What's with the all season threads?

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  1. Jun 8, 2011 #81 of 196
    pmyers

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    This thread makes me chuckle: People complaining that they can't participate in a thread because they haven't seen that episode. The reason this board exists is for discussion and participation. If you decide to "stockpile" a series and watch it months later...then don't be surprised that you aren't part of the discussion.

    and btw...if you feel the need to discuss a particular episode, feel free to post your own thread! Then see what type of traffic you get for something that aired months ago.

    :)
     
  2. Jun 8, 2011 #82 of 196
    jradosh

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    I think there's some area between "watched it within 24 hours" and "stockpiled for months and months" that deserves more respect than your post shows. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Jun 8, 2011 #83 of 196
    betts4

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    I think we actually did try this on a show last year - I remember adding it a couple times, but it was not continued.

    I don't mind all season threads. If I am saving the episodes up to watch then I just don't read the thread till I do, but I am also not a worry wart about reading spoilers. I think we have to hide the spoilers in our posts for all season threads it would be a whole post of
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    I guess I could go either way. I have started threads for an episode of a show I thought was fairly popular, but that only had a half dozen responses. Most of time it's a show on USA or such that shows over and over and over.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2011 #84 of 196
    DavidTigerFan

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    Indy...you should know better than to question the Now Playing Illuminati.
     
  5. Jun 8, 2011 #85 of 196
    pmyers

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    Has nothing to do with respect. I encourage anybody here to post any thread they want for any reason. I think people here have a pretty good feel for what shows would benefit from an episode thread vs a season thread...and everybody has the ability to post their own thread about a particular episode if they want.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2011 #86 of 196
    GoHalos

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    I'm with Indy. I don't like the full-season threads. There have been a few shows where I watched much later and enjoyed going through the episode threads to read the discussion.
     
  7. Jun 8, 2011 #87 of 196
    pmyers

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    I don't understand this comment at all. If your waiting that long to read about it, why not wait until you've watched all of the episodes and then read it. Also, if you've waited that long to read (aka not participate or add anything) then you kind of lose your leverage to complain what goes on.

    what makes this board work so well is active participation about current shows. I really can't understand getting upset about a non-current show or what anybody does regarding that show.
     
  8. Jun 8, 2011 #88 of 196
    DevdogAZ

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    There's nothing that would prevent you from reading through a full-season thread. You simply need to know the airdate of the first episode you haven't seen, and then stop reading before you get to that date. It's pretty simple.

    The bigger issue is thread participation by someone who is watching late. Indy stated a desire to be able to make comments and be able to respond to comments without the fear of spoilers. Given that most per-episode discussion dies out after just a few days, I think it's unrealistic to expect that there will be much ongoing discussion if you watch a show more than a week late. Even with a per-episode thread, it's highly likely that your post in that thread will be greeted with [crickets chirping].
     
  9. Jun 8, 2011 #89 of 196
    GoHalos

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    Because there might have been a plot point or story line that I didn't quite understand, and it was nice to be able to go into that episode's thread and see other people's explanation or theories. If I went blindly into the next episode after that (i.e., waited until I've watched all of the episodes and then read it), my understanding and enjoyment could be affected.
     
  10. Jun 8, 2011 #90 of 196
    pmyers

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    no offense, but there are better places to get what you're looking for, in that case then. Sounds like you just need a review or synopsis of an episode which can be found easily online with no chances of spoilers.
     
  11. Jun 8, 2011 #91 of 196
    GoHalos

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    See my response to pmyers. For me, it's more educational, rather than me wanting to add to the conversation when that much time has passed.

    Yes, I could look at the dates of each individual post, but I'd probably quickly start reading and miss that I'd gone too far.

    Not a huge deal for me, but I'd prefer "per episode" threads.
     
  12. Jun 8, 2011 #92 of 196
    GoHalos

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    True, I can, but I enjoy reading the explanations and theories of many of the people here.

    Again, not a huge deal for me, but I'd prefer episodic threads.
     
  13. Jun 8, 2011 #93 of 196
    GoHalos

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    OK, so this just happened to me. I saw that the F&B full season thread had a new post. I watched the first episode, but I have no idea which day it aired or when the second episode aired (or will air). So, how am I supposed to know if the post from today was referencing the show I already watched?

    Check my recorded shows list and make sure that there isn't a new one before reading the thread?

    Keep a grid next to my computer that has all the networks' schedules?
     
  14. Jun 8, 2011 #94 of 196
    pmyers

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    I agree with you, except for when it is a show that doesn't get much participation and otherwise wouldn't be talked about. I'd rather have some thread than no thread.

    My examples would be the Whale Wars, Deadliest Catch, Pawn Stars, Alaskan Gold Mine and a bunch of others. Nobody is going to start a new thread to talk about the big crab that the CM crew caught or one particular item that came in on Pawn Stars. Also...there really isn't anything to "spoiler" on those types of shows.

    I have no idea what F&B is so I can't comment on that.
     
  15. Jun 8, 2011 #95 of 196
    GoHalos

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    Sorry, F&B is Franklin & Bash, a new scripted summer show.

    I agree with you that shows like Pawn Stars can have full season (or even full series) threads, because there is very little, if any, progression of a story in that show.

    I've never seen Whale Wars, Alaskan Gold Mine, or Deadliest Catch so I can't comment on those.
     
  16. Jun 8, 2011 #96 of 196
    DevdogAZ

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    My understanding is that Franklin & Bash will basically be a light dramedy procedural. I would equate it to something like The Defenders from the most recent season. I don't think there's going to be much of an ongoing story arc or much that can get spoiled. Just like there were rarely threads for The Defenders, and just as there are rarely threads for most crime/law procedurals in this forum, because there's rarely much to discuss, the same would be true of F&B if it weren't new. Therefore, I think the choice to make a full season thread was correct, as there won't be much to discuss on a per-episode basis.

    And just an FYI, the second episode is scheduled for tonight, so you should be safe to read whatever new post was made in the thread today.

    http://www.tv.com/franklin-and-bash-/show/78768/episode.html
     
  17. Jun 8, 2011 #97 of 196
    GoHalos

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    Thanks. I actually already read it, but the point is that you wouldn't (or at least I wouldn't) always know whether or not you've seen the latest episode. I'm actually not that spoiler-phobic, it just makes more sense to me to have episode specific threads for (at least) scripted shows - so that's why I sided with Indy.
     
  18. Jun 8, 2011 #98 of 196
    bareyb

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    I just started an "All Season" thread for "America's Got Talent". It's exactly the type of show that works for an all season thread IMO. Nobody really cares that much about who goes home or stays until the very end, and when we tried to do single episode threads in the past on this show, they usually never got started. I got tired of having to randomly start threads for it every week (most weeks I didn't bother) so last year I went to the "All Season" format and it worked much better. When there's only occasionally something worth discussing (like last nights show for instance, the female impressionist was great) and there's no plot then I don't see a problem with it on shows like AGT.
     
  19. Jun 8, 2011 #99 of 196
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    I think the ratio of episode to season threads is reflective of the forums interest in a show at least to the extent this forum is participatory in nature. Can't think of a show that is straining with replies in a season thread that would be better served in episode threads. It tends to happen organically as shows that generate discussion that are a page or two per episode tends to drive their own threads. An example would be a season ending episode.

    All the TCFers who watch shows days/weeks later but then don't participate in thread or bump the ones already created for an episode do a disservice to themselves and everyone else. How else are we to gauge if a shows popularity has gone beyond a season thread stage. If a show isn't on the front page consistently by an episode or season thread it's not going to engender much discussion and that's a fact.
     
  20. Jun 8, 2011 #100 of 196
    Ruth

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    I don't mind the whole-season threads for low-volume shows.

    If I'm a couple episodes behind, I just note the OAD where I've caught up to, and stop reading posts once they are 7 days after that. After all, there can't be spoilers for things that haven't aired yet when the post was made.
     

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