Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things


Television Catnip

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I love Emily Nussbaum of NYMag, perhaps enough to watch My Generation, despite the fact that it relieves events I really didn’t enjoy that much in the first place, like Enron or 9/11. I especially love that she understands the subtleties surrounding “good” and “bad” TV. Sometimes, there really is a grey area, and sometimes there’s just “TV catnip.” The best part of her review of the show that discusses both reliving the past and recognizing where a show lies on the “good” TV spectrum is as follows:

“I realize I could just watch Parenthood — a quality series, but one that also meets my catnip needs. But I’m weak. I will be watching My Generation, hoping for the best. Lots of shows take a few episodes to grow. Either way, I’m looking forward to the montage of everyone having sex on the night Obama was elected. Ideally, scored to ‘Hallelujah.'”

Seriously the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. Also I just did a little light research about whether there was a surge of births nine months after Obama was elected, and the Chicago Tribune says no. So there goes that theory that I had for about two seconds and apparently lots of other people had about two years ago.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for my rundown of the good, the bad, the the stuff I’ll be watching anyway, as Fall premiere season continues. Read it to save time by not watching shows that you probably wouldn’t have watched anyway, but I will of course be watching no matter what!

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