The importance of common pastimes



(and the flatscreen, too.)

I take television seriously. So does Keith. It’s a joint interest. We’ve worn out couches, scores of remotes and possibly our eyesight pursuing this shared hobby. We’ve done it on family vacations and while traveling cross country. It’s hard work and takes a lot of commitment but we both realize it’s important to do things together. So we keep at it.

(I’m sure there are some relationship “experts” out there who’d dismiss the legitimacy of TV watching as a Couples Activity — but they’d be wrong.)

Recently we’ve been on a tear, binge watching series after series of mysteries and crime shows from across the ocean. While sometimes the British accents are inconsiderately thick, we’ve soldiered on and even compiled a list of the best we’ve seen (thus far.) So, happy new year, pass the buttered popcorn, and consider the following to be sound marital advice from us. (We’re coming up on 35 years!)



Scott and Bailey

Jack Taylor

The Fall

Field of Blood


and Happy Valley.

ps Of course, if you haven’t watched The Wire yet (which is set in the U.S.) stop whatever you’re doing and get to work.

pps addendum! Harry– a NZ detective show. Quite excellent.



3 comments: On The importance of common pastimes

  • Love this, it made me laugh. You are definitely an expert of human behavior–in real life, in literature and on TV. It’s obviously good for marital happiness. Don and I are going to work harder at it.

  • I love the British series too. Luther was great. I’ve actually had to resort to closed captioning for most of them though. Lucky both of you enjoy the same prorams. I enjoy Forensic Files and Dateline. He’s Antiques Roadshow.

    • Bev, I love Dateline! And all the questionable shows on Investigate. And 20/20. I used to log some serious hours with Court TV — but then it disappeared from my cable line-up. Without warning!

      Of course, I’m also perfectly happy watching Antiques Roadshow and Storage Wars.

      …In my next life I’d like to come back as a TV reviewer, I think.

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