Television

Published 07/11/2012 by MoonieZ

I don’t watch a lot of television. Not for a long time have I watched any TV on a TV set. If I watch any television, I watch online, on a computer screen. I prefer it that way. Most shows can be seen online, some live streamed and some can be streamed whenever I feel like watching.

For a number of years before watching streaming video online was possible, I still watched very little television at all. Mostly I’d watch the news and maybe some live broadcast entertainment show but that was it.

However, while I grew up I watched a lot of television.

Favorites then: cartoons, movies and comedy shows like Roseanne, Cheers and The Wonder Years. Also some other series like Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, Falcon Crest, Dallas, Dynasty, L.A. Law and later NYPD Blue.

You have to remember that I grew up in a time and a place where there were only two channels of national public broadcasting available to watch, unless you were fortunate to live near a border and be able to also watch the national broadcasting of the neighbor countries Norway, Denmark or Finland.

When I was in my teens, there were cable television and also satellite television on the market but it was rather expensive and not widely available.

So the shows I watched were the ones the national broadcasting company decided to buy and include in their programming.

Usually they offered very few of these foreign (American) shows at a time and often they started  showing them after they had already been running for years in the US.

Still the kind of shows that were produced in Sweden directly for the audiences here were not bad in those days. In fact many were very expensive productions and featured only the best domestic actors and other talent.

Only problem was that we, the audience, mostly prefered to watch the American shows.

I still do.

The kind of television shows I watch these days are almost only American ones. To mention a few I have enjoyed: Game of Thrones, Dexter and Louie.

EDIT: Forgot to mention the many British television shows I used to watch while growing up. Swedish public television has always broadcasted a lot of British shows, series and other programs over the years. I don’t know how I managed to forget about them.

I watched Monty Python‘s Flying Circus even before I found it to be funny. I loved Fawlty Towers, Not The Nine O’clock News, The Young Ones and Black Adder. Also liked a lot of the British crime shows, especially Cracker and Prime Suspect.

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