Every family has its favorite television shows.
It seems like only a few years ago that if you wanted to see a certain show, you had to be home to watch it. My Dad and I used to watch The Andy Griffith Show with our dinners on TV trays in our living room. I still love watching Andy Griffith, have much of the dialogue memorized, "Shazam!" and "Citizen's Arrest, Citizen's Arrest!" I passed this love along to my daughter, and now we watch reruns and even have a DVD of the early shows.
I remember when Jennifer was little that she loved Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and the only way to see it was to be home Saturday night at 8 PM. We loved all crowding on the couch together, hanging on every Western scene, and I still clearly recall the sparkling delight in her eyes when the show featured Native Americans, a particular passion of hers. Happy family memories.
When Jeff and I were first married we loved watching one of American's first melodrama series, Dallas. Again, we had to be home to watch it and made a special effort to return home from eating dinner out to see it. No one wanted to miss JR's scheming against his own brother Bobby, and we and the whole world seemed to be home watching the gripping conclusion of the "Who Shot JR?" episode, only to find out it was all a dream.
These days no one has to be home to watch specific shows as we can all DVR our favorites which today include Hawaii 5-0 and Blue Bloods. Since I work many Friday and Saturday nights as a high school principal, I love the ability and convenience of watching them when I am home.
Still, when I am home in that magical hour of 7-8 PM, my husband and I enjoy spirited competition watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He is crazy-good at the Geography and science categories of Jeopardy and I usually take all of the Lit ones. The rest are hit and miss, though I like to think I edge him out most times.
Wheel of Fortune, though, I mostly own, or at least I should in this word contest between the husband engineer and the former English teacher-turned- principal. Tonight I easily took "The pitter-patter of little feet" in Wheel of Fortune while he smoked me in Jeopardy with "What is hydrogen peroxide?"
Mostly we love being home together, at least for an hour, as we both wind down from our work days. And who doesn't love a little friendly competition, especially with a spouse. :)