Shows I Never Got Into
I could probably write a much longer list than this, but these came to mind in one sitting.  Update: Additional shows added.




24 - Like most folks, I certainly enjoyed the first season or two, but the defining moment came for me what I guess was the fourth season.  I was getting the series from my local library, and I picked up what I thought was the next disc.  Actually, it was from the season previous.  I started watching it and honestly couldn't remember if I'd seen it before or not.  I realized the show had become the same series of predictable deus ex machina moments sandwiched between scenes of running, car-jacking, and explosions.

Big Bang Theory - What an awful, over-rated show.  It gets props from nerds because they have a relative monopoly on geek references.  Take that away, and it's another formulaic sitcom not much better than Two and a Half Men.

Big Love - Presumably this plays on some kind of threesome (or foursome) fantasy in the viewers, but when you make a show about religious people, and the source of their problems is their beliefs, I'm not going to be sympathetic toward the characters enough to sit through it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I have plowed through the first couple seasons hoping to since what it is people like about this show.  Sarah Michelle Gellar does nothing for me (although I definitely have a thing for the band camp chick from the American Pie movies).  What am I missing here exactly?

Update: I actually kept plowing through friends' dvd box sets of this series, and I only started liking it when the show got ridiculous.  I mean, stuff like fighting cyborgs or giant army bases full of SEALs under the college campus.  That was maybe the fourth season?  It got super stupid near the end (i.e., a shitload of Slayers), and that was awesome too.  The rest of the show, all the unrequited love BS?  Meh.

The Dave Chappelle Show - I got maybe three episodes into this series before I realized we weren't going to have a good relationship.  Dave was asking that I act as his therapist, and he yet didn't respect my opinion because his problems all had to do with his inflated sense of the significance of race in America.  No one gives a shit.  You can do a routine about racial differences.  You could make some jokes about race relations in a movie.  A whole sketch comedy show?  No thanks.

Deadwood -  Again, I watched the first episode and kept thinking that no mater how much I fast forward, it just wasn't getting any more interesting.

Desperate Housewives - My friends don't believe me when I say the first season was really good.  I mean, it wasn't as good as, say, Twin Peaks' first season, but there was that whole "intrigue among neighbors" thing and the unsolved murder mystery.  But then they wrapped it all up nicely by the season finale and had nowhere left to go.  The second season got by on its waning novelty (and pretty girls) and no material, and while the third season was better, there just wasn't anything compelling about it, so I just gave up.

Family Guy -  I know everyone loves this.  I wish I did, but I just don't.  It's like the excitement people have when they show you pictures of their kids.  You just don't care really, do you?  It's just another kid; what's so special about this one?  Same here.

Friends -  As you might guess, I liked Chander's smartass remarks, but that was completely offset by how much I hated the rest of the characters and ridiculous drama among people I hated.

Heroes - The first season started slow (and insulting to comic book readers who already knew what they were driving at and really, seriously didn't need to be brought up to speed!) but then got going well... right up to the anti-climax that never really explained how saving the cheerleader saved the world.  From then on, it was a whole series of convoluted plot cul de sacs.  Story arcs went nowhere.  There were even characters that were islands unto themselves.  They'd just drift around in scenes disconnected from the rest of the cast.  I've never seen anything like it, and I'm certain I don't want to again.  I'm not sure I even finished the third season.  The fourth was so bad that the network pulled the plug mid-production with absolutely nothing resolved.

My So-Called Life - I have NEVER hated a character in a series as much as this emotional little twit.  I was so angry at how she was paralyzed by self-absorption, like some form of egocentric black hole.  I literally turned the show off mid-episode and put the disc back in the mail to Netflix maybe an hour into it.

Nip/Tuck - I was actually okay with how screwy and dysfunctional this show was.  Part of its charm was how far they were willing to go in selling the premise that people who are ugliest on the inside work the hardest the improve their outsides.  The problem was that the love triangle at the center of the show shattered somewhere along the way, and the characters' respective stories went off in three different directions.  Whereas before they built the entire series around the relationships, the last few seasons treated them as mere co-workers.  For example, the core friendship between the two doctors was reduced to breakroom conversations over coffee between surgeries.  I gave up on it just before the network did.  It lasted one more season after I quit.

Psych - The premise sounded like the kind of a thing where they were just going to paint themselves into a corner.  It should have been open-ended like Monk (i.e., he's a talented detective).  But you take a character and tack on a trait that handicaps your storylines (i.e., he's a talented detective that has to pretend to be a psychic and for no real and sustainable reason no one can find out that he's just a talented detective), and you're just going to be replaying the same joke over and over and over.  I only watched the first season.  I can't believe anyone else watched it beyond that.

Queer as Folk -  Dani and I rented the first episode.  About an hour into it we looked at one another and said, "Are we supposed to care about these characters?"  Maybe it got better as it went along.  I don't know.  My early exposure immunized me against any curiosity what happened to them beyond that point.  Kudos for paving the way for The L-Word though.  Thanks.

Robot Chicken - I tried, but unless it's a Star Wars parody, I just don't find it that funny.  See also Family Guy.

The Sarah Jane Chronicles - What happened to the Sarah Jane from Doctor Who?  Sure she got old, but why is she such a fucking bitch?  Why does she blow off kids with skills and interests and important information that could literally save the world?
  Conflict should be grounded in something legitimate.  This was just conflict for conflict's sake.  I only made it through the first season of this before I couldn't stand any of the contrived bitchiness anymore.

Saturday Night Live - There has never been a more on-again, off-again relationship in Hollywood as the one I've had with SNL over the years.  I watched it starting in my late teens (with the Carvey/Hartman/Hooks cast) and on through college in the mid-'90s (the tail end of the era with Rock/Spade/Farley) when they were in danger of being canceled.  I've gone back and watched older episodes and caught it occasionally in re-runs or even a few new episodes, but I'm just not sure I want to get back together on a regular basis.  And thanks to their near-totalitarian control over the footage, I have seen next to nothing of the series on YouTube, so I have absolutely nothing to stimulate my interest the way exes stalk Facebook profiles and fantasize about re-connecting.

South Park - I like it when I watch it, but then I don't care whether I see another episode or not.  No, I can't explain it.

UFO (1970) - Good looking women.  Good looking show (for the time and for the money).  But absolutely no story development after the three or four episodes I watched.  I took it out of my Netflix queue before the second disc arrived.

Will & Grace - I think I came to this too late.  I was aware of it when it originally aired, sure, but I never got around to watching it.  By the time the dvds turned up at my library, the show was in its last season or maybe even off the air.  Great cast and writing (if you can handle the forced rhythm of sitcoms taped in front of an easily-amused live audience), but the gay element wasn't exactly ground-breaking by the time I tuned it.  I gave up a few discs in.

X-Files - Here again people seemed to be way more into this than I could fathom.  I saw the movie and I watched at least a season's worth of this when my cousin and I were roommates, but I just couldn't bring myself to care, even with him supplying the footnotes.  I'd suggest there was a conspiracy putting secret messages into the broadcast to like it, but I'd sound like an X-Files fan.  I don't want to give you that impression.

True story: The first episode had me shocked that anyone could seriously watch this.  It was the one where Mulder and Scully find some guy who hides for 75 years at a stretch, then comes out and eats someone's liver before going back into his decades-long hibernation.  Mulder is arguing this case in front of a parole board (or equivalent) at a mental institution as a reason why the guy should remain locked up.  The whole time I'm thinking to myself, "Why aren't they locking up the guy spouting this crazy shit?!"





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