We don’t have cable in our house.
It’s not that my girlfriend and I oppose cable or that it’s part of some weird political agenda. It’s just that it’s kind of expensive. We get by through a combination of the internet, DVDs and Netflix. The nice thing about this is I get to avoid home improvement shows and I get to revisit some older shows.
Take The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. for instance. Lasting only 27 episodes, when it arrived in 1993, I thought it was the best thing ever. It was a cowboy show starring the one and only Bruce Campbell as bounty hunter Brisco County Jr, going on adventures and trying to track down the killers of his father. Equal parts western and comedy with steampunk overtones, it was a show that was ahead of its time.
And the viewers. I think my Dad, myself and my friend Paul were the only people who watched.
That tended to be my viewing for a few years. Whenever I ran into a show I really liked, it got cancelled within weeks. Nightmare Cafe, an interesting take on the sci-fi/horror anthology format starring Robert England. 6 episodes. Werewolf, a series that began during Fox’s first season was one of the coolest, scariest shows ever… to a younger me. I keep thinking about downloading it but I’m scared that it won’t live up to my memory.
Another series I’ve had a second look at is Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, based on the comic by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow, which also aired from Fox. It’s a little weird considering the nature of Geof Darrow’s art being condensed down into an animated form but to their credit, the series worked for 26 episodes. Hell, there was even toys from Burger King (which I still have).
But no fear, I don’t just live in reruns of G.I. Joe and Transformers. I do watch the occasional new show… just usually a few months after you have.
Right now a personal favourite is Ultimate Spider-Man.
While it’s not incredibly close to the comic… or any of the Spidey comics for that matter, it is a really fun show. It’s more like a modern version of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. We’ve got teen versions of Power Man, Nova, Iron Fist and White Tiger in a school taken over by S.H.I.E.L.D. and includes Agent Coulson as the Principal. It’s aimed at slightly younger viewers but the humour is so smartly written that it’s impossible for me not to watch. The universe in which it’s set is a little odd (it’s seems to be the Marvel film universe but one where Coulson doesn’t get killed by Loki and The Hulk may or may not be an Avenger).
And of course there is Archer.
Archer is possibly the funniest show on television.
The adventures of a douche-y James Bond wannabe, Sterling Archer delivers solid comedy episode after episode despite the humour being a little er…. adult… but it never seems to stoop to the lowest common denominator despite using those types of jokes. I love it, the girlfriend however describes it as “I feel like I should feel guilty watching it”. Any show that brings on Burt Reynolds playing himself as a possible love interest for Archer’s mom, how can you not like?
Remember kiddies, if you’re going to geek out, GEEK HARD!