Today’s Challenge: My Favorite Shows
Ok, confession – we watch a lot of TV. I think part of it stems from the fact that, with two little boys who go to bed at 7:30, we’re home a lot. But to be honest, we watched TV a lot pre-kids, too. I like to rationalize that we save money this way – we’re not out going to the movies, or eating out, because our entertainment is right there in our living room. Don’t worry, I won’t take you through all gazillion of the shows I like, but here are a few:
Top Chef – Wednesday nights on Bravo: I’ve mentioned before that Brian and I love to cook, so I guess it should come as no surprise that we love this show. I like that it generally focuses more on talent and skill than behind-the-scenes drama you find so much in reality TV. It’s motivated us to try new foods, and Brian’s gotten interested in the science behind cooking – he’s trying to talk me into getting equipment to try sous vide cooking.
House Hunters on HGTV: I could list a LOT of shows from HGTV that I love, but this is probably my favorite. I was especially hooked when we were house hunting, too. Even now, though, I watch it almost every night before going to bed. I always like to try and figure out which of the three houses the people will pick, and it’s fun seeing how they change the house after moving in. I usually watch this one alone, but if I could ever get Brian into HGTV, this would be the gateway show.
The Amazing Race, Sunday nights on CBS: Ok, I just realized that all three shows I picked fall into the reality TV category (good reality TV, in my defense!) but almost all of the other shows we watch do not. Oh well… let’s pretend I chose this theme on purpose. Anyway, back to the show – I think I love this one because it lets me travel vicariously through these other people’s experiences. The show starts off with a group of teams, and slowly dwindles week by week down to three final teams that compete in the last leg for 1 million dollars. Along the way they travel to different countries (and continents), and are faced with challenges that often reflect local culture. It’s fun to find a time to really root for (or against) and follow the adventures from week to week.
What are your favorite shows?