Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Am I missing anything?

I have not had a television for over a year. The events leading up to the banning of television had little to do with television and much to do with my nemesis, Time Warner Cable. I have not regretted the decision one day since I terminated my relationship with those ungrateful, sleezy chickens, but at the same time, I have to wonder what all of you are watching and I am not.

Am I missing anything life changing?

If I saw, for example, an episode or two of Idol, would that be a truly enriching experience for me? If I saw Lost, would my whole view of the universe change?

If there is a show you watch that you feel is to fantastic that I am committing self-harm by not watching it, clue me in.

Gracias.

PS I now have an iPhone.

21 comments:

Dagny said...

no, you did not miss anything exciting by not watching idol.

Lost is cool, no doubt about that, but I highly doubt your view on the universe would change by your watching it.

I lived without tv (and hydro, and running water, you get the picture) for 8 months, and it was the best thing ever. I wishwishwish I had never trained myself to watch it again once I left the bush, because it took some time to actually be able to watch it again. It bored me for the longest time.

Anyway, sorry for the novella.

No, you do NOT need tv.

Unless you count cartoons.
I love cartoons. If you are interested, I can hook you up.;)

heh.

P said...

I don't watch TV, but I discovered, through Terry Gross, the HBO series, The Wire, and am totally and utterly changed. I'm not kidding. I watched four seasons of it on DVD and couldn't talk about anything else for months. It's fucking brilliant and reason enough to get a TV - just so you can watch the DVDs.

Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner said...

OMG...I totally want to throw out our telly, but the Shorter People won't go for it and I just can't be that heavy handed.

Sizzle said...

Even as a fan of Idol, I can wholeheartedly assure you that you aren't missing a thing.

There are only a handful of shows I watch and really? I could live without them.

Woodrow said...

I used to watch The Office every week, but got out of the habit when they went on strike and haven't ever started back. It's funny.

Since I got a DVR though I can't, and won't watch anything when it is aired. The commercials drive me nuts. Even a football game that I'm dying to see. I wait until about thirty minutes or more after kick-off to start it so I can skip the commercials.

Effortlessly Average said...

Well, there is that whole late night programming known affrectionately as Skin-e-max, but of course you could get all that with a few clicks on the net.

Finn said...

"House" is awesome. And I adore "Big Love" on HBO. And "Ugly Betty."

I that's about all I watch.

Julie said...

House IS awesome. If you were going to watch something I'd definitely recommend that.

He's a misanthrope. Our kinda people...

Avitable said...

You are definitely missing out. Some of the smartest shows are on television right now, and with many shows, the writing has never been sharper.

There's still a lot of shit, but if you know what to look for, you can find some real gems.

LAS said...

You are definitely missing out. But I think I would be too embarassed to tell you what I watch.

jen said...

I was going to say NO, you're not missing a dang thing because I never get to watch that much tv. I work nights and everyone knows that daytime tv sucks the big limp one. BUT THEN...I read the other comments about House. Ah yes...House. That is a reason to have tv. Or, you could do like I do and just buy the seasons when they come out on DVD. No commercials and all the fun. He's such a jackass. I want to be just like him when I grow up.

Also, I hate you a wee bit for having an iPhone. If ATT wasn't such a crappy service, I would totally have one.

Tense Teacher said...

There is not one single show to which I am absolutely attached. I like to watch Discovery, TLC, and HGTV, but that's about it. You're not missing a thing.

LizB said...

I like both House and Hell's Kitchen. when Soprano's was on HBO, I watched it almost religiously. Other than that, :::shrug::: ehhh.

Catherine said...

TV has never been better at the same time that it's never been worse. I've never seen The Wire but I can feel in the core of my bones that it kicks total ass and makes me wish I had cable (yeah, I own a TV and don't have cable). I know first hand that Bones, House, Numbers, CSI:Vegas and Law & Order do kick ass. I am having some fun watching American Idol but I have to click mute anytime Paula Abdul begins to speak - couldn't be more painful. Let's see, what else. Simpsons are good comfort food, and here's another reason I wish I had cable (there are a generous handful): cartoons. But you can always Netflix the DVDs and watch 'em on your computer. I know it's not the same though. Hooray, Rocko's Modern Life!

Wow, that was way too long and kind of a mess, sorry.

Em said...

Congrats on the iphone.

There are two shows which I have to watch. Even my children know to leave me alone when they're on. Survivor and Lost. Idol is fun if I happen to catch it but I couldn't even tell you when it's on.

cajunvegan said...

The only two shows I am faithful to are Lost and House. I admire you for turning off the telly. Prudence (that's the name of our TV) is always on whether we are really watching it or not. Why don't I just read a good book once in a while?

And, the iPhone thing ... so jealous!

Annie said...

I too have been without TV, but for 10 years. I used to worry I was
missing something too, but the good shows eventually come out with DVD's
,so it maybe late, but you can see
them then. I think being without TV is the best thing ever.

Annie said...

P.S. I actually have a TV and DVD player for movies,
however I have been without cable and
I get no TV programs without it in my area, so movies I go for big time, but TV shows, not so much.

utenzi said...

I used to have Time Warner but as soon as I bought a high def set I switched over to DirecTV and their HD package. I've been watching countless nature documentaries ever since. They're much more entertaining when you can see them more clearly, Nina.

Mrs. Who said...

We have tv, but no cable/satellite, just a suck-ass antenna, (which won't mean diddly after the big 'coversion')...but we don't miss tv that much. Although we do use Netflix, and watch what series we want when we want..works out pretty well.

Maggie said...

I too had a falling out with Time Warner back in 2004, and as such my television appliance went dark from any live programming until 2007. You know what? Anything worth watching is on DVD, so use your Netflix and listen to NPR.