2016 Media in Review: Old TV

2016 Media in Review is winding down. I watched a fair amount of movies last year, but for the first year in a while, I found myself too far behind on current TV shows to keep up with all of them. I ended up waiting until the seasons were over to see all of Gotham, Supernatural, and I’m only just starting to work my way through last season of Grimm. And honestly, binge-watching these older shows is mostly why.

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Don’t do what you’re doing, Netflix

Yesterday I had a rare Saturday evening off work. But did I spend it catching up on the sea of current shows I’ve fallen behind on, continuing binge watches of shows that haven’t had new episodes in years, read a book or clean my house?

No, I spend the better part of the evening trying to figure out what had gone so wrong with Netflix and why nobody else was talking about it.

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So far, Teen Wolf Season 5 is like the worst fireworks party

I’ve long been a supporter of MTV’s Teen Wolf. Even when a lot of fans were calling it “that cheesy show they love” I didn’t see it as anything other than a good show. Now, even for me, it did eventually start to feel a little nacho-flavored, but I still liked it. And I still like it, but three episodes into season five, and I’ve realized 90 percent of the reason I like it, is because of the core actors in it.

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Let’s Watch TV: Dec. 2-8

So, I’ve decided to start a weekly post devoted to general TV chatter in the comments. Looking for a place to talk about your favorite shows? This just might be it. There are only a handful of rules:

1. Name your fandom. Are you talking about the latest Once Upon A Time? Castle? Community? Maybe the Journeyman pilot (be still, my heart)? Start your comment with the ALL CAPS title of your show (episode is helpful, but not required). If you’re replying to somebody’s comment (not the LWT post itself), you probably don’t need the label.

2. No liveblogging. If you want to liveblog on your own and then post all your livebloggy thoughts in one comment, that’s fine, but save it for the end of whatever you’re watching, rather than as 100 one-liner comments that nobody else will understand.

3. Understand the following spoiler policy. Don’t give away things you have learned about episodes that haven’t aired yet. Conversely, recognize if an episode has aired but you haven’t watched it yet, you might be spoiled if you peruse the comments.

4. Don’t be a jerk to other commenters. I really hope this needs no explanation.

I expect this to be a pretty lonely series of posts for a while, mainly because I don’t have a lot of traffic and also because shows are winding down for the winter, but you never know.