The End

I played the clarinet from third grade all the way through college. In high school, I was in the marching band.  I marched in parades and on the football field and played at pep rallies and football games in the heat, the rain and the snow. I wore a cool uniform, an even cooler hat, and had a lot of fun.  I never learned much about football though.  I didn’t understand the intricacies.  I was a hockey girl, still am.

So when I decided to watch Friday Night Lights, I figured I would last two or three episodes and then search for the next great thing to watch.  After four or five episodes I thought, well, I don’t really care about football, but I am starting to get attached to the characters.  By season two, the characters were as real as any I had fallen for before.

By season Five, I had a new found respect for the game, but a sinking feeling that the show was about to end.  So I checked with google.  How many seasons for Friday Night Lights? Five.

So here I am again, where most binge watching TV show fans are.  The show is about to end and I am losing another group of people who have somehow become real to me.  I am going to miss one of the happiest married couples on series TV. I am going to miss, the kids, because there is so much left unsaid for some of them.  I am even going to miss the games. So what’s next? Will there be another good show?

The answer to that is, yes.  There is a lot of quality writing out there, a lot of quality acting, and a lot of good shows.  So glad I gave up cable and only watch Netflix.  Gives me a chance to really appreciate the talent out there.

“Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” – Coach Taylor

I wonder if my sisters have watched this one yet.  Knowing Lisa she is still watching Gray’s Anatomy, again.

And me? Well, who knew that football could make me cry?



Sometimes I don’t have the attention span to pay attention to a “new” show on Netflix.  That is when I rely on a “go to” show. A “go to show” is  one that has familiar characters and interesting story lines, but episodes that stand alone.  I can fall asleep, wake up, go to the next episode and not miss anything.  It is a show that I can watch over and over and not get bored, yet, not see for years.  This kind of show is almost like comfort food for the brain.

My “go to” show is NCIS.  Currently I am watching Season 3, Episode 13.  Besides the quality of the show and the great characters, there are 12 seasons on Netflix.  I can binge for hours and hours or not.  What a great feeling.

Your favorite “go to” show?




Binge watching series TV has become one of my favorite past times.  I particularly like the very long lasting shows, Criminal Minds, Gray’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, Once Upon a Time…you get the idea.  Usually after a series ends it takes me a day or two to sample shows to decide what to watch next.  Sometimes I do “interim” binging like catching up on easy to watch shows like Baby Daddy, or catch an episode of How I Met Your Mother or Parks and Recreation. Now, I have a new quandary.

What to do when you find a show that you really like, it’s late, another night of insomnia and the last episode of season one has just ended and instead of going to season two, you are right back at episode one, season one!

Yes, the one-hit wonder quandary.

It just happened to me. Finished Criminal Minds. Finished Gray’s Anatomy. Searched and found a new show: A Gifted Man.

I really liked the show.  Uptown Neurosurgeon runs into his ex-wife. She had been working in a free clinic downtown.  Kicker is (SPOILER ALERT) she is dead.  He is the only one who can see her. The remainder of the ensemble cast either work in the Neurosurgeon’s hospital or the downtown clinic.  Love is in the air, really good story line, one I could have gotten involved in;  one I could have discussed with my niece, Angel, as we are the binge watching team.  But alas, not to be.  A quick Google search revealed the show was gone after one season.

It got me thinking, maybe I should binge watch one-hit wonders for a while.  It would be interesting to see how many there are on Netflix.  It would be more interesting to find out why the shows don’t make it.  A Gifted Man, in my humble opinion, should have gone on for years, like NCIS…

If you have been keeping up with my Netflix habit, you know that I am currently watching Supernatural. It started because my niece has been after me to watch it.  Since I would do anything for her, I agreed – on the condition that she watch Parenthood with my sister.  Happily, they are complying and so am I.

By the way, it is now 12:08 am, the cats are hanging out next to the computer, the dog is laying on the couch watching Supernatural, and I am sitting at the computer instead of getting much needed sleep.

At first, I watched because I promised. Much to my surprise, I am liking the show.  And like my urge to count orange and yellow cars when I take a long road trip, I am starting to pay attention to the references to other shows.  I am thinking about keeping a list so I can discuss it with my niece. Tonight, Season 3 episode 15, a nod to Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman:

Dean: Yeah, zombie with skills, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Zombie.

This is not the first reference to other shows that I noticed, just the one that made me want to comment.

Just last night, still season 3:

Dean: I’m Batman!

Sam: Yeah. You’re Batman.

I wish he would have said, same bat time- same bat channel– but I wasn’t asked to write the episode.

Before this, there was the I Dream of Jeanie- Bewitched comment, which quite frankly, was the turning point for me, the point where I knew I was going to finish watching this series even though Scandal Season 5 is now available and I haven’t even finished House of Cards yet.

Sam: I don’t know. I guess they’re powerful enough. But not exactly like Barbara Eden in harem pants. I mean, Djinn have been feeding off people for centuries. They’re all over the Quran.

Dean: My God. Barbara Eden was hot, wasn’t she? Way hotter than that Bewitched chick.

When I was growing up I never could decide if I would rather be Jeannie or Samantha Stevens. They both had their advantages.  Of course at the time I also wanted to be Laurie Partridge.  It was a very confusing time.

I wish I hadn’t slept through some of the episodes because I probably missed quite a bit of TV and movie references.  Meanwhile I am trying to figure out which characters I really like and trying to figure out of Sam really is as cool as I think he is…and thinking about going to sleep at some point before I have to wake up again.

If you have any favorite Supernatural quotes, let me know.

Good night, all.