It occurred to me, lots of tv and movie watchers here. Do you tend to watch stuff by yourself or with other people, your spouse, children, friends?
The reason I ask is that pretty much our entire household is solo watchers. My son is into his Anime', my daughter likes her MTVish shit, my wife gets addicted to entire seasons of stuff ranging from Tudors to Say Yes to the Dress - and I just don't have time or inclination to devote myself to hours and hours.
I prefer really whatever stuff. Old crappy 80's movies, The Love Boat. Lots of stuff that I don't feel an obligation to finish becuase I'm either falling asleep or I leave in the middle of it to do something else. But, watching shit alone is so boring. I like to talk through it, make fun of it, use it as background... As a result, I actually don't watch much of anything these days.
My roommate Robert and I watch Jeopardy most nights (when I don't have class). Other than that, I usually watch stuff alone. Daily Show, Colbert, Nova, Archer, The League, Parks & Rec, Boardwalk, Thrones...
I actually had the local cable/internet company call me and force me to jack up my bill and bandwidth limits because often the entire family will be streaming Netflix and Hulu to 3 separate devices simultaneously.
It was only $10 a month more, and I don't really feel bad about it because in the last couple years I've cut the actual cable completely out of the bill saving me a minimum of $30 a month, which supposedly the cable company's true bread and butter.
I'll watch sporting events by myself, but I prefer to watch with the GF or friends or both. I don't watch any TV shows by myself really. If I'm alone and there's no sports worth watching, I'll usually play a video game. Or actually do something around the house and listen to sports talk radio.
With the GF home we watch Jeopardy religiously. And some shows like Walking Dead and Bored to death.(morbid)
We dropped HBO from DirectTV and added hulu plus to the PS3 the other night. Hulu plus is pretty awesome. We'll have to pay per view Bored to death next season I guess. Or sign up for HBO for like a month like we did this year.
The GF does have shows that she watches that I don't. Like Grimm. But she watches them on my poker night. So it works out.
We only have the one TV. Which I guess is like 2 tv's too little compared to most people.
What a timely question! Dan has been in California since Wednesday visiting his parents and sister, yet my TV watching habits haven't changed one bit!
My favorite time to watch TV is starting between nine and ten after everyone else has gone to bed. I sit in the same spot on the sofa with a blanket over my legs, my Kindle nearby, and my phone at the ready to text friends who are watching similar stuff or make a Words With Friends move. I stick with movies I've already seen in case I fall asleep or find something better, almost anything on the Investigation Discovery network (think Dateline, 48 Hours Mystery), or a reality show. I watch House Hunters (NOT International), RHofBH, Mob Wives, Intervention, Jesery Shore, and Grey's Anatomy. That's it.
This is not to say we never watch TV together. Dan and I will watch a movie together or House Hunters. The five of us will watch Man vs Food or DVDs of the Brady Bunch. We're almost done Season Two. My kids LOVE these!
I'll admit 48 Hours Mysteries and Dateline murder shit tends to hold my attention when its on.
Often on weekend mornings I'll be browsing the web on the tablet while Mrs. is watching some crap. This morning and yesterday morning it was "My Fair Wedding." Saw two episodes. I actually think the host guy is kinda cool.
Also, I don't know if its been discussed here yet, but my daughter turned my wife on to an MTV show called Hard Times of RJ Berger which has tons of episodes on Netflix. Its really witty, and really funny. Reminds me of Freaks and Geeks a little. Some of you might wanna check it out.
Which is kinda funny, because now the whole family will watch the same show, but we'll watch it separately.
Besides football, which he watches and I avoid, we never watch tv alone. We only have one tv (hooked up). And unless we want to watch something specific it's never on...like for background noise, that makes me crazy. I hate when youre a guest in someone's home and the tv is just blaring, no one watching it.
We only have one tv hooked up. At our old place, we had a tv in each of our bedrooms and the one in the livingroom. The giant pretty much monopolized the one in the livingroom watching judge judy, the effing kardashians (i don't know if I spelled that right, and for the first time in my life, I couldn't care less), intervention, hoarders, and jersey shore. The portuguee and I would frequently watch movies (documentaries, mostly) in his room sometimes, but for the most part, with the exception of it's always sunny, the league, and sox-yankee games, we watched tv on our own.
Now that we have the one tv, we pretty much watch tv together all the time. He usually picks the shows because, left to my own devices, I would watch reruns of friends indefinitely while playing around with my phone. his taste is crazy random, as is mine, so we watch a huge variety of shows. We watch a LOT of netflix and we both hate HATE reality shows. if one of us is watching something that doesn't interest the other, the bored one ends up amusing his/her self with a laptop or phone.
We do pretty well with one tv. It's rare that we have a problem. He left me alone when american horror story was on, and I surrender the livingroom when football and hockey are on. When we first moved in, I fully intended to hook up my tv, but I just haven't needed it and I finally threw it out (it was 14 years old and kind of brokenish and taking up way too much room).
The kids get one, maybe two shows every other day. It's usually "Little Bear" at this point.
The Mermaid maybe watches something we've DVR'd (notice I didn't say 'taped'- though I almost did...) during the day at naptime if she can while she snoozes a bit.
She and I watch TV for about 1.5 to two hours often after the kids go to bed. On good nights we make Jeopardy and then watch either a movie or if it's a night with a bearable show, we'll watch that. Usually it's catching up on our DVR list that we couldn't watch real time. We usually make it downstairs with sleeping children above in time for final Jeopardy, then decide what to do from there.
Tonight it's the friggin' bachelor baby. Don't even try to call us while that's on.
We watch separately and together. 3 TVs in the house and two in the man cave.
I also like all the crime/murder shows and Intervention, My Fair Wedding, House Hunters (prefer International), Say Yes to the Dress (gawd I love party dresses!), Jersey Shore, Kardashians - but I don't record (see Squid? "Record" is easier) and don't really know when they are on. I just catch them as I happen to. He is into Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Star, Storage Wars, etc.
Together we watch football, Teen Mom 2, The Bachelor, Survivor (when it is on), and Modern Family ritually. If we happen to catch it, we will watch The League, The Office, maybe Community or Parks and Rec.
I will record Through the Wormhole and he records a lot of stock market and business report shows - we do not watch these together.
He has really bad taste while mine is exceedingly excellent.
Can you believe the mortician showed up last week?
Sorry, she's not hot enough for that role. I could pick a 100 former 'ette's that could have made that a tough choice, but not giving her a rose was easy, and the whole thing seemed pretty staged and forced, ABC...
I have been DYING to discuss the show with you, Squid. Are you going to watch tonight or record and watch later?
Yeah. WTH was she thinking? Whatever chickie.
SO-BOO and I do an instant impression pick for the winner right after everyone has gotten out of the limo and had the meet up with the bachelor (or bachelorette as the season may be). I picked Kasie B out of the gate.
We watch together when Guitar Boy is over on the weekend.
I left the room to go to the bathroom the other day and heard him explaining all the plot holes in the movie I was watching to the cats.
I have a small flatscreen in the bedroom but it only gets cable. If I'm watching something he really hates he'll usually go play guitar instead. If he's watching something I hate (looking at you, spongebob) I'll go do the dishes or find something else to do. Normally we like the same stuff though, and we have our own tv's most of the week.
We have 3 TV's in the house, including a small flat screen in the kitchen, because I watch an obscene amount of television. OBSCENE. whitey watches less tham me but he's playing his interactive nerd tribe computer game 92 hours a day†although he'll glance up now-and-then to take a gander at what I'm watching.
We sit down and watch certain things together as a given like Survivor and Dexter and movies but most everything else I'm on the bed and he's at the computer. We never watch anything in the living room because our couch sucks.
There are generally other things higher on my preferred list than TV watching, so no solo viewing. I generally reserve 2 to 3 hours on Friday and Saturday evenings, and an hour other nights, which I use to watch shows with the family.
We watch seperately. Scottie has a 72 inch TV in our bedroom. He hides up there and watches Food Network, Discovery and Travel Channel. I watch down with the kids for a half hour until Iggy goes to bed at 8. Usually it's Avatar: The Last Airbender but lately it's been Adventure Time, which is freaky and funny. When I get the TV back, I usually watch any movie that's on, Teen Mom 2, American Horror Story, Glee, Big Bang Theory.
Teen Mom 2 is such a trainwreck. My 12 year old is watching it, which is good and bad. I hope she's taking away how stupid these boys and girls are.
Well at least you know it's crazy. You must really enjoy tv.
Glad to hear no tv in the kids room. Several years ago a father told me that his 10 year old son was falling asleep in class because his 4 year old roommate/brother's favorite cartoon came on at 11 pm. And he was just shaking his head, like whacha gonna do?
I used to really enjoy TV. Now it's more like background noise. I am way too absorbed in my Kindle to commit to paying attention to anything except the few shows I follow. Same with the kids. They are usually playing with Legos or cars (Iggy) or on their ITouch (Erin).
I love you just the way you are. Don't change a thing, sister.
I also HATE a tv in the bedroom. If I'm in there I'm hoping to do other things, and I think it's pretty well established that it's counter to good sleeping habits to have a TV in your bedroom. Sleep is something I deeply treasure after nearly five years of baby incubating and raising.
We won't share a room with that Tv in there, gin-knee.
Hoot Anon, have you ever considered that no one cares what you do or not give hoots about?
Squid, you like me just as I am!!
We had very limited tv growing up, and I didn't even have a tv for most of my 20s....therefore anytime I encounter a turned on tv I risk being sucked into it for hours and hours. I have to guard myself carefully or I'll waste a day/evening/all night whatever!
We just put a TV in our bedroom last spring. I LOVE it.
As stated above, I normally watch TV after everyone else has gone to bed for about an hour, and I do that in the livingroom. But having a TV in the bedroom is nice for when a kid (or an adult!) is sick, since the TV in the livingroom isn't near a bathroom, and the other TV is in the family room, where it is a little chilly.
For non-sick-times, that is where we watch old episodes of the Brady Bunch together, and Dan might turn it on maybe 2 or 3 nights a week for about twenty minutes before he goes to sleep.
There's only one show our house is dedicated to and that's Modern Family. However, if Autumn wasn't there to remind us every Wednesday we probably wouldn't watch every week.
I've never watched one episode of Lost, The Bachelor shows, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Housewives, Walking Dead, or any of those other series people rave about. I wish I would. I feel like I'm missing out on some good stuff.
The girls don't have a TV in their bedrooms but B and I do. It's mostly on when I'm folding clothes or cleaning my room. Otherwise never.
So our living room TV took a crap on us over the weekend. It wouldn't turn off and then after B unplugged it and plugged it back in again it wouldn't turn on. I told him it was probably something minor and we could just get it fixed. Who cares if it's a pre flat screen. It would be cheaper to fix than buy a new one. A big screen with amazing resolution isn't important to me.
Well, this gave B the perfect opportunity to go out and buy his flat screen and he was like a kid in a candy store. He bought one, took it home, and hooked it up.
Personally I thought our old TV had a much better picture and couldn't understand what all the hoopla was about these TVs. I thought everyone in the world was crazy for thinking they're so great.
So then I remembered that HDTV is something you have to subscribe to through your cable company. I called them yesterday and since B had off work he ran and swapped boxes.
After coming home and doing dinner/dishes/bath I settled down to watch Kill Bill Vol.1 (yes again). I was really impressed with how much the HDTV cleared things up. Very nice indeed!
I always thought Bud resented Bill for getting him into killing people. And Elle (and Bill) saw him as kind of a traitor for turning his back on it, that's why they hated eachother. But he seemed to have no problem thinking he killed Beatrix Kiddo so that always confused me a bit.
The books are deliciously long, I gobbled them up last summer. Love the books, but the HBO series is the bomb. Peter Dinklage is incredible. Love Cersei and Jon Snow. Love everything about this show except that they kill off just about anyone!
Tyrion Lannister, is the third and youngest child of Tywin and Joanna. Tyrion is a dwarf, because of this he is sometimes mockingly called The Imp and The Halfman. He is one of the major POV Character in the books. In the TV series, Tyrion is played by Peter Dinklage.
Peter Dinklage won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portayal of Tyrion Lannister. Season 1 is On Demand. I am watching the first episode right now. I forgot what a little shit that Joffrey Baratheon is.