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May 10, 2005

I loathe TV. I figure about 100% of what’s on it is shite. However, there is that other 0% that isn’t so bad, or at least is entertaining enough to sit through once in a while. Over the years, there have been a few shows that I watched on at least a semi-regular basis. There has been a pattern though, that if I enjoy a one-hour drama, it is sure to be short lived. My track record so far:

  • The Equalizer — With music by Stewart Copeland (of the Police) — 1985-1989
  • Midnight Caller — Starring Gary Cole as Jack ‘the Nighthawk’ Killian (aka Bill Lumbergh) — 1988-1991
  • The Pretender — An eidetic genius on the run from the Centre. — 1996-2000
  • Dark Angel — oo-la-la, Jessica Alba – 2000-2002

Another short-lived show that I and precious few others enjoyed, although not a one-hour drama, was Stark Raving Mad, starring Tony Shalhoub and Neil Patrick Harris ( Doogie Howser): a half-hour comedy that only lasted one season. So I hesitate to declare that I like any program for a vague, irrational fear of invoking this curse. But, who cares, right?

More than once I’ve been drawn in to watching House, M.D. –which stars Hugh Laurie (Stewart Little’s Dad) and Omar Epps– and even once felt disappointment at having missed an episode. Based on my past history I figure House will last no more than 2 or 3 seasons. Maybe less, considering criticism like this.

So forget House, you didn’t want to patronize FOX anyway, did you? Don’t get too attached to it, anyway. Instead watch possibly the greatest program ever to grace a television screen: MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge)

Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (or “MXC”) is the ultimate in reality sports, where contestants comprised of two teams are physically and mentally challenged and eliminated through crazy and challenging games. To add to the fun, commentary is given to the audience through the hilarious comments of Kenny Blankenship and Vic Romano, along with special correspondent (sic) Guy LeDouche and Captain Tenneal.

MXC originally comes from a Japanese reality series called “Takeshi’s Castle” and has been dubbed into English with comedic results.

Most Extreme Elimination Challenge

If that description doesn’t do it for you, maybe this hilarious review from Focus on the Family –yes, that Focus on the Family– will do it for you. And be warned, God fearing Patriotic Americans…

Those who decide to check it out should turn off the sound to eliminate unnecessary, inappropriate commentary. [Emphasis added]

3 Comments
  1. May 11, 2005 12:49 AM

    Don’t worry, I’m in the definite minority when it comes to not liking House, MD. Just look at my comments, and you’ll see. There nothing inherently really wrong with it; and I think Laurie is a great actor. I just can’t suspend my belief long enough to like it, with me being in medicine and the inaccuracies of the show. I think House has at least a couple seasons left in it, maybe more. It’s certainly better than a lot of the tripe on TV nowadays…

  2. May 11, 2005 12:52 PM

    But your comments are all valid. I just have bad taste in TV, or at least my tastes don’t conform to what is commercially viable. Hugh Laurie’s (Stewart Little’s Dad’s) brilliant acting, and his character’s sarcasm, may not be enough to save the show from ‘flat’ characters, formulaic plot lines, and unrealistic medical scenarios. Even to myself, one not trained in the Medical Arts, last night’s scene — in which our team of intrepid Docs were forced to engage in the detective work of tracking down John Cho’s (Harold’s!) next of kin to gain consent for surgery — was really beyond the pale of “suspension of disbelief.”

  3. Summer permalink
    May 17, 2005 8:02 PM

    I do work in the medical field and I think HUGH LAURIE is wonderful
    in this TV show. The show is full on drama, and his sarcazim is
    what people are drawn to. Not the medical inaccurancies or the
    fact that most of the stuff on the show is completely un-real. Whatr
    people want is entertaining and this show clearly has that. I
    beleive as long as they change the scripts up some, this show will
    go a long way. I recommend it to everyone and most people really
    enjoy it.

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