I used to enjoy TV a lot more back in it’s younger years. I’m talking about the time when you had ABC, CBS, and NBC. If you didn’t like those, well. you could have your pick of sound patterns which, by today’s viewing standards, might be preferable.
The other night I had settled in for a quiet evening of watching commercials when they broke in with a program. How strange is that? Have you done any channel surfing lately? If I were a betting man, I would bet you that eight out of ten times, you would land on a commercial, since twenty minutes of every hour is consumed by them. Even that might not be so bad if it wasn’t the same ones, over and over. I have seen so much of Flo on the Progressive commercial that I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I ran into her at the grocery store. She’s part of the household now.
I have a few favorite programs that I watch faithfully, but mostly, I just look for the one that irritates me the least. I’m talking about the “reality” shows. I guess I must be in the minority here, since they wouldn’t show them if they didn’t sell, and they are everywhere. There are the ones that are going to fix things, like saving restaurants, car dealerships, bakeries, and barrooms. Seems like there must be a lot of people out there that own businesses that shouldn’t be allowed out without supervision.
Then there are the survival shows, where everyone is allowed to screw the other contestants under the guise of civility and fair play. Yeah, right. And how about the “Housewives of” (fill in the blank), the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows, the dance moms, weight loss contests, ballistic brides to be, 27 food contest shows, and if you really want to space out, there is always “Honey BooBoo.” If none of that grabs you, you can always find shows about duck calls, pawnshops, rebuilding classic cars, treasure hunting with metal detectors, ghost hunting, buying storage lockers, and searching for junk on the highways and byways. And that is not to even mention the “news” shows where the news is delivered according to their individual persuasion and you can pick the one that agrees with you. Kind of an eclectic mix, is it not. Be still my beating heart.
Don’t get me wrong. There are some good shows on too. Some of my picks are Bones and Castle, Reign, Grimm, and Blacklist. I can even be found watching Hells Kitchen and Voice. I guess the upside is, there is something for everyone. I just think it is a sad testimony to our idea of entertainment today when, as if our own lives didn’t offer enough challenges, we have to tune in to watch someone elses. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Now, where did I put that TV guide. There is a rerun of The Andy Griffith show that I don’t want to miss:)