These days is one of my simple pleasures my husband and my closing ritual. We fall onto the sofa with a treat in hand – a mug of cookies and ice cream for Max and a ramekin of chocolate chips for me – wrap ourselves in blankets and tune into Survivor season 18.
I know we’re 20 years late to the Survivor hype, but after seeing a preview of monkeys screaming and people fighting in the rain and knowing that White Lotus creator Mike White competed in a season we were intrigued.
The rest of the evening we debate which one of us is more strategic and could last longer on the island (Max), while gasping at blindside votes (the betrayal!) and laughing at the contestants’ direct comments. Later in bed I fell asleep, feeling as I always do after I reach a new point of intimacy with someone I love, giddy and satisfied.
The last month has been really fun – but also unusual. It’s rare to find a show we both like. Before Survivor, our usual evening sees one of us watching a show on TV while the other is out scrolling on their phone.
Fortunately, there is hope. ONE reader named Lisa shared a brilliant strategy for watching TV with her husband. “We have painfully different tastes. So on Saturday night we take turns picking a movie. The picker picks three options and the other person makes the final decision.”
Also remember this brilliant tip for movie selection? One person can keep choosing the movie as long as the other person liked the last one. When they don’t, you switch.
In our six years together, Max and I still haven’t found a system to help us pick shows. But we have built a comprehensive list:
The Queen’s Gambit
Old enough — “It’s fun to watch young children learn to solve problems,” says Max.
Master of None
The guard – This mystery plot is creepy and poignant. Every time we finished an episode, I would double check all the locks in our house.
Emily in Paris
Most expensive – In each episode, rapper 2 Chainz tests products made to 1%. He then gives his honest and funny reviews.
Seinfeld – This show got us through the beginning of the pandemic.
Fastest car – I don’t usually like car shows, but the excitement of whether a tricked-out 1984 Chevy truck can smoke a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracán gets my heart pumping every time!
Next on our list after Survivor is this smart and touching comedywhich follows a therapist (Jason Segel) who is grieving his late wife and trying new things in his practice.
What are some of you and your partner’s/roommates’/kids’ meet-in-the-middle shows? Recommendations are very welcome!