In the last two years I have watched more television than in the 35 previous years combined. Interestingly enough, a little over two years ago we decided to “cut the cord” and get rid of our cable subscription because we weren’t big television watchers. A perfect storm of Apple TV and a broken foot completely changed my television viewing practices forever. Here are a few things I’m watching now:
Murder She Wrote (originally on CBS)
This was a Netflix find. I’d been fruitlessly searching for a digital way to watch Anne of Green Gables (inspired by the conversation on this post by Rita) when this came up as a suggestion. I remember my mom watching it but I don’t think I ever did (1 – I don’t think my mom would have let me because for as tame as it is – I had an overactive imagination 2 – The only shows I remember watching with any regularity were the Cosby Show and Saved by the Bell). It’s formulaic and adorable and Dame Angela Lansbury is so perfectly cast. It’s just good. And makes for great knitting television.
I was completely uninterested in watching this show but one of my friends twisted my arm and I watched the first episode. Even then I was kind of “meh”. Then she asked me to watch the second one. (Have I mentioned I have more of a problem with peer pressure now than I did as a teenager?!? I know that’s completely backward, but it’s also true.) Now I’m trying to convince her to purchase the third season and watch with me. She’s less susceptible to peer pressure.
Jesse doesn’t watch TV. That involves sitting. He will, however, come in and watch about half of each episode of this show and then pepper me with questions about the half he missed (which is just my favorite) because while he can NOT sit and watch an hour of television – he really likes this show a lot. It’s a western filled with men’s men who do men’s men things while building a transcontinental railroad. Lest you think you’re not interested in that kind of television, it’s also smart. Well crafted. And well acted. It’s one of the more interesting television shows I’ve watched that deals with the theme of redemption. And you know, if that doesn’t interest you, there’s always Anson Mount. But if you don’t like smart, character driven stories with some seriously attractive lead characters – this probably isn’t for you.
This is another one of those shows that is completely peer pressure based (and because I kinda have a girl crush on Jamie Lee Curtis). I’ve only watched the two hour premiere and basing a show on a “pilot” isn’t easy to do. I would not describe this as smart television. It wants to be. It definitely wants to make a statement about social media (there’s a scene where a killer and the victim are standing across from one another texting each other and instead of calling the police, the victim attempts to get help via status update) and society in general.
My favorite exchange in the whole show:
Grace: You’re a horrible person.
Chantal: Maybe. But I’m rich and I’m pretty so it doesn’t really matter.
Sometimes it just feels like it’s going to be too campy and too much pushing the envelope and just too much. I’ll probably try and give it another episode or so, but I’m not sure I’m the right audience. Have you seen it? What did you think?
Have you watched anything great lately? Movies, television, otherwise? I’m knitting for Christmas so I have a feeling there will be a whole lot more watching in the next few months ahead.
Good-bye brain cells.
(I’ll also take any book recommendations you have to off-set all this television watching!)