This week I am lightening up the conversation so I can talk
about something I rarely get to experience - television.
Being a parent to three little girls doesn't leave a lot of spare
time for watching shows of my choice (watching The Piglet Movie for
the 3rd time last night was definitely not my
But TiVo has made it possible for me to watch what I want,
when I have the time. No more channel flipping or tuning into
bad television just because it's the "only thing on".
I am a little boring, not very adventurous with television,
but there are a few shows (and characters) that I have fallen in
love with. Sometimes it's drama and sometimes it's humor (or
a mixture of both), but either way, this busy mom enjoys and
appreciates the stolen moments of escapism.
I can easily say that LOST was the best television drama that I
ever experienced. The very last episode aired a few weeks ago
and I miss the show already - the mystery, the relationships, the
podcasts, and Claire's crazy hair. But it had to end at some
point, and to me, the finale was satisfying, deeply spiritual and
beautiful. And these two guys pulled it all together.....
John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) - I felt a connection to
John immediately, a self-proclaimed man of faith who knew there was
a higher purpose and greater meaning to life. Like the rest
of the characters, John was a flawed man, but the island offered
him the opportunity to be whole again, to become a leader and to be
After death John was embodied by MIB (otherwise known as the Man
in Black), an interesting character in his own right, but as both
Jack and Ben pointed out, he dishonored the face he wore.
John may not have been the final candidate, but he taught the
others to have faith and optimism, no matter what the
Jack Shepard (Matthew
Fox) - Jack is a typical hero, doing his typical
hero things throughout the first several seasons. His need to
fix everything and his inability to "go deep" was not only a burden
for him, it drove me crazy, too.
But Season 6 showed us a new Jack, a Jack who "woke up" and was
committed to healing and finding his own path. In the end
Jack came full circle and found peace. Not by fixing
everybody else, but by realizing and fully embracing who he was.
The last five minutes of the finale was some of the greatest
television I have ever experienced. Matthew Fox deserves an
Emmy, or at the very least a nomination, for his performance.
This show went off the air way to soon…..they were just getting
started! It was fast-paced, ridiculously funny, sometimes
crass, and every character stole the show (not to mention all of
the great guest appearances…..especially Carl Weathers and his
There's been some talk that Arrested Development, The Movie is
coming out in 2011 and you can find all three seasons of the show
on DVD (and cable channel G4). If you've never seen it and
you decide to give it a try, pay special attention to these
Gob Bluth (Will Arnett) - Gob (stands for George Oscar
Bluth, pronounced Jōb) is the oldest son and professional magician
who never received love and respect and therefore has no idea what
it looks like.
He drives a Segway (that says GOB on the front), he makes
records with his puppet Franklin, and if anyone doesn't follow
through on a dare he breaks into what he thinks is a chicken dance
(ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-caw!). I can't listen to his theme song,
The Final Countdown, without smiling.
Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) - Michael is supposed to
be the straight man, the smart character on the show, but in
reality he is just as crazy as everyone else. He has a
wonderfully dry sense of humor and a strong love for his son (but
not his son's girlfriend Anne, who he tends to call "Egg").
The show was basically built around Michael and his reluctance
to become head of this nutty family, and his best scenes are with
Gob (I have no idea how they filmed this show without constantly
cracking up). Michael may be the most functional in the
family, but that's not saying much.
Are you wondering who still watches Friends on WGN and
TBS? Well, me. At least four episodes are tivoed a day,
and though I rarely even get through one, I take comfort in knowing
they are there if I need them.
The show debuted my first year out of college while I was living
in Chicago with my friends, and like the characters on the show, I
was figuring out my career, dating, and trying to find myself.
And then we grew up together. Todd and I got married
around the same time as Chandler and Monica, I was pregnant with
Jacey when Rachel was pregnant, and I moved out to the suburbs
around the time the show ended.
In the last season of the show, Todd and I flew out to L.A. and
watched the taping of Phoebe's wedding episode - a momentous
occasion in my life (thank you Brian Donlinger!).
I always claimed to love them equally, but awhile back I was
waking up from anesthesia and my husband took the opportunity to
ask who my real favorites were - this is what I said, and
since I was under the influence, it must be true.
Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) - Hands down the
best feature in a male is a great sense of humor (#1 reason why I
married my husband), so it's no wonder that I love Chandler.
He was originally self-depreciating, sarcastic, and stuck in
"Janice" limbo, but in the end he became a husband, a successful
advertising exec, and a father to twins (he finally went through
the metaphorical tunnel!).
"Fat" Monica (Courtney Cox-Arquette) - Monica was
funny, but "fat" Monica was so much better. She and her
"flower" were only in a handful of episodes, but she was
emotionally healthier than real Monica - more confident, kinder,
and a lighter spirit.
This is one of the best sitcoms in years because it's
consistent, warm and not at all cynical. There are always
lessons to be learned and this family really loves each
other. Every character is good, but these guys are my
Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) - Cameron is Mitchell's
partner and Lily's dad, and he is committed to following his dreams
(he sings at a friend's wedding, he plays drums in Dylan's band,
and he dresses up like a clown for parties).
He loves being a stay-at-home dad, and he's a fierce protector
of his family. Most notably when he grabs a bat in the middle
of the night and says, "It's go time" as he heads to
confront the "man" in Lily's room (turns out to be the next-door
neighbor picked up on the baby monitor).
Phil (Ty Burrell) - Phil is the heart of the show, a
true family man, but also a caricature of so many suburban dads,
guys who have no idea that they are no longer cool.
He tries to befriend his daughter's boyfriend (he calls him
D-Money), and he's a gadget and technology geek. When he
doesn't get his I-Pad on its release date he is devastated and goes
numb ("Its OK honey, I don't feel things anymore….").
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
In an effort to not get depressed, I stay away from the nightly
news, but I do tune into Jon Stewart most nights. The reality
of the world is either going to make us laugh or cry, and I choose
to laugh along with Jon and the correspondents.
He calls out politicians (he leans left, but he will be the
first to rip into Obama) and points out the idiocy and the
inconsistency of our national media.
Yes, this is satire, and although Jon and his staff claim to be
entertainers, they are also incredibly smart and most of the time
they are right on. It may be comedy, but I think it's
30 Rock - Alec Baldwin at his best; love Liz
Lemon and her "Dealbreakers"
Oprah - I skip the fashion, the decorating, and
the murderers, but otherwise, Oprah helps me live my best life.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette - Cheesy,
overdramatic and overproduced, but everybody knows it (including
Chris Harrison), so let's just enjoy. I haven't caught every
season, but when I'm in, I'm IN (yikes Casey, go Roberto!).
SNL - It's hit or miss, but Weekend Update is
click here to see two of my favorites, Garth and Kat.
Agree or disagree? Feel free to share your
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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