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Comfort television or something fresh during the hiatus? – Quibbling Siblings

Every week brother and sister team Bob and Debbie take on a new topic. This week we talk about what we watched during the hiatus.


I can’t quite let the peace and quiet of the holiday hiatus go. It’s a good thing some of my shows don’t come back for a few weeks yet, because I’ve been indulging in some comfort television of the best kind. I had high aspirations for finishing up my season one Virgin Diaries of Twin Peaks and Blood Ties, and getting into The Good Wife.

When the time came for vegging out amidst all the festivities of the week or two, I just couldn’t grasp the mindset that would allow me to process new information, so I did what any Veronica Mars-loving gal would do. I’ve only watched five episodes of the first season, but after reliving some of the series’ greatest moments during Veronica Mars week, I just couldn’t stay away.

Hey, I watched Ocean’s Thirteen too … I love me a good heist and Clooney and the gang didn’t disappoint. I love that Burn Notice, Leverage and Human Target pick up that spirit and give us a little con action every week.


Considering that you returned my Twin Peaks DVD set, I assume you have given up on the show. I’m not terribly surprised, but I’m a little disappointed. It’s such a love of mine.

Back to the question at hand, though. What have I been watching? I discovered the beauty of the Fancast ( website for Comcast customers that offers On Demand streaming, and offers more options than the standard On Demand through the cable box. It was a very exciting discovery. Through there I have checked out the first five or six episodes of True Blood. I was about to give up after the first three episodes, but our other sister urged me to stick with it a little longer. There were points in the early episodes that the show was truly, laughably bad. There was awkward music and lighting when Bill came on screen, stereotypical over-the-top characters, and some characters were just downright annoying (I’m looking at you Sookie). I’ve given it a few more episodes and I’m not ready to give up yet. I know you hate it because you love the books, but I hated the first book after you made me read it, and I love Alan Ball. I’ll give it some more time.

I’ve also been catching up on the early seasons of Californication. It’s not mind blowing, but it’s entertaining. David Duchovny is good, and it’s certainly unique. Some things work really well, others seem provocative for no reason other than shock value.

So I guess I went the opposite direction than you. Instead of revisiting old favorites, I’ve been checking out some shows I missed.


Ha! No, I haven’t given up on Twin Peaks yet, but Keith thought it was time to return the set since you’d been not-so-subtly hinting that you missed it!

Admittedly, I didn’t make it past the first few episodes of True Blood, though from what I hear it got better, than worse, then better again. I’m just not up for that ride. I’m still riding Veronica Mars … and I’m very seriously considering re-phrasing that.

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2 Responses to “Comfort television or something fresh during the hiatus? – Quibbling Siblings”

January 6, 2011 at 12:56 PM

It was a mix for me.

Due to a great 1-week sale at Amazon last month, I picked up the full “Larry Sanders Show” set for only $60, and I’ve been making my way through that. I saw maybe half of them before, but I’m counting it as comfort food. I also continued watching my “Angel” DVD set, which I last saw when it was broadcast a decade ago.

On the other hand, I did finally get to the 6 episodes of “The Walking Dead”, and I started on Season 1 of “Breaking Bad”, which I hadn’t seen before. I also checked out all of Season 1 of “Louie”, conveniently available on Netflix streaming.

January 7, 2011 at 8:11 AM

No time for new shows, but did manage to slash through the majority of my DVR backlog while continuing to watch my favorites on time (including the Caprica final five). Caught up completely on 30 Rock, Burn Notice, Community, Conan, Hellcats, NCIS, Nikita, Psych, Sanctuary, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Tower Prep (surprisingly good, better written than many shows aimed at adults, and far better than Persons Unknown). Even powered through Stargate: Universe for a laugh.

Still making my way through NCIS:LA and Sym-Bionic Titan. Have not touched Chuck, Human Target, Life Unexpected, or Parenthood at all, and should probably just delete those since half or more will be cancelled by the end of the season. Would much rather watch Winter Wipeout tonight instead.

As for comfort television, did just plug in Andy Richter Controls the Universe (because I’m still holding out for those Better Off Ted Blu-ray sets) after Christmas and just let it play all the way through. A nice palate cleanser from the terrible writing on some of my current shows.

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