As much as I talk about television I thought it'd be interesting to really take a look at what I watch in any given week. If you exclude sports and movies, I don't really watch that much TV. Really. I took a look at my DVR's settings to guide me here.
I will list the shows that a) I have programmed to tape, and b) I make it a point to see every week. Here's a day by day listing of the shows that are must-see for me.
Desperate Housewives: I love a good satire. The show isn't quite doing it for me this year, though. I don't know if I've changed or if the show has. At least Eva Longoria's on it. She'll keep me tuned in for the rest of the season.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Best show on TV? One of the best ever? Each week it's something different and it's something amazing. Larry David is a genius with uncomfortable humor. HBO at its best.
Arrested Development: If you haven't heard, this show is evidently cancelled. I can't blame Fox really as the show got 2+ year of poor ratings. Monday night time slot is not ideal, but when the show consistently comes in 5th place, it's hard to argue. Bummer. Arrested was my favorite show and now it's all gone.
Laguna Beach: I would call this a guilty pleasure, but I feel wholly unguilty watching it. At times it's painfully boring, but I still watch it. At times it's painfully asinine, but I still watch it. I don't want to analyze it too closely -- I just want to ride it out. Season finale is tonight....
The Office: With the demise of Arrested, The Office and Curb move into a first place tie for my favorite currently running television show. Congrats to the people behind these shows ... I know, you wish it wasn't under these circumstances ... no no no, don't say that, you've earned it. Really. The Office is one of the few shows that has me checking the clock and getting sadder as the half hour nears an end. While others may consider this blasphemy, I think it's just as good as the BBC version; maybe even better.
Lost: This was a great drama last year, but I didn't see much of it. I started watching this summer when ABC replayed about half the series and I got into it. I've been disappointed for the most part this season, but am still watching. The last couple episodes have been good.
CSI: I probably shouldn't list this because I decided not to watch last week's show. It's no longer must-see. A couple years ago this was a cutting edge drama, but now it's just like the others: over-produced, trite, and contrived. The dialog is so stupid sometimes I want to puke.
Masters of Horror on Showtime; Movies 101 on AMC; Movies that Shook the World on AMC: I list these together because they're fairly new phenomenons. The AMC shows are well done and Shook the World is incredibly fascinating. All film buffs should see this show. Thus far on Shook the World I've seen Birth of a Nation, The Exorcist, and Last Temptation of Christ. I learned a lot and the show's only half an hour, so we're not talking a big commitment here. I appreciate that.
Honorable Mention: These shows I tape but don't consider them must-see: Extras (great little show from the BBC The Office guy -- the season only lasted 6 episodes); My Name is Earl (funny at times but so reliant on cliches that I've already grown tired of it); Monk (it's not running new right now, but I usually watch it when it is new); and Scrubs (same as Monk).
About 6 or 7 hours of must-see TV per week. I don't know if that's a lot or a little, but our doctor says we should limit the kids to an hour a day. I'm sort of a kid and I watch an hour a day, so that's probably okay. Of course, movies and sports are often seen on TV, too. I'm sure the doctor wasn't talking about that.