Do you watch TV? If so, what kinds of things do you watch? If not, why not? Yes, I adore TV. Not all TV – I am discerning, but as a general rule, I’m fond of TV. For the last few years I’ve been into crime drams (Law & Order, SVU, CSI, CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Monk). I also like a good (or quasi-good) sci-fi show, but there aren’t really any on TV right now (there are some on cable, but I have to wait for the season to come out on DVD since we got rid of cable – The 4400 and something else that I can’t remember and seems to have gone off the air now). I also like House, the new Knight Rider (yes, I know it’s terrible, but it’s wonderfully entertaining), 30Rock, and Friends reruns. There are some shows on PBS that I enjoy as well, like America’s Test Kitchen and New Yankee Workshop.
If you watch TV, what are your favorite types of programs? Which ones do you watch? If you don’t watch TV, what do you do instead? Didn’t I just answer this? Instead, let me tell you what I don’t like. Game shows (only in a limited quantity can I handle them – Jeopardy is pretty fun though), reality television, American Idol and all other shows of its type, almost everything on FX, most daytime television, and anything that’s too tense.
Can you imagine a world without TV? What do you think it would be like? Do you think it would be a better place to be? I gave up TV for lent about 5 years ago (was it really that long ago that and I lived together?) and it was OK. I didn’t die or anything. The world is a lot quieter without TV, and I prefer there to be background noise in my life, so I think I listened to a lot more music then. I think I’d be on the internet a lot more if there wasn’t TV, along with the rest of America, because it is one way that we stay informed, even if only in a very small sense, of what’s going on in the world.