How many episodes before you drop a show?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Sparty99, Sep 18, 2006.

How many episodes does it take you to drop a show?

  1. 1 episode: I know when something's going to be a waste of my time.

    23 vote(s)
  2. 2-5 episodes: give it a few episodes to give it a shot.

    100 vote(s)
  3. Half a season (13 episodes) or until Fox cancels it, whichever comes first

    13 vote(s)
  4. A full season

    3 vote(s)
  5. Until it Jumps the Shark.

    2 vote(s)
  1. pkscout

    pkscout Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2003


    You forgot an option for "I'm a glutton for punishment, I never stop watching." Remember, I'm the guy who saw every episode of Andromeda and Earth Final Conflict, even though both shows jumped the shark about twice a season near the end. I just couldn't stop myself. ;)
  2. mitchb2

    mitchb2 New Member

    Sep 30, 2000
    In the case of 'Til Death...2 episodes.
  3. balboa dave

    balboa dave well rounded

    Jan 19, 2004
    Too quick to judge. Look at the postings for the later episodes of Blade, and you'll find the consensus is that, while the first episode was poor (I thought it was good enough), the rest of the season turned out to be quite good, and most people are looking forward to a second season. Metalocalypse, I didn't think I would like it, I certainly understand why anyone would not like it, but I do, and I can't even begin to explain why.

    If I decide I like the premise, actors, or creators of a show before it premieres, it gets a Season Pass, and I'll give it at least 3 episodes before deciding to keep or delete it. If a show that I had decided wouldn't appeal to me is getting good buzz, I'll give it at least one episode to convince me otherwise, sometimes more. Shows I didn't like in spite of the buzz, and despite several viewings include Seinfeld, Friends, E.R., and Gilmore Girls. Losers, losers, bad acting (or maybe I just didn't like the actors), and WAY too much talking. Shows that got a second chance and I ended up liking include Everwood, My Name is Earl and The Office (American version, I still don't like the original British version). Bottom line is, always keep an open mind.
  4. balboa dave

    balboa dave well rounded

    Jan 19, 2004
    Oh yeah, I gotta agree with that category.
  5. Droobiemus

    Droobiemus PSWii60

    Sep 30, 2004
    Might as...


    It depends. If it's a new show that's really bad, I give it about 4 episodes or so to see if it improves. If it doesn't, it gets the boot.

    If it's a show I've liked and it's having a bad season (I'm looking at YOU, 4400 season 3), I'll stick it out to the end. In the case of 4400 season 3, I had a lot of problems with it, but there were some moments in-between average episodes that seemed like they could be cool and kept me interested until the end of the season. I am glad that I saw the finale, too, but I think I'm giving that show only a few episodes next season before I make my final judgement.
  6. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I didn't realize you were so impatient.

    I like to give if a few episodes but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to dump Standoff before that.

    But then, I'm also someone who saw every episode of Andromeda and EFC...
  7. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001

    I typically try to check out at least the pilot to almost every new series that comes out. (well, at least on the networks and a few select sat channels). But that guarantees that I'm going to see a lot that just doesn't click at all.

    If I kind of liked it or think there is promise then it gets several more episodes before I make a decision. But already this season I've decided that 'Til Death wasn't worth a second episode and Happy Hour wasn't worth a third.
  8. Bars & Tone

    Bars & Tone Will Draw for Food

    Aug 28, 2004
    The same as the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop—3.
  9. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    Sometimes you know it's not something you'll like after 1 show, but I usually give something a couple of shows before dropping it.
  10. AJRitz

    AJRitz Princess Anti-Santa

    Mar 25, 2002
    I said half a season, but really it's probably between 1/4 and 1/2 of a season. The best shows usually need a few episodes to set the scene/characters/situation properly. Sure, they all try to do it in one, but you don't really get a feel for the interaction of the characters or the writing until you get into it a bit more.
  11. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    I'm sort of wondering.

    For those of you who give shows longer trail times, did you pick out which shows to try before the season started? Or are you just trying to watch everything new for half a season?
  12. Flop

    Flop Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    It depends.

    Most shows get a few looks until they get dumped... Angela's Eyes.. c'mon her boss at the FBI had an affair or soemthing with her spy mother. It lost me at that point although it was on the way out anyways. That just clinched it.

    Some get dumped mid-premiere... Standoff

    Some get dumped after 1/2 or more of the season... Prison Break.

    Others will even stay on the SP list for nostalgia... E.R... but rarely watched.

    Some never even get a look... <insert generic, lame sitcom here> and <insert generic, lame "reality" show here>
  13. EMoMoney

    EMoMoney Big and Tall

    Oct 30, 2001
    No two situations are the same for me. I stopped watching Vanished after 2 episodes whereas I have dropped other shows after watching them for a season or longer.
  14. Supfreak26

    Supfreak26 Go Cowboys!

    Dec 12, 2003
    McKinney, TX

    I think somewhere you can find a post of mine comparing LOST to Gilligan's Island. Yes I thought it would be that stupid.

    I stand corrected. I love the show now. :)
  15. Supfreak26

    Supfreak26 Go Cowboys!

    Dec 12, 2003
    McKinney, TX

    I watch the previews on the new show's respective website and if it looks interesting, I give it a shot. (that is, unless it conflicts with a current show that I watch then it's not even considered.)

    As for the OP, I give it 2-5 shows. Generally, the magic number is 3 for me.

    Shows like Smallville didn't make it past 2 for me. The OC made it 1.5 seasons before my eyes started hurting from rolling them too much. Grey's Anatomy made it about 6 eps before I couldn't take the whining any longer.

    Every show is different I guess...
  16. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002
    I voted 2-5. Usually I can tell within that time frame whether a show has enough promise for me to keep watching it. I don't expect a show to be awesome out of the chute (although when it is - like 24, Alias, Lost, Prison Break, etc - it sure is nice), but I expect it to have something compelling enough for me to keep watching in hopes that it improves.

    Case in point - and this is pre-Tivo days - when Buffy premiered as a mid-season replacement way back when (1997?) it had plenty of problems in terms of plotting, some of the acting, special effects, etc., but I knew from the very beginning that a) I dug the premise, and b) the writing was sparkly-good, so I stuck with it.

    And it ruled.
  17. BriGuy20

    BriGuy20 New Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Vienna, VA
    The latter may happen this year, I doubt the former will happen until at least 2009.
  18. Stylin

    Stylin Stylish Jane Sixpack

    Dec 31, 2004
    I read the reviews/descriptions of the upcoming shows and choose from there. I knew 'Standoff", "til Death", "the Class" wouldn't be interesting to me...
    If after 3 episodes I don't find myself looking forward to the 4th episode it gets deleted.
  19. analog4

    analog4 New Member

    Aug 1, 2003
    I was off the fence after the first episode, but I watched the second and third episodes (as a friend told me they were much better than the first one) and by the 4th I was hooked.
  20. BriGuy20

    BriGuy20 New Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Vienna, VA
    Interesting note:

    I remember watching the Simpsons Christmas special and thinking how crappy it looked. I may have made a remark to the effect of "They're gonna cancel it immediately."

    But on the bright side, I gave the show another chance. Also, it appears I was a bit incorrect. :)

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