My Love Affair with BBC America

Okay, so the wife and I are basically addicted to BBC America.

I’ve been an Anglophile for quite a long time. I’ve always loved Britain as a country, and had the usual Monty Python obsession that most teenagers had (I mean, seriously, who didn’t watch Holy Grail like a million times in high school? We even managed to watch it on a church youth group trip once), but it’s definitely expanded beyond that.

Now that we have FiOS (or however the hell it’s supposed to be capitalized), we’ve been watching a lot of programs on BBC America (it was one of the reasons we switched over in the first place). There’s Doctor Who, of course, but what Anglophile geek of a certain age doesn’t watch that? I’ve also gotten into Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. I know he’s done some American shows as well, but he always seemed to asshole-ish in those, while here he seems hard-assed but fair (and honestly, a lot of these restaurants were pretty bad). The wife’s really into You Are What You Eat, though I can’t really abide by the show because the nutritionist who helps the people on the show just rubs me the wrong way.

The show I’ve really grown fond of, though, is How Clean Is Your House?, a clever reality show about…well, housecleaning. I’ve never been a big fan of cleaning, but this show has done two things for me: 1) helped me realize that cleaning regularly makes things so much easier to deal with, and 2) holy crap, even at my worst my place was never that bad. There are people who haven’t cleaned their houses in a decade or more. On every episode, the two women (Kim and Aggie) who help these folks clean up return to the home two weeks after the thorough deep cleaning to check up. Never once has the place fallen back into disrepair and disarray. There’ve been a couple where a room might have gotten a little cluttered, but there’s definitely a change in the way people do things in their homes. It’s rather heartening, really.

I’m also becoming a fan of Top Gear, which is ostensibly a car show but is really just a show about guys behaving in goofy ways with fast, fast cars. I can get behind that. I’m also looking forward to The In-Betweeners, which has been touted as “Superbad with an English accent.” We’ve got a couple of episodes on the DVR, so we’ll see how that goes.

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