We all have those TV shows that we love to watch every week, and those TV shows that are so terrible we refuse to watch them. But what about the middle? I tried to think up a list of the shows that I didn’t feel great about or bad about, shows that just hover around that line. They all offer up just enough to keep me watching, but they don’t do enough for me to consider them a favorite. Some shows, like modern era Simpsons, would possibly fall into this category. Except I don’t watch that anymore, so it doesn’t make the list. The Office, a show that has gone slightly downhill with every season, I thought would make this list… But then I thought about it more, and with Nard Dog as manager and Nellie being one of the worst characters on TV, I actually *hate* The Office now. So it doesn’t make the list.
Actually it was kind of hard to think of the shows that just float under the radar of good or bad. I pretty much just had to go through my DVR and look for the shows on the list that made me go “Oh yeah, I watch that, don’t I?”.
So here’s my list of the most “Eh” shows that I watch on TV (only shows currently in existence, otherwise Twin Peaks and That 70s Show would have made the list):
I know there was something of an uproar on the internet regarding HBO’s new series Girls. I’ve seen the three episodes that have aired thus far, and I actually enjoy the show. I find it entertaining for the most part. Lena Dunham carries the show as Hannah, obviously, and all of her storylines have been funny in the early stages of the series. She’s just funny in general. A lady hybrid of Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld almost. So I look forward to seeing more of her comedy in episodes to come.
My huge problem with the show, though…
So I’ve been in a serious relationship with a lovely young lady for just over 6 months now. I’m just as surprised as you that she hasn’t throttled me in my sleep yet. We seem to make each other very happy, but there is a fatal flaw in her character. It’s a red flag I should have noticed on date one. She never watched The Simpsons when she was a kid. Maybe it’s because she’s several years younger than me (I’m 27, she’s 21, in case you thought I was getting some jail bait), or maybe she was too busy “reading books” and “learning” to watch cartoons, or maybe she just plain missed out; for whatever reason The Simpsons was not a mandatory part of her upbringing.
Now this presents a problem. A selfish problem. I’m a (classic) Simpsons nerd. I throw out relevant Simpsons quotes all the time. She doesn’t laugh at any of them. Do you know how much it destroys my fragile self-esteem to make a well-placed, awesome Simpsons reference, and then get no recognition for it…? It kills me inside! She needs to start watching The Simpsons simply to comprehend the lingo she will have to endure throughout our relationship. Oh yeah, and because it’s the best show in the history of television.
Now, asking her to watch seasons 2 through 11 would be a daunting task. Frankly, a task she wouldn’t do. So what I’ve done here, is create a list of 25 episodes of the Simpsons that I want her to watch FIRST. It will give her a core knowledge of the show. It’s not all the best episodes, because obviously there are WAY more than 25 great Simpsons episodes, but it’s a good set of awesome, quotable episodes that a newcomer to the show could appreciate.
I tried to make it almost like a fake season. I’ve attempted to get her some character specific episodes early on, only one Treehouse of Horror, only one flashback, only a small handful of travel episodes, NO clip shows or non-Halloween three-story eps. Sadly, I just can’t include everything in just 25 episodes. So there’s not really any Troy McClure, Grandpa Simpson, Patty & Selma, Principal Skinner, etc heavy episodes. I’d like them to be watched in this order (together of course, can you say RELATIONSHIP ACTIVITY?!), and I hope they flow nicely in this order. Regardless of whether she likes them or not in the end, this seems like a great opportunity to publicly shame her into watching whatever TV show I feel like watching. (laughs into tape recorder)
(laughs into tape recorder again)
I have a DVD/Blu-ray collection that has basically spiraled out of control. It’s now at over 1300 titles. I end up buying a lot of bad movies, a lot of which I buy before ever seeing them first. HOWEVER, I do not own a *single* movie that appears on the following list. Not one. But I’ve seen all of them multiple times. More times then I’d care to admit. That’s because all of these movies are seemingly on television at all hours of the day (at least it feels that way). And for some reason, whenever I’m flipping through channels and I see that one of them is on, I almost always click on them and just start watching them for no good reason. They’re awful movies, and I realize they’re awful movies, and I’m not even watching them ironically. I’m legitimately entertained, even though it’s probably the 5th time I’ve seen them this month. There is something magical about these films. They have some unknown power that draws me in every time they are on TV…
Over the past few weeks I’ve seen ads for two shows on two different networks that I really can’t wrap my brain around. Writers have apparently lost all inspiration and are now just trying to find clever ways to use story ideas outside of copyright to create a new show.