Up All Night: New TV and Parenting Sanity

I’m not the biggest TV watcher – especially with the arrival of the babies. No, scratch that. When they were younger and taking short naps every 1.5 hours I would turn on a show during the day (usually Food Network or Bravo) but since the babies have lately had more wake time (demanding attention) and longer naps (demanding efficiency and productivity, i.e. cleaning up the kitchen or doing a quick load of laundry or whatever little errand)…I lost interest.

Until the fall line up.

Which means all the shows start up again. Like the Office (now compelling because Andy Bernard is the new boss – and I love me some Nard Dog – and Parks and Rec – which has become a new favorite of the house).

Then there’s the chick picks – Desperate Housewives (final season?) Grey’s Anatomy, and then the entertaining ensembles of Glee and How I Met Your Mother. HIMYM was a recent addition – the one show I’ve watched almost religiously (reruns) this entire time. Never liked it before moving to Bloomington, and now I’m trying to catch up on seasons.

And then the new fall line up with New Girl, Up All Night, and Parenthood. I haven’t seen Parenthood yet.

Some initial thoughts:

1) HIMYM is still good. Well, decent. I think its shelf life is running out…it’s getting to the point where the characters are starting to feel exaggerated and forced…a bit obnoxious at times (think Seinfeld and Friends). But, I still love NPH.

2) There’s a lot of themes running around parenthood even in those shows not in that genre. For instance, in HIMYM Lily is preggers, in the Office, Pam is huge with her second, and in Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith (and McDreamy – I seriously can’t remember his name) are in the process of adopting a little girl from Malawi. Meredith had this great line at the end (spoiler alert) – when she and Derek have to turn her over to foster care after being with her for sometime…something about feeling all the pain of true love, the ups and downs…etc (much more eloquent):

“You think that true love is the only thing that can crush your heart. Then you become a mother.”

That got me. I’m definitely hooked now.

3) New Girl is painful…in that awkward stage where everything feels very disjointed and just absurd. But Zooey Deschanel is cute, quirky, and still kind of funny.

4) Up All Night: I think there are mixed reviews about it, and I certainly feel mixed, too. I haven’t caught the second episode yet, but…LIKES – I crack up at Christina Applegate, and can identify with the general premise of the show – new at parenting, loss of old lifestyle, and feeling crazy, etc. There’s just something about seeing the trials and tribulations of parenting on TV. DISLIKES – Some simplistic cliches and a little stereotypical (I wonder about dads always getting painted in stupid and helpless light?). I’m going to keep with it because I also love Maya Rudolph. But, there’s a part of me that feels like I hear/see enough baby crying all day – do I really need to hear/see it on TV, too? Not sure how that helps the perpetual knot in my neck.

I think there are other shows- like Modern Family – that I would enjoy but there just isn’t enough time…and the stress of trying to watch it all doesn’t help my sanity.

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