I think I can divide my friends into two batches.
It’s become more blatant in the last two weeks, but it seems more and more that my friends can be sorted by their chief television program of choice. There are the Doctor Who people and the Justified people.
The Doctor Who people easily outnumber the Justified people by about five to one. Which is odd when I remember back to the early 1980s and the time that everyone at Jefferson Middle School mocked me for loving Doctor Who. Those were the old shows…the first four doctors when they ran on PBS and you had to sit through that schoolmarmy woman telling you that if you wanted to keep Doctor Who on the air you’d send your allowance to Channel 39. At some point the Doctor quit being a quirky kids’ show with silver-painted thermoses as props and became a sleekly repackaged brand that sells chaste sex appeal and witty banter. It’s no wonder that folks love it now. Watching Doctor Who is like having a crush on the captain of the chess team when you’re in sixth grade. It’s fun and sweet and has a frisson of danger. But only just.
So I suppose I admit almost reluctantly that I’m a Justified person now. I’m still watching the New Doctor Who because it’s fun in that same way that the cartoons before the main feature are fun. Harmless, innocent, wistful. But Justified is like Doctor Who for people who have become slightly jaded yet retained both a sense of humour and a world-weary realisation that there are actually people who treat blow jobs as a form of currency. All my Justified friends are like the AD&Ders who saw too many of their characters die in campaigns. We love make-believe but we do know it bites back. We also don’t mind the occasional use of the expletive when folks are trying to make their point.
I’m trying hard to be fair as I write this because I really don’t wish to slag off either group. I enjoy both shows. But if I were totally honest (which is an impossibility; one either is honest or is not honest) I would have to say that I’ll watch Doctor Who if there’s nothing else on but I’ll watch Justified over and over and over again.
Signs You Are A Doctor Who Person: You think it’s cute when the hero has a romance.
Signs You Are A Justified Person: You know that any romance the hero has is going to end him in some hot water. Probably involving gamecocks.
Signs You Are A Doctor Who Person: You think the sonic screwdriver is the coolest weapon.
Signs You Are a Justified Person: You think Raylan Givens is the coolest weapon.
Signs You Are A Doctor Who Person: You think Weeping Angels are scary when they don’t move
Signs You Are A Justified Person: You think Boyd Crowder is scary when he starts using sentences with fewer than 15 words.