I can't watch TV anymore.


Television


So over the last say two years I've noticed a steady decline in my patience for most TV, especially those shows that are slower paced, but now I find that, yeah pretty much any TV show except the truly extraordinary can't hold my attention. And I just cane to realize why.

Role playing games ruined TV (for me). I mean I'm just so much more invested in RPG's of the tabletop variety that then I sit down to watch a TV show I just get bored way too fast, like it's bad. I don't think I've even tried to watch a movie in months.

The problem is I still hypothetically want to watch TV, and I do occasionally when I find something that grips my attention with zeal and fervor, but aside from that, eh everything is too slow paced.

This happen to anyone else?


I do find some of the newer, popular shows to be insanely slow paced. I just can't watch The Walking Dead anymore (I find that every half-season stretches 1 episode into 3 and then smashes 3 episodes into 1 episode finale, which basically leaves me pissed off because neither of those is satisfying in any way.) But, I do find that episodic shows don't frustrate me. I feel like even if you are telling stories in long arcs (which I greatly enjoy) the each episode should have its own plot thread that rises and resolves


I hate when a season finale or a half season break ends with a cliffhanger. Having to wait those many months with the chance of a cancellation and never knowing how it resolves is infuriating.


Jaçinto wrote:
I hate when a season finale or a half season break ends with a cliffhanger. Having to wait those many months with the chance of a cancellation and never knowing how it resolves is infuriating.

Or when a show only exists because they want more money out of their creation. I kid you not, there are so many series that should've ended at certain points, but don't because of the greed of the development staff. And the product/franchise as a whole suffers for it.

This is true not only of television series, but of video games and novels too.


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And a movie franchise that has just gone on way too long. Ice Age and The Land Before Time, for example. Arguably, the Marvel universe is around that point.

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The only problem I have right now is shows that go on way too long, like The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy, and shows that die too young like The Borgias, Penny Dreadful, and True Detective. I think Breaking Bad was probably the best example I can think of that was just right.

Problem I tend to run into is that network television is just entirely inadequate for my tastes, So I don't have a lot to choose from. I don't mind slow pace at all. In fact, the GF and I love Sunday night because we catch up on the shows we are currently watching; Right now Ray Donovan for example.

Is it the waiting week to week, or do you also feel shows are too slowly paced even when you stream them? A delivery or an execution issue?


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I just ditched my cable after having it for only a year. The only 3 or 4 shows I watched I can catch on Hulu now and watch at my leisure.


Reality TV killed television for me.

All I watch these days is streamed shows from Amazon, Netflix & Crunchyroll.

And CNN. Can't live without CNN in the morning while getting dressed for work.

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Hogeyhead wrote:
So over the last say two years I've noticed a steady decline in my patience for most TV, especially those shows that are slower paced, but now I find that, yeah pretty much any TV show except the truly extraordinary can't hold my attention.
  • Fast forward through the boring parts
  • Watch at 1.5x normal speed (adjust as comfortable)
  • Do something else while the show is on and only pay attention to the interesting parts

Silver Crusade

I don't know what killed television for me, but something definitely did. I think it was the rise of unlikable characters, or at least evil-but-sympathetic ones. I got tired of watching shows that often weren't that good where the main characters' actions were horrifying.


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Watch shows on streaming sites like Hulu or Netflix from cable networks, they tend to have shorter seasons.

I've found with drama and serious shows 10-12 episodes a season is perfect.

Also watch Fargo, the series, that'll rekindle your interest. :-)


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For me, a lot of it is the ability to binge watch. I can't keep up with most series coming out weekly when I can just wait a few weeks, binge watch a months worth, and then wait a few more weeks.


Binge watching will kill my interest in a show quicker than anything. I love Netflix's "Daredevil" series, but if I watch more than two episodes at a time I find myself wanting to do something else before I get tired of it. I tried binging on a few shows when I first got Netflix, but it ruined those shows for me.

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