And so it begins… NFL Football kicks off tonight! I know my friends, family and readers run the gamut from hard-core fans to couldn’t care less/what ELSE is on TV types. But I fall into the former category. Case in point: we decided to get Direct TV in our new place solely because we wanted the subscribe to NFL Ticket, guaranteeing we would never miss a game that we wanted to see this season. As a family (all 2 of us!), we are big Baltimore Ravens fans. Why? 1) They’re my favorite team to watch, given their high level of play both offensively and especially defensively. When you score as many points on defense as you do on offense, it makes games less boring to watch. 2) Baltimore is a cool town that we love to visit. We have gone to a game each season, and last year had a priceless encounter with Ray Lewis in the hotel elevator. 3) Redskins are awful. Period.
But now that we are out of DC and back in Texas I can once again publicly indulge in my hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys! Hopefully I can turn Kevin into a Cowboys fan eventually. I’ll wear him down. They kick off the season tonight versus the Giants in what is sure to be a great match-up. I’m sure the Nodding Donkey next door will be off the hook. Maybe we’ll swing by for a beer. Though, we did pay for NFL Ticket and all…
Anyways, this post wasn’t supposed to be about football. It was supposed to be about what’s dominating our TV. And soon, that will be football. All day Sunday. But here’s the thing… Football isn’t the only good thing on Sunday. In fact, each of our 4 favorite TV dramas air on Sunday evenings. So unless the Ravens or Cowboys are playing in Sunday Night Football, here’s what else you can catch us watching Any Given Sunday, no matter the season:
1) Breaking Bad. (Best. Show. On. Television.)
(Airs on AMC) The premise is strange. High school chemistry teacher finds out he has terminal cancer and fears leaving his pregnant wife and son with Cerebral Palsy with nothing. He discovers he can produce the most pure form of Crystal Meth on the market, gets into the drug market, turns evil, kills people, deceives everyone. Literally, he “breaks bad.” The show just wrapped its mid-season finale of its final season (which wraps up next summer). If you haven’t seen this show, shame on you. The writing, directing, acting and production quality is phenomenal. It is a show that has gotten BETTER every season. Watch it!
(Airs on Showtime) One of the best first seasons of any show I’ve seen. You never know who to trust in this show. Just when you think you know who the real “heroes” are, you start to question everything you thought you knew. Claire Danes is amazing. Damian Lewis is enigmatic. Mandy Patinkin is Mandy Patinkin. The DC-set drama (though mostly shot in Charlotte) is great fun to watch considering the life that Kevin and I just left and the industry in which I work. Love this show. It come back Sept. 30… you have 3 weeks to buy the Season 1 DVD or watch on Netflix. Do it now!
3) Mad Men
(Airs on AMC) Probably the most well known among these so far, Mad Men has such style, such wonderful attention to detail and some truly amazing characters. I love the strong women on the show. Love the fashion. Love Roger Sterling and his political incorrectness. Mostly I love Don Draper’s advertising pitches. And Jon Hamm. I love me some Jon Hamm.
(Airs on ABC) Revenge now moves to the Sunday night slot on ABC. My DVR is freaking out. Revenge is campy, soapy, and a bit over-dramatic. And I LOVE IT. Smartly acted. Gorgeous shots in the Hamptons. Amazing fashion, again. Definitely a good contender for a drinking game. This show could have been awful. Or even “so bad, it’s good.” But I think it’s downright great.
My favorite aspect of these shows is that BOTH of us love watching them. It’s like Date Night every Sunday. There are others that get honorable mention that Kevin doesn’t miss (like The Walking Dead… too many zombie squirt noises for me though…), but we never have to fight over watching any of these 4 shows.
Next up on my list to add to the Netflix queue: The Good Wife. Also airing on what night? Oh right… Sunday. And maybe True Blood. Sunday again. And I have the whole season of Newsroom stored on the DVR, for when I get around to it.
And need I mention that most of our favorite shows of the past aired on Sunday as well: Sex and the City, The Wire, The Sopranos, etc.
Sunday is home to many wonderful activities: Church. Brunch. Sunday Funday at the pool. FOOTBALL (goes without saying). My new BODYPUMP class (6:30 p.m. at Gold’s Gym Uptown!!!!). But I know where you’ll find me Sunday evening. Glued to the TV.
Anyone else watch all 4 of these shows? What am I missing? And HOW do I de-conflict my DVR this fall?