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Old 07-31-2017, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Cleaning CAT VOMIT out of radiators
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Breaking Bad wasn't popular because it was trendy, it was popular because of brilliant writing and excellent production. Breaking Bad was TV's first true masterpiece - the modern equivalent of the great American novel. It was good from start to finish and dealt with deep themes like obsession and the lure of darkness on those who have failed in life. Many of these shows are popular because they are good.
I just don't want to give people the impression that I'm 'out of touch' - as Billy Joel once put it - just because I watch little or none of the programming I, and others, listed in this thread.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:08 PM
 
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I just don't want to give people the impression that I'm 'out of touch' - as Billy Joel once put it - just because I watch little or none of the programming I, and others, listed in this thread.
You don't want people to have the wrong impression of you based on what you watch and why you watch it, yet you seem to have your own (false) opinion of people who watch certain shows and why they watch them.

Just food for thought.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:12 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Aren't sports the ultimate "trend" shows? Most bore me to tears, but then you have people talking about every painful detail the next day.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:03 PM
 
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Aren't sports the ultimate "trend" shows? Most bore me to tears, but then you have people talking about every painful detail the next day.
No. Because even though nobody around the water cooler is still speculating who killed Laura Palmer or Tony Soprano, most major professional sports are still being televised.
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:33 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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Breaking Bad wasn't popular because it was trendy, it was popular because of brilliant writing and excellent production. Breaking Bad was TV's first true masterpiece - the modern equivalent of the great American novel. It was good from start to finish and dealt with deep themes like obsession and the lure of darkness on those who have failed in life. Many of these shows are popular because they are good.
You're probably hanging too much on the word "trendy", although it is well known that "Breaking Bad" was a huge "word of mouth" hit. Kind of makes it trendy by definition.

Either way I got the impression the OP was asking if folks watch shows "everyone is talking about"

EDIT: I reread the OP and the "just because" part so I see why people get/got defensive.

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Old 08-01-2017, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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Trend Shows are TV Programs people must watch, just because other people are watching and discussing them, at work and elsewhere.

Not me. My remote is stuck on PBS!
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Just that in the past I have felt sort of out of it when I was at work and heard the same three folks turning windmills every day about Laura Palmer or Simon Cowell, while I was digging science fiction and reading books about cars and ships.
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My perception of many trend-shows is one of vapidness. That it's just something to do on a work night when one just wants to unwind from the last 8 hours of work and gear up for the next day, no depth to the shows themselves at all.
Go back and read your posts. You come across as an elitist snob. You watch PBS, you read books. We watch vapid shows.

Maybe you didn't intend to denigrate everyone who isn't you, but you sure did a great job of it. I won't even bother to refute your points, as they weren't made with an intention to stimulate great debate, but to make sure everyone knows that you don't waste your time with the hoi polloi.



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Breaking Bad wasn't popular because it was trendy, it was popular because of brilliant writing and excellent production. Breaking Bad was TV's first true masterpiece - the modern equivalent of the great American novel. It was good from start to finish and dealt with deep themes like obsession and the lure of darkness on those who have failed in life. Many of these shows are popular because they are good.
Well said. Breaking Bad was superb--well-written, acted and told. Def one of my top three shows ever.

But it's still just vapid TV, brain fodder for the masses, something to keep us busy as we unwind from our menial existences. {PS: sarcasm}
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:02 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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The only one on the list I watched one season of was Game of Thrones. Thought I would see what all the fuss was about it but I didn't care for it. Ditto for the Walking Dead - I made it to Season 6 and quit watching after the producers faked us out with Glenn's first "death" and the dumpster.
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Houston, USA
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I didn't watch any of those listed. Only what appeals to me, trendy or not. For example Orange is the New Black. There's a lot of hype about it, but it doesn't look interesting to me so I have no intention of watching. On the opposite side is Stranger Things. It looked good so I watched it.
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:58 AM
 
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I didn't watch any of those listed. Only what appeals to me, trendy or not. For example Orange is the New Black. There's a lot of hype about it, but it doesn't look interesting to me so I have no intention of watching. On the opposite side is Stranger Things. It looked good so I watched it.
^^Gets it!

Those are my criteria for watching a TV show or movie. Does the subject matter resignate with me, is it produced in a way appealing to me? Not by how much I hear a show being talked about in public, at work, etc, or how many times per hour the radio runs an ad about it.

I must confess I did watch Twin Peaks back during its hey day: exactly 0.47 sec. of it as I was flooring my remote's channel button past it on the way to Discovery or History Channel!
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:14 AM
 
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^^Gets it!

Those are my criteria for watching a TV show or movie. Does the subject matter resignate with me, is it produced in a way appealing to me? Not by how much I hear a show being talked about in public, at work, etc, or how many times per hour the radio runs an ad about it.
Um ... that's what pretty much everone else has said in this thread. We watch what is appealing to us, regardless of whether it's "trendy" or not. Why are you acting like LargeMarge was the first to say it?

Besides, I thought your criteria was whether or not it's on PBS?


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