I love television. I’m not ashamed to admit it. From my earliest childhood, with Sesame Street, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Captain Kangaroo, The Electric Company (the original, not that bullshit remake), Zoom (the original, not that bullshit remake), and a zillion cartoons, that big box has been a huge part of my life.
A lot of buzzkills argue that too much television is unhealthy. My reply to them is, “Suck it.” I learned to count to 20 in Spanish thanks to Sesame Street. Schoolhouse Rock taught me about the parts of speech, and I can still sing the preamble to the Constitution. And raise your hand if, like me, you learned to twirl your arms from watching Bernadette on Zoom. Now tell me that trick hasn’t held you in good stead all these years.
I have learned much from TV shows over the years. I’ve also drawn very important conclusions from my recent TV watching habits. I’d like to share a few of them with you.
- Life insurance companies should automatically report to the police anyone who takes out extra policies on their spouses. Per 48 Hours Mystery, Dateline, and everything else that runs on the ID Channel, this should be a no-brainer. If you take out an expensive policy, you may as well be wearing a sandwich board that says, “I’m about to commit murder!!” So just go ahead and report these folks to the police and save them some legwork. (Note to Mr. Weebles: That million-dollar policy I just took out on you is in NO WAY related to this.)
- Similarly, people with Crazy Eyes should be summarily reported to the police. Check out the perps featured on the ID Channel. They ALL have Crazy Eyes. I don’t care what profilers and psychologists say—ocular creepiness is the most reliable indicator of criminal intent.
- No matter what day or time it is, some version of Law & Order is always on. ALWAYS. I find this oddly comforting.
- Any man who tried to call me “Baby girl” would get the asskicking of a lifetime. Except for Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds.
- There are a LOT of aliens, chupacabras, sasquatches, and other mysterious creatures around us. Be careful out there.
- Most ghost hunters are obnoxious dickwads. They walk around allegedly haunted places trying to taunt the spirits by yelling, “Show yourself!!” If I were a ghost, I’d scare these idiots so badly that they’d need diapers for the rest of their lives. Just because you’re talking to dead people doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have good manners.
Surely, my friends, you have also gleaned crucial learnings from your TV viewing. Please share.