Unshelved comic strip for 10/11/2006

I love TV

It's true, I do. Those of you who know me, know that for many years I didn't even own a TV. And that when we finally got one it wasn't hooked up to cable or even an antenna - we just used it for watching movies. This wasn't because I didn't like TV. This was because I liked it too much. Bill Gates famously said that he didn't have a TV in his living room for the same reason he didn't keep a bowl of cocaine there. I concur.

But the advent of DVD boxed sets and, let's say, certain peer-to-peer technologies has meant it's easier than ever to watch TV without having to be connected. For me it all started with inking. Back when I drew the strip on paper the most tedious (yet the most important) stage was inking. I needed a way to entertain myself. So I loaded up this Buffy the Vampire Slayer thing I had heard about and was instantly hooked. I found it easy to mostly listen to the show while drawing, looking up only now and again.

After I ploughed through Buffy I also hit Angel. After a while I even started watching the shows on TV when we happened to have cable (my housemate periodically springs for it himself so he can watch sports). Firefly came and went, and Buffy and Angel expired. My wife and I ate up the Aaron Sorkin seasons of West Wing and then Sports Night. But then I ran out of stuff I wanted to watch and my productivity sagged a little. The Sopranos wasn't to my taste, though I plan to give it another try one of these days, and 24 sounded too engrossing for my needs.

Then last year I discovered that TV had been reborn. There was incredible writing everywhere, and I gorged myself on:

  • Lost
  • Veronica Mars
  • Entourage
  • Arrested Development
  • Battlestar Galactica

This year I've added:

  • The Office
  • Heroes (tentatively)
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Arrested Development is gone, but everything else is still going. And so suddenly I do watch TV. I watch it on my computer or my smartphone, and without commercials, but I watch it. It's a little sad, because I enjoyed the smugness of saying, "I don't watch TV." But when writing is this good, smugness must be sacrificed.

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