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The best television shows ever?
Jonal entry 1195 | August 9 2011
My tests of my smart phone video capabilities,
by way of creating videos of my nature walks and turning them into
Jonals, seems to be running out of steam, so I've been considering
other topics I can take up in this space. And the one that keeps bobbing
to the top is related to the last "text Jonal" (in contrast
to the "video Jonals") I did here, on May
10 (linked here), about television. But my more recent thoughts
about television programming are more focused and linear than that
May "round-up" essay was, because my evening viewing this
summer has been perhaps the best television experience I've ever had.
What an experience, considering that summers have always been, and
increasingly so in recent years, the "dead season" of television's
years. But I've been watching three of my all-time favorite shows
most nights all summer because of two fairly recent developments:
1. My relatively recent acquisition and finally getting used to using
a digital video recording system and, 2. the discovery of a new channel,
Inspiration or INSP, that I get through the Dish network, and which
carries those three classic programs every weekday.
A bit of the back-story first. I've mentioned
switching to the Dish network about two years ago, and although in
general it has proven to be little better in service and price than
Comcast Cable was, the program offering has been more suitable to
me. The "basic" package has ended up costing me over $70
a month some months and over $80 a month other times, not much less
than the Comcast basic package had cost. And the fact that I never
know what I'm paying for (I never receive a printed bill and the money
is automatically deducted from my checking) or why it's $70-something
some months and $80-something others is frustrating to say the least.
To my way of thinking, no entertainment package is worth that much...but
so far I haven't been able to wean myself away from it. At least if
I get something to write about from it, that makes it worth more than
"nothing." The Dish package comes with a dozen or so sports
channels, none of which I have ever watched for anything. But it also
comes with a half dozen or more religion channels. I don't watch most
of those either (never having been into "touchy-feely,"
anti-intellectual, or overly effusive religion) but I do watch the
700 Club regularly and look at several programs on EWTN, the
Catholic network, including Fr. Benedict Groeschel's Sunday Night
Prime which Frank Charney recommended in his blog some time ago and,
especially, the G. K. Chesterton program (Sundays at 6 p.m. in my
time zone). Several of the religion channels also occasionally show
movies and they are better to my taste than most of the movies on
the dedicated movie channels included in the Dish basic menu.
Unlike Comcast when I was with it, Dish
also comes with a DVR, which is what some people call a "TiVo,"
though this is a generic digital recorder, not a brand-name one. And
I have recently discovered the INSP network, which is the best thing
I've found since Pat Robertson sold his Family Network to Fox which
summarily sold it to ABC-Disney. Though most of INSP's programming
is religion of the type I don't watch (the network is a continuation
of the former PTL network and is run by David Cerullo, son of Pentecostal
evangelist-healer Morris Cerullo), the DVR enables me to time switch
(record for later viewing) the three good programs it has scattered
through its schedule: Highway to Heaven, The Waltons, and The
Wind at My Back. This enables me to watch them during prime time
each summer evening when all the mainstream networks are showing nothing
but reruns or "reality shows," which I avoid even more ardently
than I do most religion programming. I've seen a commercial on INSP
that suggests (though I can't verify) that Dish may be the only place
to find the Inspiration network.
With this introduction, I will close for
now and take this topic up again soon, Lord willing, but not until
after asking what you think is the best program ever on television?
Is any of these three shows I mentioned the overall best? I think
so, which I hope to "unpack" in one or more future Jonals.
What other shows would you put into the running, and why? What did
you like about them? What were their shortcomings? What would you
like to see on TV next season?
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