Working and having a toddler means I don’t watch as much TV as I used to. Shame, because I loooove TV. I love it so much I studied it at uni (along with film and popular culture. People may say an Arts degree is useless, but hot damn it’s fun to do anyway). And these days we have Foxtel after we got so freaking sick of the crap on free-to-air TV: Ice truckers, Family Guy reruns, Air Crash Investigation, Family guy reruns, Two and a Half Men, Family Guy reruns. You know how it is. Having Foxtel means we can watch so much more crap than we used to, and I love it. I especially love that it means I can record things and watch them when I have a few quiet hours here and there. It means I can’t always watch things when they air, but I usually get to it at some point in the week. Here’s a quick run-down on what I’m watching at the moment!
I’ve read online that some people have gone off Modern Family of late. I don’t know why, because there are certainly much worse comedies out there. I still enjoy this show so much, and I’m currently catching up on season 5. The quick, witty writing, particularly for the male cast members is what I love most about it. Jay, Phil, Mitch and Cam get some of the sharpest, funniest lines, and each actor is so skilled at delivering them. I’ve also really come to appreciate Ed O’Neill as an actor (I say that as someone who loathed Married With Children). And can we please all admit how perfect Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is as Lily? So delightfully cruel, so hilariously blase about everything.
This show is….hard to explain. I watch it because I find it so intriguing that someone can write characters that are SO unlikable. As unlikable as they are, I feel like they are also so representative of people in their early twenties today. Feel free to disagree with me (particularly if you are in your early twenties), but every time I watch this show and one of the characters does something that makes me thing “You are such a self-absorbed twit pretending that you are the most caring, kind of spirit person in the world”, I can’t help but think that’s the way a lot of people are today. These girls are all such navel gazers, pretending that they aren’t at all. ESPECIALLY Hannah, who do obviously has never in her life been told that she’s not good at something and can’t quite believe that she hasn’t become a Pulitzer Prize winner by now. And that is why I keep watching. There seems to be such an astute attention to detail when it comes to the characters’ personalities and actions. It’s really quite remarkable that someone can create a show that is so strangely entertaining in all the wrong ways. And then there’s Ray. Who is hilarious.
Real Housewives of Melbourne
So SHAMEFUL to admit I have watched a few episodes of this. One of my guilty pleasures is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so I was horrifyingly curious about the Melbourne version of the show. It it appallingly bad. Obviously they’re in the ‘setting up the relationships’ stages and not many of them know each other yet, so it’s horribly awkward with lots of extremely fake social set-ups, but the women themselves are on a whole ‘nother level. Most of them have voices and articulation that they have SO OBVIOUSLY worked to achieve once they moved to Toorak/Malvern, and some of them are so alarmingly moronic. One of them is talking about how much she and her husband love Viagra, and in the interview vignette, Andrea states “I wouldn’t even know how to spell Viagra!” As I noted on Twitter, that doesn’t make you sound like your husband is faithful to you. It just makes you sound like an idiot. This week Andrea ran a short….seminar? I don’t even know what it was, but it was about how to juggle everything when you’re a working mother. Sounds good, right? She stated that all the women there were very disorganised. Why? Apparently because they don’t have nannies they make do absolutely everything for them. No, really. She has nannies that DO EVERYTHING for her, even once she’s home from work. The women in attendance looked at her like she crazy. Andrea, I can guarantee you that those women without nannies are one million times MORE organised than you on your very best day, darling. I could go on and on about this, but I won’t. I doubt I’ll intentionally watch any more of these episodes, it’s just too cringeworthy. Cringeworthy because of how manufactured it is, and because of how ridiculous these women sound whenever they open their mouths.
Santo, Sam & Ed’s Total Football
I am not a big sports fan. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. I’ll watch a game if it’s on, and during the year I somehow absorb a lot of knowledge about Formula One racing because my husband loves it and watches it, but I certainly don’t go out of my way to watch anything in particular. I do enjoy the satirical commentary shows though, and Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football is rather hilarious. You don’t need to be soccer fan to enjoy it (though it would help for some of the references they make). We’ve been watching Santo, Sam and Ed in all of their various incarnations across different networks, and no matter where they air and what sport they’re discussing, it’s always ridiculously funny. They take the piss out of anything and everything, but never in a mean-spirited way. They have season long running gags, and their knowledge about soccer is impressive. Definitely worth a look. Notice this link is to a full episode? Someone has popped them all up online – worth checking out before they get removed!
What are you watching at the moment? Loving or hating anything in particular?
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