'The Buried Life'
9 p.m. Monday
"The Buried Life" is an 1852 poem about how we get so caught up in day-to-day busywork, we forget to "spend our fire and restless force in tracking out our true, original course."
In that spirit, a couple of Canadian brothers put together a "100 Things To Do Before We Die" list, with items such as "Compete in a krump contest," "Play basketball with President Obama," "Make a toast at a stranger's wedding," and so on. Jonnie and Duncan Penn took two weeks off work, borrowed an RV, and tackled the list along with friends Dave Lingwood and Ben Nemtin.
I was tempted to roll my eyes at the project, especially since No. 54 is "To get our on TV series." But the boys vowed that, for every item they scratch off their list, they'd help a stranger accomplish one of his life's goals. And the result is very sweet: The series is a testament to friendship, adventure, perseverance, and giving back. It's also pretty funny.
In the first episode, the guys try to get into the Playboy Mansion, with a two-pronged plan: Half the team will impersonate soccer star Christian Reynaldo and his manager; the other half will get smuggled inside in a large cake, dressed as Oompa Loompas. I give bonus points for creativity.
My favorite part, though, was when the pals try to raise money for a stranger's dream by panhandling and breakdancing on the street. "We got a fortune cookie," they announce as they go through their tally. "A teabag."
I choose to find it inspiring. If grown men can take to the streets in matching track suits and spin on their heads to help make a dream come true - what's stopping us?