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November 2, 2008

I Watch Too Much Television

These are the shows that I watch, ordered by preference:

  • Lost (currently off the air and far and away my favorite, if I could only watch one show, this would be it)
  • Heroes
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (currently off the air and, yes, Larry David is working on another season)
  • The Office
  • Entourage
  • 30 Rock
  • Weeds (currently off the air)
  • Gossip Girl (yes, I admit it, I watch this and I love it)
  • Ugly Betty
  • The L Word (currently off the air)
  • Desperate Housewives (there were a couple of crappy seasons in there, but this season's "reboot" has been good)
  • Pushing Daisies (I love, love, love the set and costume designs of this series)
  • Big Love (currently off the air)
  • My Name Is Earl
  • Smallville (I hate myself a little more every time I watch this shitty show)
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine (mindless traditional sitcom, sometimes that hits the spot)
And then there are shows I watch every weekday without fail:
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • The Colbert Report
  • PTI (I actually only listen to the podcasts instead of watching the show)

You add it up and I consume about 15 hours of television a week, give or take two hours, depending on what's on repeat. That's nearly one whole day (minus sleep) gone from my life due to TV. Scary. Good thing all commercials are zapped out, otherwise, I would be spending closer to 20 hours a week watching TV.

That's why I haven't started watching Battlestar Galactica, despite multiple recommendations (or Mad Men, or any other good show you might be wondering why I don't watch). I just can't add another show to my mix. Once I get invested in a show, it's nearly impossible for me to stop watching it, no matter how lame it becomes (see: Smallville... oh god please, let this be the last season... and I may have been one of ten viewers who watched every episode of Enterprise... that's about a hundred hours of my life I'll never get back). The only time in recent years that I have stopped watching a show has been Prison Break. I need to watch less TV, not more.

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