||[Jun. 16th, 2005|08:30 am]
Being without cable, we are often subjected to network programming. Usually, Mark and I stick with PBS if we ever watch TV and it doesn't suck too bad for the most part. Alan Alda can be found almost every week on some show or another and who doesn't like Alan Alda?
Last week we strayed a bit from our regular station and ran across some pretty awful crap. If it's not Everybody Hates Raymond, it's a new reality show about Tommy Hilfiger or the Hiltons. I can only stomach about 10 minutes of any of these. What is up with that Tommy show? We actually had to turn the TV off when some girl got out of a hot tub, completely clothed, then ASKED for the camera so she could dance like a stripper in front of it. Because this has a lot to do with designing clothes.
But, last night I was bored and tired of watching PBS, so I strayed again. You'd think I'd learn my lesson, but I still hope for decent shows to appear. And I almost got my wish. Beauty and the Geek came on last night and I managed to catch some flipping from That 70's Show. Initially, I thought it'd be about trying to make gorgeous girls fall in love with geeky guys. I loathe all Bachelor/Bachelorette/I'll Marry My Cousin For Money shows. However, the premise was to make dumb, gorgeous girls learn crap while teaching geeky guys how to be social. Maybe I was just recovering from the Tommy show from last week and anything was bound to be better, but it didn't suck.
I have to admit, I'm a sucker for the shows that actually show a person growing in some way. Or at least the shows edited to appear that way. What Not To Wear always has their victim, I mean participant, gushing by the end of the hour about how much they've learned. And they do look a lot better than they did going in. Beauty and The Geek had the nerds realizing there was crap out there that they didn't already know or could learn from a book. And the girls, well some of them, actually enjoyed learning basic engineering and rudimentary math. My favorite scene was a montage of everyone in the room quizzing each other on flared pants and jet propulsion.
I'm not saying I'll be rearranging my schedule to watch it again, and I still think reality shows in general should go the way of the Dodo, but of the TV out there, this was enjoyable.
See, if I had cable I could watch Chaos, the new Britney Spears show. Now, that's quality television.