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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. billboard_NE

    billboard_NE North Shore MA

    May 18, 2005
    So we should just list the shows, and not the reason why?
  2. dianebrat

    dianebrat Uncontrolled Force

    Jul 6, 2002
    listing the reason is fine, but but I agree with JL, turning this into another BBT laugh track thread isn't appropriate, the point has been made and seconded, there's no need to continue that part of the discussion, in fact I feel guilty even continuing with this, but the point was made, dead horse has been kicked.
  3. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard New Member TCF Club

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    Your point was not the target of my post, and was completely and totally appropriate and acceptable for this thread. I apologize if it seemed I was attacking your post.

    My target was the direction of post #33, which, as dianebrat indicated, has been hashed, rehashed, rebutted and discussed to death in the BBT threads. I just didn't want to see this thread take off in that same direction.
  4. Beryl

    Beryl Active Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Harry's Law - still have hopes it will improve since I love Bates
    Terra Nova
    CSI Everything
  5. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Canceled, so don't expect any improvement there.
    Well, CSI: Miami is canceled at least.
  6. DougF

    DougF Active Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    Yeah, I remember.

    I thinking more of the "Sorkin is a genius and you don't like it because it's intelligent TV and you don't get it" crowd who were trying so desperately hard to like that show. There must be at least one who will admit that they just didn't like it.
  7. fmowry

    fmowry New Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I said I didn't like Sports Night or Studio 60. Then I realized I'm not much of a fan of anything Sorkin does.
  8. allan

    allan Can't think of one

    Oct 13, 2002
    There's a lot of shows that I had hopes for that flopped (at least for me). The ones I can think right now include Alcatraz, Ringer, and Person of Interest. Touch is borderline; it seems just good enough for me to keep watching, and bad enough that I grumble about it. I liked Terra Nova, despite its obvious flaws.
  9. philw1776

    philw1776 Active Member

    Jan 19, 2002
    Seacoast NH
    I guess I suppressed the painful memories of "The Killing". Liked the setting and the initial premise. Like shows based on European stories, but as episode after episode of The Killing went through red herrings faster than a trawler net even before the abominable travesty of the season ending I developed a dislike for all things The Killing.

    I will read the S2 thread here later this year to find out who did kill Rosie Larsen though.

    And agree with those wishing one cable TV follow on to TN where the teens are eviscerated, ripped limb to limb and devoured in slo-mo by the dinos. Catharsis.

    Oh and thought I'd like Ringer with SMG but didn't
  10. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    I don't know why I'm biting on this obvious bit of trolling, but here we go again.

    Did "Studio 60" have flaws? Of course it did. Did I like every minute of the show? Obviously not, because there is not a single TV show ever made in which every screen minute is absolutely perfect.

    But did it have great moments which I enjoyed? Yes, it did. Did I think parts of it were funny? Yes. Did I think parts of it were smart? Yes.

    What I don't get is why I'm supposed to apologize for enjoying it, or suck up to the people on this forum who didn't like it in order not to appear "stuck up", or something.

    I don't get why those of us who were watching Studio 60 and enjoying the bits we did couldn't have a conversation about it on this forum without people coming in every single week and thread crapping in every single thread and crowing about how bad the ratings were, while those of us who liked it just wanted to talk about the people and the stories and what had happened in the actual episodes.

    If anyone was acting out of desperation, it was the boo-birds who spent an awful amount of energy going out and crapping on the stuff they didn't like.

    So you didn't like the show. I get that.

    I don't get why it is necessary for you to project all kinds of nonsense on people who simply liked something you didn't like.
  11. Maui

    Maui Major Lee Oblivious

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    My most notable one (based on the thread I started here once)

    Mad Men - never made it past episode 4 or 5.
  12. LisaJaco

    LisaJaco New Member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I expected to like HBO's "Girls" because i like Judd Apatow and saw the main character/writer being interviewed on some late night talk show and was impressed by her.

    The first episode - unmemorable. Too many characters introduced at one time, the girls were annoying and the men were wimps. I failed to develop a connection with any of the people. The show's constantly being compared to a modern day Sex and the City but lack beautiful clothing/shoes, so add that and who wants to watch self-absorbed 20-year-olds dressed like grannies?

    Not sure if I should give this another chance. I didn't laugh one time.
  13. robbhimself

    robbhimself New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    terra nova - teen angst
    alcatraz - they had a great idea, but no clue what to do with it
    up all night - that one actress (with the talk show) ruined it for me
  14. DougF

    DougF Active Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    And I didn't get why it was necessary for those who liked the show to tell those who didn't that it was because they weren't smart enough to get it. :)

    I really couldn't care less if someone likes a show I don't. I just found the whole Studio 60 thing fascinating. From the "greatest show ever"-type comments before anyone had even seen it to the "it's the timeslot" or "it's the lead-in" blaming for the bad ratings to the already-mentioned comments about intelligence. I can't recall another show before or since that generated that kind of talk, at least to the same degree.

    I didn't like the show, but I'll give Sorkin credit for having such devoted fans.
  15. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Active Member TCF Club

    Jan 31, 2003
    Corner of...
    My girlfriend worked on the pilot for this show. She said the crew called it Sex in the City for hipsters; and hipsters aren't exactly known for their pretty shoes. I've only seen two episodes of the show, and the first was before they had done the final editing. To me it is funny/painful in the same kind of way as The Office is. I sort of like it, but I can only take it in small doses. I can definitely see why people wouldn't find it enjoyable at all though.
  16. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    (RE: The Wire)

    Just finished season one last night. I can begin to see how it gets on people's Best Ever lists, now. Thinking back on the type and quality of television storytelling that predominated when this aired, it is especially amazing. It still holds up. Anxious to start season 2. :)
  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Persons of Interest (my hope was it would be different than the typical CBS procedural but really it wasn't, just another cop show with a gimmick, didn't like the Spy show by Abrams either on NBC, which I expected to like)
  18. markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

    Oct 22, 2002

    NCIS:LA just hasn't made us (my wife & I) care about the characters the way NCIS has. Until they added Deeks (the cop) to the team we were about to cancel our SP. We like his interaction with Kensi so now there are at least two people we care about. If the show were to be cancelled, I wouldn't be too upset though I will still watch it if it is on.

    As for other shows I wanted to like but didn't:

    The Firm

    Just couldn't get into them.


    I enjoyed Studio 60 although it wasn't near as good as the other Sorkin shows I loved!
  19. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Happy Endings was another one. I was starting to get into some of the "friends" style comedies that were coming around at the same time (I really liked Traffic Light, if you remember that one), but Happy Endings just fell flat to me. Seemed they were trying too hard for laughs. Of course that has turned out to be the most successful of the bunch.
  20. fmowry

    fmowry New Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I liked it at the beginning but I think it's gotten better the last 5-6 episodes.

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