Television series are actually the way Shreya and I bonded. She introduced me to Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, House, and so many other great shows. When she was home, we would sit in front of our computer with a variety of junk food and just marathon our time away. Now that she’s away, we don’t get to do that. But these are a few shows that we have bonded over, even if we live apart.
1. Veronica Mars:
Veronica Mars. What can I say? I learnt about this show after some random googling. I had just finished watching Frozen and fell in love with Kristen Bell. So a few Google searches later, I discovered this show.
The description seemed interesting, and so I downloaded it. I waited for Shreya to come to Bombay to start watching this show. In about a week after her arrival, we had devoured the three seasons like a jar of Nutella. The movie was a little disappointing. But to us marshmallows, we would have taken anything they would have given us! Plus, the book, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line was well written, sharp and witty. Can’t wait for the second installment in the book series. I really hope there is some kind of continuation of the series in the form of a web series or a TV series. I mean, can you get enough of Jason Dohring?
I came upon this show on TV. One afternoon, nothing interesting was on. But I saw this show on Z-Studio about a BIG family, with their littler families, who were dealing with their own issues. It was certainly interesting. Being a fan of Gilmore Girls, I was immediately star struck when I saw Lauren Graham in the show. 5 seasons, and many, many tissue boxes later,I was hooked! I canNOT wait for the sixth season of this wonderfully emotional and touching TV series.
P.S.: Shreya introduced me to Gilmore Girls 4 years ago. I introduced her to Parenthood a few months ago. It’s safe to say that we are even (if any one’s keeping score)
3. The Office
I had heard a few times about this show, but didn’t really get the deal. I was reading Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me & Other Concerns, where she spoke extensively about this show that she worked on as a writer. Mind you, I was already a Mindy Project fan, so I wanted to see her in other shows.
After watching the first season, I realized that the highlights of this show were Michael Scott’s aloof personality, Dwight’s crazy obsession with beets and Jim and Pam’s cute love story. Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling’s character) was slightly annoying but definitely added to the absolutely fresh take on humour of this show.
I know! Most of you are thinking that this show was crap and had nothing new to offer. BUT! Shreya and I found this show extremely funny. Whitney’s sense of humour, her annoying personality and her Greek God boyfriend, Alex (played by Chris D’Elia) are really easy elements to fall in love with. Plus, by the end of season 1, Whitney kind of grows on you. Shame that the network didn’t renew the series for a third season.
5. Orange Is The New Black:
This is a new show that Shreya has recommended to me. Still haven’t gotten a chance to watch it, but by the amount of praise and social media craze I have witnessed over the past few months, I am sure I will love it.
In school, our ultimate idea of a Girl’s Night was sleepovers. As I went to college and then away to post-grad this idea has changed to include a combination of mojitos, junk food and rom-coms. The ideal working girl GNO is again, dressing up, drinking, dancing and junk food, and coming back home to crash into a alcohol and food induced coma. So, the mix hasn’t changed much, and it has always been on weekends, so you can sleep it off on the next day.
Now that I have started working, making me go out on a weekday is usually impossible, unless of course I am lured with the idea of food (I have a strict “no drinking on work nights” policy). I had to break my policy when a friend from school (who had moved out of town and we didn’t see her for about 3 years after that) was in town. We obviously decided to have a sleepover, which would be preceded by mojitos during Happy Hours (Will someone explain why Happy Hours exist only on weekdays?).
Now, needless to say the pre-sleepover mojitos packed a lot of punch, and we had to parcel dessert back home. Back home, we were too stuffed to sit, so we had to walk about, like we were much older than our licenses suggest. Post walk and post dessert, there was a general lull in conversation, punctuated by repeated yawns by your truly. We were tucked in and asleep by 12.30 am.
I am sure 16 year-old me is pointing at 23 year-old me and is remarking at how boring I am. Though I would like to point out to her that I can now drink legally, she still has a point. Being a sedentary corporate worker, who sleeps at 11 pm with hopes of working out early in the mornings, has really put my body clock in a slump. I can no longer successfully drink my money’s worth at Happy Hours and expect to stay awake all night at a sleepover. I am being made to choose.
I hereby declare, that all sleepovers will have alcohol, and not be preceded by Happy Hours, and will probably get over by 1 am.