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#1 Tessied

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

I know some shows are slow burners, or have not so great first seasons, but it's sometimes hard to tell if it's going to pick up or is just not that great.

I only really got into Breaking Bad mid season 2, before that I enjoyed it but didn't get what all the fuss was about, and by end of S2 it was my second favourite show.

But...I am watching Friday Night Lights.  It sounded like something I would like, and all the reviews and fans just make it sound really gripping, but I am 9 episodes in and I could really take it or leave it.  

I keep thinking it's going to get good but...maybe it's just not my thing!?

#2 B.3

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

I usually give them about 5 minutes!!

#3 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

I didn't make it past 15 minutes with Friday Night Lights. So boring.

I usually try to watch about 3 episodes except when it's really terrible.

Political Animals was another really bad show that i couldn't last through one whole episode.

#4 tamjk

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

Five minutes.
If I'm not into it by then I get up and do some housework. I'll leave the TV on in case the program does manage to get interesting but if the first episode has not interested me I generally don't waste time watching second episode.

#5 RipeWickedPlum

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

It depends... On why I'm watching. If it has been recommended by a friend I'll usually give it at least 5 or 6 eps to get into. If I just picked it up cause it looked interesting I'd only do 2 or 3.



#6 taffy19

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:46 PM

3 Episodes. If it hasn't interested me by then I wont watch it

#7 Broxie

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:46 PM

It gets 1 episode to win me over. I've just watched the first five episodes of Arrow and I'm loving it!

#8 vanessa71

Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:52 PM

One episode.


#9 Tessied

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

Geez some of you are harsh!   I can sometimes tell pretty quickly by the tone but some shows just take a while to build the story.  

I'd be interested to hear actually, if you only give shows a few minutes to get you sucked in, what are your favourite shows?!

I really think I need to accept FNL is boring as batsh*t and move on, but I keep wondering what I'm missing!

#10 red_squirrel

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

1 episode if it seems OK, or 5 mins if it is woeful.


#11 Lyra

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

I give shows a few episodes because I think it can take awhile to establish plot and characters etc etc. Having said that, I am very fussy about what I watch. I read reviews and listen to others before I even start LOL As an example: Redfern Now sounds interesting so I taped it. Now the reviews are rolling in and I will start watching it. Because it's a 6 parter (I think) I will give it two eps before I give up

I also agree with the PP: Breaking Bad was okay in season one and I went along with it because I could see the potential. I am totally hooked now!

#12 About time

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

My completely irrational rules are as follows:
TV series - 3 episodes
Movies - 15 minutes
Books - 70 pages

#13 Placebo

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (About time)
My completely irrational rules are as follows:
TV series - 3 episodes
Movies - 15 minutes
Books - 70 pages


I must be a little irrational as well, as I only give TV series 3 episodes too.



#14 Monroe

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:30 PM

One episode, I'm glad I gave 'The Walking Dead' more than 5 minutes, that was so boring until about 30 minutes in & now it's one of my favourite TV shows.

#15 Propaganda

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

I let the first episode be confusing or boring without much complaint because I understand they need to set the scene, and sometimes that takes a bit of effort. If by the 3rd episode it doesn't pick up at all though, then I usually turn off unless they've already hooked me in. I can usually tell by then if it's going to be a show I like anyway.

I certainly don't watch an entire season before I decide to switch off.

I'm not a fan of Breaking Bad, it never picked up for me. I sat through 3 seasons of it for my husband's sake, but I really don't like it.

#16 ~Panda~

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:22 PM

3 episodes. It took me that long to get into Game of Thrones and I'm glad I stuck it out!

QUOTE (Propaganda @ 25/11/2012, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I let the first episode be confusing or boring without much complaint because I understand they need to set the scene, and sometimes that takes a bit of effort. If by the 3rd episode it doesn't pick up at all though, then I usually turn off unless they've already hooked me in. I can usually tell by then if it's going to be a show I like anyway.

I certainly don't watch an entire season before I decide to switch off.

I'm not a fan of Breaking Bad, it never picked up for me. I sat through 3 seasons of it for my husband's sake, but I really don't like it.

I didn't get into BB either.

#17 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

Depends on the show, and why I'm watching it.

If it's something I want to get into, and there's lots of seasons of it, I'll give it a good go.  I bought Mad Men on DVD, and it took me quite a few episodes to really get into it, and love it now.

If it's something I'm watching just because it's on, I might only give in half an episode - Tricky Business on Channel 9 I only lasted about 10 minutes, and knew it wasn't for me.  Another one was Big Love - I watched the first episode, but it really creeped me out, and I couldn't go any further.

I've just been on hoildays for a week, staying in an apartment with Foxtel, and I watched toddlers and tiaras for the first time, expecting to hate it, and ended up watching a few episodes a day ph34r.gif

Edited by SlinkyMalinki, 25 November 2012 - 07:49 PM.





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