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question of the day: How do you decide when to give up on a TV show you wanted to like (or once enjoyed) but isn’t working for you?

Today’s question was inspired in part by yesterday’s discussion about The Walking Dead, during which Overflight said:

WHY in logic’s name do people keep watching shows they hate in the hopes that they get better? If they start out as mediocre sure, but outright BAD? I know there have been SOME shows that had a sudden spike in quality (Star Trek: TNG had that infamous first season) but this mentality to me just invokes Einstein’s definition of insanity.

And also by a post by Natalie Dzerins at The F Word, who recently explored “where… you draw the line”:

I think a lot of it has to do with the expectations you have of a group or person. It’s far more disappointing when a group you would hope to be inclusive or “right on” turns out to be just like the rest of the world.

My rule of thumb for this is usually “when the person has been made aware of the problems with their comments/stances and refuses to either apologise or even consider that they may need to”.

Dzerins is discussing her process when a show (or writer, or musician) disappoints her politically, by espousing ideas she find upsetting or repulsive, and that can be why we stop loving something we once loved, too — it doesn’t just have to be because something is boring you suddenly.

So:

How do you decide when to give up on a TV show you wanted to like (or once enjoyed) but isn’t working for you? How long do you give a failing entertainment before you lose all patience?

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