Anyone who knows me has either seen, witnessed, or heard about my obsession with television shows. It’s a habit that probably shouldn’t be something to brag about with how many hours it takes to really invest with a made up show. I mean yeah there is such a thing as too much, but when you get into a show that you love it makes you feel connected. Connected with people, friends, and family. I can’t tell you how many friends that I’ve made due to the fact that we follow the same shows. Not only that, but I can watch a show and remember where I was my life at the time.
For instance, my first love of Grey’s Anatomy brings me back to watching the first full season with my mom and her friends in England. When it started I was the only one who really watched it that I knew of. My mom was deployed at the time, my brother was living in Florida and I stayed in England so to not have leave between my junior and senior years. Every time I watched it, that hour took my mind off the fact that my family was split across the world living in completely separate time zones.
That’s the kind of shows you fall love with that matter so much. The ones with stories that tell of love, mystery, regret, anger, tears, and joy. People probably think I’m crazy with how much I get into these stories. But honestly, it’s not just the stories that pull me in. It’s the characters and the actors and actresses that portray them that draw me. How I can relate to the way these characters feel and act. The writers and producers that have the capacity to express feelings and causes through their 40 minute storylines. To have the ability that can captivate people into actually feeling something for a story that is fictional is quite rare.
I owe a lot to some of these shows. I think part of the reason I can be so open minded and still have my own opinions and convictions are due to the fact that I’ve seen the possibility of how other people can feel. Television shows have so many different characters from all walks of life that deal with any number of different situations. It’s constantly changing things opening doors as well.
For example, Glee brought about a bunch of misfit high school kids that banded together with a love of singing. It dealt with a lot of issues that kids these days relate to and can really understand. It was about acceptance and finding the strengths in yourself. Kids need to hear these things and see them to know that it’s completely normal to feel the way they do. I really can’t express the importance of this.
You may wonder why I chose to write a post about my love of tv shows. Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds and yes, I just might be crazy for even publicly posting this. Well, consider this my heartfelt thank you letter to the television industry and the amazing work that goes into the making of these shows.
For every night I’ve watched a show that I’ve ended up crying, laughing, and longing for adventure from. For every cause or injustice that was brought to light and made me realize how I should start paying attention to the news of the world. For every creator, writer, director, actress, actor, and crew member that have spent their careers making people feel raw emotions within a 40 minute time span. For every connection and friendship that was forged from the love of a show and have lasted through the years. I will always be grateful.