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Help me pick a new show to watch!

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Adam1115, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Dec 27, 2013 #61 of 170
    Steveknj

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    I disagree. First of all what about critically acclaimed but horrible ratings? (Arrested Development / Community / Friday Night Lights / Terriers). Should I not give those a chance because the ratings were bad? Consider the case of Studio 60 which had abysmal ratings (after the first episode) and was cancelled fairly quickly. Should I not bother? Or how about a show with terrific ratings but not critically acclaimed? A lot of folks are watching and enjoying it, so perhaps I should stick with it? That's what I mean, there's no hard and fast rule. I think really, go with your own tastes. If you know the kind of show you will like, watch those. Who cares what critics think? They are TV viewers just like you and me. And since there's SO much out there, if a show doesn't grab me pretty quickly, I really don't have the time and patience to keep at it. I stuck with Breaking Bad WAY too long, even though fairly early on I knew I wouldn't like it. I gave it 1 1/2 seasons. Time I wish I had back to watch something else. I'm sorry, giving a show THAT much time to grab you is ridiculous.
     
  2. Dec 27, 2013 #62 of 170
    Fahtrim

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    I think if something has a lot of hype, EITHER critically or on the internet in places such as this, there's generally a reason.

    For example The Wire, I know it is going to be chic to just not like it b/c so many people have now said it was awesome, but that doesn't change the FACT that it is an awesome show. I have yet to talk to or read from anyone who actually watched the entire show say it was anything but awesome.

    Not that you have to watch it or anything, but when you come to the internet and ask for a show to watch, you will get over and over the shows that are generally regarded as the best shows, no need to keep on arguing how you don't like them. I guess if you are trolling then keep on at it. :D
     
  3. Dec 27, 2013 #63 of 170
    gweempose

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    I agree with both of these statements. If a show has a great rep, it definitely deserves more of a chance than just any random show. For example, I've never seen a single episode of The Wire, but based on all the ridiculously positive recommendations, I'd give the show at least a season before calling it quits. Shows such as Firefly, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Terriers, etc. have obviously gained such solid reputations for a reason. Sure, they may not be to everyone's taste, but so many people love these shows because they are fundamentally well executed in terms of writing, acting, storytelling, cinematography, music, etc ...
     
  4. Dec 27, 2013 #64 of 170
    Adam1115

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    I'm struggling with The Wire, Fringe. The first two of the Wire suck. Fringe started off ok but is getting old quick. Just started the Shield.
     
  5. Dec 27, 2013 #65 of 170
    Fahtrim

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    Well imo wire and fringe both awesome and both developed even more over time
     
  6. Dec 27, 2013 #66 of 170
    Hot4Bo

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    I really want my brother to start watching Chicago Fire but he missed the first season and for some reason, nbc.com doesn't have the first season, only the second. That seems to be true of almost everywhere unless you pay a ton of money. You'd think nbc would want people to watch season 1.
     
  7. Dec 27, 2013 #67 of 170
    unitron

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    Studio 60 is one of those shows I fear I helped doom by liking it.
     
  8. Dec 27, 2013 #68 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    :rolleyes:
    Watching something years after the fact isn't the issue.
     
  9. Dec 28, 2013 #69 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    Really? Did you even bother to read the original post?

    the last line from that post. "What really awesome show did I miss out on that we could start from season 1? " :mad:
     
  10. Dec 28, 2013 #70 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    What I said was, that is if a show is both critically acclaimed and got high ratings, its probably a good idea to give it more than an episode to grab you. Sure there are great shows that had poor ratings and excellent reviews. And there are great shows that had fantastic ratings and bad reviews. My point is that if it had both, chances are, there is really something to it. Could a show be both critically acclaimed and highly watched, and I still hate it. Yep, Mad Men is an example. Do I think its a good idea to give those kinds of shows more than an episode before I dump it. Yep, from my experience, its much more hit than miss that way. I think its very hard to argue with that logic.
     
  11. Dec 28, 2013 #71 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Seriously?
    You think this is about the OP?
    It's not, and you should know it because you started it.
    :rolleyes:
     
  12. Dec 28, 2013 #72 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    No, that is not what you said, it's not even close.
    What you said was:
    People only need to give a show as much of a chance as they feel like giving it. To even suggest anything other than that is just plain ignorant.
     
  13. Dec 28, 2013 #73 of 170
    mr.unnatural

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    One thing's for certain, everybody has different tastes. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the viewing public tends to migrate towards mindless entertainment. How else could anyone explain the popularity of "reality" TV shows?

    While I don't always agree with the critics, they tend to shy away from this kind of crap and look for shows that are a bit more intellectually stimulating. These are the kinds of shows I enjoy the most, although I am also prone to watch shows that are just plain fun on occasion. However, every "critically acclaimed" show doesn't always pique my interest up front and I end up wondering what the critics saw in it that I missed.

    Watch what you like. There's certainly enough program variety around to suit every taste.
     
  14. Dec 28, 2013 #74 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    Yes, and then you asked me how were you supposed to know if a show is great and I went on to tell you that if it receives critical acclaim and has good ratings, probably a really good show. What part of this aren't you getting. You're acting as if somehow I've changed my argument and I haven't. I was always speaking of shows that have been around a while as the OP was asking about.
     
  15. Dec 28, 2013 #75 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    I must admit that I do , occasionally, delve into the mindless reality drivel. Although you can't really call it reality, Repo Games was high on my list once, as was Parking Wars.
     
  16. Dec 28, 2013 #76 of 170
    Adam1115

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    There are two types of reality shows.

    Type 1-
    Non reality.
    Survivor
    The Bachelor
    Real Housewives
    Duck Dynasty

    Type 2-
    Pawn Stars
    Car Chasers
    Fast & Loud
    Ice Road Truckers

    Type 2 I watch.
     
  17. Dec 28, 2013 #77 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    It's just a shame that you can't even follow your own discussions with any kind of comprehension.

    I commented that I gave up on The Shield after the first episode, but now I'm willing to give it another try and you responded to that by quoting it and then saying "You always have to give a great show at least two eps." because the discussion was about a first run show and not about catching up sometime later, I asked how is anyone to know if a show is any good.
    Perhaps you didn't intend to be discussing that, but because you quoted me on it to make your comment, that is what the discussion was about.

    and besides that, as I've already said, you statements on how people should watch tv are just plain ignorant anyway.
     
  18. Dec 28, 2013 #78 of 170
    LoadStar

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    I fail to see what differentiates Type 2 from Type 1, other than perhaps one is "the ones you watch" and the other is "the ones you don't." Both categories include shows that are scripted, often contrived pseudo-reality.
     
  19. Dec 28, 2013 #79 of 170
    Adam1115

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    Type 1 is totally fake staged crap. Type 2 actually has some reality, with maybe some fake crap to make it more interesting.
     
  20. Dec 28, 2013 #80 of 170
    LoadStar

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    I question that with at least "Pawn Stars." What I've heard indicates that the items shown on the show are placed there by producers, the stars are only in the store these days to film the show, and the store serving as a gift shop for the show more than an actual working pawn shop. Frankly, these days I suspect *any* show that purports to be "reality" being anything but scripted pseudo-reality.
     

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