Current Pop Culture Addictions?

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we’re the victims of stong addiction to comic books, especially lately. But with the avalanche of new comics coming out, I’m also trying to cope with my other addictions. And I got to thinking about what else you are all into lately.

Netflix has become the main consumer of my time, as I burn through TV series on DVD. After catching up on Battlestar Galactica, and some other TV, I find myself wrapped up in some old TV I missed the first time around.

So, what’s taking up your time? What do you recommend? Outside of comics, that is.

Lately, my big addiction? I’ve been watching ER on DVD. I got through seasons 1 and 2 in record time, and I’m entirely hooked. I never watched it on TV, but I’m shocked at how I can’t get enough of it at the moment. Concurrently, I’m also starting to watch the first season of The West Wing due in equal parts to recommendations from both Conor, and Brian Michael Bendis (by way of podcast). I’ve also recently managed to find the entire season 3 of The Wire on my hard drive, and will be watching them in preparation for the upcoming fourth season. Finally, rounding out my DVD watching, for some reason, I’ve been going through Band of Brothers again, and it’s still awesome.

In addition to that, after far too long, I just finished reading Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1), by Neal Stephenson. At about 1,000 pages, and being that this is only part one of three, this is not for the faint of heart, but once you start reading Stephenson, it would be hard to expect less. If you never have, I recommend that you go get a copy of Snow Crash, and if you like that, you’ll be ready for the glory of Cryptonomicon. If you’re still on board after that, you’ll be ready for Quicksilver.

I think the last thing taking up my time lately is my profound joy at the hour per week when I get to watch Supergroup, which must be seen to be understood. Its horror is a glory to behold.

So what’s tickling everyone else’s fancy lately?


  1. The Venture Brothers Season 1 and the Boondocks Season 1 both on dvd. You will laugh your ass off!!! Same addiction to Netflix and recording, just finished Batman Beyond, Superman TAS, and Justice League. Makes for a good collecton/selecton. Hope this helps – I really enjoy the ‘cast.

  2. I find myself watching X-files DVDs. As well as Sienfiled and 3rd Rock From the Sun. Also Red Dwarf which I recommend to everyone! As far as books, reading alot of Carl Hiaasen, Orson Scott Card, and old Stephen King. Also my profound enjoyment of the Essential X-men books takes up a lot of time. And Star Trek…damn you KIRK!

  3. Lots of TV; 24, BSG, Lost, Prisonbreak, Smallville etc. I watched 3 seasons of 24 in one week when i first started watching it. Almost anything on Adult Swim is good, excluding the anime. I like some anime, but the stuff on Adult Swim is generally pretty bad. Sealab 2021 and the Brak Show kick ass.

    Aside from TV I’m working my way through all of the Philip K Dick stuff I havent read, playing New Super Mario Bros on my DS and reading inhuman amounts of comic books.

    Also now would be a good time to link to the best web comic in the world:

  4. I’m about to finish watching Freaks and Geeks. It’s about these kids getting through highschool in 1980. The freaks are the pot smoking rockers, the geeks are the nerds. I love it and the soundtrack rules.

  5. My wife and I will watch entire seasons of shows when we get bored. After years of burning through all MY shows, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, Angel, Oz, and Farscape–cannot recommend Farscape highly enough, it’s one of the best sci-fi shows ever done and by the second season, it stands apart from anything else–my wife finally pressed me into buying the legendary journeys of… Xena, Warrior Princess.

    After a rocky start, I have to say the show’s grown on me. After some brilliant appearances on Battlestar, Lucy Lawless continues to impress me, and Sam Raimi’s all over this show, effortlessly weaving comedy, drama, and action with a shoestring budget. Very entertaining television, and no one was more surprised than me.

    Collect them all: Miyazaki anime. After seeing Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, I was hooked. He makes Disney look sad and shallow by comparison. Pom Poko has everything you could want in great anime: shapeshifting raccoons, a moving message about man’s effect on the world around him, testicles used as weapons, and it’s still only a CHILDREN’S MOVIE. With thought-provoking children’s entertainment like this, I scratch my head at why the only anime American kids seem to like is the seizure-inducing Pokemon and its clones.

  6. I’m glad you brought up this thread. I was just thinking this past week about how comics are really cutting into my other and main passion. The guitar. Playing, recording acquiring cool instruments, amps and effects. Over the past 8 months, the comic obsession has forced me to make a conscious choice. Should I play for the next hour or sit down and read these comics. Any body interested in guitar stuff, you can see my gear here:

    I’m just starting to get a computer/mp4 video collection going. Don’t have the video iPod yet, but I guess by building up the content first I can justify the purchase later. Also, I’m afraid to buy one because they’ll have a better one out in 6 months. On that note, I heard a rumor that apple is making an iPhone that will have iPod functionality. This thing will also have live video conferencing functionality with the camera and screen on the phone. This will supposedly work with iChat, AIM among others. Add this to the next apple OS having VOIP capability built in; think of the possibilities. I guess my other obsession is apple products. Yes apple products, the guitar and comics are the things that are triggering my dopaminergic reward centers currently. That would be the nucleus accumbens and related limbic structures to the uneducated. 😉

  7. besides work and comics, I play a lot of video games (Xbox Live Account: RightCoast) send me a message on live if anyone wants to play. I also manage my website ( there are so many DVD box set shows that i want to watch, but there is just not enough time in the day unfortunatly…

  8. Well, I can say that my comic “addiciton” is relatively new since I just picked up the books when civil war started so we are going on a month give or take a week. Prior, to my comic addiction, I play a lot of xbox 360 and video games in general my gamertag is ictesq gamer if anyone wants to play. Im not really into TV that much and I did have netflix but I stopped my account because I wasn’t using it as often as I thought-it is a great service though…

  9. Gooooooddd!! (in the voice of Palpatine in ROTJ)

    I saw an Oz fan in there. Awesome! Final season is finally out in September.

    Saw some XBox 360. The acquiring of the original xbox, along with world of warcraft nearly directly crippled my aspiring writing career, so I’m holding off as long as I can. But lord do I want one.

    Freaks and Geeks was the first thing I started watching after getting Netflix, and I wish I had a word better than brilliant. Who knew James Franco could act?!

    The dinosaur comic was awesome!

    Also, been watching a lot of British comedy I’ve downloaded, cuz I can’t get it here. Alan Partridge, Spaced and Green Wing (both airing on BBC america now. Do Not Miss!) And I’ve been catching up on american The Office, which I stopped watching because I didn’t think it was good, and have now decided it was in fact excellent.

    And I have 5 guitars, and not much time to play lately. My two loves are a Gibson ES-333 and an American Fender tele.

    We’re a well rounded group!

  10. Well I’m addicted to love. Might as well face it.

    And Justice League/JLU. Love those episodes and watch them with my kids.

  11. I’m addicted to 22-29 year old girls with emotional baggage.

  12. 22?!

  13. I can totally relate to Xbox and the writing aspirations, Josh. Although it’s not as much a factor now, my comic book addiction, formidable on its own, and my many addictions to the many glows of the idiot’s lantern, has pretty much stopped my writing cold for years. It’s an ongoing struggle to work something I used to love into an already busy, exhausting life, so I end up doing the things that are easier and pay off faster… watching TV, playing video games, and reading. I sometimes wonder if the only way I’ll ever start writing again is if I was stranded on a desert island with nothing but boxes of notebooks and clicky pens.

    And food. Or some animal creature composed of food-like bits. Either/or.

  14. As dumb as this is going to sound. I’ve been addicted to MySpace. I’ve found a ton of people I’ve lost contact with over the years. Yeah, I know it’s lame…

    Also, Bond. In gearing up for the new one, I’ve been rewatching all the old films as well as reading the original Fleming novels. It’s funny though, my favorite as a kid was A View to A Kill. That one sucks so bad now! At least the Duran Duran song is still sweet.

    And Conan O’Brien. I Tivo it every night, and watch it every morning. It’s the one thing that’s been a constant in my daughter’s life since she was born just over a year ago.

  15. My addictions read like a great big “me too,” from the West Wing obsession (catching up with the last two seasons in time for the finale) to the recent Netflix marathon of both ER and Freaks & Geeks, neither of which I ever watched on TV but both of which I greatly enjoyed. “Cryptonomicon” is even on the top of my Read pile, intimidating me from all the way over on my desk.

    As for gaming, that’s actually the thing I procrastinate about the most. I keep saying I’m going to put a game in as soon as I catch up on a little reading… and the PS2 hasn’t been on in a month. We got games for our wedding over a year ago that I’ve still never played.

  16. Jimski, isn’t it a goddamn shame that Freaks & Geeks was canned? I haven’t gotten to the end yet but I hate knowing that the ending will be completely unsatisfactory a la Firefly because they had no idea it was gonna be cancelled at that point.

  17. My comic obsession is new actually. But it’s come on strong, and I am really enjoying exploring new stuff.

    As for the other bits, I really love to read. Nick Hornby and fantasy, mostly.

    Conor, brilliant comment. I’m 27, and my age range is a little different from yours, but I love girls that I shouldn’t.

    And canceled TV shows. I love Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Wonderfalls (if you haven’t seen this one, you have to check it out. Brilliant), and Firefly. And pretty much anything on HBO or Showtime. Huff is good, if you’ve never watched it. And Weeds.

    Myspace and music. I can’t play anything, but I love finding new bands and turning my friends onto them.

  18. Current addictions:

    Going to the gym
    Sick of it All
    Myspace music
    tasty microbrews
    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

  19. It is a shame that Freaks & Geeks got cancelled, without question. At the same time, when it was actually on I didn’t watch it, so I can hardly get my dander up at NBC.

    For a while there, it seemed like I couldn’t watch a show unless it involved a letter-writing campaign to keep it on the air or some sort of candlelight vigil. (One of my newer addictions, “Newsradio” DVDs, was one of the worst offenders; it was on for five seasons, but you had to watch it like every episode would be the last.) I was stunned when I watched “Lost” and it actually turned out to be… popular. I typically wait for DVD now before I watch anything.

    Which reminds me: rent “Veronica Mars.”

    As for other addictions, I’m also a rabid news junkie and political in ways I don’t discuss on highly flammable message boards.

  20. I’ll be honest – I never “got” Freaks & Geeks and the mania it inspired. I watched it when it was originally on and I enjoyed it but I didn’t go gaga over it. When it got canceled I remember thinking that it was too bad but I didn’t give it a second thought.

    Beyond comics (and troublesome girls) I am currently addicted to:

    Battlestar Galactica Season 2 DVDs
    Big Brother
    Neal Stephenson
    Chinese food
    News/US politics

    There could be more – I always have a handful of addictions going on at any given moment.

  21. I’m addicted to the Google Ads on this thread…

  22. You must not get the same ads I do at the moment…

    Have you noticed we’re all exceptionally similar? Creepy.

  23. My current addictions (many of them are life-long):

    TV Shows – Comedy: Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, The Office (US and UK), Scrubs (no one has mentioned this yet?), Entourage.

    TV Shows – Drama: Deadwood (best show on TV right now), X-Files, Sopranos, Carnivale, The Wire, Lost, 24, Firefly, Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica (new series), Homicide.

    Sports – Red Sox baseball, World Cup soccer, Sac Kings basketball

    Music – Radiohead, Radiohead, Radiohead

    Books: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Orson Scott Card’s Ender series, and I always re-read Lord of the Rings every 2 years.

    Video Games – Pretty much any offline game

    A couple comments on the previous posts:

    Freaks and Geeks is great. For those of you who like it, try Undeclared. Also created by Judd Apatow. It’s a half-hour sitcom, but a one-camera, no-laugh track format. Just as good as Freaks & Geeks, but in a different way.

    Oz was an awesome show. I need to rewatch it.

    Wonderfalls was pretty cool just because it was so different than anything else. I blew through the dvds in a couple days. I don’t really feel a need to rewatch it, but I would second the recommendation it if you haven’t seen it.

  24. Oh, Sports. Yes. I love sports. Certain NY teams, though I don’t follow hockey very closely.

  25. Oh and Resscue Me, I forgot about Rescue me. And the Adult Swim comedy, I mean there’s a vast well of shows cut to early. (Misson Hill, Oblongs, Futurama)

  26. I have an ongoing addiction to crime fiction and film noir. If you are a fan of hardboiled crime writing, I would strongly recommend the Hard Case Crime series: contemporary originals and reprints of classics, with painted covers in the lurid pulp tradition. Wonderful book design, just feels right in your hands as you’re reading. At only 6.99 each and two new ones each month, it’s an easy thing to get addicted to. I’ve read four, just bought another, and several on the wishlist. “Bust” has been the best of the contemporary ones I’ve read, and Ed McBain’s “The Gutter and the Grave” is a classic. Their site is here:

    Other current addictions: The (American) Office, the woes of the Cubs, and Canadian Indie Rock (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Frog Eyes, Broken Social Scene, The Weakerthans).

  27. Ohh Yes!! Deadwood. The last episode was close to the best. Suspense and anticipation building. That show is the bomb. I think it is even better than the Sopranos and I’m not disparaging the Sopranos. That was my all time fav show.

  28. Deadwood is a nice slow build this season, but unlike last season, the language isn’t quite so dense that it’s difficult. Feels like they’ve edged back a bit on the density of the victorian talky.

  29. Derek–

    YES. Scrubs is excellent. It’s so easy for me to forget it because I watch entire seasons at a time and it’s always scheduled weird. Not quite midseason. I’ll never understand why the show doesn’t get more love from NBC. At one time it was in the ratings top ten, until they gave Thursday night to Joey.

  30. Scrubs dropped off in the middle there for a bit. When Cox’s fiend died (fraser) it was incredible. Then the next season it lost its way a bit. Then it seemed all but cancelled as they held on to the new episodes until mid-season. Then, just this last season, it was a return to glory. It was so good. Also, I could watch Ted’s a capella group for hours at a time. Excellent.

  31. It really is interesting that all of our interests are so similar. I wonder if Marvel and DC would like to have this information. These are the types of people you should target comics at. Then again I guess it is no big secret that most people who enjoy comic books also play video games and watch Battlestar Galactica….HA HA….I am drewpac2 on Xbox Live. This is a lot of fun to be able to chat with each other about our interests. Thank you guys for making this site available.
    -By the way, I plan on donating as soon as I can.-

  32. Some of these are no surprise, but I think you’ll find that most of the TV mentioned is at the upper end of the intelligence scale. No on here said that Will and Grace is their favorite show, and no one here said they love Pokemon. These are almost all shows that don’t get incredible ratings, but are critically acclaimed. Now, that’s either a demographic of iFanboy, or of comic readers in general. I’d like to think that our demo here skews a little higher on the IQ scale than that of say, Newsarama, but it’s probably similar trending.

    Hell, I think I’ve inadvertantly done a marketing study of iFanboy! Now you will be at the whim of our merciless onslaught of advertising. Does anyone know anybody we can talk to at HBO about a deal?

  33. It’s no surprise that most people here are familiar with Hobbes’ Leviathan and all have their own theories on double beta decay, but I doubt newsarama would yield similar results.

  34. Ouch.

    Point taken.

  35. Excellent work, Chris. That was most definitely needed. 🙂

  36. I have to admit in ’99/’00 i was addicted to Pokemon

  37. double beta decay….. what? We got a chemical physicist in the house.

  38. Conor’s smiley doesn’t preclude me not speaking to him ever again.

    Also, Ron’s addictions are deep and loathesome, and I’m not talking about Pokemon.

  39. Muahahah, my evil plot to sow the seeds of dissent in the trio is bearing fruit!

    Ron, I wouldn’t take that from Josh! Kick his ass! Use Bulbasaur, i hear Josh is weak against nature damage.

  40. Ah, the addictions…

    Baseball, specifically the New York Mets. The team, the time. Last week or so nearly killed me.

    Knights of the Old Republic. Haven’t played much lately due to time, but oh it calls me.

    33 1/3 series of books. It’s a series of books written about classic music albums. Short and sweet and to the point, they can be knocked out in an afternoon. I just started reading the one on Pet Sounds, and have a feeling this will become a very real addiction. Also picked up the one on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (maybe my favorite album ever) and am eyeing the ones on Loveless, Harvest, Velvet Underground and Nico…the list goes on.

    Josh, I’m glad you finished (and liked) Quicksilver. The Confusion is maybe as good, but very different. And I’m nearing the end of the third book, and it’s easily the best of the bunch.

  41. The 33 1/3 book on the Smiths was fantastic, obviously I haven’t read any others, because really what’s the point?

    let’s go mets. I have given the mets a few weeks off as I’ve focused solely on the World Cup – Viva Azzura!

    Oh and Chris, Jigglypuff gets Josh everytime.

  42. Quicksilver is sitting on my pile of books that are on-deck. One quesion – anyone know why they rereleased the second and third books in the trilogy under different titles?

  43. Knights of the Old Republic had me once, then with a sequel, once again! That was a fun fun game.

  44. Speaking of video game addictions, has anyone here played a little game called “Oblivion.” Its the fourth of the Elder Scrolls series and the only one I have played to completion, but it absolutely rocked my balls off…I’m still looking….Anyway, check this game out if you have not. My fiancee almost had a stroke when she saw that I have been playing this game for over 98 hours so far.

  45. I know if this game, and I’ve consciously avoided it. 98 hours?

    I had over 20 days into World of Warcraft.

    But I’m guessing I did about that much on the last GTA.

  46. Anyone here play poker? Some of my friends have a nice game every Friday. I enjoy playing that.

    I have been able to avoid all online games to this point with the slight exception of Guild Wars and Ragnorak. I played those for about a month but then got tired of the load time nonsense. I’ve heard awesome things about World of Warcraft, which is why I avoid it like the plague.

  47. Avoid World of WarCraft like a syphilitic whore with lepresy.

  48. World of Warcraft didn’t hook me (at the end of the day, I just can’t care about elves) but City of Heroes made my wife and I its faithful servants for quite a few months. I never had the heart to see how many hours I’d logged.

  49. We were all big into Warcraft III before WoW came out, and believe me, I wouldn’t be interested either, but the other guys started playing, and they sounded like they were having so much fun. And at first I didn’t get it, and I wasn’t enjoying myself. But then the dreams started, and the longing….

    No part of this was a joke.

  50. Okay, I may not have an opinion on particle decay, but this is a weird way to be familiar with Hobbe’s Leviathan. In high school theater, I played an orderly named Hobbs in “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”, which was based on a book about a schizophrenic girl and her time in a mental hospital. It was adapted from the novel by the school drama teacher, and for whatever reason, he felt a need to include an awful joke made by one of the inmates about the orderly that replaced Hobbs being “Hobbs’ leviathan… because he might be a whale of a lot worse.” Like I said, tragically bad comedy, but what would you expect from a mental patient?

    It was without a doubt the most obscure line in the entire play, and the drama teacher made a point of explaining its context for us.

    I apologize for inflicting the bad humor of semi-fictional mental patients on the group.

  51. Oi, addictions…I get a new one EACH summer…

    Nowadays…i’m just watching old Dragonball Z episodes off of Youtube (YES, DRAGONBALL Z. IT’S NOSTALGIC :() and listening to music, actually.

    I’ve kinda strayed off of video games for a little while for some reason…nothing really NOTEWORTHY has come out recently…i’m just waiting for the next big Xbox 360 hit…

    Oh, and as per Oblivion…that game is addictive as hell…i’m surprised I was able to pry myself off of it…

  52. I don’t even want to think about how old you were when I was watching Dragonball Z back in college… 🙂

  53. I just got fight night round 3 today and now I have blisters on my thumbs. Does that count for addiction? (Evander Hollyfield KO’d Ali in the 8th round and I was ‘the real deal’)