Sunday, October 31, 2010

Seinfeld Top 5

Everybody does a top 10 list. But let's face it, if you're not in the top five...who cares?

1. "The Contest"
"The Contest" was the 51st episode of the NBC sitcom, Seinfeld. The eleventh episode of the fourth season, it aired on November 18, 1992.[1] In the episode, George Costanza tells Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer that his mother caught him unaware while he was masturbating. The conversation results in George, Jerry, Elaine and Kramer entering into a contest to determine who can go for the longest period of time without masturbating.

2. "The Marine Biologist"
"The Marine Biologist" is the seventy-eighth episode of the American sitcom Seinfeld. It is the 14th episode of the fifth season. It was originally broadcast on NBC on February 10, 1994. Jerry Seinfeld considers the episode to be one of his favorites.

3. "The Boyfriend: Part 1" (The Magic Loogie)
"The Boyfriend" is a two part episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It makes up the 35th and 36th episodes of the show, and 17th and 18th episodes of the show's third season. It first aired on February 19, 1992. In the 'extras' section of the Season 3 DVD, Jerry Seinfeld says it is his favorite episode. Upon its first airing it was initially titled "The New Friend".

4. "The Serenity Now"
"The Serenity Now" is the 159th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 3rd episode of the 9th and final season. It aired in the U.S. on October 9, 1997.

5. "The Summer of George"
"The Summer of George" is the 156th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It was also the 22nd and final episode of the 8th season. It aired on May 15, 1997.

There may be other opinions of which episodes are the best, but remember...this is my blog!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Favorite Shows

Here are my current rankings:

1. The Office
2. Rules of Engagement
3. King of Queens
4. Tosh.0
5. Man vs. Food
6. Seinfeld
7. Hell's Kitchen
8. American Chopper
9. Pawn Stars
10. Whacked Out Sports

*Notice there are no dramas or mysteries. Life is full of drama. Why would I want to bring someone else's drama into my life. Keeping it positive.

Too Much Time

Due to an operation on my foot, I've been forced to spend more time than usual on the couch (and that's a lot). It's amazing how little quality television there is. It seems the more channels we have to choose from, the lower the quality of programming.

Is it really that hard? shouldn't someone be able to put together a channel with the best shows in the history of television? Why is it every station has one or two hours of good programming and spend the rest o the day airing crap?

Shouldn't someone be able to go down the list of the best television programs of all time base on ratings and program a full day of nothing but the best? There is plenty of material to choose from. There could be a station from each genre; drama, comedy, mystery, etc. Hey, why not throw in a classic movie once in a while. That could kill a couple of hours.

Thank goodness for Netflix and On Demand. It's the closest I can get to programming my own channel.

There's another good idea. If web sites like Pandora can program music stations to suit your tastes, why can't there be a television station that can run programs based on your likes and dislikes?

Unfortunately. I'm usually to busy to care about a full day of television viewing. But, in this economy, I'm sure there are plenty of people who could benefit from these ideas. And, who knows, maybe someone sitting at home could develop these ideas into a form of income.

Look at that. I've not only improved television viewing, but I've single handedly saved the economy (well, maybe created one job).

So, if anyone would like to work on this please feel free. And, if it works, I'm not looking for credit, but maybe send a free subscription my way.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I Love Re-Runs

After a long day at work, there's noting more comforting than sitting in a familiar setting and indulging in a form of entertainment that is proven to provide levity and relaxation.
This is the purpose of syndicated television. Why would anyone watch the same show over and over again?
In a time when our lives are becoming more hectic and every second needs to be spent in a productive manner, it is less likely that any of us can take the risk of wasting 30 minutes of our lives in the hopes of releasing one or two chuckles.
We want to sit in our favorite chair with the confidence that over the next thirty minutes to an hour, we will be thoroughly entertained and completely amused.
That is why I love re-runs. I can see the first sixty seconds of a show and know whether or not I will spend the next half hour laughing, crying, enthralled, intrigued or channel surfing.
I will watch the same show 3 or 4 times a week, if I know I enjoyed it the first time. I've already invested the time to find out if I liked it and I don't have any more time to spend risking a new program will provide the same entertainment level.
There are times to invest in experimental viewing. When there are political programs preempting the regular schedule, sporting events with teams outside our geographical interest, or when the cable goes out (break out the rabbit ears and the digital converter).
But, in the end, we all want security. That is what syndicated television provides. I want to know what I'm going to see before I see it. I want to know that my time has been well spent. Most importantly, I want to be able to do it again.