The Waiting Game

by MomJovi on April 13, 2012

I used to be the first person to know about every new show. I knew who was starring in it, the premise of the show, who the writers were (and what their previous shows were) and whether it was DVR-worthy.

And then I had a kid.

Ever since then, I’ve been playing catch-up on shows. It’s actually a little ironic. I’ve been home a lot more in the past four years than the previous 30 years (give or take) yet I have less time than ever to watch TV. I tried to keep up with shows for awhile but then I kept getting stressed by a nearly full DVR.

So I cut back on shows and started relying more upon Netflix to help feed my TV addiction.

But Netflix is really letting me down lately. It’s more my fault than Netflix’s, but I’m still pissed. I hate waiting.

Here are three shows I’m desperately waiting to catch up on:

Breaking Bad

I love, love, love this show, and do you know how freaking hard it’s been to avoid spoilers about Season 4?? We tore through three seasons, and now we just keep waiting. And waiting. And waiting. I need Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in my life like the junkies of Albuquerque need their blue meth.

And every time I see poor Jesse’s late crack ho girlfriend in those “Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23″ ads, it makes me all the more anxious to get my hands on some “Breaking Bad” episodes.

Apparently I need to wait until it’s nearly time for the Season 5 premiere for the Season 4 episodes to be released on DVD/Netflix. Anyone have a bootleg copy they can get me?

Parks and Rec

I’ve already blogged about my love of Leslie Knope and Parks and Rec. But I’ve finally finished Season 3, and now my addiction has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to one man:

Parks and Rec, Ben

I’ve fallen hard for Adam Scott. I guess, more specifically, it’s for Ben, but Adam isn’t bad himself. He’s even made a guest appearance or two in some of my dreams. Don’t worry — I already told DadJovi and he thought it was so ridiculous that he wasn’t threatened. So rude!

Plus, I thought I loved Rob Lowe on “Brothers and Sisters,” but his portrayal of Chris Traeger is LITERALLY my favorite Rob Lowe role since “St. Elmo’s Fire.”

I know I could just start watching the current season on NBC but I hate watching things out of order. I’m going to try and figure out if they rerun them in order over the summer. I also know that I can watch them all on Hulu but I don’t really feel like sitting at my laptop to watch them. I think I’m going to bite the bullet this summer and pay for a one-month subscription to Hulu Plus since we get it through our Blu-Ray player, just so I don’t have to wait so long! But that means I’ll be paying for cable, Netflix On-Demand and Hulu Plus all at the same time. Who knew TV watching was such an expensive addiction?

Somehow this is Jerry’s fault.

Downton Abbey

OK, Internet, you win. I finally caved and started watching “Downton Abbey” since it was so universally praised, and wow. Again, I think I’ve proven by my two examples before that I really need to pay attention to the hype more often. I’m only three episodes into Season 1 but already, I am hooked and my Anglophilia is once again rearing its proper, dignified head (I did spend a semester in London after all).

But I am already stressing about finishing this season (it’s short) and trying to figure out how I’m going to watch season 2. I’ve been unable to find any Netflix release plans, and it’s no longer available on my cable company’s On-Demand channels. I’ve found the Season 2 DVD on the PBS website but it’s selling for $30. Thanks but no thanks. Any ideas?

So, before I find myself in this predicament in the future, tell me some shows I SHOULD be watching. I’ve been meaning to catch “Awake.” Has anyone else watched it?

Or, better yet, name an entire series available on Netflix!

And yes, I’ve seen every episode of “The Wire.” I still think it’s the greatest show that’s ever been on TV. So if you haven’t watched it yet, start watching!

“Game of Thrones” is about the only drama I’m watching on TV right now. I’m all caught up on “Dexter,” “True Blood” and “The Walking Dead.” What else is out there? I also watch “Big Bang Theory,” “Grey’s Anatomy” (not proudly), HIMYM and the Office (begrudgingly. When did these two get SO bad?), and “The Amazing Race” (I just can’t quit it).

Name some shows!

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