I don’t actually watch much tv, partly because I’d rather read, but right now it’s mostly because that’s prime work time for me, after Brianna is in bed, when I can get a few (mostly) uninteruppted hours of work in. But there are two shows that I Tivo and watch on the weekends and nights I’m taking a break.
I love, love, love Veronica Mars and Doctor Who. I know, they’re two rather different shows. Here’s a breakdown:
Veronica Mars is on UPN on Tuesday nights. It’s only in its second season and there’s just one episode left. Why do I love this show? It’s funny, quirky, has a kick-ass female lead (even though she’s only supposed to be 18), a supporting cast of secondary characters who are all interesting and intriguing all on their own. The show’s writers include little snippets of hidden and subtle humor that people may or may not get. As a for instance, the actor who plays Keith Mars (Veronica’s dad) played in the movie Galaxy Quest. He was one of the “aliens” and they all spoke in a weird, nasally, drawn out way. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know what I mean. On one episode of VM, he delivered a line in that voice. It was a funny moment (one of those, you had to be there type of things) but it’s indicative of the type of humor the show displays. I LOVE this show.
Doctor Who is on the Sci-Fi channel here in the U.S. We’re just now seeing the “first” season (Doctor Who has actually been on since the 60’s) of this new series. One thing I love about Doctor Who is the nostalgia it holds for me. My mom used to record episodes when it aired late, late Saturday evening/Sunday morning on…PBS, I think. Then she and I would watch them on Sunday morning while we folded laundry. It was a bizarre, campy science fiction show with bad special effects about a Time Lord (the Doctor) who traveled through time battling the Daleks and other alien species and saving humanity. The new show is only slightly less campy, with slightly better special effects, but it holds my attention for the fun science fiction aspect and the bizarre story lines.
Of course, I feel obligated to say that any show I like inevitably ends up getting cancelled (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, La Femme Nikkita) so I’m trying not to get too attached to these shows (too late).
So, now that I’ve shared my strange obsessions, what tv shows do you love to watch?