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Old 04-27-2007, 04:47 PM   #1
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Dumping a tv show. Does it pain you so?

Well. I have stopped watching Desperate Housewives as of a couple of weeks ago. I haven't watched most of the Amazing Race and I think I will probably dump Grey's Anatomy soon. Lost was on the edge there for a while but hasn't lost me.........yet. Heroes has my total undivided attention while 24 is now like comfortable old shoes, they don't look that great but they feel fantasic on my feet.

Do you feel conflicted when you decide to give up on a show? Is it like ending a friendship or do you feel any guilt for dropping your support?

Initially, I feel like I am missing out but eventually don't miss it at all.
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I don't watch much TV regularly. The only show that has my current undivided attention is Lost. I'd count South Park, but they're seasons are so short it hardly counts.

But I was following The Riches for a few weeks, before I got bored and let it go.

I watched the first 2 and a half season of Nip/Tuck religiously until my job/school made me unable to do so. It hurt to leave that show, but I have since caught up with DVD's.
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Old 04-27-2007, 04:56 PM   #3
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DVD shows

Greatest use of DVD yet!!

It helps ease the pain!! Like being able to have an Arrested Development fix anytime.
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Arrested DVD's.
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Old 04-27-2007, 05:07 PM   #5
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I was recording the whole season of "The L-Word" on DVR but never got a chance to watch it, or there was always something else I wanted to watch instead, and now that my DVR is 99% full I had to delete it. It was between that and "Lost" but I still think I'll get around to watching "Lost." Bye bye L-Word.
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Re: Dumping a tv show. Does it pain you so?

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Do you feel conflicted when you decide to give up on a show? Is it like ending a friendship or do you feel any guilt for dropping your support?

Initially, I feel like I am missing out but eventually don't miss it at all.
Not really. If I stop watching a show, it's because I can't stand to watch it any more.

If I ever wanted to get back into it, I'd watch online or get the DVD's. No guilt there.

After dropping a show, I like the time that it frees up, so I generally end up feeling better that I'm no longer watching.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:00 PM   #7
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It was tough having to dump The X-Files. As the sixth season went on, I realised I just couldn't watch it anymore. Fight The Future (while being a reasonably good movie by X-Files standards) ruined the show completely. I tried to get back into it later on, only to find that Scully and Mulder had essentially been replaced. Seeing Doggit and Reyes there instead (I don't even know if I'm spelling their names correctly, and I don't care enough to look them up) just broke my heart.

Season one through five (and especially four) X-Files forever.
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I don't watch too many shows regularly anymore. House was really one of the only ones, and since I had to teach until 9 on Tuesdays last semester, I missed it. Now that shows are available on DVD, I'm less likely to get sucked in when they're on TV. For instance, I was trying to keep up with the Sopranos for awhile, but I just decided to start over and rent them. I'm planning to do the same with the seasons of Six Feet Under that I missed.
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I watched X-Files 'til the bitter end, but unfortunately, I'm still a little bitter about it.

I liked Lost the first 3 weeks I watched it, then I forgot to watch one week, and realized I didn't care.

It felt good to finally dump ER some years ago, and while I liked The Riches for the first few weeks, I grew bored and it didn't pain me at all to drop it.

I think the only shows I've really and truly loved either came to their natural end (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), or an unnatural end thanks to unfair cancellations (Arrested Development, Andy Richter Controls the Universe), or I caught onto them via DVD (The Sopranos, Angel) and got to watch all of it in a short span of time.
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I watched X-Files 'til the bitter end, but unfortunately, I'm still a little bitter about it.
I don't know how you managed that without causing yourself bodily harm. By the middle of season six, I was practically tearing my hair out over the sheer lack of effort that was going into the writing of each episode. I wasn't even able to sit through the series finale. I watched virtually nothing between season seven and season nine, so I was very out of the loop. For old times' sake, I figured I should at least watch the very last episode of what was once my favourite show. The moment Scully mentioned to Mulder that she was having their son I changed the channel.

Why did The X-Files have to jump the shark, why?
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I watched X-Files religiously in college, but pretty much after the movie came out it was on a steady downward slope and I lost interest quickly.
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I basically gave up on this season of Survivor. I don't feel sad b/c for the past 5 episodes I'd start watching and then find myself on the computer in another room or something. Now, I watch the last 10 minutes because I'm waiting in anticipation of CSI.
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There's a lot of season 9 of XF that I don't even remember. I have a fondness for the final episode, but things had gotten so messed up by that point, it's not a huge fondness.

There was a lot I enjoyed post-movie (I really liked most of season 7 ... heck, I even came to like Doggett, although Reyes was horrid and unbearable), but it definitely went downhill. And the whole baby thing was the absolute NADIR in show/character assasination. Utter bullshit.
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The problem with the X-Files after the movie was that the mythology took priority over the characters and one-off episodes. It was the one-offs that made the show great.

Back to topic, the only time I feel guilty for dumping a show is when it was messed with by the studio. For example, I left Lost after the 2nd season because it was going in the wrong direction but didn't feel guilty because it was Abrams fault. Had it been the studio who set out the new direction then I would feel guilty because the show didn't have a chance.
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I gave up on Lost at the beginning of Season 3. I also stopped watching Alias after the 2nd season, so something's up JJ Abrams.

Charmed was a cool show too (Charlie's Angels meets witchcraft) but it jumped the shark.
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