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Beloved Shows I Don’t Be-Loving

We all have shows that are well loved by others, but not by us. Is it our fault, or is everyone else just blind to the show’s faults? Either way, here are a couple examples of TV that just don’t do it for me.

Adventure Time

I understand that this might not hold up to the critical standards of Mad Men or Breaking Bad, but it’s still become pretty popular in the last couple of years, and the people who do enjoy it (that aren’t children) enjoy it for the deeper meanings found within the short episodes. I’ve never been able to get into it, though.

You’d think a show about a kid living in a post-apocalyptic fantasy land with strange creatures and a talking canine best friend with the same abilities as Mr. Fantastic would be right up my alley, but sadly, it’s not. I’m going to blame my ambivalence toward this show on its run-time. Eleven-ish minutes just doesn’t allow me enough time to fully envelop myself in a plot line, and it comes off as seriously restricting in what the show can accomplish.

Game of Thrones

Okay, I know this one is going to get some backlash, so I should preface this with a comment: I am a nerd. I fully accept and embrace that. So, my reasoning for not liking this show has nothing to do with me looking down on geeky things or anything like that (come on, I’m writing articles for a fuckin’ pop culture website, after all).

Having said that, high fantasy just doesn’t do it for me; I need a bit of the real world mixed in with my fantastical. I couldn’t do middle ages fantasy when it involved orcs and hobbits, and I certainly can’t do it when it involves dragons and whatever the hell else Game of Thrones offers up on a weekly basis. I understand the argument that it’s not necessarily about the world but the characters that inhabit it and I could very well be missing out on some awesome character work, but for me, the universe and the characters go hand in hand. If I can’t take one seriously, then I won’t be able to take the other seriously.

Dexter

I tried watching this show a couple years back. One of my roommates was into it, and played episodes from season one for a straight week. I didn’t outright hate it, but it didn’t draw me in. Two or three episodes later my attention was steadily waning, so I gave up and didn’t try to watch any more of Dexter. I’ve never regretted the decision. Something about it just turned me off – I’m not entirely sure what it is (perhaps I see too much of myself in the serial killer – kidding, OF COURSE).

Actually, it’s probably the Miami vibes. Who doesn’t think of CSI: Miami and David Caruso’s horrible one-liners when “cop” and “Miami” are combined?

American Horror Story

Considering this show as being critically acclaimed would be comedic at best (I guess season one was pretty well received). While a lot of people watch it, I understand it to be more of a… not exactly a hate-watch scenario, but a scenario in which they don’t take what’s happening on screen even remotely seriously.

While the over the top gross-out nature of the show is okay in small batches, I just found myself bored during most of the first season. It all goes back to the characters (which, incidentally, is the exact opposite of my feelings on Game of Thrones): While the world the writers built is interesting and engaging (also very, very disgusting most of the time) I cared so little for the characters that I shrugged various deaths off completely. I just don’t care about any of the people on American Horror Story at all.

Do you have any shows you’re not into, but others are? Let us know!

  • I think that you do not have a good understanding of what Game of Thrones is. If is very NOT a huge fantasy world storyline. Most of the show revolves around the characters and conflicts of life; there is very little magic in the show. Also, the magic reflects human conflict and fears as well. I think that you should actually watch some more of this show or read the extremely well written books before you unfairly judge it.

  • I think the reason I couldn’t get into Game of Thrones is that I expected more a shifting narrative across the social structure (similar to Downton Abbey moving between the upstairs/downstairs POV). In GOT it feels like the focus is squarely on the nobles.

    Also the heavy use of rape as a plot point bothered me, too.