We still have cable TV. All we watch is Antiques Roadshow, Jeopardy, Chopped and a few other HGTV programs. And CNN every now and then. And a little PBS. It's a waste, actually, but inertia has set in, and it's a force too powerful for us to conquer. Sort of like that buttermilk shade of paint in the bedroom, and the land-line in the kitchen, and a few pairs of shoes in my closet. Hey, I know, I'll just buy a new house and start over. But wait, I'd have to sell this house first. Jesus, that seems like a lot of work. On second thought, why don't I just consider the current house a "fixer-upper?" Yes, that's it! Brilliant!
Am I the only person here that has never watched Game of Thrones? Is it something to do with Thorn of Crowns?
Nope. I, too, have never watched Game of Thrones. Or Breaking Bad. Or Better call Saul, or any of the series or mini-series currently on Netflix or HBO or whatever. I would like to blame podcasts for my lack of television viewing, but I'm REALLY far behind on podcasts as well. Should I care about any of this? Good, because I don't.
Since I watch a lot of Netflix shows (or as I like to call it, Fletnix) also subscribe to CraveTV which is a Canadian streaming deal. Just finished watching Billions which was quite interesting and am now watching Boardwalk Empire. Very good also. I still have cable which is a waste because like Simp, I barely watch anything .... even to the point I'm just like him and maybe check out CNN or watch a PBS show now and then.
Aussie show Offspring on Netflix is very good; funny.
Pretending I'm a pleasant person all day is exhausting
I only ever watch the following live TV: Have I Got News For You (I know, it's shit, it's a habit) Line Of Duty Homeland Dr Who Charlie Brooker's Newswipe Count Arthur Strong (no-one I know likes this, or they tell me it only works on the radio. They're wrong)
Also recently enjoyed the quite brilliant "Broken" because Sean Bean. And old bandmate Louis Hilyer as "chief bent copper". And because Jimmy McGovern is still the McGovernor. Oh, and "Detectorists" because it's slow and poignant and sweet. And Toby Jones.
Some of these I'll watch on catch-up but I do think there's a kind of cultural communal shared zeitgeist experience involved in communing with society over a must-watch programme. And it means I can then go the The Guradian's catch-up page and have an argument with a man-baby who is threatened by The Doctor being a woman. ("What next? Women being REAL doctors?'" etc)
I used to watch box sets (reimagined Battlestar Galactica - actually the best TV series ever - and I'm not even joking), Breaking Bad etc - but now watch things on Netflix and Amazon Video, or sometimes NowTV, including: GoT Better Call Saul (better than the grubby and depressing BB) Vikings The Good Wife (which I stopped watching because of its conservative values and horrid opulence)
Kids liked: Parks and Recreation Lemony Snickett's Series Of Unfortunate Events (TV series) which I found excruciating, but improved a little towards the end Modern Family - too slick and tired and smug by far, but useful kids' narcotic before bedtime
TV's broken now (probably need a Man (i.e. my wife) to re-tune it) so I have to watch via a Heath Robinson cabled connection to my Mac picking up intermittent wifi - when this isn't working I am obliged to rely on hitherto-unwatched DVDs... tonite it's Double Indemnity (kids are away as they "can't see" (i.e. won't watch) black-and-white). Two night ago it was the Kevin Spacey Bobby Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea" - unwatched for years as frankly no-one was interested. Turned out to be a hoot. If you like musical theatre.
But, hey, pals, why not share your own fascinating TV habits and foibles?
Post by Terra Incognita on Feb 27, 2021 19:15:48 GMT
Snipped the cable in 2008. Netflix - gone years ago. Have Disney+ for the kids and a streaming service for me that only shows classics and foreign films.
YouTube has many excerpts and episodes of old tv shows that I used to love: Dick Van Dyke, All in the Family, Maude, The Two Ronnies, Spitting Image, Open All Hours, Barry Humphries et al., Fawlty Towers, Larry Sanders, etc.
And I know of a pirate site that has seemingly every movie ever made. I go there to indulge in Pre-Codes, silents, French movies from the '30s, spaghetti Westerns...
With time at a premium, it's great to be able to cut through the dross, relax and just watch what I know I'll like.