I have discovered how addicting some TV shows can be.
Who needs methamphetamine- heck, who needs caffeine or chocolate for that matter- when you can get high on Alias? Or 24? Or Lost, or West Wing, or Law and Order, or Quantum Leap? Yes, I know that Quantum Leap is quite the oldie, but Scott Bakula is a part of classic TV history! When Al shows up (beeping away on that little computer named Ziggy), you just know everything will turn out ok. Sure, Sam got stuck in the body of a 32-year-old woman who is being abused by her hick boyfriend, but as soon as he discovers that he's there to give the woman a sense of self-worth and to get her to break up with this hick boyfriend, he will be able to do it by the next commercial break.
The real problem with these addictive shows is that they can now be rented on DVD at your local video store (or online, if you're a Netflix junkie like me). Last summer, 24 was my drug of choice, but I only got through the first season before things like wedding plans, a new husband, and a new job forced me into TV rehab. Recently, though, our neighbor introduced me to Alias, and we are now halfway through season 2 (much to Mike's chagrin). Some friends of ours just yesterday told us that they really enjoy Lost, and that there is actually a lot of meaning behind each episode, so it looks like that is next on our list.
Didn't have time to keep up with these shows when they were actually broadcast on TV? No worries- you can sit through 3 or 4 hours' worth when you rent just one DVD! And every episode will leave you wanting more, so there is no way that you are going to be able to stop.
With the summer approaching (very slowly here in Laramie), I have some tough choices to make. Sit in our house with the lights off, watching Jennifer Garner in a blond wig pretending to be a Southern belle, or actually go outside and get some sun and maybe even some exercise.
I'll have to get back to you on that.