I’m a self-professed TV obsessed geek. I’ll admit it: I watch too many shows, love all of them, and refuse to give up on a single one for the sake of my sanity (I’m that person that had a hard time giving up on American Idol….). But I’m getting to the point where I don’t have room in my schedule to add new shows, and I’m forcing myself to keep up with old storylines in the sixth, seventh, or even eighth seasons of once-popular shows. And while all of these shows will always have a special place in my heart, when is it time to just call it quits?
This year I gave up on Glee, 90210, and (sadly) It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I never give up on a show, but it was becoming overwhelming. With Glee, I was just getting tired of the horribly outlandish storylines, but I can’t say the same for the other two. I genuinely like 90210 (don’t judge me) and Sunny, but something about them stopped pushing me to catch up. There are only so many shows I can keep up with and they became the latest casualties.
Grey’s Anatomy, 30 Rock, and How I Met Your Mother have been on the air for ages. But I’d argue that they all still have solid storylines as well as sentimental value that I just can’t drop cold turkey. What’s different here is that I have the drive to keep up with it. I can’t wait to watch a new episode when it airs, which is something that I can’t say for Glee, 90210, and Sunny. Especially with the latter, I felt as though I was keeping up with Sunny for the social capital it gives me, not really because I loved the show anymore.
Being in college, it’s hard to catch a show on TV during its original airtime. But I have the internet right? Yes. But that takes away the dimension of urgency, and I often end up watching the episode late the night before the new one airs. And for what? - I usually miss the show when it airs the next episode, anyways. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I thought for awhile that maybe something was wrong —nay, different— about me. I didn’t have the urge to keep up with some shows which is out of character for me. But there were still some shows that I couldn’t wait to see, and some that I just had no interest in anymore. And that’s when I realized that it’s ok to grow out of a show. Every show represents a different part of me or my life, and it’s ok for me to grow up and move on from them.
The only new show that aired in fall that I actually started watching was Pan Am, which sadly has been talked about getting the axe after its freshman season. It’s not great, but it’s fun and entertaining, and makes me wish I lived in the 60s to travel the world. Given the fact that I dropped 3 shows this past year, you’d think that I would have had no problem adding new shows to my line-up —but that’s where you’re wrong. What I should have been doing is adding Revenge and Happy Endings to my schedule but instead I just sat here watching reruns of HIMYM in my free time (not time wasted, but definitely not time incredibly spent).
My dilemma is always trying to balance adding newly airing shows with shows that either have been or are still airing that I haven’t seen yet. So here’s my resolution: I’m going to try to pick up both Revenge and Happy Endings which are new this season, as well as start Dexter…Let’s see how this goes. Cross your fingers for me!