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My Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Went

October 18, 2011

Apparently making choices makes making choices harder. Over the past four years there have been several studies looking at how making a choice (especially a difficult choice) uses up your “executive resources” – aka the ability to make a good choice.  For a long time it was thought that only mentally taxing or self-control choices depleted these resources, but now all choices are considered to deplete your resources. Choosing your shirt, passing up on the cookie, and studying all make it harder to be rational and clear thinking later on. Check out a good summary (and not science-y) article here.

While this is interesting and explains a lot about my life at this point, I mainly brought it up as an introduction to a few blog entries I’m devoting entirely to the wonderful, potentially poor-choice things that Mr. B and I turn to when we’ve used up all of our executive resources at the end of the day.

If you couldn’t tell from the picture at the top of the post, today’s entry will be devoted to TV shows. Oh yes, television. Around these parts it is considered semi-shameful to watch TV shows, but the truth is, they are just what the doctor ordered from a de-resourced brain. They are shorter than a movie, you don’t really have to focus if you don’t want, and they are totally addictive.  They also have the benefit of optional interaction between the watchers – I might be an avid reader, but unless we are reading the same book, Mr. B and I can’t talk about what is happening.

Mr. B and I often wait until at least one season is finished so we can have a TV show marathon. You can also get a lot of variety into your week.  We just started watching AMC’s “Walking Dead,” which guarantees me screaming and failing my body around. “Walking Dead” is our replacement for the recently finished SyFy’s “Eureka” (even those shows have nothing in common). During the rest of the week we throw in some Downton Abbey, Castle, Psyche, the British Top Gear, MythBusters, and of course, Project Runway.

To round out the post, here are Mr. B and my lists of our top 10 favorite, will watch no matter what or how many times we’ve seen it,  TV shows (not in any order). ** We didn’t consult each other when we wrote out these lists and they are in the exact order that we each wrote them in.


1. Northern Exposure

2. M*A*S*H

3. Seinfeld

4. Arrested Development

5. Project Runway

6. Dead Like Me

7. Battlestar Galactica (the new one)

8. Veronica Mars

9. Mad Men

10. Firefly

Mr. B (who would like you to know that he does not get de-resourced, but still likes TV):

1. Northern Exposure

2. Seinfeld

3. Firefly

4. Arrested Development

5. Battlestar Galtatica (new version)

6. Law and Order (Sam Waterson and Jerry Orbach era)

7. Good Eats

8. MythBusters

9. New Yankee Workshop

10. M*A*S*H


What about you, readers? What are your favorite no-brainer TV shows?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth permalink
    October 18, 2011 11:21 am

    I miss our evenings with V. Mars.

  2. sue permalink
    October 18, 2011 12:16 pm

    freaks & geeks! (even though the entire cast has grown up since it aired)

  3. October 18, 2011 1:02 pm

    AH! I forget Freaks and Geeks. That definitely should have been on the list.

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