I don't particularly care for sitcoms. I will watch Law and Order or Firefly all day. But I don't really get sitcoms. I take that back. I love Friends. It doesn't matter if I've seen an episode 82 times it always makes me
smile and get the warm and fuzzies. I don't get most sitcoms. Shows like Everybody loves Raymond, it seems like they hate each other. They are mean and manipulative to each other and I'm supposed to think this is funny? I just don't get it.
There was a time when I couldn't wait for prime time TV. When I was little my Daddy and I would watch all the shows together. We don't have the best relationship with each other. We are both extreme introverts who hate talking on the phone. But when I was little I use to love asking him questions. He seemed to know everything. I would rack my brain to think of a question to ask him, just so I could hear him talk. "Daddy, how does the lawnmower work?" And he would delve into a lesson about how the engine needs the whip to start and combustion and the blades. And the most of time we had to talk was while we watched TV together. I wasn't allowed to watch TV except with him. He would tease me about thinking Macguyver was cute, which I would deny adamantly. (I totally did, though.) I remember falling asleep and finding myself in bed because Daddy had carried me there and tucked me in. I knew the theme song to all of ABC's shows. Step By Step, Full House, Family Matters. When I hear the songs now I think of sitting on our grey nubby love seat next to my Daddy. He always smelled like smoke, grease and orange-off. It's impossible not to think of him when I see these shows now. Seriously, I just listened to them all and what a rush of nostalgia. Did the same dude sing all of them? Like he had a contract with ABC or something.
Eventually I got older and got my own TV. I was obsessed with My So Called Life and MTV. He was content to watch Fox News, probably grateful for not having to play 20 questions all night. Our relationship started to deteriorate as I became a teenager. I stopped asking him questions and started avoiding him. He started asking the questions and was not at all happy with my answers, or lack there of.
I'd like to say we are better now that I'm an adult. But we're not. We pretend better that's all. Sometimes I wish I could go back where my Daddy was my all time hero who had an answer for everything. I would curl up on the couch, my feet tucked underneath me, mesmerized by the canned laughs and flickering glow, while my Daddy sat next to me. I promise I'll try to be quiet and not ask too many questions.
I guess the best I can do is make sure my kids don't stop asking questions. This may seem harsh, but I just want my girls and I to have a better relationship then my Dad and I. I don't want them to wish the things that I do.
What was your favorite TV show as a kid? Why?