Saturday, January 31, 2009

Delight in Old TV Favorites Resurrected

My parents have the ultimate cable television package--something that I would have to give up meat products and alcoholic drinks to afford. When I visited for Christmas, I discovered the Fine Living Network, and this particularly excited me because two old favorites are on the regular schedule there: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and the original Iron Chef.

Both of these shows take me back about four years. When they were regularly broadcast on main TV channels, I was still at Plimoth Plantation, I was living with a boyfriend, and I hadn't continued my education beyond a BA yet.

Queer Eye provided hours of entertainment for me and instruction for my significant other. I think he watched mostly to pick up grooming and dressing tips. Additions to his wardrobe included new underwear and button-down shirts with stripes. He also became conscious of his nose hair, and the fact that stray strands should be removed.

I never liked the new, American version of Iron Chef. The whole campy, flamboyant flavor of the original is captivating, and Iron Chef America never caught on to this fact. I also prefer the Japanese Iron Chefs to their American counterparts--when you watch, you get to see their talent without that annoying dose of American "I know I'm going to win" arrogance.

There's a vote for mindless entertainment for you. And yes, both of these shows are recorded daily on my DVR.

I am also particularly excited by the apple pie in my fridge right now.


MissViolonjello said...

American Iron Chef? I didn't realize that there was such a thing. Now I'm glad that I didn't realize!

The American versions of British and Australian comedies are starting to really irk me too - The Office, The IT Crowd, Kath and Kim, et cetera. A lot of these things are so culture-specific, and I wish the networks would realize this..

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Glad to hear from you again!

Mike said...

So good to see you

I catch these programs on FLN:

Shopping Bags
Shopping Detective
I Want That...


M@ said...

The big take-away for me from Queer Eye was the need for moisturizer.

Jenny said...

I love Queer Eye.

Dugi said...

Hi! I haven't been here in years! How r u?
I LOVE those shows...since Australian free tv is is years behind...we still watch those shows I mean...the original iron chef too...
do u know what happened to that doctor blogger friend of ours from the NHS...who was depressed abt his job n eventually quit in pursuit of better things?