Routines and Classic TV Shows

M*A*S*H Television Title ScreenLike most people with a pulse, my life revolves around routine a lot more than I would like to think it does. Every day I wake up at 4:45 AM and prepare for work. After a days work of inputting lines into AutoCAD, I make the drive home.

Once home, I fall into another routine. I open up the mail to see what needs to be paid and what is junk then I fire up my laptop to check my email and twitter messages. The time on my laptop varies depending on the volume of things I need to attend to.

A little before 5:00 PM I start dinner. Once dinner is just about finished, I’ll turn down the stove/oven to keep things hot while I wait for my wife to arrive home from work. While I wait, I turn on the television and start flipping through the channels.

Every day I browse through the same sitcoms and find myself stopping on one of the two channels that airs reruns of the show M*A*S*H. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen the current episode, I always watch it and laugh. My wife normally walks through the door, sees what is on television, and shakes her head in disbelief.

After we have dinner, I’ll head back to the sofa for a half hour, or so, to digest. During that half-hour I typically find myself watching another station airing re-runs of M*A*S*H. After my television fix has been met, I begin working on whatever requires my attention.

This is about the only time in my day that fluctuates during the week. Most often I’m sitting in front of my laptop working on Walt In PA or Stogie Review before spending the remainder of the evening with my wife.

It seems like every day my wife makes some sort of crack about my having seen most, if not all, of the M*A*S*H episodes over the years. Oddly enough, it is one of the oldest television shows that I watch on a regular basis. I started watching the show sometime in my late teens (long after new episodes were produced) and have always found it to be entertaining no matter how many times I’ve seen a particular episode.

I think this is a prime example of what makes a classic show. There are other sitcoms I watch from time to time, such as Seinfeld, but none of them seem to hold my attention like M*A*S*H does.

What show do you currently watch
that you would consider a classic?

11 comments On Routines and Classic TV Shows

  • I know exactly what it’s like to constantly be drawn to one show for no particular reason. For me it was (I am almost embarrassed to admit) was MacGyver. It’s been a while since I’ve seen an episode now however since no one in my area still shows it. Oh well whenever I get the MacGyver bug every episode is available on Hulu.

  • It’s funny homebrewer mentioned MacGyver, I just finished watching the first season on Netflix. I’ve also been watching Amazing Stories, the A Team and The Incredible Hulk. (Brian triple-hearts Netflix.)

    In terms of TV, I always stop on a rerun of X-Files, and often will on Law and Order:Criminal Intent. (Though I generally switch away if it isn’t an episode with Goren.)

  • Used to love watching Rockford Files reruns but seldom see them on now days.

    The hard one to AVOID now days is CSI. Between the 3 different versions I think one of them is on someplace 24/7. I like the show(s) but it’s syndication overkill at the moment.

  • Homebrewer,
    When I was younger I used to watch MacGyver religiously. I haven’t seen it in years but do remember seeing it listed on Hulu. I may have to revisit it when I get some down time.

    Brian,
    I used to be a big fan of The A Team. I watched an episode not all that long ago during a sleepless night of channel surfing on TV Land.

    rlneal,
    I was never a big fan of the two CSI shows based outside of Las Vegas. With the recent addition of Laurence Fishburne, I may have to check it out again.

    Thanks for the comments guys, keep them coming
    -Walt

  • I always watch when Three’s Company is on. That show is a classic and John Ritter is a comedic icon. What a great show.

    dk_fxn

  • Walt,

    How true, how true! I used to watch the show “In the Heat of the Night!” Watched it over and over and family members would ask “How can you keep watching the same episodes over and over?” I would just smile and continue watching. I know if it was back on the air, I would watch it again in a minute (LOL)!

  • The sarcasm and wit in M.A.S.H. is the best…..that show never fails to amaze me on how it can have you laughing your ass off in one second and on the verge of tears the next…pure genius. My favorite ….although I haven’t seen it in awhile is Magnum P.I., Thomas Magnum what a badass…..every time I watch all I think about is being eight years old and thinking….”That’s what I want to do went I grow up”….damn reality.

  • The only older show I watch is The Dukes of Hazzard. I have them all on DVD. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen one though.

  • I’m a sucker for Classic Star Trek..I grew up loving that show..If it comes on..I have to watch..I’m also a Seinfeld fan..I Love George..

  • Law and Order reruns have kept me up many nights……

  • I have tons of favorite classic TV shows, and I collect them on DVD. “The Brady Bunch” has always been a fave of mine. I like many shows from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, including “M*A*S*H,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Bewitched,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Lost in Space,” “The Twilight Zone”….well, I could keep going on. I also like many classic game shows, variety shows, and children’s shows that I grew up watching as a kid.

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