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LinuxDunce 08-30-2013 09:35 PM

I spend more time on the computer than watching TV
 
I remember the good old days when there were only a few channels and lots of good tv programing and of course some bad ones too.

I have cable with around 1000+ channels and there is nothing but crap. Too much reality shows and shows that aren't funny.

I usually watch channels that show old TV shows from the 50s to the 80s, science and technology shows.

How do you feel about TV programming today.

rokytnji 08-30-2013 10:01 PM

Well, I like Justified, Hell on Wheels, and Continuum.

The Bridge is cool also.

I usually though spend most of time outside though and just record these for later viewing.

frankbell 08-30-2013 10:07 PM

At least in the US, the reality of television is a reality of junk. Newton Minnow's vision of a vast wasteland has come to pass.

I'm a mystery buff, and I enjoy a few of the contemporary US detective shows (Elementary, Bones, NCIS, Body of Proof, Rizzoli and Isles) because I like mysteries and because they have a nice tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, but most of what we watch in this household is stuff we DVR to watch later.

I much prefer British mysteries (Morse, Inspector Lewis, Endeavor, Midsomer Murders, Pie in the Sky) because they are ever so better written, as the writers have to churn out eight to ten shows a season, rather than 24 or 26.

Any civilization that tolerates, nay, even encourages Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is doomed.

floppywhopper 08-30-2013 10:20 PM

situation in Australia is same
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHHvqncASrI

Mr. Alex 08-31-2013 01:37 AM

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Originally Posted by LinuxDunce (Post 5019172)
How do you feel about TV programming today.

A TV programming? :D It programs us pretty efficiently.

I don't even have a TV at home. No TV at work. No TV at all in my life. All media is evil. Some are less, some are more. Newspapers 100 years ago also were evil, just less than today's TV. TV in 80s90s was just about the same evil as today, it just was more interesting to watch. Today's TV... well... I don't even know what to say about it... Modern movies and TV shows (filmed last 24 years) are seed-plot of anti-nationalistic and anti-family debauchery and insanity. It's made to destroy people. No exaggeration here.

H_TeXMeX_H 08-31-2013 02:22 AM

I watch very little TV, and to be honest it just isn't worth the money. I will not be buying any more TVs or cable/satellite service, it's just a waste of money.

kooru 08-31-2013 04:23 AM

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Originally Posted by LinuxDunce (Post 5019172)
Too much reality shows and shows that aren't funny.

I agree with you. In Italy too much reality,reality about music, about society, about cook...stooop!
Everything is a reality.

H_TeXMeX_H 08-31-2013 06:03 AM

What I am disappointed in most are the "science" and documentary channels. They now contain virtually no science at all, just blowing stuff up, reality shows (mostly of the survivor type), and religious "mysteries" or religious philosophy disguised as a documentary on the universe. How useful, and it's getting better all the time. They seem to have completely downsized the Mythbusters from what I see. They now use a handycam and they seem to have fired most of the crew, or was it just a few episodes and they're going to fix it ?

I won't even mention the state of the movie industry at the moment. I wonder how much longer they will survive putting out such complete garbage.

273 08-31-2013 06:15 AM

I only watch TV through my computer using YouTube and the online players that the television companies here in the UK provide as well as DVDs I have bought. That means I get to watch what I want when I want and without adverts (due to Firefox plugins). So, I get to watch my Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders, Poirot, QI and others whenever I feel like it.
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Originally Posted by rokytnji (Post 5019174)
The Bridge is cool also.

If you can cope with subtitles, and you can find it, I suggest you watch the original Scandinavian Broen.

Habitual 08-31-2013 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by LinuxDunce (Post 5019172)
How do you feel about TV programming today.

sing it with me "99 channels and nothing's 'on'"
Come on! You know the words ;)

Another Cop|Lawyer|Legal|Medical|"Investigative" show? No thanks. Yawn.

Honestly, though, it is the commercials I can't stand.

This one being one of the few that make me laugh, every time I see it

There is nothing on TV.

273 08-31-2013 08:59 AM

Heh, "Thirteen channels of sh** on TV" was amplified a little, eh?
In the UK we're lucky that adverts are kept to a size less than the programming material -- Norway, for example, goes so much further that you seem only to see an advert after every hour. I think the US suffers from advertisement fever.

LinuxDunce 08-31-2013 10:30 AM

WoW, thank you all for sharing your favorite programs and/or your opinions. :)

GazL 08-31-2013 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by 273 (Post 5019300)
So, I get to watch my Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders, Poirot, QI and others whenever I feel like it.

Which I notice are all repeats of years old series.

If it's not repeats of old series, it's the same dozen or so films repeated over and over and over again: things like the Jason Bourne films, Mission Impossible series, Terminator 2, The Matrix, LOTR, and so on. And if it's not those same old tired blockbusters, it's singing or dancing reality contests, and property buying/renovating/selling reality shows, and Antique buying/selling reality shows, and lots of idiotic soaps. Oh and the never ending and out-of-sequence re-runs of US series like NCIS, CSI x3, Law & Order x3, etc.

Occasionally I'll find a "_________ live in Concert", or an interesting documentary on BBC4, but these also suffer from excessive repetition, so finding something both interesting and also not-seen-before is a rare occurrence.

When sooner or later my TV breaks-down I'm going to have a hard time trying to come up with a justification for buying a new one. The way things are at present, I'll likely just not bother -- and I don't mean that in a "I'll watch them on my PC instead" way either. I don't install flash so that precludes using any of the live streaming services most channels provide.

273 08-31-2013 11:29 AM

Oddly enough both Jonathan Creek and QI will have new episodes this year and there has been some new Poirot :p
You're right though.

rokytnji 08-31-2013 12:35 PM

Speaking of old stuff. I record when the come on being a sci fi buff.

LEXX

Farscape

Firefly

I for one don't remember everything in those series and was disappointed when they were dropped.

If ya want current stuff

Hannibal Rising was a good movie. (screw the low rating, I never listen anyways).

Hannibal the series is pretty well wrote also.

Also Bates Motel. I like the towns people better than Norman Bates in this one.

For a well written Horror show .American Horror Story is pretty durn good also. I have all this stuff recorded and really don't watch live tv much.


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