I obviously have (many) TV shows that I actively keep up with, but when those shows aren’t on, sometimes I have backup shows to watch just because I’m bored or like the background noise.
Backup shows are interesting because my relationships to them vary. I can enjoy them or despise them or like certain aspects, and at the same time, I don’t care too much overall. I haven’t seen every episode and I rarely care what’ll happen next. They’re the side shows and if I really liked them, they’d be main shows. But they’re not.
The thing is, these side shows of mine are surviving and people really love them, and for some of them, I fail to understand how. There are reasons they’re my side shows and I think they’re pretty logical. I’d really love to discuss them all, so I’ve compiled the five side shows I don’t really ‘get’ and explain my reasons here in one post and maybe some of you can explain why they’re supposed to be good or what I’m missing or if I should give them a better shot?
What I don’t like: Okay, so this my least problematic of the five. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of the darker tone that Arrow has compared to other superhero shows like Agents Of SHIELD and Arrow‘s sister show, The Flash. It’s just not my style. But furthermore, Oliver Queen is not amazing, as far as lead characters go. He rarely smiles and his flashbacks are mostly boring. While he is a fairly nice guy and he cares so much about his family and friends, in terms of a superhero, he’s not special. He has no special power (to be fair, neither does Batman, who is super famous). Yes, he is skilled with his arrow and combat, but that other dude Roy has the exact same abilities. Literally, no one on that team has any superpowers. And I don’t really care about that, I just don’t understand why Oliver is the big deal when he’s pretty average. Lastly, John Diggle has a silly name. Is that from the comics or did a writer really decide to give him such a silly name???
What I like: One word: Felicity. She is the bright, precious, cheery ray of sunshine that is much needed in that group. Her and her pink dresses and smiles. I love her so much and the show would be so depressing without her. Similarly, I love Olicity. She and Oliver balance each other out and their relationship is adorable. If I were to watch the show in its entirety (which I probably won’t) it would be for them.
What I don’t get about it: Why are people so in love with this show when Oliver isn’t special and it’s not a feel-good show? There are better superhero shows out there.
What I like: I knew this show was about community college, but that was it. Then I saw a few episodes. Reruns were on in the morning when there was little else on, so I came to almost look forward to it, to a small degree. This show has a cool premise. I mean, it’s post-secondary, which isn’t as common on TV, but it’s got some older characters so it’s not trashy young people drama. And the characters are what I enjoy about the show. That group of very different people who are all close friends. The group dynamic as well as the dynamic between pairs is great. Jeff and Annie are cute together, and I hope they’re endgame. I also like how Shirley, the black woman, isn’t the stereotypical sassy black lady.
What I don’t like: The show itself is weird. Like, really weird. I’ve only seen a handful of episodes, but I’ve seen episodes done in animation, stop motion, puppets, alternate universe…I mean, is the show even about community college? I don’t understand how people enjoy such randomness in the show. And I know that just having the characters do school work wouldn’t be all that thrilling, it’d be less weird than what’s gone on. Perhaps that’s why the show has been cancelled and picked up and cancelled and picked up so many times.
What I don’t get about it: As interesting as the characters are, there’s no way that they’re carrying the show when the plots are as crazy as they are. I can’t get into the humour because I’m too busy wondering why I’m watching such craziness and who allowed it on TV.
3. The Big Bang Theory
What I don’t like: It’s always on. Which was good for a while. But the more I watch it, the more I dislike it. Sheldon is annoying. He’s rude and uptight and should have no friends considering the way he treats them. Has he once done something nice just to be nice or because he cared? I feel bad for the other characters for putting up with him. Especially Amy, who is dating him. That relationship is, by the way, super forced and awkward. I mean, it was quite clear that Sheldon had no intentions of dating Amy or anyone for that matter. They should have made him asexual and aromantic or something. Furthermore, I don’t watch this show and feel smarter. The science they use in the show is very complicated and comes off sometimes as obnoxious, so I doubt it’s understood by the majority of viewers. So the humour isn’t coming from the science, it comes from the fact that nerdy science is used.
What I like: These characters, as annoying as they all may be, are proud nerds (excluding Penny). As a nerd myself (to a much, much, much lesser degree) I like how they’re not ashamed to love superheroes or hobbits and engage in related activities. They also refuse to change for anyone. It’s neat to see that represented on TV.
What I don’t get about it: I simply can not get over how dang awful Sheldon is. He’s the main character and therefore always the center of attention and so I, as a viewer, cant avoid it. And none of the other characters are really all that loveable. Do people seriously consider it a quality comedy show?
4. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
What I like: It’s amusing, I guess. And it has one female character, Dee, who hangs with the group of guys, and I relate to that. I don’t actively watch it, but sometimes it comes on after a show I do want to watch, and I get lazy and don’t change the channel.
What I don’t like: It’s not all that funny. In fact, it’s kind of silly. The characters aren’t smart and so the show is basically watching them get into ridiculous situations and get drunk. Danny DeVito’s character is actually gross, and the relationship between him and the other characters is odd and not at all likeable. The characters are very flawed, but not in the character-development way or the I-could-deal-with-it way. It’s a weird why-are-you-doing-that way and it just doesn’t sell with me.
What I don’t get about it: What’s the appeal? It’s a crude, low-budget show that really doesn’t offer anything unique or noteworthy. I know a girl who enjoys it and I can’t understand why.
5. 30 Rock
What I like: Tina Fey. That’s about it. I like Tina and think she’s a great person, and I likewise think her character Liz Lemon is cool and relatable and sane. The show is good for a few laughs.
What I don’t like: The characters are larger than life, which I don’t find very relatable. Tracy and Jenna are odd characters and I don’t really find their doings all that funny. They do, however, make Liz seem more and more normal and understandable, which is okay. I don’t get the humour either. Maybe it goes over me, but I feel like I should be chuckling because I know when the jokes are, but I don’t find them funny. They’re random and not…smart jokes. Unless I’m missing something…?
What I don’t get about it: Basically it’s just the humour. A few times I’ve considered marathoning the whole thing so to better understand it. Because I just don’t find it as funny as it’s perceived to be.
So those are five shows I’m not really into. Like I said, if anyone likes these shows and wants to discuss why they enjoy it, feel free to do so, because I’m seriously interested in understanding their appeal. Likewise, if you have a side show that you don’t ‘get’, let me know because maybe I watch it.
P.S. I registered for WordPress’ Blogging U 101 course thing, which should be neat…Anyone else doing it? I’ll try not to post too much when doing it! 🙂