Matters of life and death

February 3, 2004

If you know me, you know that I don’t watch much TV. It’s not because I don’t enjoy it nor is it because I think it’s bad for your brain. It’s because I love it. TV is my time travel machine. I sit down in front of it to watch one show and, the next thing I know, hours have passed, night has fallen and and I’m still in my PJ’s.

This is why my roommate and I have never gotten cable. Because, with the Style Channel, E! and Food TV streaming into our living room, we know we’ll never get anything done. I’ve gone through most of my adult life out of the TV loop, unfamiliar with the girls who talk Sex in the City, unimpressed with Buffy’s feats, unaware of the latest happenings among Friends.

But then Six Feet Under came into my life. A few weeks ago, Rama left the pilot and first couple episodes on video at my house. I didn’t know anything about it, except that it was one of his favorites. One day when I was procrastinating, I put the tape in the VCR to see what the fuss was all about and I was hooked. I fell in love with the eccentric Fisher family and their bittersweet lives.

I watched the first four episodes within the next two days and asked Rama for four more. Within a week, I’d finished the first season, and, after another week, I’m close to finishing the second season. I’m nervous to do so, because I know that Rama’s tape collection ends there, and I don’t know when I’ll get my next fix. The third season isn’t available anywhere, and the fourth season isn’t going to begin any time soon. What am I going to do? I miss the Fishers already.


  1. jackie says:

    i’ve only seen one episode of that show, the pilot, and i hear they did away with the creepy commercials for dead people products which i am happy about, but other than that i like that show a lot. however, i am a sex and the city girl…

  2. Lohr says:

    I just found your site via Moleskinerie, and I had to leave a note. The site is wonderful, as are the stories and photos. I loved the “hidden Los Angeles” idea…and I do long to go to Bob’s Big Boy. So– thanks for the lovely blog, and I’ll be reading here often.

  3. nikki says:

    that is exactly what happened to my old roommate and i. we even called in sick to work so that we could watch uninterrupted. i own the pilot and first season and can’t wait until the other seasons come out on dvd. (esp. since i refuse to get cable)

  4. penelope says:

    Oh, don’t send those tapes to me. I am like you: I don’t have cable because I’d just get sucked in and never get anything done. I only watch are DVDs.
    When I go to friends’ houses, it’s a struggle for me to pay attention to what they’re saying when the tube’s on.

    Good luck getting over your obsession… : )

  5. lisaann says:

    did i tell you about how i recently spent nearly a week waiting CSI season 1 and 2 on dvd? how did i never know about that show until this year?! … oh yeah, i was too busy watching the bachelor. hahah! miss you miss c! xo

  6. katharine says:

    Lucky you! At least you got to watch the second season! Here in Canada, our version of HBO has ripped us off and teased us for almost 10 months now, replaying season one over and over again. I want more! I want season 2, season 3, dammit!

  7. christine says:

    Update: I watched the season two finale last night and I’m already going through major withdrawal. I keep asking Rama “So, what happens to…?” questions, and then I realize I don’t want to know. I like the suspense.

    Also, he said that season four begins in June (four months!) and that season three is due on DVD sometime between now and then.


  8. Devlyn says:

    ee! i looove six feet under. one nice thing about having high-speed internet is downloading the 3rd season episodes. i can’t wait for more seasons to be available on DVD, though, because there’s nothing like watching it on the teevee.

  9. becky says:

    be strong – don’t get cable! It will suck you in and you’ll never see the light of day! :)

  10. Cindy says:

    I think it’s strange that the show hasn’t been on in forever and I’m still excited for the next season. I think HBO puts a lot of trust into their viewers to make them wait nearly a year for a new season. Other networks would never do that.

  11. kaleine says:

    i know how that feels. my friends and i got addicted to watching Alias and CSI Las Vegas. we’d finish watching one season in a week or two. we’re constantly finding for the most recent season on DVD.

  12. ros says:

    i don’t have cable for the same reason, and i’ve sworn off tv for a long time. shalt not watch a new program or i’ll get hooked! (hooked on buffy since season one.heh.waiting for final season to show here in singapore.)

    good luck!

  13. g says:

    I too have a crush on Six Feet Under. We had a “box” when we watched the first season. I was so sad when they moved all the pay channels to digital and we could no longer watch it. Thank God for season’s on DVD. But I’ll have to wait till it comes out.

  14. Jess says:

    Hey hey what about Felicity?! You gotta give her some due notice. (Hi, by the way. I’m still around. Still reading your site, of course. Still writing on the web somewhere – nothing really worth mentioning. At the moment I’m teaching English in Japan. Still looking for something out here in this big big world. But I’m happy. And I haven’t been that for awhile. So a little good news on my part. You sound quite content yourself and it’s ever so good to hear.)

  15. j says:

    oh i know the feeling. guilty popculture pleasures… i haven’t seen a single episode of that show! it’s airing too late at night in my country.

  16. toni says:

    So nice to visit your site again. It looks beautiful.

  17. Lalaine says:

    try to watch sex in the city..its really good..

  18. ryan says:

    wait, you guys have the second season on tape? I watched the first on DVD, but i haven’t seen the second yet. i desparately want to borrow it. I’ll do anything. ANYTHING.

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