I recently found myself whinging to anyone who would listen that it had been many years since I had been into a television show. The year was 2015, the show was Friday Night Lights and that period of my life was punctuated by my dark bedroom, the blinding light of my laptop and many cancelled social events under the guise of work, but for the sole purpose of feeding the binge.
I missed the thrill of coming home with the sole intention of staring at my computer screen and strange characters for hours on end before clocking out, sleeping, working and doing it all again. I missed purposefully having no life. (These days I just mindlessly scroll on my phone for a few hours, go to bed, work, do it all again and hate the majority of my existence. Joking. Kind of.)
So, on the instruction of many, many, many people, I started watching Mad Men, and although I loved it, I found watching a TV show ten years after the rest of the world like a strange time warp. Everyone’s already lived this already. In fact, you’re floating through a man-made reality; a story that’s slowly evolving in real time except it’s ALREADY HAPPENED. These are the worst parts about getting into a TV show three generations after everyone else:
The TV shows that were a hit with the critics this year. Post continues after audio.
1. You can’t talk to anyone
Oh, and believe me, I’ve tried. I would talk to the fake plant sitting on the corner of my desk if it would open its (his? her?) mouth and respond.
My conversations go a little bit like this:
ME: “I can’t BELIEVE Don did that.”
OTHER PERSON: “Who?”
ME: “Yesterday’s ep was GREAT!”
OTHER PERSON: “What?”
ME: “I love Mad Men.”
2. You can’t google
Perhaps I should re-phrase: You can google, you just shouldn’t google.