Exploring a Poor Scholar’s DVR: Rambo

dvrBY RAMBO NOMOLOS

Many people have said that a person’s DVR provides a window into one’s soul. Okay, technically speaking, many people actually reflect “I” in this case as I just completely invented that soon to be colloquial expression. Nonetheless, there is a certain truth to that saying. You really can decipherer a great deal of knowledge about someone’s interests and personality by judging them based on what TV shows they like to watch. You may argue with that notion and that is fine, but we are not actually here to talk about the understated, psychological meaning that every television show we watch reflects.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we at Poor Scholars are here simply to present the shows we watch on our DVR and in turn be given the chance to berate one another over shitty TV viewing choices. A DVR Roast if you will.

Each week a new Poor Scholars staff member will list all of the TV shows they have permanently set up on their DVR series recordings followed by an explanation of why they watch each show or in many cases a shameful admission that they do in fact DVR Maury.  The following week a new member of the Poor Scholars’ exemplary staff will be given the opportunity to judge (harshly in many instances) and roast the previous poster’s television habits. The writer will also let you explore their soul by revealing a complete list of ALL (this is important, if one of our staff members DVRs Toddlers & Tiaras you will know about it) of the shows they watch.

Today is our first week trying this out and I have volunteered to graciously bite the bullet on this one and kick things off. For those of you who are worried that I am going to get roasted and not be able to reciprocate the indignity onto someone else, once we run through our staff members I will be able to close this out by roasting the final poster. Actually, since this was my idea I might just tear into everyone. That seems fair.

Alright, thumbs up, let’s do this!

Rambo’s DVR Series Recordings (in alphabetical order):

30 for 30 – In case you aren’t familiar with 30 for 30, I know most of our readers are, this is a series of ESPN documentaries that was released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ESPN. It came from the mind of Bill Simmons and was so successful they decided to keep putting out fresh documentaries. These documentaries are something that every sports fan needs to be watching.

Around the Horn—I have been watching this show since Max Kellerman was the host. This is part of my daily routine. The first thing I do when I get home from work is turn on the TV to watch.

Cajun Pawn Stars – I’m not quite sure how the Cajun version of Pawn Stars found its way on to my DVR and not the original. Both of these shows are on all the time. When I clean up my DVR, this is inevitably going to get the axe.

Dream On: The Journey of Wembley FC—I have told many people about this show and if you are a soccer fan you need to check this show out. Budweiser decided it was going to sponsor a non-league English soccer team and filmed an eight-part series chronically their struggles in the lower divisions of English soccer. At times this show can be hard to watch as much of the show is actual footage of their weekly games and if I am being honest I think I could put together a team of my friends who could beat them. With that in mind it is very interesting to watch greats of the game such as Terry Venables, David Seaman, Ray Parlour and Brian McBride get involved in various capacities to help the team out.

Game of Thrones – I am a huge nerd and a big-time fan of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. I was ecstatic when I saw HBO had green lit a show based on Martin’s novels. It is always hard for me to watch something that is based on a book that I have read though. I can’t tell if I enjoy it because I have read the book and always wonder if other people can follow what is going on.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – While the series has waned in recent seasons, it is still good for one or two episodes a year that make you realize how funny this show can be.

Justified – There is nothing finer than an episode of Justified that has scenes with Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder interacting. This is hands down my favorite show on television right now.

Mad Men—I was late to the party on Mad Men and caught up via Netflix. Last season was the first season I actually watched as it was airing.

Men at Work – Objectively, I know this new comedy on TBS is horrible but I can’t stop watching it.

Monday Night Raw – It is not secret that I became a wrestling fan almost around the same time I learned to walk. With the invention of the DVR, I can now watch Raw every week with the convenience of skipping all the commercials, segments or matches that include The Big Show and diva matches.

Pardon the Interruption—As with ATH, I have been watching this since day one. It is engrained in my daily routine after work.

Shameless – While I have seen episodes of this show, I don’t actually watch it on a regular basis. I think my roommate who currently lives on my sofa set this one up.

Sons of Anarchy – If Justified is my favorite show currently on television, SOA ranks in at a close second. FX is bringing the heat with their shows and has been for some time. I’ve been watching this show weekly since its introduction in 2008.

The LeagueThe League has been funnier than It’s Always Sunny since its first season. That should tell you something.

The Newsroom – I know that conservatives hate this show and I also understand how pompous Aaron Sorkin comes off in his writing of this show, but dammit I can’t get enough of Will McAvoy and the rest of the News Night staff. Also, Olivia Munn.

True Blood – Every season I stop watching True Blood and end up with five or six unwatched episodes on my DVR. Every season I also end up catching up on every episode. I really, really want to stop watching this show because it does suck, but I just can’t. At this point of the show it’s like they are trying to come up with the most ridiculous story arc possible and then trying to outdo that idea. Sometimes, I feel like the writers are actually making fun of themselves with these ideas. The fact that I like this show also troubles me greatly because while I have never seen any of the Twilight movies, it puts a small seed of doubt in my mind that causes me to consider jumping in to the saga.

Top Gear (US Version) – The reason you don’t see the original (which is superior in every way) is because my roommate torrents it the second it airs. For whatever reason, America isn’t fit to have it broadcast the same week it is shown to the other parts of the world. Fuck you, BBC America.

Walking Dead – As Abe Lincoln once said, I cannot tell a lie. I’ve only seen the first season of Walking Dead. I have every episode of the series on my DVR, but I just can’t commit to watching it. I know this comes off as surprising to many who know me as I am seen as a preeminent expert in the field of zombies. I even consider myself a pioneer in the Zombie Movement in popular culture. In college I wrote, helped direct and had a cameo in a 15-minute short film that was a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy Antigone. It involved zombies and was years before Hollywood made them cool. I have also hashed out every possible Zombie Apocalypse scenario in my head and with my friends. Rest assured that when Z-Day comes, if you want to survive, you will follow me. But that doesn’t change the fact that I stopped watching this show. One day, I will get back on the wagon that is Walking Dead.

Workaholics – Braj, this is easily the funniest show on television. I inspire to be like Adam.

Zero Hour—Why do I subject myself to watching a show about Nazi clocks and conspiracies? I’m not really sure actually. This show has potential, but it is the kind of potential where a show is so bad that it is actually good. I know a lot of critics have trashed this show, but after only one episode it garnered a coveted spot on my DVR. That is saying a lot because shows such as Homeland and The Americans, which I watch every week, haven’t even made it onto series recordings yet.

Be sure to check in next week when we take a look at the DVR of Poor Scholars writer Chucks Eniep. He DVRs more shows than anyone I know. It should be interesting.

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