The list of shows that either all or one of us have watched from beginning to end as best we can remember in no particular order is as follows:
Flashpoint, 24, Blacklist, Revenge, White Collar, Leverage, Lie to Me, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Magnum P.I., Hart of Dixie, Psych, Burn Notice, Arrow, Doc Martin, North and South, Sherlock, Bones, The Glades, House, Monarch of the Glen, Law & Order SVU, Upstairs Downstairs, Mr. Selfridge, Heartland, Larkrise to Candleford, Call the Midwife, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Cedar Cove, Rosemary and Thyme, Land Girls, Alphas, The Finder, The Paradise, Life, Once Upon a Time, Prison Break, Robin Hood, Hawaii Five-O, Agents of Shield, Chuck, Inspector Morse
That is a lot of episodes. And instead of being embarrassed, we are actually quite proud of that number.
We have not forgotten that we previously defined quest-driven as searching for something new to learn or experience. And we can assure you that we are not going off topic this week. We have learned plenty from watching endless hours of Netflix--even if it is that we should not watch endless hours of Netflix--and we have made some of our best friends while living vicariously through them. Really . . . we have.
According to the Urban Dictionary--hey, we're talking about Netflix here, not writing an academic work--best friends are defined as very special people in your life. Well, we know that has proven to be true because we quote them so often and crave their company.
They are the first people you think about when you make plans. Just yesterday while looking at a map of California, Tessa mentioned that we should stop by the Psych office in Sacramento.
They are the first people you go to when you need someone to talk to. When you’re sad they will try their hardest to cheer you up. Let's just say that they are the safest people to talk to because they travel in different circles than we do. And taking an intentional escape from harsh reality truly has the ability to cheer us.
And our personal favorite: In most cases they would take a bullet for you, coz it would be too painful to watch you get hurt.
We are sure that Jack Bauer would do that. And Fiona would blow up anyone who messed with us. And our friends at Leverage would take care of the payback.
Yes, they would.
The thing about watching a series that spans several or many years in marathon fashion is that without necessarily intending to, you do develop relationships with the people in the shows. You start referring to the characters and quoting the characters and at times, acting like the character. And when the last show plays, you mourn the loss of the relationships and the friendships. And you learn to move on . . . which is an important life skill.
At any given time, three, four, or five of us might be streaming Netflix in the house--which may or may not account for our Internet challenges. It is most fun when we are on the same series at the same time, because of the lively dialoguing it encourages--even if the one in the lead has to keep from talking about what happens next. And the sudden outbursts of emotions--that those in the lead saw coming--are hilarious.
Relationally, I like that Netflix has the ability to bond the generations in our home. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it is true. In real life, we don't always get to share the same friends or experiences. In today's culture, it is more common for lives to run parallel than to intersect. Netflix forces us to intersect--to cross paths--even if it is on an imaginary set with imaginary friends.
The only series that I have watched from beginning to end more than once is Leverage. I love the characters. I love the premise. I love the quotes. I am sorry if that disappoints you.
Because of Leverage, Tessa named her car Lucille. We were all excited.
I love crime shows. I think my favorite is Burn Notice, although Leverage would be a close second. I love the characters. The Robin Hood mentality. The yogurt. Miami. Everything. I have watched it through several times.
"Your life doesn't belong to you. The decisions you make affect other people." ~Fiona, Burn Notice
I even found an exercise regimen to do while watching it, which totally justifies another time through. It has things like,
"Anytime Mike does voice over lessons" 10 lunges
'Any time Madeline is smoking indoors" 10 squats
And the list goes on. I can be in shape like Fiona. Go watch it people.
I quote things. In almost any situation I can pull a quote out of my imaginary Mary Poppins' purse and throw it into a situation. Usually I laugh about it and everyone else around me has no idea what I'm talking about, because apparently not everyone quotes things with the enthusiasm that I do.
One show that I watched through too many times was Psych. Ross and I watched the first five seasons (the last two kind of went downhill) at least three times. Maybe more if you ask Ross. And even though we have finally reached our limit with watching it, we quote it like it's going out of style.
Is someone being a jerk? Shout out Gus is a table! and any decent fan will drop to their knees behind the offensive someone and let you knock them right over their back. It's really a great defensive technique!
Feeling really passionate about the goodness of food? Say Are you a fan of delicious flavor? to anyone passing by.
Making up names for your best friend (sidekick) is totally okay! Here's a few good ones to get you started.
Someone trying to take you somewhere against your will? It's time to go boneless, Shawn. Or if you're doing the taking, it's time to yell Don't go boneless on me, Shawn!
Have you heard about Pluto? Is a perfectly acceptable conversation starter. It could also second as a pick-up line if you're confident enough for that sort of thing. Just ask Gus!
Need to compliment someone? This is my personal favorite way to do it.
And when people tell you you're wrong just pull out this one and hold onto your confidence, man!
And last but not least: Stay awesome. Also fist bumps. Always use fist bumps.