Ladies and gentlemen… by my count, the score is now tied. My wife is now watching as many of my shows as I am of hers.
In this season of politics, it seems only fitting that I should be talking about tallies. But there are no superdelegates nor votes here. Just straight-up numbers. Here are the stats:
While we were still dating, I introduced “Lost” to Sarah.
I have no idea how she resisted the craze as long as she did. But by then, the second season was airing, and I would bring the first season DVDs over to her house. Boy, was that a hit! I would go so far as to say that Lost helped me woo Sar. True story. The score? 1-0.
Not to be outdone, Sarah quickly worked on hooking me on her favorite show: “Gilmore Girls”.
Yes, I love GG (as the diehard fans call it). Lorelai and Luke, I knew you two would get back together! And Jess/Logan, you sure blew it with Rory. These are real people you know, practically family. I wonder what they’re doing right now in Stars Hollow? The score became 1-1.
Next up, I got Sar watching “The Shield” with me.
I started watching before we’d met, and finally got caught up around season 3 or so. Sar quickly became addicted to the harsh cop drama. So much so, that she then started renting the previous seasons to fill in all her missing gaps. 2-1
It didn’t take long for Sarah to get me hooked on “Oprah”.
She records the O Show everyday and watches some of those, not necessarily all. They’re so disposable, always right there at our fingertips — how could you not watch? What finally sealed the deal for me was when Dr. Oz started appearing on special episodes, giving out his frank advice. This guy has too much energy! The episode with an audience full of men? Oh yeah, it’s as if I was right there with them… with Oprah. The score is now 2-2.
But then Sarah pulled ahead with a big win. “Project Runway,” you fierce competitor you!
It’s a reality show with a flourish. Talented fashion designers compete for a spread in Elle magazine. Most of the men are gay, and the women are eccentric. What’s not to love? It’s a good thing I’m secure in my manhood. Sarah has me now with a score of 2-3.
But then in the last leg, I came out with the bigs guns. Ray guns, that is 1. Can you believe I got her watching Battlestar Galactica?!
This is a woman who has still not seen any of the original Star Wars films in their entirety. Let me just repeat this for posterity: Battlestar. Galactica. And not just watch, mind you. By “watch”, I mean love. I mean daydream about. I mean cry to, folks, do you understand me?! That’s not just watching. That’s hardcore fanboy devotion right there. Sarah loves the show so much, she calls it “BSG”, the preferred acronym title to those in the know. You know who watches BSG and calls it “BSG”? Nerds. That’s who. 3-3, baby!
I only wish that our scoring system accounted for how much we loved each show. Surely my BSG win would count for more than one point. But then my love of GG 2 might count 3 against me. I guess I’m ok with calling it a draw… for now.