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TV Dilemma - robert
October 21st, 2010
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TV Dilemma
How do you know when it's time to stop watching a TV show?  Well, when it comes to current network TV shows, it's easy: I stop watching when I lose interest (I'm down to four: The Office, Glee, Family Guy, and No Ordinary Family, and No Ordinary Family is just barely hanging in there).  But what about shows on DVD?  There are so many shows that I dislike but which I feel like I should keep watching just because they're so beloved, and because the possibility exists that I'll grow to love them somewhere down the line.

I gave The Wire eight episodes or so.  Bored out of my mind.  And yet it's supposedly the best show ever.  If I keep watching it, will there come a point where I agree with that statement?

Watched the first episode of Dexter.  I didn't dislike it, but it didn't grab me, either.  But supposedly it gets much better.  Do I really want to invest the time to find out for sure?

Veronica Mars, I could only get through one episode, and that just barely.  Awful, awful show.

But I managed to get through four episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  To think I avoided it for so long because I hate Sarah Michelle Gellar and because Buffy fans are so annoying, when I could have been avoiding it because it's a truly dreadful show.  It also allegedly gets better (of course it does, it couldn't possibly get worse), but in this case I'm perfectly comfortable living in ignorance.  And since I also hated the pilots of both Firefly and Dollhouse, I can cross all Joss Whedon shows off my to-do list.  At least now I know who to blame for the current state of comic books: comic book writers all want to write like Joss Whedon.  But he's not a good writer.  With every sophomoric one-liner I just want to go to his house and hit him with a rolled-up newspaper.  And yes, I still want to punch Sarah Michelle Gellar in the face.  Acting just isn't her thing.

Californication: absolutely despised every minute of it.

Mad Men: I just watched the first episode tonight, and there are things about it I find it intriguing, but mostly I hated it.  It's all wink-wink, nudge-nudge, "Aren't these people just aaaawful?"  God, is the whole series like this?  And, again, would it be a waste of my time to find out?  Such a dilemma.

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From:ext_294709
Date:October 22nd, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
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I love the Dexter books and the show. I would keep with it. The acting gets better.

I like Californication, although I can't remember what the first episode was like. It is one of the few shows that makes me laugh out loud.
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From:confuzzledmog
Date:October 22nd, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I could have told you that you would hate Buffy. I do kind of like Sarah Michelle Gellar though.

I haven't been excited about a TV show in a long time...almost everything sucks these days. Glee is the only thing I really look forward to now and even that is hard to swallow sometimes.
From:agate14
Date:October 22nd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I made it just about as far with all those shows, I think, save Mad Men, and yes, the whole series is like that, or at least however much of it I watched before giving up.
I have considered giving Dexter another shot, though, as people are pretty insistent that it becomes awesome.

*Sno*
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From:aardvarkfloss
Date:October 23rd, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
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yeah buffy isn't worth it.
the don draper is awful but I like the women of mad men.
have you tried the united states of tara? or nurse jackie? I haven't seen them but I've heard good things. Or Hung?
I want to watch The Shield.
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From:hork
Date:October 23rd, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
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The women are all complete messes, as far as I can tell.

I watched the pilot of Tara and I didn't like it. I haven't seen Nurse Jackie.
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From:confuzzledmog
Date:October 23rd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
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tara is good. not great, but good. robert wouldn't like it because it's created by diablo cody and he wants to stuff her in a burlap bag. haven't seen nurse jackie but heard good things. kind of want to try true blood but have heard mixed things.
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From:confuzzledmog
Date:October 31st, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
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In case you didn't know, a TV series about zombies called "The Walking Dead" (based on a comic book) premieres on AMC tonight at 10pm. Looks promising..
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From:hork
Date:November 1st, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
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I know. It's my favorite comic book, and I ordered cable just so I can watch the show.
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From:confuzzledmog
Date:November 1st, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
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oh ok, i heard about it today and thought it would be something you would like.
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From:incroyable
Date:November 11th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)

television ramblings...

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I have this same dilemma, although entirely for DVD shows because I don't have TV. I typically just see how I feel... and because I watch most of the shows I'm "trying out" while I'm working or doing some other project, I tend to watch them a little longer than I would if I were just watching attentively. Example: Weeds has been horrible since the end of season 1 but I watched until the middle of 3 before giving up.

I LOVE Dexter but after season 2 it really went downhill. The first season is very interesting and worth watching, IMO. I'm still going to watch ALL seasons, because I just love Michael C Hall and could watch him do anything.

I just started Nip/Tuck recently (on your recommendation) and I LOVE it, but I'm getting exhausted with all the shenanigans. I'm almost done with season 3 already and though I'm frustrated, I love the characters so much that I'm still watching... and the message of the show is really thought-provoking.

It's too bad you're not sure about Mad Men... I was going to give it a go soon -- I've never watched it.
My current new favorite is Lie To Me, and my remaining old favorite is House, which continues to get better despite the rotating cast of regular supporting actors. :P
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From:hork
Date:November 12th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)

Re: television ramblings...

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I don't recommend watching Nip/Tuck past season 3. Season 4 is HORRIBLE. I gave up in the middle of it (although I have heard it gets better with season 5, but I've never bothered to find out).

I love every season of Weeds. I know a lot of people gave up on it, but to me, the crazier it gets, the better. There's just something really unique about that show. It's got a rhythm and an artistic sensibility that no other show has.

If you don't like Weeds, you should give Breaking Bad a try, if you haven't already. It's like a more serious, more mature, more realistic Weeds.
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