Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Television Is Brainwashing Me

Part of this post is inspired by my virtual slave-driver, Kelly (aka 1979 Semi-Finalist). The other part is inspired by FlashForward, the new TV series on ABC. You see, Hulu was kind enough to post the first 18 minutes of FlashForward. And based on that I bought the book. And another copy to give away. Even though I know the book and TV show differ. I'm sure I'm missing a show or two, but without further ado, here's what I plan on (or already am) watching.


Defying Gravity - Ron Livingston isn't the funny guy from Office Space anymore, but he's still a good actor. And the "5 years earlier" flashbacks help build the characters. The "uber-secret" payload is kind of lackluster right now, but it is nice to see the crew has finally seen it.


Jon & Kate Plus 8 - Yes, I watch this show and no I don't care what you think. I've watched the show for some time now and I like it.

Castle - An awesome idea with great chemistry. I've considered watching Bones to see if the chemistry is as good as it is here. This season had a bumpy start. The comedic timing felt a little off and there wasn't much of a "bridge" between seasons. Beyond that, I loved it.


NCIS - Another show I've watched for years. While Mark Harmon is okay as an actor, I actually enjoy the rest of the cast more. They make a good group.

NCIS: Los Angeles - I'll be trying this because of NCIS and will hope it is just as good.


Mythbusters - Somewhere out there is a new episode of this great show. Sometimes the show has a few too many explosions, but it is still education (who knew you only needed a few things to make a column of bubbles burst into flames).


CSI - I think I've watched this since it first started. I'm not sure how many twists and turns they have left to throw our way, but I still enjoy it.

FlashForward - One of the best advertised shows I've seen yet. And like I said before, I've bought the book and already started reading it despite knowing they differ widely.

Community - The first episode was good but since it conflicts with CSI, I'll probably catch it on Hulu. More on Hulu later.


Monk - I was late to the Monk party, but this show is very much about me. If I could stand to wear a suit and tie everyday, this show would indeed be about me. Instead, it's about someone very much like me.

Psych - More great chemistry, but this time between two straight guys. And another great idea that, so far, has been awesomely executed.


Cops - I watch it when I can and have stuck to that for years. Since my college background is in criminal justice, I've always been drawn to the show.

Everything Else

V - Another ABC show due to arrive soon. I'm hoping they don't mangle the old 80s show, but hey, it can't be worse, right?

LOST - If you've never seen LOST, then you'll be lost on why this is such an awesome show. The is the ONLY show I have entirely on BluRay. In fact, this show is the REASON I got BluRay.
Warehouse 13 - An okay series that's a bit campy. It's no biggie if I miss it, but Hulu let's me watch anything I've missed.

Wipeout - My wife turned me on to this show with big balls. And I like big balls, I cannot lie, you other brothers can't deny, this show makes me laugh out loud every week.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien - Thanks to Hulu, I can watch this show. So far I haven't missed an episode since he took over and I've enjoyed most of them. I tend to skip the musical guest at the end, but I feel a little more "hip" now that I can hear all about TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER TWITTER TRACKER!!!!!

Stargate Universe - I'm kind of on the fence on this one. I lost interest in Stargate Atlantis, but was a die-hard Stargate SG-1 fan. I'm hoping it's good enough to keep me hooked.

Survivorman - Les Stroud is a great survivalist that actually teaches you something about surviving. And while I hope I never have to survive, I'd like to think I've learned enough from him to make it a day or two on my own.

Deadliest Catch - Another show that's not on right now but I enjoy. I love crab, love seafood, but rarely get to eat it. Watching how much people put on the line to catch the damn things makes me appreciate it that much more.

Woodwright's Shop - I know, sounds corny, but I've always enjoyed seeing how things were made "the old fashioned way."


Hulu has become my drug. I've watched several movies and TV shows on Hulu and love it. I've seen Buffy (seasons 1-3), Angel (season 1), tried to watch The Time Tunnel (didn't like it), and just saw a great classic movie, Gotcha! In the end, Hulu is my crutch. I can use it as a backup-DVR of sorts if any conflicts arise.


John Zeleznik said...

I'm looking forward to FlashFoward and I really feel badly that I missed Defying Gravity....I jumped on the Castle bandwagon late and am sorry I did. Jon & Kate was one of the wife's shows that I clicked on to....oooh, a LiveJournal post coming on...

TK42ONE said...

You're in luck. Hulu has a few episodes of Defying Gravity so you can catch up as needed (http://www.hulu.com/defying-gravity). I'm sure the rest you can catch on ABC's site. As for Castle, there's only one huge story-arc you'll miss if you watch them out of order. Aside from that, it's easy to catch an episode here and there and not get lost.

1979 semi-finalist said...

You're right...you do have a lot on your plate.

I used to watch Jon and Kate - and loved it...but I can't handle it now. Not when I've seen what's sort of really going on. I also want that show to end so those kids maybe get some peace, so I'm trying not to support it. I understand why you watch though - anyone who complains probably hasn't seen it.

I am really not good at the whole watching tv at my computer thing. I think I spend so much time at my computer already that watching tv there just kills me. I try to avoid it at all costs.

I'm surprised there's no 30 Rock or The Office on here...?

Wipeout and its big balls is hilarious. It's not appointment TV for me, but whenever I catch it I'm glad I did!

TK42ONE said...

Kelly - I have mixed emotions about J&K+8. There are times when I call John a d-bag and other times when I call Kate a word that rhymes with witch. But in the end, I'm continuing to watch it because I want to support them in their effort to show how a couple goes through divorce. Growing up with divorced parents, I have certain feelings (some contrary to the norm of society) about divorce.

Hulu is awesome, but then again, I sit in front of my computer for 9 hours a day (more during season) so it helps ease the pain in my arse.

30 Rock and The Office, well, I just never got into them. I think part of it is that I'm not big into comedy right now, but Community may turn that around. You'll notice my list is pretty heavy on drama and action. And besides, how do you compete with Monk? He is me (or I'm him) and I love to laugh at myself.

sparkly_jules said...


When are you going to have time to read!? Stirling's SWORD OF THE LADY just came out. My MIL went to an author reading in SoCal and had a copy signed for me. Brought a tear to my eye, it did.

I started it today, I'm on page 167 (a lazy day today) and it's just as good as the other books, although for me, DIES THE FIRE, will always be the best in the series.

Evidently SM Stirling has nine books planned for this series. Sweet!



TK42ONE said...

Jules - Yes, I know, it doesn't leave much time to read, eat, sleep, and all those other things essential to life.

As for The Sword of the Lady, um, I've already read it and reviewed it here (http://librarydad.blogspot.com/2009/08/sword-of-lady-by-s-m-stirling-review.html). All I can say is, wait until you get to the end.

Amanda77 said...

Oh Neil....when I read your comment about you being Monk---well let's just say I haven't laughed that much in awhile... :) It never dawned on me until you said that but then immediately I was reminded of a certain towel was placed on top of the light that hung above your dresser mirror.....You made my day. :) -Amanda (and again, not the scary frog umbrella amanda)

TK42ONE said...

Amanda (the normal one with no frog umbrella) - Glad to see you're alive and well (and reading my blog of course). Yes, Monk is freakishly like me (or vice versa). What's odd is I don't remember the towel you're talking about, mostly the shoes under my bed. I still have a hard time if they're not straight and organized. Hmmm, maybe I should do a post about my own Monkisms.....

1979 semi-finalist said...

I see you're wading through old Buffy and Angel on Hulu. A word of advice, Angel is pretty off for several of those seasons (including season one, which you got through, so that's a good sign) but make sure to hang in there because I think Season 5 is pretty brilliant...by far the best (and you'll appreciate it more if you sit through all of it ;) Good luck!

TK42ONE said...

Kelly - Yes, I'm wading through the campy shows, but it gives me something to listen to in the background. As for future seasons of either show, it's up to Hulu to put them out there. Right now they only have 1-3 of Buffy and 1 of Angel so I'm stuck in a holding pattern until they get some new stuff out there.

1979 semi-finalist said...

How are you feeling about FlashForward. I'm not feeling it. It's getting one more chance from me (this week) but if it doesn't stop being so earnest and saccharine I'm pulling the plug...

TK42ONE said...

Kelly - Right now, it has lost some of its spunk. But I'm not quite ready to give up on it just yet. I have time invested in the show as well as the book, so I'll tough it out for a bit.

On a side note though, Trauma as caught my eye. I picked it up on Hulu and like it so far. It's a bit formulaic at times, but I'm digging the characters so far. The same goes for Mercy, just not as much.