Three Billion Channels and Nothing to Watch

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Dear Dharma,

I’ll be the first to admit I’m addicted to a few TV shows, but as far as vices go, it could be worse, right?

My problem is my boyfriend doesn’t care for the same shows as me, and refuses to watch them with me.  There’s nothing better than a quiet night in, cuddled up on the couch watching my favorite shows, but he refuses.

I’ve tried joining him watching his ridiculous sports (golf? really? who watches golf…) in hopes that he would do the same for me and my fav’s – but nothing.

Please help me get my BF to bond with me…my couch is lonely without him!

Lonely Hearts Club

Dear Lonely Heart,

It’s nice that you have tried watching golf with him and I think that zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… oh sorry, I was thinking about watching golf…

Getting your BF to bond with you and getting him to watch TV with you are two different issues.  The sooner you can separate those in your mind, the sooner you can work towards an effective solution.

Firstly, if watching sports is not your thing, and he’s not responding to your efforts in that arena, stop watching sports.  Not in the form of a punishment, but in recognizing there is no value add in this for either of you.

Secondly, is it possible you could find a show you both like?  It’s clear you both enjoy watching television, but just aren’t on the same page preference wise.  But come on, there are three billion shows out there, and one or two of them have got to work for you.  Like Sherlock.  Watch Sherlock!!!  OMG I love that show.  Hooked in the first ten minutes…

If this doesn’t work, then you may have to accept that your Grey’s Anatomy time is your own and embrace it with a big bowl of popcorn you don’t have to share, and start looking for other ways to bond that don’t involve TV.  I’m hoping you have lots of other things in common that keep you entertained?

Dharma

 

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