There’s way too much good television, and way too many good shows coming down the pipeline these days (The Affair!) to waste time on shows out of some misguided sense of obligation. There was a time (last season, for instance), where I would stick with a show no matter what, all the way to the bitter end (hello Dexter) because I felt like I’d invested so much time in the series that there was no point in turning back.
I don’t regret not quitting Dexter because as someone who writes about television, I got a lot of great material out of it. I also still feel like I should watch as much good TV as possible. I’m not a cord-cutting heathen. I like to keep up, but I want to prioritize, and as part of that prioritization, I prefer to keep my weekly roster of TV shows under 30. That’s a solid, manageable number, and believe it or not, allows me to watch less television than the average television viewer (four hours a day), which is mind-boggling considering that television watching is part of my job.
So, this year, I have already cut Sleepy Hollow (here’s why), Scandal (here’s why), Homeland (though I reserve the right to jump back in later if notices for the show continue to be good) and American Horror Story: Freak Show).
In the case of the latter, Ryan Murphy show on FX, it’s simply a matter of never making it through the season because — no matter how ridiculously compelling the first few episodes are — the series never manages to keep its threads together and lead to a decent payoff. It falls apart every single season.
So, what are you quitting or have you quit already this year?