We’ve all been there. You’re at a dinner party of gathering and introduced to a new acquaintance. As the conversation develops you rattle through a list of topics – food, movies, music, TV… and that’s when your new ‘friend’ drops the bombshell. You ask if they’re following Game of Thrones or the new season of Mad Men.  They reply, ‘I don’t have a TV’, acting as though this is a point of social pride.

Okay so the scenario doesn’t always play out quite like that. Sometimes people will say they ‘don’t watch much TV’ or ‘don’t have time for TV’ – but the insinuation is still the same. These are busy people leading busy lives and don’t have time for all that trash on TV. After all they’re far too cultured to waste their time on that grubby little device. Ugh!

Okay I’m exaggerating. Some people genuinely don’t watch much TV. But have you noticed how people always seem embarrassed to admit they do watch TV, as though it’s some great social vice that reflects badly on their character! To that I say ‘get over yourselves!’ You’re not that busy and frankly you’re not that interesting!

Here’s the funny thing – by American standards I actually don’t watch much TV! I probably average about 60–90 minutes a night – nothing like the 4-5 hours many people across the US take in. For starters I watch virtually everything on DVR which automatically cuts an hour long show down to 42 minutes. Plus I’m very directed in what I watch – I never channel surf. I also sample a lot of shows – mainly for work purposes. And of course I read a lot about TV and live and breathe it in my daily life. But I’d be very happy to admit that I do love TV

To me TV has come a LONG way in the last 20 years and I honestly find the social stigma surrounding TV kind of boring and very elitist. If all you’re watching on TV is Real Housewives and the Kardashians than you should be embarrassed! But there’s seriously so much great TV out there now that I genuinely think we’re in a golden age for the medium. I used to love the movies with a passion but frankly after years of disappointments, comic book action heroes and weak comedies I definitely think TV now has the edge. Mad Men at its peak is up there with great theater. The best episodes of 24 were better than any action movie of the last decade. And there are more laughs in an average Modern Family than you’ll find at the multiplex most weekends.

I’ve always loathed snobbery and I share a similar taste for TV snobbery! What I find most astounding is when I meet people in the TV industry itself who don’t watch much TV. I’ve worked with network execs who have no idea what’s on other networks as well as hosts and experts whose knowledge of the medium they work in is pitiful. I always say if you’re an actor you better darn well be going to the movies, taking in Broadway shows and checking out what’s on the small screen. But of course these people are all too busy for that. Doing what – filing for unemployment?

As you can probably tell from reading this site, I’m unashamedly passionate about TV! But I can also tell you why I like what I like – and why it’s so great! I don’t think that makes me uncultured. It makes me smart. And anyone who still thinks TV is a waste of time in 2012 is probably the last person you’d want to be sat next to at a dinner party.

So do you agree? Do you find it a real turn off when people claim not to watch TV? And have you encountered your share of TV snobbery over the years?