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A Month of TV Commentary: A Meme in 30 Parts: Day 11

Day 11 – A show that disappointed you

I hadn’t forgotten this, but this question had me stumped. The truth is that I couldn’t think of a single show that I’d call disappointing, at least in the sense of “I was really looking forward to this and it turned out to be meh.” Certainly there are shows that went in directions that disappointed me: House leaps to mind as a show that I loved, and which eventually chased me away with the direction it was going. (I’ve been told it got better, but I’ve not bothered trying to find out.)

I think the closest I can come up with for a show that disappointed me on the offset was Ricky Gervais’s The Office. When it first started airing over here, it was being lauded in commercials as the best new comedy in ages and a brilliant satire. So I decided to check it out, and found it dreadfully, sometimes painfully, unfunny. I’ve liked Gervais in other things, so it’s not just his sense of humour not connecting with me, but I really couldn’t get into it. After three different episodes completely failing to amuse me, I gave it up. (I have no opinion on the US version with Steve Carrell, etc, as I’ve never watched it either.)

I promise more regular updates as we delve into somewhat easier questions. 🙂

Day 01 – A show that should have never been cancelled
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever
Day 05 – A show you hate
Day 06 – Favourite episode of your favourite t.v show
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch
day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite ship
Day 22 – Favorite series finale
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Best pilot episode
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death


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  1. I’m with you, it’s a tough question. For shark-jumpers, Buffy season 7 leaps to mind.

    There are so many critically-praised comedies that I didn’t find funny that it’s hard to pick one.

    There are shows that were strongly recommended to me, that I just couldn’t get into. The most prominent one there is Battlestar Galactica. (Recent version, of course.)

    I’m picking a very recent show that I thought got off to a promising start, then lost my interest within the first season -- Flashforward.

    • I can agree with that.

      Mark, if it makes you feel any better, they canceled Flashforward after only one season. Apparently, a lot of other people shared the same opinion.

    • It belated occurred to me after writing the post that a good candidate for a show that disappointed me was Star Trek: Enterprise. I had been very turned off by Voyager, but the combination of the premise of Enterprise and the casting of Bakula made me hope it was going to be a return to interesting, engaging Star Trek. I think I lasted 4 episodes before giving up.

      I’ve been told towards the end of the series, when new writers came in and took over, it got substantially better, but I’ve never gone to check and see.

  2. I would vote for Lost. They kept promising that they were not going to cheat and that it would all make sense in the end. It did not make sense and they did cheat. I really dislike programme makers who lie to me.

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