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Why TV Is Garbage

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Why Isn't There Anything Good On!

When was the last time you were channel surfing and didn’t pass by at least a dozen stations because you weren’t the least bit interested in what they had to offer? If you belong to the group that enjoys Jon and Kate Plus 8, you might want to go up to the address bar and type in TMZ, or just click on another blog to read, because you won’t enjoy this one.

When exactly was it that television decided to scrap the idea of programs that are truly entertaining and/or actually make you think for yourself? I believe the beginning of modern reality TV was The Real World. In 1991, (long ago, when they played music and long before “The Hills”) MTV had an idea to put together a half a dozen twenty-something roommates living in luxurious digs in New York City. MTV was truly ahead of its time. They had stumbled across the formula that most “reality” television shows follow today: young, sexy males and females + confrontations involving every possible controversial situation = Train Wreck Television. These controversial situations include, but are not limited to: sex, infidelity, race, fighting, religion, eating disorders, profane language, alcoholism, drug use, sexual orientation, and a sprinkling of anything else illegal. You may be wondering why I renamed reality TV “Train Wreck Television.” It’s pretty obvious, in that, they hope you are horrified enough to slow down and rubberneck or even pull over and watch. The Real World was, and still is, a huge hit within MTV’s target demographic in it's around the world journey. It's been everywhere from San francisco to Sydney Australia.  The video below doesn't have sound for the first 15 seconds, my apologies...

Diverstiy at Its Finest

Ratings might have had the execs at MTV excited; it was the bottom line that truly had them jumping for joy. You have to actually PAY actors on a sitcom or any other scripted television show. Now while producers tend to push and even re-film situations in reality television, it’s not technically scripted. This means that they technically don’t have to pay the stars of the show, which means more money to go around for everyone else. This is the very reason that most of TV has turned to the reality format within the last decade. It’s become the American way. Fittingly, the new season of The Real World, that will begin filming shortly, is in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

Now reality TV has been around in some shape or from for many decades, there were never more than a couple shows on the air at once. There were a few shows that dabbled with the concept throughout t the 90’s, and it the form was growing slightly, but it never really caught on until just before the end of the 20th century, with Survivor. This is she show that showed the major networks that this type of television could get HUGE ratings. It’s a shame, because I actually enjoyed that first season. It was a unique concept that we’ve all talked/heard about from time to time: getting stuck on a deserted island. It had democracy, games, huge arguments, alliances, confessionals, eating weird stuff, faked isolation from the outside world, prizes, and the last man/woman standing grand prize. Each of these ideas has become a staple of all the current reality show categories. There are a few shows that seem to belong to all of them, but at their core each show belongs to one of four groups.

Game Shows

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional game show. I grew up watching The Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Price is Right, and The $25,000 Pyramid along with others. I still thoroughly enjoy a large majority of them today and don’t clump them in with reality television. And as I said, I enjoyed Survivor when it first came out.

Simply Thought Provoking

What I don’t enjoy is a dozen or more seasons of Survivor, Big Brother (if Survivor and The Real World had a baby), The Amazing Race, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and America’s Next Top Model. I have no idea who’s watching these shows. Ratings say that millions are every week, so what are the producers going to do? Pump out season after season until they can’t anymore. Stars of these shows are typically fresh faces, not at all like the next category.

Celeb-Reality

A little biased here: I hate these types of shows. These “celebrities” have recently inundated the entertainment market. But that’s the thing, they’re not celebrities you’d actually WANT to watch. If Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise made a show, I’d watch. But instead, Kathy Griffin, Paris Hilton, Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan, and Kim Kardashian are all over the airwaves. Turn on E!, Vh1, MTV, Bravo, hell, just about any cable channel, and you'll find your fix of mindlesss celebrity watching.  The Anna Nicole Show can at least be partially blamed for Anna Nicole Smith’s death. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson have also blamed their former series as leading to their divorce.

If You Hand Her Spam, Her Head Would Explode

Even though they weren’t really celebrities until the ratings told everyone they were, this is where I lump shows like The Hills and Laguna Beach together. These shows are rumored to be scripted and sure as hell isn’t anyone’s reality, but just like The Blair Witch Project masqueraded around as real, these count as reality. Apparently if you’re the offspring of very rich parents you get to star a television show.

This is also the category where I put the abomination known as John and Kate Plus 8. Currently, you can’t pick up a magazine, go to a website, listen to the radio, or pretty much anything else but hang out in the woods without hearing about this show. Kate is famous because she spit out 8 kids and Jon is famous because he’s the husband. That’s it! Fully-grown women around the nation want Kate’s haircut and US Weekly can’t get enough information about their possible divorce. Why do we care about these people? Why do we care about any of these “celebrities” for that matter? We shouldn't be looking up to or idolizing these people....

What Do You Mean, Exploitation?

Self/Home- Improvement

As it says in the title, there are two definitive subcategories of improvement.

The first of two definitive subsections in this division is self-improvement. Any show involving weight loss, plastic surgery, makeovers (clothes/make-up), rehabilitation, manners, and swapping of family members finds a home here. The Biggest Loser stands head and shoulders above the others. It sort of skews the borders and can be put into any of the four categories. It fits the game show format because there is a definitive winner at the end after an arduous journey, but it can be said that everyone’s a winner due to what it teaches everyone involved. At the center of The Biggest Loser is the great message to get and stay healthy, and that’s a message America desperately needs. What America doesn’t need is The Swan. Are you not happy with how you naturally look? Then just get a ton of plastic surgery until your stretched-out face and body looks how you want it to. Other examples of these types of shows include Celebrity Rehab, Tool Acadamy, Supernanny, and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.

Now it’s obvious that the second subsection is Home Improvement. This one’s pretty simple. If your show has someone decorating or renovating/building a home or vehicle, you belong here. The first ever in this section was This Old House in 1979 featuring Bob Villa. Modern incarnations include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, While You Were Out, and Pimp My Ride. Now our final category….

Love Connections

Yes, I named this after the old game hosted by Chuck Woolery. If you’re trying to hook people up on dates, finding them love, competing for love, or anything else similar to that, this is where you go for it. The Dating game pioneered this concept in the 60’s. Producers what confrontation or something to do with sex, it’s basically straightforward for any viewer. This is an old, but relatively limited section.

I also placed the show Cheaters here. Now anyone’s that’s seen it knows there isn’t any love here, but there is a ton of anti-love. It IS about relationships and the instances of infidelity that occur within them. Modern examples include Blind Date, Room Raiders, Elimidate, Next, and Parental Control.  MTV usually dominates this area today, and let's say that brains aren't exactly needed...

That sums up where you put all these so-called reality shows.  We all know these are NOWHERE near reality, but millions and millions of us continue to watch.  One can only hope that this trend is just a fad, but it’s a fad that’s lasted for over a decade now.  It’s infiltrated every part of the very psyche of pop culture.  I crave the not-so-old days of good TV dramas and sitcoms ruling the airwaves.  While they’re not dead, they’re getting harder and harder to find on free television. 

I’ll leave you with this, turn on HBO and Showtime if you’re interested in quality original and scripted programming.  The Tudors, Weeds, Californication, Dexter, Eastbound And Down, True Blood, and Curb Your Enthusiasm are just a taste of what they have to offer.  I swear this is not a commercial for the two cable networks, it’s just “reality” (I’m sorry, ha) that basic cable and network television doesn’t have much to offer anymore.  I’d love for another Seinfeld or Cheers to come along, in fact I’m hoping for it.  For the record, I thoroughly enjoy The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother on CBS on Monday nights.  I’m such a sell out....

Comments

Anon on March 02, 2020:

Why on OTA antenna tv channels do they play 'becker, or dear john or will and grace or bionic woman or 6 million dollar guy....WHEN NO ONE in their right mind wants to SEE these shows! That goes for Medium too! I am sick of 'certain' players getting their shows seen and others do not! PLEASE use their spots for something else.....older movies......even! Just don't play them over and over 50 million times! And why are several stations playing children's shows like Rootle after 10pm???? All these time slots could be for better shows. So sick of modern shows.

The liberal H'wood has literally RUINED tv for most everyone! I'd rather watch an old Perry Mason than any of the above mentioned shows! Which I did watch tonight instead! There's NEVER anything good on...........! I cut cable almost a decade ago..and yet......they keep ruining what is left of 'free' over the air tv channels. Sick of Martha's channels......Law and Order CRAP, PBS playing the SAME OLD shows ad nauseum.... Not interested in filthy....shows.....

Karla on February 02, 2020:

I'll admit that I used to love watching some of the tug at your heart true reality shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", "Little People Big World", and my favorite was Ty Pennington's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". These shows were about real families and their struggles. These are the kinds of true reality shows that I can identify with. But shows like the Kardashians and the reality rubbish on MTV, etc isn't fit for a dustbin. I also used to like "Jon and Kate Plue 8" until Jon divorced Kate. That made me cry. How could he do such a horrible thing to his beautiful wife and their adorable, beautiful children. Last year I became an official cord cutter and aborted my $170.00 a year cable service. I love the variety of shows on the Internet, Netfilx, Hulu, etc. I also stay informed with excellent news coverage on the internet. Not at all like the crap so called news on FOX, CNN and MSNBC.

NoAccount(ability) on January 11, 2020:

Bang on point, thanks for reminding me there are intelligent, soulful people in the world, and nurture that in yourself, people! the Military-Industrial-Complex knows no humanity, is a beast that one ought to avoid feeding if possible. This is one of the worst symptoms of it: no fun time left, just drugs and zombies on their soon-to-be-implanted-in-the-body phones! That's not culture, that's anti-culture. Make your own culture and be proud and HUMAN. Cheers.

James Arnes on August 14, 2019:

Because of the leftist agenda that runs everything! GAY garbage and feminism crap all over the place!!

Art on March 17, 2019:

Who pays to make all the really bad tv programs on cable

tv ?

Andrew Dexter on December 28, 2018:

Television has been on a slow decline since the very early 1990's, as with British music and films. The Golden age of TV was the 60's, 70's and 80's where you had top shows like '' 321'' The Incredible Hulk'' Blankety Blank with Terry Wogan, The Generation Game with Brucie. Sadly those days are gone. Now it's all cooking shows and reality and X factor rubbish !!

Ricky on May 09, 2018:

British TV is absolute rubbish and it has been so, for a number of years now. No entertainment value at all. Just TV on the cheap, with some exceptions

Jacob Sosa on February 24, 2018:

TV has been dead and shit since [2007] other than like two good shows. We need these shows back and more new original, moralized and passionate cartoons, kid shows and TV sitcoms that are just like like these classic ones here on TV today and in all future decades too.

Classic family shows and TV shows:

Family Matters

Full House

Baywatch

Home Improvement

Married With Children

Who's The Boss?

The Facts Of Life

Charles In Charge

Family Ties

Silverspoons

Step By Step

7th Heaven

Touched By An Angel

Growing Pains

Different Strokes

Good Times

Sanford And Son

Wonder Woman

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

Living Single

It's A Different World

The Golden Girls

Maude

Little House House On The Prarie/Little House: A New Beginning

Bonanza

The Rifle Man

Angels: The Mysterious Messenger (NBC)

Roseanne

Friends

The Bill Cosby Show

Reba

Remington Steele

Happy Days

Three's Company

227

Benson

The X-Files (original 90s TV series)

Xena: Warrior Princess

Legend Of The Seeker

I love Lucy

The Munsters

The Addams Family

Living Dolls

Free Spirit

Nothing Is Easy [TV show]

In Living Color

The Wayan Brothers

Together We Stand

Boys Will Be Boys

Second Chance

One Big Family

I'm A Big Girl Now

and many, many more!

And we need all of these original classic kids shows and cartoons back. And we also need more news moralized kid shows and cartoons that are just like these ones too.

Classic cartoons and kid shows:

Jem And The Holograms

Kids Incorporated

Kidsongs (PBS)

Doug (Nickelodeon)

Adventures In Wonderland (TV series)

Reading Rainbow

Captain Planet And The Planeteers

He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe

Sailor Moon

The Power Rangers (old Power Rangers)

Wishbone (PBS)

Disney's One Saturday Morning

The Magic School Bus

Animaniacs

Tiny Toon Adventures

Pepper Ann

Tom And Jerry Kids Show

Double Dare

Eureeka's Castle

What Would You Do (Nickelodeon)

Rocko's Modern Life

Salute Your Shorts

Wimzie's House (PBS)

Hi-5 (both U.S. and Australian versions)

Zoom (PBS)

Are You Afraid Of The Dark

Clarissa Explains It All

Boy Meets World

Roundhouse (Nickelodeon)

Carmin Sandiego (PBS)

Bill Nye The Science Guy

Growing Pains

My Cousin Skeeter

80's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Global Guts

Animal Jam (Discovery Kids/Jim Henson)

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

Adventures With Kanga Roddy (PBS)

Biker Mice From Mars

G.I. Joe

80's Transformers

Mickey Mouse Club MMC

Kidsongs TV Show (original from 1987-1989)

Fifteen (Nickelodeon)

The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh

School House Rock

Rocket Power

Gullah Gullah Island

Barney And Friends/Barney And The Backyard Gang (80's and 90's)

Lamb Chops Play Along (PBS)

Wild And Crazy Kids

Hey Dude

Ned's Newt

Big Bad Beetleborgs

Legends Of The Hidden Temple

Adventure Of Pete And Pete

The Secret World Of Alex Mack

The Babysitter's Club

The Tweenies (Noggin/Nickjr)

Theodore The Tugboat (PBS)

Big Comfy Couch (PBS)

Blue's Clues (Nickjr)

Even Stevens (Disney)

M.A.S.K (TV series)

The Puzzle Place (PBS)

Honey I Shrunk The Kids (TV series)

The Doodlebops

Jay Jay The Jetplane (PBS)

Bear In The Big Blue House (TV series)

Out Of The Box (TV series)

101 Dalmatians: The Series (Toon Disney)

Adventures Of Gummi Bears (Toon Disney)

Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog (Toon Disney)

Blazing Dragons (Toon Disney)

Bump In The Night (Toon Disney)

Care Bears (Toon Disney)

Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers (Toon Disney)

Darkwing Duck (Toon Disney)

Donald Quack Attack (Toon Disney)

Ducktales (Toon Disney)

Fillmore (Toon Disney)

Gadget Boy And Heather (Toon Disney)

Gadget Boy's Adventure In History (Toon Disney)

Garfield And Friends (Toon Disney)

Goof Troop (Toon Disney)

Hello Kitty's Paradise (Toon Disney)

Hercules: The Animated Series (Toon Disney)

Jungleclubs (Toon Disney)

Lloyd In Space (Toon Disney)

Marsupilami (Toon Disney)

Mary-Kate And Ashley In Action (Toon Disney)

Mickey Mouse Works (Toon Disney)

New Archies (Toon Disney)

Quack Pack (Toon Disney)

Raw Toonage (Toon Disney)

Rupert (Toon Disney)

Sabrina The Animated Series (Toon Disney)

Sabrina's Secret Life (Toon Disney)

Super Dave (Toon Disney)

Talespin (Toon Disney)

Teacher's Pet (Toon Disney)

Teamo Supremo (Toon Disney)

The Littles (Toon Disney)

The Schnookums And Meat Funny Cartoon Show (Toon Disney)

The Weekenders (Toon Disney)

The Wizard Of Oz (Toon Disney)

The Wuzzles (Toon Disney)

Toad Patrol (Toon Disney)

Ultimate Book Of Spells (Toon Disney)

What's With Andy (Toon Disney)

What-a-Mess (Toon Disney)

Wild West Cowboys Of Moo Mesa (Toon Disney)

Wish Kid (Toon Disney)

Miffy And Friends (Noggin/Nickjr)

Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers

Defenders Of The Earth

Oswald (Noggin/Nickjr)

Bloopy's Buddies (PBS)

Jayce And The Wheeled Warriors

Spiral Zone

Silverhawks

Voltron

Fraggle Rock

Sky Commanders

The Centurions

Ulysses 31

Visionaries: Knights Of The Magical Light

Speed Racer

Pinky And The Brain

Batman Beyond

Bugs N' Daffy

The Daffy Duck Show

The Cat and Bird Warneroonie Pinkybrainy Big Cartoonie Show

Detention

Freakaziod

Histeria

The New Batman Adventures

The New Batman/Superman Adventures

The Nightmare Room

Ozzy And Drix

Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain

Road Rovers

Shaggy and Scooby Doo get a clue

Static Shock

Superman: The animated series

The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries

Teen Titans

That's Warner Bros

Tom and Jerry tales

Waynehead

What's New Scooby Doo?

The Zeta Project

The Wuzzles

Xiaolin Showdown

Tazmania

Pokemon (old Pokemon)

Mummies Alive

Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic Underground

Dragon Ball Z

X-Men

Spiderman

Colby's Clubhouse

CMJ Clubzone

Bob The Builder

Monkey Magic

Zoey 101

Hip Hop Harry (Discovery Kids)

The Wiggles (old Wiggles)

The Buddies (here http://www.thebestbuddies.com/)

Harumika

Fashion Magic

Sky Dancers

The Babysitter's Club

Purple Moon

Sabrina The Animated Series

Girls 20 Questions

Girl Talk Date Line

American Girl 300 Wishes

Lady LovelyLocks

Samurai Jack

Fashion Plates

King of the Hill (educational cartoon)

Doing Cartwheels Outside (girls)

Going to the Mall (girls)

Becoming Ballerinas (girls)

Sweet Valley High

Waterballoon Fights

Girl Talk 1995 Edition

Clueless CD-ROM

Let's Talk About Me!

Let's Talk About Me! Too

Teen Digital Diva

Teen Digital Diva II

McKenzie & Co. CD-ROM

Girl Talk CD-ROM

Playing Truth or Dare

Philips CD-I (multimedia system)

Girl's Club (CD-I)

Floating Down the Lazy River

Going to Limited Too

Dazzeloids CD-ROM

Take Five CD-ROM

Playing Baseball

Playing Softball

Playing Soccer

Ice Skating

Playing LEGOs

Giving Makeovers (girls)

and many more!

The old school days of television was way better and they far surpass television today and all of the garbage and corruption on television today! That's why I'm going to bring back all of these classics and more back on cable TV again and free permanent 24 hour retro channels when I start my capitalist career in about five or ten years from now! Very good points in this article bro.

I agree and I'm impressed too. TV is a big hot steaming pile of shit today indeed! TV is not larger than life and out of this world fun anymore like it used to be was back in the old school days. TV needs to step up their game or else, more and more people will continue boycotting cable and continue cancelling it for good more and more. And that's a fact too!

Mike on November 30, 2017:

I realized a few months ago that I've been enjoying British television that makes it over to American cable somehow, a lot more than I've been enjoying any American television.

If I'm watching a show on Velocity it's either a car show focused on a dysfunctional American garage crew constantly screwing up and having drama, or it's a couple British guys reviving classic cars and explaining both the cars history and the work they're doing.

I'm starting to think I should find a way to get British television instead. Apparently their car shows are about the cars rather than cranky chain smoking mechanics that insult their employees non-stop.

Chad on November 19, 2017:

All TV is garbage today, except maybe public television. Never thought I would say that, but it is what it is. Hell, even the former nature and learning channels have nothing but fake reality shows.

Ian on November 13, 2017:

I was watching the Andy Griffith Show and Perry Mason TV series the other night on DVD. These shows are from a bygone era of "Golden Television", but you can tell right away that the writers and the producers cared for their audience.

Since Survivor and a slew of MTV reality shows took over the airwaves, television has been nothing but narcissism and heavily opinionated political "news" from the likes of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Not all television is bad, there is some good material on HBO. Some modern documentaries are pretty decent. They are few and far between.

Cable and Satellite are both filled with useless channels that are big infomercials. What's the point of having MTV and MTV2 when neither really talk about music? No channel is really serving their original purpose anymore. TCM is the only cable/satellite channel I can think of that hasn't completely jumped the shark. Even then it's targeted towards a niche audience.

jean gionni on October 12, 2017:

Television is so beyond bad today.. who watches this garbage and where r any of the producers with an ounce of intelligence..who wants to watch desperate housewives fight??! What happened to entertainment like 21/2 men Frasier friends etc.. what is this reality garbage and y isn't any tv producers doing anything about it

thor6 from http://ragnasuns.blogspot.com on April 17, 2016:

I am a British ex pat now living in Helsinki Finland and these garbage American, British and numerous other countries reality shows have taken over most of the TV channels. Even Finnish television is copying these shows and each year it gets worse and worse. I was wondering if the editors of these shows are related to the parrot family, because they repeat the same thing over and over again. It seems to me that they must thing that their audience is comprised of morons. Also on these cooking competitions, why do all the contestants turn from normal people to a load of ignorant backstabbers? , or is that part of the script. Take care be safe and have a nice day. Also try reading a good book, you will find it more entertaining.

Pete Jones

Peter on January 22, 2016:

Addendum to the previous comment. I see you've cut the cord since this article was written. Congrats, you won't regret it. My older sister viewed my setup, understood how easy it is to get high quality, ad-free programming for cheap, and cut the cable just this month. A friend of mine, now that he understands he can get much better tennis coverage through Sling TV and the Watch ESPN app, is poised to do the same.

When I cut the cord, I was able to dump Comcast as well, which saved me another $40-50 a month for my broadband connection. The service, which runs through through AT&T fiber optic lines but circumvents the AT&T prices, is faster and more reliable than the same speed connection delivered by Comcast. Nearly all buffering problems disappeared when I upgraded my streaming devices -- Roku 4 for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Sling, PBS, and a host of other great streaming apps, and Nvidia Shield for Kodi, the Holy Grail of streaming. All this may sound as though it costs a fortune, but I actually save $90 a month over my old Comcast bundle, which would cost even more nearly a year later. Best of all, my viewing, except for sports, is commercial free, and even there I can sometimes find ad-free or ad-limited international feeds.

Why anyone with access to broadband continues to pay through the nose for crummy cable bundles is a mystery to me. I landed in the hospital for a week late last year, and was stuck once again with cable for entertainment. I found it unwatchable, and opted to stream music over a slow connection instead.

Peter on January 22, 2016:

Exactly right. That's why I cut the cord. So should you. Quit griping and do something about it -- given all the commercial interruptions and the late night infomercial marathons, the worst thing isn't even the crappy programming, it's the fact that you pay a premium to be advertised to.

EC on November 16, 2014:

TV is a waste of time. I watch PBS. At least they have some good programs.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on September 17, 2014:

I completely agree rwp (obviously). It's deteriorated much more since this article was written. I cut my cable a few months ago, though Comcast still gets my money for internet. Netflix, Youtube, downloading movies, etc is much more enjoyable that the alternative. Thanks for commenting!

rwp on September 16, 2014:

Sad reading comments from 5 years ago talking about how people could at least still enjoy history channel, discovery, animal planet, etc. Now all of those channels also adopted the reality TV method, much to my aggravation. Even the damn weather channel has become like this. No room on TV for anything other than terrible, unimaginative "reality" TV anymore. I don't see how anyone could be willing to pay for overpriced cable anymore.

Dave on August 09, 2012:

It seems that the general consensus here is that most of us find little worth watching on the tube. I cancelled my satellite service years ago, and only watch sports or news periodically on the old antenna tower that I used to mount the dish. There are app 30 stations available, and most are HD for free. Good enough for me! Since you can find most anything of interest on DVDor Blueray, I spend my money on exactly what I like and get to keep it for all time. A bud of mine spends past $1200 per year for the 200 station treatment, and he complains TV is crap! Just dodge the garbage you don't like, and enjoy what do. Maybe someday TV will again yield a Seinfeld, etc...

Katharella from Lost in America on February 15, 2012:

Hello again ;) Ah I see you mention "Clubbing" I find that as about as useless as TV. It's only entertainment would be a gander at the fashion industry and making a quick bet on who will end up with who by the end of the night. LOL!

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 14, 2012:

What a well thought out reply. Thank you.

Tamarajo on February 14, 2012:

I refuse to pay for t.v. I get about 20 channels with the antennae and 5 of them are PBS. I don't really like watching something unless I am learning something or being inspired somehow which leads to a lot of surfing or just turning it off.

I do however enjoy the more inspirational reality shows such as "The Biggest Loser" and "The Amazing Race" and also enjoy documentaries.

I agree with you that so much of the time it is shock sensationalized to draw us in and get hooked on the drama because we all are so fascinated by it for some reason.

Your first title "why isn't there anything good on?" I think is telling of the problem. I think we look to television as an escape tool. We want to be entertained away from our real life and don't want to "think for ourselves"

I enjoyed the article. Well presented and insightful.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 14, 2012:

They should just get a little place and go out clubbing every night.

Derdriu on February 14, 2012:

Skinsman82000, What an elucidating, informative, thoughtful analytical summary of TV programming! You do a great job of introducing readers not in the know to what can be available at the flick of the remote ... whether or not it's what the viewer may want. Much of what you mention is unfamiliar to me since I rarely tune in the TV -- but me too, I'd do so for a Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise show.

Thank you for sharing,

Derdriu

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 05, 2012:

right on! I'm trying to get the b@lls to cancel my comcast cable bill...

Flickr on February 05, 2012:

Down with tv!! love it thanks for sharing. I don't remember the last time I watched tv

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 04, 2012:

A good-quality scripted show will always be better than throwing a bunch of rejects in a house together. Thank You.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 04, 2012:

thanks....i agree with you. As soon as I can get some live sports online at a decent price, I'm getting rid of my Comcast bill once and for all.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 04, 2012:

That's what I'm afraid of and it's already happening. Little girls and boys will be growing up and aspiring to be just like the successful people they watched on The Jersey Shore. Thanks.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on February 04, 2012:

Television is what it used to be for sure. I agree that the downfall began with the reality shows. There is a glut of them on television. I generally have a tough time finding anything to watch even theou I have hundreds of stations to choose from. Up, interesting.

Honor Meci from UK on February 04, 2012:

I'm with you here. A lot of TV is such crap. I also think a lot of it is unproductive and damaging to folk who don't realise that it's made to generate viewers rather than to open peoples minds. (very long sentence sorry) I'm thinking mostly of kids here, however the same applies to adults.

The road kill idea or rubbernecking idea is the backbone to most TV as people are drawn to grimness as apposed to beauty. A thoroughly good hub!

one2recognize2 from New York on February 03, 2012:

Absolutely enjoyed this hub, but must say there are a few TV shows that I truly enjoy, like Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds and Flashpoint, and can always be taken back to a few childhood shows now available on Antenna TV, but will agree that the reality shows are not worth viewing. Loved your overall presentation and so yes voted up and interesting. :)

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 02, 2012:

Oh the days when television cared about what you'd grow up to be. What ever happened to sitcom's "special episodes."

Jason Marovich from United States on February 01, 2012:

Television is all about demographics and advertising now. Sad, because when I was growing up there were so many shows to choose from that everyone in the family would enjoy. Some of them even had some pretty valuable life lessons. There are some that still do, I'm sure, but my attention span wandered away from the idiot box a few years back.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 01, 2012:

I'm more than guilty of the same. Yeah, I didn't have the time to really write for quite a while. Work has slowed down for me bigtime, to a fault. I'm sure I'll be writing a lot more than before. Thanks for the comment.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on February 01, 2012:

Gee, did you really write this 2 years ago...the information is still pertinant and fresh. My sentiments exactly. They don't call it the boob tube for nothin'!

I had to chuckle at your last line. While I do not watch How I met your Mother, I know it gets good ratings. I do enjoy the Big Bang Theory when I catch it. The writers do well with the dialogue.

Enjoyed. Now, excuse me while I go back to the boob tube for more vegging out...

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on February 01, 2012:

thanks for all the comments! It's really a relief there's some people out there who feel the way I do.

And I do watch BBC America occasionally. There are a few decent shows on there.

And that makes a lot of sense kschimmel...

Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on February 01, 2012:

I think a turning point in America was a writer's strike. The networks went with shows that didn't require writers. What self-respecting writer would invent the inane garbage that is reality TV?

Ann Carr from SW England on February 01, 2012:

Interesting. It's good to know that it's not just here in Britain that tv is becoming overridden with rubbish! Reality shows are just cheap tv I suppose, as are house makeovers, weight related shows and even cookery programmes which I once enjoyed. I love to see a good detective drama, a good comedy (and I don't mean inane stuff which abounds now too) and a period drama (the BBC are especially good at those) or literary adaptation. The only other thing is a good quiz show like University Challenge or Eggheads, or a funny one like 'Have I Got News for You'. I did used to love 'The Dick van Dyke show' but that shows my age! Voted up and interesting. Good hub - keep writing!

Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on February 01, 2012:

There is nothing "real" about reality television. I much prefer my real life to anything I can watch on TV. My big family is immensely entertaining and over the years I've experienced Evel Kneivel stunts, pyrothechnics, drama and music that beat anything those lame "reality stars" do.:)

Katharella from Lost in America on February 01, 2012:

:;whew:: a newcomer who gets it. I haven't watched regular TV in about 20 years. Better things to do, checked out a few here n' there for the sake of a friend, but really I have about 500+ DVD's and either Netflix or Pandora is on my tv. The only time it's been on regular tv is when Irene was making her way up the coast and net was out. Then tv out, then radio out. My friend d/l's a few shows, but they're ones that eventually come on NF if it doesn't, I never even know about it. Life holds too many other things. Like writing hubs that nobody gives a %#%# about. Jabbering on at YT. Other than that Charlene (Full Metal Jacket) my Ibanez is my only friend lol. Welcome by the way!

lisadpreston from Columbus, Ohio on January 31, 2012:

I rarely watch television. If I do, I watch Ghost Adventures on The Travel Channel or The History Channel. My guilty pleasure that has me sucked in, is The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Beverly Hills.

Steve on August 01, 2010:

The benefit of these shows, is that you get to find out the IQ of people you are dealing with. If they are fans of this garbage, it is best to give them and anything they have to say a second thought.

Chris Eddy111 from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2009:

I agree with you that tv is a bore. That's why I hardly watch and I ditched the news too while I was at it. I read a lot instead. Good hub.

Marrow on July 30, 2009:

I agree, but I still get sucked into reality TV

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 16, 2009:

haha. you summed it up perfectly for me tony0724. My Sundays are full of football and (gasp!) fantasy football in the Fall/Early Winter. And yes, it's mostly MTV's fault. Or at least they thought of it first...

tony0724 from san diego calif on July 15, 2009:

I like football on Sundays and that Is about It ! TV has been brain pollution for years and MTV Is responsible for dumbing down so many young people their execs should be Imprisoned ! Good hub . So now to everybodys detriment I loiter here at hubpages alot !

kasanova on July 14, 2009:

good point..that's another reason online communities grow at astonishing rate.

LondonGirl from London on July 12, 2009:

Great first hub!

We are in the TV dark ages, here - just the 4 terristrial channels, BBC1, BBC2, ITV, and Channel 4.

Paper Moon from In the clouds on July 11, 2009:

What Hawdesdream said. I even gave up cable when A&E dropped the mystery series. Now it is hubbing or books.

Two thumbs up for the great hub.

Hawkesdream from Cornwall on July 11, 2009:

Great hub, quite agree, TV is rubbish, that's why my entertainment comes from here.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on July 11, 2009:

I do not watch a lot of TV, but when I do it is not reality. I will watch movies, but the only show I really watch is Heroes. I can't wait for it to start up again! Great Hub! :D

trish1048 on July 11, 2009:

Wow, where do I start? I like to watch true crime shows, always a good movie, preferably an old one and two competetive shows, Top Chef and Project Runway. What ticks me off is these channels will come out with some decent stuff, run with it for a few years, then poof! they're gone. I have no use for Jon & Kate Plus 8, am sick of the ad nauseum news about octo-mom, or any of the shows that show families with way too many kids. I just read in the news today a couple in Florida were killed, parents of 16 children. They said it was a home invasion, but who knows? Maybe some nut sick of people flaunting how many kids they have? My thought about couples who feel the need to spit out kids like a rabbit does, is have them, but adopt them out to parents who cannot have their own kids. At least the child would have a much better chance at a good life that way.

Anyway, back to tv. I used to love Third Watch, I felt the acting was really good on that show, so I've taken to recording the re-runs. I also love the old sitcoms, I Love Lucy, The Golden Girls, Cheers. I could watch those a million times and never tire of it.

I also occasionally like a game show or something on one of the discovery channels.

Welcome to HubPages!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on July 10, 2009:

Here's one more 'agree' vote on the state of TV. The news locally is about as bad too. I do watch the weather here because it is always changing...! Thanks for your observant, mature, well-done comments! It seems we'll all wait for more good hubbing from you!

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 10, 2009:

Katherine, I too am a HUGE fooball fan, along with most sports. That's the direction I'll be going with my next hub I'm pretty sure. I'm easing into this hubpages thing like an old man into a warm bath. Bonus points to whoever can figure out what sitcom that's referencing, haha.

I didn't realize so many people felt so strongly about this. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised to say the least. Thanks for all the comments! :-)

kunika on July 10, 2009:

you are so right there aren't any good one but I wud prefer to watch one which gives you instant entertainment like America's got talent or so you think you can dance 2 but never get hooked shows like the bachelor or a bachelorette I really don't understand how the hell they can date so many person at the same time I watch one season than I am done after the Jason Melissa episode.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 10, 2009:

The only "reality" show I watch is whatever golf tournament is on on Sunday afternoon! Other than that, I avoid reality shows like the plague. Don't understand anyone who does. Puhleese. I rarely turn on the the TV, so when I do I watch something that exercises my brain cells, not dumb them down. To me, PBS, Discovery, and the History Channel are good books that I can watch. Reality shows are right down there with coloring books. No thank you.

Treasured Pasts from Commerce, Texas on July 10, 2009:

We took to hiding in the travel channel and the food channel but now they are taking the same route. Who wants to watch someone eat cow's eyes or whatever and the newest guy getting bit and stung by anything that will. That's how I want to spend my vacation!!!!!!

Katherine Baldwin from South Carolina on July 10, 2009:

I agree totally. About the only thing we watch is local news, mostly for the weather and sports. College and pro football. Big football fans here. Most of the crap that's on TV is targeting what we refer to as "the brains full of mush" audience. But, look at it as one less thing that drains your time. Gives you more time to do important stuff.

Alexander Silvius from Portland, Oregon on July 10, 2009:

Nice comment about TV in general. I pretty much hate everything on TV, but there are some diamonds in the rough - I suppose. In any case, I transferred my TV from the living room to the closet. I keep it in case of I don't know what, but I do have some videos I intend to transfer myself to DVD, so it may find some use other than taking up precious closet space.

febriedethan from Indonesia on July 10, 2009:

This is really great start for a hub :) My local TV shows in Indonesia are tiring too, just watch some cartoons with my daughter and local news, another shows are sucks (like never ending soap operas (dramas), boring reality shows, celebrity gossips, and etc). I used to go to Youtube to find the videos I really like and internet of course.

blondepoet from australia on July 09, 2009:

Wow super debut into HP I do say :)

rosariomontenegro from NEW YORK on July 09, 2009:

Young man, the other day I watched a new show called THE PHILANTROPIST. Not bad at all.

Also, there's New York's CHANNEL 13. Good stuff there. Charlie Rose, the Brits on Saturday evenings, then almost 6 hours of good movies -classics, shorts and indies. And lots of extra ordinary reporting.

That's it. I don't usually watch TV. Oh I'm sorry, I was forgetting 2 men and 1/2.

Don't despair

GREAT FIRST HUB

WELCOME TO HUBPAGES.

dayzeebee from Cebu, Philippines on July 09, 2009:

Good points. Months back I transferred my TV set to the living room. Now all I do is go to you tube and pick out videos that really matter to me. Thanks and thumbs up! 

Travel Lover from USA on July 09, 2009:

i find myself saying "there is nothing on TV.." more often these days. :-)

Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on July 09, 2009:

 

You are right, TV is brain damaging tool. Europeans thinking we are crazy. Good hub. Welcome. 

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2009:

If this great first hub is an indication of more to come, I can't wait to read them! You have summed up the sad state of television perfectly.

marcofratelli from Australia on July 09, 2009:

Great hub and spot on. There is too much garbage on TV. If people keep watching, they're going to keep making a series of that show (which might make sense financially). The sad part is... people keep watching! WTF?! Don't we have anything better to do with our lives?! Every now and then you get a cool show that is a little bit different but they are few and far between.

illminatus from Chicago, IL on July 09, 2009:

Man great hub.. I like your style!

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on July 09, 2009:

Excellent first hub I look forward to reading more from you

Jon Green from Frome, Somerset, UK on July 09, 2009:

Stop the moaning. At least you don't pay the best part of $300 a year licence fee to the BBC!

Really, UK TV is not all it's cracked up to be - and in Big Brother we have possibly the worst reality show ever. Truly, deeply, awful.

Moon Daisy from London on July 09, 2009:

Very nice hub!  I also hate all these kinds of programmes.  I used to watch Big Brother back when reality TV was still a novelty, but now there's just too much and I'm sick of it. 

And the celebrity market is being flooded with all these reality "stars".  It would be really good if we could turn back time to before anyone realised what a profitable idea reality TV was, and somehow stop it from happening!

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 09, 2009:

thanks for all the comments. And don't worry "no body," I won't un-click you.

Wayne Tully from Hull City United Kingdom on July 09, 2009:

I find that when they do put a good tv show on it either gets cancelled after the first season or they shove some other crap in it's place, I'm a great fan of genre shows like lost, supernatural,doctor who to name a few and it is these that I only watch and all the reality shows can just die for all I care, who wants to watch people chat shite all night while they revel in the self importance around the cameras!!!

Iðunn on July 09, 2009:

have to agree. I barely watch tv and when I do it's docos like on NGC or ID or arts on Bravo or A&E, news or movies. I am always behind on which celebrity is who and I couldn't name the Friends, then or now.

Debby Bruck on July 09, 2009:

Oh My Gosh! Jessica Simpson: Tunafish. Give me a break. Was that scene on purpose? I really can't even watch these shorts on your page. Sickening. The worst part about TV are the commercial breaks. But, after watching these clips, maybe the commercials are the best part of TV. :-)

I very RARELY watch TV. Complete waste of time.

Good hub!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on July 09, 2009:

I agree with you all the way.  America has only surface glitz and has not one ounce of quality unless you hunt and peck piece of this show or that this network or that.  That being said, my wife would absolutely kill me if I even thought to turn the TV from "The Biggest Loser" and I seem to have taken a liking to "I Survived A Japanese Game Show".  Now every fan I have will take themselves off my site with one resounding click!!!  Great first hub. You're not going to un-click me are you?

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 09, 2009:

where are all the pro-reality comments. People are watching this stuff...I guess that's why they're not online.

Nanny J.O.A.T. from Somewhere over the rainbow on July 09, 2009:

Welcome to the hubisphere - you sure have started off with a bang! I have to agree with Kim - when we do watch TV it's usually Nickelodeon for the kids or National Geographic or Discovery or something of that nature - or we rent a movie. Prime time is awful!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 09, 2009:

This is a great first Hub. I am biased because I totally agree with you but also because its is constructed so well. UK TV is full of repeats, reality TV and basically crap. Its good, in some ways, to know that American TV is as bad. Sorry

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 09, 2009:

hahaha....you summed it up perfectly I believe.

Kim Cantrell from Deep In The Pages of a Book on July 09, 2009:

There is very little major network primetime I watch anymore.  You're right, it's nothing but garbage.  I instead find myself watching TvLand reruns, Discovery, History, etc. - all those channels that just a few years ago I made fun of my parents for watching.

My guess is this: if you're over the age of 25 or older, you're not the target audience.  I gathered that from the fact that my 17 year old son, LOVES all the shows we hate.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 09, 2009:

thanks you two. It sure seems like a lot of people like crime dramas. That makes sense. There are 1 or 2 on tv ;-)

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on July 09, 2009:

Welcome to HubPages - great hub. I never got into Survivor, even though all my friends were glued to the set when it first aired - I do watch some TV, mostly crime dramas or a good old fashioned murder mystery lol...which are always good for the times my brain is numb and I don't want to think (kids will do that to ya :P)

stacies29 from Washington DC on July 09, 2009:

Great Hub.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 09, 2009:

Cindy Letchworth-Thanks, and you're right, there are a lot of hospital dramas. House is good but I wish they'd switch it up other than the same "ok, he/she has something weird, let's run a bunch of tests then wait for House to magically figure it out."

WeddingConsultant- Thanks. We all get sucked in to shows on occasion. Just be glad you're not on the edge of your seat watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" haha.

WeddingConsultant from DC Metro Area on July 09, 2009:

Wow, you're dead on with this hub, although I must confess- my wife and I still watch Survivor! I agree...everyone seems to be wondering "when will they ever stop"...we wonder the same thing.

But they continue with the seasons and we continue to enjoy watching!

Cindy Letchworth from Midwest, U.S.A. on July 09, 2009:

You said it skinsman! Good television is so so hard to find. I too would like to see a revival of dramas, especially ones that don't have to do with the most bizarre murders you've ever heard of. And that goes for all the hospital dramas too. I get sick of all the sickness.

Any way, I must admit I do like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. At least on these shows the contestants have to have some kind of talent.

Good piece.

skinsman82000 (author) from Maryland on July 09, 2009:

BkCreative- I used to watch a larger majority of these shows than I'd like to admit. Now I seem to have more time on my hands since I do not. I didn't realize how little quality there really was. Maybe I'll just have to write more too.

Connie Smith- Well thank you very much for the praise. Oh how I crave it, ha. I enjoy the real world if I like the cast(VERY occasionally). I watch reality here and there. I think it comes down to people's voyeuristic tendancies...and maybe back to our days in ancient rome. We can give it a thumbs up or thumbs down....mostly down. Again, thanks.

Connie Smith from Tampa Bay, Florida on July 09, 2009:

Wow, skinsman, for a debut, this is really good stuff. I quit watching tv about 3 years ago, also disgusted by the poor offerings, though I, too, enjoyed a couple of sitcoms and actually, liked American Justice and those type of shows about murders. I thought they were well done. You write very well and have put this together nicely. I am a fan.

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on July 09, 2009:

Yes, it's bad, really bad.

So I am thinking, hmmmmm - less TV watching - more writing. For me this is the silver lining. (I admit I am addicted to the judge shows, which I am watching as I write this - and Family Guy - but I have it under control). I can't bring myself to pay for cable. In the early days it was supposed to be commercial free - but that's a joke. So I shall write now, write more hubs and maybe short stories and great novels and I have an idea for a screenplay and then I'll become incredibly prosperous etc...yes, this is the good thing about bad tv - we may do something else with our lives. Maybe.