TV No Longer Relevant?


Remember when the idea of “Appointment Television” actually meant something? Even before we had a trendy term for it, we made sure we were plopped down in front of the television to watch a show. Nowadays, though, with the advent of DVR, Netflix and Hulu, we just don’t feel the need to actually make the effort to watch a TV show when it is first aired.

              I come from the old school of television consumption. Heck, I remember having to be at the TV a few minutes before a program so we could not only change one of the 4 channels we had on the unit, but also to adjust the “rabbit ears” antenna so we could watch the program with as little static as possible. Only then were we able to watch a simple 30 minute episode of M*A*S*H*, and we were grateful to do it.

              My patience level today, however, has changed drastically. We live in a cord-cut household. We don’t have cable and we use an HD antenna for only things such as Academy Awards and watching our sports teams fail miserably at the most crucial moment in their respective seasons. That’s it. Everything else is watched through the use of Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. I simply don’t have the patience level anymore to go through commercials, which add so much time to a show broadcast. Thankfully we don’t have to deal with this anymore.

             Most of my TV viewing comes from YouTube. Admittedly, there is a lot of crap out there, but some good things, as well. One of my peculiar joys is watching people playing scary video games and losing their minds at every jump scare. Sad? Probably. Entertaining? Heck yeah! Plus, I can limit my search for content to clips of at most ten to twenty minutes. Anything other than that I tend to get bored with.

I realize that I’m just talking about myself…mostly. But surely I am not the only one who simply does not respond to “appointment television.” Are there any shows out there on network television that are worth making the effort to see at first release? Game of Thrones is about the only one I can think of, and I am dismissing reality television shows as a genre as a matter of principle.

What do you think? Are there any TV shows worth making the effort to see at initial showing? Be sure to drop a comment below to give me your thoughts.

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Published by Alan Reese

Greetings blog wanderers and seekers of truth, or whatever truth appears to be from the mind of a warped individual. You have reached the inner sanctum of some guy named Alan. Having graduated college sometime shortly after the Earth cooled, he finds himself in his late 30's and working out in the real world. His humor is dry and his outlook not so serious and somehow has picked up the nasty habit of writing about himself in the third person. He is married with child and loves his family, sports and, of course, his beloved video games...likelihood of his growing up? Not good. Are you an established site or magazine looking for a writer? Drop me a line if you are interested.

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