:( never knew about the kitty cat. But, Bill Hicks said something similar: instead of letting old people die in convalescent homes and such, put them in the movies and have Chuck Norris kick their head off or whatever.
I remember watching it with my parents when it was first on, so I was like 7 years old or so, but they watched it because we used to vacation up around Snoqualmie and other areas where it was shot. That's also why they watched Northern Exposure and now mostly Downton Abbey, because I guess my ancestors had (technically still have) a place very similar in the Lake District in England. So for them it was Location Location Location..
Anyway I tried the same thing with them and Breaking Bad, since they go to New Mexico all the time, and my mom's just like "drugs are bad." Umm.. ok mom.