We're excited to bring you a new post from mother and actress Tori Spelling! Every other week we're bringing you the best parenting and lifestyle advice from ediTORIal by Tori Spelling, which is Tori's daily blog about everything from food and fashion to parenting and relationships. This week Tori looks at the impact of television on a relationship.


I am a self-professed TV-aholic. There, I said it! How could I not be? I grew up the daughter of a legendary television producer. At every hour of the day, my dad was creating another hit TV show that would somehow impact our lives. To this day, people ask me questions like, “Hey, did Farrah Fawcett, like, really lounge poolside at your house?” Umm . . . yeah, sometimes. But never in her iconic, red one-piece (cue look of disappointment).

I had TV on the brain and in every room from an early age. But now, as an adult . . . well, not much has changed. I love TV. I’m an actress and producer, so it’s kind of necessary for my livelihood. At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. But, more than anything, I’m just a really big television fan. Whether it be movies, cooking, DIY, news, gossip, or even watching Sarah Palin fish in Alaska (there was nothing else on), if it’s the boob tube (does anyone still use that reference?), I’m watching it.

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The other night, Dean walked in and voiced concern upon seeing my glazed-over commitment to an E! Kourtney and Kim Take New York episode I’d seen five times already. He thinks TV shouldn’t be in our bedroom. What? Is he crazy? Apparently not. Many people, doctors, and self-help books (I might have read one or two), think that television is unhealthy for a relationship. How can this be? Are they saying that Jay Leno and the Barefoot Contessa are trying to steal my soulmate?

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On the contrary, my hubby and I bond over TV shows. Yes, we have “shows” that we watch. Or let me rephrase — shows that Dean claims to hate but gets super into. He even yells at my housewives, “You’re so dumb! Lisa Vanderpump never pretended to like you!” He may claim to be indifferent when the show’s over, but I know better. We discuss housewives like two gents might discuss dueling political opponents. It’s downright intellectual.

Of course, we also talk about real life – it’s not like all we do in the bedroom is watch TV. We discuss our days, the kids, and our relationship. We even cuddle and canoodle in between cooking shows. Just kidding. Kinda. But my point is, I don’t think TV in the bedroom is unhealthy if watched sparingly. But that’s my opinion. What do you think? Do you and your partner watch TV together, and if so, where? In the bedroom? Living room? Both?

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