Do you remember those times in which the afternoons were filled with talk shows and you didn’t quite know which channel to switch to first? Yeah, I know, it was the 90s (of the last century) and the 2000s. I loved those trashy shows and enjoyed them whenever I had time. The fighting, screaming and hysterical women, confessing their infidelities, their escapades with each other’s husbands, falling into each other’s arms again at the end of the show, forgiving everything? Absolutely fricking everything? Or those who didn’t know who the father of their child was? Or the crazy neighbours nearly jumping each other’s throats because of a tree branch growing across the fence? Or the teenagers, those annoying teenagers … being, well puberty stricken and horrible … being teenagers. How fascinating! Did those people actually exist in real life? (Well, obviously, it couldn’t have been all fake!)
Sadly, I had to be content with German and Austrian talk shows and immensely enjoyed a Saturday pre-evening show with the best clips from talk-shows around the world. Giving me a glimpse of those from across the pond. “Maury”, “Montel”, “Dr. Phil”, “Jerry Springer”, … marvellously trashy.
I kind of miss this shallow entertainment. And yes, I know, there are lots of other trashy shows out there. Families switching their wives for a week, pregnant teens, unemployed and proud of it low-life social spongers who have enough money for cigarettes but are moaning about grocery costs, unfortunate less than good-looking people living at home looking for a partner, farmers looking for farmer wives … the trashier the better for the ratings. However, I could never get enthusiastic about those. Just like game shows, I simply can’t watch those.
But … there is a time and place for everything. I enjoyed the talk show times incredibly, wouldn’thave time for them now anyway, I guess. And I doubt I would be as hooked today as I was then. What I would enjoy, though, would be able to follow the American night time greats Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, (and Saturday Night Live, of course) … but living in Germany and the restrictions one has to suffer when it comes to one’s desire for British or American TV … as in, not possible to watch unless you do something more or less illegal … well, I’m stuck with boring German TV (which I never watch), Netflix and You Tube clips. Which at least lets me enjoy the best parts of those shows …