Why TV is Good for You

I’m not ashamed to admit that I indulge in several hours of scripted bliss per day (ahem, not unscripted except for the Kardashians, who I love). I’m not saying everyone should watch the American average of 4 hours per day. But if you’ve got a show every night of the week, I say you’re a-okay.
 
Why TV is Good for You
Here’s why.
 
It can help you make valuable career choices.
 
For instance, it is from House of Cards that I learned that there is no way that I could work in politics. Ever. I prefer to lie about my life on the interwebz. Not under oath thankyouverymuch.
 

You quickly learn that telling someone off is much more effective with witty one liners than all out brawls. 
 
If Downton Abbey taught me one thing, it’s that the best way to insult someone is with a single, well-placed and politely disguised jab.
 

Oh old lady Grantham. You kill me. A one liner like that might go right over the head of someone of average intelligence. Or in the case of the Real Housewives, someone with the intelligence of the average donkey.
 

 
Actually, comparing many of the real housewives to donkey’s is an insult to donkeys. Keep gettin your hee-hawww on guys. We love you.
 
Note to self: All of the Real Housewives of whatever are richer than you. Maybe you’re the dummy.
TV forces you to confront your own prejudices.
 
I’m a huge Homeland fan. And they blow stereotypes left and right. Crazy is endearing. Right is wrong. You hope for the bad guys, then the good guys, then the bad guys again. Then you aren’t sure who is bad and who is good. 
 
And then they had an American white lady helping the terrorists. Well there’s a curve ball! But why couldn’t a mid-20’s white lady be a terrorist? Well that’s just it, she could. Mind = blown. Bias = Also blown.
 

And from an ethics perspective, Carrie is, well, unethical. She’s so far in to the moral grey area that I cringe through entire episodes and still come out adoring her. And that’s why they gave Claire Danes an Emmy.
 

Which brings me to my next point:
 
TV will remind you in your darkest moment that you probably won’t wind up alone. 
 
I watched the first 3 seasons of How I Met Your Mother while going through a horrible break up senior year of college. And you know what I learned? If whiny, nerdy, awkward Ted would eventually find love, I would too. 
 

After all, it’s not called How I Met All My Friends, How I Wound Up Alone, or Hey, I Have 10 Cats! It’s also a good distraction during said dark moments.
 
It actually makes you smarter.
 
Anyone who has tried to follow along with the 27 plot lines and 543 characters on Game of Thrones knows what I’m talking about. Let’s not even get in to the pronunciation of all the names.
 

All I know is that if my hair keeps getting blonder and blonder, it’s because I’m under the influence of Daenerys Targaryen. 
 

Familiarity is relaxing.
 
What life lessons didn’t we learn from Friends? Maternity pants are great for both genders for Thanksgiving dinner. Or for shoplifting melons. Running like Phoebe is more fun. And never ever go on a break.
 
Even nearly a decade after Friends went off the air, there isn’t much that relaxes me more than the familiarity of an episode I’ve already seen 12 times. Which is all of them.
 

 
So see, TV can’t be that bad for you if we get so much out of it, right? Still concerned? Check out What the Kardashians Can Teach Us About Blogging or do what I do when I want to feel like a smarty pants: watch a documentary.
Please note, none of this has been proven by science. Not even a little bit. In fact, it was entirely made up. 
 

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  • Loved your note to self about the real housewives – I get grossed out thinking about that. Also, I love Homeland because it makes crazy endearing.

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  • Haha I love this! I watch entirely too much tv and I’m okay with that 🙂 PS Entering the giveaway from Jessica Who.

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  • We definitely have the same taste in TV… and I watch far too much of it also!

  • Just when I thought I watched too much TV you post this and I realize I am not alone. Perhaps I am totally normal. Right? Just say yes…

  • I am a TV fanatic, so you definitely don’t have to convince me that this is all true! 🙂

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  • I need to start watching Homeland once I catch up on Bones!

  • Friends really is the best show ever. I watch it every night at 11 and get sad if I’m not even though I’ve seen every episode a million times!

  • I wish I could say I watch less than 4 hours of TV per day, but that would be a lie. Sometimes I get stressed out over all the TV I have to watch and how full the DVR is getting. And in a few months there will be new Fall shows starting?! How will I ever keep up.
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  • hahah i LOVE this. thank you for justifying my excessive TV watching. =)

  • TV is heaven to me!!! I AM OBSESSED with Homeland…the ending of season 2 I almost crapped myself! I am so pumped for True Blood and Dexter to come back on next month…yahoo for TV!

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  • I love Friends. It’s one of those shows that I watch every single time it’s on no matter how many times I’ve seen that episode.

  • Haha, I love this! This is so true!

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  • Our TV is on, always. Even if we’re not watching it, it’s on. That’s probably a bit too much. Haha but at least now I know it’s good for us! 🙂

  • Hi Nadine,

    Jessica Who sent me over here today, though I already follow! You know I think you’re a hoot!

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  • I agree. I think we can all learn things from tv. AND so glad you’re a crazy friends fan. PIVOT! I know all the episodes and quote them entirely too much to people who do not care or know where it’s from (a tragedy!!!)

  • i’m pretty positive i will never get sick of watching friends!

  • Ummm… this post is amazing! Now I don’t feel guilty about watching TV at all! For me TV is the best way to just totally veg out after a long day.

    And I feel you on the Kardashians addiction! 🙂

  • Seriously… I watch about 70% of these shows…addicted..love them…and on another note..why does Kevin Spacey always creep me out?!

  • This made me laugh! I am new to your blog (new to blogs in general ha!) and am very happy to have found yours! I look forward to following along! Thanks for making me feel better about TV ha!

    • ps. and yes, if I could shoot off those one-liners like Lady Gratham I would be quite pleased with myself. There should be a “How-to” book 😉

  • Loved your post! And I too agree with what you wrote about Friends and Homeland, two tv shows that I love!

  • YES! I love this. My afternoon spent watching Greys Anatomy yesterday wasn’t a waste. Not to mention days of watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Smash, Glee, Vampire Diaries, Doctor Who…

  • I agree with everything in this post. And I really need to get caught up with Game of Thrones. I’m seriously missing out.

  • i love your post this means i can watch more right ? by the way jessica who sent me 🙂

  • TV watching is often scorned by people who are smarter-than-thou — but actually TV has been getting better and better, at least on the better channels. My mind has also been blown by Homeland. It ties your mind into knots! Guess who sent me? Jessica Who!

  • Oh FRIENDS!!! A great show to have on when doing something else. Seriously gets me every single time!

  • I am officially obsessed with this blog post. That is all.

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