What's the last show you watch before turning in?
If there is one thing in this crazy, mixed-up world that all human beings have in common, it's that we are creatures of habit. There are just some things that we do on a daily basis in order to maintain continuity and stay somewhat sane. It may be a certain morning routine, something you do at the beginning of each work day, or a particular domesticated animal that you burn during your sacrifice to the god Nomchakatu. No matter what it is, your day can go askew if you don't indulge in your particular habit or ritual.
One of these habits, which has been ingrained into many of us, is watching a particular show or shows right before we go to bed. Since the first grainy, black and white image was broadcast into the first home, millions have tuned into one show or another as a calming ritual before they go to sleep. In the very beginning, it may have been their local newscast or The Tonight Show. Now, with so many choices, what viewers watch before they pull the covers over their heads is nearly endless.
Personally, the shows that I've watched before going to bed have varied over the years. When Futurama was on the Adult Swim schedule, I used to tune in regularly before or as I fell asleep. Lately, I have switched between my local news (6 ABC in Philadelphia) and The Daily Show. If I'm awake enough, I'll try to sit through The Colbert Report without getting drowsy. If I'm still awake after that, I'll pop over to Nick at Nite to watch as much of Home Improvement as I can before I drift off.
So, that's me. Now I turn the podium over to all of you. What show, if any, do you watch before you climb under the covers for the night? Is it your local news or The Daily Show? Do you end up watching one of the late night talkers? Do you skip all of that and search for something scripted? Or, do you, um, tune into Cinemax for something entirely different that may or may not involve some type of, er, "exercise"? We here at TV Squad are always interested in your comments, so let us know.