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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:17 AM
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Am I the only self-aware tv viewer in America?
Most primetime TV does not appeal to me at all. Everytime I switch on the TV theres always an abundance of crime/murder, legal, medical drams, sitcoms, and reality shows. Seriously how do Americans learn to enjoy these programs, its the same concept. I had little interest in those shows at all. Even the popular ones like Heroes, Desperate Housewives, 30 Rock, Dollhouse, Bones, Supernatural, Gossip Girl: Those shows have little appeal to me.

Even the science-fiction programs if good, get canceled. And when theres something interesting that does not fit either of the mold it will get canceled within a season or two.

Oh yes, on the weekends broadcast and cable television is unwatchable unless you like sport, which is something I dont like at all.

Oh and PBS, their primetime offerings either consists of imported mystery dramas from britian (out of the BBC, you could have imported more commercial and interesting shows), NOVA, Nature, antiques road show, and it seems once every week these pledge breaks. PBS do offer shows that truly define public broadcasting but they dont get any advertising and shoved late at night. They think that every American had a DVR, well I dont.

Cable has its bright spots, but most of the good stuff you have to pay more and have to subsidize more junk channels you have little interest in. So unless you like reruns, bowdlerized movies, and sport its a waste of money unless you have a bundle package. Even though my dorm has cable, its expended cable only, no digital cable available. I have a HDTV and there is no option to subscribe to it, even if I want to most of the HDTV channels are either unconverted or not in widescreen and the only ones in end to end widescreen are sport and movies.

Simply put most TV shows does not appeal to me.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:20 AM
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1. I liked "The Unit". It was clever,
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 11:21 AM by Deja Q
a rabid white girl was telling a black Army officer that profiling is racist.

(Her boyfriend was a Muslim and a suspected terrorist, but the Army officer's response was classy.)

Intelligently written; it was very, as the British would say, po-faced, but there was an ironic wit in the number of memes - on both the left-wing and the right-wing of our political chicken - that were sent up.

Most television doesn't appeal to me, either, but I will applaud something that dares be complex and throw the viewer's expectations out the door.

And to think, this show was on "CBS" too...


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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:28 AM
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3. Sadly that show has been canceled.
At least I can watch it in widescreen my MynetworkTV
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:35 PM
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26. A pity...
I virtually never tune into network tv but I was on vacation and that episode aired.

It'll probably be replaced with a "reality show".

Still, anything that dares speak its own mind than feed a bunch of friggin' sheep - count me in when the DVD sets come out.
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:23 AM
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2. I don't watch TV at all most of the time.
The only things I watch are documentaries on PBS and miss many of those because I don't keep up well with what's coming on since I don't watch TV. It's a vicious circle. :hi:
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:42 AM
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4. I havent watched anything on TV but the local weather since Battlestar Galactica ended.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:12 PM
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5. DVDs are your friends
I canceled all but local stations two years ago, and the only things I miss are the Weather Channel and Turner Classic Movies.

As a Netflix subscriber, I enjoy their library of literally thousands of foreign and independent films, documentaries, old TV shows, and current TV shows. I rent current TV shows only if someone whose taste I trust tells me that they're good.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:23 PM
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6. Try not to miss Sunday night public television
between that and Setanta sports I don't change the channels. BBC America is crap too- I don't care to watch "you are what you eat" or are you living in a tip. I am a mystery fan so when they had mystery Monday. I could watch Morse,Frost,Jonathan Creek, Rebus (John Hannah),Murphy's Law,Cracker, Wire in the blood (bit over the top) etc Now it is rubbish!
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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:42 PM
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10. Even sunday night public tv is unwatchable
MPT (Maryland Public Television) often broadcasts the old stale britcoms or one of MANY pledge break specials that they keep broadcasting every week on Sunday. Especially "Viewer Favorites" where programs that get the most responses (read: pledges) air.

Again, I don't watch the British imports PBS offers: Last year ago I discovered a torrent website where I can watch actual British programing, like the The Bill (Still airing for 25 years, they just did a de facto reboot of the series).
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:48 PM
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12. Cant watch tv online
one day i have to figure out how to get programming to my tv through the net that is watchable and not picselly challanged. football is unwatchable via the internet
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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:52 PM
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14. The website I was talking about
Was not streaming, you have to download videos to watch them.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:01 PM
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16. thanks (nm)
x
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:25 PM
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7. blow up your TV - i haven't had one for over 10 years.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:26 PM
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8. yes. nt
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:29 PM
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9. Most TV shows don't appeal to most people, I think.
I don't watch any network stuff.
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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:43 PM
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11. How did you know?
n/t
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:50 PM
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13. Even before the Internet came along
I hated the TV. Now that the Internet is here, I don't even own a television and I don't miss it one bit.

I do have to admit that I need to get a television so I can watch my NFL games and for times when my computer is down.
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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:53 PM
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15. There's always the sports bar
Only problem is that they'll expect you to buy something if you want to stay and watch.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:26 PM
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24. good point
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Twillig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:46 PM
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17. If you have High speed internet, you can see just about any game in the NFL
Via Justin.tv and other places(which are more work, like http://www.myp2p.eu/index.php?part=sports )).

http://www.justin.tv/directory/sports
(it's mostly soccer today, but come NFL(or college) gameday..)
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:26 PM
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25. Thanks!
I'll check it out!
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:47 PM
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18. yes. you are very special and unique. nt
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LeftinOH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:06 PM
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19. I watch the news occasionally- otherwise, the TV set is for DVDs..
-and I have no idea what TV shows are on, or who various celebrities are any more; don't care either. Part of growing old, I suppose.
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:19 PM
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20. Lost, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, The Shield
were all worth my time last year - I hear Mad Men is good as well but haven't seen it yet. Other than that, I stick to Blu-ray nature documentaries like BBC's Planet Earth or Nature's Great Events. Those are always worth my time. :) Other than that - yeah, TV kinda sucky.

Oh and see Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog if you haven't. Only 42 mins but awesome.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/28343/dr-horribles-sing-along...

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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:26 PM
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21. my opinions and my tastes differs from other people...
"Simply put most TV shows does not appeal to me."

Most computer and console games do not appeal to me-- I don't think that means I'm a self-aware gamer, only that my opinions and my tastes differs from many other people. And I find that to be most comforting...
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:05 PM
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22. well i haven't seen a teevee program in months either
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 04:07 PM by pitohui
i've never had cable and i really don't have time for teevee, i wonder sometimes how people watch teevee AND have a life, my suspicion is that people who follow teevee DON'T have lives -- so many programs now are soap operas/continuing stories -- this tacitly assumes that the viewer is a loser who never goes anywhere, not even on business, much less on personal travel, hell, even to a party or a dirty weekend they don't go out, they're always around to follow the continuing story

i count myself lucky, and i think you should too

teevee is an addiction that i've seen chew up people's lives, and the "quality" programs are usually more addictive than the bad programs, i knew a guy who went around dressed as dr. who for literally years (needless to say holding no job during those years), i knew a girl who was so obsesssed with star trek: TOS that her parents had to send her to a shrink, hell, we all know these people

just as you're glad that crack missed you, be glad teevee missed you -- think of all the time and money you save

if you just wanna catch sports once in awhile, i agree w. the sports bar/lounge suggestion, or a casino, just have a way to get home w.out getting a DUI

i don't know how old my teevee is but it's way old (pre katrina, i still can't figure out how it missed getting wet but it still works when i bother to turn it on, in fact we had to get one of those special boxes to fix it when teevee went digital -- we're the only people in louisiana who had a teevee old enough to use one of those converter boxes!)

also teevee is just a bad medium if you're into self awareness, internal thoughts of the characters -- for that fiction is much better, plus fiction can be read at your own speed, so it moves faster than teevee -- one thing that irritates me about teevee is the SLOW pace and the repitition and how OBVIOUS they have to make everything -- gosh, do you have to hit me over the head w. a baseball bat to make your point? a well written mystery book makes teevee mysteries look just sad, sad, and sorry
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:15 PM
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23. Got rid of cable four years ago. Don't miss TV at all.
If I hear of a good TV series like The Wire or True Blood, it'll be out on DVD soon enough. Further, there's plenty of older shows to catch up on. We've going through the PBS American Experience series. And of course, films.

Bless Netflix, half the cost and no ads.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:35 PM
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27. TV is best at night, but
books are best. Check your library website and get a gander at what they offer. You can select books on line and pick them up all ready to go.

I only watch MSNBC and CNN - I like David Shuster & Tameryn Hall together..they make a good program. Ed, Chris Matthews, Keith and RAchel are very watchable. Then at 10, so far Jay Leno is a disappointment except for when Michael Moore was on. Anderson Cooper is a good 10 pm choice. C-Span comes thru once in a while. Maybe John Stewart, then David Letterman. Keep a book handy for when any of these programs get boring.

I get behind in book reading when President Obama is on - never get enough of him...just love my president.

Weekend - books, books, books. I like fiction to get away from it all.
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:42 PM
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28. I like TV. n/t
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:48 PM
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29. There are very few shows I watch these days....I still like Family Guy
and I've gotten to love N.C.I.S lately...but most of the stuff I see on there is fucking garbage so I don't bother. I do like the ghost-hunters and Paranormal State ( I think those are the Travel Channel ) I'm not sure.
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