This is a conversation I have with people fairly frequently, and I’m always surprised at how it never fails to surprise my friends and acquaintances.
“You’ve never seen (insert name of popular tv show/movie here)?” They cry. “How?”
For example, when a friend made a reference to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I missed it. And mentioning which show the reference came from didn’t help. I had to admit that though I knew generally what the show was about, I’d never seen it. I know this show was a bit of a touchstone for my generation, but I offered my bemused friend the same excuse I give people when I say I’ve never seen E.T. or It’s a Wonderful Life.
“I didn’t watch a lot of tv as a child.” (Usually accompanied by a shrug, so no one feels sorry for me.)
When I explain that I’ve never seen Friends, Saved by the Bell, The Godfather, The Simpsons, Back to the Future, The Office, The Sopranos, or Seinfeld, etc., I have less of an excuse.
These media gaps earn me the truly odd looks, and I have to settle for a not entirely true response–“I don’t watch a lot of tv/movies.”
I do watch some–more in recent years than I did as a child, a teen, or a college student. I adore the works of Hyao Miazaki, can quote entirely too much of The Princess Bride, and watch the heck out of Mythbusters.
The ones ‘everyone’ has seen aren’t usually on my list, even now.
What do you think? Did I miss out? What movies or tv shows, if any, do you think everyone should see?