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Giving up on a show after just the pilot episode

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by betts4, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. DougF

    DougF Active Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    I think the last show we dropped after the pilot was "Chicago Fire". Wasn't horrible, just boring. The next, for me at least, will be "Lucky 7". My wife liked it and will probably keep watching. Though the ratings indicate it likely won't be around long anyway.

    Most of the time, I'll drop something after at two or three episodes if I don't really like it. I'm not a "might as well watch because it's in HD or there is nothing else on" type. If I don't really like it, I'm out. Too much else to do.
  2. bsnelson

    bsnelson I'm an Android, baby

    Oct 30, 1999
    My approach in the last few seasons has been this:

    1. Make a very short list (3 - 4) of shows that seem very compelling because of topic/actors/writers/directors/producers
    2. Watch a few episodes of them, even if they seem to start slow
    3. Watch for groundswell on other shows that we didn't choose
    4. If other shows that seem interesting are getting lots of good press (especially from the harshest critics around, the people in this forum, and I'm only half kidding), "obtain" the missing episodes from "somewhere", and if we like them, get an SP going forward.

    It's kind of a way to not have to commit to so many shows up front, but be able to get in the game later.

    As for the original topic: I'm not sure I can think of a single show that I stopped watching after seeing only the pilot.

  3. andyw715

    andyw715 Active Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Not really that big of a deal, bailing on a show. Most often it can be found streaming online somewhere. So in the chance that it does become something great, you can always catch up if you like.
  4. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    A lot. X-files, ER, 24, Fraiser, Party of Five, Gilmore Girls, just to name a few. Do I feel like I missed out on anything? nope. And not once have I ever thought 'I need more TV to watch'

    and I don't get not understanding how so many people can watch just a pilot (or part of the pilot) and decide that it's not for them when millions more don't even do that much before deciding to not watch a tv show and that's ok to do.

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

    Jul 10, 2000
    Too much to watch, if it doesn't grab me, it's gone. It's just a tv show.
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural New Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I usually research all of the new shows before they air and set up my recordings based on what sounds interesting to me (which totally eliminates anything in the "reality TV" realm, game shows, talent shows, and most sitcoms, most of which could not even remotely be considered as quality TV). I already have a large number of shows that I have stuck with from past seasons and there's only so many hours in the week I can devote to TV viewing.

    I'll try to record and watch as many premieres as I can, but chances are there are some that just don't fit into my schedule that might be something I'd like to watch. A show has to be just plain awful for me to bail on the first episode or else bore me to tears. So far only one show has gotten the axe in my lineup (Brooklyn Ninety-Nine; I just didn't find it all that funny and making Andre Braugher gay was just annoying and completely unnecessary).

    Any show that doesn't follow a tired old format and cast of characters will more likely get my attention. There are far too many shows about cops, firemen, doctors, lawyers, forensic scientists and, more recently, vampires. I dropped just about every such show from my recording schedule except for a select few. Hollywood must think that anyone that works outside of these professions is just too boring to make a show about.

    Anything by Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon gets a season pass automatically.
  7. Vendikarr

    Vendikarr New Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    It's really tough to know when to bail on a show. If I am really hating it, it will be after three episodes. The pilot is always just introducing the concept and characters, and I have never found it a good episode to judge what a show will be. I like to give it a couple of regular episodes to see what they are doing with it. If I am on the fence I stay a little longer.

    Scripts are normally written weeks ahead of filming, and the writers won't have seen the actors in the roles, and so the parts on the page won't have as much life.

    It can be five or six episodes before the writers begin to incorporate aspects of the actors in their scripts, and that is where you actually see things come together. If I am still on the fence at this point, I give up, because to me it's not going to get any better.
  8. Beryl

    Beryl New Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Sitcoms get one episode because I haven't enjoyed a sitcom since "King of Queens".

    Dramas may get a few episodes because I'm initially drawn by the actors, the premise and/or the writing. I watched a few episodes of Season 1 Breaking Bad, for example, when initially aired and dropped out. Meth has destroyed communities and I didn't like the idea of glorifying its manufacturing. Season 3 starred Giancarlo Esposito (an actor I enjoy watching), so I decided to try a couple of episodes in Season 3, got hooked, and went back to watch Season 1 & 2. I watched 3 episodes of Revolution because of the same actor and the premise before dropping it.

    There are too many shows to watch and books to read for me to invest time in something that doesn't grab me right away.
  9. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    It's interesting that you made the last statement and did the exact opposite with Breaking Bad :)
  10. Beryl

    Beryl New Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Yep. I liked an actor and the premise of Revolution but I couldn't stand the show. The writing and the direction didn't hold me.
  11. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    I watched 3 episodes of Revolution and dropped it. Still here it being talked about so I am not sure if I should go back to watch, but really am not that interested.
  12. MonsterJoe

    MonsterJoe ♪♫♪♪♫♪♫♫♪

    Feb 19, 2003
    It took me 5 years to get past the 1st episode of Breaking Bad.

    I tend to bail quickly, but am open to trying again.
  13. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    For most new shows, the pilot episode is the highest ratings it will ever get, so a good chunk of the Nielsen audience seems to bail if they don't like the pilot. It's the rare show that will actually build an audience in subsequent episodes and those shows usually have great word of mouth. One of the more recent shows that did this that comes to mind is Scandal as well as Breaking Bad whose ratings went in the exact opposite direction with it's finale the highest rated episode.
  14. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Vegas Boy

    Apr 2, 2001
    Don't bother.
  15. mattack

    mattack New Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Revolution is entertaining.. I still haven't watched the season premiere yet, but that's not saying much. I *do* go back and watch old stuff I recorded.

    I don't remember what show, but I think I may have given up on one after the pilot last year.. but if I watch, usually I watch a couple... and then if I get into a show, I watch until _THE END_ for the most part. Some of the exceptions in the past were actually *popular* shows, since I know they would show up on DVD.. and even one of my favorite shows ever, 'er', because there were too many things on between 9-11 on Thursday nights and Tivos couldn't deal with the 9:58-11 recording.. so I gave up on 'er' at some point. I have a couple of seasons to watch when I pick up the DVD set some eon (after the Bluray full series gets dirt cheap, the DVD set will be even cheaper!). Did the same with CSI. But for the most part, if I watch more than a couple of episodes, I keep watching or at least recording, the show... and as I said, there have been times when I have gone back and watched episodes I recorded from a year or two ago and caught up. Though it's not an example, I do think after trying out the first couple eps of Revolution last year, I waited months before watching a bunch fairly quickly to catch up near the end of the year.
  16. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Fortunately, I have enough storage on my TiVos that I can record all the new shows that pique my interests.
    I don't watch them right away. I keep up with current shows while the new ones get saved up. If the show doesn't last a full season, I just delete them...there's no point in watching them if that happens.
  17. Alfer

    Alfer New Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Blacklist is the perfect example of how a pilot grabbed us (wife and I) and had us hooked from pretty much the opening scene. My wife is already hooked (as am I) and was fully entrenched and said she thinks this could be "great series".
  18. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    That was me with Mad Men. And I probably wouldn't have gone back if I wasn't bored and had nothing else to watch. The first episode of Mad Men was incredibly boring.

    So while I usually won't revisit something I dropped on the first episode, it's not unprecedented that I might.
  19. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    See, I never got that whole "if the ratings are bad, no sense watching" thing. Why should "the ratings" dictate what you might like? If everyone sat back and waited for the ratings to come in to watch than NO show would get any ratings. For me, if I like the show, I'm going to enjoy it for however long it's on. I do kinda get it for serialized shows, because they can leave you hanging with no answers to the plot. But for sitcoms and procedurals? Why not just enjoy it until it's officially cancelled? A show like Whitney the last couple of years mostly got bad ratings, but I enjoyed it, so I was going to watch until I couldn't. If I enjoyed it for only 5 episodes? I got that much enjoyment and moved on.
  20. markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

    Oct 22, 2002
    If I am interested enough to watch the pilot, I will give a show at least two episodes, maybe three before bailing. I know that the pilot is usually filmed way ahead of the rest of the episodes and often times a lot is revamped between the pilot and the next couple of episodes.

    Since I have a Hopper, it records all of prime time (on the 4 major networks) automatically. Therefore I can easily give every show a viewing or two before deciding not to continue watching. I don't have to worry about setting up the DVR to record most shows except the networks like AMC, FX, USA, etc.

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