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2012: the year of Loz rage or apathy quitting many tv shows... 
3rd-Oct-2012 06:06 pm
I realised today that I've ditched about seven shows this year. That is very, very rare for me. If I get into something to the point where I've made a concerted effort to watch it (which is almost everything I watch because I don't tend to watch it through conventional means), I'll generally stick by it.

But this year? No. There've been several shows I gave up on, a few more that I've let pile up so that I could mainline them (of which there are a few I have now mainlined and a few I can't build up the will to do so.)

And it got me wondering --- what is it about these shows that's lost their appeal? If I cared about them once, why don't I care about them now?

So that had me questioning if anyone else on my friendslist has recently rage or apathy quit a show and their reasoning behind doing so.

Friendslist, have you recently rage or apathy quit a show? Are you on the verge of doing so? And if so, why?
3rd-Oct-2012 09:07 am (UTC)
Fringe. I made it through (with difficulty) to the end of series 4 but I can't bring myself to care about the show any more. All the Peter/Olivia star-crossed lovers stuff made me so angry; it was like "this is the kind of stuff men think women want to watch", whereas I would have been a lot happier with less lovey-dovey and more actual, you know, stories.
3rd-Oct-2012 11:02 am (UTC)
I never watched Fringe, so I can't sympathise, I'm afraid. Depending upon the couple, star-crossed lover stuff can make me dislike a show, though.
3rd-Oct-2012 10:11 am (UTC)
I've never done a rage quit, but often an apathy quit.

My husband has apathy quit a number of the shows we used to watch together, which is a nuisance, since I then have to decide if I care enough to watch them at other times. And honey, don't ask me what's going on on Breaking Bad if you no longer watch it -- you should have stuck with it . . . ;-)

Curious which shows?
3rd-Oct-2012 11:11 am (UTC)
For me, it's been Downton Abbey, NCIS and How I Met Your Mother in terms of apathy quitting. Rage quit was Glee and The Big Bang Theory, although 'rage' is a little heavy as a description. It was more "no, I actively dislike this now." I let Leverage, Warehouse 13 and White Collar build up, but actually ended up liking a few of the episodes enough not to give up on them completely (I loved a lot of Warehouse 13, actually, until the last two episodes, in which a plot point made me rage.) I let Once Upon a Time build up and I'm trying to watch it now, but just not feeling it. I gave up on Burn Notice a while back and still don't really know why, but I have something like a season's worth at the ready.
3rd-Oct-2012 10:56 am (UTC)
I'm not really a "rage quitter." If it's a show I've watched faithfully I tend to give it a chance to see if it'll fix itself. Just about any long running show will have a dodgy episode or four. *g*

Oooh, yeah, I rage quit Ashes to Ashes but that was pretty early on.

It tends to be "apathy quit" for me. As we end up recording a lot of things due to both having busy and often conflicting schedules when episodes start accumulating on the DVR it's never a good sign.

We watch a lot of buddy cop and mystery type of stuff and my apathy quit often comes about the time that they *stop* doing:

A plot = mystery
B plot = relationship/s

and start doing

A plot = relationship/s
B plot = what do you mean the show used to be about something else?

Basically I don't like DramaLlama so many popular shows hold little appeal for me.

... but then I don't stick with that many shows in the first place, certainly not compared to how many I used to keep going with. Now, if they can't get me really interested in the first 2-3 episodes, allowing for how bad US pilots often are, I'm done and more thing crash and burn after the first episode.

It's actually difficult to think of examples 'cos an apathy quit means I don't really think about them any more... Hmmm, I would apathy quit Doctor Who quit happily only something in my DNA compels me to watch, I'm just making up plots in my head most of the time.

Edited at 2012-10-03 11:00 am (UTC)
3rd-Oct-2012 11:16 am (UTC)
I tend to be that way too, depending on how the relationship stuff is going on. Take Castle, for instance --- I'm holding out hope it'll become more plot oriented again, but part of me wants to see all of the relationship negotiating going on. Partly because I've always shipped it, but also because I think they could pull it off if they tried.

I have to admit that I'm not as willing to try new shows as I used to be. It's kind of rare that I'll pick one up unless people are raving about it or it's something like Elementary wherein it kind of has to be seen (I didn't mind it, to be honest.)
3rd-Oct-2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not usually much of one for rage quitting. Apathy quitting tends to happen by accident - the finale for the previous season bummed me out for one reason or another, I didn't pay attention to when the premiere was going to air, and next thing I know it's November and I've missed half the season and just don't care enough to catch up. Even then, if I hear enough good things I can be convinced to check the show out again. (This has happened three times now with NCIS. There are seasons when I just can't with that show, but then...)

I finally gave up on Doctor Who last month, though! That was part rage quitting, part longing-for-apathy quitting, because while I love the mythos and characters, the stories being told for the last year or two have bored, confused, and enraged me in turn, and not in a fun way. The pain I was feeling wasn't an enjoyable, almost cathartic experience anymore, it just hurt.

That said, I suspect if Moffat left the show I'd consider coming back to it, because his involvement in things sours my enjoyment of them regardless of the quality of the product.
3rd-Oct-2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
See, I was always *this* close to apathy/ragequitting Who when Rusty was at the helm, but for the most part, I like Moffat's Who.

... until I think about it too much. So I try not to do that.

(Basically, the twisty-turniness of the plots sometimes is enough to distract me from the stuff that always used to piss me off before, and I wholeheartedly like Eleven as a character construct, even though I recognise he has weaknesses too. I wholeheartedly liked Amy and Rory as characters as well --- though not everything that happened to them. But when I think about it, I do realise I was lured by a lot of flash and little substance. And sometimes the substance is actually kind of poisonous. I did always feel that toxicity with Rusty's showrunning, however.)
3rd-Oct-2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
I don't watch telly much nowadays. I used to love Doctor Who but when I'm working on a Saturday evening I can't be arsed to look it up on iPlayer and watch it later. Downton Abbey and Supernatural are the only shows I catch up with.
3rd-Oct-2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
I've never watched Supernatural, but I do know other people who ragequit on it a season or so ago :D (Having said "never watched"; I've seen about 3 episodes. I'm sorry, but I couldn't get over what I perceived to be a lack of acting talent from both Ackles and Padalecki.)

I wish I could forgive Downton its faults and enjoy it for the costume romp it is, because I've been a Hugh Bonneville fan from way back when hardly anyone else recognised him as anything but "that guy", but it appears I can't.
3rd-Oct-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I quit Person of Interest.
Ironically, I just lost interest. The pace was slow, the characters were dull and I couldn't see any progression. Maybe I didn't give it long enough but there's so much on and so little time...!
3rd-Oct-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I couldn't possibly disagree more vehemently, haha. Oh dear. Subjectivity!
3rd-Oct-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
You've made me realise how few TV shows I watch any more!

Abandoned Downton Abbey after series 1. Abandoned Big Bang Theory after reading Jim Hines's blog post about it. Poked a toe into at least a dozen shows this year, but not one of them "stuck".

Still watching Doctor Who but the Pond finale has left me feeling pissed off and manipulated. I continue to follow Castle, mostly because the hubby adores it. (Mind you, if they ever do a Ryan/Esposito spinoff, you'll have to peel me off the telly ;-)

Still watching Warehouse 13 (note: Canada is several eps behind the U.S.) although I'm a bit apprehensive about the direction the series is taking. Well, we'll see how that goes. Frankly, as a Buddhist viewer I'm still hoping they'll explore whether Jinksy experienced the bardo when he was dead (potential spiritual crisis, woot!), but I'm 99.9% certain they ain't gonna go there, so meh. At least I still get a kick out of location-spotting ("University College building again?!?")

The only show I watch with real devotion is Hope for Wildlife, which is about a wildlife rehab centre in Nova Scotia. It's very sweet and touching (and I loved the matter-of-fact reference in series 1 to the veterinarian's marriage to his boyfriend; yes this is Canada ♥), but I'm the only person I know who watches it.
3rd-Oct-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)

Mind you, if they ever do a Ryan/Esposito spinoff, you'll have to peel me off the telly

I fear we may block each other's view... *g*
3rd-Oct-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I tend to kinda apathy-quit a lot of televisions shows, in that I stop watching for two or three weeks because of other commitments and an inability to be fussed enough to cue up the recording on the DVR, then I end up just never going back even when I'm home again. In the same vein, the writers' strike a few years back cost both Bones and House my viewership. I just couldn't be bothered to get back in the swing of things after they came back on, even though I loved them at first.

NCIS-LA is one that I completely apathy-quit. I love Linda Hunt like burning, but the cast and story-lines as a whole did not engage me.

I'm about half that way about Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS right now -- I'll watch them if I'm home, but if I'm not when they're broadcast it's 50-50 whether I'll remember to go watch them on CBS's website, or even on the DVR if I remembered to record them.

I was disgruntled enough at the third series of Torchwood that I didn't bother to watch the fourth one. I also wasn't horribly keen on them bringing it across the Pond, either. I don't know if that counts as a rage-quit or not.

Edited at 2012-10-03 08:39 pm (UTC)
4th-Oct-2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
I never really watched Bones and I rage quit House around three seasons before it finished.

It is that sense of 'I cannot be bothered', isn't it?
3rd-Oct-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
I apathy-quit Castle. I love the actors and some of the episodes were vaguely amusing but one storyline really bugged me and there's only so much time to spend watching TV. . . .
4th-Oct-2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, which storyline bugged you? The main driving one behind Kate?
3rd-Oct-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Dr Who due to Moffat's sexism, queer baiting, poor character development, poor plots and fuckery with the canon.

Come Dine With Me because saying "manhandling? More like trans-handling" about a transwoman isn't funny especially from the commentator.

Russel Howard's Good News because of the episode and his actions with the sumo-wrestler lady made me very uncomfortable.

I did start watching the I.T crowd but gave up on it because some of the humor also made me uncomfortable combined with violence towards certain demographics.

Given up on Glee.

I think I am also close to giving up with the big bang theory
4th-Oct-2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Did you find 'Russell T Davies'' sexism, poor character development, poor plots and fuckery with canon annoying too? Or, like me and Moffat, were you able to look beyond them because you enjoyed other aspects of his work?

I never, ever watch the guest segments of Russell Howard's Good News because they ping my embarrassment squick --- what did he do?

It seems like we tend to give up on shows for the same reasons.

Edited at 2012-10-04 01:32 pm (UTC)
4th-Oct-2012 09:26 am (UTC)
I've apathy quit quite a few shows, yes. Glee, definitely, when I realised that the characters I fell in love with were nothing like what was on the screen now. I'm not sure I'll watch the next season of TBBT, but my flatmate loves it, so I'll probably end up being there. Downton I'm not really enjoying this season, though I'll probably watch it to the end.

I've just... drifted away from a lot of shows, but always found ones I love to take over, so I possibly don't mourn their loss as much as I should.
4th-Oct-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
I've found shows to take over for the most part too, but it surprises me that I'm finding it so easy to drift away from shows when I never used to be able to.
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