Getting up to grab some more boxed wine, I realized I'd seen the same horrifying local TV commercial three times today, which makes me really glad I start back to work tomorrow and moving back to Lincoln this week. Jeez. I've really let myself go.
I'm still going to watch the CSI rerun at 11. But I'm really disappointed that we don't get channel 4, which has MASH on right now. MASH is so great. It's deceptive, like soul music. I never think about either one when I'm walking through my day; then when I find them again, I wonder why I ever watch/listen to anything else.
I'll go ahead and say it: best show ever. I know they did this poll a few years ago in TV guide and Seinfeld won, perhaps a just choice. And the Simpsons is still pretty funny after all these years. All in the Family was fanstastic. But nothing besides MASH could ever be as sly or outright hilarious, and then deathly serious, and have it all coalesce seamlessly. I always see actors in interviews say that it's so much harder to do comedy than drama, but that's crap. I could be ridiculous all day long; I could've written 26 years of Simpsons episodes, or whatever they're up to, ridiculing everything and everyone. Being deadly serious, however, is gut-wrenching. I prefer to do it only on the page, and there only sparsely. I have the lingering fear that someone will find it hysterical that I have deep feelings, or at least laugh at me for expressing them in such lousy poetry.
So what's the best show there ever was? And don't give me any bullshit about how it's impossible to say that, comparing apples and oranges across generations or genres. Just answer the question.