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Shows you expected to like, but didn't

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by dylanemcgregor, May 12, 2012.

  1. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    So usually between critical reception, genre, and the opinions of other people who like the same basic stuff you do, you can usually get a pretty good idea if you'll like a show before watching it. But sometimes everything says you should just love a show...and instead your reaction is meh at best.

    For me the two in recent history that really stand out are Lost and Torchwood. Lost is the kind of thing that is usually totally up my ally, fantastical, weird, great critical and audience favorite, and a good budget to go with it. Yet once I started watching it I really didn't think it was very good. Flat characters and bad writing, which I could overlook if the plot hooked me at all, but unfortunately even that seemed pretty boring. I watched the first season, and part of the second before giving up. My wife watched a couple of more before deciding she really didn't care about what was going on.

    Torchwood is another one that I thought I should really like. My wife and I both watch a fair amount of British shows, and nerds everywhere seem obsessed with Torchwood and Dr. Who, which is generally a pretty great sign. But I find that I just can't get into the show. The mix of drama and humor seems kind of tone deaf, and even though the characters should be really interesting I find that I don't really care about them.

    So how about you. What shows should you by all rights love, but just can't get into (or actively hate)?
     
  2. omnibus

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

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    I agree about Lost
    also
    Alcatraz
    Once upon a time
    and
    I lost interest in Fringe
     
  3. sieglinde

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    I had mixed feelings about the River but ended up liking it. (It is canceled so kind of irrelavent now)
     
  4. tiams

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    Tera Nova and Alcatraz. Good premise, terrible shows.
     
  5. philw1776

    philw1776 Active Member

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    Terra Nova...I love dino stuff but hate teen angst
    Alcatraz...love SF but the show's a dud
    Unforgettable...loved watching Montgomery's poppys but show was too boring

    Then again I'm fussy and only watch 4-5 TV shows max. I miss Justifed something fierce.
     
  6. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

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    How I Met Your Mother.
    Love the cast, hate the show.
     
  7. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    These are the two that jumped to mind for me, as well.

    I heard great things about Downton Abbey, but lost interest after watching the first hour. I'm sure I didn't give it enough of a shot.

    Re: Torchwood -- quality varies pretty significantly by season. Season 2 was markedly better than season 1. Children of Earth was fantastic. And the Americanized season that aired on Starz, after COE, was rubbish.
     
  8. tiams

    tiams New Member

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    Your Now Playing List must be so bare. What are the 4 or 5 shows you watch?
     
  9. philw1776

    philw1776 Active Member

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    Justified (wife hates)
    Person of Interest (almost gave up early on, now love it, wife hates it)
    Blue Bloods (wife likes)
    Revenge (wife likes)
    Starz Magic City (wife likes)
    Downton Abbey (wife likes)

    Guess I can't count

    rest of the TV time is football (wife is pissed at the Patriots & Brady right now)

    I'm a voracious reader and prefer wasting my life on the Internet vs TV :)
     
  10. Zevida

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

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    Pretty sure this is grounds for divorce. :D
     
  11. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Fringe is another show that I think I should like, but based on the couple of episodes I saw just really didn't get me interested. One of these days it will be available via Netflix streaming and I'll give it another shot.

     
  12. DougF

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    I know it's bad form to speak ill of The Sorkin, but surely there must be someone out there who will admit to not liking Studio 60.

    For me, I'll second (third, whatever) Terra Nova. Only watched two episodes before quitting. Thought about trying to finish if it got renewed, but it didn't so I didn't.

    Another was Windfall. I should have known it was weak since it was getting burned off in the summer, but I thought the premise was good.
     
  13. dianebrat

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    Person of Interest
    Hawaii Five-O
    Greys/Private Practice

    All three are 110% in my normal viewing genres, and I've never warmed to any of them.
    oops, left out NCIS:LA, LOVE NCIS, liked the LA pilot, never liked the LA series.

    Normal "must see" shows are:
    Fringe
    NCIS
    Criminal Minds
    CSI:LV
    Revenge
    OUAT
     
  14. Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

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    Thought I would like, so disappointed I stopped watching after a few episodes (or even the first):
    • V (The Remake).
    • Grey's Anatomy.
    • 30 Rock.
    • Modern Family.
    • Up All Night.
    • Caprica.
    • ST: DS9
    • ST: VOY

    Watched more than a season, but my interest waned and I stopped watching:
    • All in the "CSI" franchise.
    • House.

    Much less good than I expected, but I kept watching, with hope of improvement:
    • Alcatraz.
    • ST: ENT. (This one actually hit it's stride in the last season, I thought, but too late to save it from cancellation.)
     
  15. midas

    midas I heard that

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    For me it was The Wire. I watched are least 6 episodes, maybe more. Just didn't grab me.
     
  16. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    I'm on episode 4 right now, and I like it but don't love it yet. I certainly don't see how it gets on people's Best Ever lists, but I'm going to keep watching and give it more of a chance.
     
  17. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    The Wire kind of sneaks up on you (or at least did me). I just kind of kept enjoying it more and more without really noticing it. I can't remember when I realized that it was probably in my top 5 or 10 best shows ever, probably sometime in the 2nd season. I've still only made it through 3 seasons though. I'm trying to savor it as much as possible.
     
  18. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    What's OUAT?
     
  19. tiams

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    Once Upon A Time
     
  20. Kamakzie

    Kamakzie Are you serious bro?

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    I know this isn't exactly the topic but a show I thought I would hate and would get canceled was Revenge. It turned out to be rather addicting for me.
     

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