When I was growing up, I never watched TV. I mean never.
There were few films my parents deemed totally inappropriate - they considered my brother and me to be fairly mature young tots - so we saw tons of movies. But my parents were both immoderately anti-television.
Maybe because they thought seeing hours upon hours of commercials targeted at kids would turn our brains into mush, and us into demanding little brats.
Or maybe because they thought the programming in itself was not worthy of our developing little minds.
Whatever their crunchy, alternative parenting reasons were, before middle school I don't think a single channel was ever turned on in our house.
In middle school, we were given the benefit of the doubt and let choose - largely based on our friends' preferences at the time - two or three television shows that we could watch every week, obviously with the commercial breaks on mute.
Crafty girl that I was, I finagled four shows into my weekly rotation: Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek, and Felicity. The first two remain some of my favorite shows to date. The second two, well, lets just say that after my first year allowed watching television, I decided I had better things to watch with my limited viewing hours.
In high school things were obviously a little more lax, and in college I was a free woman. In fact I spent a year watching Canadian TLC and realizing exactly what my parents had been saying all those years.
Today, even though it's now been approximately half my life since I've pretty much had TV freedom, I still have a trace of the feeling that if I have a chance to watch TV I should take advantage.
But between being in Canada and Europe, I haven't had steady access to American programming in more than half a decade, so I haven't been able to go completely overboard. And the roundabout ways I've discovered for watching my favorite shows - streaming them online - have mercifully eliminated the commercial segments. But this doesn't mean that I don't occasionally exaggerate: I have eleven currently on-the-air shows that I follow, and eight off-the-air shows that I relive every once in a while.
Let's just say that I'm a television convert.
And now, after carrying on for far too long about my TV history, let's fill in some blanks, shall we?
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