There’s a reason why I don’t watch TV. It’s not because I hate it. Athough, I do. Particularly when it’s copy-cat sitcoms interrupted wih canned laugh tracks and commercials. Do they even have laugh tracks anymore? The last time I peeked, reality shows and competitions dominated the programmes.
I don’t watch TV for the same reason that I don’t like Netflix. I’m too easily addicted to series. If I don’t finish Episode One there’s a chance that I won’t be hooked. Episode Ones can be boring with their backstory and introductions. If I resist finishing Episode One there is a chance that I’ll declare it bad and walk away.
I started watching Episode One for The Game of Thrones five times. It wasn’t until three seasons after its first release and years of hype and rave reviews, that I finally forced myself to finish Episode One. One week later I had watched both Seasons 1 and 2 in quick succession.
HBO, Netflix and Amazon Prime have been horrible enablers to my addiction.
Last week I binge watched Netflix’s The Bridgertons. After the predictable end of eight episodes, I sat back and wondered why I enjoyed the show. It wasn’t the story line or the writing. The story was predictable and the dialog was cringe-worthy. I might have cared, if I hadn’t been so diverted by the costumes, scenery and pretty actors. The series is based on a set of Regency romance novels by Julia Quinn. I hadn’t read them before and after seeing the Netflix promotions, I put my name down for a library copy: #2163 on the waiting list.
On Saturday I made a huge error in judgement by watching Episode One of FATE: The Winx Saga. My son walked through the TV room and asked me why I was watching a childrens show. But it was too late. I was already on to Episode 2.
I am now hooked on the French mystery series Lupin, a retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin, a world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise.
It is such a clever and well produced show … except for the horrible English dubbing. I started watching Episode One in English and probably would have walked away. But reverting to the original French version with English subtitles took care of that. Lupin Season 1 has only
six five episodes. I might have finished them all in one go but I made the mistake of watching with son and hubby. They have far more self control.
What about you? Are you series fan? What’s your favorite TV show?
Anxiously awaiting the next episode in Toronto, Canada. January 2021.