TV Tuesday

15 Apr

It is no secret that sitting and feeling my butt expand while watching TV is my favorite past time.  If I could only watch TV while doing some sort of physical activity, then I would probably die from exertion.  It was one of the tools that helped me get over the hump to the bigger mile runs early on in training.

However, when I needed to start taking it to the streets, I was really bummed and bored.  Why can’t I watch TV while running outside?  I mean yeah I guess I need to see where I am going and not get hit by cars, but other than that, why not?

My half marathon is this weekend, and to say I am dreading it is an understatement.  I would be content just hanging up my runners pride at 10 miles, and be done with it.  Beyond the physical exertion and just not ever getting a love of running, I get bored with the long distances.  Music can only distract me for so long.

So, in an effort for me to keep living in denial for a few more days about what I have to do on Saturday, I just want to talk about TV…My first true love.

We are approaching our one year anniversary of cutting the cable cord.  I know how could a self proclaimed TV-phile such as myself ever abandon the cable company.  Well, the world is an oyster and streaming services are my pearls.  The only hiccup to my otherwise flawless plan, have been the few quality shows on premium cable channels.  You know Breaking Bad, Mad Men, anything on HBO and Showtime, etc.  We can buy season passes for a lot of these shows, but if you do this with every premium show you might like, it ends up being as much as cable.  We decided that we would only buy season passes for shows that we both love dearly.  So far, we have only bought passes for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League…I likes my comedies.

By cutting the cord, I have been able to enjoy shows that I have had in my “instant queue” to watch “when I have time.”  Let’s face it.  When you have a DVR filling up with trashy reality shows, you are never going to have time.  I can promise you that I would have probably never seen an episode of Mad Men had it not been for our downsizing.  Now I get to be amped about Mad Men being back, and actually being caught up to watch live (online the next day).  It does suck when there are shows that I can’t stream and everyone is just gushing about it.  That would be the only real negative that I see.

In addition to Mad Men, here are some shows I am watching or have watched over the past year, that I love!

  • 30 Rock- yes my comedy nerd membership card should be revoked for the sheer fact that I did not watch this at all until this last year.  Please forgive me Tina Fey!
  • Scandal
  • House of Cards
  • The IT Crowd
  • Peep Show – seriously stop reading my blog and just go watch this…
  • The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
  • The Killing
  • Breaking Bad
  • Portlandia
  • The Kroll Show
  • Workaholics
  • Broad City
  • Derek
  • Hemlock Grove
  • The Mindy Project (which has replaced New Girl in my heart.  New Girl has been lame this season, and that is coming from a fan of Nick and Jess being together.)

Speaking of lame, my beloved Vampire Diaries and I are on a break.  They have just pissed me off to the point I can’t stomach watching.  I also think the story line this season has been majorly weak.  Get your crap together TVD!

Next up on my “to do list” is:

  • Bates Motel
  • Veronica Mars
  • Derek Season 2 (May 30th)
  • Hemlock Grove Season 2 (July 11th)
  • Sherlock
  • Orphan Black
  • House of Lies
  • Girls (I am covertly working on an HBO GO logon)
  • Veep
  • True Detective


What are your favorite shows that you are watching/streaming right now?  What are you look forward to tackling one day?



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53 Responses to “TV Tuesday”

  1. Kelly April 15, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Dude, Sherlock is ridiculous. I binge-watched every single episode in one week.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Ahhh! That comment may have just bumped it to the top of my list!

  2. Des @ Finding the Skinny Geek Within April 15, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Ahhh now you are speaking my language!

    I rewatched/rewatching Doctor Who at the gym. It’s my personal treat for actually going and getting my butt on the elliptical.
    And Kelly is right. Sherlock is the
    Currently we are binging on Being Human (U.K. version).

    • Des @ Finding the Skinny Geek Within April 15, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Also note that, yes, I probably should live in England :)

      On the American front though, True Detective was fantastic! And Breaking Bad.

      • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:45 am #

        I should live in England too! I absolutely love the Brits wit!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Being Human definitely intrigues me!

  3. Maria @ The Good Life April 15, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Mine is Revenge and Scandal. They are crazy although I need more deaths in Revenge! lol. Scandal is crazy disfunctional now which makes it the ultimate guilty pleasure.

    • Maria @ The Good Life April 15, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Oh and I forgot Bitten on Syfy and Vikings. I’m in love with and just watch an entire season last weekend.

      • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:46 am #

        Tim is watching Vikings, and I have to admit I was intrigued a bit just getting glimpses while he was watching.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      I let Revenge slip to the stop watching pile, but that was just because I fell behind. I need to get caught up!

  4. Heather @ I do what I want. April 15, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    I love Girls! People seem to either love it or totally dislike it, so I hope you like it. Veronica Mars and Mad Men are both on my “to watch” list.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Get on Mad Men!!! It seems slow compared to some shows, but I absolutely love the time period and all the characters are extremely well written!

  5. Tiff @ The Fit Train April 15, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Revenge is great and I think you’d like it based on some of the others you’ve watched. I’ve been waiting for what feels like a lifetime for Netflix to get the new season up. We cut cable a couple years ago and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The only time I miss it is during baseball season!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      I love Revenge! I made it about half way through season 2 and fell behind. I need to pick it back up for sure!

  6. Amanda April 15, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Downton Abbey is awesome….also Revenge and the Following!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      The Following! I want to watch that too! On this list!

  7. Ashley Gillespie April 15, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    You need to add these to your To-Dos:

    1. Downton Abbey
    2. Call The Midwife

    You can’t find Downton Abbey on Netflix or Hulu+ anymore so search for the DVDs. so good. and Call the Midwife is on Netflix! I’m obsessed.

    Anything BBC. I also love Doctor Who, but it’s an acquired taste as far as sci-fi shows go.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      I have tried Doctor Who and I think I am not sci-fi-y enough for that. However, I am down with Downton and Call the Midwife! I have heard great things about those. They are on the list!

  8. kati April 15, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Love House of Cards, Girls and Lost (don’t judge). Pretty much sitting on the couch with a bag of hot tamales is my favorite past time, so I can relate.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      I was a Lost junkie! I would look up to find blog posts about “easter eggs” in each episode. No judgement here! Yummmm tamales!

  9. Aubrey Leigh April 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Def Bates Motel! But you’ve got that one on the list. Add The Borgias. I’m currently counting the mins until I can go the gym at lunch and watch on my phone :)

  10. Tori April 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    There’s a new show starting in the next couple of weeks called The Black Box, and it looks weirdly amazing. It’s about a psychiatrist that has her own f-ed up problems besides helping her patients with their own f-ed up issues. I’m definitely going to check it out. Fingers crossed it will be as good as the commercials!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      OOOOO! that sounds right up my alley! I am going to have to check it out!

  11. Amber S. April 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Are you caught up on Breaking Bad??? B and I LOVED House of Cards and I love Girls! I just started The Mindy Project the other day (Thank God for Hulu).

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Not yet…haha! It is super intense or super slow to me. I love it, don’t get me wrong. I just have a hard time binge watching it. I need breaks. The Mindy Project just keeps getting better!

  12. April April 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    We cut the cable cord almost three years ago, and I have to admit that I haven’t even heard of most of your list. Don’t ban me…

    We are currently marathoning Revenge (ironically Hubs found and got obsessed with this), Game of Thrones.

    What I love about being cable-free is that we’ve re-found old series or series we didn’t watch when they were new.
    Lost Girl (SyFy)
    The Tudors (worth repeating)
    Lillehammer (Netflix)
    Sherlock and Doctor Who!!!

    and for my treadmill distractions? I prefer Supernatural :)

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      HAHA! I will grant you a pass this time. I think I could like Game of Thrones, but I think I could be really lost as well. I tried to watch the first two episodes, and if my brother in law had not been there explaining things to me, I would not have understood a thing.

      I think I would love Supernatural!

  13. Nicki April 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Hmmmm…you pretty much nailed all my fav shows.
    We are working our way through Breaking Bad & Parks and Rec now.
    After than we’ll start The Walking Dead.
    Otherwise I’ve loved Mad Men, Hart Of Dixie (it’s cute), Chicago Fire, Sister Wives (I don’t know why but this show fascinates me, I really don’t get the culture).

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      I forgot to put The Walking Dead on there. We have to finish Breaking Bad first, then we are on to TWD.

  14. Sarah April 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    When I moved in with my now hubby he had already cut the cable cord. He said we could get cable but it was on my dime…. Things were very tight for me so I stuck with him on ordering shows. We have watched so many good shows that I wouldn’t typically be interested in. But here are a couple you should definitely check out: 1. Rectify 2. Justified- Timothy Olyphant is the star in that one and has this very sexy southern accent going on… very sexy 😉 3. Orange is the New Black (Netflix original series)

    Happy bindge-watching!!

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:15 am #

      We started Orange is the New Black, but never finished. I need to get cracking on it again! I will definitely add those to my list!

  15. Terri S April 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Veep makes me laugh. I love the humor.

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      Ah! I cannot wait to watch! Funny shows are my favorite! Dramas stress me out and I have to pace myself with them.

  16. Erin April 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I just started ‘Orange is the New Black’ last night. Barely made it through the first episode, mainly b/c I’m terrified of going to prison and it was way too real! But besides my fear taking over my life the show was really good! Going to try to tackle episode 2 tonight. Ha! Wish me luck! :)

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      We started Orange is the New Black, and made it about 5 episodes in. We liked it, but I guess not enough to finish. I think we will try to finish at some point, but it has been pushed aside for other shows. Keep me posted on if you make it through it!

  17. Kristen April 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    i love love love doctor who :) and sherlock! hubby is obsessed with true detective, not my kind of thing. TVD annoyed me too and I haven’t watched it recently. Funny, I drafted up a similar-ish post yesterday :)
    oh – i am running a half marathon this weekend too! maybe its the same one?!

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      I am itching to start Sherlock! It may be my next show that I start on my own! I used to be quite addicted to TVD, but it just seems to be nothing but rehashed overplayed story lines and drama for drama sake. We are definitely running the same race! Wave to me when you blow past my slow butt!!! The 10-miler was killer, I am hoping the half seems easier in comparison.

  18. Deairdre Miller April 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    I don’t have any suggestions for TV shows, but as for being bored while running… Have you ever tried listening to an audiobook? I find music to be a poor motivator for me, but a good story makes my miles go by quick. Particularly if I only listen while running and it is engaging enough that I want to know what happens next. Just a thought

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      I did breakout a podcast during my last race, and really think I am going to try the audiobook route this time! Thanks, Didi!

  19. Selinda April 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Girls is such a great show!

    Do you have amazon prime? You can stream a bunch of shows thru a kindle (for free!) if you do!

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      We are locked and loaded with streaming services! I honestly have been using my Amazon Prime more than Netflix lately. I think they have better offerings right now!

  20. Jasmine April 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    Love me some Scandal!! We cancelled our Netflix because we had Amazon Prime–then I just realized, I won’t be able to watch Orange is the New Black season 2–I may just have to sign up for one more month!!

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      We have started to use Amazon more than Netflix. I could see us cancelling Netflix too except for the original series on there. I tend to really like those too!

  21. Carla April 16, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    I am IN LOVE with Scandal and The Mindy Project!! I’m a little upset that Scandal season finale is tomorrow and not sure what I will do after this weak. I also extremely enjoy Castle.

    • Jennifer April 16, 2014 at 9:28 am #

      I need to give Castle a shot. I hear such good things about it and think I would really like it!

  22. jenB April 16, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    I DO only watch when I workout … I have a nice home gym with a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike, with a TV right there in front. I often have a show on during a weights session too. I used to only be able to watch DVDs or Netflix/AmazonPrime (so not keeping current on anything) as the TV didn’t have a cable connection, and I didn’t want to have to watch WHEN the show was actually on. I have a program called PlayOn/PlayLater … you pay a very reasonable annual or lifetime fee, and then anything you can access on the internet (most networks post shows to their websites … and channels like OneChannel and ProjectFreeTV have pretty much EVERYTHING including HBO shows) but can stream it to your TV. So with that I have been keeping up on Scandal, The Good Wife, The Walking Dead and now Game of Thrones starting up again.

    We haven’t quite been able to cut cable yet, but it’s just because of basketball … my boys love their basketball. But other than than, we really never watch “TV”

    I recently watched Orphan Black and quite liked it … there are SO many shows out there, I am pretty patient, I can wait and then watch full seasons back to back, although it can be tricky avoiding spoilers on big surprises that get people talking.

  23. Ashley April 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    I can’t get enough of House of Cards and my husband is trying desperately to turn me into a Game of Thrones fan (to which I’m not resisting, but like you mentioned, I need a lot of play-by-play to know what in the hell is going on).
    I love me some Modern Family, Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece Classic (along with Downton and Sherlock), we just started Fargo last night and I think it’s going to be really great, Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Getting On (HBO), I watch Parenthood even though when I think about it, I really hate half of the characters, but yet I keep coming back for more. I watch tons of other reality crap (and non-reality crap) that I’m ashamed to admit to the extent of. Hi, My Name is Ashley, and I am a TV Addict.

  24. Erica @ Happenings at the Husted House April 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    For those long runs try including your half this weekend try Podcasts! They keep me entertained for hours! I particularly like Loveline, For Crying Out Loud and Jillian Michael’s Podcast!

  25. Trista April 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I’m totally re-watching Dawson’s Creek on Netflix and I’m not even ashamed to admit it. HAHA!

  26. Janessa April 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Teach me your ways! I am trying so hard to break up with my satellite company when our contract is up but I’m afraid, lol. Do you use mostly netflix or hulu? I really need to do more research on how to watch all my shows. My biggest concern is sports though. That’s the only thing that I don’t know how we would watch without the satellite/cable. Unless we just went to a sports bar everytime a good game was on. And that actually would probably still be cheaper.

  27. mered19 April 17, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Have you watched Friday Night Lights? I absolutely freaking love it. I started it maybe two weeks ago and have watched at least 2 shows a day. I should be done soon, hehe. Also what about Parenthood? So far those are my faves! We just finished Breaking Bad too!

  28. Shannon H April 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    I was so into Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I finished the entire season in a week. Waiting for June so the new season comes out.

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