Every Episode: Is it Worth It?
I’m about to embarrass myself by revealing just how much TV I watch.
I wonder if I’m getting more and more obsessive as I grow older, but more and more I find myself in the grip of an irrational need to watch every episode of a TV show.
With the advent of DVDs, DVRs, and internet downloading watching every episode of a show is possible like it never has been before. Plus, some of the best shows don’t last long, and production costs have led to shorter seasons for many dramas.
But is it worth it to see every episode? Probably not always. It’s almost embarrassing that I’ve watched so much TV, and that time is gone forever. Maybe though, just maybe, there’s some of you out there who are sickos like me, and share my disease.
These are some of the shows where I’ve seen every episode, and whether it was worth it. If you’ve seen every episode of a show, tell me if it was worth it. Do you wish you’d bailed out earlier, or are you glad you saw it to completion?
Lost (Definitely worth it.)
Battlestar Galactica (2004) (Should have bailed after 2 1/2 seasons.)
The Office (UK) (Worth it. A very short run.)
The Office (USA) (Worth it.)
Twin Peaks (Should have quit after Laura Palmer’s killer is revealed.)
The Prisoner (Worth it.)
Sopranos (Only worth it the first three seasons and last nine episodes.)
Arrested Development (Worth it.)
Freaks and Geeks (Worth it, especially if you grew up in the 80s. Only 18 episodes.)
Heroes (1st Season only.)
The Shield (Worth it.)
Firefly (Worth it. Only 18 episodes.)
Flight of the Conchords (Worth it.)
Are there some shows where you plan to see every episode? Here’s some shows where I would consider seeing every episode and whether I think it’ll be worth it.
The Wire (Great show. I’ve seen 3 out of 5 seasons. Nothing can stop me.)
Veronica Mars (Good show, but it’s been downhill since season 1. Do I see season 3 and finish it out?)
Dexter (Loved first season. Second season is starting slow.)
Weeds (3rd season goes way over the top after 5 or 6 episodes. 4th season has a dramatic change is setting. Hmmmm.)
24 (Season 6 was disappointing, I never finished. Never saw season 4, but this show is ideal viewing when running on a treadmill.)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I don’t know I just like it. I’ve seen the first 3 1/2 seasons.)
The X-Files (I’ve probably seen the first five seasons in their entirely, but bailed after the movie. I know this show goes downhill, but I really liked it in its heyday, and I already have the DVDs)
Tell me what you think. Spare me wasting my time. My wife and children will appreciate any increased interaction with them.