It’s not your parents’ family TV time.
Case in point: In our household the family gathers around the boob tube for Breaking Bad.
But now that it is over, Son and I have been channel-surfing for other shows to watch together. (I refuse to watch sports, whereas he’ll only lift his head during Devious Maids when one of the leads appears in something sexy.)
Believe it or not, we’ve found common ground in Castle.
I’ve been watching it for years–alone. Son made it clear that he’d rather watch sports, and sadly, Monday Night Football came up against the show. As for Daughter, if she isn’t watching Project Runway, then it’s cooking shows–albeit we’ve bonded over Devious Maids, just like we did over Desperate Housewives.
Beyond appreciating the fact that the lead, Nathan Fillion, plays Richard Castle, a mystery novelist, I enjoy the chemistry between Castle and his muse/lady love, Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic).
It’s also filled with some cute, engaging secondary characters. High on that list are Castle’s mother, Martha Rodgers (played by Susan Sullivan) and Alexis, his daughter (played by Molly Quinn).
Despite Son’s new love of the show, Martin still refuses to watch it. That’s fine with us. Having once worked with a police force, he’d wince at, and rail against, the plot holes, ruining it for the rest of us.
If I were to guess, I’d say Son has the hots for Kate. But he laughs out loud at Castle’s antics while “solving mysteries.”
“Oh, that Castle,” is how he puts it, as he shakes his head in mock awe.
He’s seen enough police procedurals to know that the writers are cutting several corners to get the mystery part of the plot from point A to point B to point C.
Which proves to me that he likes it for the same reason I do: because we’re sharing something, just the two of us. We are laughing out loud at the silliness. And talking about other things happening in our lives, between commercial breaks–which are just long enough to broach at topic, without having to go into messy details.
It’s the best kind of family time.
Truly, Martin doesn’t know what he’s missing.
Maybe if we laugh loud enough, he’ll come out of his Man Cave to find out what all the fun is about.
Do you have a favorite show you watch with your family?
If so, why do you think it draws you together?