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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 28, 2013 #81 of 170
    Edmund

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    Amazon Instant video has the first season in HD, 24 episodes, for $19.99. I don't call that a ton of money.
     
  2. Dec 28, 2013 #82 of 170
    gweempose

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    I don't watch the other shows you mentioned, but I don't think it's fair to call Survivor "fake staged crap". The outcome may be manipulated to a degree, but it's still very much a real competition.
     
  3. Dec 28, 2013 #83 of 170
    LoadStar

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    Scanned back through the list, and no one suggested "Falling Skies." 3 10-episode seasons so far, with a fourth to air in Summer. All three seasons are available on Amazon Prime.
     
  4. Dec 28, 2013 #84 of 170
    Hot4Bo

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    Thanks. I still don't see why NBC wouldn't offer it for free for a new-ish show to attract more viewers.
     
  5. Dec 28, 2013 #85 of 170
    Adam1115

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    A real competition that has nothing to do with 'surviving' in the wilderness.
     
  6. Dec 28, 2013 #86 of 170
    LoadStar

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    Well, no. It's a survivor-themed game show, and I don't think it claims to be anything else.
     
  7. Dec 29, 2013 #87 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    You left out the part, in the same message, where you were talking about binging on SoA. It doesn't say anything about you watching The Shield during its initial airing. I assumed, perhaps ignorantly, that you were watching some time after its inital airing, when it had already achieved ratings and critical acclaim. That's why I made the comment about giving a great show multiple episodes. I often find that I don't enjoy the first episode of shows that I grow very fond of. Ray Donovan is a real recent example. But, because it got such good word of mouth, I gave it another episode and really liked it.

    I'm sorry you can't follow the logic. I'm even more sorry that you feel the need to call my remarks ignorant. But least ignorant can be fixed. Stupidity is a much bigger problem.
     
  8. Dec 29, 2013 #88 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    It seems to be a trend that the networks are doing this. I can't remember what show it was recently that I looked up, but the most current three episodes were all that were available free online. I guess they want to make money on people catching up which doesn't make a whole lot of sense since it would seem to hurt the future ratings of the show.
     
  9. Dec 29, 2013 #89 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Wow, more comprehension limitations.
    Here's that post in its entirety.
    I said I passed over SoA in its initial airing w/o watching any of it and said that I had given The Shield one episode before I gave up on it. Other people commented and seemed to understand that I was talking about the initial run of both shows. I don't get how it could be understood any differently, yet as you stated, you assumed differently. You passed over the logical explanation to create one that suited your need to tell people how they are supposed to decide which tv shows to watch.
    Who are you to say how people should decide what to watch on TV?

    You're sorry that I can' follow the logic??? What logic? You already admitted you made a wrong assumption that nobody else made. In order for me to follow your "logic" I would have to have assumed that you were an idiot that didn't understand my comment. Why would I do that?

    As for your last statement, the one where you call me stupid even though you just admitted that you didn't understand a post that everyone else had no problem comprehending, well that's just funny ...in a desperate sort of way.
     
  10. Dec 29, 2013 #90 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I've commented on this post once already but
    This is where I didn't assume that you were an idiot that didn't comprehend what I said about The Shield. If I was talking about when I watched the first episode when it first aired (and I was) and assumed you understood that (because everyone else did) why would I not think that you were also talking about first run programs, especially considering that you quoted my statement about how I passed on each show when they first ran?

    Yes, I was acting as if you'd changed your argument. When your initial statement is "always have to" and later you change that to "probably a good idea to" it's a significant change in your argument.
     
  11. Dec 29, 2013 #91 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    I don't understand why you took my statement of
    to be so nasty with the first thing out of your mouth being "that doesn't even make sense to do. And go on in the next two sentences to express how lame you thought my opinion was. I thought it was obvious that I was talking about a re-airing.

    Since this tit for tat has really gotten to asinine proportions let me re-phrase for everyone who wasn't somehow offended by my original statement.

    For shows, that have a great track record in both ratings and reviews, I FEEL one should give it more than one episode before one makes a decision on whether to keep watching it. This is my last word on the subject, although I'm sure you will have more to say as every response from you has gotten more and more unpleasant. So go ahead and have the last word. You've earned it.
     
  12. Dec 29, 2013 #92 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    "You always have to give a great show at least two eps." doesn't make sense in the context of first run shows which is what I was talking about and you and only you didn't understand. At the time a wrongly assumed that you understood what I said in simple plain english. And I've already explained that telling people how they always have to decide what to watch using your standard is just ignorant. People can decide what to watch any way they want even when they are trying out a critically acclaimed show that is now available in it's entirety on netflix.


    And now "You always have to" has become "I FEEL one should"
    I can hardly wait to see what's next.
     
  13. Dec 29, 2013 #93 of 170
    JLucPicard

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    You know, you two could take this discourse to PM and let the thread get back to what it was originally intended for. I keep checking in to see what shows are being recommended only to find you two still hashing out your differences. I don't think we all need to be privy to that.
     
  14. Dec 29, 2013 #94 of 170
    Howie

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    Come on now boys. I'm going to give you a timeout if you keep this up.
     
  15. Dec 29, 2013 #95 of 170
    markymark_ctown

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    Kids, go to your corners and don't come out until you can be the kindergarteners we know you can be.
     
  16. Dec 30, 2013 #96 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Interesting that the "tough guys" wait until it's over before they come to restore order.
    Good job! Don't hurt yourself patting your own backs.
     
  17. Dec 30, 2013 #97 of 170
    Steveknj

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    But how long before you cut bait? That's my issue. I only have so many hours in a week to watch TV and lots of other stuff I like to watch. This weekend with my DVR list consisting of all movies, I took a look at OD and Netflix, and you know, there was a TON of shows for me to consider. So for me, if I don't like a show pretty quickly, I move on to the next one. It's up to the show to grab me and not have to spend HOURS getting into a show before it gets any good. I'm not saying give up on the pilot, but should I have spent 1 1/2 seasons on a show that I really never thought I would like, but because of critical acclaim I should still be watching? I could have spent that time either trying out shows more inline with my taste or some other critically acclaimed show. I'm sorry, but with so many options out there, it's up to the show's writers to figure out a way to hook me pretty quick. I have 60 some odd shows on my SP list, so my DVR fills up with shows I want to watch fairly quickly. I tend to watch fairly close to airdate, mostly because I discuss here, and with friends and family. And because that's an old habit that died hard.
     
  18. Dec 30, 2013 #98 of 170
    Steveknj

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    Totally agree. And one person's "good" is another person's "crap". We all have shows, that we know pretty quickly we won't like. Maybe we give them an episode or two based on word of mouth or critical acclaim or ratings, but usually realize that it isn't for me. And some I don't even bother, despite what everyone says, because there's no way I'd even be interested. American Idol, for example (obviously not exactly high brow TV), gets HUGE ratings, but I have no interest and I've never seen more than a few minutes of any episode and those were at someone else's house. I don't care that it gets great ratings, it's not something I'd be interested in. Girls gets nice ratings for HBO and it a critical darling. I watch about 3 or 4 episodes of that and I realized that one was really enough. I'm not the core audience and I found that it doesn't speak to me or my generation, and the characters were such total dbags that I didn't want to spend any time with them.

    It's not that I don't give some of these shows a chance, it's that for me, I'm not going to spend a lot of time on them if I don't think I'll like them. I think two episodes is fair on something you think you might like. Grab me in two, or I'm not going to bother.
     
  19. Dec 30, 2013 #99 of 170
    Steveknj

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    To me there are two types:

    1) Games and contests - I watch some of these, Big Brother, Survivor, The Amazing Race, but others that are either romantic (The Bachelor) or talent contests (AI, The Voice don't interest me).

    2) Documentary style - Those are about individuals in a certain line of work or hobby or location that seem like reality. I have no interest in those. I WILL watch serious documentaries about history or news or sometimes science, but these pretend documentaries are as you say, mostly staged.
     
  20. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Pretty obvious....they must make a ton of money selling DVDs and streaming. Enough to offset any new viewers they might attract.
     

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