I can give up a lot of comforts but not TV. Television has been the backdrop of my life growing up an only child to necessary chatter when I am working around the house. It’s on now. Even though the on-line options for watching shows have changed television viewing for most, including me, there’s nothing like having on that boob tube. It is the backdrop and soundtrack of my life. I confess my TV is my sleep aid, too. Find me an old, familiar show and my mind can settle into slumber.
And, yes, I watched a lot of TV as a kid. Mom didn’t make it my babysitter but I wasn’t restricted, either. As an only child, I learned a lot about life, sibling dynamics and the world from TV. Besides the PBS children’s fare, sitcoms showed me how different families interact and I can still recite commercials from back in the day. I can’t imagine how I would be today without TV.
I know a few people who do not own a television. (I have seven throughout my house, including one in my bathroom.) Now, I have an advanced degree and varied interests. But I love sharing that commonality of TV with friends. When I find out someone is a fan of “The Sopranos,” “Break Bad” or “Mad Men,” I know they appreciate good writing, acting and editing. It’s a wonderful diversion and great conversation.
Sitcoms alone are like my extended family. From the Bradys, the Bundys and the Ricardos, to Roseanne and Dan Conner, Rob and Laura Petrie, Frasier, Niles and Martin Crane and Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, these characters are my friends – including Friends! I make no apologies. TV is a free, clean diversion from our busy lives. It brings joy and connects us. It’s relatable. If I say, “VItameatavegamin”, most know I am referring to the classic “I Love Lucy” episode. People born after Lucille Ball died know her. It’s Americana. If I say, “No soup for you!” or “Are you master of your domain?” or “Yadda, yadda, yadda,” almost everyone knows these lines are from “Seinfeld.”
And when I need a good belly laugh, I can hit YouTube for something in my memory bank like this:
Cracks me up every time!
So take my smart phone, if you must. Take my coffee maker. I’ll get by. But keep your hands off that remote!