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FNG [TotalFark]
2020-08-25 12:00:43 AM  
Doctor Who comes to mind.
 
2020-08-25 12:15:55 AM  
I've been waiting for season 5 of The Expanse for forever.
 
2020-08-25 12:35:17 AM  
Arrested Development.
 
2020-08-25 12:44:55 AM  
Trailer Park Boys.
 
2020-08-25 12:53:43 AM  
I see Doctor Who and Arrested Development already mentioned. I'm sure I have a few more, but these were both at the top of my list.
 
TWX [TotalFark]
2020-08-25 1:14:15 AM  
When it came to books I'd read the first 26 Xanth books over the span of a few weeks.  I then had to wait several months for Cube Route to be published.

When I tried to read it I found it just unreadable.  I guess I made it through the rest of the books simply because of the speed I was going through them, and revisiting for the newest ones it became clear they were tripe.
 
2020-08-25 1:22:11 AM  
No, but I have started binge watching.only to discover I am in a hurry to finish just to get it over with.
I think it is a form of sunken cost fallacy.
 
2020-08-25 1:53:02 AM  
My kid started binge watching Criminal Minds. The later seasons are $24.99 a pop. I'm just hoping she gets bored with it.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2020-08-25 2:02:18 AM  

MrBallou: My kid started binge watching Criminal Minds. The later seasons are $24.99 a pop. I'm just hoping she gets bored with it.


I hope so too.  The seasons get darker and darker because they have to compete with the violence of streaming channels.

That's why we stopped watching.  Waaaay too dark for a child.
 
2020-08-25 2:08:21 AM  

FNG: MrBallou: My kid started binge watching Criminal Minds. The later seasons are $24.99 a pop. I'm just hoping she gets bored with it.

I hope so too.  The seasons get darker and darker because they have to compete with the violence of streaming channels.

That's why we stopped watching.  Waaaay too dark for a child.


My complaint is that it went from being story-driven to character-driven, with too many tragic back stories and "He's stalking The Team" plots. Just give me psycho killer of the week, thank you very much,
 
2020-08-25 2:12:51 AM  
Community

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
 
TWX [TotalFark]
2020-08-25 2:14:37 AM  

MrBallou: FNG: MrBallou: My kid started binge watching Criminal Minds. The later seasons are $24.99 a pop. I'm just hoping she gets bored with it.

I hope so too.  The seasons get darker and darker because they have to compete with the violence of streaming channels.

That's why we stopped watching.  Waaaay too dark for a child.

My complaint is that it went from being story-driven to character-driven, with too many tragic back stories and "He's stalking The Team" plots. Just give me psycho killer of the week, thank you very much,


I'm a bit concerned about that with Endeavour.  It's less about the battle of wills with the murderer than it is the interpersonal struggle within the police force.  I'm only into Season 6 but it's a bit wearying and I'm not sure how we'll get to a character resembling the man portrayed in John Thaw's performances in Inspector Morse.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2020-08-25 3:02:45 AM  

MrBallou: FNG: MrBallou: My kid started binge watching Criminal Minds. The later seasons are $24.99 a pop. I'm just hoping she gets bored with it.

I hope so too.  The seasons get darker and darker because they have to compete with the violence of streaming channels.

That's why we stopped watching.  Waaaay too dark for a child.

My complaint is that it went from being story-driven to character-driven, with too many tragic back stories and "He's stalking The Team" plots. Just give me psycho killer of the week, thank you very much,


When you have been on for that many seasons there is a need for something other than the daily crime, I guess.

Shomari Stone admitted he spent a year in therapy because of how the plots had become so revolting to compete with streaming shows and that's why he left.

That's not entertainment.
 
2020-08-25 3:44:20 AM  

TWX: When it came to books I'd read the first 26 Xanth books over the span of a few weeks.  I then had to wait several months for Cube Route to be published.

When I tried to read it I found it just unreadable.  I guess I made it through the rest of the books simply because of the speed I was going through them, and revisiting for the newest ones it became clear they were tripe.


They're pedophile erotica.  Not saying you're a pedo, but peel back the veneer of puns, examine the plots, and you'll Anthony is an f'ing weirdo.
 
2020-08-25 4:37:10 AM  
The Netflix series "Dark" recently put up its third and final season. Last year, I watched season 1 and 2, but in the time since then I forgot enough that it was hard to pick all of the threads back up for season 3. I recommend binge-watching all three seasons in a row, now that they're all available.

And I can't even discuss how complicated Dark is without major spoilers.
 
2020-08-25 4:48:05 AM  
Many times.

I tend to wait until the whole series is complete, then binge-watch.
 
2020-08-25 5:14:58 AM  

fluffy_pope: Trailer Park Boys.


The plots are too repetitive for binge-watching; greasy scheme, hijinks ensue, repeat. I like it for the opposite of binge-watching, just throwing on a random single episode for a quick laugh. Is there a term for that?
 
2020-08-25 5:24:56 AM  
Yes, when there is a big gap between seasons. I had little interest in continuing The Expanse, Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, and others because I had forgotten a lot of how the prior seasons ended. (And I was too lazy to read any lengthy recaps.)

And I need comedies right now.
 
2020-08-25 5:30:07 AM  

Streetwise Hercules: fluffy_pope: Trailer Park Boys.

The plots are too repetitive for binge-watching; greasy scheme, hijinks ensue, repeat. I like it for the opposite of binge-watching, just throwing on a random single episode for a quick laugh. Is there a term for that?


Purge watching?
 
2020-08-25 7:31:21 AM  
I like the series where it was interesting for the first season, and then the second season they lose focus, and then in the third season they just kind of flop around like a fish on deck.  "The Blacklist" was like that, and "Lost".
 
2020-08-25 7:48:09 AM  
Not late in its run, but later than most, "the umbrella academy". I know these people are seriously farked up, but most of them are just insufferable.  Either that or I haven't gotten invested or reached an episode thats supposed to hook me.

Breaking Bad just didn't do it for me.

Got through the end of S2 of The Walking Dead and nope'd the hell out. It only made me sad and nauseated.
 
2020-08-25 7:56:39 AM  
Firefly
 
2020-08-25 8:24:19 AM  
Walking Dead. I loved the first season on Netflix. Then comes season 2 where in the first five minutes the characters make multiple monumentally stupid decisions. They even have the kids wander off on their out of sight among a maze of stalled cars.

When the inevitable zombie attack happened with one of the kids predictably being separated, I walked away and never looked back. Characters acting foolishly is one thing, but when your plot is dependent on them doing the absolute dumbest thing possible I lose interest. Especially the people who are supposed to be the seasoned survivors at this point.

Also grateful I started watching Lost after it came to Netflix. Are they going anywhere with any of this? Google. No, no they are not.
 
2020-08-25 8:37:21 AM  
Boardwalk Empire started off pretty good but by the last season it was so bad I couldnt make it to the end.
 
2020-08-25 8:43:52 AM  
The new miniseries of Gilmore Girls turned Rory into a horrible adult person. I think I'm going to forget that happened.
 
2020-08-25 9:05:34 AM  

Aezetyr: Not late in its run, but later than most, "the umbrella academy". I know these people are seriously farked up, but most of them are just insufferable.  Either that or I haven't gotten invested or reached an episode thats supposed to hook me.


This. I haven't been able to get past episode two because the characters are just so awful. It's like watching Parks and Recreation if they replaced every character except for Ron Swanson with Jean-Ralphio.
 
2020-08-25 9:11:00 AM  
My wife and I are at that place on "Orange Is The New Black". Too many episodes ina  row where shiat just gets darker and more hopeless. I want to see it thru, she says "meh".
 
2020-08-25 9:35:46 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: Walking Dead. I loved the first season on Netflix. Then comes season 2 where in the first five minutes the characters make multiple monumentally stupid decisions. They even have the kids wander off on their out of sight among a maze of stalled cars.

When the inevitable zombie attack happened with one of the kids predictably being separated, I walked away and never looked back. Characters acting foolishly is one thing, but when your plot is dependent on them doing the absolute dumbest thing possible I lose interest. Especially the people who are supposed to be the seasoned survivors at this point.


Too bad, you'll miss out on season 3, where a governor in Georgia deliberately exposes everybody in prison to a deadly epidemic. Totally unrealistic, would never happen.
 
2020-08-25 9:36:15 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Arrested Development.


Yes. I thought even Season 3 was inane. (After the first 2?! This? Antic and zany?! ) Then, we watched around 3 minutes of the Arrested Development: Reanimated and it gave me the creeps with how unfunny it was.
 
2020-08-25 9:53:10 AM  
Orphan Black.

Its first season was magic. We came to it late after my sister-in-law had been over-praising it.  What a surprise. The characters were great. The situations novel.

Then, it looked like Corporate TV took over and ... who cared?


Farscape

Our son got us hooked and we binged the 1st and 2nd seasons. Then ... well, we just didn't share his enthusiasm for the rest.

In the Should Have Bailed On It variation

The Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes. Great first episode. Good first season. Tepid 2nd season. Idiocy thereafter.

Seinfeld.

The gold nuggets, Jerry, after season 5 were few and far between.  I think we watched 8 and 9 but I don't remember much except the joke about sending back soup and as I checked to make sure, I found out that was Season 5.
 
2020-08-25 10:24:58 AM  
I was a little like this with SMBC comics. Read like 5 years of archived comics and then didn't care enough to go back for new ones when they were available. I guess I prefer to binge-read them (actually webcomics in general) and didn't care enough about this one to go back to the site and read a few more at a time as they became available.

/The joke of "comic suggests one thing is going on and the caption explains that it was actually the opposite" got pretty old after a while
 
2020-08-25 10:29:15 AM  

Fear the Clam: Aezetyr: Not late in its run, but later than most, "the umbrella academy". I know these people are seriously farked up, but most of them are just insufferable.  Either that or I haven't gotten invested or reached an episode thats supposed to hook me.

This. I haven't been able to get past episode two because the characters are just so awful. It's like watching Parks and Recreation if they replaced every character except for Ron Swanson with Jean-Ralphio.


Umbrella Academy doesn't really hit its stride until season 2. I'll agree that the characters are unlovable most of the way through season 1, but once they figure it out it gets a lot better.
 
2020-08-25 10:35:54 AM  
MASH
 
2020-08-25 10:37:50 AM  

steve_wmn: Fear the Clam: Aezetyr: Not late in its run, but later than most, "the umbrella academy". I know these people are seriously farked up, but most of them are just insufferable.  Either that or I haven't gotten invested or reached an episode thats supposed to hook me.

This. I haven't been able to get past episode two because the characters are just so awful. It's like watching Parks and Recreation if they replaced every character except for Ron Swanson with Jean-Ralphio.

Umbrella Academy doesn't really hit its stride until season 2. I'll agree that the characters are unlovable most of the way through season 1, but once they figure it out it gets a lot better.


The characters in UA are supposed to be bad/maladjusted/disgruntled people, that's kind of the whole point.

/Cha Cha and Hazel were the best ones of the bunch
 
2020-08-25 10:37:55 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Arrested Development.


I honestly did not see an episode of Arrested Development until....2006?...when it debuted on HDNET. I had a Tivo, it was set to record shows based on other shows I'd viewed, it grabbed 3 eps of AD. I'd always thought AD was an MTV show about rap artists houses or something, so when I viewed the first ep Tivo had recorded (Mr. F) and the boom mic dropped into view when they said they thought the family was being recorded, I was hooked. That show was on constant viewing cycle for me for at least 10 years, it was my go-to when nothing else was on. I was doing backflips when I heard there would be a season 4, and when it finally dropped, I thought it was a mess. I didn't even finish season 4 and none of Season 5, although my son says I'm missing some good stuff.

/csb
 
2020-08-25 11:40:56 AM  
The Rain.

Watched the first season over a weekend because I had hopes for the concept. Vain hopes, as it turns out. It had a sort-of-interesting premise, but that was all. The entire series appears to be merely an excuse to trot out every single post-apocalyptic trope you can think of, along with violently unappealing characters. I had less than zero interest in continuing, but my wife watched all three (or four?) seasons.

Internal inconsistency always bugs me, and this show is nothing but internal inconsistency.
- The rain contains a virus (somehow), which instantly infects and kills animals on skin contact, but water splashing from the ground has no effect, and basic filtration somehow removes the virus so the survivors can drink the water. Survivors frequently wade through rivers and streams with no problems.
- Despite the "fact" the virus kills everyone instantly, somehow some people survive exposure long enough to infect others- but only when the writers need it to happen.
- Animals are supposedly also affected by the virus, but there are loads of living animals wandering around in the woods. None of the survivors ever try to eat them.
- Survivors are shown killing everyone they encounter who might be infected, but suddenly stop doing that when meeting the core characters. Even when faced with actual threats to their existence, they suddenly refuse to kill even when it would be utterly justified.
- Survivors never seem to lack ammunition, either, but steadfastly refuse to pick up any weapons or ammo dropped or abandoned by anyone else. No one ever picks up useful tools such as axes, either.
- At least four times in the first season, survivors ignore the existence of undamaged, pristine hazmat environment suits and get by with using ponchos and tarps.
- The women never need to shave their legs, and men's beards only grow for about three days. No one ever needs a haircut.
- One of the survivors wears glasses, but magically finds a pair in an abandoned optician shop which work for him.
- Despite the apocalypse happening six years earlier, and survivors in towns supposedly being on the verge of starvation, canned and vacuum-sealed food is still found lying around in abandoned shops and delivery vans. None of the canned food seems to have gone bad.

I've seen microbudget indie works on YouTube which are better. The Rain is such utter shiat I stopped working on my own post-apocalypse story involving a bioengineered viral doomsday.
 
2020-08-25 12:11:26 PM  
Started watching Modern Family from the daily reruns on TV and once I'd gone through the syndicated ones, watched the current ones once a week.  That lasted about a year.  Then the kids were through HS and they had to invent reasons for them to return home or to not leave and it lost its progression.  They started the series with a baby, which was okay.  But then they went ahead and did the foreboding wedding and baby episodes - in sitcoms, the death knell of the series.
 
2020-08-25 12:12:24 PM  

Gleeman: steve_wmn: Fear the Clam: Aezetyr: Not late in its run, but later than most, "the umbrella academy". I know these people are seriously farked up, but most of them are just insufferable.  Either that or I haven't gotten invested or reached an episode thats supposed to hook me.

This. I haven't been able to get past episode two because the characters are just so awful. It's like watching Parks and Recreation if they replaced every character except for Ron Swanson with Jean-Ralphio.

Umbrella Academy doesn't really hit its stride until season 2. I'll agree that the characters are unlovable most of the way through season 1, but once they figure it out it gets a lot better.

The characters in UA are supposed to be bad/maladjusted/disgruntled people, that's kind of the whole point.

/Cha Cha and Hazel were the best ones of the bunch


Well, when the majority (with the exception of Pogo, Number 5 and Allison) of the cast is people that I can't stand, no matter how well it is acted or presented, or how good the soundtrack is, I am not going to spend time on it. Klaus is probably the biggest offender of this; yes I get that he's got severe PTSD and probably some developmental issues, but the drugs just exacerbate his problems (probably makes them worse) and he's just ... the load. He's the character that reminds me of Grandma from Vacation; the one that you *have to deal with* to get anything done. It's like watching Star Trek where everyone is Capt. Archer, Neelix, Season 1 and 2 Wesley and Riker, Okona, early Dr. Bashir and Dr. Pulaski.
 
2020-08-25 12:15:46 PM  

Aezetyr: Gleeman: steve_wmn: Fear the Clam: Aezetyr: Not late in its run, but later than most, "the umbrella academy". I know these people are seriously farked up, but most of them are just insufferable.  Either that or I haven't gotten invested or reached an episode thats supposed to hook me.

This. I haven't been able to get past episode two because the characters are just so awful. It's like watching Parks and Recreation if they replaced every character except for Ron Swanson with Jean-Ralphio.

Umbrella Academy doesn't really hit its stride until season 2. I'll agree that the characters are unlovable most of the way through season 1, but once they figure it out it gets a lot better.

The characters in UA are supposed to be bad/maladjusted/disgruntled people, that's kind of the whole point.

/Cha Cha and Hazel were the best ones of the bunch

Well, when the majority (with the exception of Pogo, Number 5 and Allison) of the cast is people that I can't stand, no matter how well it is acted or presented, or how good the soundtrack is, I am not going to spend time on it. Klaus is probably the biggest offender of this; yes I get that he's got severe PTSD and probably some developmental issues, but the drugs just exacerbate his problems (probably makes them worse) and he's just ... the load. He's the character that reminds me of Grandma Aunt Edna from Vacation; the one that you *have to deal with* to get anything done. It's like watching Star Trek where everyone is Capt. Archer, Neelix, Season 1 and 2 Wesley and Riker, Okona, early Dr. Bashir and Dr. Pulaski.


FTFM
 
2020-08-25 12:28:50 PM  
I'm getting a little tired of waiting on the next season of Stranger Things, and I don't feel like re-watching the first 3 seasons to get back up to speed.

Another mention, although they shouldn't count because each season is its own thing; True Detective.

The first season was brilliant, IMO. The second season was a big dissapointment. And the third season, we didn't even finish. I could not, for the life of me, understand a word that Mahershala Ali  was saying. A friend suggested that we put closed captioning on, and that would help. I've been meaning to do that.

/Another friend said to do CC for Letterkenny
 
2020-08-25 12:34:54 PM  

Cortez the Killer: I'm getting a little tired of waiting on the next season of Stranger Things, and I don't feel like re-watching the first 3 seasons to get back up to speed.

Another mention, although they shouldn't count because each season is its own thing; True Detective.

The first season was brilliant, IMO. The second season was a big dissapointment. And the third season, we didn't even finish. I could not, for the life of me, understand a word that Mahershala Ali  was saying. A friend suggested that we put closed captioning on, and that would help. I've been meaning to do that.

/Another friend said to do CC for Letterkenny



I have a really nice amp connected to my TV with 6 speakers surrounding my chair, and I absolutely have CC on with every show excepting live sports. It really helps with Letterkenny, they speak really fast.
 
2020-08-25 12:41:21 PM  

Aezetyr: Klaus is probably the biggest offender of this


Yeah, it took me a little while to warm up to Klaus. He simultaneously the most awesome and the worst of the siblings.

I happen to love the series but I'm thinking if you hate it even after a couple of episodes then maybe the show isn't for you.

--

Lately I've been binging on Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Yeah, I know it's a kids' show, but I was convinced by some friends to finally watch it and it's pretty freaking solid.
 
2020-08-25 12:46:22 PM  

bostonguy: The new miniseries of Gilmore Girls turned Rory into a horrible adult person. I think I'm going to forget that happened.


I agree. I enjoyed how Emily changed tho. Still can't wrap my head around how Lorelai treated Luke in the final season of the series.
 
2020-08-25 1:39:01 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Aezetyr: Klaus is probably the biggest offender of this

Yeah, it took me a little while to warm up to Klaus. He simultaneously the most awesome and the worst of the siblings.

I happen to love the series but I'm thinking if you hate it even after a couple of episodes then maybe the show isn't for you.

--

Lately I've been binging on Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Yeah, I know it's a kids' show, but I was convinced by some friends to finally watch it and it's pretty freaking solid.


Avatar TLA is one of the best TV shows I've ever seen, full stop. And I say that as a 50 year old, and was around 40 when it originally aired and we were watching it with the kids.
 
2020-08-25 1:52:06 PM  

evilsofa: Copperbelly watersnake: Walking Dead. I loved the first season on Netflix. Then comes season 2 where in the first five minutes the characters make multiple monumentally stupid decisions. They even have the kids wander off on their out of sight among a maze of stalled cars.

When the inevitable zombie attack happened with one of the kids predictably being separated, I walked away and never looked back. Characters acting foolishly is one thing, but when your plot is dependent on them doing the absolute dumbest thing possible I lose interest. Especially the people who are supposed to be the seasoned survivors at this point.

Too bad, you'll miss out on season 3, where a governor in Georgia deliberately exposes everybody in prison to a deadly epidemic. Totally unrealistic, would never happen.


It wouldn't happen in the real world. Hate to break this to you, but we're all actually trapped in a pocket universe somehow created by an issue of the Onion.
 
2020-08-25 2:59:49 PM  
Does watching a show, losing interest, then binge watching to catch up, and losing interest again count? That's been my story with Agents of SHIELD. I watched it on ABC for a while, lost interest, watched about a year and a half on Netflix then lost interest again. The show just doesn't quite keep me going.
 
2020-08-25 3:06:34 PM  
During my relatively lucid moments battling Covid, I got sucked into an interesting series on Netflix entitled, "Girls from Ipanema". It's subtitled but super easy to follow. It's about a woman deserted by her husband so she opens a bossa nova club in Rio (set in the 60's). Season 3 hits June 2021.
 
2020-08-25 4:32:44 PM  
Hell, I'll usually get tired of a show by 10 or 12 episodes in. I won't even start a 20+ episode season of an hour long show. I'd say I drop a majority of stuff about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through a season. Sometimes I go back, but usually not, even if I liked it. I'm usually over it by that point. I also absolutely cannot rewatch a show I've already seen under any circumstances.
 
2020-08-25 4:36:42 PM  

TWX: When it came to books I'd read the first 26 Xanth books over the span of a few weeks.  I then had to wait several months for Cube Route to be published.

When I tried to read it I found it just unreadable.  I guess I made it through the rest of the books simply because of the speed I was going through them, and revisiting for the newest ones it became clear they were tripe.


Wow, haven't thought about them in years. I was really into them as a kid, but then gave up after maybe the 15th. Kind of lost interest when I turned 14 or 15 or so. Just looked them up, and wow he's on the 43rd and still pumping them out.
 
2020-08-25 4:39:47 PM  
Oh, and forgot to talk about the actual topic. Both Orange Is the New Black and Robot 2.0 fall into this category. Loved both, but by the time the final season came around, I barely cared. And in both cases, have stopped with just two episodes to go. Maybe someday I'll finish them.
 
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