Here’s where I reveal Frank’s deepest, darkest, dirtiest secret: He’s a fan of the Oxygen network. Yes, the one with the “Oh!” in the corner of the screen. I guess it’s not as bad as liking Lifetime since they always add “television for women” after the name (although he does like a good Tori Spelling movie every now and then).
And to make his secret even more shameful, the show he likes to watch is called
Campus Ladies. To be fair, I think he first Ti-fauxed it because he thought it was going to be about young college girls, pillow fighting. Instead, it’s about two women in their 40s who go back to college and live in the freshmen dorms. When he first realized this, he was disappointed. But after one episode, he was hooked. We both were.
Now he says, “Can we watch “the ladies?”
The ladies, Joan and Barri, are hilarious. They do things like pretend to be disabled and join the handicap club, pretend to be Christians to get good food and try to get into a black sorority. Whatever they’re doing, it’s usually the opposite of PC. We love their friends in the dorm, too: They’ve got a roommate, Paige, who’s a “real” college kid and is usually embarrassed by the ladies but is starting to become good friends with them. Then there’s Drew and Abdul—their dorm neighbors. Drew’s this dorky guy who’s hooking up with Paige.
Abdul is probably the best character on the show. He’s even got his own dating service. Abdul’s the one that started calling Joan and Barri “The Ladies” and now everyone calls them that: Paige, Drew, Frank, me—everyone!
And like all shows that are good on their own but not getting high enough ratings, they’ve enlisted the help of guest “stars” like Sean Hayes, Penny Marshall, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Alexander and Megan Mullally.
If you’ve got cable (which I believe is everyone we know except the Loyd’s, who are still holding out), you’ve got to watch it! It’s on Tuesdays at 11/10pm. And men, don’t feel bad about watching a show on Oxygen. Just think of Frank; he watches it and he’s very manly (except when he asks if we can watch Golden Girls reruns on Lifetime).