Elsewhere's Telly Meme - has been everywhere. I refuse to start a TV category as this will be a lonely post. But it's a good meme, worth a run, and thanks to Ariel for getting me started. (Now if I'd picked up Gravity's Rainbow, I'd be back in bed asleep by now...)
I gave TV up for Lent once as a child and it took years to get back on track. In the meantime my family watched heaps of classic '70s films which I studiously ignored - I am still catching up.
We have an awful old TV at present, dark as sin, and none of the widescreen films look any good on it. (When Etta last got undressed for the Sundance Kid we couldn't see her at all.) We still get to the cinema about once a month rather than lash out and buy a new one as I have this ridiculous notion that the lounge room is too small for a bigger teev. But anyway.
Earliest remembered teev:
A 'sixties children's cartoon theme song, We Are The Company. (And Uncle Norman and Joffa Boy. I was jealous to read once that Shaun Carney of The Age actually won a bike on the Tarax show, having collected all five lemonade bottle tops spelling the name of the softdrink company. His main concern was having to give back the bottle tops. Aren't kids funny.)
An episode of Disneyland featuring the Osmonds touring Tomorrowland and singing Woody Guthrie's 'This Land is My Land' on one of the Disney trains. Getting up unable to sleep and being invited to watch little bits of The Andy Williams show.
TV series I would want on a desert island
Tossup between Last Man Standing, Secret Life of Us and This Life, all BRRRILLLIAAANT. I am on the verge of buying the boxed DVD set of LMS as a misguided attempt at archiving a slice of Oz TV as we once knew it, but I'm a bit mean. Also I've bought a lot of books this year and....Awwwwwh.
Can I add here that on a desert island I might also want a goat, and a pair of breeks... never mind.
TV that made me laugh
Arrested Development. Of course. Youngest son bought the first two series for his family this Christmas A master stroke of gift giving that he will strive to match for many years to come.
TV that made me cry
Oh, dear. Stuff about people with disabled kids who are worse off than me, the mental health system, the Moira Kelly documentary about the little fellow with the blocked stomach who was starving before his surgery. I can see him running back to his parents now... husband and I both cried.
As Beckett said (more or less), 'why do they think my plays are depressing? Can't they see it all around them? La détresse....' If we can't see it now, we can't possibly be looking.
TV crap that I enjoy
I've grown to love Thank God You're Here now that they have realised the comedians are the only real contenders ( and Matthew Newton). Even Spicks and Specks has its moments.
TV you'll never forget
All the Tracy Ullman shows I've managed to tape. The Young Ones. Black Books. Sideshow Bob singing Pinafore.
Favourite TEEV adaptation
BEEB Middlemarch, The Forsyte Saga (holy shit, Ioann as a poor Architect), Hornblower (Ioann as a modest midshipman who has Adventures) also the Gate Theatre Godot (which is always an adaptation of a kind.) When is Ioann going to stop advertising for Burberry and make something else...???
One TV program you are currently watching
Family screenings of Arrested Development, late at night with a captive audience.
One TV show/series you have been meaning to watch
Love My Way, series two. Reruns of Last Man Standing at 2pm in the afternoon all through December (what a rotten time to put it on. Who can remember to put on a video recorder in the middle of the day?)