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Classic television: Like comfort food for the mind

Morning, UP

December 1, 2012
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer (rprusi@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

Some days are just, well, rotten.

Nothing seems to go right at work. The weather's cold. Other people drive like idiots. Grocery prices are up again... whine, whine, whine.

Now, I know you don't want to read a list of my complaints and I know I want to find a way to feel better pronto.

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RENEE PRUSI

While comfort food is often suggested as a mood lifter - and heaven knows mashed potatoes and gravy can be a godsend - my personal choice for picking up spirits is comfort television.

Mind you, there are shows I enjoy which are NOT in this category. "Criminal Minds," for instance, is indeed discomforting, especially when the cases are especially disturbing. It's a show that's a favorite, especially with one Mr. Shemar Moore as a cast member, but not one to watch after a stressful day.

Instead, if it's a procedural drama to watch to feel uplifted, then my choice is "NCIS." It took five seasons before I even watched one episode, and now I hazard to guess I've seen every episode of the first nine seasons at least twice.

"NCIS" is often the No. 1 show on television, but it rarely receives nominations in any award season. But that bothers me not.

An hour with Abby (Pauley Perrette), Ducky (David McCallum), Tony (Michael Weatherly) and most especially Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and my blood pressure is lowered.

Critics might not sing the praises of the team of Navy investigators, but these characters engage me and when I am in a foul mood, that's more than good enough.

"Friends" is another comfort show. There's just something lovely about the comedic adventures of those six characters. From time to time, I have met "Friends" haters and that's fine: Everyone has the right to like what they do. But usually, it turns out those people and I aren't all that compatible as real-life buddies.

There are my favorite funny "Friends" moments (Monica, Phoebe and Rachel hanging out in bridal gowns, the who-knows-whom better quiz competition between Monica/Rachel and Joey/Chandler, Ross yelling "pivot" while trying to bring home a couch), but it's the poignant moments that get me even more (when Rachel while watching an old video discovers how much Ross really cares, Ross's reaction when baby Ben is born, the final goodbye in the final episode). Laughter through tears is the best mood elevator, for me, at least.

Other shows are in the comfort category: "The Big Bang Theory," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and strangely enough, "Say Yes to the Dress." That last one may in itself be a future column.

At the end of the next relentlessly negative day, I won't be reaching for mac and cheese or a cocktail. Instead, I will be searching for a dose of Mark Harmon to chase away that rotten mood with just a blink of his baby blues.

Comfort me, Gibbs, comfort me.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.

 
 

 

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