Why TV Is Garbage

Updated on December 27, 2016

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....

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        James Arnes 

        9 days ago

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

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        Art 

        5 months ago

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

        tv ?

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        Andrew Dexter 

        7 months ago

        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 !!

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        Ricky 

        15 months ago

        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

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        Jacob Sosa 

        18 months ago

        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!

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        Mike 

        21 months ago

        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.

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        Chad 

        21 months ago

        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.

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        Ian 

        21 months ago

        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.

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        jean gionni 

        22 months ago

        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

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        thor6 

        3 years ago from http://ragnasuns.blogspot.com

        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

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        Peter 

        3 years ago

        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.

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        Peter 

        3 years ago

        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.

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        EC 

        4 years ago

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

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        skinsman82000 

        4 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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!

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        rwp 

        4 years ago

        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.

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        Dave 

        7 years ago

        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...

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        Katharella 

        7 years ago from Lost in America

        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!

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        What a well thought out reply. Thank you.

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        Tamarajo 

        7 years ago

        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.

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        Derdriu 

        7 years ago

        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

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        Flickr 

        7 years ago

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

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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.

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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.

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        Susan Hazelton 

        7 years ago from Sunny Florida

        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.

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        Honor Meci 

        7 years ago from UK

        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!

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        one2recognize2 

        7 years ago from New York

        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. :)

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        Jason Marovich 

        7 years ago from United States

        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.

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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.

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        Denise Handlon 

        7 years ago from North Carolina

        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...

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        skinsman82000 

        7 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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...

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        Kimberly Schimmel 

        7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

        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?

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        Ann Carr 

        7 years ago from SW England

        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!

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        Kimberly Schimmel 

        7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

        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.:)

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        Katharella 

        7 years ago from Lost in America

        :;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!

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        lisadpreston 

        7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

        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.

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        Steve 

        9 years ago

        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.

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        Chris Eddy111 

        9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        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.

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        Marrow 

        10 years ago

        I agree, but I still get sucked into reality TV

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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...

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        tony0724 

        10 years ago from san diego calif

        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 !

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        kasanova 

        10 years ago

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

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        LondonGirl 

        10 years ago from London

        Great first hub!

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

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        Paper Moon 

        10 years ago from In the clouds

        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.

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        Hawkesdream 

        10 years ago from Cornwall

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

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        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        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

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        trish1048 

        10 years ago

        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!

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        frogyfish 

        10 years ago from Central United States of America

        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!

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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! :-)

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        kunika 

        10 years ago

        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.

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        Joanna McKenna 

        10 years ago from Central Oklahoma

        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.

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        Treasured Pasts 

        10 years ago from Commerce, Texas

        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!!!!!!

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        Katherine Baldwin 

        10 years ago from South Carolina

        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.

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        Alexander Silvius 

        10 years ago from Portland, Oregon

        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.

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        febriedethan 

        10 years ago from Indonesia

        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.

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        blondepoet 

        10 years ago from australia

        Wow super debut into HP I do say :)

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        rosariomontenegro 

        10 years ago from NEW YORK

        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.

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        dayzeebee 

        10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

        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! 

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        Travel Lover 

        10 years ago from USA

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

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        Vladimir Uhri 

        10 years ago from HubPages, FB

         

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

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        Peggy Woods 

        10 years ago from Houston, Texas

        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.

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        marcofratelli 

        10 years ago from Australia

        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.

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        illminatus 

        10 years ago from Chicago, IL

        Man great hub.. I like your style!

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        maggs224 

        10 years ago from Sunny Spain

        Excellent first hub I look forward to reading more from you

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        Jon Green 

        10 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

        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.

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        Moon Daisy 

        10 years ago from London

        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!

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        Wayne Tully 

        10 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

        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!!!

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        Iðunn 

        10 years ago

        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.

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        Debby Bruck 

        10 years ago

        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!

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        Robert E Smith 

        10 years ago from Rochester, New York

        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?

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        Nanny J.O.A.T. 

        10 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

        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!

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        Ethel Smith 

        10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        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

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        Kim Cantrell 

        10 years ago from Deep In The Pages of a Book

        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.

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

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

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        Enelle Lamb 

        10 years ago from Canada's 'California'

        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)

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        stacies29 

        10 years ago from Washington DC

        Great Hub.

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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.

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        WeddingConsultant 

        10 years ago from DC Metro Area

        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!

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        Cindy Letchworth 

        10 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

        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.

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        skinsman82000 

        10 years ago from Frederick Maryland

        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.

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        Connie Smith 

        10 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

        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.

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        BkCreative 

        10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

        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. 

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