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February 05, 2007

iTunes, Tivo and TV Shows

I went almost two years without really watching anything but sports on TV. Then about two years ago, during the summer when life is slow and temps are hot in Phoenix, I caught a single episode of Arrested Development on Fox. I added Sunday (and later Monday) night to my schedule and AD to my Tivo.

I am still far from a TV junkie. First, I don't like cop dramas--you know, the CSI's, CSI Miami, CSI New York, CSI Fargo, CSI Bakersfield, Law and Order, Law and Order Special Victims Unit, Law and Order Criminal Intent, Law and Order Minor Property Crimes, Law and Restraining Order, Criminal Intent. Is there a show that isn't about Cops that skirt the rules to make sure they get the right criminal? Plus I can't stand reality TV--Amazing Race, Survivor, Super Nanny, American Idol, Extreme Makeover, Biggest Loser. Dude, TV is just trash anymore. But there are about a half a dozen or so shows that I watch, and several others that are in reruns that I catch whenever I can.

Here is the lowdown:

  • Heroes
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The Office
  • My Name is Earl
  • Futurama (which is coming back on Comedy Central)
  • Family Guy
  • Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law (Adult Swim baby)
  • Robot Chicken
  • Arrested Development in reruns on G4 and HDNet

Matter of fact, that is what the top shelf of my DVD collection looks like too, save Heroes which is in its first season. These are staples of my entertainment for road trips. Pop in a DVD of six or seven episodes of any of the above and you are 200 miles down the road and don't even notice.

The single biggest complaint I have about Brian Head and my condo is that the cable service there does not have Cartoon Network and my condo is on the north side of the building meaning I cannot get DirecTV.

Note, this is kinda lame to talk about TV, but I want to make sure that if I enjoy something, I pimp for it since I watched AD die because no one is watching. Everyone I have shown the DVD's to had loved it, but no one watched it when it was on. Family Guy and Futurama both got cancelled until Adult Swim revived them.

Posted by Justin at February 5, 2007 10:59 AM


I forgot--have you ever checked out Firefly? If you like Battlestar, you should love it. Great Joss Whedon dialogue, great characters, a fun premises that mixes the wild West with sci fi. All the episodes are on Netflix, don't know if they're on iTunes or not. There's also a feature length movie with the same characters called Serentity, but the series is actually better.

Posted by: Dan Curriden at February 7, 2007 05:34 PM