Why I’m Over Television

Calvin and Hobbes - TVI’m a TV kind of guy. I like it. Having a screen that presents me with hours of endless entertainment is kind of nice.

But… lately… I don’t know. I’m just… kind of… over the whole thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I still watch the television from time to time. In fact, last weekend I wasn’t feeling great and I finally binged the last two seasons of Game of Thrones. And, as I mentioned Wednesday, I’m still rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But I also mentioned in Wednesday’s post that watching this week’s episodes of Buffy was kind of a hassle.

What’s happened to me? I love Buffy. I daresay I still have an active crush on Sarah Michelle Gellar. And why shouldn’t I?

Anyway, it’s not just Buffy reruns that I’ve lost interest in. There are TV shows I’ve been watching for several seasons that are still producing new episodes that I just haven’t cared to keep caught up on.

As you all know, I’m a huge geek. This is not a shock to anyone, I’m sure. So it should also not be a shock that I’ve enjoyed the likes of Arrow and The Flash and, of course, Supergirl. Yet, somewhere along the line, around the mid-season break, I just stopped caring.

I knew that the CW was airing brand new episodes of these series. But I just couldn’t find it in myself to make time to watch any of them.

Part of the problem, I think, is that I can’t watch any of those CW shows on my actual television. Without cable and with only a sometimes working digital antenna, I can only pick up so many local stations. The CW is not one of them. Used to be that Hulu would make these shows available the day after they aired, but that’s not the case anymore.

That means my only option to watch a CW program is to watch it on my computer through their website or on my phone with the CW app. I’m sorry… why should I watch TV on my phone when I have a perfectly good TV sitting on the other side of the room?

But even if Hulu makes shows available for me to stream on my Smart TV, I’m just not interested. I was super excited about a new iteration of 24 coming on a couple months back. I watched the first couple of episodes (thanks to Hulu) and really enjoyed them. I mean, it was weird not having Jack Bauer around, but it’s still a great formula. But beyond those first episodes, I haven’t seen it at all. Hulu keeps reminding me that there are unwatched episodes, but I keep ignoring them.

What’s the deal? Am I broken? Am I just easily bored by the things that once entertained me? Has YouTube destroyed my attention span so I can no longer sit through an hour long drama?

Whatever… I think I’ll just use this lack of interest in TV to read more. I do like reading. And I do have a pile of books that I’ve been making excuses for not getting around to yet.

Actually… I’ve already been doing that. So much reading. And I guess I should be writing more, too. I’ll get on that…

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3 thoughts on “Why I’m Over Television

  1. I watched a TV show for the first time in maybe a month last night and I didn’t even make it through the 30 minute show, I got up to do the dishes about 12 minutes in. I mean, it sounds like you’ve got a lot of new exciting things going on in your life and like you’ve got better ways to be spending your time than glued to a TV. I know that’s why I haven’t sat down and binged on a series in awhile- I have CrossFit, I’ve started experimenting in the kitchen more (tonight is funfetti chocolate chip cookies!), and I have housey stuff that still needs to be resolved.

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