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I love it when writers, directors, actors etc hit that sweet spot. You know those scenes from your favourite TV shows that take it from good to incredible? Ah. There are some brilliant scenes that have made me fall deeply, madly into addiction with some series. Here they are. They may not be your cuppa tea but to me they are pure gold!

1. Gilmore Girls – This scene is perfecto! It depicts family life in such a dramatic, humorous and ‘real’ way. I loved it! My number 1!!!

2. Arrested Development – One of the best comedies of all time! Which scene to choose? My husbands all time favourite scene is the following. The Bluth family are trying to sell land to Japanese investors. They use a train set to trick them into thinking building has already begun. Throw in a few misunderstandings and ridiculous props and you’ve got yourself a great scene!
3. Community – Oh my new love! This is a quirky little number starring a whole heap of unknowns and Chevy Chase! It’s a little silly sometimes but I love the characters, especially Ahbed and Troy who do these funny little bits at the end of every episode! Here’s a pearler:
4. 30 Rock – This series can be hit and miss sometimes but when it gets it right it’s down right hilarious! Go Liz Lemon.One of the best characters is Doctor Spaceman (pronounced Spachee man) who is less doctor and more um madman! Hilarious. And you can’t go past a Tina Fey dance routine!
5. ER – On a more serious note we head to the ER where every episode is guaranteed to make you cry. This one was particularly disturbing. When one of the ER docs died they had to wheel him through the corridors he used to walk in front of all his colleagues… gut wrenching but incredible TV.
It’s so hard to choose the best scene from any fav TV show! What are some of your favs?

The clever people in the television have come up with an instrument of torture; it’s called the ad break. This tension building device has been created to frustrate loyal viewers spending their hard earned time sitting on their butts watching shows they are told they can’t miss.

Take Masterchef for a brilliant example. You know, you just know that when the big man is about to reveal the day’s challenge a burst of fire is going to launch itself in your face and conceal the long awaited mystery box or invention test or celebrity chef challenge ingredients or dish or whatever those sneaky judges want to throw at the poor, awesome amateur cooks. That fire – pfoooof! is torture for those meek souls sitting at home, wondering what is going to happen next!

The cliff-hanger is another tv device used to torture us! I remember watching ER when Carter and Lucy were stabbed. We had to wait a whole year to see who had died! And Alias had a few tense cliff-hanger moments like when Sydney and Vaughn’s car was hit by another car in the last seconds of season four. “Nooooo!” we all cried (or was that just me?). I haven’t seen many full-on cliff-hangers lately, perhaps they are left to the shows of the early noughties!? But they stick in my sad little brain as some of the full on moments I have experienced; I’ve been very sheltered.

Television stations also have ways of manipulating their audience in the most frustrating of ways. This torture technique I like to call the ‘When is it on again and for how long’ technique. This tricky instrument of audience torture plays with the time slots of some people’s favourite shows. One week it will be on Channel 9 (yes I’m talking about you!!) at 9:30pm for one hour, the next, on GO at 10:30pm for one hour, the next still on the same channel but for two hours and if you’re really smart, you’ll actually see the end of those episodes. It’s downright disrespectful. My trust in programming has been totally shaken. A-hem.

There are more important things in life, I know. But when the safety and comfort of tv viewing is shaken, well, it’s kinda the straw and the camel if you get my drift! We don’t need anymore torture. Television, please umour your audience, treat us nice and perhaps we will come back next week at the same time and sit down and watch what you want us to!

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