For the First time in a Decade I am watching TV & it still sucks (1) – Give me some recommendations

download (13)“I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go
into another room & read a good book.” – Groucho Marx

When I decided to stop watching tv about a decade ago I have found it way too predictable and mind-numbing. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to come home have working a job(s) and then sit passively in front of a screen that intimated action.  I found that my creativity was stifled by how much TV I watched. The more TV I watched the less I had time for what was important. I decided to use my time to further my personal goals and aspirations.

A few weeks ago my wife and sister decided to get direct TV and since our household is run like a democracy I couldn’t protest.  A lot of relatives didn’t visit me often because there was nothing to do at my place, they always pestered with questions like: How can you not have a TV? Why do you do with all that time ? I still never understood how when you come over to someone’s house to visit you need things to do.  But that is another point entirely. Occasionally I might bing watch something on Netflix, like avatar the last air bender I watched  or some anime with my niece but that is it.

Did you know that:

  1. Nielsen research showed the average American watched an average of 5.1 hours per day,
  2. Research has shown that when you are watching TV, your higher brain regions shut down, and activities shift to the lower brain regions. In the long run, your higher brain regions experience atrophy due to lack of usage. There have been studies that TV viewing among children leads to lower attention and poorer brain development.
  3. The average TV show is all about the lowest common denominator

That was enough for me to stop watching. I generally go to another room. MrsMary loves watching TV and to each her own. When we do watch something together I bit my tongue. It’s still all too predictable

But Maybe I’m whacky

I could also be crazy. Share with me your favorite shows and why. Maybe I am jut watching the wrong things? I will get back to you after I have watched enough stuff.


  1. I watch football, tennis, home improvement/cooking shows. And Sleepy Hollow, Agents of SHIELD–both of which are gone until fall. Cosmos has been fun, but there’s only one episode left. I’ve heard good things about Fargo, but I haven’t seen it. PBS is still the best bet for anything intelligent, although CNN has a couple of good shows with Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock.


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