The evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. Consider:
• "House" is a Catholic show because it is set in a hospital. And Catholics have founded many a hospital. Duh! Need I say more? Yes? Alright: in addition, the main character, Dr. Gregory House, often mentions God—sometimes in a philosophically wry way; sometimes in anger; sometimes when swearing. Ergo, he must be a Catholic. Or an least an anonymous Christian.
• "Desperate Housewives" is surely Catholic since it is about a neighborhood with families—and if the Catholic Church isn't all about neighborhoods and families, who is? Besides, from what I gather from commercials (having never watched DH) the show occasionally broaches the topic of sex, which is something the Catholic Church occasionally mentions, albeit with a somewhat different take.
• "American Idol" is likely Catholic. How so? Have you ever listened to Catholics sing at Mass? What? You couldn't hear anyone singing? Okay, so "American Idol" might be Methodist or Presbyterian. And I swear I've seen a couple of those "Idol" stage sets in a few parishes.
• "24" had some seriously Catholic themes, such as redemption, self-sacrifice, and getting the job done despite being beat to a pulp and bleeding profusely while shooting terrorists who are assembling a bomb that will destroy downtown Los Angeles. And then there was that constant refrain, "About ten minutes", which is, of course, the classic answer to the ancient and abiding Catholic question: "How long are Father Bill's homilies?"
• "Survivor" is bursting with Catholicism, especially evidenced in its primal tribalism. Isn't being a serious Catholic about tribalism and tapping into one's primal desire to belong to something Bigger Than Yourself? And those little interviews with contestants surely resemble Confession, don't they? (Nevermind that no one seems sorry about anything they've done. Details!)
• "CSI" is so Catholic that I wouldn't be surprised if it was produced by the Vatican. Think of it: a lonely band of truth-seekers, crime-solvers, and law-keepers fight to keep Sin City on the straight and narrow. Catholic! Catholic! Catholic! Ding! Ding! Ding! (Also, Sinatra used to perform in Las Vegas, and he was Catholic. Case closed!)
• Come to think of it, any crime show is Catholic, because most of those shows assume that certain actions are objectively evil, and only the Catholic Church really believes that anymore.
• "Seinfeld" was probably Catholic, if only because it was set in New York City and there are a lot of Catholics living in New York City. Also, the characters eat and talk alot, and most Catholic enjoy eating and talking. What? You're going to disagree? What are you, a George?
• "The Mentalist" shows its Catholic colors from time to time, as when Patrick Jane—who was once a "psychic" and con artist—exposes psychics as con artists. That's simply a modern riff on the biblical injunction to expose false prophets.
• I suspect that "NCIS" might be a closet Catholic sort of show. For example, lead agent Jethro Gibbs has been married and divorced several times. And he is never shown going to Mass or receiving Communion. Which suggests he is a devout Catholic who adheres to Church teaching regarding the reception of the Eucharist by those who have been divorced. In fact, the show has so much respect for Catholicism, it never brings up Catholicism.
• "The Big Bang Theory," despite being a comedy, addresses the complex relationship between faith and reason. Doesn't it? Well, it has something to do with science, and so does the Catholic Church, what with Galileo and all that astronomy stuff. Oh, and the man who proposed the Big Bang theory was a Catholic priest. Full circle!
• "Two and a Half Men" doesn't seem obviously Catholic, but that's only because you need to dig a little bit. Underneath all of the sexual innunendo, sexual depravity, bathroom humor, and unrelenting vulgarity is a sweet and wholesome story of a single guy helping out his brother and nephew in need. And if you don't appreciate that helping out people in need is mega-Catholic, well, you aren't American!
• I've never watched the show "Brothers and Sisters" but, really, if that isn't a blatantly Catholic title, what is? ("Father Knows Best" comes to mind. What else?)
• Finally, a blast from the past: "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", the short-lived show about a man who lives a hermit-like existence in the wilderness, with a bear as his constant companion. Clearly, it was based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi and, thus, was as overtly Catholic as "Little House on the Prarie" or "Gunsmoke".
And I don't have time to discuss "Cheers", "Dark Angel", "Miami Vice", "Frasier", "X-Files", "News Radio", "Dukes of Hazard", "The Price Is Right", "Happy Days", and so many other shows, all of them as Catholic as apple pie and "The Simpsons". But, please, feel free to mention your favorite Catholic television show in the comments section so we might all be edified.