We finally got a DVR box from our cable company shortly before the Olympics started. And no, I’m not quite as lame as that sounds. We had a TiVo several years ago, which a friend had gotten us as a wedding present. And we used it, and we loved it. But then, the day I left work on maternity leave, our TV bit the dust. So we got a fancy-schmancy new HDTV. Which meant we needed a new HD cable box. Which turned out to mean that the TiVo was no longer compatible. For a year, we did without and *gasp* had to watch commercials. I know, it was terrible. Dark ages. Plagues and stuff.
But Olympic swimming at 11:00pm was enough to finally make me get off my butt and get the DVR box from the cable company. This also means, much to my delight, that I can actually record and watch real shows this fall! While I feel like I watch a fair amount of TV, there actually aren’t a ton of network series that I make it a point to see. In fact, there’s more “reality” TV on my list than I would like. But I do draw the line, no crap like Big Brother or Survivor. Never watched an episode of either show, and I don’t intend to start. And I just can’t get into American Idol or Grey’s Anatomy.
That said, since everyone else on the internets has jumped on this bandwagon and I’m nothing if not a lemming, here’s the series my handy-dandy DVR will be recording this fall. (And how excited am I that it will record two at once?!)
Heroes (Which hopefully will suck less than last year.)
Dancing with the Stars (I’m hooked, but I’m psyched to be able to fast-forward through the annoying results shows.)
30 Rock (Shame on me for missing the first two seasons.)
Jon and Kate Plus 8 (Such an odd addition to the list of questions that everyone asks a mom of twins: “do you watch that show with the sextuplets?” Yes, yes I do.)
What Not to Wear (Would someone please nominate me? It’s getting desperate…)
Mad Men (Heard it’s great, haven’t watched it yet – intimidated because I don’t know the characters and it’s the 2nd season.)
Project Runway (Love it, despite the fact that I am the antithesis of fashionable. Top Chef will also be on the list when it returns.)
Any other suggestions? Especially sitcoms that I can just jump into and don’t have to watch old seasons to understand all the back story? I only have basic cable, so I can’t jump on any of the HBO or Showtime series.