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Late to the Party

While my little man was trying to wake up this morning, and I thought about this here blog…my mind wandered to television and some of the new shows we’ve been watching in our house.  This led me here – five pop culture phenomenons that I started liking way too late.
1. Firefly.  I love Nathan Fillion, but I did not get this show when my sister first started talking about it – and she talked about it a lot.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that a marathon was on the Science channel that I finally got it.  I have now seen each episode at least three times and I now get it.  Stupid FOX, messing up a good thing.  Maybe if it had lasted more than a few episodes I would have caught on sooner.  
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Look, I have nothing against Joss Whedon, I swear…I just didn’t get the appeal of this show.  Now, this is a new one for me and I’m only on the sixth or seventh episode of the first season, but I get it now.  It’s funny, scary, twisted, dark, interesting, and clever.  I will get around to finishing this series, but it’s a bit much to watch around my toddler and my husband isn’t a fan….so it will take awhile, but I will finish it, I swear.
3. The West Wing.  It has Dulé Hill in it (Gus from Psych!) and apparently Matthew Perry shows up (right?) but I just was not into this show when it first aired.  I was a senior in college and not into politics, not that I’m really into politics now, but I can at least understand and appreciate more about what goes into the White House and the Presidency.   Also, I think I’m the only person who enjoyed Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – and I can see where his style is used in both shows.  What else has he done?
4. Game of Thrones.  Okay, this one is a bit different as I’m talking the books and not the HBO show.  We don’t have cable so I haven’t seen any episodes but everyone talks about it on Facebook and Twitter.  The thing is, I probably would have gone my merry way for years except the Revision class I’m doing strongly suggested we read the book as a character study lesson – and she’s right, the first book is rich with amazing character development.  I get to the end of the chapter and I’m like….wait, but what comes next?  I have already added the discs to my Netflix queue and will get around to that as soon as I’m done reading.  I have a feeling I’ll be reading the whole series too.  
5. Community.  Okay, back to television.  I knew this was becoming a cult classic and that the network threatened to cancel or something….right?  Anyways, we accidentally caught an episode this past season and I laughed my butt off, even though I knew nothing about the characters or what was really going on – that’s good TV!  So we loaded up Hulu Plus with the rest of the show and we’re almost caught up.  Troy and Abed (in the morning!) are my favorites, although Jeff is the best douche in the world.  

So….there you go, five pop culture phenomenons that I realized way too late were awesome.  I’m fixing that, though, slowly but surely.  Next week – check out part two, the opposite side of this coin – five things other people think are ah-may-zing that I just don’t get.  I’m sure to piss off some people too, so good times. 
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3 Comments

  1. I was late to the party on almost all of these, too. Although I've never watched Community or The West Wing. Part of it, Jenn, is I think we're just a little too (dare I say it?) old. I remember when Buffy was on t.v., and I didn't "get it" then either. Plus, I'm distrustful of things that are wildly popular.

  2. Old? Us? No way…I'm like 25 still. 🙂
    But, maybe you have a point….especially The West Wing, back in college I just did not have the desire to sit through an hour long political TV show where people talk faster than The Gilmore Girls. And even though I still am not overly political, I can understand it more, and for me it's more about the characters and the dynamics between them, you know? How they relate, how they talk to the president vs. each other….it's an interesting character study (maybe I should have watched in back in college and used in theatre papers).

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