I'm not a big tv watcher, but it sounds as though I watch more than most on Mrs. S. I have a couple of shows that I break my neck to watch. Most are not aired during the same season, so will watch Treme on HBO, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels or Mad Men on AMC. Of those shows, only Mad Men is airing right now due to the season hiatus.
i will watch Storage Wars from time to time. I think it is hilarious that they obviously salt the storage units with one or two good pieces that the characters follow up on with antique dealers on EVERY show. I also think it is funny that many of the valuations for the antiques are very inflated (like a pair of opera glasses that I saw on the show a few weeks ago).
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Lori!!! MIchael's picking on me!!!!!
The funny thing about those shows is that I learn things from all of them...except Mad Men! Treme is about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and some of the insurance and political shenanigans that residents went through. If you want to know about what you can expect from your government post- , then this show is for you!
The Walking Dead is about zombies. The actual walking dead folks that eat human flesh. While I admit that the show is completely far-fetched and I don't expect to ever do battle with a "real" zombie, I do like catching all of the assets and resources the main characters miss and pointing out how many times they should have been killed. The story is based on a comic book so I shouldn't be so surprised when they do something ridiculous.
I love Hell On Wheels because it is a story about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and it is loosely based on fact. Where most history books dwell on only a few dry-as-dust facts, this story is about the relationships between the cultures: whites, former slaves, Native Americans, politics and high society. It makes me think about some of the other things that were going on in that time period.
Storage Wars is about people that make their living by buying unclaimed storage units at auctions. They have to estimate the value before formulating an amount to bid up to and then they have to dispose of the items that they win. I was raised in a family that went to a lot of auctions and collected antiques. The show appeals to me because I actually know quite a bit about certain types of antiques and collectables. I am always catching them when they overinflate the value of something. The pair of opera glasses that I referred to was particularly glaring because I collect them and know quite a bit about their history and which manufacturers are more desirable. The expert on the show valued a "found" pair at $450. They would only have been worth that price if they'd had the long mother of pearl handle called a lorgnette. Like the one pictured below:
As for Mad Men... well that one is a guilty little pleasure. The show has won the award for best drama at the Emmy's for the past 4 years and I just discovered the show about a month ago. Set in an advertising agency in the 1960's, it has far more sex, cheating and immoral behavior than it has a right to...but I can't stop watching it! I do tend to pair up socks while it is on, though.