My First Meme ™

Oh, I’m so proud. Today, I take one more step toward becoming a Real Blogger. The (unwitting) Blue Fairy in the case is [info]shing, who not only provided me the template for the meme itself but the idea for an excuse for using one. :^)

To wit: I’ve got not a lot of time to work up original thoughts at the moment, it being circuit assembly weekend  (sort of a motivational seminar for Jehovah’s Witnesses).
Drifting off during the sessions, even to work on one’s literary career, is as you might imagine frowned upon; besides, I have to take notes, there’ll be a test later (well, a review, anyway). So without further ado, I present: my TV-watching habits. In glorious Technicolour, natch.

Back in the Day: 5 TV Shows You Loved As A Kid

1. The A-Team
2. The Facts of Life
3. The Muppet Show
4. WKRP in Cincinnati
5. Star Trek: The Original Series

Who Would You Do?: 5 TV Characters You Would…Well, It’s Self-Explanatory:

(Um, oops. I’m afraid that for this weekend at least you’ll just have to settle for tea and cookies accompanied by pleasant thrills up and down the spine)

1. Keith Szarabajka, on The Equalizer
2. Tom Everett Scott, on Philly
3. Chris Noth, on Law & Order
4. Jamie Oliver, circa the original Naked Chef series
5. Denzel Washington, on St Elsewhere

What? No, No, I Don’t Watch That…: 5 Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

1. Mythbusters
2. Teletoon (do I get bonus points for admitting to Toopy & Binoo specifically?)
3. Dirty Jobs
4. Iron Chef
5. How Not to Decorate

Wow: 5 TV Moments You Still Remember (And Probably Won’t Forget)

1. M*A*S*H finale – Hawkeye realises that the chicken he insists he saw killed by the woman on the bus was actually “A baby! She killed her BABY!”

2. (Does stuff I read about later count?) 1973, WXLT-TV Sarasota: News anchor Christine Chubbock hits a snag in her morning broadcast, announces that “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide”…and then shoots herself in the head. She died in hospital 14 hours later.

3. Madonna’s 1989 Pepsi commercial, featuring Like a Prayer. I saw it, actually really liked it, wondered why I never saw it again…then discovered, years later, that it had aired exactly that once before being pulled by outraged networks (after the song’s video debuted next day).

4. Super Bowl XXIII 1988 – Cincinnati Bengals versus San Francisco 49ers. In what is very likely the greatest single SB drive ever, Joe Montana precisely, methodically, remorselessly marches the Niners 92 yards in the closing two minutes to win the game.

5. Grammys, 1994: Billy Joel, sharing the general outrage at Frank Sinatra’s acceptance speech being cut off for a commercial break, pauses as scheduled midway into his live performance of River of Dreams…then pauses some more…then grins wickedly into the camera and announces: “Commercial time ticking…ticking away…” Then, he pauses some more..

“Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs”: 5 TV Theme Songs You Know (and Love) By Heart

1. Facts of Life
2. WKRP in Cincinnati
3. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
4. In the Heat of the Night
5. Diff’rent Strokes (largely because of its recent use by IKEA in Teh Bestest Commercial Evah)

Eh: 5 Shows You Just Can’t Get Into

1. through, oh, twenty zillion or so: Pretty much everything on network TV these days, especially the dramas. Used to adore the Chris Noth/whomever version of L&O, not so much after he left.

The Starting Line-Up: 5 Channels You Go To First When You Sit Down to Watch TV

1. Discovery Channel
2. Food Network
3. HGTV Canada
4. Teletoon
5. National Geographic TV

This Is An Environment of Welcoming, and You Should Just Get the Hell Out Of Here: 5 TV Characters You Could Do Without

1. Any one of the approximately eight dozen ‘adorable orphans’ that were shoehorned into the Little House on the Prairie after Laura and Mary grew up. Please note that Pa Ingalls never did get around to building an addition onto his two-room shanty.

2. Any one of the approximately eight dozen ‘fresh young faces’ who suddenly populated the Sparta PD for In the Heat of the Night‘s later years, as an apparent attempt to distract devoted viewers from the loss of Harold Rollins. Not buying it, kids.

3. The entire cast of Dynasty, plus any left over on Dynasty II: The Colbys. Just to make sure I’ve got a clean sweep here, throw in any other character Heather Locklear has ever played.

4. BJ on M*A*S*H. With all the other casting replacements over 11 seasons, I could recognize that it was more about resenting the loss of the original. This whiny goofball? Not so much.

5. Dexter, from the epyonomous HBO series. I know, I know, having a serial killer for a hero is the ultimate in edgy moral ambiguity, yadda yadda. Call me hopelessly old-fashioned, but I’m not impressed.

That’s What She Said: 5 Quotes That Still Resonate

1. “I pity da fool!” – Mr T, A-Team
2. “I reject your reality, and substitute my own!” – Adam Savage, Mythbusters
3. “He heard you. [beat] He simply could not believe his ears.” – Spock, Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles
4. “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” – Mr Carlson, WKRP
5. “I have a message… Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’s plane was shot down over the sea of Japan… it spun in…there were no survivors.” – Radar, M*A*S*H 3rd season finale

Gimme More: 5 Shows You Can Never Get Enough Of

1. Mythbusters
2. Any competitive-reality show on HGTV or the Food Network
3. Anything that features Jamie Oliver cooking stuff
4. The Equalizer
5. (On DVD) Character definitives: the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series/the David Suchet Poirot series/the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series

Waaaaa!: 5 Shows You Still Mourn Losing Prematurely

1. Philly, the Tom Everett Scott/Kim Delaney legal show from Steven Bochco…you know, I look at what I just typed there, and I’m still mystified why it only lasted one season.

2. Mork & Mindy. I consider the show I loved to have died after the first season, or whichever one it was Mork disappeared into limbo on the finale.

3. The 1990 Zorro – oh, sure, you snicker, but anytime the budget runs out just as the storyline’s gettin’ good, it hurts.

4. Colour Splash, starring David Bromstad, winner of HGTV Design Star season one. One features an amazingly hot (if gay) guy winner who wins largely on the He’ll-take-his-shirt-off-a-whole-lot ticket; the other is the show in which he, well, takes his shirt off a lot. Guess which one actually aired here in Canada? Right.

5. The Equalizer. So good that even five full seasons was so not enough.

Headdesk!: 5 Shows You Wish They’d Killed (or at least ended) While They Were Still Good

1. Happy Days
2. M*A*S*H
3. Little House on the Prairie
4. In the Heat of the Night
5. Mork & Mindy


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shing_
    Jan 27, 2008 @ 22:52:31

    Your first meme! *feels proud* You always remember your first. My first had to do with tv boyfriends and pretty pictures. 😉

    Wow, you really don’t watch a lot of scripted tv, do you? *teases*

    The one about the news anchor committing suicide on air? That really happened? That’s crazy.

  2. shoebox2
    Jan 28, 2008 @ 18:04:42

    Thank yew, thank yew [bows hastily] [runs off to check shing’s back entries]

    [returns smiling] Hey…Toopy & Binou has scripts! I’m pretty sure, anyway. At least, something along the lines of ‘So then Toopy rants about how FABULOUS he is in the most annoying falsetto squeal possible’.

    The Chubbuck suicide? Oh, yes, that really happened: . She was supposed to be part of the inspiration for the movie Network (“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”) but the definitive article on the case, from the Washington Post (, suggests the truth was rather more complex, and infinitely sadder.

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