Pop Culture Blind Spots

My So-Called Life

True Confessions Time.  Get ready to come clean.

Saturday night, John and I were out to dinner with friends and the conversation turned to horror movies.  Now, I've seen a lot of horror movies in my day, but when everyone started to discuss the Nightmare on Elm Street series I had to just smile and nod my head in tacit understanding.  Because I've never seen a single Freddy Krueger film.
I've rectified a few pop culture blind spots over the past few years.  I finally saw The Lion King (overrated) and Silence of the Lambs (nowhere near as good as the book).  However, I am still deficient in the following areas (and then some):
1. The Series Finale of Battlestar Galactica:  I have seen every single episode of that show except the final one.  It sat in my DVR for months before I finally deleted it.  
2. My So-Called Life: I am a female person of a certain age, who never, ever compared any of her boyfriends to Jordan Catalano because she never watched a single moment of the Angela Chase saga.
3. Futurama: I'm a TV geek, and I've never seen this show.
4. The Jersey Shore: Or this one.  But I'm actually proud of that fact.  (I haven't watched the Kardashians or any of the Playboy Bunny shows either.  Yay, me!)
5. Any Music Written After the Year 1998:  Seriously.  You should see my iPod.  It reads like a Lilith Fair set list.
What are your pop culture blind spots?  What TV shows and movies should you have seen that you haven't seen (I have a friend who wears the fact that she has never seen E.T. like a badge of honor)?  Have you never picked up a Harry Potter book?  Do you have no earthly idea why Justin Bieber breaks the Twitter everyday?  Are you not quite sure who Oprah is or what she does?
How do you handle being involved in a pop culture conversation when you can't quite participate?  Do you belittle the subject matter (as I do with most reality television I've never seen and as many people I know do when discussing music they've never really listened to and assume isn't their cup of tea)?  Or do you pretend you've seen it and throw in little random nuggets of information you've acquired over the years (as I've done with The Godfather, Part II)?  Or do you come clean and admit you have nothing of substance to add to the conversation?

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  • I didn't see many movies as a kid, so I missed out on almost every iconic film from the 80s. Like the Karate Kid, for example. Never seen. I tried to make up for it recently, I watched Aliens, finally, but I don't think its the same - watching 80s movies two decades to late.

  • In reply to Ashby:

    There is no excuse for never seeing The Karate Kid. The film holds up.

  • In reply to Magistra:

    Stirring the pot: the remake with Jaden Smith is pretty darn good too. Watch 'em both.

  • In reply to Hammer:

    Stop trying to make Jaden Smith happen.

  • In reply to Ashby:

    Nice post Jules - an interesting subject.

    I have never seen a full episode of CSI, the original Law & Order, and (until the series finale) ER.

    I can barely keep up in conversations about Buffy, Angel, 90210 or Melrose Place.

    I have never seen a Tyler Perry movie.

  • In reply to Hammer:

    Thanks for reminding me. I have never seen an episode of either Buffy or Angel. Or CSI for that matter.

    You can rectify your 90210 and Melrose deficiencies by visiting the DVD library in our home. I'll pick out a few choice episodes for you.

  • In reply to Magistra:

    Make sure you have John watch the 90210 episode where Kelly is shot and develops amnesia. How Jennie Garth didn't win an Emmy for that arc is beyond me.

  • In reply to MCampobasso:

    I think I might just make him a list of Kelly-centric episodes so he can really get a sense of what he's been missing. What other character in prime time television has battled anorexia, been raped, been ALMOST raped, tackled drug addiction following being severely burned in a fire, nearly been killed by her Single White Female stalker, suffered a miscarriage, been shot, and showed up at the junior prom wearing the exact same dress as her best friend with whom she was feuding?

    And I know I'm missing some plot lines in there.

  • In reply to Magistra:

    Don't forget "I choose me."

  • In reply to Magistra:

    I'm a grown man (in theory) and I still mourn that My So-Called Life only lasted 19 episodes. Incredible, incredible show. Loved every minute of it.

  • In reply to JimmyGreenfield:

    I promise to watch it in the New Year.

    And you need to check out Felicity!

  • First off, it sounds like you have some pretty cool friends. Especially the ones you hung out with on Saturday night. To be specific, I am referring to the male friend who attended both the dinner and the movie and his wife.

    My pop culture blind spots were the Star Wars movies until my junior year of college. I know. I've never seen a single episode of Battlestar Galactica, My So Called Life, or Futurama. I have seen a few Jersey Shore episodes, and I felt like I needed a shower after each one. You should check out the first Nightmare On Elm Street, but ignore the rest and the remake from earlier this year. Also, see the Godfather, Part II. It's amazing. Actually, watch that before Elm Street. You won't be disappointed.

  • In reply to MCampobasso:

    Subtle, Matt.

    I've actually seen some of The Godfather, Part II. I turned it off for some reason and never went back to it. Not sure why. I was really enjoying it.

    I am amazed at your Star Wars confession. Thank you for being brave and sharing.

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