We only have two, ’cause Toney has a strong belief that televisions should not be in bedrooms. I think I felt the same way but didn’t consider it enough to formalize an actual life rule, or whatever you want to call it. But I’m fine with it, it feels right. So, we have a 40-inch TV in the living room upstairs, and some kind of monstrous one down here in the family room. Toney and I basically watch the one upstairs, and the boys use the one down here. And that’s the extent of our TV action. I use my computer as a television too, but it’s a computer so it doesn’t count.
How many do you have in your house or apartment? I’m talking about working, in-use televisions. Not old junkers stored in the basement or the garage. My parents have a small TV in their kitchen, which seemed crazy when they added it. But they watch the news or the weather while cooking; they’re not in there watching Diagnosis: Murder. And I’ve been in hotels with shitter TVs, which seems fairly ludicrous to me.
What do you have on this one? How many TVs do you have in your place? And what’s your stance on televisions in the bedroom? I think most people like the idea. Do you have bathroom TVs? Kitchen TVs? Where else? Please bring us up to date on it. Use the comments section.
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Just one – I got it over ten years ago.
5 – Den, living room, master bedroom, guest bedroom and outside patio.
We only have two actual televisions but since we cut the cord we can (and do) watch the same things on all of our screens, which adds up to six (or eight if you want to include iPhones, which we don’t watch stuff on).
Manuel Hung says
I am not a fan of TVs in the bedroom, mostly because I like to sleep and my wife likes to watch TV until she falls asleep. She doesn’t know how to set the sleep time so the thing blares sound and light through the night keeping me awake. She can be snoring above the sound of the TV itself, but the minute I make a move to turn it off she pops up and says “I’m watching that”, then goes right back to snoring. Unless, of course, I proceed with turning it off, it quickly spirals downhill from there.
Aside from that one we have a TV in the living room that is the center entertainment hub. The parlor contains one TV for watching, and my two oldest sons have one each for their XBox and PS4. I have an old CRT there was well for legacy gaming on the NES. Duck Hunt won’t work on new-fangled fancy flat screens. There is another there as well for bringing up another screen if needed. All small. My daughter may have one in her room, but it would take a search and rescue team to find it. Seven to eight. What do I win?
9 TV’s… One in each of the 4 bedrooms, One in the master bathroom, One in the living room, One in the pool house living room, one in the kitchen and one on the patio by the pool. I’m thinking of putting another one on the patio by the main house so I have something closer to my Big Green Egg setup. All the pool house TV’s are on a sports bar signal splitter so there is only one DVR that pumps out the same thing to all 4 of those TV’s unless someone is streaming directly to a TV since they’re all smart TV’s.
Farmer’s Daughter says
We have 3. The main one is in the living room. One in a guest bedroom and one in my sewing room. No tv in the bedroom. Used to have a 4th located in the kitchen but we remodeled and it’s now an open floor plan so you can watch/hear the one in the living room. Also have 2 tablets, if they count, that we watch programs on.
3, although Beloved thinks we’re down to 2. I agree with Toney. I can’t stand the TV in the master bedroom. I finally wedged myself behind the armoire where it resides and unplugged it. We have a big one in the living room (the only room downstairs as it blends with the TV) and one in the basement that never gets turned on. Most of the time it’s just background noise for me.
Madz, where the hell are you hiding the third TV from your husband? I’m guessing the pool shack.
Actually the now semi defunct tv is still in the bedroom covered in a nice thin layer of dust I pass a rag over every now and then. I’ve silently watched him change the batteries on the remote a few times. If he could just hoist himself behind the dresser, he’d see the offensive plug just sitting there, unplugged and mocking. I’m a simple woman. I laugh on the inside!
That ain’t simple. If you want to hide something, hide it in the open. We need you in our diplomatic corps. jtb
One TV in the indoor patio pool shack we call our living room. That might be too many, but I enjoy seeing the bastard get impeached, so I live with it. For the love of fuck, there are trees outdoors, and blue sky and stars at night and mountains and bigass bodies of water. There are people. There are bowling alleys, although fewer and fewer, and diners and bars. Musicians are twanging guitars and blowing horns. To be fair, I do have this computer I’m typing on, but I rarely stream video on it. Except to watch the bastard get impeached.
I’m not saying there’s not good stuff on TV. I just finished watching Justified. I’m just saying there are other things. How many televisions do I need?
I do listen to radio; I have a couple of those.
Phil Jett says
We have two. 55″ in the living room and 75″ in the basement. My 24 yr old daughter, who lives with us, has one in her bedroom.
My brother-in-law has five in his Class A diesel motorhome, including one in the master bedroom and a 55″ mounted on the outside. Ridiculous.
Damn, that wall of 1960s TV sets looked like it was from The Prisoner, but it’s stock. I swear the image on the lower left is of The Village.
How many televisions would people have if they had to get up and manually change the channel, as they would on the photo models? Asked and answered.
INFORMATION! is part of our family vernacular.
You won’t get it!
I want the chairs on the see-saw (or teeter-totter, if you must). But I don’t have room for that rig.
Be seeing you.
Kosinski was writing Being There while the series was being written and shot (although the movie was a decade away). We’re, all of us, halfway between Villagers and “I like to watch” except for the few moments now and then when we slip our surly bonds, take the plunge despite Rover, and swim toward our imagined freedom. . . Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
“There will be joy, laughter, happiness, all at the carnival, by order.”
One TV, which rarely gets used. Bedrooms are for sleep and (theoretically) sex, so no TV there. And two radios.
I know some people want the TV on as background noise, but I just can’t take it. I turn on the TV to watch something, and turn it off when I’m done.
The one real tv is still set up in the basement and has not been turned on since the cable company dropped supporting analog cable a few years ago. The digital hd tv box is upstairs connected to a widescreen computer monitor whos primary function is background noise.
I’d cut the cord but it provides just enough outside entertainment to hold onto for now since OTA might as well be non existent around here. Next year it’ll be exactly 40 years since tv entered our house (when my parents first got cable anyway).