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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. Oct 2, 2013 #41 of 113
    Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

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    I used to worry about this but now we have Netflix and On Demand so it is much easier to see shows we discounted early on if they happen to get a lot of good buzz.

    IMO it's good to have a list of shows you want to watch someday.
    We usually have a surplus but there have been dry spells and that's when we pick up shows we missed first run.
     
  2. Oct 2, 2013 #42 of 113
    Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    I miss the days of only three channels with only a few new shows to watch. Watching TV is too much work these days.
     
  3. Oct 2, 2013 #43 of 113
    markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

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    If I won the lottery, I could hire someone to watch TV for me.
     
  4. Oct 2, 2013 #44 of 113
    unitron

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    Of course if you were going to give up on Firefly after the pilot episode you had to wait for them to show an episode or three out of order first.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2013 #45 of 113
    midas

    midas I heard that

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    I never nuke a sitcom after just watching the pilot. But after seeing the 2nd episode of Dads, I'm starting to rethink that philosophy.
     
  6. Oct 2, 2013 #46 of 113
    mattack

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    I think it's dumb too, but some people refuse to watch/immediately delete a show when it's cancelled. So they'll only watch the show while it's still being made.

    I will continue to watch, if I like the show, even when I know it ends on a cliffhanger.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2013 #47 of 113
    steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I don't pay attention to the ratings. I understand what you are saying though.
    I mostly stick with the 1 hour dramas/procedurals and since most of those involve ongoing plots, I don't see any point in watching what is essentially an unfinished story if the show doesn't last a full season.

    Would you still take the time to read a book if you knew that the last few chapters were ripped from the end of it?
     
  8. Oct 3, 2013 #48 of 113
    kdelande

    kdelande TiVo-Wobble

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    Made it through half of the 30 Rock pilot and bailed. I have never retried it, despite all the praise it gets/got.

    Just moved on to other things.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2013 #49 of 113
    Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Depends on the book. If it was a book of short stories, sure (think sitcom). If it was a series of books and the author only wrote the first two and decided not to finish the series, I'd read the first two (procedural). If it was a self contained book, and the last three chapters were missing, I'd probably read up until the point that I knew they were missing.
     
  10. Oct 3, 2013 #50 of 113
    Maui

    Maui Major Lee Oblivious

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    I did not even make it all the way through the first epsiode of Super Fun Night last night.
     
  11. Oct 3, 2013 #51 of 113
    Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    I was going to start watching Breaking Bad, but it's already been cancelled, so what's the point?
     
  12. Oct 3, 2013 #52 of 113
    astrohip

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    While I understand your point, you picked the wrong show. It wasn't cancelled, it finished its run. It is complete. Start to finish.

    Now you can watch it, since you know it won't leave you hanging.:D
     
  13. Oct 3, 2013 #53 of 113
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Why do you say it's dumb? What difference does it make?
    People stop watching tv shows all the time for lots of reasons. There is no reason to invest time in something you've decided is no longer worth your time.
     
  14. Oct 3, 2013 #54 of 113
    Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I'm not saying it's dumb, people do what they do. But how do you know if a show is worth your time or not, until you watch it?
     
  15. Oct 3, 2013 #55 of 113
    MonsterJoe

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    It was so not the show that it claimed to be.
     
  16. Oct 3, 2013 #56 of 113
    WhiskeyTango

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    If it's likely to be canned before finishing the season, it's not worth my time. Pretty simple actually.
     
  17. Oct 3, 2013 #57 of 113
    Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I don't see it that way.

    There's no shows you could have enjoyed for the one season (or less) that it was on? Nielsen or the Networks decide for you what you like?
     
  18. Oct 3, 2013 #58 of 113
    WhiskeyTango

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    They don't decide what I like. They help me decide what I'm going to commit my limited time to. Any time spent watching a doomed show is time I'm not watching and keeping up on a keeper.

    I'm sure there are some shows I could have enjoyed for a season but I dropped them in favor of shows I have enjoyed for multiple seasons.
     
  19. Oct 3, 2013 #59 of 113
    The Spud

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    Technically, I nuked this after the 2nd episode, but since I didn't watch the 2nd episode, I guess I gave up after the pilot. My thought process was that it was so bad that even if it got significantly better it would still be pretty bad.

    I have pretty low standards, so giving up during or after the pilot doesn't happen very often.
     
  20. Oct 3, 2013 #60 of 113
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    You can't possible be serious.
     

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