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I Don't Deal Well With Change

by Wing Chun November 6, 2007 11:14 am

It's funny, the life cycle of a syndicated sitcom. When a show you like first starts airing every night at 7 or 11:30 or what-have-you, it seems like you've been given an amazing gift: you don't have to wait for that one night a week anymore! It's on all the time! Hooray! But after a few years, you've seen every episode fifteen times, and you can't even remember why any of the jokes were funny the first time. That's how it was for me with Seinfeld: when it was first on in syndication, the first-run episodes were still at a creative high. But I think I ODed on it. Some episodes also haven't aged that well. Remember the one where the four protagonists are supposed to be meeting up at a movie but keep missing each other? All I can think now when I happen upon it is, "Why don't they just call each other? ...Oh, right. This is from before cell phones." It just makes it seem so dated. Another show I was really into in syndication was The Simpsons -- at least, until the air schedule would come around to the first season, and then I'd have to find something else to watch at 5 PM for a few weeks, because those suck ass.Anyway: Comedy Central currently shows Scrubs four to six times a day, with the occasional mini-marathon on the weekend. The time will soon come when I'm as over it as I now am over Seinfeld, but for now, I'd kind of become accustomed to the two episodes back-to-back at 11 AM. In fact, I had a big plan to (finally) return to the gym, and had planned to come in earlier than I've been doing, answer email and do my usual random morning tasks, and then take my lunch at 11 so that I could watch Scrubs on the treadmill and make the time go that much faster. But those jerks have moved the daytime rerun! Now it's on at 3! And I know that with each hour of the day that ticks down, so does the likelihood that I'll actually go to the gym.

Basically? If I'm out of shape, it's Viacom's fault.

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