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TV Shows Everyone Tells Me I Should Be Watching — Their Top 5

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I guess I’m not as young as I used to be. I love a good TV show, maybe even better than a good movie. I love following characters over different seasons and seeing how a show grows and changes. This is me at my dorkiest, really. But I don’t have the time I used to have. It’s harder and harder to blow a Saturday afternoon on a TV marathon. As a result, I’m missing a lot of great shows. And I know I’m missing them because everyone keeps telling me about them. “Why aren’t you watching this show?” they’ll ask. Everyone’s always got a recommendation. But I keep noticing they’re all having the same recommendations – these five shows, basically. (I’ve also included a “final verdict” for each one – just because someone tells me I should do something doesn’t mean I will.)


"Lost"
ABC
5

"Lost"

Deserted islands, mist monsters, flashbacks -- whew!
 
 

So this show hasn’t even been on the air for a few years now, and everybody’s still up my butt about watching it.  I have a thing about these mystery-type shows.  They seem like they’re right up my alley, but do I really want to sit through seven seasons of a show when so many people didn’t like the ending?   (Sure, some people did, but seven seasons is a long wait to be disappointed, isn’t it?)  I felt the same way about “The X-Files” – I was hooked for years, but it really didn’t seem like the writers knew where they were going -- and the show dragged on forever!  I feel like "Lost" might be a show that doesn't pay back the time you spend with it.  I'm probably wrong, but there you go -- that’s why I stayed away from “Lost” while it was on the air.

FINAL VERDICT:  Eh…  Seems like a lot of work.
 
"Law and Order"
NBC
4

"Law and Order" (Any version)

I was in junior high when this show started.
 
 

“Law and Order” was on the air for 20 freaking years before NBC gave it the axe. And sure, I’ve seen some Law and Order episodes, but the show never appealed to me, I’m afraid. I don’t care for what they call “procedural shows” – a show that really doesn’t have a weekly storyline, but has stand-alone episodes every week. I know there were some great episodes, but when I come back to a TV show each week, I want to pick up where we left off. I don’t want to get to know some disposable new character. Still, so many of my friends will watch “Law and Order” marathons, and I feel a little left out. It’s like “Law and Order” has been deemed the prettiest girl in school, and I’m the only one who thinks she’s a little … cheap. Sorry.

FINAL VERDICT: Doubtful. Even if there are 20 episodes of “Law and Order” that rank among the best TV has ever done, I’d still have to wade through 20 years of shows to get there.
 
"Modern Family"
ABC
3

"Modern Family"

It's about families.  In the modern world?
 
 

I don’t know much about this show other than it involves a family that presumably lives in modern times.  I couldn’t tell you what network it’s on or when it airs.  I’ve been told it’s very funny, but I’ve yet to see a single minute of it.  Since I was a huge fan of the dearly departed “Arrested Development,” people tell me I’d LURVE this show.  Okay, I say.  I bet it would.   (shrug)

FINAL VERDICT:  Sure, why not?  Anyone got some episodes taped for me?
 
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"The Venture Bros."

Why do I have no desire to see this show?
 
 

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim – it’s a hit-or-miss proposition.  While I always dug the old Adult Swim stuff like “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Harvey Birdman” and even “Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast,” I never really gave this show a chance.  I have friends that quote it non-stop, and I feel lost and stupid.  But still, for some reason I can’t explain, I have no desire to watch the show.  If someone sat me down and played some episodes, I’d surely watch them.  But I can’t see myself tracking down “Venture Bros.” for a Saturday afternoon marathon.  Don’t ask me why.  I don’t have anything against the show.

FINAL VERDICT:  Maybe, if I were in captivity.
 
"Dexter"
Showtime
1

"Dexter"

I WILL watch this show someday, I promise!
 
 

Alright, so serial killer who only kills bad people and is hiding in plain sight?  Sounds like a winner to me.  Plus, it stars Michael C. Hall, who is a great actor.  So why haven’t I watched it yet?  I dunno.  It is the one show that EVERYBODY tells me I have to see.  I think I’m waiting for it to wrap up.  I think I’ll watch “Dexter” when it finally goes off the air and I can watch all the seasons uninterrupted.

FINAL VERDICT:  Absolutely.  Someday.
 

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