess if you’d like. We have digital cable with HD service, all the premium channels to include HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, TMC, Starz, and Encore, three DVRs and one regular cable box (which has never been used, lol). Needless to say, we will be downsizing in California. I’m going to have to wait with the common folk for my favorite shows that are on the premium channels to come out on DVD. Which, in my opinion is totally unfair. This is the concession that I am making. The Mister and the kids (of course) don’t watch those shows. The HD service, however, I could do without. I really don’t care nor do I notice much difference between an HD channel and a regular channel. HD is the Mister’s indulgence but we’ll probably subscribe to it out in California. I may have to do some negotiating, hehehe.


  1. I watch quite of the same show on your list (the Showtime and HBO ones). I love The Little Couple too and I watch quite a bit on Bravo. I got really addicted to Say Yes to the Dress on TLC last fall. I have no idea why.

    I do watch some of the cheesy reality shows on the networks though. I can't stop myself for some reason.

  2. Believe me, I'm not judging people that like reality shows. I do like Flipping Out after all, which is a pretty cheesy show, lol. We all need our guilty pleasures.

  3. LOVE Flipping Out. Oh, I know I was some real crap on TV. loL! when Rock of Love was on. I know...I know...

  4. Yay! You watch as much TV as me! I love my television although lately I've been recording more than I've actually watched!

  5. I tried to watch Big Love. I just couldn't get into it. Too much ass, not enough story. I gave up after 2 episodes. I have been watching Desperate Housewives. I got the first season on DVD. It is hilarious and wrong. I have been enjoying it. Of course, now that the olympics have started I will probably watch a lot of that.

  6. Pam~~Watching Flipping Out makes me realize I'm not as crazy as everyone says that I am. ;)

    Emm~~Almost everything I watch is recorded. I've gotten spoiled by my DVR and can't stand commercials anymore, heheh.

    Jennifer~~This is one thing we DON'T have in common. I cannot stand Desperate Housewives. I've tried watching it a couple different times and it's just too over the top for me. Very soap opera-ish.

  7. Oh yeah - I can't stand commercials either.

  8. You gotta check out Dish Network, then. We have had them for years & love it.

    I do like Biggest Loser, although it is one of those shows I can't watch live. I need to be able to fast-forward through all the stupid stuff. I can watch a 2-hour episode in about 25 minutes.

    Here's whatcha do. You put an elliptical machine in front of that DVR and run while you watch! I lost 40 pounds doing that once. Too bad I quit for some dumb reason.

    Every now & then I get addicted to a show in the same way that it's hard to look away from a car wreck. Hoarders is a good example. Seriously, people live like this? Oh, then I met one in real life & the fun is gone. It's too sad.


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