I’ve started to watch way too much television. I’m choosing to blame the people I spend most of my time with (and a torrent-addicted housemate), but I probably have some culpability myself. I have five shows I watch most of the time.
Grey’s Anatomy is set in a hospital and features a cast of people I’ve never heard of before. The characters all sleep with each other (I think) in between saving lives and curing people of all their ills (I think). Every so often, also, their well-placed words of wisdom will turn someone’s life around in ways they never expected – they’re just all-round superstars. The lead character, Meredith Grey, is fiercely annoying and I would quite like to shoot her in the face. I actually hate Grey’s Anatomy, but I still like to watch it. Go figure!
Las Vegas is great craic and is one of my favourite shows at the moment (not least because it’s got the sexiest cast of characters I’ve seen in a long time). More importantly, however, it’s funny, clever and fast-paced. It’s all about security in a Las Vegas casino, I believe, but I really just watch it to look at this beautiful man. It’s certainly not edifying stuff.
Studio 60… stars your man from Friends, Chandler. The story centres on his character, Matt, and another chap, Danny, who are the main writers for a comedy show on some network or other. Studio 60 was created by the same guy who created the West Wing, so the dialogue and acting is snappy and intelligent (there’s a lot of that talking while walking carry-on, which I love). Even Chandler’s really rather good, although the woman he pretends he’s not in love with irritates me.
Heroes is about a group of people from all over the world who discover that they have superpowers (like being able to fly or travel through time), and who have to come together to save the world or something. Frankly, reader(s), I don’t understand a word of it so I can’t really say anymore about what’s going on. The housemate and I watch it wearing permanent frowns on our faces because it just doesn’t make any sense at all. Apparently it will in time, but right now, I just can’t get it. I can’t even remember what half of the characters are called. It’s still good stuff, though.
And… oh, that’s it! Only four! I’m not as far gone as I thought I was. Although, are we still counting Eastenders…?
(Oh, and if you want a recommendation from the above, I’d have to go with ‘Vegas’. It’s silly TV – my favourite kind – very often at its best. But do yourself a favour and try not to get sucked into any of them.)