I don’t think it’s a secret anymore; I watch a lot of TV.
Every summer, I compile a list of upcoming shows I think look interesting. Some of these never even air, some of them end up being canceled after a few episodes, and some continue on for years.
Because I watch so many shows, I have to decide early on if I think a show is worth my time. Basically: am I going to get too bored to keep watching it? I typically give a show two or three episodes, since pilot episodes are historically awful (except Gilmore Girls; that pilot was the best pilot I’ve ever watched). If I’m falling asleep in the middle of the episodes, or if I’m really convinced the show will be canceled, I’ll stop watching it.
I even gave up on Scandal after an episode or two. I thought it wouldn’t last. Clearly I was wrong, so a couple of months ago, I gave it a second chance, and WOW. But it’s not a bad thing; I got to binge-watch Scandal.
I stopped watching this before it was even canceled. It was so, so bad.
Will I give it a second chance? Well, no. It’s canceled. And it’s awful.
I’m not a huge fan of miniseries as is, but I thought I’d give this one a chance because of the incredible cast. The first episode was pretty good, but by the second I was bored. I didn’t want to waste my time, considering it wasn’t even going to go on for long.
Will I give it a second chance? Nope.
I was really excited about Backstrom airing this winter, mainly because of Rainn Wilson, but it was utterly disappointing. *yawn*
Will I give it a second chance? Probably not. I hear it’s “certain to be canceled”.
Uhhh… This was the worst. It was trying so hard to be Seinfeld, but it was like Seinfeld without being funny. I’m also convinced John Mulaney doesn’t have a voice that doesn’t sound scripted. He has no natural voice.
Will I give it a second chance? HECK NO. I’m glad it’s canceled.
I really wanted to like this. I mean, it’s a show about Batman! Kinda. And it has Ben McKenzie in it. But I was bored by the second episode. Somehow, this got a second season.
Will I give it a second chance? Maybe? Maybe not. Can someone convince me it’s worth watching?
I was hopeful, with Katharine McPhee being in it, but it felt awkward. It was like they made a show, then realized they wanted to insert Katharine McPhee. Scorpion was renewed for a second season, though, so maybe it got better?
Will I give it a second chance? I doubt it, but if it definitely got better, I’d consider it.
7. State of Affairs
I have got to stop getting my hopes up based on the cast. I think I’m the only person who gets excited about Katherine Heigl (because I don’t have to work with her?) but this one had me snoozing, too. I doubt this one will be renewed.
Will I give it a second chance? Ehhhh, maybe. I’ll think about it.
8. The Slap
Yet another miniseries, but I was trying it out for Zachary Quinto. Yawn.
Will I give it a second chance? No.
9. Beauty and the Beast
I tried to watch this when it first aired, and I was not only bored; I was confused. I tried to start again last week and it was still the same.
Will I give it a second chance? I already did.
10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Look, I KNOW. Practically everyone in my life loves this show. But I think it’s just not my kind of humor.
Will I give it a second chance? I’ve actually tried to power through this three different times. Every time I wanted to punch someone.
11. The Blacklist
I watched the first few episodes of this, and at first I was really interested. And then I wasn’t anymore. I thought it would be canceled, but it’s still going, and renewed for a third season.
Will I give it a second chance? I’ve actually been considering it.
12. The 100
At the time, the CW was also airing a show called Star-Crossed, and they had made it pretty clear only one of them would make it. I was convinced Star-Crossed was way more interesting (still am), but apparently someone else didn’t agree with me.
Will I give it a second chance? Maybe! Is anyone watching it?
13. The X-Files
I actually own the first season on DVD, and Tim is currently in the process of watching the entire series. But I don’t think shows about aliens interest me all that much.
Will I give it a second chance? Maybe one day.
This is another one that all of my even semi-nerdy friends scoff about when I say I didn’t finish it. Look, Nathan Fillion just kind of seems like a jerk and it’s hard for me to look at him a lot.
Will I give it a second chance? Yes. I’m going to finish this series once and for all.
15. Teen Wolf
I was so, so excited the classic Michael J. Fox movie was being revamped into a series. Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be MTV’s version of The Vampire Diaries.
Will I give it a second chance? Yeeeaaahhhh… No. Probably not.
16. The Originals
Speaking of The Vampire Diaries! I thought this spin-off wouldn’t last (I mean, neither did Ravenswood), and I haven’t attempted to watch it since.
Will I give it a second chance? I’d consider it.
17. House of Lies
I normally finish what I start. I watched two full seasons of this show, and toward the beginning of the third, I couldn’t take it anymore. Characters who constantly do the wrong thing are only interesting for so long.
Will I give it a second chance? No, I don’t think so.
When Grimm first aired in 2011, the networks did this weird thing where they pitted similar shows against each other to duke it out. Once Upon a Time premiered five days before Grimm, and after two episodes, I was convinced OUAT would last and Grimm would not. But they’re now both in the bottom of their fourth seasons.
Will I give it a second chance? I actually think I will!
I’m sure I could add a lot more to this list, but those were probably short-lived…. And you’ve probably never heard of them.
Have you ever given up on a show, only to return to it later, LOVING IT?