7 TV Shows I Watch

Ian Lurie

Buh?… Ian’s writing about TV? What the heck?
Here’s the deal: It’s Friday. It’s 6:15. I’ve been up since 5 AM. I went to bed last night at 2 AM after wrestling with WordPress for 8 hours straight (I won. HAH.). So, I’m in the mood to mix things up a little.
The TV shows you watch can provide inspiration, or suck the intelligence out of you with a greedy slurping sound. I’m not saying one’s better than the other – just that these are my favorites, in no particular order:

Mad Men. If you haven’t seen this show yet, crawl out from under your rock and watch it. Brilliantly acted and written, it provides a look at the heyday of the advertising industry (which I missed by about 40 years). But it’s a lot more than a nostalgia trip. Mad Men has a wicked sense of humor, a great take on history and can teach you a thing or two about marketing. You can get Season One
and Season Two on Amazon.

It probably comes as no surprise that House is my idol. Plus I’ve explored the role: When I ruptured two discs in my back, I spent 6 months limping around, stoned on Vicodin. It was very educational. It’s painful to watch him be an utter jerk, but House’s skewering of other jerks that come along is a joy to behold.

Battlestar Galactica. Wow. Not sure what to say about this except that it’s not a science fiction show. I mean, it is, but the space battles, high-tech gadgets and clanking bad guys are just the setting for some real human foibles. While the series finale was, in my opinion, a crime against the franchise, the show is brilliant and the acting is great. If you watch nothing else, watch Exodus, Part 2. I practically had a nerdgasm. I’m hoping Harry Hannukah will bring me The Complete Series this year.

The Deadliest Catch is a guilty pleasure for me. I mentally consign reality show directors to the lowest circles of Hell. But there’s something about what these guys go through that makes me grateful all I have to worry about is title tags, headlines and Google’s next move.

Trueblood: I’m sure I’ll be following reality show directors to Hell for loving this show. I can’t help it. When the heroine laughed at the first vampire she meets because his name is Bill, I was hooked.

Burn Notice has Bruce Campbell, a freakily attractive crazy woman (by ‘freakily’ I mean ‘odd’) who likes to blow stuff up, and a main character so ripped my wife doesn’t mind that I stare at the freakily attractive sociopath. The show also happens to be pretty dang clever. And it has Bruce Campbell. Army of Darkness, anyone?

My son and I watch The Clone Wars regularly. The animation is unusual and fun to watch. And it’s got lightsabers. LIGHTSABERS. C’mon, what’s not to like?

Related, or not-so-related stuff

Sorry, I’m tired. That’s all I got.

Ian Lurie
CEO & Founder

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/ianlurie.

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  1. Ian,
    I got to say, House has some interesting ideas you can use in blogging from analysis of cases up to childish behavioral problems. I’ve been watching it since day 1, and it never failed to entertain me. Stimulating and really mind blowing, medical terms are little confusing but the show manages to excite viewers.ss

  2. Don’t watch much TV anymore. But loved Battlestar Galactica. Might have to make an exception for Caprica once it comes out early next year.
    Wow 3 hours of sleep! You’re crazy, Ian! That beat the 4 1/2 hours that I once had while still @ Portent. But in my case it was insomnia.

  3. Love Deadliest Catch. I remember thinking the same thing as you when I saw that show for the first time. So glad that my job is not nearly that dangerous. The things they go through to make a buck are unbelievable! Storms, frigid temperatures, injury, lack of sleep. I could not do it!

  4. TV is great for unwinding after long hours of WordPress manipulation. Knowing I have a new episode waiting for me on DVR is the award that has driven me to work hard for some long days & nights.

  5. Exodus Part 2…I got chills just by you mentioning it. I actually enjoyed the series finale, but season 3 was the peak of BSG. Bear McCreary’s remix of All Along the Watchtower in the season 3 finale still gets me so amped I could take down a basestar with my bare hands.
    Damn, I miss BSG.
    But glad they went out when they did.

  6. Since you like Burn Notice you should watch Leverage on TNT, different plot and genre of show obviously, but its got the same snarky humor that you seem to like. Its also well acted and well written.

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