the best night of the week

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hI thought I’d miss my dvr more before I used my US passport to move to Indonesia for a couple years.

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.

Wednesday night is our favorite!

Wednesday night is our favorite!

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:

Downton Abbey: Quite!

Downton Abbey: Quite!

Call the Midwife: Chapter 1

Call the Midwife: Chapter 1

Nurse Jackie: So naughty, but nice

Nurse Jackie: So naughty, but nice
Downton Abbey: Edwardian Inspiration – Magazine
In-text: (, 2014)
Bibliography: 2014. Downton Abbey: Edwardian Inspiration – Magazine. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].

Brockes, E. Call the Midwife: an unexpected PBS hit with another Brit import In-text: (Brockes, 2013)
Bibliography: Brockes, E. 2013. Call the Midwife: an unexpected PBS hit with another Brit import. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].

Spicy Movie Dogs. Nurse Jackie Recap 2.10 – Sleeping Dogs • Spicy Movie Dogs In-text: (Spicy Movie Dogs, 2010)
Bibliography: Spicy Movie Dogs. 2010. Nurse Jackie Recap 2.10 – Sleeping Dogs • Spicy Movie Dogs. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].


About jaclynfre

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4 Responses to the best night of the week

  1. aggiekesler says:

    You gotta love cheap DVDs! I find that I “collect” DVDs now that I live in China and they’re a dollar each. By “collect,” I mean I have this obsession with buying up the latest releases, yet I haven’t watched over half of them. I have this irrational fear that I will one day be home, unable to leave the house, and have nothing to do…so I buy DVDs for that day that will most likely never come. 🙂

    • jaclynfre says:

      What are some of your favorites? I’m surprised how quickly some recent movies are on the racks at the local corner store. Frozen? Wolf of Wall Street? 12 Years a Slave?

      Yeah–I’ve also been the recipient of other people’s dvds which are waiting for a “sick day” or a holiday with no travel plans and no work to catch up on . . . yeah, that mythical day. 🙂

      • aggiekesler says:

        Of course I love Frozen! I watched it in the theater this Christmas in the US, but I also rewatched it on DVD. I am currently reading 12 Years a Slave, so I’ll watch that as soon as I’m done. Wolf of Wall Street’s on deck, so I’ll watch that after. I can’t watch the movie if I haven’t read the book first…:)

      • jaclynfre says:

        That’s awesome!! I was traumatized by 12 Years so I’m curious to hear how you think the movie stacks up to the book. I haven’t seen Wolf of Wall St. and am debating if I will. I’m not comfortable with movies where young girls are in humiliating situations for pure enjoyment.

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