I’ve admitted that I watch some really bad TV. I also watch some shows, that while maybe not Emmy Award winning, are pretty darn good. Here’s my current favorite of the bunch:
1. Real Sports With Bryant Gumble. I mentioned this show in an earlier post. For someone who is passionate about sports, loves documentaries and possesses a journalism degree, this series is as close to perfect as TV gets. While I enjoy all of the correspondents, I think the reporting done by Mary Carillo and Frank Deford is particularly good. If you have HBO, I strongly recommend checking this series out. A new episode airs tomorrow night.
2. The Antiques Roadshow. As the owner of a modern furniture showroom you might be surprised to learn that this is one of my favorites shows. Regardless of what I sell, I also own and appreciate antiques. I watch this show, however, purely for the history lesson. I really enjoy hearing the stories behind each of the pieces they profile and love it when the unsuspecting owner is told that their grandma Betty’s planter, the one that for the past 20 years has been home to a mound of dirt and a twig, is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Roadshow is coming to San Diego in June and I have already submitted my name to the ticket lottery. Fingers crossed I’ll get to go.
3. The First 48. I absolutely abhor violence, can’t stand to watch it, read about it, hear about it, etc.. I don’t even like the made up stuff and rarely will watch murder mysteries, or shows in which violence is a major and recurring part of the plot. As a matter of fact, I never watched one episode of the Sopranos for this very reason. Yet I absolutely love this show. Love. It. Given the above, I really can’t explain why. I just do.
4. The Soup. I have admitted to watching reality TV (several times now) and as much as I love my trash, I love a show that makes fun of it even more! My entire family loves the Soup. It is one of maybe two or three shows we all enjoy and happily (as in without griping first) watch together. Think Joel McHale would be honored to know that my family makes watching him make fun of others a priority on Friday night?
5. The Graham Norton Show. You have to have access to BBC America to watch this highly entertaining talk show. If you do, and you haven’t yet checked it out, I highly suggest you do! Graham Norton is hilarious. It is hard to describe this talk show and do it justice. The format isn’t terribly dissimilar from others in the genre but Norton and the unique way he interacts with both his guests (usually two) and audience members makes this a stand out! My only complaint is that they don’t produce new episodes as often as I’d like. *Warning–This video contains adult language and content.
What are some of your favorite TV shows?