This week, on top of everything else, I was hit with one of the worst flu bugs. I totally blame my sister, who on despite being sick with the flu came over to my parents to make dinner for Easter. My germs are in everything she said. Great. By Monday I was feeling odd, by Tuesday afternoon I was leaving work early. I don't get sick that often (hangovers not included), and when I do it lasts a day at the most. But this was as Hazel would say, 'a doozy'.
High temps, chills, coughing. It was the full symphony of symptoms. I just gave in and slept when I could and when I was awake I drank lots of hot water and lemon and watched a lot of TV shows. There is something zen like about having the flu. I remember when I was young, there was an excitement about it. Staying home from school, lots of attention, and getting to see all the shows that you missed during the day. I mentioned Hazel earlier, but of all the shows that one reminds me more of being home sick. For Years, WGN 9AM. Hazel with it's non-threatening plots and quiet Shirley Booth cooing voice, were perfect for when the body was ailing.
So this time while I was fighting off the worst of it, I pondered what are the best shows to watch when you are sick. Comfort shows.I really believe that there should be a TV health ruling in hospitals. News, loud awful shows with people yelling at each other should be blocked.
Now I've gone on before about how today's TV is too loud. Especially morning shows. Too many talk shows with over excited audiences or 80's tired sitcoms with their blaring laugh tracks and sickeningly sweet stories. Soap operas still are quiet, but I never know what's going on, and being a completest I'm terrified I'll get caught up in one. So, I hit my reserve of old TV shows to drift away on. After a week of pondering and watching I thought I'd give you:
Dr Johnny C's Top Ten Shows to Watch When You Are Sick
9. The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now you might be able to repeat the lines with these shows, but that's part of the healing process. Plus, the plot lines are usually so fun that you'll be a half hour to being well before you know it.
8. Fantasy Island - There is nothing like some quality eye candy and pretty scenery to make you forget your runny nose. And there is nothing that can shut off your brain like Fantasy Island.
7. Alfred Hitchcock - A sublime flu show. It has it all quiet, interesting, and in some cases sleep inducing. That's not a bad thing, sleep is important in getting over a flu and your mind has to be distracted by something to fall asleep.
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. Dragnet (circa 1967). Like Alfred Hitchcock, you will be distracted, but unlike Hitchcock you'll most likely be dozing comfortably before the end of the show. The dazzling Technicolor and stilted dialogue can be taken together, or try a cold cloth over your eyes and just listen. Works just as well.
4. The Lucy Show: Now I might get some flack for picking The Lucy Show over I Love Lucy, but for shear comfort nothing works like the early black and white ones with Viv and Lucy getting stuck in a shower. Warning: This is only for a sniffly cold. Everyone seems to yell a lot in this show. It's too loud for a flu.
3. The Doris Day Show - Next to Hazel the quietest, cozy show that was ever put on TV. Pretty, colorful, vapid, but totally engaging. Should be used during the worst flu. I once had a flu that was so bad that I probably should have gone to the hospital. I swear the Doris Day Show was the only thing I could even begin to watch. It was also the only thing that did not stick in my head when I slept. I made the mistake of watching the Simpsons and Lisa's laugh rang in my head for hours.
2. Bewitched - Like Hazel, the color Bewitched's have this certain patina about them for me. They are a perfect flu show because they incorporate all the best elements; They colorful, funny, sleep inducing, but not boring. This flu I happened to time my sickness with the one where Endora gets Dr. Bombaby to cure Darren's cold. It was good to watch a show where everyone had a cold.
1. The Andy Griffith Show: I was never a big fan of this show until I was in the hospital ten years ago for an appendix operation. I had several channels to choose from but I was on morphine and everything hurt. That was until I ran across Andy on at 6 in the morning. Suddenly everything seemed right in the world.
Anyway... I had to share my favorites... What are yours?