When I fall in love with a TV show, I fall hard. For my obsession with The Simpsons, I decorated my college dorm room in 2004 with all things Simpsons—a lava lamp, plush dolls, character posters, a wall calendar, PEZ dispensers and even an alarm clock that blared Homer’s and Marge’s voices to wake me up. For my True Blood addiction in the late 2000s, my friends and I would make savory Bloody Marys for our viewing parties. For my Glee infatuation, particularly at the turn of the current decade, we captioned all of our social media photos with Glee quotes and even tipsily sang along at the Glee Live tour. For my Scandal fixation a few years ago, we handled our emotions, just like Olivia Pope and Mellie Grant, with fancy red wine and popcorn.
Hi, I’m a TV geek, and I’m not alone. Television spawns a special kind of rabid fandom—look no further than the appeal of New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con, where shows like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have attracted countless costumed fans over the years. I experienced a similar fervor this past weekend when I attended the traveling Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience tour. “It feels like we’re heading north of The Wall,” quipped my buddy during our car ride from New York City to Jones Beach Theater for this outdoor show.