Binge-Worthy TV with @meganslayer #tv #bingeworthy #shows

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I like to think I’m not a binge watcher, but I am. I forget I have things on, though, while I’m writing and sort of binge, sort of listen, sort of ignore.

What do I listen/watch/ignore?

The initial go-to is M*A*S*H. I’m a sucker for that show. But I’ve said that before.

We have a ton of apps on the TV, but I like to go old school and watch DVDs from time to time, too. Of those, I binge Night Court. I confess. I had a crush on Judge Harry and when I was a kid, I wanted to marry him. Or for him to marry Christine. Shrugs.

Another on DVD that I turn to is Are You Being Served? I found this one on PBS years ago (I was in high school) and loved it. If you don’t know about it, here’s the general description: The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

It’s a goofy show and very dated now, but that’s okay. I can handle the dated-ness right now.

Some of the more current stuff I binge is science-y (it’s a word) based and shows where I can learn something. I stumbled on Unearthed a few years ago and loved it because they deconstruct buildings and places to talk not only about how they were made, but why. I like history and if I can learn about why something happened, the better.

I also like Mysteries of the Abandoned. Again, it’s got history in it and why the place is now abandoned, but also why it was made in the first place. If you’ve never heard of the show, here are the details: Scattered around the world are long-forgotten engineering marvels, decaying cities and empty factories that once stood on the cutting edge of design and construction. Today they are discarded, dangerous, and some of them are even deadly. “Mysteries of the Abandoned” reveals why these engineering triumphs were built and how they were left to crumble. 

Finally, the most current show I’ve binged is Genius. I started with the Albert Einstein season (season 1) because it intrigued me. I knew nothing about Einstein other than he had physics information that I still don’t understand. But I was initially snagged by the Aretha Franklin season. I haven’t watched her season, yet, as I’m trying to watch them in order–Einstein, Picasso, Aretha Franklin. I think what I like the most about this show is that they don’t put the people on a pedestal, but the don’t tear them down, either. They show them flawed and all. Here’s the general description: The life stories of history’s greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

What about you? What do you watch? Maybe you could give me some suggestions.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @Meganslayer ~ Jefferson’s Secret Bible #televison

I started watching this because I like learning about history, but I stayed because it’s not so much about Jefferson’s rewriting his version of the bible, but the restoration and maintenance of the book. There’s a lot of good information about how books were bound at the time, publishers and materials. As a book lover, it’s a great show to learn about how books were put together during Jefferson’s time. If you’re interested in book binding and things about the composition of books, then this might be one to check out.

Relatively few people know that along with authoring the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson also compiled his own text, drawn carefully from passages extracted out of the New Testament, that he titled “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” The book, which focused on the ethical teachings of Jesus, was a private undertaking for Jefferson and never made public in his lifetime. Now, experts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History are meticulously conserving this fragile volume, page by brittle page. Along the way, they discover subtle hidden clues to Jefferson himself.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ The Lake Erie Murders #truecrime

I like to learn things. I’ve always been drawn to shows that tell stories that are true. I don’t know why I’m drawn to them, but I am.

Now Lake Erie isn’t far from me. It’s not. And most of these stories in this show are ones I’ve seen on the news. The main show is a three parter that features the murder of Amy Mihaljevic. When I was a kid, this was the THE story. Everyone was scared to let their kids go out because we could be the next Amy. There’s more to the story than what’s on the news. This show proves that. There was more than the news to the murder of Gloria Pointer and that of Shauna Howe. I didn’t know a couple of the stories, but most were familiar. Spooky because they’re real. If you want a true crime show that’s heartbreaking, but interesting, then this might be the one to check out.

The darkest and deadliest murder cases from Lake Erie, a region that borders four states and parts of Canada, are examined.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t #tv #shows

I knew going into this show that it’d be laced with blue language. I knew it. And… I loved it. Okay, so most of the time they’re just putting a different spin on topics, but it made me think. I never considered blue language bad (I grew up hearing it often) and it’s interesting to see how some people use it and other things as cons. Bottled water, the non-use of profanity, Wal-Mart, Feng Shui, NASA, they don’t pull punches. There is a bit of nudity, too. They touch on (Pun intended) Breast Hysteria, The War on Porn and Sex Education. Hey, if you’re looking to laugh and think, then give it a try. I did and I’m glad.

The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Mrs. America #feminism #tv

I’d seen this series advertised, but initially, I wasn’t sure what it was about. So I passed on it a bit. I wish I hadn’t. This was extremely enlightening and a little scary. Now, I’ve always lived in the time of women having rights. I had no idea how much these women fought to get the ERA passed. I’d heard about Phyllis Schlafly, but I had no clue how….nasty she could be. Man. This isn’t a show you want to watch if you’re in the mood for lighthearted. It’s not. But if you’re looking to learn something, to pique your interest or just to be entertained while learning, then this is a show to watch. Not to be missed.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ 1990s: The Deadliest Decade?

I started watching this series because I lived through the 90s and oddly wanted to learn about some of the cases that happened in that period. I had heard of a few of the cases and hadn’t heard some of them, too. If you want to learn about the bad side of the decade, this is a good place to start.

A look at notorious murders and crimes that happened during the 1990s.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Night Court #TV #whatimwatching

I’ve got a tiny little confession. I had a HUGE crush on Harry Anderson when I was a kid. Okay, he’s old enough to be my father and he’s dead now, and I think he has kids my age, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a hot guy back in the day. He was. I loved Night Court because I loved watching him. I actually got angry at the last episode because it didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted. No spoilers, but it wasn’t the ending I wanted. If you want to laugh, then try Night Court. It’s weird, strange and funny.

An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer ~ Making Monsters (Travel Channel)

I got into this show back when it was shown regularly on Travel Channel because the tot loves monsters. This was a way to see how they are made. Tot loves haunted houses and all that stuff, and eventually wants to get into building his own, so we watched. I rather liked the interplay between the monster makers–Jordu has the talent and sass, Mikey has the talent and is just funny, Ed seems to sort of know what’s going on…then there are the kitties. Yes, they have office cats. Right there was a good reason to watch. But seriously, the viewer sees how the monsters are sculpted, molds made, the final creature molded, painted, clothed and eventually on display or in the setting it should be in. It’s funny and there are some cameos. Check it out.

Making Monsters is a fascinating look at the world of animatronics and mask makers. Ed Edmunds and his small staff work tirelessly in Greeley, CO, to create some of the scariest animatronics and “frightronics” the haunt industry has ever seen. Ed and his company, Distortions Unlimited, are known in this industry as innovators with their impeccable design and execution.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer #MuppetShow #muppets #comedy

I’ve wanted something to watch while I’m on the treadmill. Let’s be honest. The treadmill isn’t the most fun thing in the world, so having something funny to watch is important. The Muppet Show fits the bill. I remember watching this when I was a kid. We didn’t get to watch all of them and I’m pretty sure they were on rerun, but I remember it and I loved it. I love Kermit and the interplay between him and Fozzie. I’d forgotten how volatile Piggy could be, too. Still, I love the show, the bad jokes, the running jokes and the fun. Recommended.

Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

What I’m Watching Saturdays with @meganslayer #TV #trueblood

I watched this back when the show first came out, but I see it’s on Hulu right now, so I decided to binge the first season. I like the characters and I thought some of them fell into patterns a bit quickly, but that happens. I’ve always been a Sam girl and it was nice to see him again. I love his quirks. If you’re into vampires and want something a little different that doesn’t sparkle, then this might be what you’re looking for.

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.