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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

South American TV Recap

When Jon first arrived, we weren't sure what the TV situation would be. We had no idea what to expect, and as self-proclaimed TV-addicts, we were really nervous to see what BA TV had in store. Jon's biggest concern was watching live sporting events, my biggest concern was quitting my job and having only Telemundo to fill up my days. We did as much preparation as possible to be prepared for the worst (For this entire post I will use the word "we" liberally. Clearly Jon did all of the preparations, I have no clue when it comes to this sort of thing) we setup a SlingBox at Jon's parents house, bought a laptop-to-television cord to watch shows online but have them broadcast on the TV, bought a serious transformer that would convert the 220v power to the 110v that we have in the US, and got a DVD player with a USB port so that we could download shows online and watch them through the DVD player. All of our preparations have come in handy, but we have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of familiar shows that broadcast here.
  • Sports - We have ESPN and Fox Sports, but soccer is the main attraction. During the regular football season we got most Monday night games and most of the playoffs. The SuperBowl was on here, but we did not get any of the US commercials (much to my dismay).
  • News/Entertainment News - We have CNNesp, (CNN in espanol) and 4-5 local networks. We get the main award shows like the Grammys, Emmys, and the Golden Globes.
  • Sitcoms - Argentina loves sitcoms. The funny thing is that we get lots of sitcoms in English, but they are normally years old. Felicity is on everyday, Will & Grace, Fraiser, Mad About You, Simpsons (the early, funny seasons), original 90210 episodes and, of course, Seinfeld. Some of the other shows that I don't normally watch that are on: According to Jim, The Big Bang Theory, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Everybody Loves Raymond.
  • Dramas - These shows seem to be on a few weeks after they air in the US. Lost (thank goodness!), Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Rescue Me, Nurse Jackie to name a few.
  • Reality TV - All of these shows are airing really early seasons compared to the US. Project Runway, Top Model and Real Housewives are a few that I've noticed. I'm definitely missing my Bravo! fix - I love the marathon weekends where you can see the whole season of a show in one day. I'm a sucker for crappy reality TV.
Lucky for us, the shows that originated in the US are aired in English with Spanish subtitles. Here are a few other shows that for some reason the titles have been "translated" into Spanish while the rest of the show stays in English. The hilarious thing is that only some shows are translated and most of them are a reiteration of what you already know:

El Senor Monk (The Man Monk) = Monk
Dr. House = House
La Lay y El Orden (The Law and the Order) = Law and Order
La Lay y El Orden, U.V.E. = Law and Order SVU
E.R. Emergencias = ER
Padre de Familia (Father of Family) = Family Guy
Bob esponja (Bob Sponge) = SpongeBob Squarepants

That's all for now. I'll add to this list if I can think of more. Stay tuned for the hilarity of movie translated titles.


  1. I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little jealous that you get Felicity...

  2. Loving all the blog posts! Keep them coming :) Glad you are able to watch some TV (even if it's old episodes).