Everyone has guilty pleasures that they're not proud of. Mine just happens to be a minor addiction to the somewhat schlocky WB program, "7th Heaven."
I never watched the show in prime time, but they play reruns on ABC Family channel every day at 3pm Pacific, which just happens to be the same time I'm putting on my makeup for "The Screen Savers" and there just happens to be a television with cable in the makeup room. Monday through Friday I watch approximately 15 minutes of the show. That's all I want. That's all I need.
For the most part 7th Heaven is a simple program. Dramatic family problems happen and then they get resolved by the end of the hour. It's comforting. But in some ways the show is like a bizarro-world Brady Bunch. Although it's naturally more modern, it's also much more moral. I guess it's the difference between having a father character who's a minister versus a father character who's a 70's architect.
Like I said, the show is schlocky, but sometimes it can be surprising. Once they spent the better part of an hour trying to explain Japanese internment camps. And then a few days ago, they played an episode where this conversation took place:
Ruthie (approximately age 8): What's the difference between government and politics?
Simon (approximately age 13): Well, government is the law and politics is the way we get around the law.
Who would have thought the WB could be so profound?