Possessing the uncanny ability to know which "Brady Bunch" episode is on within the first minute of the show's opening sequence probably isn't worth bragging about. But that tends to summarize my love affair with TV - something that shouldn't be taken seriously, but ultimately, demands
it be taken seriously because of popular culture's iron grip on my attention span.
For me, TV is both a blessing and a curse. At an early age, "The Simpsons" and "Saturday Night Live" were essential in the development of my sense of humor. "Arrested Development" and "Freaks and Geeks" sharpened those warped sensibilities as an adult, allowing for a self-induced inferiority complex because of how brilliantly written and beautifully captured those singular TV moments are. And now I rarely read books. (Let's see: what's more important, learning about Blackwater through a journalist's exhaustive research or seeing if Tailor Made survived the cut after spitting in someone's face on "I Love New York?" Thanks for educating America, VH1!)
Naturally, I watch to be entertained. I also watch because I'm a features writer at the Press-Gazette, and well, I guess knowing about Scott Baio's contrived commitment issues seems like it qualifies as "research."
All-time favorite TV shows: Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kids in the Hall, Wings, Scrubs
Current favorite shows: Lost, Pushing Daisies, 30 Rock, The Office, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Real Time with Bill Maher, Flight of the Conchords, Iron Chef America, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Austin City Limits
Guilty pleasures: Shouting matches on cable news. Real World/Road Rules challenges. Anything that involves Vanilla Ice and a straitjacket.
Go-to channel when there's absolutely nothing on: Food Network
All-time TV crush:
Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell (Olive Snook from Pushing Daisies is catching up, though.)Pick your all-time TV family:
Tony Soprano (keeps life interesting, access to delicious deli meat), Carol Brady (awesome flip mullet, dispenses timeless advice like "don't play ball in the house"), G.O.B. Bluth (enters a room to "The Final Countdown," entertains for hours with Franklin the puppet), the Log Lady (psychic connections with a log are not to be underestimated).If you could be an extra on a TV show:
I'd love to stand among a group that's berated by Larry David on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.If you had to save one TV on DVD set from a burning building:
Freaks and Geeks, special editionFavorite old-school show:
First season of Twin PeaksReality show you aren't afraid to admit you like:
The Amazing RaceShow you are into that others could care less about:
Boomtown, a short-lived NBC crime drama - shot from multiple character perspectives in season one - that featured stellar performances from Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough. Buy it on DVD.Show others are into that you've never paid attention to (but wish you had):
Six Feet Under. Currently playing catch-up with The Wire.Favorite TV theme song:
Reading RainbowFavorite TV-related Web sites: The Onion A.V. Club
, USA Today's Pop Candy
, What's Alan Watching?
and anything by Entertainment Weekly
when Lost is on
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