The PopWatch Confessional (Vol. 51: Hoping for a 'S' in the TV rating edition)

Angel_lOkay, so while I’ve written some Confessional-style items recently, none of them have felt like they would mortify a normal person (e.g. someone actually capable of feeling shame over anything entertainment-related), which explains why I’ve been holding at Vol. 50 for a while now. However, when it took two rounds of a cocktail called the Sugar Dong* for me to confess the following to a few coworkers Monday night, I realized that I had my next installment.

Have you ever found yourself hoping to see an "S" in the TV rating that flashes at the start of an episode? (Be honest.)

I’m still DVR-ing those morning Angel repeats on TNT, which, up until the birth of Connor, are essentially first-run to me. Because I know that Connor is the product of Darla and Angel (Julie Benz and David Boreanaz, pictured) gettin’ it on, I’ve been dying for eagerly awaiting the airing of that particular scene. I refused to look up when it would happen in any episode guide because I wanted to experience the storyline organically, enjoy the slow build… But cut to Wolfram & Hart resurrecting Darla right when my schedule became too busy for me to watch the Angel repeats on the same day that they aired (and cue my need for liquid courage): For roughly two weeks, I clicked on the freshly-recorded episodes every morning and fast-forwarded until I saw the TV rating. If there was an "S" among Angel‘s standard TV-14-DLV, I’d keep fast-forwarding until I saw whether it was the one where Angel and Darla make a baby. (After those episodes in which she teased Angel in his dreams, I grew seriously frustrated — to the point that when my friend Eva and I would IM each other to log our daily complaints with life, I was throwing in "Still no sex on Angel.") Finally, on April 11, it happened. And it was worth the wait. 

Your turn. When did you hope for an "S"? (Just keep it as clean as I did.)

* The official drink of PopWatch?

addCredit(“Julie Benz and David Boreanaz: Everett Collection”)


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  • Snarf

    Diiirty! Ok I confess – half of the appeal of things on Showtime, HBO etc, (Showcase or the Movie Network here in Canada) is the lack of restrictions that the networks have.

  • Melissa

    That Sugar Dong drink sounds pretty tasty to me.

  • Alli

    I totally look for the “S” in the rating on my favorite TV shows too. I did that back when Buffy was still on, I do that now with the Angel repeats in the morning, and I get psyched when I notice it on the new episodes of Bones, though I know Booth and Brennen aren’t going to get it on (at least for awhile, right?). That David Boreanaz guy was MADE for the “S” rating.

  • Anne

    The drink sounds quite good. I suppose it would be inappropriate (on so many levels) to request that the runner go get me a sugar dong…

  • Winona

    Why on earth would anyone drink something called a “Sugar Dong” at a place that has Hoegaarden on draft?!?! Sheesh…
    (And by the way, I do sometimes like seeing that “S”… )

  • Katie

    I have an embarrasing addiction to One Tree Hill and I have waiting for to see some Nathan and Haley “S” action for a while. This week they gave us a little, but it wasn’t enough.

  • Bella

    I am glad that I am not the only person who has done this.

  • Susan

    ITA with Katie. I was hoping there would be a S in the rating for this week’s OTH. Nathan/Haley desperately need to have an S-rated love scene. I don’t understand this show’s continued need to cuddle them up. We need some NH nudity!

  • Cat

    Totally agree with Susan and Katie. I have that same OTH addiction and I’ve been waiting and clinging to any Nathan and Haley action for over 5 years. LOL They have the best chemistry, but they are the “True Love” couple and the writers continue to want to shove it down our throats that there relationship isn’t just about sex. Around season 3 we got to see alot of post kinky action. Even one scene were they TORE UP a hotel room. LOL But we never got to see the good “pre” action. The writers will parade half naked newbie sluts no one cares about, but they never truly concentrate on the hot and heavy for their actual onscreen couples and that’s such a loss.
    Because let’s face it these shows are for mostly females and contrary to belief we like “action” just as much as men and we want to see it with our hot couples. We don’t want to see female characters we don’t care about slut around our tvs. Most of us aren’t lesbians and we are your CORE audience.

  • Alli

    When I heard Rose was coming back for a few episodes on the new season of Doctor Who, only one thing flew through my head:
    LET’S GET SOME “S” ACTION IN THE TARDIS!

  • Anonymous

    That was one great Angel episode…

  • Darmini

    Alli, you read my mind!! That’s exactly what I hope for every time I see David Tenant!

  • Martha

    There’s an “S” on your DVR when shows get steamy? You learn something new everyday…
    I’d totally drink a sugar dong…without the champagne and sugar, thanks.

  • Martha

    Of course, given that all I’ve been watching lately is How I Met Your Mother, Masterpiece and Celtics basketball, I’m not likely to see an “S” on my DVR anytime soon… ;-)

  • ElChupacabra

    As for me, I love it when the holy grail of TV ratings appears on screen: TV-MA-DLSV. Nothing like suggestive dialogue, coarse language, sexual situations and violence for the mature audience. Kids, stay the Hell away! Shows like “nip/tuck”, “Dexter” and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” regularly feature this rating alphabet soup. Good times to be had by all!

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