DNF: TV Show Edition

I know a lot of book bloggers that have their DNF (did not finish) pile. I have that same kind of pile, but with television shows. There are some shows I get so excited for, but they end up being lack luster.

I tend to try and and give a show one full season before I call it quits, but there are some shows that I have to force myself to continue to watch every week. Other shows I try and try and try and can’t get through them (one of these kinds of shows I’m sure will end me in nerd purgatory).

Did Not Continue:

I gave this show 8 seasons. I found this show the year before I got married and binged it. While the show did grow in amazing ways, I still love the first 4 seasons the most. After that, still watched and even loved it… that was until season 6 when one of my favorite characters died and then ALL OF A SUDDEN Booth and Brennan were together with no explanation or visual representation. Just BAM! together.

Don’t get me wrong, I ALWAYS wanted Booth and Brennan together, but I wanted to see it. I wanted to see them be awkward at the Jeffersonian, I wanted to see Booth take her out on a proper date only to have Brennan correct him on why the food at the restaurant wasn’t really “authentic” mexican food.

Did Not Finish: Calling it Quits

I wanted so hard to like this show. I love all the characters attached to it, but anytime I watch it all I can think is “This is basically Doctor Who with superheroes…” I’d like to believe that it’s not purely because Arthur Darvill is in it, but lets be real, it can be hard to separate Arthur from Rory… especially when he’s part of an organization called the “Time Masters” and is piloting a time traveling spaceship with companions.

I’ve tried to separate him from Rory, I’ve been able to do it in the past with other actors, it just takes a little time. However, this show hasn’t been giving any of its characters the kind of attention and story lines I wanted to see. It’s left me pretty disappointed after every episode.

This is another one I wanted to like a lot. But I think that Supernatural has put my expectations of Lucifer a little high. This show had some good potential, but ultimately I’m finding the way they are treating the main female character a little lacking. I enjoy seeing strong independent women on my television, and while I do think she could be a strong character, once they introduced that she did a National Lampoon-esque movie in her youth and continue to use that as a punchline to demoralize her, I’ve had a hard time pushing myself to keep watching.

Did Not Finish: Tried and Failed

Get your torches and pitchforks ready… I have tried watching Sherlock FIVE times. Tried and failed five times. A lot of my fandoms are Sherlock adjacent, so I usually know what is happening in the series. I just have no desire to actually watch it.

Maybe it’s the fact that the episodes are so long and so detailed. But I find myself dozing off or getting distracted each time I try. I feel like I should turn in my nerd card now…

What are some shows that haven’t quite grabbed you?

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  • I need to do a post like this! There’s a couple shows I quit (in anger) over the last couple of months.

    As for these shows, I’m still on the fence about Legends of Tomorrow. I adore Captain Cold so it’s going to be hard to drop it entirely, but I did let myself get pretty behind on it–which tells me all I need to know about how much I REALLY care about it.

    • I actually LOVE the characters they chose. I have a terrible crush on Stein, Captain Cold and Ray. And I was really loving the budding friendship between Sarah and Kendra, but for whatever reason every time I watch an episode I find myself getting annoyed through the whole thing and by the end I’m frustrated and angry about it. :/

  • Interesting idea for a post. I never finished Firefly, I just got to busy to sit down and watch it.

    • While I love Firefly, I’m in the minority when I say I don’t want any more of it. I know a lot of people who have watched Firefly and they find that it didn’t live up to they hype. I still recommend it, but it is definitely a show you have to kind of pay attention to.

  • I am very very sad that you don’t like Legends and Sherlock. :'( I love both of those shows so very very much, especially Legends. I ADORE Legends.

    • I tried SOOOOO hard to like Sherlock. Tried multiple times and every time I end up falling asleep. I know that it’s probably amazing, but I just can’t sit through it.

      I really wanted to like Legends, a lot. I love the characters they chose and I even liked the premise, but so far they haven’t really impressed me all that much.

  • What a brilliant idea for a blog post. I’m sad yout didn’t like Sherlock – it’s one of my favourite show.

    • I tried really hard I swear! I know so many who just love it, which is why I am literally afraid to say that I don’t like it out loud. I’m afraid a fellow nerd will hear me and stab me with a sword.

  • I struggled with the cheesiness of the first few episodes of Legends, but these days I am a massive fan. It’s really upped its game, especially in the last few episodes. So, while I am a big fan, it probably helps that I don’t watch Dr. Who, so I’m not drawing any comparisons 😛

    I loved the first few seasons of Bones as well, but like you, haven’t kept up at all. You;re not the only one there!

    • I loved Bones so much the first few seasons, then it became that show I’d binge when I had nothing else to watch, then it became that show that I’d binge during the summer, and slowly it became a show I didn’t watch anymore. 🙁

      I think not seeing Doctor Who definitely helps with LoT. That might be my biggest problem with it. Most of the time I’m just waiting for a Dalek to show up.

  • Love this post! And I know quite a few people who just can’t get into Sherlock so you’re not alone on that boat! 🙂 I don’t think I could ever give Lucifer a chance simply because I love the comic it’s based on and the show is NOTHING like the comic. They bought the rights, and then used NONE of the source material. WHY. I haven’t tried Legends of Tomorrow, but from the sounds of it I don’t think I’d be able to get into it either!

    • I seriously feel like I need to turn in my nerd card for not liking Sherlock. 🙁

      I had no idea that Lucifer was a comic! Now I want to read the comic!!! The show got a bit better these past few episodes while Lucifer is hunting down the person who stole his wings, but I still ended up falling asleep to it. :/