Television Quandary


Update: I’ve made my decision.  For my starting lineup I’m going with these five shows: Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, Dollhouse, Fringe and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The five bench shows are going to be: Psych, Numbers, Castle, How I Met Your Mother/The Office and Glee. 

My reasoning is that both Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy will end their season’s soon, allowing me to dive into AMC’s Prisoner remake in November and ABC’s V remake.  So it won’t be a big thing when Lost returns in January. 

So I’ve gotten rid of cable and watch all my television through bittorrents and streaming, bu the reality is, though I’ve cut out all the crappy pointless television, I still watch too much tv. 

I’ve decided that it’s a necessity for me to restore balance to my life,  (it’s become very one dimensional on weekdays)  by reading or doing other projects at night.  In my head I’m listening to music, playing board games, doing apartment renovations, building stuff, etc.  

It’s a decision to live a proactive life; a DIY life, me thinks. But, and this is huge, I need some help. 

I need to decide which shows I’m going to cut out of my life for good and walk away from.  This is where ya’ll come in. 

So here are all the shows I watch in no particular order, ready? Okay, deep breath:

Lost, Mad Men, Entourage, Breaking Bad, Californication, Weeds, Brotherhood, Skins, How I Met Your Mother, House, The Office, Fringe, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sons of Anarchy, Numbers, Dollhouse, Parks and Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, Lie To Me, Modern Familyl, Glee, Community, Flash Forward, Bones, In Treatment, Hung, Bored to Death, Psych, Burn Notice, Eureka, and I honestly think that’s it, but I feel like I’m leaving a show or two out. 

As you can see it’s a lot of television.  More than any reasonable person should watch in a week.  This list also doesn’t include recently dropped shows like 24, Heroes and Rescue Me. 

The non-negotiable shows include: Lost, Mad Men, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dollhouse and Fringe. 

Some shows come on during the summer or I download entire seasons to save to watch during the summer when there isn’t much on: Weeds, Skins, Leverage, Breaking Bad, Burn Notice, Brotherhood, basically most shows from HBO, The BBC, cable outlets and Showtime.

Shows I’m thinking about keeping around because I enjoy them: Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Numbers (I need at least one procedural), Californication, Psych (one of the most consistantly funny shows on TV), How I Met Your Mother. 

Shows I don’t want to stop watching but feel like I wouldn’t miss them: Entourage, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Lie to Me.

Shows too new to make a decision on: Glee, Flash Forward, and Community. 

Like I said, it’s a lot to figure out, but I’m hoping to cut down my active roster of telelvision shows to about 10, with a roster of another 5-10 for the summer or to call up from the minors (basically stuff I will follow with a casual interest).  Once Lost ends it’s run, I’ll have room to bump another show up into the permanent slot. 

Suggestions?  Strategies? Thoughts?  Recommendations? Remember, the only shows that are untouchable are the ones up top.

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