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TV Shows We Can't Quit, No Matter How Bad They Get

Date July 12, 2011
'Entourage' Have you ever continued to watch a TV show long after you knew you should've just given up on it? Don't lie. We know we're not alone.

After some particularly lackluster season finales, and a few recent underwhelming season premieres, we thought we'd share our TV grievances with you. (And, yes, they include 'Entourage,' whose final season cannot...

'Entourage' Have you ever continued to watch a TV show long after you knew you should've just given up on it? Don't lie. We know we're not alone.

After some particularly lackluster season finales, and a few recent underwhelming season premieres, we thought we'd share our TV grievances with you. (And, yes, they include 'Entourage,' whose final season cannot come and go soon enough for us.)

Here, the list of shows we just can't seem to quit, no matter how bad they get.

Of course, this list contains our own personal opinions about said allegedly bad shows. You might love some (or, god forbid, all) of them, but that's the fun of it. Feel free to defend the honor of any of our borderline shows, and chime in with your own why-can't-I-look-away nominations in the comments.

'Weeds''Weeds' (Showtime)
I tweeted this exact sentiment while catching up on this season of 'Weeds' the other night: why the hell am I still watching this show? Not surprisingly, I got quite a few responses echoing my frustrations with the once-clever Botwin family antics. Serves me right though -- I should've known Nancy breastfeeding Andy was only the tip of the bad idea iceberg with this outlandish crew.
-- Maggie Furlong

'Glee''Glee' (Fox)
Season 2 was a disappointment, so much so that many people I know have given up on the show. I want to be one of them, yet I'm drawn back week after week with the memory of how good the show used to be. You guys remember the first half of Season 1, right? -- Chris Harnick

'30 Rock''30 Rock' (NBC)
At this point, I keep watching for my female-bound obligation to love anything Tina Fey does rather than actual enjoyment of the show. Most weeks, a mediocre '30 Rock' is relegated to laundry TV (I half-pay attention while folding clothes and doing other chores), but occasionally that old wit and cleverness shines through. I don't think I'll ever be able to delete the season pass from my DVR.
-- Jean Bentley

'The Killing''The Killing' (AMC)
Yes, Linden and Holder make Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes. And yes, there was something unnecessarily cruel about the carpet-yanking finale. But for some reason, I just can't get enough of those moody helicopter shots, the rain-soaked hoodies and Joel Kinnaman's freaky wangsta dialect. If David Lynch and David Simon had a child who refused to give a straight answer about anything,his name would be 'The Killing' -- and who, in the end, can resist that? -- Mike Hogan

'True Blood''True Blood' (HBO)
Every year I threaten to give up on this overheated supernatural melodrama, and I think this is the year I will cut the cord. More than half the story lines this season (especially Jason's werepanther nonsense) are so irritating that even Lafayette's fabulousness and Eric's hotness may not be enough to hold me for long. I love me some vampire silliness, but life's too short for storylines that feel like last year's leftovers. -- Mo Ryan

'The Office''The Office' (NBC)
I have this strange sense of loyalty when it comes to some shows. I haven't thoroughly enjoyed 'The Office' -- apart from an episode here or there -- in about two years. However, I feel like I have invested so much time into the lives of the Dunder Mifflin employees that I have to see them through to the end ... which is hopefully soon. -- CH

'Entourage''Entourage' (HBO)
My gripes with 'Entourage' have stayed pretty consistent throughout the series' run: there's not enough character development, huge season-wide conflicts repeatedly get resolved with random strokes of good luck, and as College Humor summed up with their brilliant parody video, Vince always gets the part. But I've stayed watching this long, and I can't quit now. Here's hoping the final eight episodes can finally fulfill the promise 'Entourage' has always offered, but hasn't quite been able to deliver on. -- Alex Moaba

'Gossip Girl''Gossip Girl' (The CW)
I actually did stop watching 'Gossip Girl' because it's become boring, inane and insists on building stories around Jenny and Vanessa, its two worst characters. But then I was really bored one Sunday and marathoned the six episodes I couldn't bear to delete unwatched from my DVR. And I'm back! -- JB

'Parks and Recreation''Parks and Recreation' (NBC)
This show is so Internet popular that Bill "Sports Guy" Simmons can't stop tweeting about the opening credits ... so how come I've never met a fellow fan in real life? And if I can't convince anyone I actually know that Aziz Ansari and Amy Poehler are supposedto be annoying, then how can I be sure that I'm right? It's gotten to the point where instead of laughing at the jokes, I just check a mental box that says, "See? I told you this was funny." Frankly, I'm not sure how much longer this can go on. -- MH

'Private Practice''Private Practice' (ABC)
I adore Shonda Rhimes -- I really do -- but 'Private Practice' is hitting every last one of my nerves. I give 'Grey's Anatomy' a lot of leeway because (barring any horrific musical episodes) it rarely steps over the line of complete and utter ridiculousness. But I can't say the same for its Southern California cousin, which has become known for its melodramatic suckerpunching of emotions. And yet, I still continue to watch ... *sigh.* -- MF

'One Tree Hill''One Tree Hill' (The CW)
There's a reason the totally okay 'One Tree Hill' is in its ninth season after continually riding the bubble year after year: it's completely ridiculous. Just when you think you can't take any more of the contrived drama and awkward dialogue, the main characters have a drunken condom water balloon fight with Dave Navarro or lip-synch 'Mah Na Mah Na' with an infant. -- JB

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