I’m one of those people who are not ashamed to say, “I love tv.” TV is not beneath me. It is not something that “I actually hardly ever even watch.” I love to watch it. But for about a year, I rarely clicked the power on the remote to network television even though I have a tv in my bedroom for the first time (like a hotel!!). Plus, the local package includes HBO and Cinemax which are like the cool kids’ or the comfortable empty nesters’ channels back home–which I’ve never subscribed to.
Why don’t I watch tv in Indonesia? It’s because I never knew what was on when. There’s too many NatGeo options and not enough “Law and Order” reruns . . . and by not enough, I mean there’s not a 24/7 wall-to-wall season by season option.
Alternatively, every Wednesday night–like a bag of peanut M&Ms to tide you over halfway through grading several classes’ projects that requires a five-part rubric (in other words: grueling tedious work)–some friends and I look forward to “must see dvd” night.
Prior to my friends’ introduction to the 70 cents / Asian dvd option, I was launching iTunes downloads of the final season of “Breaking Bad” episodes before going to bed to be able to watch them the following day. I subscribed to Netflix for awhile to watch the last season of “Arrested Development.” I’d try to hit the golden hour of uninterrupted streaming to catch recent episodes of “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report.” But the infrastructure of the internet in a country that can’t deliver potable water through the plumbing is sketchy.
So via local vendors, weekly we enter a world where female characters are strong, struggling, infuriating, witty and at times endearing. We like to begin our evening with a summary of our days over a home cooked meal of mostly plant-based dinners and fizzy cranberry or spinach juices. Then follow that with an episode of one or two of highly acclaimed shows.
Here are some of our favorites: