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Where Did 2010 Go? Down the Tube

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 29th 2010 8:00AM
I hate to break it to you guys, but the time of sugarplums and reindeer is over. What once were presents are now mere possessions and the next holiday on the calendar is vying for your attention. It's almost time for New Year's resolutions.

I've always believed that those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it, so it seemed high time for me to make an honest account of how I spent 2010 before making any goals for 2011: I spent it watching television.

My resolution? I'd like to watch less television. Well it's more complicated than that - I'd like to watch more good TV and less bad TV. Allow me to recap 2010 for you, so you'll see why:

What I Watched in 2010

300 hours/year of syndicated sitcoms I've already seen: The vast majority of my time in front of the tube is spent watching shows like 'The Family Guy', 'The Simpsons', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'The Office' and even 'Seinfeld' in syndication - and usually I've already seen the episode (sometimes mere hours before on the east coast feed). It just goes to show you that when there's nothing else on, (besides pompous documentaries on the National Geographic channel and live preaching) people will watch just about anything. This is obviously the category where I should do the majority of my TV trimming, but I'm trying to be realistic here. If I'm hungover on a Sunday, I'm gonna watching five hours of Fox animation. Unless I stop drinking - and that's not even on the table, so forget about it. GOAL: 200 hours in 2011. (See side goal: drink less gin.)

72 hours/year of televised poker: I work from home a lot of the time in my various jobs and nothing is easier to simultaneously work to and watch than poker. I learned to play from watching the game on the tube, and the skill has been a profitable one for me - I estimate I'm up about $60 after five years of once-a-week-playing. I prefer the US-based shows to the UK ones, but to be honest I don't care. If more of it aired, I'd watch that too. Sometimes I dream about creating my own poker show out of the home game I play once a week - and as far as I can tell, resolutions are about building your dreams, not crushing them. GOAL: 100 hours in 2011. (I am considering buying World Series of Poker DVDs.)

20 hours/year of 'Rocky' or 'Godfather' movies: My intention on discovering one of these movies playing late on TLN is to ignore it and go to bed. This is almost never what actually happens. GOAL: 3 hours in 2011 (I do love Godfather Part 1 - I'd hate to miss it).

20 hours/year of random new programming: This category includes the eight minutes of 'Outsourced', the single episode of 'The Event', and the first three episodes of 'No Ordinary Family' I suffered through, among many other things. For a person who writes about TV I know this doesn't seem like a lot of time spent, but trust me, some of those hours felt like years. GOAL: 20 hours in 2011. (I think I have to watch at least that much to keep current.)

15 hours/year of 'Mantracker': I discovered this Canadian show on one of those hungover Sundays when I really couldn't bear another minute of Lois Griffin's voice. I thought it would be like 'Cops' but instead discovered this little gem. It's simple: two people try to get through a certain distance of Canadian wilderness without being caught by a pro tracker and a local guide. It's cheap, the scenery is nice and Mantracker himself has quite a bit of charisma (see photo above - silver fox, right?) GOAL: 18 hours in 2011. (You know, just in case a really good episode re-airs.)

15 hours/year of 'Dexter': I can't remember exactly how many times I re-watched certain scenes, but for for sure it takes me about 15 hours to watch an entire season. GOAL: 15 hours in 2011. Bring on Season 6!

15 hours/year of 'Dog Whisperer': Not only did I spend all this time watching Cesar Millan on TV, don't forget I actually went to spend a couple of hours watching him in person. GOAL: 15 hours in 2011. I can't give up my Cesar.

6 hours/year of 'The Walking Dead': Six episodes before disappearing for the year? I'll tell you, this show really shouldn't have given us time to notice how weak it really is. Zombies can make up for bad dialogue, plot holes and bad acting for only so long. Amazing but true, this is where I'll put probably cut down on my viewing - the new, critically acclaimed show from AMC. Go figure. GOAL: 8 minutes in 2011. Someone on YouTube will make a zombie-attack only edit of the entire second season and that's what I plan to watch.

1.2 hours/year of the first three notes of the 'Two and a Half Men' theme song: My fondness for pre-primetime reruns has been established, but make no mistake, I abhor this show. Yet, just reading the words 'Charlie Sheen' put that damn theme song in my head. I get most of my exercise diving for the remote when this show comes on. Sometimes I don't make it in time. GOAL: 0 minutes in 2011. There's a resolution I can live with - get faster with the remote.

All this has made me realize I can't possibly watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve - I need that hour for watching 'Mantracker' reruns.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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alex

you're lucky to have at least that many that you don't mind watching. We've seen every episode of Family Guy at least 3 times...we have poor memories so we continue to laugh...I watched re-runs of That 70s show at least 3 times each. TV is so dismal and just think we actually have to pay for all that s--- that's on today...also watch modern family and glee...i worry they've become too popular and will become obnoxious quickly.

December 29 2010 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
regorsnas

I'm not agree with you in the part of the Walking Dead. Is the best I seen in 2010.

December 29 2010 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Beans

I agree best of 2010

December 29 2010 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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