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10 September 2007 @ 09:05 pm
TV Psychology: Why Do You Watch What You Watch?  


This isn't really part of Supernatural University, but it is a psychology blog.

In comparing notes with a friend, I got to thinking about why I watch and enjoy the shows that I do, while other very popular shows often do nothing for me. I’ll explain where I’m coming from, and then I’m curious to hear what lies behind your viewing decisions, which will probably be very different from mine. For the purpose of this discussion, I’m looking only at entertainment shows, not non-fiction news or documentary programs.

I learned long ago that I’m not a “typical” entertainment TV viewer. My passions tend to the cult rather than the mainstream. With the singular exception of M*A*S*H, I’ve never been attracted to comedy. Sitcoms simply don’t make me laugh and I don’t find them funny, even though I laugh a lot in real life, so they aren’t my choice for entertainment and escapism. (Something about actors constantly delivering lines set up for the sole purpose and with the clear expectation that viewers will laugh at them just gets in the way of me actually finding the lines or situations funny. In my experience, the best humor usually comes from the unexpected and accidental or coincidental, not from the planned, and it often comes interspersed with the serious, which is precisely why funny lines in dramas will make me laugh.) So-called “reality” programming leaves me absolutely cold and searching for the remote; give me scripted stories instead. My forte is drama, particularly when there’s some action or mystery thrown in, and I crave science fiction and fantasy particularly for their added fillip of both escaping ordinary life and making me look at our society from a different viewpoint. But with that said, there are a lot of dramas, scifi, and fantasy that do nothing for me, even though many other people enjoy them.


My Three Keys

Three things seem to be keys for me. First and foremost is character. If I believe in and care about the characters in a show, I will forgive many other flaws in my pursuit of learning what happens to those characters. If the characters aren’t real to me – which seems to be a common problem in a lot of comedy, where many characters are drawn broadly as caricatures and have little depth or detail – I have no reason to care about them. Even if the central characters feel real, if they strike me as being mostly unpleasant – irritating, foolish, whiny, self-centered, arrogant, abrasive – I’m not going to want to spend time with them, if only because I have to deal with many such people in real life and find them too fatiguing for words. On the other hand, if characters are believably flawed, mixing an essence I can care about even with other things that grate on me, they can land a spot in my heart and arouse passion, particularly if they interact with others to create a caring and effective team or family. Writing and performance both play vital roles in whether characters work for me or not, and where gifted actors combine with witty, dimensional writing, I’m captured.

My second key, I think, is consequence or mission. I tend to invest in shows where the characters I care about are involved in things bigger than themselves that often matter on a broader scale:  they’re saving lives, they’re solving mysteries (whether of crime or science or human/alien nature), they’re helping people – they’re doing something beyond themselves and their own personal interest. If the show and its characters focus mostly on their immediate self-interest, I’m less involved. If the mission is everything and the characters don’t grow and deepen over time and with events, I’ll get bored and walk away. Shows with mission-focused characters that develop internally while working externally, however, rivet me to the screen. I suspect this may be in part a wish-fulfillment of my own desire to be doing something or be part of something that matters, rather than seeing my life as merely a succession of office-bound days delimited by carpool rides.

My third key involves plausibility and internal consistency. This one will really take some explaining, given my taste for science fiction and the fantastic. I obviously practice the willing suspension of disbelief in order to let myself accept fictional characters as real in such patently unreal situations as engaging in future-technology space travel, time travel, hunting urban legends, and using magic. If a show doesn’t take its own premise seriously, I won’t either, and suddenly I have no need to watch it. Shows in which seminal events have no continuing consequences on the series or its characters will also lose me. I generally loathe shows that hit the “reset” button in order to play with concepts without making them have lasting effects. If the characters believe convincingly in and are affected by their world’s reality, however, I’m willing to follow them there. The unworkable exception for me is where a show that pretends to be set somewhere in our normal reality stretches that willing suspension of disbelief to the point where it conflicts too blatantly with what my mind will accept as possible within the confines of the show’s world logic. Coincidence piled on improbable coincidence, overly convoluted conspiracy theories, and just plain “sorry-that’s-ridiculously-not-possible” can drop me out of a show as abruptly as if I’d hit a wall.

Down To Brass Tacks

So, with all this on the table and in the open, what do I love, what do I watch, and what leaves me cold? My passion is Supernatural, which despite its fantasy/horror premise has, for my money, the two most compelling, real, true-to-life, enjoyable, and three-dimensional brothers on television in Dean and Sam Winchester (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki).

The other things I watch and particularly enjoy, in no particular order, include Friday Night Lights, Numbers, Jericho, The 4400, and Kyle XY. Those are the things I always seek not to miss in my limited TV time for the week. I have a definite thing for families, both those made by blood and those made by circumstances and choice, and the characters in these shows, the relationships between them, and the situations they confront call out to me.

Pleasurable and sometimes thought-provoking current diversions when I have time include Stargate: Atlantis, The Dead Zone, CSI (but only the original), Eureka, Bones, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes. If I miss an episode, I’m not terribly bothered, but I usually enjoy them when I do see them, and I will often try to see them.

Past passions and favorite diversions have included everything by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly), Farscape, Stargate: SG-1, Roswell, Dark Angel, The X-Files, Hill Street Blues, Max Headroom, Early Edition, Quantum Leap, Simon & Simon, Starsky & Hutch, Picket Fences, Reasonable Doubts, and the first three Star Trek series (original, TNG, DS9), among many others.

Current things that I tried but that left me cold for a variety of reasons include Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, The Unit, Prison Break, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, House, Boston Legal, Criminal Minds, Saving Grace, Blood Ties, Flash Gordon, Doctor Who, and Ghost Whisperer. Current things that attracted me once but lost me somewhere along the way include 24, ER, Smallville, and Without A Trace. Things that never managed to catch my eye at all include everything flavored Law & Order, Shark, Las Vegas, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Men in Trees, The Shield, Rescue Me, and every comedy and reality series on the tube.

What do I have hopes for in the new crop of broadcast network shows this season? Pushing Daisies tops the list, and I’ll at least sample Journeyman, Bionic Woman, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cane, K-Ville, Life, Chuck, and Moonlight. Things I won’t go near include Gossip Girl, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money, and the new reality shows – they’re just not my cup of tea. And I pretty much figure that I’ll continue to get my dose of comedy mostly from real life, rather than from the tube – real life makes me laugh a lot harder and a lot more.

So – now that you know more than you ever wanted to know about my tastes, tell me: why do you like what you like, and what do you watch as a consequence?

I’ll be happy to read your comments while I wait for my season two Supernatural DVDs to arrive …



 

 
 
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bardicvoice: JohnThinker by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed Alias even though it stretched credulity; hey, I enjoyed Mission: Impossible way back in the way back, so I can't complain about that!

Both of my carpool mates rave about The Office. I tried it on their recommendation, but I just couldn't resonate to it; the characters were too broad and much of the humor was just too silly/foolish for me to find it funny. Working in an office, I do think I've seen too many of the character archetypes to want to deal with them on my free time!
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galathea_snb: winchestersgalathea_snb on September 11th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
You took the words right out of my mouth! I 100% agree with you on this. Characters are and always will be the angle from which I approach every show first, everything else comes after. I can easily forgive wonky timelines and plotholes, as long as the characters come off as real and relatable to me, no matter in which context (scifi, fantasy, procedural etc) they appear. In addition to your points, I found that overall I prefer buddy shows or shows with few main characters over huge ensemble cast shows. It simply allows for more time to explore and develop the characters and hence gives me the possibility to connect with them on a deeper level.

I prefer slow and steady development to jumpy characters and need to see the motivations for character behaviour laid out consistently, each act naturally following the acts that preceded it. The plot has to follow the characters, bending characters to the plot really puts me off a show very fast. I also hate shows where 'return to status quo' at the end of each episode is achieved and where no matter how traumatizing the events, they have no real long-term impact on the characters.

My current obsession obviously is Supernatural and I can honestly say that in my (not so short) lifespan I have never connected to characters on a tv show more deeply than to Sam & Dean Winchester and despite its flaws, the engaging, 3 dimensional, complex and layered characters raise this show above any other current (and past) show on tv for me.

Past obsessions that come close to my current SN addiction were Angel, Babylon 5, X-Files and Star Trek: TNG & DS9. If we go back further, I loved Moonlighting, Simon & Simon, Dempsey & Makepeace, Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure and many more, but I wasn't all consumed with them as I am nowadays with shows. I think over the past decade or so, writing for tv shows changed, giving more room to character development and plots that span 1 season and more, whereas tv shows back in the 70s and 80s were more focused on stand-alone formats, with some exceptions of course.

I am still mourning the loss of Wonderfalls and Firefly and Dark Angel, which had every potential to become passionate long-term tv loves of mine, if they were given the chance to unfold as intended. I adore them as it is, but they will always feel unfinished to me.

More recent shows that I loved comprised Life on Mars, Rome, Dead Like Me, Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, 24, Gilmore Girls, Deadwood & Carnivale. They all capture me for various reasons and I enjoy re-watching them as well. Shows, that I dip into from time to time, but am not really engaged in are CSI (the original), Buffy & ER.

Shows that I just can't connect to at all, although they are hyped a lot are Heroes, Numbers & Smallville.
bardicvoice: JohnThinker by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
The characters and the writing either catch me or they don't. I do think that we get a lot more psychological depth these days than we used to, and I know that's a big part of the attraction of Supernatural for me - the boys are so wonderfully complex! I've always been interested in how shows are made and have thought it would be fun to get the chance to watch them shoot, but Supernatural is the first one that made me wish desperately that I could become part of the process of making it, not just watching it. That won't happen, alas ... but I still wish it.

Thanks for playing!
Diagonally Parked in a Parallel Universeriverbella on September 11th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
I would probably divide my television watching into two categories--shows I enjoy and shows with which I am totally obsessed. Oddly, I would have a much harder time defining what it is that draws me to the former than what it is that draws me to the latter.

So, the latter first. I tend to be serially monogamous about my obsessions, except in really extraoridnary circumstances. For instance, now it is Supernatural and it is so completely and thoroughly Supernatural that nothing else gets in the way. My main key, also, is character/relationships. Real, three-dimensional, complex characters with complicated relationships are what make or break a show for me. While I lean heavily toward fantasy and sci-fi in general, any show that has the character/relationship element wrapped up has a good shot at me. Not that I don't care at all about plot. But for me it is the characters and their reactions to the situations in which they find themselves that matters most. I also admit to a preference for intense emotions, particularly angst, because it brings out the most interesting aspects of character. Angst on a substrate of love. Of course, it has to be well-written, well-acted and as creatively honest as possible--save the melodrama, scenery-chewing and ratings tricks for somebody else--because that is what makes it real. Supernatural meets my requirements, I think, better than anything I've ever experienced. Past obsessions: Firefly, Buffy/Angel, The X-files, Highlander, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Beauty and the Beast.

The things I just like tend to fall into three categories--sci-fi/fantasy/horror (okay so I'm cheating a little), mystery, and science. Some are a combination of the three. For example, I like Bones, CSI and House because of the forensics and medical mystery aspects (and I can't help but love snarky, misanthropic Greg House). I also watch(ed) the Treks, the Stargates, Heroes, the Dead Zone, Blood Ties, The Dresden Files, and I'm giving Torchwood a shot at the moment. Lost lost me after the first season--too many characters and too much plot. I think all these shows have interesting characters, at least, if not enough depth and relationship vibe to make them obsession material. Some limited series, Six Feet Under and Deadwood for example, have really appealed to me from a character point of view and/or because of exceptional writing.

Interestingly, I also have little use for sit-coms and when I do watch them it is only now and then. The short-lived but rather brilliantly written and performed Sports Night is the only sit-com I ever went out of my way to watch. And reality shows are anathema to me. I get enough reality in the real world.

Didn't mean to write a book, here, but, hey, you kind of asked for it! (And thanks for that.)
bardicvoicebardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
You're welcome, and thanks right back at you!

I also tend to be a serial monogamous obsessor, but my obsession with Supernatural has surpassed any other I've ever experienced. I'm still trying to sort out all the reasons why, and it's clearly not just because I'm menopausal! I suppose I'll have fun exploring that in a subsequent meta ...
angharadd: flooderangharadd on September 12th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Your three keys do make a lot of sense. Thank you for a well-worded meta!

Me, I tend to prefer shows with a mytharc to shows with self-contained episodes. That's why I quit watching House (despite it's brilliant scripts) & due South (despite it's dense UST). Frankly, I find self-contained episodes that all follow the same structure quite boring.
Also, I prefer the shows that revolve around one central theme, bringing out new facets of it with each episode (eg. OZ, the show about power in it's many forms).

SPN hooked me with it's juggling of genres (horror & family drama, yay!), I guess.
bardicvoice: Research by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Good point! A mytharc - or at least, a continuing thread that means the characters grow and progress in time - seems to feature among my favorites, too, while formula shows bore me to tears. House failed to grab me both for the sheer obnoxiousness of its principal character and the predictability of the story structure, despite the undeniable gifts of Hugh Laurie. I don't get any premium cable channels, so I've never been drawn into any of the HBO, Showtime, or other pay-cable originals. Good thing, probably; I don't have any time as it is!
angharaddangharadd on September 15th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Heee, had I sticked to the channels I get while choosing things to watch, I would be watching Russian murder mysteries and Ukrainian soap operas only XD I don't have nearly enough words to express my gratitude to the kindly souls who upload the series online.

While this thread is primarily about things one loves about TV shows, I can't help naming one thing I hate about TV shows as a media: the fact that storytelling is heavily influenced by external happenings (the availability of some actor during filming of some episode, execs imposing storylines etc.) My frustration with this does not go away no matter how many times a repeat that the author's interpretation is no more valid than any reader's interpretation :(
Anoel: tv by charmaxanoel on September 12th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
I am a very easy TV viewer for the most part. I LOVE TV and am willing to put up with stuff I don't like if the show has something that attracts me. However, I've all but abandoned reality shows except for fluffy, watch randomly when I'm bored type viewings. I also stay as far as I can from procedural shows such as CSI (any version), Law and Order and most cop shows. A big exception is if the main character is very interesting and/or their is some kind of unique twist to it. For example, I DESPISE the medical plots in House as they usually bore me and I barely pay attention to them but I love House and I love the character/relationship plots so I stick around. Due South is another one that has a great character, Fraser plus buddy comedy (which helps with me being a slash fan) and has a magical fantasy aspect to it.

I love comedy although that is a recent taste because for me it provides that same escapism and enjoyment that I don't get out of the real world. Have you tried The Office or Arrested Development? Both are amazing, well written and acted comedies that with help from the lack of a laugh track (which I HATE and can certainly understand why it can create that must laugh expectation) and an amount of improvisation seem much more "unexpected and accidental" especially since a lot of the humor is character based. I would definitely recommend them. I've been expanding my range to Scrubs and 30 Rock and even laugh track shows like How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace (although admittedly my slash/gay sensibilities like this show) and even Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond can make me laugh sometimes.

This leads me to "dramedy" and fun dramas I love not to mention serious dramas that can be hilarious (I'd include Firefly here). A big reason I watch these is not only the escapism and good mood feelings I get from them but because they often focus on the characters and relationships and that's a HUGE part of why I enjoy TV. Stuff I love that I'd put here is Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, The OC, Gilmore Girls, Everwood, Desperate Housewives, Wonderfalls, Smallville and Joan of Arcadia. Admittedly, some of it is not always the best written or can decline a lot (*looks at GA*) but if I fall in love with the characters and am interested in their relationships with others not to mention I generally enjoy watching the show then I stick around to keep watching them.

Then there is dramas with serious storylines that are often serialized and have a big arc for the season (s) that provides interest in making me want to see what happens each episode. I love having a character to root for and/or be interested in but a plot that hooks me in and makes me want to find out what happens next will keep me watching as well. I love when events and people interconnect and as you say, the greater mission is important to the characters. I do like sci-fi and fantasy for being able to show new worlds, situations and things as I love possibilities and hoping for the future. Almost always I need characters to care for though as Lost had me in S1 but lost me as I lost interest in both. Shows that provide this for me are Heroes, Friday Night Lights, Supernatural (although this is in part a procedural exception), Dexter, SGA, Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break, BtVS/AtS, Veronica Mars (a mix of this and the former) and Life on Mars.

Another big reason I watch shows is for one simple reason: what is fandom watching? I tend to like what fandom likes and being a vid fan, I try to watch the shows that get vidded a lot as I LOVE shows that are beautiful visually. It's nice not to skip so many of my Flist posts as well. But it's easier for me since I like so much and am willing to put up with a lot as I watch a show in order til I get addicted (took me at least 14 episodes to *really* love SPN). I pay attention to critical reviews as well as I'd rather watch quality stuff and not crap. This season I'm going to check out Pushing Daisies, Chuck, Viva Laughlin (because I love musicals), Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money, Gossip Girl, Bionic Woman, Reaper and Journeyman although I expect a low number to keep me watching/not get cancelled.
Lav: Alter Egolavenderfrost on September 13th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
I agree on the fandom thing - I don't watch everything fandom is into, but half of my current fandoms were found through, well...Fandom. ^^;;

I only started watching Doctor Who because my flist wouldn't shut up about it, and the nonstop Ugly Betty squee made me curious about it.
Anoel: ub henry geek love by t_i_n_u_v_i_e_lanoel on September 13th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Your Flist had Ugly Betty squee? Lucky! Mine had very little but the critical reviews, hit status and premise drew me in and now I'm trying to pimp it out. I got sucked into Doctor Who because of my Flist too and now I'm really glad I tried it and didn't give it up. Fandom is smart.
Lav: Dr Who | Geek Love | Tenlavenderfrost on September 13th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Well, it had a little Ugly Betty squee. Nonstop squee from a couple of people. >_> But they're people whose opinions I trusted, so... ^^;; Am just starting out with season 1 now.

Dr. Who, though - that seemed to be lurking everywhere I turned. lol
bardicvoice: Brain hurts by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! I enjoy buddy comedy purely from the gen perspective, and have fond memories of Due South. I'm also obviously a fan of the continuing storyline/mytharc variety of drama, much more so than the standalone formula show.

I tried The Office but really couldn't enjoy it; the humor was just too broad for me, especially in terms of the characters being over-the-top comedic archetypes. I guess I've had to deal with too many real-life fools and puffed-up egos to find any humor in seeing them during my off-time as well!

This will sound funny, but having come very recently to the fandom phenomenon, I don't take many cues from the popularity of things bruited about in various fandom settings. That said, I have been part of the science fiction and fantasy fan community for a long time and have always been glad to hear the buzz about new upcoming ventures in that particular genre.
yanran336 on January 27th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
It is very good post. I like Tv serial very much. My favorite Tv serial is Men In Trees. I regularly Watch Men In Trees Online. It is because it has been canceled. so we can online watch it online....
Lav: House | Maturitylavenderfrost on September 12th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
YES.

This is what people don't understand when I tell them I can't stand 24 and never got into The Sopranos.
proleptic_fancy: Kyle - Kyle/Declanproleptic_fancy on September 13th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
here from metafandom
I agree completely with your first point and mostly with your second (If only because I adore How I Met Your Mother and would love Top Gear even more if it was just "these three guys snarking at each other for an hour")

I understand where you're coming from on the third point, but shows that take themselves too seriously leave me cold every time (with the possible exception of Heroes). Plausibility and serious consequences are good, but so are occasional fourth-wall breaking moments and meta humor when the tone of the series permits it.

Also, in my refusal to take anything seriously ever, I like shows that are not bad overall, but are inherantly mockable for one reason or another.

As for what I watch, I watch Heroes for the intense plots and gorgeous character interactions, Eureka, Bones, Doctor Who, and all of Joss's stuff for characters I love and drama that doesn't take itself too seriously, CSI:NY for Stella and Stella alone, and Torchwood and Kyle XY for good-natured mocking.
bardicvoice: JohnThinker by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Re: here from metafandom
Thanks for coming by! Perhaps the thing of which I am most glad is that there is plenty of variety out there to satisfy different tastes, and that some of it works for me. It's fun to see where different people come down on likes and dislikes, because even where we share some of the same criteria, we can apply them differently, liking some of the same things for different reasons and being diametrically opposed on other shows for the same reasons. We humans are funny animals ...
morgansladymorganslady on September 13th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
I agree totally with your points.. Characters and their relationships are what keep me interested. I can forgive lapses in writing and even canon errors(if they're not too grave),but the characters need to be believable. The actors have to be good enough for me to believe either they like or hate each other depending on the story line.
I've never been too big on comedies. They always weem forced.
I do enjoy some of the L&O and CSI's. NCIS-yes,again the people seem real,I'd love to be on that set to see their interactions when not filming.
Supernatural is of course my favorite,if you couldn't guess from my log in name and avatar. Jared and Jensen seem to care about each other as Sam and Dean. They talked about even missing working with Jeff(Daddy Winchester). This camaraderie comes through on the screen.

bardicvoice: Family by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
Kindred souls, morganslady! (And may I say, I love your avi?)

I've often thought it would be fun to watch certain shows being filmed because joy seemed to infuse the shows themselves. Supernatural is the first one where I've felt the passionate desire to actually be a part of the process, though, particularly including hanging out in the writers' room, hundreds of miles removed from the shoot. It just seems that everyone on the show "gets" it, to a delightful degree.
Creepy Mustache: dean prettyarby_m on September 13th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
here from metafandom
Just a quick drive-by to say that Arrested Development and The Office are two comedies I love because they are so very unconventional and unlike most comedies - the humor in them really feels organic. So you might give them a try sometime.. if you're interested.

*more thoughtful response later*
bardicvoice: Playful Shove by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
Re: here from metafandom
Drive-by blog commenting - I love it!

On The Office: I tried, I did, but it just wasn't there. Happy it is for you and for others, though!
Carmarthencarmarthen on September 13th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
The shows I truly love tend to (a) have characters I really care about, (b) humor, but often black and interspersed with drama (which is why M*A*S*H at its best works for me), (c) internal plausibility. In terms of format, I prefer shows where each episode stands enjoyably alone but there are also larger season and multi-season character arcs. Strictly episodic shows don't emotionally involve me (also a problem with most sitcoms), and shows where the episodes don't stand alone can be frustrating if I miss an episode.

But I also have a soft spot for shows that are just ridiculous in many respects (I'm currently watching the godawful new UK Robin Hood series and enjoying the heck out of it, in much the same vein as I enjoy Barbarella). And I will watch just about any forensics show (they're like my romance novels: fluffy fluffy brain popcorn), although the only one I really adore is Bones. Can't stand CSI:Miami, though, since the main character provokes my strangle impulse.
bardicvoice: Subtext by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 15th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
"Fluffy fluffy brain popcorn" - I love it!

Me for dark or black humor definitely: I understand all too well the need to deflect an excess of reality with a joke.

Thanks for coming by!
omearaleeomearalee on September 18th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
via metafandom
Nothing gets me more into a show than the fandom. Sometimes I feel that source canon is a means for fandom, which is where all of the interesting things happen. As it would happen, one of my biggest loves, West Wing, came about through the exploration of a few archives then a broader venture into the eljay communities.

Some of my shows, though, were things that I grew up with. I've been watching LaO: the original since I was five, so it was natural in my setting to get into SVU, although CI never interested me. I got into JAG because it came on before SVU in reruns, and Crossing Jordan I'm pretty sure a coincidence, too, although I can't remember.

ER lost me along the way because, yeah, I can suspend situational belief from here til Tuesday, but I couldn't suspend the wonkiness of the relationships.

I do other procedurals: NCIS, all three CSIs, Numb3rs, WaT. What I like, though, is how characters interact in such a rigid setting. Or any setting, really. I guess that I think that the proceduals are more 'real' in a sense, that there's something more valuable to human interaction in such a devoid profession. I wonder if that made any sense.

I'm still working on what exactly makes me tick, but a lot of technical things come into play when I decided to stick around: do I like the way the words sound in my ear, do I like the filters or cinematography that they use, do I believe the actors?

Thanks for the wonderful meta!
bardicvoice: Research by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on September 19th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: via metafandom
Thanks for coming by and sharing, and for your kind words!
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Hi and sorry for the delay in writing this. I don´t know if you remember me, Giovanna (Brazil).Well, after reading this I ask your permission to say that I feel as I had found my soul mate when the issue is TV shows.Your taste is almost just like mine. My passion is SN as well, just and only. My favourite show, ever, is Starsky&Hutch (as I said before, the characters are so much alike, aren´t they?), followed by MacGyver. Then, SG-1 (I don´t like Atlantis,unless Richard D.A stars), everything by J.Whedon, Roswell, Early Edition and others of your list as well as Starman (from the 80´s) and Codename Eternity. Besides SN, I enjoy watching only The 4400, The Closer and I liked Traveler very much but it seems that it didn´t last.
I´m used to receive "square" looks because I don´t like,don´t watch soap operas,reality or sitcom/comedy shows.
I can´t stand Law&Orders and "women" shows, like Desperate H. and Men In T., although I enjoyed very much Moonlighting (that was a desperate woman).
I keep on watching CSI (only the original as well),Heroes, Smallville and Jericho just began around here.
Lost? I lost my patience on the 2nd Season and it´s almost in the end with 24, Prison B. and Bones. Lots of the same, every week.
Well, thanks for let me share my taste with you and sorry for "abuse" from your patience.
Thanks for the delightful reading, as always. (Despite the lack of time to read you every week, I print and read your comments later.)
Thank you and be well.
bardicvoice: Welome back boys by Cakehole_Catbardicvoice on October 7th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hey, Giovanna! Sorry for my delay in getting back to you - I've been doing some road-tripping, and then things got hectic, and well ... the usual.

Thanks for sharing your viewing interests! We do seem to have a fair bit in common there.

Hope you enjoy the fun during the third season!