“I gotta see about a girl.” When it’s impossible to turn off the TV

Yesterday was spent like any decent Sunday after a busy week should be spent: Making food for the upcoming week. I made muffins, I made soup, I even made a pie. (The crust isn’t the best, but hey, it tastes just fine, which is what counts.) I had spent the first part of the day sleeping and watching a crap-load of Mad About You, and finally, finally, felt caught up enough on sleep and rest from the previous week to attempt being productive. So I made my way to the kitchen, where I stayed for the next several hours.

When engaged in such activities, I require background noise. I started with my iPod, but wanted to sit on the couch and relax while waiting for the muffins to cook. So I made the mistake of turning on the TV. It was set to Bravo (not at all shocking; my roommate and I watch Bravo all the time), and playing Good Will Hunting. So, clearly, there it had to stay for the duration of the movie. See, it’s one of THOSE movies.

You know what I’m talking about, right? Those movies or episodes of TV that you have to watch all the way through, no matter what you have going on, what part you tuned in on, no matter how many times you’ve seen it already. Even if you actually own it and could easily get out the DVD and watch commercial-free from the beginning, you sit and watch. Yeah, THOSE.

Fortunately, I started pretty far into the movie, and fortunately, I can see and hear the TV from my kitchen, so I wasn’t glued to the couch.

I don’t know what it is about Good Will Hunting. I think I’ve actually seen it in its entirety twice, but any time I’m flipping channels and catch it, I can’t help myself. I have to stop and watch. If anything, for the scene between Matt Damon and Robin Williams toward then end. You know the scene:
“Will, it’s not your fault.”
“Yeah, I know.”
“No, listen to me. It’s not your fault.”
…and so on, until Will starts bawling, as do I.

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to turn it on at the start of this scene:

That scene is why, no matter how many bad films he does, a part of me will always kinda love Ben Affleck.

Other THOSE movies/TV on my list include:
When Harry Met Sally
The Shawshank Redemption
– The following episodes of Friends: “The One With the Break Up” “The One With the Embryos” and “The One With the Prom Video”
Father of the Bride
The Princess Bride (On TV just the other week! And I watched, because I had to hear the words, “I want my father back, you son of a bitch.”)

The 40-Year Old Virgin
Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, and
– Any episode of Sex and the City from season 4 on. Therefore, I try to avoid the CW, TBS, etc., around the times when SaTC might be on, because syndication has butchered them, and it pisses me off. And yet, if it’s on…I have to watch. Hey, I didn’t say this was a healthy thing.

Any I missed? What keeps you glued to the set, day or night, rain or shine, even if you’ve already seen it 100 times?

Video of the Day: Because I missed this part yesterday, because I don’t actually own this movie, and because it’s beautiful:

2 thoughts on ““I gotta see about a girl.” When it’s impossible to turn off the TV

  1. I’m right there with you on “Friends” and “The Princess Bride” – I can never seem to get enough. I would add to that list “Buffy” and “Angel”, “Wings”, and “Roseanne” – as long as it is before when the show got really horrible, i.e. when the original Becky came back. I have a hard time saying no to “Will & Grace” as well. 🙂

  2. Nice. I haven’t watched Wings in years, but I did love it when it was on. And you know my love for Buffy and Angel. I’d say I would never turn away certain episodes of those two shows, but not necessarily EVERY episode. (When Cordy sleeps with Conner? I can skip that one.) I enjoy old reruns of Roseanne, also, like…early early. Pre-Sarah Chalke early.

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