Friday, July 1, 2005

Get into the groove

Have you ever noticed that a TV show doesn't get good until its 3rd season? It seems that the writers and creators and such need those first two seasons to work out the kinks, develop the characters, get the right look, etc. And after a show does get good in its third season, I have a hard time going back and watching episodes from the first two. Especially the shows I like most; any Next Generation-based Star Trek, Stargate SG-1, Simpsons, Seinfeld.

Of course, some shows become unwatchable after further tweaking. Like Happy Days, after Richie and Ralph joined the Army and got stationed in Iceland. No good. I like the Fonz, but Henry Winkler couldn't carry the show by himself, IMO. And ER, after Green, Benton, Ross, and Hathaway left (and the death of Kellie Martin's character didn't help any either). I can't even tell you who's on there now. That 70s Show is going to be the same way once the new season starts. Some of those kids are leaving, and it's going to be way too different for me to continue watching.

Then you have shows that always work, no matter what season. M*A*S*H, Scrubs, South Park, The Red Green Show. Nearly any episode, any season, I'll watch it.

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