18: Shows I am currently watching

If you know anything about me, you know that I am the last person you should be asking about current TV shows (or Netflix series). I am usually so not up-to-date. I am probably someone who watches some of the most random shows that nobody else really cares about (or prove me wrong!).

Real Time with Bill Maher (Fridays at 7 pm on HBO) – One of our long-term favorite political talk shows. Bill Maher is not everybody’s cup of tea, but I like his bluntness and share (most of) his political views. Plus, he’s not afraid to invite people on his shows with whom he most definitely plans to clash publicly. It makes for good entertainment.

Friends (Netflix) – I think I’ve seen all of the episodes multiple times, but – believe it or not – never in chronological order. So, I started watching from Season 1 on Netflix recently to a) avoid commercials (hallelujah!)  and b) finally see the whole damn thing from start to finish. Say about Friends what you want, but J can attest to the fact that it still makes me laugh out loud! Just what I need at the end of a long week!

This is Life with Lisa Ling (Sundays at 10 p.m. on CNN) – this show is currently in Season 4 and I hope that there are more to come. Lisa Ling is one of my favorite contemporary American journalists and she’s not afraid to take on diverse and controversial subjects and I love that she approaches every subject with an open mind and the willingness to listen. 

Bandit Patrol (reruns on NatGeo) –  This series explores the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned wild animals by a network of dedicated caregivers in Western Kentucky. It’s so fascinating that there are people who dedicate their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating skunks, foxes, raccoons, possums, bats, owls, hawks, and whatever other wild animal you can think of. It makes me so happy to see when the show ends with happy endings for these animals.

The Incredible Dr. Pol (Saturdays 9 p.m. on NatGeo) – The show follows Dutch-American veterinarian Jan Pol at his practice in rural Michigan. He specializes in large farm animals (he constantly has an arm up a cow’s ass – haha!), but also treats any ordinary pet at his private practice. I admit, part of me watches the show because when I was little I wanted to be a vet myself, and part of me watches it for Dr. Pol’s Dutch accent. 

90-day Fiancé (Sundays at 8 p.m. on TLC) –  I have to admit, having gone through the tribulations of a long-distance relationship myself,  I simultaneously feel pity for and roll my eyes at these couples. I keep thinking, there is no way your marriage is going to work out. Why don’t you just try to get to know each other for a little while longer? It’s one of those shows that I randomly watched for a little bit while zapping through the channels and ended up not being able to look away from. I even got J to watch with me for a bit and we’re both equally eye-rolling and head-shaking our way through it. Also, it’s a shame that many international couples don’t have many options when it comes to figuring out their lives together, other than being ‘forced’ into a pre-mature marital agreement.

I guess what I like about all these shows is that you can watch episodes at random without having to be “caught up” all the time. I hardly ever, maybe except for Real Time with Bill Maher, watch a show at the actual time it airs. I often record episodes and then watch them at a later time, when it’s convenient or when I am in the mood.

Having said that, I CANNOT wait for the X-Files to return on January, 3rd 2018. Have you heard?? You can be damn sure that we’ll be watching every new episode at the time it airs!

Now, your turn. Have you watched any of these shows?
What show are you hooked on right now?

  1. Visiting from Peaceful Posse! I am much like you in not watching anything that requires me to “keep up”, but I usually watch really old shows. Although I did just finish Good Witch and loved it (can’t wait for the new season now). I have been watching Mary Tyler Moore, Ironside and a little Rosemary and Thyme. I am also an X-Files fan though, so I will be catching up! I didn’t watch the new season last year and definitely need to do that before January! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sue! Oh and make sure you watch the last X-Files season before the new one starts. I was a bit skeptical at first but it was well done (IMHO).

  2. I have watched 90 Day Fiancee. Most of them make me roll my eyes, but some seem to be really good for each other and I root for them. I tend to just randomly watch this!


    1. I totally watch that randomly… so I am not caught up on all the couples.

  3. I’ve only watched one of the shows you mentioned and what other could it be than friends! I’ve only watched them twice (start to finish) but hubby knows them by hard. By now I at least recognize when he randomly quotes from friends and sometimes share a quote myself. However I can not believe you’ve not watched them in order? How did you keep up? And didn’t that spoil it somewhat? I say go start at the beginning.
    Happy Sunday,

    1. I definitely feel like I know a lot of Friends quote by heart, but I often can’t place them in the right episode or season (probably because I never watched it chronologically).

  4. Friends is definitely a classic comedy! I have seen all eps multiple times as well. I really think Friends, Seinfeld, and Will & Grace are three of the top American sitcoms. Seinfeld is still soooooo funny even though it is so old. I have seen clips of Bill Maher but he is way too much for me and has said some terrible things. I think he tries to be funny when he says them, but I don’t think they’re funny. Our favorite political shows are Samantha Bee, and I guess you could count Colbert as a political show at this point! We are so behind though. I believe we have 8 eps on the DVR and they aren’t going to be watched today because Paul will be watching football alllllll day….

    1. I have to admit that I never watched Seinfeld. It’s one of those TV series that didn’t make it to Germany, so I wasn’t exposed to it at all. Maybe I should watch that next :)

      1. Really?? Yes you gotta try it and I’ll be curious to know what you think of it.

  5. We don’t have cable so the only shows I watch are ones that are on Amazon Prime or Netflix. I binge watched many seasons of Suits on Amazon Prime this summer/fall. I can’t wait for them to release another season. Phil and I also watched Stranger Things. We didn’t LOVE IT as much as other people have but it was entertaining. We also really liked Mind Hunter which is on Netflix. It’s about how the FBI started to use psychological profiling to solve cases with serial murderers. It was really intersting!

    1. I haven’t seen any of the shows that you mentioned LOL

  6. I like to watch, ones in a while, 90 Day Finance. I love Lisa Ling – she is great! And I Can’t get enough of “This is US” !!!!

    1. I’ve heard so much about This is US and I want to watch it… can you get it on Netflix/Amazon Prime yet?

  7. From your list, I’ve only watched Friends! But I’ve also never watched it chronologically and I want to do that soon. Right now, I’m rewatching The Office! I also just started Mad Men, since the whole series is on Netflix. Jon Hamm is not terrible to look at, that’s for sure. ;)

    1. Oh, I love The Office. Also a show that I have never watched chronologically :)

  8. I watched Friends from start to finish a few years ago and it totally holds up! I’m currently in the midst of watching Will & Grace from the beginning, which is pretty great too. I watched most of it when it was on originally, but not in any sort of order, so it’s nice to watch it from the start.

    1. Oh yay, I am glad you feel the same way about Friends. I’ve seen so many critical articles about Friends lately, but I still can’t help but love it.

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