Last night was the Sophie's Choice of TV nights.
Do you watch the MTV Video Music Awards or tune in for the final night of the Democratic National Convention?
Yet, as I flipped back and forth between both "shows," I realized that if you watched one, you watched the other, as there were strange similarities.
1. Both shows had one man trying to get people to like him. Comedian and host Kevin Hart delivered a monologue that felt a little desperate, while Barack Obama delivered a speech to entice voters to give him a job for another four years.
2. There was pandering to women. Women's issues took center stage at the DNC, with signs saying "Women will remember in November," while at the VMAs, sisters were doing it for themselves, like Taylor Swift and Pink who delivered show-stopping performances about telling the Man to kiss it.
3. The fashions! Michelle Obama! Rihanna's new kicky haircut!
4. Lots of dancing! For the VMAs, it was performances; for the DNC, it was around issues (although there were some great shots of awkward drifting to Earth Wind & Fire's "September")!
5. There was a call for people to come together. At the DNC, it was Republicans and Democrats to work together; at the VMAs, it was for Drake and Chris Brown to bury the hatchet ("Nip it in the bud," said Kevin Hart).