Back in December of 2009 I put out a list of shows I called Pringles for the Brain. They were shows that I enjoyed zoning out to when running on the treadmill. I thought maybe it was time for an update on what shows populate my Treadmill DVR. The current roster includes:
Chuck (NBC – Mondays 8PM) – currently one of the best shows on TV
CSI (CBS – Thursdays 9PM) – always good.
The Cape (NBC – Mondays 9PM) – New, campy and fun
Fringe (Fox – Fridays 9PM) – I think this is my favorite, it is The X-Files improved
30 Rock (NBC – Thursdays 10PM) – possibly the funniest show since Seinfeld
V (ABC – Tuesday 9PM) – New, after starting slowly, the show is picking it up
The Mentalist (CBS – Thursdays 10PM) – one of the more entertaining shows on TV, I wish I could do what Patrick Jane does
Family Guy (Fox – Sundays 9PM) – New – raunchy fun…sometimes crosses the line
Lie to Me (Fox – was on Mondays) – similar to the Mentalist
The Event (NBC – Mondays 9PM) – if LOST and 24 had a baby, this would be it
Human Target (Fox – was on Wednesdays, may be cancelled) – reminiscent of shows from the 80′s
The Good Guys (F0x – was on Fridays, may be cancelled) – would be a shame if this were cancelled, Bradley Whitford is extremely entertaining
Chase – (NBC – was on Mondays, may be cancelled) – Annie and her crew were growing on me, I hope they bring the show back
So there it is. This army of shows has helped me through several long runs when the roads were just too icy to risk injury. It’s tough to stay motivated for 20 miles on a treadmill without something to distract you, right? If you have a treadmill but don’t have a DVR hooked up nearby, I highly recommend it, otherwise you’re stuck watching whatever is on the tube at the time. At 4AM, when I run, there ain’t much on.
I would love to hear what you like to watch while zoning out and putting in miles.