On social media, people have been sharing how they are coping the changes in our daily lives brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us have been playing board games with the spouse and kids. Some of us have been cooking – and eating – more comfort food. And many of us who generally escape into books have been binge-watching favorite TV shows.
Several Facebook friends have mentioned that they’re re-watching all the episodes of Murder She Wrote. My sister-in-law and her daughter were binge-watching Gilmore Girls, and my sister’s family has been working their way through all the incarnations of Star Trek, including the new Picard series.
I’m a die-hard fan of The X-Files (known as X-philes). It was must-watch television for me during its first run. And it’s two subsequent movies. And its recent 10-episode reprise in 2018. I love The X-Files because it includes three of my favorite subjects: conspiracy theories, aliens, and David Ducovny. I also loved the chemistry between Scully and Mulder which included romance without being sappy. (This from a woman who writes books which may or may not include a kiss, but always include a murder!)
One year in the 90s, hubs and I threw an X-Files party for the season premiere for some of our friends who were as geeky about Mulder and Scully as we were. We put a big masking tape “X” on our front window with a lamp behind it, played trivia, and gave out candy cigarettes and little flashlights as party favors. One year, we appeared as Mully and Sculder on the cover of our Christmas card. And I may own one or two X-Files t-shirts. I recently learned there are Mulder and Scully barbies. I may need those. Seriously. #thetruthisoutthere
If we’re still sheltering in place by the time I’ve rewatched all 202 episodes of the original X-Files series and the 16 episodes of its two subsequent revivals, I may move on to my very first TV obsession from childhood: Man from U.N.C.L.E.! I have that entire series on DVD, which came packaged in a nerdy little cardboard briefcase. It was a gift from my husband. What can I say? The man understands me.
What about you? During these strange times, have you found a new favorite television obsession, or rewatched/are rewatching an old TV series obsession?