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I don’t get revved up for TV shows…unless it’s election night…

…because most of the content is crap that isn’t fit for the consumption of a semi-intelligent human being!

I have always liked shows that were a little edgy and most definitely NOT formulaic. That’s why I have usually shied away from the traditional cop and medical dramas. They’re all pretty much the same, IMHO.

But once in a while something different, edgy and non-formulaic emerges from the landfill. Lost is one of those shows and it kicks off it’s final season tonight.

I’m not going to go into the convoluted multilevel plots lines or the multi-dimensional characters. Only Lost fans would understand anything I would say and it’s not my purpose to alienate any of the hordes (1) of my faithful readers. But I will say this: if you are turned off by conventional television, it might be worth your while to rent the past seasons of this innovative show. Start with season one and go through the series in order or you’ll find yourself as lost as the island castaways.

Other television that has been worth my time over the years:

Arrested Development – this short-lived series about the world’s most dysfunctional family always had me rolling on the floor in laughter.

Buggy the Vampire Slayer. Dry wit. Social commentary. Great writing and acting. This show had everything.

Dead Like Me – another short-lived series about a teenager who, after being killed by a toilet-meteor, becomes a “reaper” who helps the recently dead find their way to, uh, somewhere else. The sticky note industry was a direct beneficiary of this series.

St. Elsewhere – Where Howie Mandel worked before making deals with game show contestants. Riveting. Well-acted. And an amazing script. Way ahead of its time.

M*A*S*H – Yes, this was laugh-track comedy. But the show could whack you upside the head once in a while with a commentary on the horrors of war. I clearly remember watching the show as a 12 year old when Radar uttered the following memorable line in the OR:

“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.”
Corporal Radar O’Reilly[1]

Damn fine TV.

1. The definition of a “horde” is being used quite liberally here.


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  1. trashee says:

    @ Ken. Just read it…. pretty freaky…

  2. Ken says:


    I own all seasons on DVD up to 5th. I’m going to have to watch that show from beginning to end again…

    On a side note, did you ever hear the theory about St Elsewhere? That the world we live in currently isn’t real because it turns out that the kid that was in it that was autistic (?) was watching shows that he “made up”? I should find the Wikipedia link… It’s a bit odd 😉

  3. trashee says:

    I was never a big Seinfeld fan… didn’t see the point (get it?)… and yeah, if I were to scribble an exhaustive list, Twin Peaks and a few others (e.g., Cheers – in the early years, The Simpsons, The Office, Saturday Night Live)would be there.

  4. XUP says:

    No Seinfeld on your list? Or Twin Peaks? Those are my all-time TV highlights I think. I tried to watch Lost when it first aired, but I never made it past the first 3 episodes

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