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What Bob is thankful for

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 24th 2009 3:06PM
TV dinnerIt's Thanksgiving time again, and while I am obviously thankful for my family and my friends and finding out that the nasty rash I had was nothing to be concerned about, it's a time for nods to TV-related things that I'm thankful for.

1. Mad Men. I hate to be boring by picking the same thing as I did last year as my number one thing I'm thankful for, but did you see that season finale? Holy crap. It was the capper to a fantastic season. This is the best show on television (and a thanks-within-a-thanks for this being on AMC and not some other network).

2. TV DVDs. Yeah, I know, we've had DVDs for quite some time now, but it's still amazingly awesome that I can watch an episode of a favorite show any time that I want, even at 1AM. If you're a 19 year-old and you're reading this, there was a time when DVDs, YouTube, Hulu, SlashControl, and BitTorrent didn't exist and you had to wait until a TV show reran an episode. And sometimes they didn't!

3. 30 Rock. There are people who say that 30 Rock has gone downhill. Those people are wrong. This show still has a fantastic batting average when it comes to humor content and it's one of the few shows that is still must-see TV. Here's one of my favorite episodes of this season:

4. TCM.
If I were to choose just a handful of networks that I could watch, this would easily be on that list. They don't just show old great films they also show old, quirky films and shorts and everything in between. This is one niche network that truly knows what it's doing. If it was legal to marry a TV network I would marry Turner Classic Movies.

Food Network. Imagine an entire network based on food and it runs 24 hours a day. Imagine! Well, it exists. It has probably made me gain more weight than I'd have if it didn't exist, but I think it's fantastic that I can turn on the TV any time of day and find recipes, cooking tips, and food competition shows.

RTV6. Retro Television Network. Remember when TV Land was, you know, good? That's what RTV is. I still watch The Andy Griffith Show on TV Land, but...that's it. I'm sick of the reality shows and the 80s movies. RTV has great stuff like It Takes A Thief, the original Mike Hammer, Adam-12, Buck Rogers, Kate and Allie, I Spy, Leave it to Beaver, Magnum, P.I., and a bunch of other shows.

7. Chuck is coming back earlier than expected. I guess this is one of the good things about NBC not knowing what the hell to do with their lineup.

8. Lyle The Intern. I'm tempted to say "he should be on The Late Show more" but that would probably ruin it. Here's his Thanksgiving-themed appearance last week:

9. TV Squad. It's a great thing when you can actually not only get paid for watching TV (and not shaving!) all day long, but it's great to get to do it with a bunch of people you like. We have a great team here at TV Squad and I'm really proud to be a part of it every single day. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here and all of you reading this too.

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I love RTV also. TVLand has really gone downhill in the last few years so it was a welcome sight to see RTV on a digital subchannel for my local NBC affiliate.

I SPY and THE RIFLEMAN are two old favorites I hadn't seen in many years! Keep up the good work RTV!!!

November 25 2009 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan Schuchts

I am with you with #1. LOVE Mad Men!

November 24 2009 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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