Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Finnish T.V.

While we were flipping through t.v. channels the other night, we had one of those "uh oh, I forgot European television is a lot more liberal than American television" moments. We were just minding our own business, looking for a family-oriented t.v. show to watch, when we stumbled upon a program with a man exiting an elevator--buck naked. FULL frontal nudity.

After we picked Joey's eyeballs up off of the floor and got him to stop giggling, we decided to get cable and add some kid friendly cartoon channels to our t.v. selection here in Helsinki.

For those of you who don't know us, this is the first time we have ever had cable! I was so excited to add Showtime, CNN and the Discovery Channel to our t.v. I could barely wait. I envisioned us watching Disney movies together on the Disney channel, "not too old" movies on Showtime, and a constant newsfeed on CNN.

So, is it just here in Finland, or does Showtime always offer really offbeat, old no-name, BAD movies? And is the Wizards of Waverly place the ONLY show on the Disney channel? CNN is the international version here and while I like that, I sure would love to see a bit more news from home! (On the other hand, if you have any questions about the cruise ship that crashed in Italy, I'm your gal.) Is the Discovery Channel always about fishing? I'm thinking we were really never missing much on cable in the first place.

I'm back to watching Finnish channels in English...Seinfeld (it just never gets old!). I'm okay with old movies like Fargo; old sitcoms such as Frazier and Seinfeld and Finnish home improvement/design shows. I've also stumbled upon Conan O'Brien, but can't find it with any regularity.

Ooh, just flipped past an episode of Pawn Shop--one of my dad's favorites!


  1. Yeah, cable movie channels are usually pretty old movies and Disney Channel runs the same shows all day long. Don't even get me started on Nick (why don't they just call it the Spongebob channel?)
    But way to go on getting cable! Maybe you can even get call waiting while you're in Finland : )

    1. Hi! Check www.telkku.com for the tv timetables. Probably google will help you to find Conan more regularly too.