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The Opposite Side of the Coin

Ones I've never seen:

Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Dark Skies
DaVinci's Inquest
Dawson's Creek
Dead Like Me
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
Doctor Who
Due South
Even Stevens
Gilmore Girls
Gossip Girl
Grey's Anatomy
Grange Hill
Homicide: Life on the Street
Invader Zim
Hell's Kitchen
Kim Possible
La Femme Nikita
LA Law
Law and Order: SVU
Lizzie McGuire
McLeods Daughters
Melrose Place
Mod Squad
Murphy Brown
My Life As A Dog
Ned Bigby's Declassified School Survival Guide
One Tree Hill
Press Gang
Prison Break
Private Practice
Project Runway
Pushing Daisies
Queer As Folk (US)
Queer as Folk (UK)
Rescue Me
Road Rules
Six Feet Under
Slings and Arrows
So Weird
South of Nowhere
Starsky & Hutch
Teen Titans
That's So Raven
The 4400
The Amazing Race
The Avengers
The Dead Zone
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Golden Girls
The Honeymooners
The Real World
The Shield
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The West Wing
Third Watch
Twitch City
Ugly Betty
Veronica Mars
Will and Grace
The L Word



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Nov. 18th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I've no doubt The West Wing is a fabulous show, and I'd probably like it. But the odds of me every seeing it are slim to none. It takes a lot to get me to watch a new show. (New to me, that is.)

On my "to watch" list are: Buffy, then Angel if Buffy doesn't suck (but I'm afraid that it might for me), Farscape, Babylon 5, and then maybe BSG or Enterprise for completeness' sake. And not necessarily in that order.

Doctor Who, on the other hand, is not on my list. Not because I wouldn't like it. Au contraire. I suspect I most definitely would. But there is just so very much there. And being in the States and (until recently) never knowing when it was going to be on and all that made it too hard to watch. I have a brother-in-law who is a total Who fanatic. He keeps me apprised, but I'm afraid I just don't have time for another show in my life. I tend to do more than just watch TV, as you know, so...no time. (Meaning I delve into the fandoms.) Maybe someday, but not in the immediate plans. I find folks are born to Who love, and never having a single exposure to it in any way as a child has set me back. I know I lose geek cred there, but that's just how it is.
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Nov. 18th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know all about the good Doctors. I even know to never, ever say Dr. I know about Tom Baker and Peter Davidson and Daleks and Companions and even David Tennant and Ianto and Jack. I know the big huge deal about Ianto and all that (but I won't repeat it because I hate spoilers so much and someone reading this might not know about it somehow).

I just don't care.

Meaning I don't care about knowing the spoilers and whatnot because I don't watch the show and don't foresee myself ever watching it.

That's not a bash against it, but a simple fact.

I have reached the point in my life where watching TV is like a chore. I love it when there is no new TV because that means I don't have to watch it that night.

I currently watch five hours of TV a week, and I'm hard pressed to watch that much.

I won't watch any more until I cut something else. Just how it is. Now, I spend gobs of time on my computer, so that's not a "I don't want to sit still" thing or whatever. It's just another simple fact. TV just pours out at me and I can't interact with it and that frustrates me. I can't talk to it. I can't create anything while I'm watching it. I get bored within minutes most of the time.

I can't get past the boredom, and then I get mad at the TV because it's keeping me from doing something more fun, like talking to my friends online or writing. But I watch because there are some shows that do still entertain me and because there are some hubby and I watch together, etc.

Now, on the very rare occasions when I have control of the TV, I will sometimes watch it (my hubby went out of town for four days last year and I watched four hours while he was gone - otherwise, I enjoyed the blessed silence - see, I'm not a channel surfer - I watch a program then turn off the box). When I do, I'll watch it for twenty minutes, see a scene that lights my fire, stop it, run to my computer and type a story, then go back to it. That makes TV fun. I've recently discovered that Twitter makes TV fun, too, because I can comment on it as I watch. Or watching with pen and paper to take notes on the cool stuff to watch later or blog about, etc. That has recently rekindled TV fun for me. Just watching doesn't cut it. I have to DO something.

But in my everyday life, I can't do that. I have a husband who cares much more about TV than I do and thus is generally in control of the remote. He watches all sorts of things while I'm doing my computer stuff.

And while we enjoy a few shows together, he has no interest in Doctor Who, either, so there's just no way we'd ever tune in. It would never occur to me to turn on the TV if he wasn't around, and he would never tune in to Doctor Who. He grew up with Doctor Who in that it is his brother who is completely obsessed, but he still doesn't care as an adult. And me? Well, not a one of my family watches sci-fi. I was not exposed to it at all growing up.

In the US, in order to watch Doctor Who when I was young, you had to stay up very late on Saturdays and then maybe if you were lucky you might get it or you might not.

So...I never saw it.

Like I said, I'd probably like it, but rest assured that if I ever come to it, it will be by mere chance and blind luck.

Because I can 100% guarantee you that if I ever come to Scotland, I won't waste a second of my time on television. No matter what it is.
Nov. 18th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
All that said, that first disc of "here...you should watch this" Stargate SG-1 sat for MONTHS before I picked it up out of boredom one day.

And we all know how that turned out.

One day, when the stars align just so, Doctor Who might happen in the same way. You never know. I won't discount anything. I mean, SG-1 looked about as appealing as eating cactus spines. Doctor Who looks far better but is far more overwhelming.

Tell you what. I take it back. You pick one disc, or episode, or whatever...and if I ever end up at your place, I'll give it a shot. As long as it's dark out. I can think of no better way than that to break my Doctor Who cherry.

Just pick well, because that's the stickler with Who and me. Since there is so much, how does one go about watching it? Where does one start? Most folks I know say their Doctor is Tom Baker, but...

Anyway...have to go work on my NaNo now. These comments are some serious word counts already!

Edited at 2009-11-20 02:29 am (UTC)
Nov. 20th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
PS-one final thing because I'm a jackass for not mentioning it earlier. Your mom rocks! And I'm glad you have had the experience of growing up with one fandom/show like that. I'm glad you could share something like that with your mom. That is special and wonderful and made of magic.
Nov. 19th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
I'm watching Farscape now and it is fantastic! I highly highly recommend it.
Nov. 19th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I know far too many peeps whose opinions I respect who seem to like it to wait too much longer on it (and it's far more easily accessible for me than Doctor Who/there's so much less mythology to catch up on). So, yes, at the risk of becoming a FarGater, I want to see Ben and Claudia in their "other" roles.

Dude! I just remembered that I saw a few minutes of an ep once. Does that count? Nah.
Nov. 19th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
I started watching last week via netflix and was hooked about five minutes into the pilot episode. I am now anxiously awaiting the complete series set that I just ordered. (I just checked the tracing and it's due in tomorrow!!)

This is a show that I've wanted to watch for a long time. Once the dvds were released, I jumped at the chance to watch it but I truly didn't expect to be so impressed with the show. I think it is now my second favorite show after Firefly.
Nov. 20th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
That is high praise! I hope it keeps up the good work!

Oh, and nice icon.
Nov. 18th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Mythbusters would be right up your alley, I think.
Nov. 18th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Dude! Absolutely no interest! Don't know why, but none at all. Not even a little.

It's probably pretty cool, but it's never even blipped on my radar. For shows currently on, Fringe interests me a bit. Maybe Warehouse 13. But not enough to try to watch them.

Back when I had control of a TV, I used to watch some Discovery type shows, but nowdays I have so little access to TV that it never occurs to me to watch new things. (And for the record, hubby only has the remote because I don't really care about it. We are the typical couple in only a few things, but that is one of them.)

Honestly, though, when he's not around, I never turn it on.
Nov. 18th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand that. Most of the TV I've watched in the last few years has been because my mom had it on. NCIS, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, etc... pretty much only when she's home and plugged in.
Nov. 18th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I call it second hand TV, and I consider it nearly as annoying as second hand smoke. (I exaggerate, but not by much.)
Nov. 18th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think I'm more annoying to my mom... she's all time griping about me "lurking" instead of just sitting down and watching it with her!
Nov. 18th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
I can see that, I guess. I'm always wandering around, too. Can't just sit there.
Nov. 19th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Of all those (and this is coming from a longtime Who fan), I confess to some regret that you've never seen Babylon 5. I hope that you do someday. I'd love to read some lovely wabbit fic in the B5 verse! I do think it would utterly up your alley.
Nov. 19th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Yes, my highest priorities on the to watch list are B5 and Farscape.

I was interested in B5 years ago, but I missed the beginning and the whole five year arc thing made me wait until I could watch the whole thing. And one day I will. That's what Netflix is for.
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