TV—Why Can’t I Quit You?!

Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 11:57 am

Casey and Jon at Disneyland, 2oo6.
To be fair, I think “Space Ranger 2” had done this ride before. At least a few times!

I did it again, didn’t I? I pulled the entire “holier than thou” routine again, and now it’s come back to bite me in the ass.

I used to be a staunch agnostic in my high school days, only to end up being baptized in 2008.

I used to be firmly against drinking until the age of 20, and now have no problem with having a beer with dinner.

And for a few years recently, I was firmly against the idea of TV and anything it had to offer, but that too would soon find me being a hypocrite…

TV, the Greatest Frienemy I’ve Ever Had

I spent the better part of my childhood in front of a TV: Saturday Morning Cartoons, afterschool video games with my friends, and growing up on the sitcom gold that the 90s had to offer.

But growing up brought the Internet. YouTube. Every possible reason to be out of the house and not keeping up with what the major networks had to offer. (Though, with comic books having been a huge part of my upbringing, cartoons and anime still found their way into the mix—even ’til today!)

It wasn’t until only recently that I got too busy for TV! Living in Mississauga. Dating in Toronto. Hanging out at tweetups and working my day job when I wasn’t doing everything else—who had time for TV?

That is… until Netflix made its way into my life…

The Netflix Fix—I’m a Slave to the Screen!

I can’t remember how it happened—one day I was on a week-long free trial at my parents’ place in Mississauga, and the next thing I know, I’m married, living in Toronto, and using my iPad as a second monitor to watch the massive list of shows that people have recommended to me! Don’t get me wrong, there’s some amazing stuff out there (you have not lived until you’ve seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock!), but I can’t help but feel that I’m only filling my life with more distractions and trying to justify them by consuming them very efficiently.

With that said, it’s not so bad. I only have these shows left to get through:

  • The West Wing
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Dr. Who (Series 3 on)
  • Torchwood
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Downton Abbey
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • The Mighty Boosh
  • Little Britain
  • Life on Mars
  • The Young Ones
  • Black Adder
  • Scandal
  • The IT Crowd
  • Kings
  • Vikings
  • Misfits
  • The Newsroom

…okay. Maybe it’s a little bad.

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller.

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible.

Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world.

It's about so much more than just our kids.

When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life!

Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

6 replies on “TV—Why Can’t I Quit You?!”

Yeah, it’s a huge challenge — we’re watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit right now while I work on polishing off a post for tomorrow. I’m going to get on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule if it kills me 🙂

I haven’t checked out either of those shows — perhaps I’ll add them to the list 🙂 After this ridiculous list of other shows 😐 Oh man.

Anyway, back to typing and seeing how this mystery pans out!

I’m now on the other side – having moved and opting not to get cable (can’t afford it really).

I do fondly think about some old fav shows though… I just started watching Freaks and Geeks just before I moved. Great show 🙂

We’ve lived here for 3 1/2 years and never got cable — just use Netflix instead. A lot more affordable and we get our… “fix”. But really, when it comes down to it, I would classify myself as a “passive consumer”. I always have so many things that I’d like to do that I find it next to impossible to give ALL my attention to a TV screen. It would have to be something RIDICULOUSLY amazing to command my attention like that.

Like a new season of Sherlock….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: