Reasons Why We Don't Have TV:
1. When we got married we couldn't afford to have it, and we soon realized that there was not a void in our lives where TV should be.
2. I can only handle one episode of Caillou per day, so I can't imagine how I would bear up under a constant stream of children's programming.
3. Netflix. Ah, glorious BBC-carrying Netflix.
4. For a period of five or so years I watched Emma every Friday while doing my laundry. (Except when I did my laundry on Monday. Then I watched Emma every Monday while doing my laundry.) As a compulsive JAFAANA, (Jane Austen Film Adaptation Addict Not Anonymous) I feel that anything else would be unnecessary, as Ms. Austen's works when adapted by the talented Andrew Davies create the perfect panoply of cinematic bliss.
5. Once when I was at my parents' house we were watching the American Idol tryouts. After several minutes, I found myself getting all misty-eyed over the poor people whose hopes were so brutally disappointed. This weepiness was not an isolated incident. That nanny show and several organization shows have had the same effect on me. I just get so emotional when the nanny and the organizer bring order and peace out of chaos and confusion, along with discovering underlying emotional issues. And I just can't have Alex coming home from work to find me emotionally distraught in behalf of strangers all the time. (*Her Majesty's post about cleaning shows reminded me of this and inspired much of this post. Thanks Your Highness.)
6. You can watch The Office at ABC's website. Does anything else really matter? I don't think so either.