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Years ago, when my husband and I were first falling in love, I got him into 24. The Fox series had just finished its spectacular first season, and I was enamored of both him and it. Him for obvious reasons: In those fizzy early months of dating, I began to recognize him as "the one." And I asored the show because it was surprising and unlike anything I'd seen on TV.
At my urging, Lee devoured the DVD of 24's first season in a week. Night after night, he'd stay up too late, watching one cliff-hanging episode after another. Then he'd call, punchy and sleep-deprived, to sift through the story's lastest twist. "Did you see that coming?!" "How cool was that?!" "Could you believe that this other character was involved?!" It was all I could do not to give away the shocking twist in the second-to-last episode, and the last sad surprise in the finale. But I didn't ruin it for him.
We watched 24's "Day 2" together, cheering on our first first black president (played by Dennis Haysbert), and rolling our eyes during the Kim-meets-a-cougar episode. The show didn't pack the punch it had in season 1, but still delivered impressively unexpected, thrilling moments. When one of those moments happened, we'd look at each other, wide-eyed and aghast. None of our friends watched the show; it was our own, exciting, little world, and we canvassed it together.
Our love was brand new, and it felt exciting, even extraordinary. A riveting show like 24 was the perfect complement to that exquisite time in our relationship. It's one thing to find a TV show that really stirs you. But being able to watch it with your soul mate, who's equally blown away by it? That's the best.
Several years have passed since 24's debut, and Lee and I have a mortgage, two cars and two small children. If it's Tuesday night, Lee might put 24 on in the background while he's working at his computer. I record it on DVR, and watch later if I have time. Or not.
We still have some "couple" shows, though. We always have. When I was in labor with my first daughter, recording the minutes between contractions, we watched an HBO marathon of Entourage. We did the same thing with our second baby, only it was a DVD marathon of NBC's The Office. We've also shared HBO's The Sopranos and The Wire, and AMC's Mad Men.
Nowadays, our top "couple" show is Lost, which fascinates us so much that it merits an hour of our limited free time. We watch with a bowl of popcorn, pausing the action whenever one of us has a new theory, or needs reminding about a complicated plotline from three episodes ago. ABC's Lost fits our love right now. It's a layered show that's constantly unfolding, a show that you've got to invest time in to enjoy its benefits.
I doubt we'll be spending Valentine's Day in front of the TV. But if we do, that's okay by me.
What TV shows do you watch as a couple?