It used to be I could find something to watch on TV if I had a free evening, but these days it's become more difficult. I find a lot of TV too graphic (CSI), too embarrassing (Wife Swap), too mean (American Idol), or too depressing (the evening news). I don't have anything against these shows (except Wife Swap, which I dislike because it involves children in reality television), it's just that they don't make me feel good about the world. I have the newspaper to keep me informed on human depravity...I don't need to watch it on TV as well.
But Thursdays...oh, Thursdays. They are the highlight of my TV watching week. This last week was the perfect culmination of all that is good on TV, so I've got to share.
First off, there's "The Office." I know I can always count on 30 minutes of laughter with "The Office." I know some folks are fans of the British version, but I favor the American script. The writing ("I don’t want somebody sucking up to me because they think I’m going to help their career. I want them sucking up to me because they genuinely love me."), the characters (I hope they don't get rid of Karen now that the Jim/Pam storyline is back), and the story lines--it all just makes me laugh. Steve Carell is quite the talented guy.
After "The Office" we have the arrangement of taping "Scrubs" while I watch "Grey's Anatomy." Season two of Grey's almost lost me because I was finding the characters pretty annoying. In fact, we had thought about naming Julianne 'Meredith' (after my grandpa whose name was Mederith) but I was so annoyed with the Meredith character on Grey's that I couldn't go through with it. But the last few episodes have been so good. And last night's show had me sobbing through the whole thing. I had to email Jess to rave about the show, and she astutely pointed out that TR Knight ought to win a Golden Globe for his performance on Thursday. Amazing. Amazing amazing. Even though I watched the show on Thursday, I watched it again last night. And sobbed some more. It even inspired me to write a post, which hopefully I'll finish soon.
Fortunately, I don't have to go to bed all weepy because after Grey's we watch "Scrubs." This week was "Scrubs--the musical" and even though I was still all weepy from Grey's, it's quite impossible to stay sad when you're listening to a song about "Guy Love." And a song about Poo. It was, as Sam pointed out, a totally feel good episode. Zach Braff is such a goof. Love it.
So, if you wonder why I'm not answering my phone on Thursday evenings, it's because I'm with Dwight and Jim, Addison and Callie, JD and Elliot. Oh, and Jason, Sydney, and Jules too. It's quite the entertaining crowd.