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06:19 AM on 04/12/13 
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Article won't load for me at work, but I honestly don't think there's much "good" television out there.. Most of it is crap, and even some shows I keep up with (Walking Dead, Community) are crap.

I also don't really watch shows when they first air, it makes things a lot easier. If after a season or two people are raving about it, then I catch up on it through netflix or something... but to give every show a chance right off the bat, THAT'S a lot of work.
07:27 AM on 04/12/13 
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Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Louie are monumental achievements that will go down as some of the best television of all time

IFC, Comedy Central and Adult Swim have ridiculously good current and future projects for the best of the current comedy scene.

Plus: Justified, Girls (which I dont watch yet), GoT, Always Sunny, Boardwalk Empire

This is an amazing time for television

I'm with you on Mad Men and Breaking Bad... I like Louie, but I wouldn't label it a monumental achievement. There's no doubt there are a lot of good shows out there, but I can name 5 times as many shows lingering around/getting praise that are terrible.

If sports didn't exist, I don't think I'd have any problem keeping up with shows I consider good that keep my interest.
08:01 AM on 04/12/13 
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Nothing on television is like Louie. Nothing can compare to what he is doing with that show. It can't be called a straight comedy because of how crushingly depressing some scenes/episodes are. And it isnt a drama because it contains some of the funniest scenes of the year consistently. It's weird and boundary pushing and experimental and just perfect.

I'm pretty divided on the show to be honest. I appreciate it for what it is, and it's exactly how you've described it. It's well done, it's different, it elicits a lot of different emotions... But (and I'm sure this opinion will be in the minority on here) there are some times when I'm done watching it I feel as if I've just wasted a half hour. I didn't laugh, I didn't sympathize or connect with any character, and I didn't find amusement in the "nothing-ness" or real-life depiction of his life. Some episodes aren't good or bad, they're just there.

At the same time, some episodes I think are genius. I laugh harder than I do watching anything else. I really go back and forth with the show.
11:00 AM on 04/12/13 
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I'm curious as to what the list of shows you are referencing here is.

2 broke girls, american horror story, 2 1/2 men, glee, big bang theory... some shows that immediately come to mind that i can't stand
11:46 AM on 04/12/13 
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But that doesnt diminish the amazing quality of shows in television. The "bad" television doesnt mean that theres not a lot of great tv, the OPs point

I never said it did, I was answering someone else's question.

Listen, the article the OP posted has a picture of the show "Elementary" in it as an example of a show the writer would like to revisit, but can't because he doesn't have time. If you're all talking about shows on the same level as Elementary, then yeah, it's impossible to keep up with everything "good" on TV. Just because more networks are making original programming doesn't mean there is more great original programming. There aren't a ton of Mad Men's or Breaking Bad's or Homeland's.

If anything, the increase in the production of original programming is forcing everyone to step up their game. For example, I think Workaholics is great. So much so that I kind of knock The League or It's Always Sunny down a few pegs. Eventually, I'll probably stop watching those shows all together because there's better TV out there.
11:54 AM on 04/12/13 
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If you watch a lot of shit tv shows, so much that you become accustomed to them, you will dilute the average quality of what you deem to be acceptable/good tv.... and you will eventually think most shows are worth watching (even though they are not). i.e. Sepinwall's problem.

I should've just quoted this. Bingo. Well said.



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