the 2 am boob tube.

Occasionally on the be, mama. be Facebook page, i’ll pose a question.  I love the conversation it generates and the interactions – often between strangers – it promotes (the latter of which also happens to be my favorite kind of party to throw.  For the love of connecting!)  One such question brought about quite the dialogue a couple weeks’ ago:

I used to be a reader. And then I met 2 am feedings and a Netflix queue of Madmen episodes. It’s all downhill from here, folks. Dun dun dun. (What other binge-worthy shows would you recommend?)

And your answers have given me the fuel to flame the up-all-night fire.  Take a look!

Covert Affairs
West Wing*
Orphan Black*
United States of Tara
Call the Midwife
Parks n Rec*
Dawson’s Creek
Foyle’s War 
(Any BBC mystery)
Friday Night Lights*
House of Cards*
Say Yes to the Dress
What Not to Wear
Veronica Mars
30 Rock
Walking Dead
(History of comedy)
Monty Python
Secrets of… (BBC)
True Detectives 

* = multiple votes

So, what have Baby Brother and I watched thus far?

ImageWeeds: Meh.  I wouldn’t recommend it to the general public, but sometimes I get on these kicks of wanting to finish what I’ve started (because, you know, will the housewife successfully navigate the portals of the underground drug business?  This keeps me up at night, and hey, the show is a step down from Breaking Bad.  That was too much for me).

Mad Men: Not for everyone, but yes for me!  I love this slice of 60’s history-pie.  While I cringe at the treatment of women and minorities (…and, and…), my insides simultaneously cheer for how far we’ve come.  The show is brilliantly written, and I promise I haven’t taken to drinking a whiskey sour while breastfeeding the little dude.

The United States of Tara: My friend Julie recommended this one to me with the caveat that it ended far before its time …which reminded me of my high school love, My So-Called Life …which led me to take a stab at it right away.  You will not regret watching it (and neither will you and you, and you and you – and so the multiple personalities proclaim).

Gilmore Girls: Friends, how have I managed to live without this show?  (To venture a guess to the rhetorical question, it probably has something to do with not owning a television in college, when it came out).  Now, with a nod to lavender tulle and burgundy lipstick, I wave my 90’s flag proudly – and so should you.  Brilliantly witty.  Heartwarmingly endearing.

All I can say is that I’m so, so glad that Netflix via my little iPad is an option at 2 in the morning – because it sure beats infomercials and reruns of I Dream of Jeannie.  

xo, c.

So, what would you add to the aforementioned list of shows to watch?  Have you seen any of the four I’ve binged on in the past six weeks?  And more importantly, anyone want to join me for a 2 am festival of boob tube fun?

13 thoughts on “the 2 am boob tube.

  1. I went on a Charmed binge a few years back when I was off work sick for a few weeks. Don’t tell anyone.

    How far have you gotten with GG? So many good supporting actors, including several blasts from the past.

  2. Friday Night Lights – I COULDN’T. STOP. WATCHING. this summer – seriously – watched as I packed up my house. Made it through the entire series way faster than anyone should ever make it through a series. Yikes!

    Parenthood – I WILL cry at the end of this final season. However, I have cried a lot through the seasons, as have my siblings – including my brother – and most of my friends…. makes me wonder about whether or not there is perfect timing for a hormonal, exhausted mommy to be watching? 🙂 It is SO good – but there are a LOT of real-life, sad and challenging parenting moments in this series. Just sayin’….

    Currently in love with the hotties on Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. I have enjoyed Scandal, Nashville, and Revenge over the last year or so as well…. mostly, I watch for several hours on my computer on Friday nights when I don’t have class on Saturdays. It’s like a reward for making it through a week! haha

    1. Yes!!! That’s what I’ve heard about parenthood: you cry at every episode …might have to wait awhile on it. It is nice having the lighthearted GG on in the middle of the night now. As per Friday night lights, it seems that everyone who watches it loves it – so I might have to get into it one of these days. 🙂

      Cara Meredith


    1. Just checking to see if you were really reading. 😉 Been thinking about you all day – going to text you right now!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician.

  3. Friday Night Lights is probably (IMHO) the best television show ever made. Although, my small group leader once challenged me on that one, saying, “You’ve never seen Breaking Bad!” I’ve still never watched BB, because I fear it’s too harsh for my fragile, sensitive soul. Now that all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls are on Netflix, I get nothing done! It’s a sweet show, and there are some great story moments. I’m really glad you’re enjoying it – lighthearted, fast talking, happiness. I will also recommend The Good Wife. Also, Chuck is always fun as well.

  4. I need to get on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon while it’s on Netflix — I’m not sure why I didn’t watch it when it first came out either! FNL is amazing. Just amazing. Definitely the best portrayal of a marriage that I’ve ever seen on TV.

    1. It doesn’t get any better than Tina Fey, although I have high hopes of starting at the beginning of 30 Rock and going from there. Little blips in between don’t suffice!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician.

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