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Old 08-21-2019, 03:48 PM
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What in an otherwise decent TV series made it impossible for you to watch?


The actors are decent, the stories are good...but some concept built into the series makes it impossible to watch.
For me, it was the show "Unforgettable" about a police detective with a perfect memory.
I like Poppy Montgomery, I had no problem with the gimmick of her being able to remember everything...but it was the "everything" she was able to remember that bugged the shit out of me. She could walk through a room and remember months or years later who was in the room and describe everything that was in the room, from the color of the coats on the coat rack to the the notes strewn about someone's desk and what each and every note said. I don't know how your eyes work, but even if I had perfect memory I wouldn't be able to tell you what a note that my eyes never focused on in the first place contained. When her character "remembered" she did a mental tour and examined everything close up. This made me abandon the show after the first episode.
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I'm experiencing this with The Strain. The second season is spending an inordinate amount of time focused the lead's son. Not just with the kid in the scene, but outside the scene where so much time is spent talking/wallowing on the kid, among both the protagonists and antagonists. They have more interesting and pressing things to be concerned with, and the boy is cartoonishly angsty anyways.
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The lovable oddball who in real life would never get past the first job interview but nevertheless makes a vital contribution to the team. I'm thinking here especially of Reg Barclay in TNG. The only way he'd ever be allowed on a Federation starship IRL is if he signed a written pledge not to touch anything and had an official escort.

Unless, of course, he simply fell through the cracks due to bureaucratic incompetence. This is how Hitler, an Austrian, was able to enlist in the Bavarian army at the start of World War I.
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It may not fit your premise, but I don't like [i}That Seventies Show[/I] because I can't stand the character Kelso. When he's off the screen, it's pretty funny. When he's on, I want to throw something through the TV.
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:55 PM
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I'm experiencing this with The Strain. The second season is spending an inordinate amount of time focused the lead's son. Not just with the kid in the scene, but outside the scene where so much time is spent talking/wallowing on the kid, among both the protagonists and antagonists. They have more interesting and pressing things to be concerned with, and the boy is cartoonishly angsty anyways.
Stay with it. The kid is one of two weak elements in the show (also the bisexual hacker). Apart from them it's gold.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:08 PM
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The ending has made it impossible for me to watch How I Met Your Mother in reruns. I'm so pissed about the ending that they can just fuck off.
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"The Blacklist"
I could suspend my disbelief for the plot points but watching Megan Boone (try to) act scorched my corneas.
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"The Ranch" on Netflix with Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott, and Debra Winger. Great show with a lot of dark humor and some drama, but the laugh track is really off-putting and un-needed. Does not make it impossible to watch necessarily, but is irritating.
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Just can't get into drug shows. I'm sure Breaking Bad is the best thing ever. And "Drug show" doesn't do it justice but....I'll never watch it.


And weirdly about Game of Thrones....I'd rewatch the last few seasons before I'd touch the first ones. It's just such a depressing slog.

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The lovable oddball who in real life would never get past the first job interview but nevertheless makes a vital contribution to the team. I'm thinking here especially of Reg Barclay in TNG. The only way he'd ever be allowed on a Federation starship IRL is if he signed a written pledge not to touch anything and had an official escort.

Unless, of course, he simply fell through the cracks due to bureaucratic incompetence. This is how Hitler, an Austrian, was able to enlist in the Bavarian army at the start of World War I.
LOL....you think the Federation is a meritocracy?? That's cute. Reg is descended from some oppressed group. You wouldn't think it to look at him, but he is. At the Academy he didn't even have to get grades. He took the test and just picked his own grade.
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:26 PM
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I watched Blindspot for a while. They brought in Patterson's father one episode, and it was... Bill Nye the Science Guy. Not Bill Nye playing some fictional dude as her father, him playing her father as actually being Bill Nye the Science Guy. And none of the other characters knew he was her father before he walked in.

I turned the show off then and never watched it again. It was going down hill but that was the final straw for me.
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:29 PM
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LOL....you think the Federation is a meritocracy?? That's cute. Reg is descended from some oppressed group. You wouldn't think it to look at him, but he is. At the Academy he didn't even have to get grades. He took the test and just picked his own grade.
I always suspected this!
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Excellent idea for a thread.

Can't say I was the hugest Welcome Back, Kotter fan in the universe. Horshack's laugh might have something to do with it.

I understand catalysts/antagonists are a boon for story conflict, but seriously - Dr. Smith?

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I have never watched an episode of Seinfeld. Every time I have tried, those fake slap bass interstitials were like an ice pick to the eardrum. I'm confident they could fit in another minute of commercials per episode if they edited them out of the repeats. Maybe I'll drop them a note.
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I tried watching the German TV series "Dark" on Netflix, but it was so humourless that I was forced to give up.
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Excellent idea for a thread.

Can't say I was the hugest Welcome Back, Kotter fan in the universe. Horshack's laugh might have something to do with it.

I understand catalysts/antagonists are a boon for story conflict, but seriously - Dr. Smith?
I liked Welcome Back for the theme song but yeah....that universe looks like the sun never shines and its 365 days of smog and acid rain.
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Some animated series lose me just due to their character designs. Bob's Burgers for example.
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I'm starting to get annoyed at shows who cast non-American actors but have them do an American accent which they just can't do convincingly. It's okay for them to be from another country! Just let them use their real accents so I can stop wincing!
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I tried watching the German TV series "Dark" on Netflix, but it was so humourless that I was forced to give up.
That name is a dead giveaway!
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:18 AM
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I'm starting to get annoyed at shows who cast non-American actors but have them do an American accent which they just can't do convincingly. It's okay for them to be from another country! Just let them use their real accents so I can stop wincing!
Or the converse: American actors doing foreign accents badly. Are there no British/German/French/Italian/Greek/Asian actors in Hollywood who could play such roles?
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:19 AM
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I really wanted to get into the Flash series but every time the Flash had trouble from people moving at normal speed it took me right out the action. There was one episode where here took a couple of villains out of a crowded room (from the villains standpoint is was like they had been instantly transported) and then proceeded to have a fight with them where they seemed to have the upper hand.
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I refuse to watch Futurama, because the one I did watch was about Fry's dog, and the ending left me so upset that I refuse to give them the chance to do it again.

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Old 08-22-2019, 08:01 AM
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I refuse to watch Futurama, because the one I did watch was about Fry's dog, and the ending left me so upset that I refuse to give them the chance to do it again.
A point about one of the future episodes.

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Old 08-22-2019, 08:10 AM
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I tried watching the German TV series "Dark" on Netflix, but it was so humourless that I was forced to give up.
It’s a show centered around missing and dead children. I think a humorless tone is about right.

(Fantastic show, imho).

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I really wanted to get into the Flash series but every time the Flash had trouble from people moving at normal speed it took me right out the action. There was one episode where here took a couple of villains out of a crowded room (from the villains standpoint is was like they had been instantly transported) and then proceeded to have a fight with them where they seemed to have the upper hand.
The flash certainly is inconsistent about this. I will say that every now and then there will be a portion of an episode where he really takes advantage of his speed. And searches a whole building in a fraction of a second or teleports people into handcuffs in the back of his step dad's patrol car.
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Or the converse: American actors doing foreign accents badly. Are there no British/German/French/Italian/Greek/Asian actors in Hollywood who could play such roles?
Corollary: American and British actors doing horrible foreign accent voice-overs in documentaries. Faux Russian accents are absolutely the worst.

Also, the actors might want to at least learn the correct way to pronounce words borrowed from the languages whose accents they're mangling.
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I loved the original, UK version of Life on Mars. When I watched it on TV.

So I downloaded it to my iPad and tried rewatching it on a plane. There is a character who constantly chews gum with his mouth open. With my superb Bose headphones, this made watching it impossible.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:42 AM
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I tried several times in their early years to watch The Big Bang Theory, but what, to me and many others, was an overly-loud laugh track (whether laughs were genuine or artificial is immaterial) just made me turn it off within 5 minutes each time.

Eventually, maybe around their fifth year, I started to grin-and-bear-it; the characters are stupid* and they wear the same clothes every episode, but the dialogue is outstanding. I stayed for the witty dialogue.

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"The Ranch" on Netflix with Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott, and Debra Winger. Great show with a lot of dark humor and some drama, but the laugh track is really off-putting and un-needed. Does not make it impossible to watch necessarily, but is irritating.

Thank you! I was just coming in to say this exact thing. I keep trying to watch it, but the laugh track is so distracting that I quit after one episode. It's been 2 years since I started the series and I'm still on the first season maybe about the 5th episode in. I tell myself, it couldn't be that bad. Let's try it again. And I just can't get past it. I've watched plenty of shows in the past that have laugh tracks and I've been able to ignore them, but there's something about this one that is really off-putting.
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Dr. Smith on Lost in Space is definitely a good one. Baltar on the newer Battlestar Galactica is also supremely annoying.

Also, Barney on The Andy Griffith Show. It's a great show, a slice of Americana, with a great cast including Don Knotts. But the Barney character was just so bumbling and awkward that I often find it hard to watch.
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I keep hearing what a great show Dexter is (was) and how much I'd like it. I tried twice to watch it but never got past the first episode. I found the character of his sister too incredibly irritating to endure.


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Barney on The Andy Griffith Show. It's a great show, a slice of Americana, with a great cast including Don Knotts. But the Barney character was just so bumbling and awkward that I often find it hard to watch.
I feel the same way about The Beverly Hillbillies. I used to love the show, but I now find it absolutely painful to watch. The Clampetts lived in California for nine freakin' years without learning a thing. When the show ended, they were exactly the same as when it started.
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I feel the same way about The Beverly Hillbillies. I used to love the show, but I now find it absolutely painful to watch. The Clampetts lived in California for nine freakin' years without learning a thing. When the show ended, they were exactly the same as when it started.
The characters on Gilligan's Island never grew much either.

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Some animated series lose me just due to their character designs. Bob's Burgers for example.
This is mine too, see also Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, et al. To me it just screams that the show has cheaped out on their animation/art design and budget. It is the Hannah Barberra business model. It's a shame, because there is a lot of voice and writing talent buried under the unwatchable art/animation.
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What? Nobody bitchin' about Wesley Crusher? As soon as I see him in a TNG episode, it's time to switch the channel.
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I tried several times in their early years to watch The Big Bang Theory, but what, to me and many others, was an overly-loud laugh track (whether laughs were genuine or artificial is immaterial) just made me turn it off within 5 minutes each time.

Eventually, maybe around their fifth year, I started to grin-and-bear-it; the characters are stupid* and they wear the same clothes every episode, but the dialogue is outstanding. I stayed for the witty dialogue.

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BBT is mine because I cannot stand Sheldon.

Every other character is hilarious and the bits of the show that weren't him were always hilarious, but I could not get over the fact that anyone who acted the way he did IRL would never have friends.

I understand sitcoms are basically reality times ten, but he was just too much.
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This is mine too, see also Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, et al. To me it just screams that the show has cheaped out on their animation/art design and budget.
Not necessarily a bad thing. The producers of Rocky and Bullwinkle did this to their advantage. The problem is, few cartoons are as good as they were.
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The character Gina on Brooklyn 99. Why they let her dominate the plots on that show is incomprehensible to me. The good news is that she seems to have left the show, at least temporarily. Let's hope she's gone for good.

I feel the same way about Adrian Pimento (though thankfully he's only on sporadically). But as soon as he shows up all the other characters might as well take the day off, because the rest of the episode is going to be 100% Pimento and his "hilarious" antics.

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What? Nobody bitchin' about Wesley Crusher? As soon as I see him in a TNG episode, it's time to switch the channel.
It really pissed me off when Ensign Haskell was killed by the inquisitive alien just after relieving Wesley at the Navigation station. Why couldn't he have sat there just a few minutes longer?
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It really pissed me off when Ensign Haskell was killed by the inquisitive alien just after relieving Wesley at the Navigation station. Why couldn't he have sat there just a few minutes longer?
If you're talking about the episode "Where Silence has Lease", that dude's death was shocking enough. If it had been a known character instead of some anonymous Redshirt (whatever color he was actually wearing), people would have just been "Whoa".

That same thing happened in the "Legion of Superheroes" comic. There was a character called "Monstress" who was kind of a female Hulk knock-off and was pretty unpopular. Well, she was killed off in a pretty random Tasha Yar style and readers couldn't believe it.

Oh, and Mean Mr. Mustard, I liked Debra Fucking Morgan.
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If you're talking about the episode "Where Silence has Lease", that dude's death was shocking enough. If it had been a known character instead of some anonymous Redshirt (whatever color he was actually wearing), people would have just been "Whoa".
Yeah, I get that. I still wish it had been Wesley.

(And yeah, Haskell was wearing a red jumpsuit. Dead giveaway as to what would happen next!)
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What? Nobody bitchin' about Wesley Crusher? As soon as I see him in a TNG episode, it's time to switch the channel.
When he left the show and became a recurring character I actually started to like him. Most, if not all, of the episodes that featured him from that point on are pretty good.
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In the first episode of The Hour, which was supposed to be the BBC's answer to Mad Men, one of the characters (who is English) refers to "Prime Minister Eden". British people don't say that - you'd say "Eden" or "the Prime Minister", or "the PM". The line was clearly written that way for the foreign market, or people who don't know who Anthony Eden was. To me, that level of inaccuracy showed it wasn't going to be on the level of Mad Men and I didn't watch any more.
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It may not fit your premise, but I don't like [i}That Seventies Show[/I] because I can't stand the character Kelso. When he's off the screen, it's pretty funny. When he's on, I want to throw something through the TV.
Wait until you get to the episodes with Randy Pearson as a sort of replacement Eric character. They all suh-huck.
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I couldn't make it through the first episode of "The Handmaid's Tale." When they took that girl's eye, it was too upsetting. Haven't gone back to the series since. I read the book in college, so I'm familiar with the story.

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Some animated series lose me just due to their character designs. Bob's Burgers for example.
Definitely this for me. I can't watch "Rick and Morty" because I hate the art. I quit "Bob's Burgers" for that (and other reasons). I just barely tolerate the drawing style of "Bojack Horseman" and I hit the wall with "Tuca and Bertie." I just can't sand to look at it. I won't watch "Rugrats" or "Rocko's Modern Life" because of the art.

Strangely enough, though, I loved the art style in "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist." That remains one of my favorites.
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Some animated series lose me just due to their character designs. Bob's Burgers for example.
I can live with the animation on Bob's Burgers. In fact I think it's a pretty damn funny show, except for the character of Bob's son Gene. Everybody else has clever or at least funny lines, but Eugene just brays out stupid non sequiturs. It's very tiresome

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The actors are decent, the stories are good...but some concept built into the series makes it impossible to watch.
For me, it was the show "Unforgettable" about a police detective with a perfect memory.
I like Poppy Montgomery, I had no problem with the gimmick of her being able to remember everything...but it was the "everything" she was able to remember that bugged the shit out of me. She could walk through a room and remember months or years later who was in the room and describe everything that was in the room, from the color of the coats on the coat rack to the the notes strewn about someone's desk and what each and every note said. I don't know how your eyes work, but even if I had perfect memory I wouldn't be able to tell you what a note that my eyes never focused on in the first place contained. When her character "remembered" she did a mental tour and examined everything close up. This made me abandon the show after the first episode.
What about y'all?
I turned on Mindhunter, this Netflix show about the development of serial killer hunting methodologies at the FBI in the 1970s. About 10, 15 minutes into the first episode the following line (paraphrased) occurred:

"6 months ago, a man took a family hostage in an Austin, Texas subdivision.... to make matters worse, the San Antonio Chief of Police {did something stupid which pertains to the show, not this thread}."

I completely understand that one can film a car chase which somehow involves invisible wormholes because cars will make turns and in up in a completely different part of the city (Bullett was famous for this). I understand that a TV show about a bureaucracy like the FBI will take shortcuts for dramatic purposes.

What I don't understand the process that started with "Austin? San Antonio? Two cities in Texas - surely Austin is a suburb of San Antonio, right? We'll just write it like that!" made it to my TV set without (a) anybody from Texas involved saying, "naw, that's not right", or (b) looking at a damned map.

So, like the OP, I turned this show off. I'm sure it's a great show, but holy hell guys, these two cities are 80 miles apart! This shouldn't have been that hard!
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