Mad About Mad About YouOK, so one fun thing Mark and I have discovered is the joy of "TV Shows on DVDs". Thanks to modern technology (and partly our "instant-everything" culture, I suppose ;)), we now have at our fingertips the ability to watch just about any TV show we darn well please (past or present) - whenever we'd like, however many episodes as we'd like, and completely free of commercial interruptions! Woo-hoo! So far we have completed one whole season of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Little House on the Prairie", and two seasons of "Everybody Loves Raymond". Currently, we're working on season 1 of the '90s hit sitcom "Mad About You" -- You know, the show with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser playing a married couple, Paul and Jamie Buchman. It's about all the daily joys and trials that they experience in marriage. Mark watched this show fairly often back when it was actually on the air, and I remember watching it occasionally as well. So we picked it up a couple weeks ago thinking that it might be a fun one to watch together as newlyweds. We thought it might pick up on some of the rather humorous aspects of married life, and maybe even (heaven forbid) that we might actually be able to find a little glimmer of truth that we could take out of each episode...a moral on marriage, or something (remember when shows used to have morals? :)). Well...we're several episodes into it already, and although it can be a very funny show, and it has proven to be rather entertaining watching them deal with some of the goofy parts of being married (annoying apartment neighbors, dealing with eachother's qwirks, cleaning habits, etc.), there hasn't been a whole lot happening in the morals department! In fact -- both Mark and I are surprised that the Buchman's marriage lasted 8 seasons (or however long)! It's not that they don't seem like nice people who truly care about eachother or want to be committed to eachother...it's just that they are just so darn selfish and stubborn! Here's what I'm realizing, though: it's probably a pretty accurate picture of what a marriage that is not rooted and established in Christ looks like. Not to over-spiritualize/analyze a 90's sitcom...but how would the show be different if they're marriage was like that? but perhaps they'd be a bit slower to anger. Quicker to honor their spouse more than themself, to admit their wrongs and apologize, and just to die to themselves. I think the show might still be on the air if they did all that. (Well, if they did all that, and the ratings were still good :)).
Side note, did anyone know that Cosmo Kramer's apartment originally belonged to Paul Buchman?