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Spouse chooses ghastly crime (Investigation Discovery channel, Homicide Hunter show, for instance) and other sensational programs (such as My 600 Pound Life and Dr. Pimplepopper). They run on a loop, so he will watch programs he's seen again and again. These shows involve him intensely and often he talks back to the TV. He has an active social life, so that's not an issue. He watches Turner Classic Movies as well as political shows, such as Rachel Maddow's, so the range of programming is not an issue. The level of interest is. Would anyone else have observed a person glorying in crime and circus sideshow subjects?

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My bed bound hubby watches 50 year old reruns all day, every day. He loves “Walker, Texas Ranger” which is sickeningly violent and is on right before I go to bed. I draw the line at him watching movies like The Patriot with Mel Gibson and the other ultra-violent one he made I cannot t think of the title. I have actually snatched the remote and changed the channel when he tries to sneak those movies on. I’ve been close to censoring The Godfather but haven’t yet. I have an iPad that I can stream television on so sometimes I just put on the headphones and tune his stuff out.
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pronker Mar 30, 2019
Thanks for replying. It's a trial to be around these sensational shows even if one gets involved in another activity. Lucky you to have an iPad!
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My husband has seen Goodfellas and Best In Show numerous times. I only occasionally can see a movie over again. He is a history buff and will watch war documentaries. Once in awhile we can watch the same show. He really liked Wentworth which is the Australian Orange Is The New Black. It was hard to have to go to bed at 2 am but that was our time limit.

Never heard about that Dr. show. I can't stand to hear " these people are disgusting- how can you watch this ". Because it's a show with made up characters. I draw the line at images of concentration camp victims. I know what happened and it makes me ill but I can't see it. Love to read but can't read anymore about that. It is gut wrenching.
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pronker Mar 30, 2019
"Best in Show" is worth a rewatch or three due to its multiple storylines, I believe; I've not seen Good fellas. It's understandable to have diverse tastes and when one is together 24/7 for over 30 years, the grind really gets to a person.
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My dad can say the lines with the actors.

He loves drama and gets in to it, real, imagined or on tv.
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pronker Mar 30, 2019
The dad sounds intensely involved in his entertainment! Thanks for replying.
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My mom sometimes watched ID tv, and once in awhile those shows are too much for me! But I also get bored with the cooking channel. so I guess its a switch up! We love destination America and the travel channel.. maybe you could try those as well as the ones FF suggested. We watch those too! Mysteries at the Museum is great too!
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pronker Mar 29, 2019
Thank you for the suggestions. Now and then Spouse will enjoy a travel show or one that combines travel and cooking. The percentage is maybe 5 percent these non-sensational programs and 95 percent the crime/medical programming.
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pronker, I have watched the same shows your hubby has been watching. So I can understand his interest. Crime shows can be good, but today's crime shows are a bit overwhelming. Soft-crime shows such as "Diagnosis Murder" with Dick Van Dyke is pretty good, same with "Columbo".

Try switching over to SCI which is a science channel. Fascinating shows. Such as "Engineering Catastrophes" which has to do with engineering errors made on buildings, bridges, etc.

Another is "Mysteries of the Abandoned" which has to do with buildings that had been abandoned world wide, and the mysteries as to what were these buildings used for and why they are no longer in use.

Another similar show is "What on Earth?" has to do with strange things scientist have found around the world and the mystery behind them.

One show that your hubby may be too intense is "Sinkholes", why they happen, and showing buildings sinking into the earth.

These shows are educational, and one can watch over and over. Pretend to watch one and ask hubby to join you and you can ask him questions about what is being shown. That way it can draw in his interest.
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pronker Mar 28, 2019
Thanks, I'll give these shows a try. He's generally interested in saying things like "You got yourself into this situation" to a 675 pound crying person, or "Yay, Kenda caught another one, way to go, Joe." I feel lucky when we watch "Jeopardy" or "Wheel of Fortune" together as we do now and then, because the crime and medical shows sicken one.
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I had to watch what shows Mom watched. One was Emergency. If there was a fire or explosion she thought the house was on fire or the explosion was nearby and she would freak out. TV, dreames and reality become all one and the same. A Dementia brain cannot differentiate between the 3. Also, with short term lost, they do not retain info so can watch something over and over. I would watch to make sure how he reacts to the violence. You may need to make sure he doesn't watch those stations. Channels can be deleted on TVs.
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pronker Mar 28, 2019
Thanks for replying. I do not care for much TV and leave the room after 20 minutes or so of these revolting shows. It must have been a trial to watch Emergency and see your mom believe so wholeheartedly in what goes onscreen. The violence in the "reenactments" doesn't seem to inspire violence in real life in him.
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