My ridiculous obsession with television.

Television and I have a very long history.  There are those that warn of the evils of TV but truth be known, TV made me smarter.  I can still recite the preamble to the Constitution, know the process for becoming a law, get the function of a conjunction, and I know we were suffering until suffrage then the 19th amendment struck down that restrictive rule…In 1920, Sisters Unite!   I can’t remember much of what I learned during all of the years I spent in a classroom, but if it was covered on School House Rock, I got it.

TV also provided me with my first crush.  Speed Racer was so dreamy, even if the movement of his mouth didn’t jive with the words coming out.  My love for him was matched only by my longing for adventures with Jonny Quest.  I had a thing for cartoon boys.  That’s not weird, right?

Fast cars and dangerous men.  I was 8, y'all.

Fast cars and dangerous men. I was 8, y’all.


That might be a wig.

That might be a wig.

I dreamed of Genie, vacationed on the Love Boat and Fantasy Island, loved Lucy, laughed with Laverne and Shirley, Mash, Hogan’s Heroes.  Some time in my teens, I became disenchanted with my old friend and my viewing habits practically stopped cold.  I never saw an episode of Dallas, Miami Vice or Knot’s Landing.   I don’t know what happened.  I probably met a real live boy or something.

Fast forward 20-some years…when we lived in Germany, the TV spoke German so we didn’t watch it much.  When we came back to the US, I decided not to hook up  television and didn’t watch any live programming for more than three years.  (We had a TV and watched DVDs, we weren’t animals).

Then, I met Lorelai Gilmore.   I wanted to move to Stars Hollow and be friends.  I was late to the party but caught up in no time.  Gilmore Girls was the gateway drug to my now full-on television addiction.  Just in time for Boston Legal, Heroes, House, Lost…throw in the invention of the DVR, I never really had a chance.  I’ve been glued to the tube ever since.

Tonight, I’ll be recording Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,  Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show, Elementary, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report.  Thursday is a big night, y’all.

I’m not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed.  I’ll just be entertained and call it a night.

American German – language lesson #80

Vergiss Alf nicht.  (fer-giss alf nickt) – Don’t forget Alf.  Seriously, Alf was awesome.  Also, I can’t talk about TV without mentioning Doctor Who and David Tennant.  All. Time. Favorite.

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  1. Sammie Kaye says:

    I love this so much. Just last week, we added the ability to record NINE shows in our house AT THE SAME TIME. Free upgrade. Hell yes.

    Savannah watches already. Happy as a clam watching football or So You Think You Can Dance or The Voice.

  2. I’ll have you know that I just watched that entire schoolhouse rock video, and I don’t normally watch any video longer than one minute. My attention span hurts.
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  3. We may be sole mates. I also had a crush on Rio (from Jem)
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  4. Dude. How great is Agents of SHIELD? It’s like Heroes meets Fringe. Plus Marvel.
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    • julieyoujest says:

      I haven’t watched it yet. It’s on the DVR waiting for Volker. Now I’m not sure I’m gonna wait for him to watch it!!

  5. I think we were separated at birth. They sent us each on our own way with our own TV.
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  6. Julie,
    You are a girl after my own heart. I love my television almost as much as I love my husband and son. The DVR is the best invention since modern plumbing. I, too, was in love with Speed Racer. So much love for that silly black box… Loved the post. Glad you found my blog and that it led me back here. Look forward to stalking you for a long time to come!

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    • julieyoujest says:

      You too with Speed Racer!! I thought I was the oddest duck in the pond. I love TV so much, it’s becoming a problem. I’m glad we found each other!

  7. David Tennant – excuse me while I wipe the drool off. I watch a lot of TV well mostly QI and Haven at the moment but weirdly I wouldn’t sit own to watch a whole movie…that’s too much commitment for me.
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  8. julieyoujest says:

    I love TV, movies…the whole lot! And yes, David Tennant is sooooo dreamy!

  9. Yes, Johnny Quest and Speed Racer! Some of my favorites…
    I’ve also had SERIOUS crushes on Pixar men…..RECENTLY! sad but true.

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