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I'm watching too much TV these days, mostly because it's something to glance
at while I'm knitting. The bulk of what I'm watching is
classic film, but there are some TV shows I like a lot.
Due SouthI love this show. It's a marvelous blend of poker-faced over-the-top humor, moving drama, and magical realism, and it has a wonderful handle on the tensions between Canada and the US. Nobody else could get away with naming a main character "Stanley Kowalski" or giving him a wife named Stella, or with naming a pet after a Canadian prime minister.
The X-FilesI have a bit of a love-hate thing going with this show. I'm still peeved with Fox for cracking down on all the fan-produced Web sites (they were doing free advertising for you! C'mon!), I quit watching in frustration in the middle of the fifth season when that stupid "The truth is out there" phrase was repeated the bazillionth time, and I skipped the movie. But then there was that "Triangle" episode, and the one that skewered planned communities, and and and...
Star TrekI was a major Star Trek geek during my high school and early college years. At one point, I could see about five seconds' worth of any episode from the original series and name the episode and tell you which season it was from. I even went to a few conventions and tried my hand at some painfully bad fan fiction that I think I've long since pitched. I sometimes worry about what I'd have been like if I'd had the Net when I was seventeen and thoroughly into fandom... I'm not much into ST in its current incarnations, though. I try to watch Voyager and just find myself cringing or yelling at the TV. As with The X-Files, the best fan pages seem to have disappeared. Grr.
Other science-fictiony stuffI was also a big Doctor Who geek -- I could name not just the Doctors in order, but most of the companions as well. I'm probably committing some sort of heresy by admitting that my favorite Doctor was Peter Davison, with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker and Patrick Troughton all tied for a close second. I didn't like Colin Baker much, and haven't seen enough William Hartnell or Sylvester McCoy to make up my mind about them. I did meet Sylvester McCoy at a convention once, though, and liked him a lot. Somewhere I have a picture of me with him. The best Who sites I've found are the Doctor Who Chronology and The Zero Room.
The other science-fictiony phenomenon that influenced me was Star
Wars, but I never got as geeky about it as I did about ST
and Who. It came out when I was seven. I saw it in the
theater, played with the action figures and the toy Millenium
Falcon owned by the kid across the street, read the book, and so
forth. The only action figure I owned myself was Greedo (I have no
idea why it was that particular one.)
British comedyI must confess that Monty Python was one of my biggest formative influences. We didn't get good reception for the one local station that showed the Flying Circus episodes when I was growing up, so I bought and traded a couple of the tapes and LPs and listened to them until they were worn out. I also went to great lengths to try to see some of the movies. I can still recite the (in)famous Parrot Sketch, most of the Bookshop Sketch, most of the Argument Clinic, and lots more. There's an appropriate Monty Python line for most any occasion, but you need to make sure you're in the company of other Python fans, or you're going to gather some very strange looks. The Pythons have set up a Web site at PythOnline.
I also adore The Young Ones, although I haven't seen very
many of the episodes. It's surreal and vicious and hilarious. Here's
a link for the episode
guide. "Neil! Your bed's on fire!"
EtceteraHere are some links to sites for other shows I've been known to enjoy.