TV & Showbiz

Do Today’s Television Hits Measure Up for You?

When it comes to the television hits that everyone is talking about these days, I guess I must be missing something.

Fans recently tuned in for the new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, one of those television hits everyone’s talking about.

Except a handful of us.

At least, it feels like there are only a handful of us who’ve never seen an entire episode of the series. And to be honest, I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.

When I look at the top of the Nielsen ratings, I see lots of shows that would make the list of shows I’ve never seen.

For the week of April 8, the NCAA Basketball Championship was number one. I hate basketball.

The Voice took two slots in the top 10. Apparently the program airs twice a week. I’m not a fan.

Survivor was on the list. I haven’t watched that show since the second season, which I think was recorded in the Australian Outback. After two cycles, it just lost its magic for me. But obviously, all these years later, fans still flock to the tube each week to see which castaway will endure.

Grey’s Anatomyalso made the top 10. I watched one episode: the one in which Gray’s husband, who I’m reliably informed was nicknamed “McDreamy,” died after a car accident. In that episode, the lead character was so unlikeable that I marveled that the show had managed to be on for so long. I still marvel that it’s still on the air this long after that episode. (Maybe she was wonderful on every other episode, but that show was heavily promoted and the death surely brought others to the screen. I can’t have been the only one who was turned off by the lead character.)

Yes, there are a few shows I’ve watched that did make the top 10. I’ve seen NCIS and Blue Bloods. I don’t make appointments to watch, but if they’re on and nothing else is, I’ll watch. And of course there’s 60 Minutes, the only news program on the list, that still maintains a level of quality that makes it worth the time.

What I watch instead

Anymore, I find that I spend more time watching old shows over what’s being produced today. Thanks to Netflix and Hulu, I gravitate toward episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone, M*A*S*H, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Especially for the first four on that list, they just don’t make them like that anymore.

There’s a reboot of The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access. I haven’t watched any of the episodes, though I’m told the first one is now available to watch for free. I’m sure I’ll watch it at some point. But I’ve seen reboots of The Twilight Zone before. (There have been several over the years.) None of them adequately captures the magic of the original.

I would be surprised if a reboot of a show like that ever did.

Thank goodness for reruns.

Maybe one day one of those magical television hits of today will feel like it measures up to the magic formula of yesteryear.

Do any of today’s shows work for you? What shows would you recommend I try?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.