I was never one to stream shows religiously.
When I was younger, I’d watch anything that comes on Disney Channel at the time I sat on the couch. Totally Spies, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, you name it. I didn’t really care what episode in what season I was watching and the only annoying thing is when the episode I happen to be watching is repeated.
But I sat through it anyway. This was before entertainment came in smartphones and tablets, what was I to do? Read a book?
This acceptance to spontaneity is probably because I didn’t understand the “catch new episodes every Friday” system. Or maybe I didn’t care. Either way, it shaped my view on TV shows until I started watching a particular show this year.
Now when the world is leaning towards streaming platforms, you have more control over the shit you watch on screen. Time for entertainment becomes flexible and limitless. But bingeing on shows wasn’t for me. Every time I hear anyone does it, I’d think “This is stupid. Why do people waste so much time glueing their eyes to the screen? This unhealthy habit shouldn’t be normalized.”
What a hypocrite haha. I waste my time on other things too. I love reading fiction, bingeing on YouTube channels, I watch movies. I was no better.
Towards the end of 2020, I decided to pick up a hobby that I never thought I’d do: watching shows. Up until then, I’ve seen tweets and snippets from different shows thanks to the people on my timeline. Brooklyn 99, Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy and countless others. When I scrolled down comments/replies to posts and I see people discussing about the character or scene, I thought “must be nice to be a part of that.”
So I tried one. I know this is not the best show out there, but the first show I streamed all its entirety is Gossip Girl. It’s about the lives of a group of rich kids in Upper East Side, Manhattan. I chose this as the first one because when I was younger, my mom had CDs of this and watches it regularly. Despite the TV being 5 metres away from my room door, she NEVER lets me see it. She made sure I didn’t get a single peep because, well, the show is kind of explicit with all the drinking and sex. I thought it was unfair back then but I understand it now.
Anyway, now that I’m 19 and have a whole laptop to myself, I decided that I should watch Gossip Girl first. Just for old time’s sake.
After Gossip Girl, I watched Emily in Paris, The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit, Bridgerton, Wandavision, Falcon & the winter soldier, and as of today, Loki. The one I’m currently watching and have not finished is Grey’s Anatomy. That shit is so looong. 17 seasons and counting. But I absolutely love GA. Thanks to my friend’s finsta stories of her doing one of those saying-along to lines like a complete psycho, I thought “hey how bad can this be?”
Being hooked to that show ever since.
From the shows I’ve watched, I’ve been through the emotional rollercoaster I’d get from reading fictional books. I cried, screamed into my pillow out of frustration, laughed out loud, squirmed when adorable scenes give me butterflies. They’re just like long ass movies.
I’m simply documenting how I got into another phase in my life; learning to love tv shows. I’ve gotten over my years of stigma towards this hobby and I wished I started earlier. Imagine all the Iconic moments I could’ve been a part of in real time!
If you read until the end of this post, thank you and I appreciate you. Ok screw that I can’t believe you’re still here ❤
Have a great week ahead.