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None, life is too short. 

Unless it was so good you will cherish the memories of watching it. 

Shows are essentially art. You don't like art?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

Agree and disagree. Agree in that most shows you will not cherish the memories of watching but some you do...or rather it is the memories that tie to something social or a time in your life that it helped get you through. Some examples for me:

1. Game of Thrones -- still remember watching the final season weekly with friends post college and having debates at happy hour about it. It was the last big show in America where it was a true cultural moment. Because of the explosion in content across all mediums, we will likely never have such a show again. I think that was a special thing to be a part of 

2. Scrubs -- Man, this got me through CFA L1. The final week before the test I think I watched like 6 hours a day of it with another 6hrs of studying. Was also the last summer I spent living with one of my best friends. Just great vibes, and by virtue of being made in the 2000s it doesn't have any woke garbage or political leanings. Just a fun comedy designed to make you forget about life for a while. Everything these days is politicized in some form, even the 'good' shows 

3. Entourage -- watched this with buddies over Covid, just got some brews and had a great time reminiscing about pre Covid life and the Hollywood of our youth 

I'm with you in general that most TV is a waste of time, but occasionally something special comes up that also coincides with some great moments in your own life. It's not unlike music, we all have some great songs that remind us of simpler times (i.e. The Lazy Song hits hard for me)

 

Scrubs is a great show to put in the background while doing busy work. Quality of the show nose dives though at the later seasons. As someone who grew up around a lot of medical professionals (some of whom think the general public overrates their profession), I think this show covers the loneliness and toxicity of healthcare in some of their episodes extremely well. Some things you see as a doctor can make any grown man cry. I can't imagine watching every episode of Scrubs again though but the 'best' episodes in Scrubs can be gut-wrenching / interesting takes on society / careers.

I watched the hell out of this show in high school when I thought medicine was a cool field. Rewatching some episodes as an adult, the 'dark' moments of Scrubs are amplified and parts of the show I overlooked as a teenager.

 

Some not mentioned yet:

Trailer Park Boys

Peaky Blinders

BoJack Horseman

The important thing is never to let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries; to continue steadfastly on one's way without letting oneself be either defeated by failure or diverted by applause.
 

I'm rewatching The Sopranos right now and holy crap I miss well-written TV. The character development is fantastic. The cinemaphotography is perfect for the story they're telling with no disgusting overuse of CGI trying to hide lazy writing. David Chase is able to tackle complex topics like racism, parental/family legacy, mental illness, economic hardship, coming of age/maturation, infidelity, etc. from multiple points of view without clumsily beating you over the head and telling you HOW to think about them. No sense of him trying to push some overarching social agenda because he's actually focused on producing a good story and entertaining you rather than trying to "educate" you. It really makes you realize how shitty a lot of the last decade of television has been and miss that golden age of the 90s through the early 2000s when people didn't feel the need to tip toe around every topic unless they're heavily beating the drum of the "approved" perspective.

Also see - The Wire

"The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly" - Robert A. Wilson | "If you don't have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything" - Winston Churchill | "It's a testament to the sheer belligerence of the profession that people would rather argue about the 'risk-adjusted returns' of using inferior tooth cleaning methods." - kellycriterion
 

Hate that it took so long to see the Sopranos get mentioned. 10/10 writing, casting, and directing. Nothing comes close except for Mad Men and even then that was written by Weiner who wrote for the Sopranos.

Check out Mad Men if you haven’t yet. Explores similar themes as the Sopranos but in a completely different setting (and era).

 

Mad Men is also fantastic! No idea what slack-jawed mouth breathers are saying it's an inaccurate choice.

"The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly" - Robert A. Wilson | "If you don't have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything" - Winston Churchill | "It's a testament to the sheer belligerence of the profession that people would rather argue about the 'risk-adjusted returns' of using inferior tooth cleaning methods." - kellycriterion
 

If you like comedies, the best comedy I've ever watched (and my all time favorite show) is Scrubs. If you haven't watched it, please do -- it's really something special

Avatar TLA is fantastic if you like animated shows. I will defend to the death it's the greatest animated show ever made. Period

Entourage is a blast to the past in Hollywood, any kid / teen who grew up in the 2000s will understand. It's a time capsule show that would never be green lit today but no less amazing 

 

largo_fl

The office 

Avatar TLA prob one of the greatest animated shows ever created

Completely agree - Avatar is underratedly good, kind of goofy but easily one of the best animations produced 

 

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