You know, I have not watch that much TV in a long while. It seems like there are a thousand interesting shows out there on cable or streaming that I hear so much about just via osmosis and it's kind of petrifying to choose something out of that vast ocean. In the last many months, really the last year, I've devoted far more time to reading and watching movies.
But you know what I have been doing? This is kind of like TV... I mean, they are series, just not with visuals. I've finally gotten on the podcast train in a major way. Sure, I listened to things here and there for years, but now I've discovered I could consume media while working, which has been a great benefit to crushing boredom so much so that I could say it's helped my mental health!
My favorite shows are the ones by the McElroy Brothers, specifically their comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother and Me as well as their Dungeons & Dragons based role playing series The Adventure Zone. MBMBAM is like peanuts, I could just listen to it for hours and hours. The brothers receive inane or bizarre questions (some taken from the Yahoo Answers service) and spin them into tangents where the three brothers just riff on each others jokes and give little actual advice. In the past year I've been going backwards from what were the most recent episodes and I'm now back at episodes originally recorded in mid-2015. We're at the end of the decade and now via the show I'm going back and sampling a lot of the cultural moments of this decade in reverse, which is giving my odd dejavu! The Zone is also a delight, starting out just as the three brothers and their dad playing a goofy D&D game which gradually morphs into this enormous epic story that's rather mind-bending when you think back to what it was initially. I had the pleasure of seeing the McElroys perform last month. It was quite the awesome experience!
I've also been going through a lot of deep-dive documentary podcasts. There are a lot of good ones out there, and there's a lot of crap! The two best ones I've listened to so far are ones on the Heaven's Gate cult (it's simply called Heaven's Gate) and one on multi-level marketing (titled The Dream) I definitely recommend these. When learning about the beliefs of Heaven's Gate I was surprised by the extreme similarity to apocalyptic Christianity, which I was taught as a young child. Literally, in many cases the only thing different was the addition of aliens interjected somewhere in the theology. The MLN thing just pissed me off. I can't believe these pyramid schemes are allowed to run unabated and swallow so many people up.
Anyway, those are the shows I've been listening to but not watching! I should watch some TV... the recent series that intrigues me most is this Netflix one called Russian Doll?