Last night I flicked past The Shire while channel-surfing, and I thought “OK, I should give it a least five minutes”. I lasted the five minutes out, just – and just long enough to give me a great deal of sympathy for Michael Idato having to watch it every week, and to agree with Mumbrella’s very cynical take regarding how/why the recipe for the show was cooked up.
Sprog the Younger and I are enjoying shared watching of Once Upon A Time and True Blood, mr tog joins in for Downton Abbey, mr tog and I enjoy various UK police procedurals (especially Silent Witness and repeats of Taggart and Wire In The Blood, although Wallander with Kenneth Branagh was disappointing (we really wanted to like it, too)) and legal dramas (Silk is excellent). Sprog the Elder loves Top Gear, Air Crash Investigation and Mythbusters (we tend to watch the Top Gear as a family, mr tog also enjoys the Air Crash Investigation eps and Sprog the Younger is also a Mythbusters fan). I seem to be alone in the family with my love for the new series of Upstairs Downstairs and The Borgias, and I find old episodes of Law & Order quite comforting as wallpaper while I’m working at home. We also tend to watch a lot of ‘extreme’/'mega’ engineering programs and Industrial Age engineering retrospectives, and we’re suckers for anything narrated by David Attenborough.
We’re hanging out for new series of Boardwalk Empire and Dexter, and just last weekend mr tog expressed his wish to the Moff to hurry up and get some new Cumberbatch/Freeman Sherlock episodes out. I informed him that filming the next series is probably just waiting for Benedict and Martin to finish up with their separate obligations for the upcoming movie of The Hobbit, but it is meant to be happening, and he subsided somewhat. Of course, the new series of Doctor Who will be coming out in the British autumn, so there’s that to look forward to as well.
US sitcoms: The sprogs are still also keen on The Simpsons, Futurama, Scrubs and new episodes of Community. We don’t do The Big Bang in our house, nor Family Guy (with the exception of the Star Wars parody eps) – too many normative usages of marginalising stereotypes and cheap shots. 30 Rock never quite worked for me either, but I’m planning to get acquainted with Parks & Recreation, and I do like Modern Family.
UK comedy shows are a staple; who knows how many times we’ve seen certain episodes of Yes, Minister, AbFab, The Vicar of Dibley, BlackAdder, Father Ted, Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd, Mitchell & Webb, QI etc? Outnumbered is currently a must-see.
Right now we’re a bit short on what we regard as must-see Aussie TV. The Phryne Fisher Mysteries is finished, it will be a while before the next series of Tangle comes out. A new series of Rake began filming in April 2012 (yay!) while Killing Times is getting another run on cable now that the prosecution it was endangering has run its course. Crownies isn’t getting another series, but there’s a spinoff in the works. I’m moderately intrigued by the cast involved in House Husbands, and it’s a premise worth some primetime examination, so will definitely be giving that a go.
So what do you love, or love to hate? What disappointed you when you wanted to love it? What are your guilty pleasures? Your comfort viewing? Tell Auntie Viv everything.