More TV shows

I previously wrote how much Ailish loved West Wing. I thought perhaps I would list some other shows that Ailish enjoyed.

Again, you have to realise how hard it was to get Ailish to sit still long enough to watch even an hour-long show without commercials. For every show on this list, there were probably five that I tried to convince her to watch, only to be met with scorn or general boredom.

Boston Legal — This is a rather silly show about high-priced lawyers taking outrageous cases. The show has two redeeming factors. First, the friendship that develops through the seasons between Alan Shore (played absolutely perfectly by James Spader) and Denny Crane (played with gusto by William Shatner) is absolutely beautiful and heartwarming. Second, the character of Jerry Espenson (played by Christian Clemenson). Jerry has such an amusing array of tics and hops, Ailish just fell about laughing. Ailish and I were half way through watching this show for a second time (something basically unheard of in Ailish’s world) when she died.

The Big Bang Theory — I suspect much of Ailish’s enjoyment of this show came from watching me break up laughing. Certainly, she found some of the characters to be tiresome. But I think everyone knows about Sheldon. Ailish adored Sheldon and his interactions with the other characters.

The Office — A staple of our Friday evenings. After we got home from date night, Ailish would make noodles (noodles!) and search for chips, and I would queue up The Office. I understand James Spader may be added to the regular cast list next season. It breaks my heart that Ailish won’t get to watch those episodes.

How I Met Your Mother — Less of a must-watch show, but a regular staple for us. All five main characters contribute meaningfully to the show, and the relationships are wonderful.

Top Gear (UK edition) — What? A show about cars? Really? Well, no. It’s not really about cars. You really have to watch it to understand.

These are not all the shows we watched. Nor would they necessarily be the shows Ailish would highlight if she was writing this list herself. Still, they are five shows that we watched and enjoyed regularly.

Christopher Thompson
July 16th, 2011 8:42 PM

I should point out that Wil Wheaton regularly guest-starred on The Big Bang Theory.

July 17th, 2011 3:43 PM

Chris, I came upon your website because I am a fan of James Spader’s and Google directed me to your article.

My deepest sympathy for yor loss. I went back and read your previous posts and cried. I know some of the pain and dispare you are feeling. My husband passed away from cancer 3 1/2 years ago and I still cry often when alone. It does get better, but it is a difficult road that must be traveled. Keep your friends close and try not to turn them down when asked to join them; it is much too easy for us just to hole up in our homes and allow life to pass us by. I am sure our departed loved ones would not want us to do that.

Like you Boston Legal was one of our favorite shows. He laughed so hard at some of the antics on that show. It is nice to rewatch the episodes and hear him laughing (in my mind) at the outrageous comments.

Take care, and may you find comfort in the memories you hold most dear; in time the memories of Ailish will bring warmth and happiness instead of pain and sorrow.

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