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BenPanced
05-28-2009, 01:29 AM
How many times have you found yourself turning back to a TV show you can't stand or sitting through an entire movie you wish would just spontaneously combust and no longer exist? Personally, I can't stand Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, or much of the line-up on Adult Swim, yet I'm drawn to them like flies to stink from time to time. I'll sit and watch them, all the while grumbling "Man, this show sucks", never finding it within myself to actually change the channel or, oh, say, turning the <garbled in transmission>ing TV off. And then I'll complain that I wasted all that time watching crappy TV when I could have been doing something productive like brushing the cat or slamming my fingers in a door until it stops hurting or I pass out from the pain.

Then again, I did write in my journal last night that I think I watch The L Word so much because it makes me feel better about my writing.

What say you? I'm really not here for a general bash-fest of shows or movies we can't stand; those have their own threads, and I've named the above as my own personal examples.

alleycat
05-28-2009, 01:32 AM
I've watched Law & Order SUV a few times hoping the Elliott character will get shot.

aquacat
05-28-2009, 01:36 AM
One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl keep sucking me in like a black hole of despair and adolescent angst. Oh, pretty white kids with problems (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH6OUmsPA0I), how you haunt me!

I've also watched Twilight five or six times. I keep hoping Bella will die at the end. Alas, doomed to disappointment.

Jersey Chick
05-28-2009, 01:36 AM
I've watched Smallville and just wished someone would clobber Clark Kent with a tube sock stuffed with Kryptonite.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-28-2009, 01:40 AM
I know I'm probably going to get blasted to the moon for this... but Deadliest Catch.

I mean... come on! It's the same thing. Over and over and over. Throw pots over side. Change a name here and there. Pick up pots. Count crabs. Stir in a little pathos over Captain Phil Harris' illness. Deckhands have a fight. Throw pots over side... etc., etc., etc.

But I watch. And I don't hate it! I love it. So that doesn't really fit your criteria, Ben... but it does, kinda, 'cause I hate that I love it and continue to watch it. Yeah. Meh.

ChunkyC
05-28-2009, 01:41 AM
All those design shows on HGTV. There's something oddly mesmerizing about a guy/girl/unknown waxing philosophical about the proper placement of an ottoman. Maybe it's because I fantasize about how much fun it would be to sneak onto the set and move it when the host isn't looking, bwuahahaha!

Yes, I'm evil Evil EVIL!!!

Jersey Chick
05-28-2009, 01:42 AM
**blasts OFG--- in a nice way, of course

Actually, I find myself watching Deadliest Catch, but not really paying much attention to it because of that very reason...

Don Allen
05-28-2009, 01:43 AM
You think you'll get blasted OFG,,, I hate 2 &1/2 Men, think it's the dumbest, most predictable show on TV and watch the fuck'en thing when ever its on thinking how much I really hate the show, it's like watching a train wreck, all Charlie Sheen ever does is kick his wussy brother out of the house, and yet I must watch.......aaaagggggg....

childeroland
05-28-2009, 01:45 AM
I'd like to think I finally broke my Smallville habit after that season finale, but I'll probably be sucked in again. Force of habit, I guess.

Ditto One Tree Hill, though that's probably more because of Sophia Bush ( :e2heartbe) than anything else.

alleycat
05-28-2009, 01:48 AM
By the way, you're talking to a guy who just watched part of First Spaceship to Venus (no, I'm not kidding . . . I got to the part where the crews plays a trick on the guy who's forgotten there's no gravity in space). I have no right to criticism anyone else.

Here, enjoy: http://tesla.liketelevision.com/liketelevision/tuner.php?channel=1007&format=movie&theme=guide

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-28-2009, 01:50 AM
All those design shows on HGTV. There's something oddly mesmerizing about a guy/girl/unknown waxing philosophical about the proper placement of an ottoman. Maybe it's because I fantasize about how much fun it would be to sneak onto the set and move it when the host isn't looking, bwuahahaha!

Yes, I'm evil Evil EVIL!!!

CC! You, too?! I forgot about the design shows! Yes, yes, YES! They drive me insane, yet I must tune in for Design on a Dime, Designed to Sell, Sell This House, Divine Design, ad infinitum!

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-28-2009, 01:50 AM
And the cleaning house shows, too!!!

BenPanced
05-28-2009, 01:59 AM
I used to watch Desperate Housewives. Loved it, loved it, loved it. However, season before, I swore off it after four episodes. I couldn't stand it any longer. I've seen maybe two minutes of it since.

However. Shows I couldn't stand since I first scanned my eyeballs over them? These are the ones I come back to.

ChunkyC
05-28-2009, 02:07 AM
CC! You, too?! I forgot about the design shows! Yes, yes, YES! They drive me insane, yet I must tune in for Design on a Dime, Designed to Sell, Sell This House, Divine Design, ad infinitum!
Then you must know the one where the female host's male designer-sidekick looks like some insane surgeon grafted Arnold Schwarzenegger's torso onto the lower half of Dany Devito's body. Mister cover-everything-with-a-white-sheet.

Can't stop watching it, just to see if some day he uses a beige tarp for a sofa slipcover.

triceretops
05-28-2009, 02:13 AM
Dear gawd, it has to be MXC and Ninja Warrior, and don't ask me why. I guess I just like to see violence when somebody else is getting hurt. A sick, guilty pleasure. Besides, I'm fat and old, and it's amazing to see what the human body is capable of doing. Oh, to be young and fugg myself up again...

Why oh why Ghost Adventurers? For all I know this stuff is totally scripted. That goes for the other one, too. I dunno, if I was the boss at Roto-Rooter and my employee was taking outside calls (solicitation) about another job unrelated to plumbing, I'd tell him to pack his shit and join the ghost buster squad forever.

And why does American Chopper have the jump the shark like they have been lately? Talk about scripted conflict. Gak.

But...I'll fight you tooth and nail over the remote when those puppies about to air. Maybe I need to re-script my life...

Tri

dgiharris
05-28-2009, 02:27 AM
O.K.

Deadliest Catch. Love it, even though each show is identical.

Then Cops is next. Perputual real life Jerry Springerism.

Ugg, and Maury. How can you do one billion shows about teenage mothers who don't know who the father is. I saw one show where they test 9 guys and all of them were negative for being the father. They actually had THREE SHOWS. The first show, featured three guys who she was SURE it was one of them. Next show, another 4 guys, then last show 2 guys and then after that she admitted to partying in a couple of places and having some 3-somes with guys she didn't know the last names of or how to contact. I mean, wow. And all the while, there is this absolutely adorable 1 yr old looking into the screen with big puppy dog eyes...

I hate myself for watching that crap. Granted , I can only stand it for ten minutes until I am compelled to change the channel.

Mel...

archerjoe
05-28-2009, 05:50 AM
I bit the bullet and gave up on TV. The signal to noise ratio is way too small. I refuse to pay for Tivo, commercial time vs. program time is outrageous and my cable rates just increased. I'm really tempted to drop cable. My wife watches her shows in the evening, usually on VCR tape (we're really old school) and I hit the computer to write or read some favorite sites.

robeiae
05-28-2009, 05:59 AM
Friends.

What a bunch of narcissistic, lazy jerks-wads. There almost nothing good to say about any of them. Yet, I'm supposed to feel for their triumphs and tragedies? Blech.

But I watch...

C.bronco
05-28-2009, 05:59 AM
I only get the remote when NASCAR is on, so I can't come up with a reason to the above phenomenon. I can only speculate. Maybe it's kismet? The universe wants to send you a spiritual message via inanely contrived and corny fiction? You sprained your clicker finger? Someone left the clicker out of reach, and you are too sleepy to find it? The possibilities are endless.

2Wheels
05-28-2009, 06:02 AM
He he. I get my TV through rabbit ears, so I'm very limited as to what I can be suckered into. Criminal Minds, maybe?

The Lonely One
05-28-2009, 06:14 AM
Sex and the City (I'm not even going to start or I WILL offend people).
Yet I sit there watching the thing going, "Yeah, okay, they're proving how smart and powerful women can be. Right. Uh huh. F*ck your way to intelligence. Yeah. Treat men like shit. That makes you so independent. I just want to punch the redhead over and over."

Oh crap. I've started...anyone offended yet?

And then there's Grey's Anatomy.

*turns to wife after season finalie

"What is wrong with this show??? All it does is make you cry! There's no story! And now I'm crying! I don't even know who the f*ck these people are!"

Chauchat Butterfly
05-28-2009, 09:52 AM
Ugg, and Maury. How can you do one billion shows about teenage mothers who don't know who the father is. I saw one show where they test 9 guys and all of them were negative for being the father. They actually had THREE SHOWS. The first show, featured three guys who she was SURE it was one of them. Next show, another 4 guys, then last show 2 guys and then after that she admitted to partying in a couple of places and having some 3-somes with guys she didn't know the last names of or how to contact. I mean, wow. And all the while, there is this absolutely adorable 1 yr old looking into the screen with big puppy dog eyes...


I miss Maury back when it was all freakshows, phobias and tranny guessing games. Now that was good television.

blacbird
05-28-2009, 11:25 AM
Friends.

What a bunch of narcissistic, lazy jerks-wads. There almost nothing good to say about any of them. Yet, I'm supposed to feel for their triumphs and tragedies? Blech.

But I watch...

We agree on this one completely, except for the watching part. I watched maybe two episodes of this show some years back, just to see what all the hype was about. My digestion couldn't handle any more of it. An utterly banal and ordinary sitcom, middle of the sitcome bell-curve, lame, shallow contrived jokes and lazy script. I've never met anyone who could tell me why it became such a massive long-term hit. Unless Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Anniston were hotter for some deprived males than they were for me.

caw

Leah_Michelle
05-28-2009, 12:45 PM
I've also watched Twilight five or six times. I keep hoping Bella will die at the end. Alas, doomed to disappointment.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!:ROFL:

I just snorted water because of that, thanks.


"What is wrong with this show??? All it does is make you cry! There's no story! And now I'm crying! I don't even know who the f*ck these people are!"

That show is a guilty pleasure and all it does is make you want to eat an entire cheesecake...

And to throw in one of my own, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Honestly. It's just a show that makes people living an okay life feel like hell.

"Oh my life sucks. I only make $8.00 and hour and can't afford to go to the movies or do anything fun."
"Oh really? Well I have seven kids and cancer, my husband died, one son lost his leg in the war, the rest have autism, and a meteor landed on my house...Yeah, your life totally sucks."

You think that the situations in that show just can't get worse, but alas they do. Kleenex is permanently stationed on my lap during that show, yet I still watch it! Why?!?

YukonMike
05-29-2009, 12:35 AM
Jon & Kate plus 8 plus all the other TLC big family reality shows.

I'm the father of twin six-year-old girls and a four-year-old son. I'm surrounded by screaming kids all day. But for some reason, when I have some time to myself, I watch a lot of those shows where kids are screaming at their parents.

What's wrong with me?

ChunkyC
05-29-2009, 01:09 AM
What's wrong with me?
You're from Kingston. ;)

*runs*

Just kidding. I was born and grew up in Kingston. One of my brothers, and my daughter & her kids still live there. :)

BenPanced
05-29-2009, 01:17 AM
Jon & Kate plus 8 plus all the other TLC big family reality shows.

I'm the father of twin six-year-old girls and a four-year-old son. I'm surrounded by screaming kids all day. But for some reason, when I have some time to myself, I watch a lot of those shows where kids are screaming at their parents.

What's wrong with me?
Because when you hit the mute button on the remote, the kids on TV shut up.

trishabartle
05-29-2009, 01:24 AM
Celebrity Apprentice. This last season was hands down one of the worst things I ever saw.

In one episode, in the course of a few minutes, Donald Trump:
Fired T-Boz from TLC because 'she volunteered to go to the boardroom' when 1.Melissa River said that, and not T-boz, and 2. How convenient that T-Boz is so quiet and doesn't get into fights. T-Boz did absolutely nothing wrong, and was fired for no reason.
Fired Khloe Kardashian because she had a DUI before the show began. How can you fire someone for something like that? She even listed the dozen ways she's paying back the community for what she did, like fund raisers and classes and so forth, and he fires her. He had the gall to say that he fired her because he doesn't respect people with DUIs, yet Trace Adkins, who made it to the second spot in the last Celebrity Apprentice, not only had DUIs when he started his season, but he was also a convicted wife beater! And Donald Trump didn't fire HIM! Why did he fire Khloe? Because she didn't get in enough fights as Clint Black (Who had every right to be fired that night because he did a horrible job) and Joan Rivers.Oh man. This was months ago and I'm still steaming.

But I did watch some of teh rest of the season just to see who would win, and of course there was more bull. Like Joan Rivers won and then it came out that Donald Trump's sister is the Vice President of Joan's charity. Well, well. Did terrible Annie Duke (who was such a horrible wench and should have been voted off day 1, though she made it to the final 2) even have a chance?

Grahhhhh.

I vow to never watch the show again.

Wavy_Blue
05-29-2009, 01:27 AM
Friends.

What a bunch of narcissistic, lazy jerks-wads. There almost nothing good to say about any of them. Yet, I'm supposed to feel for their triumphs and tragedies? Blech.

But I watch...

Just replace "Friends" with "Seinfeld" and you have the epitome of that show.

trishabartle
05-29-2009, 01:32 AM
Just replace "Friends" with "Seinfeld" and you have the epitome of that show.

Oh god, I hate Seinfeld so much. How any of those shlubby, terrible men could land any girl, let alone a long list of models, is news to me.

dclary
05-29-2009, 01:47 AM
Um, actually, I can't relate to this thread at all. If all that's on is shit, I turn the TV off, or fire up a DVD.

Do people actually have this problem?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-29-2009, 02:05 AM
That's not what your RP to me led me to believe, Deek.

dclary
05-29-2009, 02:10 AM
Shush you!

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-29-2009, 02:16 AM
Ah! So I am now keeper of your Secret, eh?

Shadow_Ferret
05-29-2009, 02:34 AM
I have this thing called a "remote" and it changes the channel for me. If I don't like a TV show or movie, I change the channel. I dont' understand why anyone would watch something they don't like.

dclary
05-29-2009, 03:06 AM
I have this thing called a "remote" and it changes the channel for me. If I don't like a TV show or movie, I change the channel. I dont' understand why anyone would watch something they don't like.

Don't you have to have opposable thumbs to use it?

robeiae
05-29-2009, 03:12 AM
Just replace "Friends" with "Seinfeld" and you have the epitome of that show.
The difference is, the characters in Seinfeld are supposed to seen as losers and jerks. That's the whole point of the show: to laugh AT them because of who they are. Yet in Friends, we're supposed to be happy for characters and sad for them. Again, blech.

Find me an episode of Seinfeld where the writers try to draw out empathy or sympathy for any of the characters. It never happens.

ChunkyC
05-29-2009, 03:30 AM
Just replace "Friends" with "Seinfeld" and you have the epitome of that show.
As the robster said, that was the whole point of Seinfeld. :)

Just thought of another one I keep watching and don't know why:

THE NEWS

robeiae
05-29-2009, 03:42 AM
Well, people down here watch the news because of the buxom meteorologist. I kid you not.

dclary
05-29-2009, 03:44 AM
Well, people down here watch the news because of the buxom meteorologist. I kid you not.

You must be in LA, and you must be talking about channel 9.

Holy kazoombahs.

dclary
05-29-2009, 03:46 AM
http://cbs2.com/video/?cid=108

ChunkyC
05-29-2009, 06:27 PM
Boy, she really doesn't need to use her hands to point at the weather map....

(waits for the girls to come give us a righteous slapdown for our leering)

jodiodi
05-30-2009, 09:38 AM
So many people have named some of my favorite not-so-guilty-pleasures.

Deadliest Catch - I LOVE this show. Don't know why, but when it's not on, I really miss it.
Dirty Jobs - Another show I can't get enough of.
Law & Order (all modes) - I grew up watching the original and now can't turn away from it. My husband says the shows I like make his head hurt.
CSI (all versions) - Again, just an addict.
Clean House - Makes me feel good about my own house.
Ghost Adventures - Love anything with a hint of spookiness
Ghost Hunters - see above
House - I know every episode by heart
Iron Chef - such drama!
Cold Case, The First 48 and City Confidential - I know every cop and their cities on those shows.
Man v Wild - Bear Grylls is HOT!

Yes, I have too much time on my hands, but it's just me and the pups here during the weekday and I have to have something on when I'm down here in the basement. I can write while they're on, but sometimes I just want to veg out.

Lyra Jean
05-30-2009, 10:00 AM
I only get the remote when NASCAR is on, so I can't come up with a reason to the above phenomenon. I can only speculate. Maybe it's kismet? The universe wants to send you a spiritual message via inanely contrived and corny fiction? You sprained your clicker finger? Someone left the clicker out of reach, and you are too sleepy to find it? The possibilities are endless.

I lost my remote control once. So my TV stayed on AMC for three days. Thank god I found the remote. I don't know how much more I could take of the married couples in matching twin beds I could take. LOL

AmandaAcidic
05-30-2009, 10:24 AM
Okay my super embarrassing one.

The Bachelor or the Bachelorette.

I don't watch it all the time, but every now and then that stupid show sucks me in and I can't escape. The people are air heads and it's so unrealistic but I can't stop.

Grrarrgh
05-30-2009, 03:58 PM
I used to watch the O.C. I hated it. What a bunch of wangsty spoiled rich brats running around being idiots. Yet there I was, every week. I was so happy when it was finally canceled.

Grey's Anatomy is another one. That show is so terrible and I keep watching. And what's worse, I don't even record it anymore because I have other shows that record at 9 on Thursdays. I usually give it a few weeks and then watch a bunch of them in a row on abc.com. It's terrible. I"m ashamed of myself.

Susan Gable
05-30-2009, 04:18 PM
Jon & Kate plus 8 plus all the other TLC big family reality shows.

I'm the father of twin six-year-old girls and a four-year-old son. I'm surrounded by screaming kids all day. But for some reason, when I have some time to myself, I watch a lot of those shows where kids are screaming at their parents.

What's wrong with me?

Misery loves company? <G>

Susan G.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-30-2009, 04:22 PM
Okay... okay.

Add Survivorman to my list.

If I have to watch that man eat one more wriggling grub... oh, wait. I better be careful what I choose, 'cause I love/hate that guy.

Grrarrgh
05-30-2009, 04:55 PM
Oh! How could I forget All My Children??? And that hour of drivel is on every day. Every. Single. Day. I hate it. I hate every single one of the characters. Yet I keep watching.

rhymegirl
05-30-2009, 10:28 PM
We agree on this one completely, except for the watching part. I watched maybe two episodes of this show some years back, just to see what all the hype was about. My digestion couldn't handle any more of it. An utterly banal and ordinary sitcom, middle of the sitcome bell-curve, lame, shallow contrived jokes and lazy script. I've never met anyone who could tell me why it became such a massive long-term hit. Unless Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Anniston were hotter for some deprived males than they were for me.

Alyssa Milano was not on Friends. Do you mean Courtney Cox?

spamwarrior
05-30-2009, 10:44 PM
Jon & Kate plus 8 plus all the other TLC big family reality shows.

I'm the father of twin six-year-old girls and a four-year-old son. I'm surrounded by screaming kids all day. But for some reason, when I have some time to myself, I watch a lot of those shows where kids are screaming at their parents.

What's wrong with me?

I thought the parents screamed at the kids too?

robeiae
05-31-2009, 12:04 AM
Alyssa Milano was not on Friends. Do you mean Courtney Cox?
I think he has Friends confused with Charmed. I make that mistake all the time. The big difference is that Charmed has more believable characters...

Chasing the Horizon
05-31-2009, 08:29 AM
I watch The Young & The Restless every day. The characters are all back-stabbing narcissistic twits. Half the 'facts' are just plain wrong and some of the plots don't even make sense. They have AMNESIA on a regular basis. There's a ghost who shows up at opportune moments to give fatherly advice. There's more commercial than show and nothing interesting ever happens. But I watch it every single day. I'll stop as soon as I find out who the father of Sharon's baby is and whether Nick is actually going to leave Phyllis for that attention-seeking slut. I swear I will (no, I won't).

My excuse is that there's really nothing better on at 12:30 on weekday afternoons.

jodiodi
05-31-2009, 08:48 AM
I remember watching Y&R when I was a kid and thought, "These people need lives."

Once, Chris and Snapper were married and had no money (cause he was a doctor working in a free clinic). Chris' father gave them a $10,000 check for furniture for their house. She agonized over that damned check for weeks. Should she cash it? Should she tear it up? What would Snapper think? I was just a kid and all I could think was, "What's the problem? Daddy gave you money. Buy the damn furniture."

On Search for Tomorrow, (yeah, I'm old) somebody (Craig, I think) got stabbed with a pair of scissors. Everyone hated him, he was an ass and all the characters had motive. Janet, his sisterinlaw, was found standing over the body with the bloody scissors in her hand. So obviously, she didn't do it.

I told Daddy (yes, he watched it when he came home for lunch) and said, "I know who did it."

"Who?"

"Karen."

"Who's Karen?"

"Some crazy girl locked up out of town in a sanitarium. We've seen her once or twice in the past few months. She has no identifiable motive, no opportunity and no one's accused her. She has an iron clad alibi. She's obviously guilty."

Sure enough, a couple of months into the storyline, Karen was identified as the killer. Daddy and one of the men who worked with him (who also kept up with that show) just laughed 'cause I was right.

But once they started singing to each other on soaps, I quit bothering with them. I can suspend my disbelief to the point where people who are obviously Too Stupid to Live might have exciting lives, but NOBODY goes around singing to each other.