Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Guilty pleasures


Yesterday, I read a post on another blog that indirectly reminded me of one of my guilty pleasures--bad television. DW and I watched "90210" religiously in its early years, and we occasionally looked in on "Melrose Place." We liked "90210" better, because it took itself rather seriously, which made it the funnier of the two shows. Last year, I had a thing for "The O.C." I remember one evening in law school when a friend and I stiffed our study partner, but left a note on the chalkboard stating, "Shatner's on TV--need we say more?" Indeed.



Last week, I watched season one of Showtime's "Weeds" in a mini-marathon. It's like "The O.C." on crack. The premise is that a suburban L.A. widow goes into the marijuana business to keep herself and her children living the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. It's really all about the desperate obsession of some folks with maintaining appearances. There's a lot of wretched excess and socially unacceptable behavior on the show (apart from the whole pot thing), so, of course, I'm looking forward to season two.

5 comments:

Ann said...

Um, you know, it's not safe to put a plastic bag over your head, let alone your whole body. People suffocate that way.

Luke said...

That actaully sounds like a decent show. Is it comedy, drama? Dramedy? Wish I had Showtime.

Randy said...

It's pretty much a comedy with some serious, dramatic undertones. The writers and actors handle both the comic and dramatic elements quite well. It's out on DVD and on iTunes, btw, so you don't need to have Showtime to see the first 10 eps.

Ann said...

Did you take that link's "nerd/geek/dork" test? I came up "Pure Nerd": 73% nerd, 4% geek, 34% dork. I think the dork rating was increased because (rarely) something isn't buttoned right or I have spinach on my teeth.

Randy said...

Ann, I already know the answer. I don't need a test to know that I'm a nerd. Hell, I keep a blog after all.