Sometimes I envy young Zach and the youth of today in their choice of entertainments.  Where he got to decide whether to watch ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and other such quality programs, I had the choice of ‘The Love Boat’ or a test pattern.  (On special nights, you could watch three different episodes of ‘Hee Haw’ all at the same time.)  Loving the goofiest bits of superhero and comic book culture as I do, I’m perfectly fine making an impassioned defense for the greatness of Irwin Schwab, The Ambush Bug, but would be less comfortable explaining the merits of ‘Fantasy Island.’  (Unless we’re going into a discussion of the nature of Mister Roarke, who may be angel, devil or mattress-salesman from Ohio, but that’s another QOTD entirely.)  There are always those things that we love in private, be it ‘Twilight’, X-Files fan fiction, or anything Frank Miller has written in the 21st century, which leads to today’s faintly mortifying query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is generally not big on matter of shame, but doesn’t always admit to my deep, abiding love of ‘Charlie’s Angels’, asking: What book/movie/comic/3-D holophoner dramedy do you love, in spite of the fact that it’s a little bit embarrassing to admit?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Im sure theres a couple. Im not really embarrassed by them though, getting too old to be bothered what others think about my tastes.

    – Miami Vice. Some people might find this kinda out of fashion, but its actually a really good cop show. And coolest, of course.
    – Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker.Yeah, there you go, its really cheesy but still has mecha transformation.

    • I rented “Moonwalker” so often from the video store when it came out that they went ahead and let me have the VHS a few months later, which really upset my parents, my siblings, my grandparents and so on who were already sick of watching it. I was never a big fan of Jackson, but there was just so much awesome crazy in that movie that I loved it.

  2. Degrassi. I really don’t even know why I enjoy it because it is not only far from my usual interests, it is also pretty bad in general (and not the good kind of bad like an MST3K worthy bad movie). But despite everything, I can’t help but find myself enjoying it.

    And while I normally hate romance novels, I will admit here that I do secretly enjoy some that have a sci-fi, fantasy or supernatural twist to them from time to time. But if anybody finds one lying around in my room, I just lie and say it belongs to someone else.

    From a slightly different angle, I’ve been hesitant the last few years to admit my fascination/obsession with vampires. I’m not ashamed of it, but I’m sick of people automatically rolling their eyes and assuming I mean stuff like “Twilight” or “The Vampire Diaries” or other teen drama vampires. I die a little inside when teenage girls say they love anything to do with vampires and then tell me they have never read Dracula.

    • Oh! And I should add that I enjoy some kinds of fanfiction. Not all of it, but there are some really amazing stories people have created that fit seamlessly alongside the existing stories. And then there are things like “Half Life: Full Life Consequences” that are just so hilariously bad that they loop around and are awesome.

  3. Married With Children, yes it’s ungodly cartoony. However the performances are really great, and there’s something about it that puts me in a very zen place. Also in rewatching the series in order, there are some surprising touches of continuity that I though would be overlooked normally. Plus there is just some hilarious writing sometimes such as when Jerry Mathers guest starred (appears on screen for five seconds) “Oh! Won’t someone put a bullet into the Ol’ Beave’s head!?”

  4. Project Runway, honestly these days I don’t even know if it is still one. Life became more important than cable which went the way of the dodo in our house. But Netflix stayed around and I watch and embarrassing amount of Scooby-do and Monster High much to my 8 year old niece’s pleasure!

    • Honestly I can spell, I just can’t type: still on… still on! And an embarrassing amount of typos goddamnit

    • I forgot to add Monster High to my list. I think the draw for me is that I wish there was stuff like that when I was a kid. My parents and other relatives always threw a fit that I didn’t play with “girl” toys or watch “girl” shows (which I thought were boring and stupid compared to stuff like GI Joe, Transformers, etc.), but if there had been something like that, I probably would have.

      And there is absolutely nothing wrong with an adult watching Scooby-Doo. Anyone who says otherwise is a soulless husk of a being that never had any fun.

  5. I have always loved CHIPS. Cheesy as it was, Ponch and John riding down the highway always made my afternoon after school.

  6. Jeffrey Corbello on

    Grease!
    I first remember seeing this in 10th grade. My friend’s little sister was watching it. I walked in the room halfway through and despite my buddy’s begging I didn’t leave until it was over.
    I love the story and the music. I’m so lame.

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