Pieces of Me


Before kids, my television indulgences were Sex and the City, Friends and the Soprano’s. Just writing that list makes me realise how long ago it was that I actually watched television. It has been years since I had an uninterrupted evening sitting on the couch. Something happened last year to change that. My boys started to settle into long peaceful nights of sleep. Oh, the bliss. The next thing you know, I found myself dusting off the cobwebs on the remote and tuning back into the television world. I felt like a kid starting at a new school. Flicking from one channel to the next, I had no idea who was who or what was going on.

On Thursday mornings at work, I overheard cheeky, lustful hallway conversations between blushing females about Dr. Patrick Reid and a TV show called Offspring. Dr. Who? My sister told me that she would happily have Dr. Reid’s babies. Who was this man? I had to find out who this Dr. Patrick Reid was.


Very quickly I found myself sitting in front of the television, remote ready, waiting to watch Offspring. It did not matter that it was episode three into season three. I had nothing to lose. It was worth one hour of my time to find out what all the fuss was about.

One hour was all it took – I was hooked!


An obsession started to brew. I religiously watched each new episode, commercials and all! I found myself thinking in the voice of Nina. Talking about Billy at morning tea, as if she was my closest girlfriend. Lusting after Patrick Reid, like every other woman in Australia. Then it ended, just like that. Nina pregnant and no more episodes. I started suffering withdrawal.

Thanks to Foxtel, my withdrawal didn’t last too long and season two was aired. Religiously I watched. I drove my sister crazy talking about each episode and what was happening. “I’ve already seen it.” “What are you talking about now?” “Not Offspring again.” Yet, the shine, the allure began to dull with each passing episode. Season one began immediately after season two. Religiously I watched, hoping it would get better.

Reading a book backwards would make no sense, and as I found out, watching Offspring backwards didn’t either. Maybe I just needed my Offspring fix? I fell less in love with the characters. Less intrigued by the plot. A little bemused by some of the story line and I was convinced that I didn’t like Billie.


I knew season four was coming soon, and the allure of Dr. Patrick Reid has won through in the end. The ability to see so much of myself in Nina. These two characters are going to have a baby! Make love work! Prove to Australia, for one hour a week, that love really does conquer all. All these ideas, the anticipation of it all, has awakened my lust for a session on the couch in front of the television.

I know you can watch episode one of season four online already. But I don’t want to. The anticipation is just too good. I want to hang on a little longer, crave a little more. Routine needs to step aside next week. Offspring is back and it has been too long between drinks.

Offspring is my TV addiction, what is yours?

Offspring returns to Ten on Wednesday May 22 at 8.30pm

  • Sophie Allen

    I love Offspring too, and am hanging out for the 22nd!

  • You just named three of my all time favs. S&TC, Seinfeld and The Soprano’s. I really don’t ‘get’ The Offspring thing – but must be the only one in Aus! I love The Good Wife & Revenge. They are the only two that I get distressed if I miss

  • bodyandfeetretreat

    Haven’t seen Offspring – and now I probably don’t want to in case I get hooked !!!! I am a Grey’s girl but am also watching (albeit very much behind) The Following and Arrow. A and I enjoy NCIS-LA, 2 Broke Girls, Mrs Browns Boys and SPORT – which is generally our first choice !!!
    Have the best day !

  • Loree

    My TV addictions are limited to The Barefoot Contessa, Junk Gypsies and Meg’s Great Rooms – that is, if I can stay awake. There’s nothing like TV to lull me into a deep sleep.

  • lydia C lee

    Law & Order – all kinds. I don’t get that they axed it. I know watch any repeats I can…weird, I know. Was very excited when the last season of 30 Rock turned up in the post yesterday – we’ve been struggling with the TV offerings of late. Given we watched 4 episodes back to back, it won’t last long…

    • I love them Lyduia they are my secret addiction. Everyone I know bags it but I don’t care!

  • I LOVE Boardwalk Empire! They showed the first season last year and I was hooked. It’s about atlantic City at the turn of the century when it was run by gangsters and stand-over men. If you like historical stuff this would be one I’d reccommend 🙂

  • I watched The Block for the first time last night, uh oh, major addiction coming on!

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    I actually don’t watch anything “current” on TV. I am usually asleep by 9.00pm (due to my 5.00-5.30am starts). I am a re-run girl and I need Foxtel to record stuff I didn’t see the first time around. DVD box sets are also a big hit in our house … like at Christmas time when I watched back-to-back Revenge Season One. I haven’t even peeked at Season Two on the TV yet …. need to wait until I can gather all the eps together in one place and have another Revenge-athon!
    LOVE your coffee table set up in readiness for your TV obsession 🙂
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • Grace

    I loved “Offspring” what I saw of it! But I just don’t have much time for TV anymore. And I think I’m just getting old but…those commercials are annoying…So exciting though that Nina’s finally pregnant 🙂

  • I love Offspring, can’t wait for next week! I actually didn’t like it when it was first on, it annoyed me. But then I started watching it again about half way through season 2 and I was hooked.

  • I have never heard of “OffSpring” until now!! We no longer have a TV, yet on Sunday night we had dinner at our older son’s house. Where I got to watch The Block….now I have no idea what is happening because we are back home with no TV!! I so could be addicted to “The Block” series 🙂

  • Kaz @ MeltingMoments

    I need to catch up on season 2 and 3! Season one was great!

  • Martine@themodernparent

    Yes definitely looking forward to Offsprings return. I think it is the characters….I can probably see a bit of myself in all of them I am also enjoying the series ‘girls’ and ‘smash’. Interestingly no reality tv for me…..I think I need the escape more than seeing people’s real life dramas! (Except the voice…love a good talent show!)

  • I stated to watch it in the first season, but never got any further than that. I can’t remember why now.
    I love the anticipation of a series of Grey’s Anatomy, and refuse to watch it online for the exact same reason.

  • Rita

    I heard Offspring was a really good show. I’m addicted to Revenge.

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