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TV Shows I've Never Seen A Single Episode of
  • Lost
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • The Bachelor
  • Heroes
  • Twin Peaks
  • Survivor (but I have seen some of the original Swedish version)
  • The Amazing Race
  • Big Love
  • Project Runway
  • Ugly Betty
  • Pushing Daisies
  • The Anna Nicole Show
  • 24
  • The Apprentice
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Judging Amy
  • The Osbournes
  • The Simple Life
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Wire
  • The O.C.
  • 21 Jump Street
  • The View
Really. Not one.

TV Shows I've Seen 5 or Less Episodes of
  • Temptation Island (1)
  • The X-Files
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The Office (2)
  • Scrubs (1)
  • The Sopranos
  • The Real World (3-4)
  • Party of Five
  • NYPD Blue
  • My So-Called Life
  • CSI: Anywhere (maybe 2)
  • Law & Order
  • Doogie Howser (2)
  • Chicago Hope (3)
  • American Idol (2)
  • Dr Phil
Times I Wrote TV Shoes Instead of TV Shows Tonight: 3
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Dood. I am so (mostly) with you.

TV Shows I've Never Seen A Single Episode of
* Desperate Housewives
* Grey's Anatomy
* The Bachelor
* Heroes
* Twin Peaks
* Survivor
* The Amazing Race
* Big Love
* Project Runway
* Ugly Betty
* Pushing Daisies
* The Anna Nicole Show
* The Apprentice
* Dawson's Creek
* Judging Amy
* The Simple Life
* Six Feet Under
* The Wire
* The O.C.
* 21 Jump Street
* The View

TV Shows I've Seen 5 or Less Episodes of

* Temptation Island
* The X-Files
* Buffy the Vampire Slayer
* The Office
* The Real World
* NYPD Blue
* My So-Called Life
* CSI: Anywhere
* Chicago Hope
* American Idol
* Dr Phil

So...are there TV shows that you DO like to watch regularly? Or are you just not a big TV person? I think I am just not a big TV person. I usually have one or two current shows that I enjoy, and if I catch them when they're on, then I watch them. (Tivo is changing this, though. Now, I pretty much only watch a little TV with Rob in the evenings. And then it's just something Tivoed that we both enjoy. I find I don't record anything purely for my own benefit.) I used to have an ER addiction (which I enjoyed quite a bit) that involved not taking phone calls, and lowering the lights, and drinking wine. Ha. Those were the days.

We didn't have a TV for 6 years when I was a teenager and I think it stuck with me.

I rarely, if ever, sit down to watch TV. I used to watch ER when I lived in Chicago, but got out of the habit the first year I moved to Sweden because everything is 6 months behind here. Plus my favorite actress was gone. The only shows I've watched with any regularity in the past 10 years were Ally McBeal and The West Wing. Since then, pretty much nothing.

I do sit down for Conan O'Brien or David Letterman once in a blue moon if I'm walking through the living room and Anders is watching, but they're on so late, it's pretty rare. And I watch a music show with the kids on Friday night sometimes, but not always the whole thing. We do watch Melodifestivalen which is the Swedish lead-in for 6 weeks to the Eurovision Song Contest every year.

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I join you on so many of those. Except oh, my love for Project Runway and the silliness that has become Grey's Anatomy, how it runs deep. I never watched "Six Feet Under" until it was done and over, but it was amazing, I thought. One of the most honest and bizarre shows I've ever seen, ever.

-kerrianne, from

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With a couple of them, I keep thinking I ought to rent the DVD seasons, but somehow I never get around to it. :)

I LOVE your icon!!

I'd like to swipe it, if I may...

be my guest...I found it somewhere online, can't remember where now.

I cracked up a little bit at "shoes."
I'm so with you on this. I'm just not a TV watcher. I only watch it at my sister's place where it is always on, as it was in my parent’s home in their last years too. I swear, if it weren't for my family I wouldn't see anything.

On your first list, I've seen "The Bachelor" and "Survivor." Not my choices, I just watched them with my Dad in the months after my Mom's death when I pretty much lived with him.

I've also seen "Six Feet Under" once with my friends Terri, who was as obsessed with it as I was with "West Wing." I was curious, as my oldest daughter loved it. I found it funny, but a lot of the death stuff was just too triggering of family images and I couldn’t get past that.

West Wing, btw, was due to your influence. I still love it and occasionally get reruns from the library.

Just last night my friend Jim and I rented the first disc of "Ugly Betty," on my youngest daughter's recommendation.

From list #2 it's CSI, Law and Order, American Idol, and Dr. Phil.

American Idol was with my Dad.
CSI and L&W are at my one sister's house.
Dr. Phil was at my middle daughter's suggestion.

So that's where I stand on TV. We had one the entire time I was growing up. I threw ours out when my oldest kids were toddlers and rented or borrowed one when they were teens for movies only.
I bought a TV and VCR for movies when my youngest was a teen, less than ten years ago. And then the chicklets got me a DVD player one year for Christmas

If I could get away with it, I'd get rid of ours, too...maybe get one of those monitors that's just for watching movies. I don't think my husband would go for that idea, though. :)

Back in the day, I had a little bit of convincing to do, but it wasn't too hard as I pointed at our toddler whose eyes were becoming glued to the tube when we had it on. Fortunately we didn't watch too much anyway, having a variety of other interests that occupied our time.

It was a tiny bit harder with husband number two (who was never officially a “husband,” not having had a wedding or a license but having lived together for eight years.) Having set years of precedent and I had four children to his one (well, his other two were with the mom) I ruled the day on that bit.

I'm too impatient for tv shows, I don't want to have to view an episode every week for weeks on end. ;-) I've seen a few episodes of Heroes, for example, and quite liked it, but gave up because of my impatience. A series has to be really good for me to continue to watch it. Or the episodes have to be individual stories, so it doesn't matter whether you've been following it or not.

If I watched, I would be too, impatient that is. And OMG, the commercials would drive me absolutely insane. With West Wing though, I didn't go for it until way after the fact. And then I got the series on DVD from the library and watched sans commercials, the entire show over time whenever I wanted to. I got as obsessed as I can get with

mystery solved

NOW I understand how you read 856 books each month!


Re: mystery solved

LOL! You got it :)


And the newspaper is printing an article tomorrow about - "How does a modern family live through a Hollywood writers strike?" BOOGLES my mind. Are they serious???? Doesn't anyone know "GET A LIFE"?
As you can imagine from that - I seldom have the tv on! In your lists- I've only seen Dr. Phil a few times! Love, Lizardmom

TV shows

You do live in a cultural quagmire...
I still remember calling you occasionally in Chitown when ER was on and you would hang up on me....

I can recommend LOST, 24 (at least the first 2 seasons, it probably went downhill from there)
Simone cant live without Greys Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, and most important of all is Dr. House.

I can live without them all, but somehow I find myself sucked into the couch evenings and cant turn it off....

although the newest addiction is The Daily Show online that is keeping me away from my TV, and in front of my monitor...

gotta go,
The A team is about to come on.

Not only have I not seen most of the shows on either list, I've not heard of 90% of them. And I have no desire to find out what they are about.

We have a tv but it is never on. We sometimes watch the news and occasionally something that looks interesting (a documentary) or maybe a film, but not often. I really can't be bothered, as tv just bores me. There is no joy in just sitting there like a zombie while images flash before me. I find it numbing and I hate that. I even hate visiting people who love tv because often it dominates the house; they organises their furniture around it like it's like a shrine. And it kills conversation. Give me conversation, good books and Scrabulous any day.

It's true. And I think it must be 99.9% of all households have their primary space arranged around the TV. Sad, in a way. I find I don't even sit in the living room anymore, because even if I'm reading, someone will invariably come and turn on the TV. I also can't sit still in front of it. Much prefer other kinds of entertainment.


My husband and I have been married 25 years and just bought our first TV last spring.

It's hooked up to a DVD player and we watch movies one or two nights a week, or an episode of Friends or Grey's Anatomy off disc (we live in Belgium).

When we lived in the States, I was distinguished by being the only person I knew who had a degree in mass communications and NO TV. Ha! Now I'm the only person I know who has a TV and doesn't have a satellite dish or cable.

Re: TV

Are you V-Grrrl? I lived in Belgium for 3 years when I was a teenager (then 3 years in Germany)...those were the years when we didn't have a TV. ;)

I'd like to quote a recent entry by another blogger, who was overhearing two teenage girls at the school:

Girl 1: "Did you watch The Simpsons yesterday?"
Girl 2: "No."
Girl 1: "Did you watch Friends?"
Girl 2: "No."
Girl 1: "Did you watch Ugly Betty then?"
Girl 2: "No."
Girl 1 (with sympathy): "Oh my God, did you do nothing yesterday?!"

Personally, I haven't seen most of the shows you list. I saw the first three-four episodes of Grey's Anatomy until it turned into "Sex in the Hospital", at which I lost the interest.

* Lost - 0
* Desperate Housewives - less than 5
* Grey's Anatomy - 0
* The Bachelor - 1
* Heroes - 0
* Twin Peaks - less than 5
* Survivor (but I have seen some of the original Swedish version) - 1
* The Amazing Race - 1
* Big Love - 1
* Project Runway - love it but don't watch anymore
* Ugly Betty - ditto
* Pushing Daisies - 0
* The Anna Nicole Show - less than 5 (train wreck appeal)
* 24 - 0
* The Apprentice - watched 1st season & part of 2nd
* Dawson's Creek - 0
* Gilmore Girls - less than 5
* Judging Amy - 1
* The Osbournes - less than 5
* The Simple Life - 1 (probably 1/4)
* Six Feet Under - 0
* The Wire - 0
* The O.C. - 0
* 21 Jump Street - 0
* The View - GAG...and yet I've watched it several times.

* Temptation Island - 0
* The X-Files - less than 5
* Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 0
* The Office - LOVE, but forget to watch
* Scrubs - less than 5
* The Sopranos - 0
* The Real World - maybe a show or two YEARS ago
* Party of Five - 0
* NYPD Blue - less than 5
* My So-Called Life - 0
* CSI: Anywhere - 0 on all of them
* Law & Order - 0 on all of those, too
* Doogie Howser - less than 5
* Chicago Hope - less than 5
* American Idol - always say I'm not going to watch and then get sucked in
* Dr Phil - double GAG - 0

I don't have much time these days for TV but there are a precious few I cling to, mainly because each show offers something I really like. The four on my 'regulars' list are all a bit unusual, save for The Office and that one just makes my entire being shake with laughter so I consider it beneficial.

You're not missing much by not watching or having seen a lot of popular shows. Out of your two lists, I've only watched three programs faithfully through the years. It pays to be picky and imho, most reality shows are garbage and there are so many out there. I noticed The Simpsons isn't on either of your lists; is that a no- or do-watch?

I've seen it more than 5 times but it's not something I go out of my way for or watch regularly. Mostly it makes me roll my eyes, though it has its moments.


Holy crap! You are one of the wonders of this world. Good for you for staying away from the telly. I don't have access to a single channel but I've been known to rent back-to-back episodes of Six Feet Under (so strange but soooo good) and the OC.


'Reality' shows and talk shows are not only the bane of television's existence, but are fully banned (by fervent, mutual desire) in our house.

Being married to someone with encyclopedic knowledge of film and television, I have to say that the likelihood of no TV-watching in our house is not just zero, but progresses down into negative numbers. However, the TV schedule is pretty strictly filtered, viewing is supplemented heavily with DVDs, and it's a rare program that entices us into vegetating in front of the tube -- we're both usually working on other projects while we watch.

All that being said, I think you would absolutely love "Pushing Daisies".

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