Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #4

Here are 13 TV shows I miss - some recent, some form way back in the day. As you can see, I have been a TV addict from a very early age!

1. Friends – I can relate almost every day of my life to something in a Friends episode. Tuesday was like “The One With the Secret Closet” and yesterday was more like “The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance”. Thank GOD this show is still on reruns all the time.

2. Seinfeld – I still quote Seinfeld. Regularly. And the alarming thing is that although there are plenty of my friends who understand me (Briana – you’ve got my back, right?) there are many who do not. Because they are too young; otherwise known as “I am too old”. I used a Seinfeld reference in the Excel Intro class I was teaching a couple of weeks ago, and all I got was blank stares from the newbies. I told them I wouldn’t teach the rest of the class until they watched channel 14 between 9 and 10 pm.

3. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – this one was fairly recent. Had Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet in it, and the writing was fantastic. It was one of the smartest shows on TV and it got canned. That totally sucks.

4. The Sopranos – I’m not into violence but this show captivated me. I hated Tony; I loved Tony – I was conflicted. I am an animal lover who laughed when a drugged-up Christopher sat on Adriana’s dog and killed her.

5. Knightrider – I always liked KITT better than Hasslehoff. And it was such a big thrill to get my picture taken beside KITT at Universal Studios when I was about 11. Strangely, it wasn’t as big of a thrill when I went back at age 28. KITT wasn’t even roped off by then, was pretty rusted and nobody had waxed him since the 90s. Poor KITT.

6. The Wonder Years – did Kevin and Winnie ever make it past age 13? I LOVED this show. If you didn’t love this show, you obviously were never a gawky nerdy teen who suffered angst. I’ve never really realized that I was angsty before, but there you have it. I IDENTIFIED with this show, folks.

7. Cheers – “Norm!... Mr. Peterson.” I loved Coach but Woody was so gloriously dumb. Carla was the first smartass my parents let me watch. I never really cared for Sam or Diane but Kirstie Alley was awesome.

8. The Cosby Show – another one I sat down with my parents weekly and watched religiously. It was funny without being crude. Good, clean fun. The one problem was that it was on at 8 pm on a Thursday night and soccer practice finished at 7:45 in Langley. That gave us 15 minutes to race home but we always missed the opening by 5 minutes.

9. Family Ties – Alex P. Keaton. Need I say more?

10. Beverly Hills, 90210 – Ohhh wait, I’m in luck – it’s coming BACK! In September! I am SO going to be watching!

11. Everybody Loves Raymond – this show was pretty funny. And I liked it more because I got to see a taping of it while living in LA. I think I would like it still more now that I have kids of my own. I listened to Ray Romano’s comedy routine on a book on tape while driving LA to Vancouver and it kept me awake for a LONG time. Funny stuff.

12. Party of Five – sappy, true. But I loved Bailey and Charlie.

13. Ally McBeal – because Marzia and I used to have McBeal night every week when we were living not far from one another in New West. Good times! Cuddling up with Siska, who was still a tiny pup, having snacks and watching the dancing baby. How could you go wrong?

1 comment:

Cathy said...

Hey Norm, what's shakin'?
All four cheeks and a couple of chins.-Classic
Yeah, I missed Friends too, so much so that last year for Christmas, I asked (and received) The DVD set, The one with all ten seasons.
Oh, and I can't tell you how peeved I was at the wonder years that Kevin and Winnie didn't end up together at the end. Frosts my cookies even to this day.