IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED PLAYING HOUSE YET, START WATCHING IT NOW. YOU’LL ENJOY IT.
Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair’s delightful and fun sophomore series Playing House is waiting to hear news about a much-deserved 2nd season from USA Network.
We are living in an era when really great shows are actually sometimes getting the chances they deserve to continue past the point where they might previously have been axed. Community just got saved by Yahoo after most people had written off #sixseasonsandamovie as a dream never to be fulfilled. Shows like Breaking Bad are allowed to survive past their low-rated first seasons to grow into cultural juggernauts. We live in a cultural landscape where it’s now more difficult for a Freaks & Geeks to be ignored and disposed of quite so easily.
The tricky part is that there are SO MANY SHOWS now. Good CHRIST it is hard to keep up. I get it. You’re watching a lot of shows, you just don’t have time to see them all.
The good news is that if maybe you missed Playing House when it aired recently on USA, you can now spend the month of July catching up and loving it. It’s hot outside: stay indoors, keep cool and binge-watch some of the most enjoyable TV that’s been made in 2014.
HERE ARE TWO OPTIONS FOR YOU:
- Go to Hulu and watch all the episodes for free!
- Better yet, those of you with 20 dollars of disposable income can buy a Season Pass on iTunes and have all the episodes in HD.
I sort of consider the latter choice to be a way of “voting with your dollars.” It’s how you can show the folks at USA that people care about this show beyond whatever their flawed weirdo Nielsen numbers are telling them. Lord knows if Twin Peaks or Arrested Development had had a “buy this show on iTunes” option back in the day, the fan base could have rallied in a way that might have kept them on the air a little longer.
Also, do all that social media stuff. It can’t hurt and it might just help. Tweet about the show (@PlayingHouseUSA) and tell the folks in charge how much you love it, "like" the show on Facebook and post nice things. Go to their YouTube page and like the blooper videos and leave comments. One engaged viewer is worth two dozen do-nothing viewers who don’t give a crap about what they’re watching.
I posted something similar to this— I probably even used a few of the same turns of phrase— back when Parham & St. Clair’s Best Friends Forever was on the bubble at NBC. And obviously, it didn’t work back then, but BFF DID help them get a chance to make another show for USA.
But I remain an optimist. I believe that when funny people make great shows eventually someone will be smart enough to let them KEEP making those shows for a long, long time. Those smart people will be rewarded when those shows blossom from critically acclaimed cult shows into full-fledged hits. Fingers crossed that the smart people at USA Network are about to make the smart decision with Playing House.