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Five shows I've been watching again lately

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2009 10:56AM
Home ImprovementIf you watch a lot of TV like I do, you often go through patterns. You'll drift away from a show for many months or even years, and then you start watching an episode one night and find yourself watching the show on a regular basis again (I'm talking about watching the shows on TV, not DVD). Here are a list of shows that I've found myself watching again recently, usually at 1 in the morning when I should be in bed.

1. Home Improvement. What a good show this was, and the type of show you don't see much of anymore, a sitcom shot on video in front of a live audience (most filmed-before-a-live-audience sitcoms today, like Gary Unmarried and Old Christine, have that film look). I think a lot of people dismiss this show because it was about a guy who was more into cars and tools than reading and emotion, but the show was a lot deeper than that.Tim and Jill had one of the more realistic sitcom marriages on television, and the writing was always sharp, mixing the outlandish goings-on at Tim and Al's Tool Time with the domestic stuff. The show went on too long, the kids got older, Jonathan Taylor Thomas left, they started to use old plots too much and it just wasn't the same, but those first five or six seasons are really good.

2. Let's Make A Deal. Yeah, that's right, Let's Make A Deal, with all of its 70's game show cheesiness. I watched this when it first aired over 30 years ago, but I'm not watching this on GSN for the game show aspects. I'm actually watching for the fascinating prizes and prices from the 70s. It's fun to remember what things were like back then. The other day, one of the prizes was a Frigidaire refrigerator with a cassette player in it! I had never seen that before. I wonder if that was the sort of prize that seemed really cool and futuristic in 1974. I also like watching to see what companies provided the prizes and then get on Google and see if the companies are still around.

3. George Lopez. I always liked this show. It lasted for several seasons but I don't think it got any respect, really.

4. Wheel of Fortune. This is on every night at 7pm, the time I usually watch Seinfeld reruns, but I've seen every episode of that show 55 times and I need a little break. I used to watch Wheel of Fortune faithfully (even back in the Chuck Woolery days), but the contestants just drove me up the wall with their lousy play and stupid buying of vowels at the wrong times. But I've started to watch it again. The wheel is more complex now and they've added a lot of new features to their rounds, but it's still pretty much the same show it always was.

5. Frasier. This was always third in my mind when it came to the Cheers/Wings/Frasier triumvirate. I just never warmed to it like I did the other two, though I knew it was a good show. Now thanks to reruns I've started to appreciate it a little bit more.

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I've been juggling some shows the last few months as well. Came in handy when nothing but repeats was on.

1. The X-Files. Started at the beginning, amazing how well this held up. I'm now in the middle of S2.
2. Beverly Hills 90210. Just the early seasons on DVD when the show was good. Don't think I'll re-watch past S3 or maybe 4.
3. Growing Pains. Great show, holds up really well. Such a shame only S1 is out on DVD. We need the rest of them.
4. Step By Step. I know it's corny, but one of my favorite shows growing up.
5. Everbody Loves Raymond. Never watched it when it aired, but actually was a pretty funny show. I'll just catch repeats of it on various networks/timeslots, since it seems to air every hour on the hour lol.

January 24 2009 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

Thank you Bob.

January 23 2009 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Tim-1: It was a sitcom about Lopez and his family. He was the boss at a factory. I liked the mother character. So screwed up and nasty, heh.

January 23 2009 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In the words of Chris Griffin: "The George Lopez Show just perpetuates the theory the George Lopez is funny."

January 23 2009 at 3:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

Bob, what was the premise of George Lopez? I don't recall that show.

January 22 2009 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've been juggling quite a few different shows in the last couple of months.

-The complete works of Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, West Wing, Studio 60)
-The Office

January 22 2009 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Cook is my Idol!

I never could understand why Wings was always considered such a bad show. I've always found it very funny and entertaining, which is a lot more than I can say for shows like Home Improvement or Everybody Loves Raymond. Now those are two sitcoms I wouldn't watch if you payed me.

One show I find myself watching a little more often lately is MASH. I watched it all the time with my parents growing up and recently started watching it again on TV Land and Hallmark. I've also gotten back into Friends too. I got sick of them a few years ago.

January 22 2009 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to agree about the general lack of taste of these shows, with Frasier as the exception. I just started re-watching "The West Wing" from DVDs. Tuesday was the first time I could imagine feeling good about the White House again.

January 22 2009 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You, sir, have appalling taste. Wings better than Frasier? Please hand in your reviewer ID card and laptop on you way out.

January 22 2009 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watch Malcolm in the Middle almost every night. That show is freaking hilarious

January 22 2009 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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