Gray’s Anatomy

It’s all Denisse’s fault.

Friday night, at dinner, she asked if I watched the show, Gray’s Anatomy, and I carefully explained that I didn’t watch the show because I didn’t have time. In fact, I explained that, aside from baseball, there are only three shows on TV that I watch.

For some reason, people don’t believe me when I tell them this. I have told the same people, again and again, that I only watch 3 shows on TV. I have explained why I only watch 3 shows, and yet those same people will ask me, every now and then, “Do you watch ______?” Do they think I am lying about this?

She told me that I just had to watch Gray’s Anatomy, that it was such a good show! I explained that I really didn’t have time to watch it during the week, that watching it would mean trading an hour’s worth of reading or writing time to watch the show and that I wasn’t likely to do that. But she insisted it was a great show. I thought I recalled seeing it on the Apple Music store, and so this weekend, I decided to download the pilot episode to see what the hype was all about.

Well, it turns out there are only 9 episodes in the first season, and it was only $15 to download all 9 episodes, so on Saturday, I did this. And Saturday afternoon, instead of finishing up The Demon-Haunted World, I watched the first 7 episodes of Gray’s Anatomy.

After getting back from the ball game this evening, I stopped at Target to buy Gray’s Anatomy: Season Two, and then went home. I watched the last two episodes of season one, and then proceeded to watch the first four episodes of season two. This is why I don’t watch too many shows on TV. You get sucked in and nothing else gets done! It becomes one big waste of time!

Actually, the show is not all that bad. I still won’t watch it during the week. I simply don’t have the time, and the show isn’t strong enough, from a writing standpoint, for me to dedicate the time. But I’ve enjoyed what I have seen on DVD. As far as “medical” dramas go, I have to say that House is by far the best thing going now–especially the writing. But Gray’s Anatomy is entertaining, nonetheless.

1. House
2. Smallville
3. Battlestar Galactica

I watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip last week and I enjoyed it, but it is simply on too late for me to watch.

Yes, I know I could get TiVO. But I don’t have a home phone and TiVO requires a phone line and I’m too lazy besides to worry about it.

So I managed to spend almost 9 hours this weekend watching Gray’s Anatomy when I could have been finishing up my book, starting a new book, and taking care of my lengthening to-do list. Thanks a lot, Denisse!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.