Show List: Shows that started out great then slowly disintegrated...

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A list of shows I just don't 'get' despite them being either critically acclaimed or popular worldwide!.

I don't *get* these shows. Wildly popular, some have amazing critical acclaim - Mad Men, I'm looking at you, yet I can't watch more than a couple of episodes and I'm distracted the entire time. Apart from Baywatch, I just can't believe I'm not watching the rest of them. Maybe in a few years...until then I'll concentrate on the shows I really like and the ones I absolutely love. If one of your faves is here, no offense meant. I *know* they're good, they're just not for me...
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Jun 16, 2016 10:27PM EDT

I am right there with you. Quantico and Scandal started out much better that they are right now. Hopefully next season would see some improvements...

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Jun 29, 2016 2:41PM EDT

Hi trinigalfly, sorry I only just saw your comment here.... :) :) :)

Yes, let's hope Quantico and Scandal's Showrunners pull it together and make themselves, in the case of Scandal, as good as it once was, if not even better... after all it's going to be a short season due to Kerry Washington being pregnant. So, does that mean it's going to get wrapped up and cancelled or that we might see a lean, mean short season leading up to a fantastic final season? For me, I hope it's the latter, it may be a bit convoluted but I do so need to watch Olivia get her revenge on Papa Pope mainly I want her happy and confident!! :D

In the case of Quantico, they could turn it around and make it the show that it almost was, the Pilot was so good, perhaps if they have less threads all tangled up next season and just concentrate on key characters then it might just get us all on the edge of our seats again, and that would be great! :)

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Jul 1, 2016 8:18PM EDT

@scotwot Keep hope alive with Quantico. I think the ship has sailed on Scandal however...

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Jul 3, 2016 2:26PM EDT

Yes, I am afraid I think you are right, my Scandal comment was wishful tvmaking! lol

Sad but true! It was such a good show and I adore Joe Morton...give him his own show with Jake and they can do all the nefarious things they wish! Now that's a show I'd watch! Hee! :)

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Jul 3, 2016 9:00PM EDT

I still completely love Scandal...really...every single second of it. :)
I'm a massive Shonda fan all the way.
(Although The Catch is a bit disappointing).

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Jul 3, 2016 10:40PM EDT

Downton Abbey :(

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Jul 5, 2016 8:56PM EDT

@ Suzanne Silver The Catch is quite disappointing! I am still to watch anything past the pilot.

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Jul 7, 2016 8:41PM EDT

I totally loved this list title, and agree in general, but do think, like @trinigalfly, that Quantico is trying to make up for failed issues in season one's closing episodes and poor start to season 2 with some more unexpected twists that came at the end of season 2--are things looking back up? Alas, I do entirely agree with you that The Messengers, Limitless and Scandal are unexpected flops just picking up downhill motion as they keep going! Hopes were high... thanks @scotwot

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Sep 2, 2016 12:34AM EDT

Perhaps Wayward Pines would fit this list? After a really tight season 1, IMHO it feels like season 2 didn't go anywhere, and could probably be skipped without much issue :) Also.. just 4 more likes on this list for you to get your last badge What Whaaat!

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Sep 2, 2016 10:45AM EDT

@ZaneAppeal I have not seen Wayward Pines yet. I will have to give it a whirl and comment later on. If you say it should be on this list however, you are probably right.

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Sep 7, 2016 1:51PM EDT

Sorry all, I've not been at Sidereel much at all this summer. :( I know it isn't a contributor's 'brief' to get a conversation going but I totally love doing it and this conversation is totally my favorite.

To catch up a little:

First, thank you all for your comments, I had no idea my little list would start such a great chat! :)

Hi Suzanne and Trinigalfly - I love 'The Catch' so I'm afraid that can't get added, but if you have any more suggestions...lemme know! :) I can't stop watching Scandal either but I just don't get that buzz that I used to on TGIT.

@zazerh - I have never seen more than the Pilot of Downton Abbey but we like so much of the same tv (and, ahem, actors!) that it's being added to the list! :)

@JulipMarker - I adore your reviews, your writing is beautiful. Anyone wanting to read a truly great review should head on over to your page. I will heed both your and Trinigalfly's advice and stay the course, crossing my fingers for Quantico but it is sad that our wishes for The Messengers, Limitless and Scandal were disappointed. Scandal could maybe come back from the brink...you never know...

@ZaneAppeal - HELLO!!!!!! :P Is is possible for anyone to have left me any more 'likes' over the summer! I swear, I love you to death!!! :D When I came back to approx 227 notifications I thought, "This has to be Zane!" lolol You had me in fits with your shenanigans my Aussie friend! Okay, I'll add in Wayward Pines as I love the books and the show - except for the Pilot which was excellent - has not really grabbed my interest for quite a few eps.

@Zane, I know, what's going on, 10 likes - yikes! I don't keep track of the badges thing but now you have me *needing* to have that last one, I task you to find me four likes!!!! lolololol *runs away before Zane can launch the elastic band in his hand at my nose!* :D

It's nice to be back, folks! Hope you see this comment at some point! :D

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Sep 22, 2016 10:07AM EDT

@Zane - 2 likes away from all badges = Squeeeeeeeee!!!!!! :)

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Sep 22, 2016 2:53PM EDT

@Zane - only one more to go!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!

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Sep 24, 2016 3:19PM EDT

Don't hate me for adding 'Bloodline' - I liked it (Kyle Chandler could read aloud the 'phone book and I'd be transfixed) but it kinda lost something.. I would still have watched but not really enjoyed it too much...go onto better things, Kyle!!!!

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Sep 24, 2016 5:45PM EDT

I totally get why Bloodline is on this list. Danny's kid and side plots muddled the show. But that ending!!! Season three will be spectacular.

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Sep 24, 2016 6:07PM EDT

@TelevisionFanboy - Thanks for understanding. I love the show but...

Also, I couldn't agree more with your comment about the side plots, etc. Bring on 2017 and season 3! btw, Bloodline's twitter feed is pretty good fun, just went there to see if there's a release date yet. Still pending. Hopefully, they will bring the best writing yet to the final season...

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Sep 24, 2016 7:52PM EDT

I just checked out the twitter feed you're right it is good fun! I think the series will have a satisfying end. This season illustrated that Bloodline knows where it wants the plot to head but drawing it out gets tedious.

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Sep 25, 2016 12:27PM EDT

I know, I'm not that big a fan of twitter but Bloodline's feed was good. :) Like yourself, I am hoping that the final season will end really well. Perhaps not too dissimilar to Person of Interest's last season, fewer episodes, everything stripped down, concentrating only on the essentials and getting there faster. That way we'll all love the way the show ended. Fingers crossed... :)

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Sep 25, 2016 2:08PM EDT

@scotwot Oh dear! Did I miss another show? I never checked out Bloodline and I have a Neflix account. I guess I was too busy catching up on other things to give that one a whirl...

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Sep 25, 2016 4:54PM EDT

Hey there trinigalfly! :) Don't worry, It's not a huge miss. If it were me, I'd watch the first one and if you like it, then I'd wait till season three airs and binge watch. As TelevisionFanboy said, It can be tedious at times...but still, Kyle Chandler. Yummy!

I'm thinking of creating a new list, a list of shows sidereelers' would recommend so if you have any, send them my way. Great to hear from you, trinigalfly, I hope you have had a fab summer! :)

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Sep 25, 2016 5:50PM EDT

@scotwot I had a great summer. So glad it is over though because I do not like that season at all. I will get back to you with my show suggestions. I am checking out all the new shows this week so I should have something to add soon.

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Sep 26, 2016 12:32PM EDT

@trinigalfly, sorry to hear that you don't enjoy summer (although I am thrilled you had a great time!!!). I hate winter so maybe we should house swap for a few months! lol

No rush needed on the show suggestions, take all the time you need and don't feel obligated to suggest anything, it's just a list. :) We have so many show premieres right now. I did create the list and added a show but that's about all I've managed due to trying to catch up with all the shows that came out this week and last week, tbh, I am just struggling to keep up with the list of shows I want to watch let alone watch them, I am a full week behind. The Blacklist premiere is a must for today. Then there's OUAT, Magic is back!!!!! :)

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Oct 4, 2016 12:34AM EDT

70! Congratulations on collecting all the kittens :)

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Oct 4, 2016 11:54AM EDT

Woohoo!!! To think I didn't even have a clue about the badges until recently...this is just lovely!

*does the Snoopy dance, puts back out, lies helpless on floor as the kittens scratch me mercilessly*

Thank you, Zane! Great to have you back in the land of sidereel! :) :) :)

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Oct 4, 2016 5:28PM EDT

I agree with you on most of these (especially Quantico), but I enjoyed Downton Abbey and Lost start to finish. I was never bored. :) I actually only watched the first 10 minutes of Quantico's season 2 premiere and decided it wasn't worth my time. I already know who the terrorist was. What's the point?

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Oct 4, 2016 5:49PM EDT

Hi linmhill88, thanks so much for commenting. :)

I admit to not having seen Downton, anyone who scans this list can add their own pick of show/shows to it. I like the interaction and the chatting in the comments.

I stayed with Lost as friends would come over and we'd all watch it together and then usually rewatch but if they hadn't come over, I think I would have given up in in the penultimate season. Recently, I was loaned the box set and the additional 'episode' (3 or 10 mins long - I can't remember) didn't really wrap things up for me the way it claimed to. Or perhaps it did and I have just forgotten far too much and need a binge watch. :) (I'm too busy bingeing on The West Wing, atm).

Totally agree with you on Quantico - I want to make a list screaming "Why did this get a second season?" It's now based in the CIA...??? I am not watching from now on, I was so bored throughout the first 20 mins that I started doing housework (I need to be really bored for that!! :D ).

Great to hear you enjoyed Downton and Lost. I cried at the end of Lost, I found it very moving albeit confusing, but I think that was probably the joy of it, it was never going to be wrapped up into a neat little bundle. Too many shows feel they have to spell everything out for us (Quantico, I'm looking at you). So, my attitude to Lost is kinda fascinated yet irritated, because I would have liked another couple of episodes and a some of the loose ends tied up.

Happy Watching! Add a show in the comments if you come across one you think fits the bill. I'll put it in the list straightaway.

:)

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Oct 4, 2016 11:37PM EDT

I just finished watching The West Wing a couple weeks ago! I loved it!

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Oct 5, 2016 9:38AM EDT

Yay! Another convert to the beauty that is The West Wing. I love everything Aaron Sorkin's done but in my opinion WW is the best, followed closely by The Newsroom. You just made me think, have I created an Aaron Sorkin list...hmmm...don't think so.
Thanks, linmhill88! *dashes off to create a new list*

Right now, I'm on the last disc of Season 3. Mark Harmon made his first appearance in the previous episode. I love this show. I think this is probably my fourth time watching it all the way through. Mr scotwot loves it too but isn't as enthusiastic as me for this fourth rerun...lolol

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Oct 5, 2016 10:41PM EDT

@scotwot The West Wing...what a gem of a show! I will have to give it a rerun as it has been awhile.

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Oct 6, 2016 11:31AM EDT

@trinigalfly, hi there! Just started Season 4 which, as you know, begins right where season 3 left off. I love rediscovering this show, each time I rewatch I find something I previously missed or had forgotten. My most favorite show, ever.

Love the shoes in your avatar, I would make it three steps then pratfall, unfortunately...sad but true...high heels are not my friend. :/

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Oct 6, 2016 11:02PM EDT

@scotwot The to heels is to start with a low heel and work your way up. Once you get there never stop wearing heels. Just a little something that I learned along the way...

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