Monday, October 5, 2009

Your Heart Will Hurt

The last time I felt this sad from watching a TV show was probably when Felicity was still on and she chose Noel over Ben for the fifth time. They don't make TV like that anymore, TV that makes you feel something. Now it's all just beautiful people in beautiful clothes all the time. I like the beautiful people as much as the next person, but I forgot what it's like to feel the pain of a TV show's characters (and I'm talking about real pain, more than the pain of watching Heidi continuing to be with that jerk Spencer) as if they were your actual friends. This show I speak of -- the one that made me sit motionless after turning off the TV to gather my thoughts and then to cry quietly over the injustice of it all -- is The Wire.

I know, I know, you're either thinking, The Wire?! That show is whack! I tried watching the first episode and it was BORING! or else you're thinking, Oh my gosh, best show EVER. It seems, among those who have seen any of the series, that there are no in-betweeners, or else these people are so far and few in between that they shall be excused from this discussion all together. Now, I know I have one more episode left in season 4 to watch and all of season 5 to go, but I think I'm just going to say it right now... I think The Wire may be my favorite television show of all time (next to Felicity, which, if you know me, is saying a heck of a lot). If I didn't have a job, you could bet that I would be sitting at home all day quoting the show to Roy and having him guess which scene it's from and then discussing what our favorite characters had eaten for lunch in the scene prior to that.

13 comments:

Roy said...

half a sandwich, a candy bar, and a drink from the vending machines ! :)

Little T said...

I feel the same way about LOST. I call in sick for 2 days 1 time a year to catch up on it. I don't leave the house and have taken to precooking my food. I don't even pause for bathroom breaks. Sadly, I just turn up the volume and leave the door open. LOVED Felicity too!

2busy said...

I have never watched it. I am so curious now...I lean more toward comedies.

jfertran said...

I miss Felicity too! Haven't seen the Wire yet, but Mad Men definitely gets to me.

Thai said...

The best shows always polarize people...those who get it, and those who don't. It's like America's political parties.

Sobrina Tung said...

I also love LOST! Makes me wish I lived on an island.

I keep hearing good things about Mad Men! Maybe I need to try it again.

Shaista said...

British TV is rubbish! Thank goodness for re-runs across countries. So I'm finally getting to see Gilmore Girls (how old is that show for you?), and I actually know who you're referring to when you say Heidi and Spencer.. have never watched Felicity or The Wire. Never heard of the first but I'll try the second. Oh, and Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman is on tv here too - how ancient are we?!!

Sobrina Tung said...

Shaista -- those are pretty old! hehe. Better late than never? I had friends who were in LOVE with the Gilmore Girls.

Someone once told me that Britain has a person employed to watch the electricity peaks because there is one show there that is so popular, that right after the show ends, everyone goes to the kitchen to make tea and there is this huge energy spike. That must be one dang good show... do you know what I'm talking about? I wonder what show it is and what it's about.

joeypouch said...

The tea surge used to happen (and still does) after the Christmas special of say...Eastenders or Only Fools and Horses, and way back when the Royals were still popular when the Queen would finish her Christmas day address to the people. At about 3.10pm Xmas day the kettle surge was insane!

Sobrina Tung said...

I love Christmas specials. Maybe this year I will give the Ten Commandments a rest and try to get my hands on a British Christmas special and some good tea to see what it's all about.

Erin P said...

I have not seen The Wire, but I know what you mean about TV and emotions. My big ones this year (now that ER has ended) are a SURPRISE to me, The Good Wife--I never even intended to watch it but I've seen all 3 episodes; it's VERY good, especially if you like strong, smart women who make their own way, and In Plain Sight...started this past summer, for the same reasons. Both make you sit and think--how would I handle anything like that?

Sobrina Tung said...

I haven't heard of In Plain Sight. I will have to check that out once I run out of stuff in my TV watching queue!

tam pham said...

succumbing to peer pressure, my husband decided to Netflix every season of the wire. we watched the first episode last night...hooked.

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