We got rid of cable during the summer to save money. I thought I'd die without it, but I honestly don't miss it. I think I watched a lot of shows just because they were there.
What we've been doing is Netflix and Hulu and going to the library, where we can check out whole seasons of tv shows [you should work on that, Netflix & Hulu, instead of your paltry 1 disc or 5 recent episode stinginess].
One of the shows we've watched is Northern Exposure.
|My mother-in-law loves this moose. I don't know why.|
I hadn't realized that the husband had not watched it as religiously as I had, but he was willing to give it a go, and lo and behold, HE loved it, too!
What's not to love?
To start, it's about a Columbia educated New York doctor, Joel, who gets stuck having to be the doctor for the tiny town of Cicely, Alaska. This was before Alaska became such a canker on the American physiognomy.
|This is Joel. He is cantankerous, but NOT a canker.|
Where was I?
Well, there's Joel, who is a complete jackass in the first couple of episodes, but settles down a bit as time goes on.
He's got the maybe / maybe nots for Maggie, a pampered rich girl who chucked it all to be a pilot with her own plane and own business. And an alarming mortality rate when it comes to boyfriends.
|I love that haircut. No way could I pull it off.|
|Maurice is something else. Firm of purpose and no tolerance for fools.|
|Um. Hell, yes.|
|You know exactly what she's thinking.|
The best part of this show, and I think I may have mentioned it before, is that is brilliantly written. Seriously. It takes this tiny town and uses it as a prism to discuss such big and weighty issues as family and religion and death and love.
Never preachy, never boring, always entertaining and oh my god, why are there so few shows like this? Is this world really satisfied only with the football hitting the old guy in the crotch?
Do yourself a huge favor and check out this show. You will not be sorry.