Saturday, February 9, 2013

You Had Me @ Season 6

Here is a great example of why I'm not a great blogger:

I just (within the last month or so) started watching The Big Bang Theory.  I LOVE IT!

(Oh, happy new year by the way.  See?  Worst blogger ever.)

I'm doing my thing on the internet - catching up on people and reading 15 different things at once - when I start constructing a blog entry in my head (aka talking to an imaginary friend)...

But Imaginary Friend!!! I can't tell you about my love of the Big Bang Theory without telling you how half hour sitcoms have only recently re entered my life (within the past two years - see my 2011 recap where I blame Jared and Sara for my spike in television viewing).

And how can I tell you that I maybe haven't felt this way about a show since Friends?! (gasp!!)

I haven't even told you HOW MUCH I love Friends!! (I almost typed "loved" #ShameSpiral)

And I can't tell you about Friends without prefacing that I didn't start watching it until I was in college, because I didn't really watch TV in high school.  (Not for any weird reason.  I was just REALLY busy in high school and didn't have time to get into any shows.  The last shows I remember watching on a regular basis when I was living with my parents were Growing Pains and Who's the Boss.)

So you see...I can't tell you about The Big Bang Theory without telling you my whole life story, which I would never have time to write but at the same time is one of the reasons I attempt to blog...and one of the roadblocks that often prevents me from posting.

*Sigh, Deep Breath*

Let's give this a try...


The first episode of Friends that I really watched was the finale of Season 6.  Spoiler Alert: It was the year that Chandler proposed to Monica.  Why was I even watching it?  I am a sucker for finales, even if I don't regularly watch the show.  I taped the series finale of Dawson's Creek, having never watched a single episode of the show.  The first episode I ever watched of 90210 was their high school graduation.  I just tivo'd the series finale of 30 Rock.  You can see this is an established pattern.

I know Friends better than any other show in the history of my life.  I'm practically at a loss for how to describe how integrated into my life that show has been.  There is always a Friends quote to support what is happening around me, and I'm lucky to have several [real] friends who can quote with me and understand my references.

If you added up the number of times I've watched Friends episodes, it is EASILY in the thousands.  My old TV was one of the TV/VCR combo deals that I sat on top of a DVD player.  Most DVDs wouldn't play on my tv because they could tell they were being attached to a VCR that had the power to make illegal copies.  Oddly enough, seasons two through ten of Friends played just fine, so for YEARS, Friends episodes were the only DVDs I watched in my dorm room (and then later my bedroom when I moved off campus).  After the first few hundred viewings, Friends episodes are the perfect background filler.  Reliable, funny, and they help you keep track of the time! (What can I accomplish in 22 minutes?)

I could go on and on about Friends, but that's a story for another time.  We're here to talk about The Big Bang Theory today.

The Big Bang Theory

Much like with Friends, I'm late to the game.  Unlike Friends, I didn't fall hard and fast in love.

I had seen an episode here or there.  Wasn't super impressed; plus the opening reminds me about things that happened a million years ago - that's always daunting.  But times change (in even shorter spans than millions of years).  Winter Hiatus - a television phenomenon that I have often toyed with as a blog subject (you know, in chats with my imaginary friend).  Winter hiatus arrived and after a fast and dirty Netflix revival (I knew there was a reason why I was still paying them) I turned to reruns of TBBT.

Then an episode made me laugh at loud, and so did another, and another - until enough of them made me laugh to make me think that I might actually be a fan.  And now I know I'm in love.

But why am I writing about TBBT this way and not How I Met Your Mother.  HIMYM, which I've been faithfully watching for over a year, and is sometimes so in tune with things I say or do in my own life that I swear Neil Patrick Harris is spying on me.  (Come say hi, NPH; I'll be cool - I swear!)  HIMYM takes place in New York, has characters that are closer to me in age and place-in-life, and, did I mention they have Neil Patrick Harris?  It sounds like an obvious win.  I've been thinking about this while writing tonight and I realized that as much as I adore NPH, I probably wouldn't be friends with Barney in real life, and I definitely wouldn't be friends with Ted or Robin.  While the chances of me befriending a group of hard core geniuses is also pretty people, I feel more in tune with the characters of TBBT.  Physics doesn't hold my attention for long (omg - high school honors physics - that's a story for another time), but the quest for answers, reason and logic, combined with a little OCD hits close to home and heart.  My inner geek is brought out by musicals rather than comic books, but I can still connect to that type of enthusiasm.

So here I am, with a new set of Friends, complete with present day cell phones and computers.  I told Jared the other night that I feel like TBBT came into my life at just the right time.  It sounded ridiculously corny of course, but I meant it sincerely.  Interestingly, The Big Bang Theory is in its 6th season. Does that mean anything?  Probably not, but just like a good TV show - it feels like it does.


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