So much time, effort, and energy goes into creating a television show, either for broadcast networks or streaming services, that you can't imagine any show is trying to be bad on purpose. It just means not every episode will be a slam dunk, "best episode ever," and that's fine. You can't be perfect all the time, right?
Then shows like these come along. Shows that, for a variety of reasons, were able to hit that, "Every episode is an amazing episode," threshold, and might be worth your time checking out.
"Which TV show has never had a bad episode?"
Just because a show is animated doesn't diminish its quality. Some people get it in their minds that cartoons are "lesser" entertainment, when really just as much care and passion to a story goes into developing an animated show as a live-action one. Look to these for proper examples to check out.
"Gravity Falls. I love to show people the first episode and then, after they tell me they enjoyed it, say 'good, because that's by far the worst episode of the show.'"
"I love it when writers know their story, tell it in an enjoyable way, and go out on a high note."
We Are But Wayward Leaves
"Over the Garden Wall"
"Rewatch it every year in October. It is just so damn perfect. The aesthetic of every episode, some being more cozy, others closer to horror and some just surreal, the way the story unfolds and the questions it leaves. That single frame you get of the Beast right at the end being just long enough to enhance both the horror and the mystery, I love that show."
A Show That Blew The Internet Away
"Arcane. Every episode has been the bomb. Hope they do the same in season 2."
"Edit. Since people were asking if you need to have [League of Legends] knowledge to enjoy it... I say it's better if you are clueless about LoL. Players that know the lore are basically spoiled by what they know."
"Zero interest in LoL, but this show came out of nowhere for me and I f-cking love it!"
Baby, You Can Chive My Car...Burger
"I finally got into it early in the year. Yes, I know I’m late to the party. I’ve been through all the episodes about 10 times now and I’m still catching stuff I missed. It’s got a great cast of characters and the personalities are amazing."
"I love Bob’s Burgers. It has a human touch that most other comedies just don’t. The way the characters interact just feel more human than most comedies, especially animated."
"I’ll concede it isn’t necessarily the strongest laugh-out-loud comedy out there, but it has a charm to it that very few other shows could ever replicate."
It helps when there's no script, when it's authentic, real, captivating people just being themselves, showing you the wonders of the world or how maybe every mistake we make is just a happy accident.
Watch In HD If You Can
"And Blue Planet. Inspired me to become a Marine Biologist"
When You Have To Stick Around To See How It Works
"How it’s Made"
"Lol. Watching this on day time tv while sick from school or in hospital."
"Watching it in waiting rooms was always tough. You get called in when they are like halfway through something and you're just like "'ell, I guess I will never know how they finish making watch bands now.'"
It's The Hair, Right? Or The Voice?
"The Joy of Painting (which I knew as the Bob Ross Show)"
"One of my favorite moments of the internet was when someone did a Twitch stream of nothing but back to back Joy of Painting episodes. The chat was all roleplaying like it was live."
"Bob would put a black blob in the middle of the painting. "Oh my god, he ruined it!"
"Then he'd take his knife with some white, and poof, a mountain would appear. "SAVED!"
Whatever the reason, the show just works. The casting, the writing, the directing, the premise of the show itself, and that leads to marvelous entertainment like these ones.
Helps To Be Short
"Chernobyl - but it's only like 5 episodes in total so yeah..."
"It was going to be six episodes. That was the original deal. The writer, Craig Maizin, decided to combine two episodes to better serve the story/pace (I forget his exact reason). He talked about it in an episode of Scriptnotes and joked about how HBO was like, uhh yeah sure you know we pay you per episode? Hehe. Obviously everyone involved won, not least of all the audience."
Spielberg Loves His WWII Stories
"Band of brothers"
"Without a doubt, one of my favorite series of all time. Acting is great, storytelling is superb. Man, I'm gonna have to rewatch this now"
"Dude I remember thinking it was such a wild thing for a show to be like a movie, but take place over multiple episodes. Now it's the norm to have a show like that. Band of Brothers was the first one I ever heard about like that when I was in middle school."
"[What We Do in the Shadows.]"
"Every episode had me laughing."
"Jackie Daytona a normal human bartender!"
Everything is Fine
"I feel like this could be controversial or nobody will care, but The Good Place. One of the best casts, best writing, and a really interesting premise. Forever my favourite show."
"It’s amazing. I especially love what they did at the end of the series. They manage to balance comedy with existential questions in an interesting and beautiful way. I want to watch it again."
There's lots of good TV out there. Find something you like and stick to it. You might be surprised where the show's creators are trying to take you.
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Thanksgiving: It's a holiday that often brings up a lot of drama. As every holiday season rolls around, we muster up the energy and the courage to go back to our family's and in-law's homes to try and enjoy a meal together.
If you've every had a strained relationship with a family member, this is usually the time where the tension spills over like the gravy from the tureen.
On TikTok, people are joking about how they chose to purposefully ruin thanksgiving for their family. Some are deciding they don't want to celebrate it all together.
Redditor TheInward07 asked:
"What was your thanksgiving drama this year?"
We want the juicy details.
"My 21-year old sister will graduate from college in less than a month. My brother congratulated her on being the first person in our family to graduate college without getting pregnant."
"Turns out that's not true. She started sobbing and got in her car and drove away. Whoops."
"I have a history of saying sh*t to someone at exactly THE WRONG moment in that person's life. I can relate..."
She wanted to reconcile.
"My mom, who I've been no contact with for most of my life, said she wanted to reconcile and please come to Thanksgiving so she could see her grandson. She wasn't there when we arrived, and told my sister that she didn't want to have dinner with us."
"Literally nobody cared, and we had a great Thanksgiving without her. Honestly dodged a bullet."
"It sounds so ridiculous but I think that situations like this are sometimes about control. If OP instigated no-contact and took that control away from the parent, this might be their way of re-asserting their dominance? Kind of like 'You don't want to see me? Ha, I don't want to see you.'"
"Narcissists are a**holes."
"The gravy was a war crime. The plastic cooking utensil melted into it. I was the first to find out."
"'I wonder where that spoon went, whatever.'"
Beggars can't be choosers.
"My thanksgiving dinner was me, my parents, and my younger sister. Just the four of us at my parents' home."
"Mom got a text message from my aunt (mom's sister) about how grandma (mom's mom) was badmouthing the food she made and talking about how her boys (mom and aunt's brothers) can't be expected to eat this stuff. Mom texted aunt back with, 'Tell her that guests don't get to complain about free food, they just get to choose if they want to eat or not.'"
"Apparently aunt took this advice, because about 20 minutes later mom got several texts and voicemails (she didn't answer her phone) about how aunt kicked people out early and how mom 'ruined thanksgiving' by telling aunt to say that."
"This is why we stopped going to family thanksgivings, by the way."
"Mom’s the hero there!"
"And great job aunt for sticking up for herself and kicking them out."
Grandma and Grandpa were a little chaotic.
"Father in law got drunk, took his shirt off and then arm wrestled my son (lost). Then tried to tackle his daughter (my wife) (also lost). Everyone is worried grandma has dementia but for some reason she made a 'pie.' Everyone ate it and pretended it was pie. Not sure what to call it; it was in a pie pan, there was no crust. It had apples."
"Deconstructed apple pie."
"There we go! Grandma doesn’t have dementia, she’s just a hipster."
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He wouldn't move his car.
"Had to call a tow truck on some teenager (friend of front neighbor's kid) because he wouldn't move his car that was blocking my mom's driveway."
"She told him to move it since she needed to get something for dinner, he answered that he shouldn't had to move it because it's a public street."
"I go get the stuff and then get home, I again tell him to move it because I want to park up the driveway. Shouts at me that I can find parking up the street."
"Now he has no car for Thanksgiving and cop gave him a ticket."
"What an a**hole and a dipsh*t. Anyone with half a brain and a driver's license could tell you you can't block a driveway."
"Sorry, best we can do is no brain and half a driver's license."
He got left at the bar.
"My kids got hammered Wed night, one got left at the bar and walked 3 miles to get home. I woke up 3 am and saw that one kid was missing so I called him. He was still a mile from home so I drove to get him. When I got to him the police were questing him. Said they had a report of a man with a weapon having a mental health crisis. Luckily they got another call and let my doofus go home with me."
"A long time ago I got really drunk at a bar and when it was time to go home I walked for 2 hours to a house I hadn't lived in for over 5 years. It was getting light by that time and I stopped in the driveway realizing I didn't live there any more and turned around and walked back for 2 hours to my apartment near the bar I had been at. This was 25 years before Uber existed. So yeah, young drunk people do stupid things."
Last minute hosting.
"The power went out at the host's house and I ended up cooking and hosting at the last minute."
"This happened to a bunch of people in San Diego today. Something like 5k homes had power shut off due to fire risk."
"Happened to me. We just barbecued instead it was super chill."
"When life hands you lemons, throw’em on the grill too."
Many have decided that Thanksgiving isn't worth it, especially after knowing the history to this gruesome holiday.
Some are opting for a Friendsgiving instead of clashing with family. Sometimes the drama just isn't worth it.
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If you missed it, fan-favorite Starz comedy "Party Down" was recently announced as having a new season in development.
A cult comedy classic, the show became a victim of its stars own success as many of the actors on the show moved on to other bigger projects (GLEE, Parks & Recreation, Silicon Valley, etc.) While many fans feel it was cancelled too soon, seeing it come back gives hope to a lot of people.
We all have that one show we wish got the "one more season" treatment, and if you ask us, we'll tell you what and why.
"What is a TV show that was canceled way too soon?"
We like to laugh, so its always a bummer when our favorite comedy goes off the air. It means we have one less thing to make us giggle and brighten our day than we did before.
"Ants. No, ghosts. No, I don't know."
"Better Off Ted" ~ marS311
"such a good show. 100% truth" ~ AnrianDayin
"We want to weaponize a pumpkin." ~ marS311
A Victim Of Real World Circumstances
"Pushing Daisies" ~ pocashauntas
"Stupid writers strike—— I really loved the premise, the cast, and the way the stories were told." ~ JoeMomma1975
Drew Barrymore Eating People. How Can You Lose?
"Santa Clarita Diet! Such a bummer that was cancelled, so funny!" ~ flunkhaus
"This. Man I wanted more of it. :(" ~ AustinJG
"How are there not more comments on this"
"SANTA CLARITA DIET DESERVED BETTER" ~ tofumeatballcannon
Spreading All The Good
"What the hell happened after the cliffhanger in My Name is Earl?" ~ i_simp_4_tedcruz
"Man. We need a final season. I don't care if we find a way to bs the plot so that Earl is still in the middle of that story years later." ~ sketchysketchist
"I remember reading an interview were the creator had intended for earl to never finish his list, that he would come across another person working on their list, and he would see all the good he had spread." ~ Fastman903
There's a lot that goes into cancelling a show. Perhaps the network is moving in a different direction or maybe the show isn't bringing in the ratings they hoped for.
Whatever the reason, it will never satisfy hardcore fans.
Got To Get Ahead Of Crazy
"Mindhunter." ~ theRealAriel666
"Not officially canceled"
"(Holding out hope)" ~ Secondhand_Merkin
"Dude I swear. I have so many questions. The adopted kids character arc was really getting interesting, I really wanna know what happens." ~ theRealAriel666
We Don't Have Enough Comic Book Adaptations
"Daredevil" ~ Thekenobiawakens
"Especially with Bullseye still lurking" ~ Distinct-Seat5853
"For me it's Punisher" ~ Antisteffystah
"Why did I have to scroll so far down for this?" ~ POKing99
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"...Oh Yeah, And Dragons."
"Rome, it was Game Of Thrones 10 years before GOT was even an idea and pretty historically accurate for its scale." ~ Ironically__Swiss
"I'm imagining a pitch meeting for Game of Thrones with HBO execs:"
"OK. Remember Rome? Imagine all the sex and sword fighting from Rome, but turn the backstabbing and political intrigue up to 11. Oh yeah, and dragons." ~ Graybeard
This Show Sounds Nuts
"For those that remember it, Terra Nova. It got cancelled by FOX after only one season and was later bought by Netflix, giving hope the show's fans that it would find its footing elsewhere, but Netflix never did anything w/ it. It had some great acting and a compelling plot." ~ Elegant-Narwhal-506
"HOW WAS THERE A 14TH CENTURY SHIP THERE! I NEED TO TO KNOW!" ~ johnotopia
"Yeah that show was great. Left off on a pretty exciting premise too. So sad it never went anywhere, I'd love to see where the writers wanted to take it!" ~ GumberculesLuvThtGuy
Usually, when this topic of discussion happens online, there's two shows that are almost always brought up as being victims of the cancellation button long before their time...
No Power In The 'Verse Can Stop Me
"Firefly" ~ f-ckpepsi2
"Admittedly while I love the show, I think that the reason for it being so fondly remembered is that it was short and sweet. It didn't go long enough to drag out into mediocrity." ~ NinjaBreadManOO
"the correct answer will always be firefly" ~ AnrianDayin
Go Back And Watch And See How Many Big Names Were On Here
"Freaks and geeks, I would have liked to have seen atleast another season." ~ seank8686
"The ending clearly sets up for another season but executives just didnt get it. Unfortunate." ~ BBQRibs_FriedChicken
"I came here to say this. They kept on getting the worst time slots, such a perfect show" ~ beffiny
Watch what you love. Tell people about it, spread the love, and make sure you support it in whatever way you can. That's the only way you can ensure something stays on for as long as possible.
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