I don’t watch a lot of television. At least, I haven’t for about twelve years – twelve being the age of my oldest child. Before then, I planned my social life around watching my favorite programs, and between mine and my wife’s viewing habits, there were few shows that we didn’t give a try. But like most everyone with kids, our life changed after our first bundle of joy came along.
Where before we’d sit down to watch an ultra-violent flick, now kid-friendly Disney fare began to play.
Those language and sexual innuendo filled rom-coms? Well, they wound up on a high, seldom examined shelf while ________ (Please insert whatever children’s program you are familiar with. In our household it was The Wiggles, Blues Clues, Thomas the Train, Power Rangers, and TMNT.) played on an endless loop on our blu-ray.
The “must-see” television shows on Netflix and Hulu might get added to our “to be watched” list, but we never seemed to find the time to watch . . . because there are lots of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes.
So when Jericho was on network television from 2006-2008, I completely missed it, didn’t even know it existed.
Sadly and thankfully, kids do grow up. Now my two oldest have graduated to PG-13 fare. (Hey, we are strict parents. Well, my wife is anyway.) So about two weeks ago, we discovered Jericho on Netflix and began watching . . . and watching . . . and watching until we had devoured the whole series!
For those who have never heard of Jericho, it is about a small group of characters thrown together in a small town in the State of Kansas after a nuclear event in the United States. The focus is on the individuals, their trauma at having their modern society seemingly destroyed in the blink of an eye, and how they struggle to brave the aftermaths and maintain their lives. (For those of you who have heard of it, think of an updated The Day After.)
Other than that fantastic premise and a great cast of characters, this show mesmerized me because it perfectly captured the eerie feel to mid 2000s America. You know, the decade when 9/11, the Iraq War, The Patriot Act, and Halliburton made almost all Americans begin to wonder if there was anything their government wouldn’t lie to them about. It was a tumultuous time to live through. Nothing like surviving in a war torn country, but definitely something that Americans should not forget. And as I watched acts of terrorism, political cover-ups, conspiracies, mercenary armies, corrupt corporations, and neighbor turning on neighbor in Jericho, I realized this was something that could indeed happen in our reality, and I was both afraid and entertained.
So if you’ve never tried Jericho before, give it a try. It might not be as gory as The Walking Dead, but it is still a really entertaining post-apocalyptic series.
And, if you already knew Jericho was this good, why exactly didn’t you mention it to me?
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