Sunday, December 14, 2008

Writing Blog Entries Like A Hormonal Maniac!

Hey, have you ever tried the Pregnant During The Holidays Diet? It's going awesome.

But here is my question to you, since I had a slight panic attack today when I realized that I will soon be getting on several planes without the accompaniment of drugs or alcohol. (I know, seriously. What kind of holiday travel is THAT?):

What is the most addictive, most engrossing, most DON'T TALK TO ME NOW I'M WATCHING THIS show I can download to my iPod?

This past October, when I was flying for work and also not drunk or drugged (I am so no fun these days), I downloaded the last several episodes of Mad Men. I hardly noticed the flight at all.

Now I'm not sure what to turn to.

I have been mildly interested in but never seen:
Six Feet Under
Weeds
The Wire
Grey's Anatomy
Big Love

Basically, I'm looking for something that will suck me in and make me not care about the cramped seating, crying babies, uncomfortable clothing, sore boobages, and occasionally terrifying holiday turbulence.

Suggestions?

87 comments:

  1. The first season of Greys might work for that. If you haven't seen the West Wing, I am in love with that.

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  2. My father swears by "Breaking Bad" as the best show on television. I can't say I've looked at it yet, but he's quite the TVmeister so I thought I'd pass it on. It's on itunes, I just checked.

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  3. I'm a big fan of Weeds and also (I think it's available) Californication. It's quite graphic for TV but sometimes it's just hilarious. As is Weeds.

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  4. I have a mad love for Dexter, it's super addicting.

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  5. MonkeyBusiness got here first, but I second Dexter.

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  6. LOVE Mad Men. Draper wants me.

    I turned on Big Love once, just long enough to catch a glimpse of Bill Paxton's hairy ass. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  7. Weeds is great. So is Sons of Anarchy if you like some (a lot of) violence with your drama. I can't say enough about Big Bang Theory. I watched Big Love when it was new and it was pretty good, although slow in some places. I only saw the first 3 seasons of The Wire and they were excellent.

    I tend to read on planes. With my nose buried in a book with headphones on, no one messes with ya.

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  8. oh and YES Breaking Bad is Fantastic!

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  9. DON'T DON'T DON'T watch any episode of Grey's Anatomy that is from a season with Addison Shepherd (Kate Walsh) as a character (season 2 on??) - all of those episodes feature really bizzare baby/pregnancy related story lines, and when I was pregnant, I couldn't watch them at all without totally freaking out. Probably not the best idea if you're stuck on a plane!! =)

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  10. Oooh all good choices but go for 6 feet under, SO GOOD!

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  11. You all rock so much.

    Stacey - INVALUABLE advice. I am prone to freak-outs (duh) and, well, THANK YOU.

    Dexter seems to be in the lead...

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  12. Weeds and Six Feet Under both suck you in and hopefully prevent flight terrors, as I affectionately call them:)

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  13. Oh honey, I'm 18 weeks and had to fly cross country 2348957 times for work in the past two months. I watched all of Gossip Girl, highly recommended if you aren't already watching it. Otherwise, Six Feet Under is one of my top shows EVER, just be warned that because of the hormones it might make you cry. Then again, Gossip Girl has been making me cry lately, so pregnancy hormones are a treat. I'm so happy for you, by the way, and weirdly happy that I can read along with another pregnancy.

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  14. Have you seen Oz? That would be my top suggestion. Followed by Dexter and then The Wire. All good, all violent, but I found Oz the most absorbing.

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  15. YAY I was not the first to mention Gossip Girl!! But you should watch it. Then you will understand why I even own a red giant bow headband. But it's all available on iTunes, and they're currently on Christmas hiatus, so now is the time to catch up before January 5th.

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  16. WEEDS!
    I never had interest in this show, and then just happened to watch a few episodes while visiting friends in san jose and was totally hooked! plus, they are only half our episodes so they are totally easy to watch. its totally entertaining :)

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  17. Casting my vote for BIG LOVE. While the Pilot episode opens with a view of Bill Paxton's ass, and you see it once in a while through the series, if you want an interesting look at what modern polygamy might look like from the inside,it's a good pick. There are also a lot of interesting plot twists, and views on how religious dogma can effect people's actions. It's pretty much the only reason my husband and I subscribed to HBO.

    Also, have you thought about The Tudors (10 hours for the 1st season) or Rome (two seasons, forget how many episodes)? Those are equally good, and extremely well made.

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  18. How I Met Your Mother!!!
    Friday Night Lights!!
    Weeds!

    Oooh ... I found each of these series to be all-engrossing.

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  19. You're gonna think I'm crazy but here's what I found calming (accidentally) when flying with my child and I couldn't get soused (sp?): coloring. Get yourself some color pencils and a nice grown-up-ish coloring book. I'm serious. I know, I'm weird. But I'm serious! Listen to your shows (or podcast-I'm a podcasts fan) and COLOR.

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  20. I would say Weeds if you have never watched it, but the last season sort of blew. Dexter never ceases to keep my attention. If you have a geeky side at all, Big Bang Theory is hilarious. As is How I Met Your Mother, which I noticed someone already mentioned.

    Big Love is...interesting at first. It grows old. Grey's...I agree with Stacy, it will freak you out.

    I have never commented, and just want to say I am such a fan. Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS. I am so happy for you and Ish. Is it weird I feel like I know you? Eh. I'm a weird kind of girl.

    Have a safe trip.

    S

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  21. I have to say go with Weeds!! It's funny, and charming, and completely un-uh... crap... pregnancy brain is TOTALLY screwing my vocabulary!!! uh...
    unconventional!!! hah.... i remembered!!! yay me!!
    good luck!!!

    (hope you don't mind airplane bathrooms, if you're anything like i am right now, you are going to be WELL acquainted with one!!!)

    take care!!

    -delurked lurker!

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  22. Lost. If you don't already, watch Lost. You'll TOTALLY get sucked in.

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  23. Dexter
    Californication
    Big Love
    How I Met Your Mother
    The Tudors

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  24. Grey's is fabulous. The wire is a favorite too - when my mom started watching she watched all of the seasons in a row - in two weeks!

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  25. 30 Rock if you haven't already seen it. Tina Fey is absolutely fabulous. That also reminds me, why not watch, Absolutely Fabulous?

    Congrats on the pregnancy!

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  26. BIG LOVE without a doubt. Grey's of course is great but heavy with dying people and medical complications.

    And OMFG! I am so late to the party. I just heard the news and am so excited for you I think I need to call my shrink to discuss how I am overly invested in the lives of a couple I don't know on the Internet.

    I'm going to Paris (alone) next week and will be trying that vin chaud you enjoyed on in your honor.

    I am stalkerishly thrilled for you. Um OK I will shut up now.

    'nilla

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  27. Um...THE WIRE is fantastic. We watched this episode after episode and could not stop until we watched every season.

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  28. Six Feet Under, is, I believe, one of the finest shows ever made.

    It doesn't hurt that Peter Krause is unbelivably sexy...

    No, it's the stories that will draw you in, and the exceptional writing.

    Be aware: it's a quiet show, even slow at times, but beautiful.

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  29. First of all, congrats on all the wonderful enws lately: new place, wedding, and BABY!

    Second, happy holidays. :D

    Third, Dexter is amazing; I simply could not say enough great things about in this space. You will be engrossed and fall in love with a serial killer who is also a nice guy. I'd also recommend the mini-series John Adams. It is intense and fascinating, even if you're like me and totally not into political history.

    Have a great plane ride!

    BB!
    ~Jeannie

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  30. Have you seen True Blood? I think it might be just the right amount of trashy for you. Oh! And vampires! I'm pretty obsessed.

    And can I just say, again, congrats. I know I don't *actually* know you. But, I've been following your blog for a couple of years and I feel like you're my old friend who I only keep up with via facebook updates. I'm so happy for you! I remember how scared you were after learning about the infertility possibility. Well, take THAT genetics.

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  31. The Wire, hands down. But if you're looking for something fluffy, then the first season of Grey's and any season of How I Met Your Mother would suck you right in!

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  32. First season of Dexter is completely addicting. It's not on DVD yet, but if you can acquire it True Blood was awesome in a pulp novel sort of way. Just be prepared to watch some crazy sex scenes on the plane!

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  33. Grey's Anatomy is a wonderful show and the first season is one of the best- you can't help but enjoy. It gets me through my sick-days at home and whatever boring "classic hockey game" from 1983 that BISMOW insists on watching in the evening.

    And Kate Walsh doesn't show up until season 2 and leaves after season 3.

    I would also throw out there Brothers & Sisters. I started watching it online and found myself ENGROSSED in it.

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  34. Off of your list - WEEDS. Hands down.

    Although all the others except Grey's Anatomy are highly recommended by me.

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  35. The Wire and Grey's, also Lost if you haven't seen that.

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  36. Definately Grey's - start with Season 1 though, so you wont be totally confused. I heart Grey's.

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  37. Big Love
    Arrested Development
    Curb your Enthusiasm
    30 Rock

    Also is every f*&ing post gonna be about the "peanut"?

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  38. Oh, man, I love addictive television!

    I don't know how you feel about sci-fi kind of things but if you like them Supernatural or FIREFLY! Firefly is one of my all time favorites.

    How I Met Your Mother is awesome, and if you like geeky nerd humor, The Big Bang Theory is hilarious as well!

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  39. Oooooh, Lost. Especially the first and second seasons. Season three is kind of meh but last season (season 4) was great. And you'll be so caught up in the mystery and weird happenings that you won't notice the flight. Plus, lots of eye candy! Yay.

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  40. Others have covered the absorbing media, so my advice is for the other parts you can control.

    Buy some good noise-canceling headphones (either active or passive canceling - I have passive because they aren't so huge and embarrassing). And wear knits, even yoga/sweat pants if necessary. You're pregnant; you're allowed!

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  41. DAMAGES on FX. Hands down! With Glenn Close and Ted Danson. I can't stop watching it.
    Enjoy!

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  42. You could give "Flight of the Conchords" a try. I personally find it hysterical.
    It's business time!

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  43. Start Alias from the beginning. Every episode ends with a cliffhanger, and, yum, double agents!

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  44. I love Weeds, Six Feet Under, and just finished seasons 1 and 2 of Californication. The Sopranos is always good too.

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  45. I just want to throw out a warning, in case you happen to take up the suggestion several people have made that you watch "Lost," that it's about a PLANE CRASH. Only the first episode of the first season really has lots of fire, crashing, burning, people screaming, plane-split-in-two kind of stuff, but you never know when a flashback on the show may take you through the crash from another character's perspective, so, if you're doing this because of a fear of flying ... I'd give Lost a pass!

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  46. I'm sorry to say that I don't have much use for Grey's. I couldn't get into it. But! Have you watched Arrested Development?! The. Best. Ever.

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  47. Weeds is a hoot. (The theme song will get stuck in your head.)

    Grey's? IMO - meh. I've seen a handful of episodes and find it anti-compelling.

    I second the nomination for Firefly.
    Nathan Fillion is hot and the dialogue is shiny. ;)

    PS. A co-worker of mine had the saliva thing last year at this time -- the only thing that worked for her were hard butterscotch candy.

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  48. i love mad men!
    the only other shows i watch are dexter and the tudors - both very good. i've heard excellent things about breaking bad and am dying to see it, but haven't yet. good luck!

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  49. Californication. Mmm, sexy, dirty goodness.

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  50. gavin & stacy

    a bbca comedy that i know you can buy a season pass for on itunes. such a great bunch of quirky characters- you'll love every one of them!

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  51. I'm completely obsessed with Big Love. That totally gets my vote. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

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  52. Hi! New here, but congratulations! My vote is for Big Love. The characters are complex and engrossing. Have a nice holiday.

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  53. Dexter, especially Season 1
    Friday Night Lights (It's crack!)
    30 Rock
    Arrested Development
    And also, I think you would probably really enjoy Six Feet Under.

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  54. OMG the OC. I've done the Gray's addiction, and OC is far longer lasting, with great one-liners, and inspiring fashion. It has made me decide that winter just isn't going to come this year, and I'm going to dress like it's summer forevah. It's going well - cute tiny tops over turtlenecks :)

    Also recommend Firefly, Buffy, the Dresden Files; Arrested Development and Flight of the Conchords are sooooo up your alley.

    Also, I'm now going to investigate Weeds, on the recommendations of your other IIFs.

    Mad <3's and enjoy your TV shows!

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  55. The Wire is amazing, probably the greatest show ever written, as engrossing as it is intelligent. I really loved Six Feet Under, and Weeds is entertaining, but neither are nearly as complex and well-written as The Wire. That said, Weeds won't break your heart. The Wire will. And personally, I wouldn't watch Six Feet Under when you're in an emotional state. Really, it's a show about death. I watched it while my best friend was dying, and it was helpful in some ways, but I don't think I could watch it now without being thrown full-force back into grief. The Wire is depressing, but not so personal (despite how in love I fell with several characters.)

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  56. WEEDS,hands down, you'll be addicted.

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  57. House, House, and then some more House. I can't believe no one has said it yet.

    Also? Remember that old TV miniseries (then short-lived regular series) "V"? About the giant lizard aliens? I don't know why I just thought of it, but I did. That would be rad. Although you might want to skip the one where Robin gives birth to twin alien babies.

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  58. I second Caroline's suggestion: in five seasons there's only been one episode of House I wasn't utterly glued to.

    Big Love can be fun, but sometimes the day-to-day soap opera-ness gets boring.

    I love Nip/Tuck, it's completely crazy and hilariously cynical.

    Ugly Betty is great too!

    Someone else mentioned The Tudors; if you know much about English history I'd bypass it, but if not it's a fairly suspenseful show.

    Bones is a great show, but you have to be able to deal with various stages of human decomposition.

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  59. Six Feet Under, Californication, Weeds, in that order. Let us know what you watch and what you think!

    Also, CONGRATULATIONS (a little late)! Man, I am so so so stoked for you guys.

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  60. I suggest the first season of Damages. It sucks you in like you wouldn't believe!

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  61. I watched the entire season of Six Feet Under in a few weeks while up in the middle of the night nursing my first daughter. Weeds is great too, my husband swears by Dexter, and if you want something truly messed-up (and don't mind subtitles) Capadocia is a train-wreck.

    Also, Congrats! I started reading your blog when I was pregnant with my first 3 years ago. Now I get to read all about yours. Cool. :)

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  62. congratulations with the new baby! that's awesome.

    i'd start with weeds for a plane trip. short 23 min. episodes and you'll get through 2 seasons in no time. kevin nealon is hilarious in that show. Six Feet Under is really good, i couldn't imagine watching it all back to back, good stuff.

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  63. I would highly recommend the first and second season of Grey's Anatomy. The second season is that show's absolute peak, it becomes simply amazing, and oh so easy to get sucked into. Just what the doctor appears to have ordered for you.

    Congratulations, K! =D

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  64. Oh! If you haven't seen them before, I would really recommend The Gilmore Girls! It's an old show, it's true, but it was very cute and the first several seasons were just wonderful <3 No medical drama to freak you out, no talk of plane crashes or birth complications, and no dead bodies like there are in LOST, Grey's and Bones...
    It's a very easy to watch show =) There shouldn't be anything to trigger a freak-out ;)

    Good luck, K!

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  65. The Wire is killer. Big Love is funny and a bit akward. Six Feed Under is great, too. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

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  66. Dexter, absolutely.
    Jericho is a great show. Kind of silly sometimes, but overall, it was good. Sci-Fi type show, already cancelled.
    Heroes is actually pretty good. Keeps you going for the next and the next and the next. It's like CANDY!
    Weeds is pretty good, but the main character really gets annoying sometimes. Kevin Nealon and Elizabeth Perkins totally make up for that, though.


    Oh yeah, MAZEL TOV!

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  67. Weeds and Big Love are highly addictive and really great.

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  68. Wondering if you can get Deadwood downloaded on your ipod. Fan-fuckin'-tastic.

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  69. Another vote for Grey's Anatomy. I saw the first two seasons when they came out on DVD and was OBSESSED with when Netflix would HURRY THE HELL UP and send me the next DVD. It's less awesome when you have a to wait a week between episodes, but maaan...those first two seasons turned me into a hermit.

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  70. Just thought of two more, both of which I now see have been suggested above: Arrested Development and Buffy. Arrested Development was just so funny and clever, and Buffy has enough seasons to really keep you sucked in for a long time.

    Also, don't underestimate the power of shows you used to love when you were a kid: Facts of Life, for me, and any of those old 80s detective/spy shows (Simon and Simon/Riptide/Scarecrow and Mrs. King/Magnum P.I.)

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  71. 1. Breaking Bad
    2. Grey's Anatomy
    3. Fringe
    4. Weeds...great if Nancy doesn't irriate the crap out of you with her side sipping straw and whiney disposition!

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  72. Oh yes yes! DEXTER!!!!

    And congrats on the pregnancy...I'll be looking for alcohol substitutions if I am ever so blessed too!

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  73. Definitely The Wire. Totally awesome fast past nearly Shakesperean dialog. Amazing.

    Also:
    Battlestar Gallactica (I am SO not a sci fi head and argued against this forever but it's ALL great dialog. Just like Mad Men)

    Also:
    Dexter
    I know - disgusting premise. But the main actor really pulls it off. Fabulous.

    I'm so jealous that you get to watch any of these for the first time.

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  74. Weeds is great but given your baby on the way, you may feel a little ticked off at the suburban mom who sells pot to support her family. Just a thought.

    The first two seasons of Dexter are GREAT and you will get completely sucked into them (not to mention enjoy looking at Michael Anthony Hall).

    I wouldn't suggest Grey's because as someone mentioned there's a lot of crazy medical drama and who wants to be thinking about that??

    Oh! And Nipped/Tucked. It gets CRAZY towards the later seasons (wow now that I'm thinking about it-also baby related issues) but the first seasons are fantastic.

    So-I was on bed rest for 2 1/2 weeks where I couldn't even lift my head up. Needless to say I watched my fair share of mindless tv.

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  75. Also I'm ashamed that I chose this entry out of all your recent entries to comment on...Why talk about serious stuff when I can talk about tv? Lame.

    I want to wish you the best of everything with all the wonderful events that are happening!

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  76. Dexter is awesome. I'm sorta in love with House and Bones too.

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  77. My vote definitely goes for True Blood. I got wrapped up in it right from the get go!

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  78. Dexter
    Big Love
    The Wire
    Six Feet Under
    Breaking Bad
    Weeds
    True Blood
    Deadwood
    Carnivale


    Love 'em all.

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  79. True Blood, if you can download that.

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  80. Download the first episode of 'Heroes'...and then the rest. It's fascinating, well thought out, and the end of an episode makes you NEED to watch the next one.

    Barring that, I vote for 'Weeds' too...

    Congrats!

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  81. I'd say 6 feet under (the later seasons were more engrossing i think) and weeds (the earlier seasons were better). And also, the earlier seasons of the L word.

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  82. Bones--my hubby, daughter and I all watch the episodes on our iPods. We actually prefer watching them that way to watching on the TV. The shows are FANTASTIC and should keep your mind off of the traveling completely.

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  83. You're on the right track:

    Weeds
    Six Feet Under
    Big Love

    And I just finished the first season of Californication- awesome

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