Monday, 1 February 2016

I Like To Watch

Since I've been on this little 'ol 'journey,' I've been spending an inordinate amount of time watching a bit of mindless television. This is just an attempt to take my mind of everything else. 

I've also balanced it with other things: reading, writing, listening to music, fill-ins, colouring-in (yes, I can't believe I've embraced the adult colouring-in phenomenon either). So far I haven't learnt how to crochet, but you never know. (Shut up, Posski and Randa). 

But anyway, back to the television-watching. I began watching the old re-runs of Friends on Gem, as well as Gilmore Girls. And I'm a little baffled. Although for some reason I keep watching. Go figure. 

Yes, I know I'm extremely late to the party with these shows. Like, at least 20 years. Details, people. Details. 

What I was going to say is that these shows open up so many questions about the implausibility of it all. 

Let's start with Friends. They're always hanging around the Central Perk cafe, drinking coffee and trading witty banter. And every single time they're at the shop, they are conveniently able to sit on the big couch at the centre of the shop. Surely, if this was a busy coffee place in New York, that seat would be taken sometimes? 

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This seat is permanently reserved for Rachel. Ross, et al.
Seems realistic, right? 

Plus, they're six friends all living together and they still end up staying besties. I mean, seriously, I love all of my friends, but if six of us lived together for an extended period of time I'm sure there would be an attempted murder. And I'd probably be the victim. This could be because I'm the total opposite of Monica. I might be*a slob.

Another thing that strikes me is that Courtney Cox is equally as skinny as Karen Carpenter was in the mid 70s when she was anorexic. Yes, I know I shouldn't be judging women on their size or appearance; fat, thin, or otherwise. Generally I don't, but it's just one of those things that strikes me at times because I'm such a big Karen fan. A lot of actresses are really that thin and I can't work it out. Shrugs. 

Then there is the little issue that all of the Friends characters sleep with each other, which would seem to complicate things further. Rachel apparently sleeps with both Ross and Joey. I can't imagine that working out well in real life. Plus, what is the deal with the whole 'Ross and Rachel' thing?? Do they ever actually end up together? 

I know. I know. I'm just over-thinking a sit-com intended for light entertainment and laughs. But you know me. Always pondering the deep issues.

Which brings me to the Gilmore Girls. Do people really monologue at each other the way Lorelei and Rory do? I mean, I'm Aspie and even I don't monologue away in such in a fashion. And again, they always have the perfect witty banter. Plus Lauren Graham looks immaculate and gorgeous and she's supposed to be a single mother and now I'm just babbling and ranting and I suppose I'm jealous. HMPH. 

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And they're always so mixed up and confused about relationships in these shows, but I suppose that's what keeps the conflict going. Thank God I never got into Ally McBeal. My head would be hurting right now. Too late, it already is. Doesn’t take much!

Another American sit-com that I've caught a few re-runs of is Frasier.  Could they have cast two more unappealing men? Ahem. Plus the whole 'Niles and Daphne unrequited love thing' is even more annoying than Ross and Rachel. Okay, it's probably just me. I should avoid American sit-coms. 

Speaking of American sit-coms starring unappealing men, I'm also partial to a bit of Seinfeld. But let's face it Jerry, George and Kramer are hardly heartthrobs. Good thing it was funny. 

I'll also admit that I was an Offspring fan. Even so, I'm not sure about the decision to bring it back. There's only so many hot boyfriends and styled outfits Nina can have. 

Probably my most guilty TV pleasure is a bit the old Dr. Phil. How's that working for you? It’s working okay, thanks Dr Phil.

Thanks to you I’ve learnt at least three important things:

  1. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.
  2. You wouldn’t worry about what others thought of you if you knew how seldom they did. 
  3. And that there are so many people out there who are so much more FUCKED UP than me.
So it hasn’t been a total waste of time watching your sometimes sensationalistic and often voyeuristic programme. Thanks dude.   

Over the years I've also been obsessed with Bewitched (oh my stars!), I Dream Of Jeannie and The Golden Girls. To the point where I'll occasionally watch the re-runs when they pop up. 

I’m also a Sex & The City fan. I hated the movies, but I still watch re-runs of the show. I'm struggling to think of any current shows that I watch. I never got into Game Of Thrones or any of the shows that people rave about. I suppose that's because I'm weird and also because we don't have Foxtel. 

My Mum gave me the entire series of Downtown Abbey, because I started to watch it and somehow dropped off and missed it. So again, I can catch up with a show when it's done and dusted. I'm funny like that. I prefer things when they're old news or celebrities when they're conveniently dead. Makes so much more sense, right? Okay, not really. I'm just always late to the party. But since the party doesn't start until I get there it's all good, right? I'm SUCH a party animal. Snorts. 

And watch daggy TV shows and listen to daggy music...

So that's me. Always watching the deep and meaningful, hard-hitting programmes. I rarely watch the news. Don't judge me. Okay, judge away...

The truth is, I'm anxious person, so I  take the approach to my anxiety that anyone would for any chronic condition. For instance, if you had epilepsy you wouldn't expose yourself to anything that provokes an episode. Therefore, I won't expose myself to anything I find too anxiety-provoking, if I can help it. Of course I'm also an airhead so there is that. But I'm a nice airhead, aren't I? 

Okay, so I'm off to watch a few re-runs. 

* There was no need to use the words 'might be' in that sentence. 

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What are your guilty TV pleasures? 

Can anyone recommend some current TV shows for this airhead?



  1. Oh there are so many great shows mentioned here!!! I never got into Sex and the City when it first aired but then binge watched them after my sister got them in a box set for Christmas one year and wondered where they'd been all my life!! I was, and still am a BIG Friends fan and from memory there is an episode that revolves around them going to Central Perk and there is another group of "friends" sitting in their spot! Funny show... (and **spoiler alert** yes Ross and Racheal end up together, in like the last 5 minutes of the finale episode! lol)

  2. Bahahaha I stopped getting to worried about all the wrong this with friends. I just love watching mindless stuff too. Also Melrose place.. That was bad. Oh and 90210

  3. Love your humour Ness! I used to - many years ago - watch the mindless stuff too.. it was fun... really lured me in... to the point of obsession and addiction... crazy stuff!!! Now though there's just no time for it as my mind is having way too much fun creating stuff instead. Now, to rid what's not absolutely necessary and negative from my mind would be awesome ;) ... lol♥

  4. I used to LOVE Gilmore Girls - I'm looking forward to the return of Lorelai and Rory on Netflix! Other than that, I have to admit that I never got into Fraiser, Ally or Friends all that much. I much prefer books also!

  5. I'm a Seinfeld chicky babe all the way. My husband and I have a lot of Seinfeld phrases we bring out all the time. I also have a friend who is exactly the same as Elaine except she's blonde. I agree, Courtney in Friends was way too thin.

  6. I'm not sure why but I've never really been able to get into sitcoms, I'm always a serious show kinda girl, something that gets me thinking. Gosh...that just makes me sound a bit boring!

  7. LOL I didn't get into Friends until they stopped making it ... my kids love it, even though the first episodes were made even before they were born! We were late to the Seinfeld and Simpsons parties too but love both now.

  8. I enjoy Friends but I can't really get into Gilmore Girls. I'm like you and often get into a show after it has been popular. I'm adverse to things that people gush over, because they very rarely live up to the hype.

  9. Frasier is pretty much my favourite show of all time. Yes Frasier and Niles can be highly neurotic and unlikeable at times but it really is a witty show. And I always loved the unrequited love between Niles and Daphne (spoiler alert it ends up not being unrequited!)

  10. There is nothing wrong with indulging in some mindless TV watching. Hubby and I once watched every episode of Stargate, every episode! We used to like watching Two and a half men too. My daugthers used to like dancing to and singing the theme song too.
    I don't mind watching the American picker and pawn shows every now and again. Riveting! I am thanking the genius that brought food tv to free telly. I always have something to watch.

    You are an extremely entertaining airhead x