Growing up, I often spent summer days at my Grandparents house while my parents were working. Sometimes my cousins joined me there, and these were the best days. Up at the crack of dawn, breakfast, and then out in the woods exploring under it started to get dark.
Except when it was raining. Those days weren’t too bad, we would sometimes convince my Grandma that we should be allowed to play in the many sheds, barns, or the garage. Some days she would agree, and others she wouldn’t.
We dreaded the days that she didn’t agree. At exactly 1pm, we had to be quiet. This lasted until 4pm. It was torture and near impossible. But, Grandma’s Programs were on. Sometimes her sisters would come over too, and watch The Programs. The Programs were also know as Soap Operas, well not in her house they weren’t, they were The Programs. My friends grandma called them her Stories. At 1pm, All My Children began, then One Life to Live and finally, General Hospital.
As I have grown up, and become as close to an adult as I am willing to do, I have found my own Programs over the years.
It started in the 90’s with The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and The XFiles. We would all get together at a local bar on Sunday evenings to watch The Simpsons. During the week, I would go to my Aunt and Uncles house to watch Seinfeld, and The Xfiles. It was an unwritten rule that everyone was quiet until after the shows, then we had dinner and drinks and talked about the episode.
A few years back, True Blood was my Program, but after a few seasons it lost my interest. (I LOVED the book series, but the show veered too far away and just got weird, in my opinion.)
My husband and I got hooked on Game of Thrones, and are anxiously awaiting another season like the addicts we are. I do miss watching this on Sunday night with Diana (Sierra and Cheyenne are not fans and so I would watch with Sierra’s friend, Diana. She gets it).
So, in the mean time there is Netflix and Amazon Prime. We just started season 2 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Prior to that we binged on season 3 of BroadChurch, all the available seasons of The Crown, MidSommer Murders, Father Brown, Santa Clarita Diet is a favorite, we LOVED Penny Dreadful, River, Vikings and Lucifer (OMG they need to hurry up with season 4 already!!) We have watched several episodes of Peaky Blinders. I love the story line, but it’s a bit too violent for me.
So, how about you? What are your “Programs”? Do you watch them with others? What are your recommendations, I am always looking for a new Program.