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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 4:56 AM

Sometimes you just lose intestest, sometimes the show goes bad. And sometimes you stop for no sane reason at all. My bad reasons are:

CSI: When the original team split up I wasn't that upset. I just felt that I didn't care anymore. I haven't watched an episode since. I watched it for the mysteries, not the office politics.

Naturo: I do like the show. I like Satsuke, Sakura and all the other characters. Except Naruto himself. I still care about the show and ask my friends for a summary, but I can't stand watching it because then I have to see Naruto again. If Naruto was killed and/or horribly maimed I would watch the scene over and over again. It's crazy because Naruto honestly doesn't deserve that level of hate.

Lost: I stopped watching pretty early. I thought it was good, I just couldn't stand the chance that it would turn out stupid after all the interesting foreshadowing. Maybe I will buy the DVDs one day if if does have a good ending.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 1:26 PM

CSI-Miami. I only gave it a chance because I enjoyed the original so much, but watching Horatio Caine being so bloody self righteous and such a know it all, just totally put me off. The episode in which he pointed out to the pathologist that the body she was examining was actually alive, that was just the last straw.

I nearly stopped watching CSI last summer (RTE is always about a year behind) when there was that whole firing/rehiring fiasco. Definitely if GE hadn't been hired back I wouldn't have continued watching, not even the remaining episodes he was in.

I'm also going to stop watching Carnivale. There's still most of season 2 to air over here, but I just don't see the point now that I know it's cancelled.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 2:21 PM

I stopped watching:

Scrubs because Elliot and JD broke up although I loved everything else about the show.

Half & Half because the mom with the 24-year-old daughter gave birth to another kid.

King of Queens on a regular basis because they moved to Wednesdays.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 2:37 PM

I really did try to give post-Sorkin West Wing a chance. But Josh shouting at architecture was a lightbulb moment for me. I never went back, and I've never regretted it.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 3:35 PM

Medium: because of Patricia's teeth.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 4:11 PM

The paragraph below was part of a post I made last night to the "Strange Reasons for Liking A Show" thread. This part of that post really belongs here, but I see that this thread didn't come into existance until shortly after I posted it in the other thread (coincidence? or yet further confirmation that it really is All About Me?)


One show that I *stopped* watching for a strange reason was Xena: Warrior Princess. I used to love everything about that show: the kinky, violent dominatrix vibe to Xena, the show's self-aware absurdity & irreverence, the ludicrously overt lesbian "subtext", the sheer awfulness of Joxor, Lucy Lawless' smoldering (if somewhat butch) sexuality, the way they could do 20 ridiculous comedic episodes in a row and then turn around and do a really dark, surreal, dramatic, serious episode that reminds me of a great existentialist art film (shut up), and have I mentioned the whole Hot Lesbian Dominatrix thing? And yet, as soon as Gabriel cut her hair short I stopped watching and never tuned in again. I think part of the reason might have actually been that her hairstyle just looked distractingly modern & anachronistic for Ancient Greece, because God knows if there's one that show would never tolerate up to then, it's historical inaccuracies.


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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 4:18 PM

Cops. I started watching the one-two punch of Cops and America's Most Wanted because they were the only thing on Saturday night in the early 90s and I didn't have cable at the time. I don't recall when or why I stopped watching, but I never even try to catch them now.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 4:52 PM

I watched a couple of early episodes of "The Practice" and then stopped. Not because it was bad - I hear it didn't get really bad for some time - and not even because I thought no one could be as sold on Dylan MacDermott as he seemed to be sold on himself - but because ABC had just cancelled "Murder One," one of my all-time favorite programs, and were throwing a lot of weight into getting the buzz going for this other, more conventional courtroom drama, which went on to win great ratings and bushels of Emmy Awards and all kinds of acclaim. And I was disgusted. It was sort of a defiant gesture of mourning for "Murder One".

Strange enough for you all?
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 5:15 PM

Strange enough for you all?


Actually, it's not too far off from the reason that I didn't even try to watch Firefly when it was originally airing. I was so pissed at the direction that Buffy was going in at the time, that I boycotted Firefly on the principle that Joss Whedon should have been concentrating on what he already had going.

Then, when Firefly got cancelled, and the series got released on DVD, I bought it, fell in love with it, and felt kind of guilty about the whole thing.

So, no, not that strange.

Oh...Topic?

I stopped watching Lost because I registered for a Wednesday night class from 8-10:30. I tried taping it to watch later, but after falling three weeks behind in watching the tapes, I realized that I just wasn't sufficiently motivated to bother anymore.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 5:15 PM

Well, not so much stopped watching, but more refused to watch a show on TV. This would be Battlestar Galactica. After SciFi Channel axed two shows I loved dearly: The Invisible Man and Farscape, I went on strike from the network. When I heard all the great buzz BSG was getting, I decided to give it a try by downloading the episodes and watching them on my computer. I adore the show, I'm completely hooked and come July when the new season starts, I'll be downloading those episodes as well. (I tend to hold a grudge, can you tell? LOL)

I suppose at some point I'll grow up and just start TiVoing it, but I'm not there yet. I mean, they replaced Farscape with freaking Tremors the Series. The levels of wrong inherent in that decision just stun me.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 5:47 PM

I got halfway through the pilot for Alias and was trying to figure out if I liked it or not. Found myself thinking "if they kill off the fiance" I will be irritated enough to change the channel and never watch the show again.

They did, and I haven't seen the show since.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 6:09 PM

I decided not to tune in for S5 of Angel the day they announced that Spike was joining the cast.

Don't get me wrong, I think James Marsters is a very talented actor. From what I've heard, I think there's a lot to like about him as a human being, too. I was just so sick of 'it's all about Spike' syndrome in the Jossverse that I couldn't bear watching the character take over a second show.

Ironically enough, if they'd just freaking given him a spinoff of his own, I would have at least tried it out. I just sort of felt that, y'know, Angel should be about Angel and Buffy should be about Buffy, and if everyone wanted to watch the Spike show, someone should talk to James Marsters about doing his own series, rather than using the character to undercut the titular heroes of other shows.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 7:43 PM

I really did try to give post-Sorkin West Wing a chance. But Josh shouting at architecture was a lightbulb moment for me. I never went back, and I've never regretted it.


Word squared. Although I stuck it out longer than you did, xii, I'm officially done now. I might watch November sweeps for the elections--like it'll be any contest who wins between Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda.

I think it's a John Wells' taint. I had to stop watching ER not only when it became all about Abby but also when nonsense in the unsafest ER in the country became too much to bear (helicopters, anyone?). OSHA would've shut that place down a long time ago. Wells' stinking up Third Watch was in the same vein but I did keep up with that show to the bitter end.

I quit watching Will & Grace a few years ago when Jack became so stupid that it was too painful to watch. And as much as I loved snarky Karen in the first few seasons, she got to be way too over the top.

And, finally, I gave up on Law & Order: SVU after the first season when Ice-T was hired. I've no idea whether or not he's a good actor but hiring someone who recorded a ditty called "Cop Killer" to play a detective turned my police dispatcher's stomach.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 8:04 PM

I gave up on Law and Order and pretty much other law related shows once I started law school. I'm not sure whether it was because there was a serious decline in the programming four years ago, or whether I was sick of law pervading every facet of my life, or whether I simply foresaw the mass domination of all things L&O and CSI. Or, you know, it could have been Elisabeth Rohm. I wouldn't put it past her.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 8:46 PM

I think we've got a theme of 'boycott Show A on behalf of Show B" thing going here. For me, it was Malcolm in the Middle for the sole solitary reason that it was the show that more or less replaced Futurama. I was that pissed- no matter what show it was that took Futurama's place, it was dead to me from the get-go.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 8:50 PM

Ironically enough, if they'd just freaking given him a spinoff of his own, I would have at least tried it out. I just sort of felt that, y'know, Angel should be about Angel and Buffy should be about Buffy, and if everyone wanted to watch the Spike show, someone should talk to James Marsters about doing his own series, rather than using the character to undercut the titular heroes of other shows.




Actually, the way they handled it, I think you might have ended up getting kind of a kick out of Spike on Angel. I had absolutely no experience with the Buffyverse before I started catching TNT's Angel reruns (shown in broadcast order), picking up the story sometime in the third or fourth season, so when this "Spike" guy showed up at the start of the 5th season I had absolutely no idea what his deal was except that, from what I could gather from the references to events back in Sunnydale, he had served as kind of a 2nd rate replacement for Angel's character after Angel was spun off to his own show. So what the hell he was now doing on Angel I had no idea and never really did figure out, but one thing I actually liked about the situation was that the other characters themselves seemed every bit as bewildered as to what this guy was doing in their midst as I was, and even more annoyed at his presence than it seems you would have been. Particularly in his first half dozen or so episodes where he's in the form of some kind of ghost that cannot physically touch or move anything and is therefore absolutely useless in a fight or any other situation, characters would repeatedly turn to him when he insisted on tagging along on their adventures and say "Just why are you here?" I was actually a bit disappointed once he got coporialized and could start contributing to the storylines, because I was rather enjoying the running gag of him being the most aggressively useless TV character since South Park's Kenny.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 10:59 PM

Dallas premiered when I was a freshman in high school and my friends and I tuned in because we thought it was going to be a cowboy show. After realizing that it was, in reality, a nighttime soap opera, I didn't watch a single episode (not even the one where they revealed who shot J.R.) until the very last one where J.R. met the devil and got to see what life would have been like without him. Still, I knew who everyone was, what each person's situation was, etc. I feel you don't really need to watch a show when you can just get all the info via osmosis.
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Posted May 17, 2005 @ 11:20 PM

I think we've got a theme of 'boycott Show A on behalf of Show B" thing going here. For me, it was Malcolm in the Middle for the sole solitary reason that it was the show that more or less replaced Futurama. I was that pissed- no matter what show it was that took Futurama's place, it was dead to me from the get-go.


Word.

And that is why I cannot watch Family Guy, because if any show deserves to come back, it's Futurama.

Well, that and I don't think it's that funny.

But yeah, I don't watch Malcom in the Middle because I blame it (and Fox) for making Futurama go away...
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 12:32 AM

I never watched Buffy when it originally ran because it was so popular I was sick of hearing about it. For a cult show, it was friggin' everywhere!

I now wish I had because I'm in the middle of Season six right now with the BF, and I'd kill to talk about them in a thread. *sighs*
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 6:13 AM

Alias season one - because John Hannah guest starred. I cannot bear him. It took a lot of persuading to get me to give it another go. Considering how much I loved season 2, I am actually a little bitter that John Hannah nearly deprived me of it. Because my hatred of him is large. And yet, when he was on Carnivale, it didn't bother me; the producers saw him as a shifty no-good, rather than the intense do-gooder he normally plays, and I was happy.

ETA: Twin Peaks. When Agent Cooper laughed at Annie's bloody penguin joke.

Edited by vayacon, May 18, 2005 @ 6:14 AM.

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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 6:53 AM

I packed in Buffy when Tara was killed off in the 6th season. I know that there were precious few happy endings on Buffy and plenty of characters were killed off during its run but Taraís death really pissed me off. I respect the fact that Tara was merely a supporting character and the writers used the death as a catalyst to kick off a storyline that was bubbling under for quite a while but I was annoyed that such a sweet character and romance was killed of as a plot device. Plus the show had become terrible and vaguely unpleasant so packing it in was easy enough. But Iím still slightly pissed about that unhappy ending.

Edited by Astral Weeks, May 18, 2005 @ 11:07 AM.

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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 7:10 AM

And, finally, I gave up on Law & Order: SVU after the first season when Ice-T was hired. I've no idea whether or not he's a good actor but hiring someone who recorded a ditty called "Cop Killer" to play a detective turned my police dispatcher's stomach.



Ew. I did not know that. Now I'm going to find it really hard to watch him... and up to now I kinda liked him in the part.

I stopped watchingThe A-Team because of the direction it took when Robert Vaughn turned up. The A-Team, reporting to someone? C'mon, folks, it just don't work that way.

And I think I just stopped watching House last night... thank you, Sela Ward.
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 7:36 AM

When I was 10 or 11, I went to my grandmother's house at the beginning of summer vacation. She was really into the soap Santa Barbara and I watched it with her every day. I don't know the characters' names, but this guy had been kidnapped by a mysterious woman in red, who had him tied up and blindfolded. I was riveted, because this was the same time when I was starting to get curious about sex and was reading my mom's romance novels and snooping in my dad's drawers for porn. The plotline just seemed so sexy and cool. Anyway, the plotline dragged on and on for the whole summer, then it was time to go back to school and I couldn't watch it anymore. Does anyone know what I'm talking about or if the guy was ever rescued?
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 9:14 AM

And that is why I cannot watch Family Guy, because if any show deserves to come back, it's Futurama.


I boycot Family Guy for that 'boycott Show A on behalf of Show B' thing. Everytime my friends talk about the show, I always say something snooty along the lines of "I don't really like Family Guy. I think Futurama is so much funnier."

I was a Buffy fan, but when I missed a few eps, I lost interest because I was already all into Angel.

I stopped watching Gundam Seed because throughout the entire series, I feared that Kira would end up with that singing-pink-coordinator (not being mean here, I just can't remember her name), and when he woke up on her bed after being injured in a big Gundam fight scene, I turned off the TV (didn't even finish the episode, I think). Which sucks because I know the series is really good and I have to finish it.

they replaced Farscape with freaking Tremors the Series.


Had the same reaction. Never watched Tremors 'cause they had the ugliest looking promotional spots.
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 9:14 AM

Plus the show had become terrible and vaguely unpleasant so packing it in was easy enough.


How I wish I had stopped watching Buffy then, too. It only went downhill.
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 9:30 AM

I boycot Family Guy for that 'boycott Show A on behalf of Show B' thing. Everytime my friends talk about the show, I always say something snooty along the lines of "I don't really like Family Guy.


I've watched Family Guy a few times, and it has all the elements I like in a show, but for some reason I absolutely hate it. I can't get into the characters, I don't care about their situations, and yet, if I were to look at the individual elements, the clever references, the absurb situations, it's all stuff I typically like in a show. I can't explain it, but this show just never was a hit with me.

I've also never liked the Honeymooners, classic television show or not. If I wanted to see a working class couple arguing all the time, I'd have spent more time with my parents. Nothing about the Cramdens was ever remotely interesting to me.

Edited by doctorwu, May 18, 2005 @ 10:37 AM.

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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 9:43 AM

Heh. The Honeymooners used to depress the hell out of me.

I'm also going to stop watching Carnivale. There's still most of season 2 to air over here, but I just don't see the point now that I know it's cancelled.

It's CANCELLED? Cancelled?!?!

Or, you know, it could have been Elisabeth Rohm. I wouldn't put it past her.

Is this because she's a lesbian?

I never watched Buffy when it originally ran because it was so popular I was sick of hearing about it. For a cult show, it was friggin' everywhere!

Ditto. That and the godawful movie it was based on soured me on it from the get-go. And then everybody was slavering over it, and I just got really turned off.
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 10:30 AM

I've watched Family Guy a few times, and it has all the elements I like in a show, but for some reason I absolutely hate it.


For me it's just a difference in sense of humors. My sisters who watch Family Guy describe it as "stupid-humor." Like, it's so stupid that you pause for a second after a line is delivered and then just have to laugh. Futurama for me had a more clever script, which appealed to me. Again, it's sense of humor preference, I think.

I watched 7th Heaven at the beginning, but then I got so annoyed of all their family problems. But it's because my boyfriend is a minister's son, and I thought the Camdens were the worst example of a minister's family. Their kids were worse than most normal families.

Edited by CaliSerenity, May 18, 2005 @ 10:33 AM.

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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 10:49 AM

Medium because I find their household so fricking depressing. It seems they are always lethargic and in their pajamas. It makes me want to go to sleep for days.

And Survivor for one legitimate reason and one stupid one. Legit: I could not stand to hear one more sanctimonious, self-righteous idiot talk about how someone else didn't "deserve" to win. Thank you Ami for pushing me over the edge. Stupid: Jeff Probst (who I've heard rumors is gay) starts dating a former contestant who is half his age. Now he creeps me out and I can't watch. Why do people (myself included) vilify Tom Cruise for this same behavior despite the fact that his and Katie Holmes age difference is less and Tom looks a lot younger than Probst does considering they are roughly the same age?
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Posted May 18, 2005 @ 11:53 AM

I refuse to watch Firefly because of the fact that Gail Berman(or whatever her name is) cancelled Dark Angel 24 hours after it was RENEWED just for that show. Which ended up getting cancelled anyway. I am STILL bitter about this even though it was like three-four years ago.

I refuse to watch Joan of Arcadia because Wonderfalls did it so much better and funnier. It is cancelled now as well.

I refuse to watch Sci-Fi anymore after they took away Lexx and Farscape. Now all they play is Battlestar Galactica and a bazillion Stargates.
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