So it may be a little early in the blog to start with the blatant endorsement of TV shows, but there are clearly two winners this fall that make me LOL, which is always a very, very good thing in my world. Especially if you are a parent (but they easily work for those without kids too), run, don’t walk to these shows that are above all, incredibly relate-able…
First let me paint the scene lest you envision my husband and I curling up on the couch and snuggling up with a bowl of popcorn. First of all, due to the odd set-up of our living room, it is not possible for us to be side-by-side on any furniture and both see the TV. So more of a shouting across the room-type scenario (if the room was big enough to require shouting)…This is done in 1-5min. increments between tending to a screaming baby, questioning the loud thumps coming from our toddler’s bedroom (but not necessarily always going up to check depending on how much we feel like caring at the time) and managing the needs of our neurotic dog. The viewing is done through a combination of On Demand, internet streaming, and the rare programming that our sketchy DVDR has captured (note of the 2nd D is important–we kick it old school around this house). This is actually going quite well–we have it down to being able to watch a 1/2 hr. show in under 65 min.
Parenthood is one of those treasures that can make you both laugh and cry. About the intertwined lives of an extended family in CA, it pulls on all the right heart strings. With each episode you fall a little more in love with Zeke, get a little further away from putting your finger on exactly what is off with Camille, think Crosby and Joel are just a little more adorable, and what female doesn’t have a girl crush on Monica Potter (Christine)? And for those of you who don’t know, Sarah (Lauren Graham–who has a free pass with me for the rest of her life after rockin’ my world as Lorelei on Gilmore Girls) is dating Adam (Peter Krause), her TV brother in real life. This adds a whole other bizarre dimension as I watch this through my sleep-deprivation fog.
Up All Night, about two parents and their chaos of having a new baby, has made me pledge my undying loyalty to NBC for airing such brilliance. All the awkwardness inherent to any new show is quickly waived due to the amazing accuracy and hilarity with which the unreal days of new parenthood are portrayed. Favorite lines by Will Arnett: “Are we dead?” (while washing bottles in the early morning hours after a sleepless night–if you can’t understand this one, don’t try) and “I apologize for my existence” (after suggesting to his wife that she not wear sweatpants around the house–my husband reassures me that most men feel this is the only safe apology to offer in many dicey moments).
I would tell you what time/days these shows are on, but I don’t actually know. In my house, they are viewed sometime between Tuesday night and Sunday afternoon, usually over the course of several hours, possibly days. Give yourself a gift this fall and check them out 🙂