Falling out with TV


Hi, my name’s Jaina and I am a former TV addict.

Is it because I’m getting old and getting curmudgeonly about TV in general, that I’ve fallen out with it? Or whether over the years of watching all sorts of crap on TV, I’m finally figuring out what I actually enjoy watching. Or if the quality of TV shows currently is just pure crap. OR if after the end of Breaking Bad, no other TV shows will compare.

Whatever it is these days I’d rather come home and watch a decent film in the evening and be done. A couple of hours of watching just one thing. That’s fine by me. It also allows me to fit in some quality brain-not-required TV.

What am I currently watching? (Shows that are currently on air) Let’s see:

  • American Horror Story
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  • Greys Anatomy
  • Homeland
  • Masters of Sex
  • New Girl
  • Revenge
  • The Crazy Ones
  • The Walking Dead

Straight off the bat, The Walking Dead, New Girl, The Crazy Ones, Revenge and Greys Anatomy are all close to be ejected. Remember how much I gushed about Revenge? Yeah, couldn’t give a fig about Emily’s revenge any more. I guess Greys’ is an easy show to just have on in the background; I barely pay attention to it when I do watch. Still waiting for The Walking Dead to wow me as much as it wows the rest of the planet – been given it far too many chances. New Girl has lost its charm. The Crazy Ones, well… I just like Robin Williams. Sue me.

That leaves four quality TV shows (in my eyes). All cable shows, oddly enough.

Currently watching on TV

American Horror Story is the only one out of those that continues to knock it out of the park. Coven is MAD. Just the most insane thing on TV. I don’t know where it’s going, episode to episode. Which is why I am still watching. Also, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett. Three other reasons I’m still watching. Can not imagine a season of this show without Jessica Lange.

Parts Unknown is brilliant. One of my favourite things to watch on TV at the moment. Well, this season’s now over, but urge everyone to watch it. Anthony Bourdain makes the show. Parts Unknown has taught me a heck of a lot. And given me a list of places in the world I need to go to at some point in my life.

Homeland isn’t the favourite of mine it used to be. But it’s a good slow burner. It’s gone a bit off the rails this season. But I have faith. Sort of. I don’t think I like any of the characters any more, come to think of it.

Masters of Sex has been my favourite new TV show. Said this over and over again. It’s not perfect. The fifth episode, Catherine, sealed it for me. Made me feel for a character I had no opinions on, one way or the other. And Michael Sheen. Just. Michael Sheen.

Waiting on the return of Suits, Justified, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Community, The Americans, The Bridge, Hannibal and The Newsroom. All waiting for me next year. Jesus, that’s still a lot of TV right there.

It comes down to patience. I’ve turned into those people I used to blame for the cancellation of my favourite TV shows. If something doesn’t grab me in the first two episodes, I’m out. To be fair, I don’t have a whole lot to do, so I could spent hours watching TV. But you know what? I just can’t be bothered. Why watch sub-par TV shows when I could spend those couple of hours in the evening watching a good film.

Has the quality of TV shows really fallen that far? Or is it just me? Any other former TV addicts changing their ways?