If you have never really watched a TV show before, figuring out where to start from might be overwhelming.This an easy, beginner friendly guide on choosing the right TV show for you.
Surprisingly, in these recent time there are still people out there who claim not to watch any TV shows (and I’m lowkey judging you). But thanks to peer pressure, you are finally considering starting a series. This post is basically a beginner’s guide for anyone that wants to start watching TV shows.
I know I am not the only one that is an avid series watcher or that has a lot of friends that do the same. I feel like watching tv shows has been imbibed in many of our daily activities. There are those tv shows that play in the background as you fall asleep or that TV show you watch to eat dinner .
For most of us in our 20’s and above, TV series have become a part of our lifestyle. A way to bond with loved ones or to get in heated discussions over those cliffhangers and plot twists some shows deliver.
You are probably also reading this post because you are tired of being very lost when your friends start arguing or cracking jokes from TV shows they watch. What is that thing they say if you can’t beat them, you join them? Right? (I hope that is how the saying goes).
Well, keep reading this post if because it is here to come to help. When choosing the right TV shows for you, there are few things to consider. They include: the genre, duration of episodes/season and good recommendations.
CHOOSING A GENRE
A genre is a style or category of film. This is when we are talking drama, sci-fi, romance, comedy, thriller and so on. Genres can be categorized to sub-genres such as reality tv, teen drama, mystery, medical drama, political drama, mythical, historical fantasy and so on. I hope you are getting the drift because this list is endless.
When you can figure out which genre or genres you like best. This makes it easier to decide what to watch and what not to. For example a show like Game of Thrones has genres such as; period drama, fantasy, adventure, thriller, action, suspense and the like. Personally, I am not a fan of science fiction but a historical sci-fi would get my attention.
2. DURATION PER EPISODE AND NUMBER OF SEASONS
Duration, this is how long each episode of a TV show runs for. This is crucial when selecting a show because firstly, you need to consider your attention span.
Do you have a short or a long attention span? Some people can watch a 2-hour show without any breaks. Some people can only handle 20 minutes tops before they get distracted or bored.
For example an episode of How To Get Away With Murder is about 40-45 minutes (without ads), while a show like Insecure has a duration of 25-35 minutes per episode.Also, consider how much time you have available to even watch the show.
Some people have a lot of time on their hands or are just serial procrastinators that can dedicate days to watching shows non-stop. But not everyone has that much time on their hands, so choose accordingly. What you should know is that when you get really into a show, you might find yourself creating time you thought you never had out of thin air so be warned.
Also, you need to consider how many seasons a show has. If you are a really busy person chances are, watching a show like Grey’s Anatomy that has about 13 seasons may not be feasible for you. An alternative is to try shows that have fewer seasons out and not too many episodes in each season as well.
3. GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS
To get good recommendations ask friends who already watch tv shows and you have similar interests in film and literature, chances are you would probably like their suggestions.
You could also start with that tv show many of your friends are talking or tweeting about so you can finally get it. Not only does it makes for good conversation. It gives you a reason to join us, as we insult or block people that drop spoilers on social media.
Read or watch reviews as well, so you don’t set yourself up. This is so you don’t start a show that has a high possibility of getting cancelled soon. I usually go for shows that have high ratings from like 7/8 out of 10. Most times, tv shows with low ratings would eventually piss you off as you go further along.
Lastly, go for TV shows that are centered around things you like or may want to know more about. I watched Mad Men because I heard it was about the advertising business. It came in handy when I was taking some advertising courses in Uni. Although, TV shows are for entertainment they are still a way of lowkey learning.
Go for something you have interest. But cannot really go into cause of life and maybe just maybe it is not legal. Let me explain, Hannibal for example is this show about a detective that empathizes with serial killers. I have this great interest in serial killers and how their minds work (have no fear, I am not planning to be a serial killer). Basically, this show just lets me feed that interest in a way that is entertaining and not boring.
Hope this has been helpful so far, if you want series reviews or suggestions just let me know. Thanks for the read.
Till next time,