My Mindless Entertainments

by Jonathan Hilton
crazyThere are a lot of things about myself that I look at and have to wonder about.  I really want to learn a lot. I was writing to someone today that I want to learn as much as I possibly can. And for the most part I am pretty focused on figuring out how we humans work and what to do to be happier about life.

Yet there are moments I look at the things I find interesting and I am in shock at the simplicity of many of them.  I guess every mind needs some rest and simple entertainment. I am going to sit back with a coffee with an espresso shot and reveal several of my favorite television shows.

 The Family Guy

fam guyThis one took me by surprise because I really wanted to hate it.  A stupid cartoon, about a family, a talking dog and a talking baby? Boring. Yet I couldn’t take my eyes of the mess.  Seth MacFarland is clearly a comic genius and I think that the edgy topics and low brow humor appeal to something in me. I can’t help but laugh out loud when I watch sometimes.  I think the best thing that I can say is that Peter Griffin often says things that many men think but would never say.  You can judge me harshly for this one and I will take your judgement to Spooner street and tell Stewie all about it.  This show is funny. Everyone needs to laugh.

Music and lyrics by Stewie Griffin

I am a Psych-O

psychThat doesn’t mean that I am a danger to society. Well no more than anyone else but it does mean that I am a major fan of Psych. This is the make believe world of psychic detective Shawn Spencer and his lifelong friend Burton Guster. Who help the Santa Barbara Police solve crimes.  I started watching on Netflix and I couldn’t stop streaming until I had seen all available episodes.  This is another one that just makes me laugh with the silly behavior and the stupid jokes.  Love it. I want to ride around in the blueberry and solve crimes. Not a lot of thought behind these but a lot of heart and laughter!

Hi my name is Shawn Spencer and this is my partner…………….Click here.

Scrubs

scrubsThis is a show that is no longer with us, yet it is definitely still running on my dvd player!! I am not afraid to say, (perhaps I should), that I not only know most of the episodes but can quote them word for word. Can’t help it, watching the adventures of Doctor John Dorian and his best friend Turk, and all of their hospital cast is one of my favorites. It was a sad day when it finally made its last house call.  I love the fact that the show went all over the place, funny, serious, threatening, I mean who hasn’t been tormented by the janitor, or had a supervisor who was a total jerk like Dr. Cox?  I love this and there is just nothing I can do about it.  Even though I know all of the jokes are coming and what is going to happen, I still laugh.  I need help.

Some clip show from a bad sitcom too lame to come up with a fresh story

The Big Bang Theory

sheldon quotesI have used this one before yet it is true. I often wonder how a show about super smart people can be classified as low brow humor? Yet here we are.  Watching Sheldon Cooper go through life is relatable to many including myself in this way. We have all been in situations that we know we don’t quite get what is going on. Didn’t get the joke, missed out on the good time, was busy playing video games. That is Sheldon Cooper’s life!  It makes me laugh out loud as the previous two shows do as well.

Big Bang Flash Mob

The Mentalist

mentalistI am fascinated with this show, because it should suck, yet it doesn’t.  Some people say that it is the intelligent version of Psych, yet I think that is a disservice to them both.  The mentalist is a cop show where the police in some I believe fictitious unit from the CBI, (I refuse to do research less it add validity to this post.) Uses a psychic to solve crimes. I have been a huge Simon Baker fan since he was on a show called the Guardian. Which I also liked.  These cases always end up solved yet he can never catch this Red John character who murdered his wife and daughter.  I find this a little baffling. He is so smart in arresting everyone else yet this super criminal can roam the streets committing horrific murder after horrific murder?  Seems strange. But I like the characters and the back storylines are usually interesting.

Can’t Catch Red John

Bones

bonesI could watch the Bones series from morning until night and never get bored.  It has wit, great cast, good story lines and I guess I don’t even really have to feel bad about watching it. Until I realize that the Jeffersonian doesn’t really exist, but the story is based on real life so that has to be pretty good.  They have had some great plot twists over the years and that has kept the show developing.  Each episode a new murder, Bones father shows up, bones is pregnant, Seely Booth is the father? What the heck just happened?  For Fox this is a pretty cerebral offering.  Thank you Fox.  I am probably the only person who has ever typed that sentence.

Bones and Booth Sing

The Waltons

waltonsOK now I am dating myself here, but when I was a kid my parents used to make us watch the Waltons because it was about values.  I thought it was dumb, but a funny thing happened in adulthood. I started to watch this show again.  It was by accident at first, passing it on a channel surf, stopping and realizing I was really worried if John Boy’s book would ever be published.  I also realized that I really didn’t remember anything about the show.  John Ritter was on it for years and he wasn’t even funny.  When Richard Thomas left the show, I lost interest, but you have to hand it to those Waltons. No depression or World War could ever keep them down.   They also ended every show by saying goodnight throughout the house.  I wish I had a nickel for every time I endured the good night John Boy line from someone.  Anyway, I like this show and if you don’t then stay away from Godsey’s store and there will be absolutely non of the recipe for you!  Click to visit Walton’s Mountain.

I could go on and on but this will have to do because I am out of writing time for today.  I like these shows and I just can’t help myself.  We all have things about us that we can’t understand about ourselves that make us totally  unique and totally us.   I think that is is weird that I like the Family Guy and the Waltons.  Makes you think.

What are the shows you can’t believe you like?

40 thoughts on “My Mindless Entertainments”

  1. Okay, this is a little embarrassing, but I quite enjoy kids cartoons :-). Not all of them. But I find them so bright and cheerful and happy. In kids cartoons everything always works out for the best, everyone is always lovely and cares about each other. It’s the way that I wish the world was :-). And you can watch it, and it’s always completely gentle and harmless. And some of them – “shaun the sheep” comes to mind, are completely hilarious! 🙂

    Aside from that, I used to LOVE Seinfeld. There’s no real storyline there – just 4 people hanging out. But the writers were absolute genius’s. I don’t think I’ve ever watched another show that was as brilliantly written.

    1. Hey there is nothing embarrassing about liking cartoons. I love the ones I watched as a kid and debated including them in my writing but I only had so much time to write. 🙂 The world can be exactly like it is in those cartoons as soon as the people decide it will be. I have never heard of Shaun the Sheep? I am going to look online and see if I can see what is up with that. Seinfeld was a classic. thank you Meg for reading and contributing. This was the quickest comment I ever go. I published on my site. and before I was done copying it onto my other site, your comment was here. Fantastic! Hope all is well in Australia!!

  2. The Mentalist is in your list!! Woohoo! I’m a bit behind on that…well..not a bit, more like a bit over a season behind.

    This is where I exercise my bad influence and tell you to watch Criminal Minds because its about behavioral analysis, you learn and get entertained (just like an awesome package deal) and the new one Elementary with modern day Sherlock! You have to see it Jon (if you haven’t yet) They are super cool! Currently my mindless entertainment is New Girl…because I adore Zooey Deschanel! Super hilarious and fun 🙂

    Love your post 🙂

    1. I am behind on this season of the Mentalist, I will just wait for Netflix to have it. I don’t have time to watch everything I would like to. Elementary sounds good, and I will watch an episode to give it a real try. I also loved the show Revolution which I should have included but just thought of now. I have never seen criminal minds, I think I might like the thought that goes into behavioral analysis. I would like to see The New Girl, but it conflicts with something and I have had less time to watch television lately. I could have included a bunch of other shows I liked but I just felt like writing something that was not very deep or difficult. Thank you so much for commenting Kim, I always love to hear your opinions. I am going to do the picture to work either tomorrow or on Monday. Get ready for some country viewing. 🙂

  3. I haven’t seen some of the programs you mention here, but I can tell you that I love the mentalist. There’s also Sherlock which I cannot do without 🙂 I dont like animated stuff for some reason, I like watching real people.

    Is that your driveway? wow! I have never seen so much snow in real life ever! Infact where I live it has snowed twice in about 30 years and that snow that happened was just an excuse for snow 🙂

    1. Thank you for commenting Michelle! I know the cartoons are a mystery to me as well. I resisted watching the Family Guy for many years until one time I watched it and from then on I was hooked. It is crass sometimes but still funny. I am sure a lot of the shows might not play as well in South Africa. I would suggest Bones for anyone, it is interesting and intense. Sherlock seems to be a consistent theme here. My friend Kim loves him too. I am glad you enjoyed looking at the snow it is now slowly going away, usually by the end of the month it is all gone!! I can’t wait for spring. Twice in 30 years? That sounds like awesome weather! I am grateful for the comments and the participation as always. Look forward to what the happy hugger is blogging about today.

  4. I’m embarrassed to agree that I also like watching a number of the above. I can’t believe 2 and a half men is form the same people as the Big Bang. I grew up with the waltons so a real trip down memory lane

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. I know, even I can’t enjoy two and a half men, I didn’t know that was made by the same people. The Waltons I added because I had to be honest, I am not sure if it is the nostalgia or what but I can watch that show and really enjoy it. Where when I was a kid I would complain about it. My parents really thought that the morals were good for me. Something must have rubbed off. I am grateful for your contribution. I hope to have more time to sift through your site today or tomorrow. Thank you again INFP for reading.

  5. I am a Psych-O too! It’s not just a crime show, it’s funny, and I love it! I definitely miss the old ones like Seinfeld and Just Shoot Me. Friends will always be a favorite.

    1. I knew there was something I liked about you! Psych is so funny. I am behind because I don’t want to watch it until it comes out on disc so I can watch the episodes in succession. I liked friends and of course Seinfeld, how could you not love a show about nothing? Always great to hear from you. 🙂

        1. I have never done this but I just looked to see what the contest was and I would be into that. It says it is closed for now. 🙁

          1. I am now dedicated the next time that finding the pineapple is open I am going to try to win. The show is just that awesome. 🙂

  6. I’ve never heard of psyche! You’ve intrigued me and now I’m going to try it out! I’m addicted to Once Upon A time. It’s based in Maine! Imagine! But it tells fairy tales in such a different manner! I love it. I’m obviously a giant doctor who fan as well. I love the thought of of someone so amazing yet ordinary. Supernatural is another favorite. Besides my love for Jenson Ackles, the show is pretty kick ass. It’s exactly what it sounds like. I saw Elementary advertised recently and it looks right up my alley! I can’t wait to start it. TV is so Addicting.

    1. YOu should watch Psych, it is delightfully awesome. I wish I was a crime solving psychic detective. The friendship between Gus and Shawn is the key ingredient I think. The first four seasons, each show started with a flashback to when they were kids and the show would have something to do with that. His father was a cop and always wanted him to be one, and is a bit disappointed with his psychic detective status. Well worth your time. Once upon a time is based in Maine? That has to make it good because everything in Maine is awesome. Me, you, the moose, the ocean. Black flies suck but what are you going to do? Thanks for all the suggestions. I know you are a Supernatural fan, some day I may watch that. Your are awesome Hope!

      1. It’s a crime show as well, but it’s about supernatural crime. It’s totally addicting! I encourage you to give it a try. Psych sounds a bit in that ball park. I used to not like crime shows, but they started having really great stories behind them. Once upon a time is about story book characters who get cursed and forget who they are and they’re sent to another land….that would Storybrooke Maine! It’s a little…weird in the beginning, but if you give it a season worth of attention, it gets seriously good! I love that they tell the stories so differently and each character is so intertwined with others. It’s only on season 2 so you have time to catch up! 🙂

    1. I used to watch American Idol a long time ago, Duck Dynasty, I love and watch and wanted to include, they are so funny. Uncle Sy is hilarious. Makes the show go. Never watched the Voice, lots of people like that stuff. I watched the bachelor before, I probably could have included that and I once dated someone who got me watching America’s next top model, Which definitely could have made this list. But I don’t watch them now, so I didn’t think of them. We all need a mental break sometimes. 🙂

  7. I thank Fox all the time for The Simpsons! You’ve got a great list of shows here. Scrubs and Family Guy top my list too. For me, Family Guy is enjoyable for what they are able to “get away with.” Half the time I’m sitting their with my mouth open in wonderment – “Did they really just say that?”

    1. I am the same way! Just because the character is a baby, he is allowed to get away with a lot. They push the limit to the point it is uncomfortable sometimes to watch. Which means it must be good. Scrubs, if I was a doctor at Sacred Heart life would be great. 🙂 for me, anyway, the patients would be in trouble! Since I am not a doctor.

        1. 🙂 That is true!! My middle name is David so I went through a phase where I considered trying to change my name to JD, I never figured out how to retrain the world. Maybe some day!

          1. You’ve just got to keep using it, JD, and eventually the rest of us will start picking it up. How’s that sound JD with the voice of James Earl Jones?

          2. That was awhile ago, I am past that stage now and very comfortable with any of my names, Jon or Jonathan or JD it is all good for me! One of my coworkers really bought in about ten years ago and when I see him he still calls me JD. Gotta love that guy.

          3. One of my friends will still be calling me Matticus when we are old and gray and have grandkids crawling around our legs. Yep, gotta love it, JD. 😉

  8. I’m with you on a few. I don’t get Family Guy and I’ve never watched Scrubs or The Waltons. I do like Psych and The Mentalist every so often. Bones is my favs on this list. Have you read the books? Oh yes. The books. The series is based on an actual author and forensic anthropologist. Or it was in the beginning, but has gone off in its own direction. Kinda like Dexter…based on a book series, but not.

    1. The Family Guy is an acquired taste I think. I used to think it was dumb before I watched it, then I was hooked. Never seen the Waltons? You definitely need a trip to Waltons mountain, it will remind you of a simpler time. I have not read the books which inspired Bones, but yes, I knew it was based on a true story. After awhile they kind of had to take the story in its own direction, because how else could Seely Booth and Bones get together and have a baby and make the world happy? Thanks for commenting Melanie! I suggest Scrubs for any time you are feeling down. I know at a particularly low moment in my life, that show made me laugh. 🙂 It is on in reruns all the time.

      1. I’ve been watching The Big Bang Theory reruns every night for about 6 months. I’ll have to check out Scrubs reruns. Another silly mindless show I check out from time to time is Monk. Totally ridiculous.

        1. That one works for me too. I love Sheldon’s stubbornness and clueless nature about dealing with people. It makes me laugh out loud. The other day I saw one where his girlfriend was going to move in with him. His reaction makes me chuckle just thinking about it. I think those shows provide people with a great escape. If it makes you laugh and forget your troubles for a bit, then it can’t be all bad, can it? I am still pretty new to the Big Bang Theory, but I look forward to the nights when it is on tbs. 🙂

          1. I new to it too. I’ve only been watching it for 6 months. I saw that episode about Amy Farrah Fowler moving in. Laughed out loud.

          2. Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Ummmmmmmmmmmm knock, knock, knock good friend Leonard,knock, knock, knock good friend Leonard,knock, knock, knock good friend Leonard, hey old friend I think we need to let by gones be by gones and you can move back in. I love the way Sheldon knocks, I do it when I can get away with it!

  9. Extra points for Family Guy, Scrubs, The Big Bang theory and Psych!!! 😀 I also watch The Cleveland Show, though it’s not as much fun as Family guy. Huge South Park fan, Simpsons too and every now and then Futurama and Brickleberry.

    Sigh.. I need to get a life 😉

    1. Oh Purni, a little television won’t hurt you! Obviously you have great taste in shows, because anyone who watches Psych has to be pretty awesome! Thank you so much for commenting and reading my ramblings! It always makes my day to see your smiling gravitar pop up! I am grateful that you comment and read. You are such an intelligent and kind person. 🙂

  10. OMG I LOVE family guy!!! I can’t believe I liked a show on cartoon network called the Hunger Force Team…..
    MY NAME IS SHAKE ZOOLA THE MIC RULLA OLD SCHOOLA WANNA TRIP I”LL TAKE IT TO YA!!!

    1. Jasmine there is nothing like a good laugh on a Friday afternoon! Thank you very much my friend. I am going to have to check that out!

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