I used to set the family VCR to record my soaps every day. While I was home from school in time to see Robin and Stone and Sonny and Brenda on General Hospital, I was in school for Sami’s antics on Days of our Lives and Cassie’s royal wedding on Guiding Light. Since these were clearly not to be missed, I taught myself to use the VCR timer and spent my allowance on 8 hour VHS tapes. I bought a lot of tapes as once you tape these important moments, how can you tape over them? Same for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, another time-slot recorded on the VCR. Lois knows he’s Superman! I might have the burning desire to watch this moment over and over again. Thus, the tapes were neatly labeled and stored in my parents’ basement.
Fast forward to 2006. It was my beloved VHS tape that got me to my first version of you. I was at a tech convention and TiVo was running a pretty clever promotion. You handed them a VHS tape and they handed you a TiVo box. A new era had begun! This TiVo made using a VCR to record seem like rocket science. Everything was so easy! Record a series by title instead of time-slot? Amazing! Tell the TiVo to record shows by keyword? Life changing! Good thing I discovered this before the New Kids on the Block reunited and hit the talk show circuit. I would have missed this! (Full disclosure: I waited in the rain to see that live, but it’s the easiest clip to find on YouTube. For posterity, I did indeed record it on the TiVo.) Plus, no more clunky tapes to try and store? My rather small apartment closets thank you!
Sadly, I no longer use my TiVo, but it’s not like I left you, DVR. I just switched to my cable provider’s version. Without you, I probably wouldn’t keep up with the Kardashians, or the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty fame (my brother found this one and it’s my latest season pass as you’re obviously aware). You’ve probably made people famous, DVR – given them their livelihood! Would we have these reality TV megastars if we had to watch them live? I think not. They should write you a love letter, too.
There is of course some room for improvement, DVR. Please take this criticism as constructive. Are you sure there isn’t a way for you to recognize that The Good Wife is starting late because football ran over (again)? And I know it’s my fault that I didn’t set the season pass correctly, but when there’s a La La’s Full Court Life marathon on, I don’t need you to record all of those and delete everything else – I just forgot the show was soon returning and the repeats would start. So really, I’m looking for you to use your judgment a little bit better. Let’s work on that, okay?
In the meantime, please bask in my admiration, as you truly are amazing. I’m going away for a week, but I can’t wait to see what surprises you have in store for me when I return. Thanks so much for all your hard work. It does not go unnoticed.
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