I think that this year I have fallen in love with tv again. Parenthood, Gilmore Girls (seeing all of it in order!), and many more shows. I thought TV was a lost art. When I get rid of cable, which I do every couple of years, I realize that there is much more than reality tv. I don’t watch tv on a schedule like I did when I was younger and had no child, so Amazon, Netflix and Hulu are perfect for me!
I digress, I love the family connections on these shows. I long for the large tribe that the Braverman’s have on Parenthood and I relate completely to the small family unit present on the Gilmore Girls. But these people have a lot of issues. Even more than I do. But the problems are so believeable because they aren’t unrealisitc like soap operas where someone dies and comes back. But they are more like art imitating life. These are issues like divorce, infidelity, rebellious teens, aging parents, pregnancy out-of-wedlock, etc.
Not to say that I have not had some of this dysfunction, because I have. But for the most part, my small family doesn’t have major drama. It is actually a normal kind of abnormal going on. I really enjoy the drama and happiness that evolves in these different relationships. I want to be in these families. It’s a mini-escape from the part of my life that is lacking -romance, big family, money.:) Anyway, if you have given up hope on television, cut the cord. Pay for these cheap streaming services and watch a series from beginning to end. You may be a temporary couch potato, but your psyche will thank you in the end. At least mine did.