Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Television

In Monday night’s Open Thread, Sally J. asked us about the television shows we watched (but maybe shouldn’t have) when we were younger. Lately, I’ve been watching Buffy, The Vampire Slayer for the first time through, ever, which made me remember that, oh yeah, I was absurdly sheltered during most of my childhood and adolescence, and as a result, I’ve never seen anything, ever. 

So my question for you is, what didn’t you watch or get into originally (when the rest of the world was doing it) that you’re kind of into now?

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I’m totally into The IT Crowd right now, but it follows on the heels of my discovery of two other BBC shows: Black Books and Green Wing.  But one show that I completely missed when it came out and it is absolutely brilliant is The Good Guys with Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks.

Netflix is a godsend. My vague interest in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Pushing Daisies, Mad Men, and The IT Crowd turned into full blown obsessions because of it!

I still need to start watching The West Wing! My roommate has been really into it, and has been bugging me to start.

I was never into The West Wing when it aired but now I’m an absolute fangirl for it. Easily in my Top Ten Favorite All Time Shows That I Put In Caps Because I Can and Jesus I Can’t Stop.

Anyhow. I remember actually being at YOUR family’s house (Waaaay back in the day, Megs!) and it was on TV and I was ‘meh’. OH HOW FOOLISH I WAS. How little did I know that the series would consume my life later on.



 I grew up without TV (but watched a ton of movies), so I missed most of it. We still don’t have cable and I have no patience for commercials so unless it’s on PBS, I am always WAY behind. My TV consumption is pretty much dependant on when Netflix decides to put a show on Watch Instant. I remember getting all worked up over Lost last year and people were giving me sideeye. Ditto Mad Men.

My parents were very lax, so I had a little black and white tv in my room. I mostly watched Nick at Nite, which proved interesting when I was old enough to stay up for SNL and Laugh-In. I still remember not getting the Lord and Lady Douchebag sketch, other than that it was kind of a funny sounding word.


I got on LOST wayyyyy late in the game with a fellow grad student and then we powered through that beefy show like it was nobodies business. It is, the best show ever. I am convinced.

I am considering Charmed and Buffy really just because I have so many staff members currently working for me that are obsessed with both of these shows and feel the need to reference them constantly.

A Different World is another one I recently watched the first season of start to finish and I realize I’m in love. It is the best portrayal of the college experience I’m aware of that has been on TV.

I like watching a Charmed episode or two (Southern Baptist upbringing doesn’t exactly jive with a trio of witches), and I’ve been working on Buffy. I don’t think Buffy was expressly forbidden, it was just never really watched. I’m from a family that still watches Jeopardy and gets cutthroat about answering the clues.

My parents weren’t all tat strict in what we could or couldn’t watch for the most part, and honestly most of the stuff I “couldn’t” watch, I didn’t really want to watch, but I do miss some of the tv shows and channels that I used to watch growing up.. like MTv when it still played music videos all day long.

My parents didn’t get cable until I went to college (perfect timing, right?). So if there was something not shown on the network channels, I didn’t watch it. I was never forbidden to watch anything. They just said there are better things to do with your time.

I do wish that Leverage was on Netflix of Hulu. But that show is relatively new.

Maybe, when I was a child all the tv shows just sucked? I love Murder She Wrote but that show ended well before I was old enough to stay up that late.

I’ve never seen West Wing and I know that others absolutely love it. But I’ve never been interested in it? I think I just have terrible taste in TV?

Yeah… I think I was SO sheltered that I just have No Idea. I follow the shows that lead to more shows, ie Buffy to Angel to Firefly to Dollhouse, All the Star Trek stuff. My appetite for Agatha Christie led me to Perry Mason, Murder She Wrote, Masterpiece Mystery. Tumblr got me to watch Dr. Who, Torchwood, Greek, Supernatural.

Being unemployed, I found Veronica Mars, Royal Pains, Psych, Fringe.

I have strange methods of finding shows…

But I think ALL THE FANDOMING of West Wing back in the day is actually what turned me off West Wing. It was TOO popular. (even though it has my beloved Dule Hill, I just can’t do it) This same sentiment is true for Lost.

Oh, and then I just forget that shows even exist. There was a point where I was watching Chuck. And then I just forgot it was still on the air.


I had the SAME expereince with the no cable until I left for college and for the same reason. I feel you pain.  I believe this forced me to miss out on so much pop culture tv-ness that everyone else seemed to enjoy. I’ve come to terms with it- but the thing I always felt like I missed out on the most was MTV because in grade school that was all the controversy and rage of course.

Heh heh. I was very sheltered, too. I came across a montage of old children’s cartoon intros on Youtube a while back and realized that for over half of them, I could distinctly remember that I was not allowed to watch them. We’re talking stuff like Smurfs, Rainbow Brite, and this awesome one called Peter Pan and the Pirates that my mom didn’t like for some reason.

Anyway, I’m starting to watch Buffy, too! And lots of classic British comedy like Monty Python and Blackadder.


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