June 9th, 2004


Signs of the Times

Today, our building had Tenant Appreciation Day, with free food and drinks and suchlike. All quite nice.

And it was sponsored by Coca-Cola. Not just sponsored: they had a huge booth on the side of the terrance advertising "C2" (which is apparently the new "low-carb" version of Coke), with loudspeakers, and a cute gadget that used air pressure to shoot your can of C2 up a plastic tube to you when you pressed a button, and C2 t-shirts being given to anyone willing to take one, and a C2-branded motorcycle being raffled off, and so on.

There's just something about "Coca-Cola C2 Tenant Appreciation Day" that is so *very* emblematic of modern America...

Cannot... resist... stupid... TV Meme...

From a whole lot of people; enhanced to distinguish the real fanaticisms from the mere habits.

Italics mean I've seen it at least once.
Bold means I've seen it a whole lot/watched it religiously/etc.
Underline means I've seen every episode at least once.

30. Northern Exposure
29. Highlander
28. Wonderfalls
27. The Daily Show
26. Firefly
25. Freaks and Geeks
24. Absolutely Fabulous
23. Forever Knight
22. H. R. Pufnstuf
21. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
20. Twin Peaks
19. Dark Shadows
18. Doctor Who
17. The Avengers
16. My So-Called Life
15. Quantum Leap
14. Beauty and the Beast
13. Babylon 5
12. Family Guy
11. Mystery Science Theatre 3000
10. Pee-Wee's Playhouse
9. Xena: Warrior Princess
8. The Twilight Zone
7. The Prisoner
6. The Simpsons
5. Monty Python's Flying Circus
4. Farscape
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. The X-Files
1. Star Trek

Some of these are kind of borderline. There have been individual seasons of Doctor Who that I've watched religiously, but I'm a piker by serious Whofan standards; ditto for Xena. X-Files misses the underline cut because we gave up on the last season; Star Trek because we gave up on the last couple of seasons of Voyager; Firefly because we haven't gotten around to watching the unaired episodes on the DVDs yet.

A few of these (Quantum Leap, B&B, Highlander) I got sucked into in msmemory's wake -- we watch most TV together, so if one of us is really into a show, the other usually winds up watching it too. (Which is why, God help me, I actually know who most of the major characters on Days of Our Lives are.)

What's really scary is that we own all or most episodes of 12 of those series, on DVD or tape...