The best thing about television, unlike films, is that they’re in your house once a week, so you begin to grow a deep connection, a relationship, with them. But the worst part is that you grow a deep connection, a relationship, with them… so it’s hard to drop them, even when you know you should. So you stick it out until the awful, bitter end.
But there are those times when you are given the power to willfully decide, “You know what [show]? We’re through. It’s not me; it’s definitely you.”
Breakups are hard. But sometimes they’re easy. What shows did you quit this season? Here are a few I quit, ones I quit and returned to, and others I probably should quit.
We’re through: Glee (May 2009 – October 2011)
When Glee first debuted, I was its biggest supporter. I couldn’t wait for the “special preview” they were going to air in May, and once I saw it: I couldn’t wait for September all over again. Those first thirteen episodes in the fall of 2009 were spectacular: great performances, funny storylines (if even just a bit ridiculous), there was even some heart that kept me going.
Then, Glee suffered the quite possibly longest hiatus any network show has gone through during the same season. Cut to a year later and after every episode I still had no idea why I was going to tune in the following week. That’s what happened after I watched “Asian F” this season. Every single television critic or reporter and their mother clamored on for seven days of how “Asian F” was the. best. episode. ever. And then it aired — and it wasn’t great. Not for me. Far from it.
Personally, Rachel sounded better than Mercedes in the audition! And they’re trying out for a role as a Hispanic woman! Come on.
Anyway, that’s beside the point. I just didn’t care to follow these stories anymore. I was over it — and now we’re over. Tear. But, I did watch “First Time” and 20 minutes of “Michael,” so I guess we occasionally hook up… and that’s all I can take.
Mutual breakup: Hart of Dixie (September 2011 – October 2011)
I watched three episodes of Hart of Dixie and decided it was over. Hart of Dixie reciprocated, citing that we just didn’t jive well together. It wasn’t anyone’s fault really — just, why pretend to be something we’re not?
Hart of Dixie is a very nice, comforting, very fluid and easy show to watch… it’s just not for me. A show that has no idea who its main character is and with more love geometrical shapes than any season of Gossip Girl, it can be a bit redundant. Not to mention that every episode I saw was basically the same formula over and over again.
No one likes Zoe. A patient needs her help secretly. She saves the day. Everyone congratulates her. She’s still hated next episode.
On again, off again: American Horror Story
When American Horror Story premiered, it was the worst pilot of the season. It truly was god-awful. It was seriously such a train wreck it hurt to watch. In fact, my review of the pilot dubbed it “American Train Wreck” because it was so disastrous. But I couldn’t avert my eyes the next week.
And the following week, and the week after that… But the week after that week, I stopped watching, only to pop my head in again a couple of weeks later and stay until the end. For better or for worse.
Now, I’m having trouble deciding whether or not I’ll tune in for season 2.
Mistake from the start: Two and a Half Men (September 2011 – October 2011)
I’ve watched Two and a Half Men in syndication, but never really first-run. However I, along with many other people, decided to tune in at the beginning of this season. What I found was four-in-a-row unfunny episodes. And so I stopped.
Fling: Grimm (October 2011 – October 2011)
When Grimm premiered, I thought it was one of NBC’s newest shows that was actually pretty solid. I figured I could really get into this show, and it was on right after Chuck, so I could watch with ease. Then, I watched the second episode, and I’ve never been so bored in my life. I haven’t tuned in since.
It’s almost over: Fringe
It pains me to say that I’m beginning to be bored by television’s most ambitious show — but it’s true. A few episodes ago, I found myself checking out during the story. Last week, I left half-hour into the episode. And last night, I didn’t even try to tune in.
I’m not upset at all about a different timeline — in fact, I couldn’t care less, and I watched vigorously when Peter wasn’t in the episodes earlier this season… but somehow now is when I’m beginning to feel as if it’s almost over. Hopefully, I’ll watch the past three episodes this weekend (or sometime soon) and change my mind.
Growing tired: Once Upon a Time
I’ve never watched this show “live;” I usually skip a couple of weeks and then catch it On Demand… but I’m beginning to realize I just don’t care. I don’t care about any of it at all.
Henry claims there’s another world; Emma doesn’t believe him; someone dies; something or another happens; now there’s a guy with a typewriter.
I’m waiting for that moment where I feel compelled to watch the next episode — but it has yet to arrive. And I fret it never will.
So, what are some shows you quit this season?