@PooltoyWolf I’ll half-watch Forensic Files whenever I want the TV equivalent of comfort food. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every episode at least twice, but that doesn’t matter, although there are a handful that I’ve just seen too many times and can’t stand to watch again.
I did this when I went back to grad school about 15 years ago. While I was working on homework, I would usually put on CSI. Not because I liked it (it was… okay), but because you could readily look up at any point in the show and have a pretty good idea of what was going on.
I guess that’s the unintended benefit of formulaic TV?
Baseball is usually worth half-watching to me (look up at it when something actually happens, i.e., the announcers quit making small talk), unless it’s the current Texas Rangers, wherein it’s usually not worth watching at all if you are (were?) a fan.
Case in point: A couple weeks ago, another show I was watching ended, so I channel-surfed and I found a Ranger game in late innings. They were behind several runs. The other team had the bases loaded with two players out. Their batter hit a high-bouncer just over first base. I’m thinking, Easy out, end the inning. Nope. The Ranger first baseman, playing deep, knocked it down, but then miss-handled it (played hot-potato with it). (Error one.) Then with his back to home plate, he flipped the ball without looking to the pitcher covering first base. Except he wasn’t. (Error two.) Batter safe, two runs scored, inning continued. Groan, then yawn, turn off TV.
With all the feeding and pumping and washing bottles going on with a newborn there’s a lot of mindless tv playing happening. Ad-free Discover plus has been great. We’ve binged all of property brothers, most of house hunters, a good chunk of pioneer women and currently working our way through how it’s made.
That doesn’t even include the things I actually want to sit down and actively watch like Six degrees of separation and Good Eats.
@narfcake yea when I click on LPL it’s usually something I’ve seen before and they are so quick it doesn’t take long for YouTube’s algorithm to move me to something else and I let it roll if I’m in that mood. Usually it goes to the history documentaries
almost all of the above. i have been known to put on a baseball game in the summer for the nostalgic asmr on rare occasions. and if i’m going to sleep, star trek. (tng, voyager, or ds9.) but usually if something is on in the background it is house MD, a crime show (or “murder sodes” as we call them), a harry potter movie, an oceans movie, or something on twitch - usually “turtles and chill”, a channel that is simply a live feed of one man’s aquariums & the background music is instrumental. (jazz, piano, etc. but sometimes they do book club, i think wednesday night?)
There are currently three different channels running endless marathons of original recipe Law and Order, and my husband and I have been watching that most evenings after work. Most of the time we don’t pay attention to it, but every so often we’ll get drawn in. It’s entertainment.
Trashy soap opera dramas. Watched a ton of soaps growing up thanks to mom so shows like Nashville, Dynasty, Devious Maids don’t offer that many surprises and everyone will say what’s going on 15 times in an episode so you really don’t have to pay that much attention.
Procedurals like Law and Order, Elementary, Burn Notice are good too because the main plot line is always done by the end of the episode.