Open Thread: What TV Show Do You Feel Guilty For Not Liking Anymore?

Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope

Hey guys, it’s confession time. We’re all friends here, so I feel safe admitting this to you. I don’t like Parks and Recreation very much anymore. Phew, it feels so good to get that off my chest. Even though I was a really big supporter of the show last season and rejoiced when it was renewed, I just haven’t been into it this season, and last night sort of cemented that for me. But I feel super guilty about these feelings, because I want to like it, and it used to be in my top five favorites.

I already had approximately zero sad feelings about Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe leaving the show, and now after last night’s big development about Leslie, I still just can’t bring myself to care. I won’t spoil it for people who haven’t watched, but let’s just say it was something the show has done before with other characters to change things up, and even though it technically made sense, I just ended the episode with a big ol’ “MEH” over my head. I feel like I’ll still keep half-watching this season out of obligation, but it makes me sad that I don’t feel the same excitement about it that I used to. There are other shows I get sick of but don’t feel regret over abandoning — New Girl, for example. But this one hurts.

So now I’ll ask you to chime in. What show did you used to love but now feel guilty for not enjoying? Is there one that you just want to put out of its misery because you have so much respect for it? Anybody else feeling that way about Parks and Rec? Please tell me someone is so I’m not the only traitor. Also I should have said this already, but nobody let Amy Poehler know I said this stuff.

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    • Meredith Hirt

      How I Met Your Mother. I didn’t keep up with the season, and I feel bad because I used to love the show and want to be friends with the characters…but I just couldn’t bring myself to care.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I didn’t watch HIMYM, but I’ve heard quite a few people say they stopped keeping up with it.

      • guest

        The last few season were SO disappointing. I hate watched Season 8 and Season 9. And HATE hate watched the finale. It was grody.

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    • elle

      Totally agree about Parks & Rec. It’s just gotten so stale. I’ll probably keep watching it because it’s on after my beloved Community but I’m just not that into it. Spoiler Alert: I kinda hate that she’s pregnant, it just seems like such a ploy to get her to stay in Pawnee, but honestly what else is she going to do there? Keep working at the parks department? She’s just so beyond that at this point that it’s ludicrous she wouldn’t immediately take the state job to advance her career. End Spoiler. Also Sherlock, I really liked this show the first2 seasons but I personally felt that season 3 was just way too winky winky at the fandom (especially the first episode) and I didn’t enjoy that. And the ridiculous murder attempt in the second episode had me rolling my eyes so I just couldn’t even watch the 3rd or really care any more.

      • Erin

        I still watch (and for the most part enjoy) Parks and Rec, but I will admit to being disappointed when NBC renewed for an eighth season. I was convinced this would be it, with Ann and Chris moving away, and Leslie more than ready to do the same herself. The fact that she’s pregant now is not surprising in the least; I figured that’s what they would do to justify her staying in Pawnee at least one more year.

      • elle

        And that makes total sense,she does need a reason to stay there. And I groaned when it got renewed. But I liked Leslie because it’s nice to see a career minded woman with goals but it feels like it’s taken a huge step back with the recall/not wanting to take the state (federal? Now I can’t remember) job and it just bothers me.

      • Erin

        Totally agree that it feels like she’s taking a step back with her career. That’s why I was disappointed with the renewel, because that story just feels so forced. A pregnant Leslie Knope should be a total trip though, so I am looking forward to that. And I’m predicting they have a girl, who will grow up to marry Oliver Perkins Traeger.

      • elle

        Um it’s now in my y head and this better happen or I will be so sad! Yeah I’m hoping pregnant Leslie introduces some better story lines.

      • Maddie

        It pains me to say this because I love the first five seasons so much, but when you can predict the plot based on the show needing to stick around for another season, that’s just bad writing. They could have made one more fantastic season and left it at that but now we will always be left with sour memories of the last two lackluster seasons :(

    • Erin

      I stopped watching New Girl this year, but it was so unbelievably bad this season that I don’t miss it in the slightest. However, I do feel slightly guilty about not watching/liking Community anymore, even with Dan Harmon back at the helm. I just couldn’t get interested in it again.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Community’s actually one of the few shows these days I consistently watch live. I’m so glad they brought Harmon back, and I’m surprised how much the show still works for me after Troy left.

    • The Redhead

      I’m hanging in there with New Girl…but it seriously isn’t the show it used to be. I used to love it so!

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I really just could not make myself keep up with it this season. It felt like such a chore.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Downton Abbey, actually…I’m so ashamed, but I never got all the way through this past season.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Last season really lost me too.

    • Coco

      I’m really disappointed with Scandal this year. I liked it when each episode they had to “fix” someone and it was all wrapped up nicely within the hour. I’m having trouble keeping track of these on-going story lines (I don’t like trying to remember what happened a week ago when I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast) and wtf is going on with Quinn and then having my husband asked me lots of questions (because he only watches an episode here and there) and not knowing exactly how to explain it to him because I’m just as out of it.
      But I keep watching because a) I hope it will get better and b) I’m really enjoying all the ways they’re hiding her baby bump – almost makes it comical with the big purses, pillows, computer screens, etc.

      • Jenni

        I want to see an episode that shows all the gladiators looking for new jobs. There’s no way they’ve made any money this season at their company.

    • Mai Linh Phan Le

      The Big Bang Theory, I used love first 3 seasons but I just don’t like it anymore even though it’s apparently still good. And the fact that it was renewed for 2 more seasons bothers me. Penny is just too annoying.

      • Courtney

        Omg definitely The Big Bang Theory. I was a huge fan for the first three seasons when it was quality TV and had clever writing, but then they got higher ratings and it started getting to mainstream for me. I watched a recent episode by accident and it was completely unwatchable with its laugh track. Makes me regret buying all TBBT merchandise I had when I was a fan and I was guilty for leaving it at first but now not so much …

    • M_G

      I feel this way about Revenge. Season 1 was AMAZING….Season 2 did a complete 180 and was pitifully awful….Season 3 has been “meh” at best. I feel like I am only still watching out of obligation/wanting to know if the main character will ever actually get her Revenge without having to swim through every soapy trope first.

      • her7

        Agree. I gave up part way season 2.

    • Katie

      Definitely New Girl and Revenge. Community too. Aw man and even Super Fun Night. I want to support these actors and shows sooooo much, but sometimes its sooooo hard.

    • Meg Malone

      I felt this way about Gilmore Girls. It was one of the first shows that I watched regularly, but I just couldn’t find the motivation to keep watching much long after Rory went off to college. I just wasn’t all that invested in her college life, but I felt bad bailing because I loved the show’s witty, pop culture goodness. Maybe enough time has passed and I should go back and give the entire series another shot…

      • itpainsme2say

        It got better in the drama area later on but the pop culture references were a bit lacking . Now if you want a little of the old Gilmore feel check out Bunheads but warning it got canceled way to soon.

    • guest

      Grey’s Anatomy. I just started rewatching from the beginning a couple weeks ago and I had forgotten how awesome the show used to be! I quit watching after last season and my sister keeps me updated with what goes on from week to week but I’m done keeping up with it in “real time”. Especially with Christina leaving. So sad! I’ll watch the new seasons as they go on Netflix but… don’t really care anymore and it makes me sad.

    • itpainsme2say

      Bones and Castle(most of the time)

      • itpainsme2say

        Oh and pretty little liers

    • J_Doe5686

      I felt guilty not liking The Office’s last 2 seasons. I loved the show but it was . . . awful.

    • PaintingChef

      Game of Thrones. I just… it got exhausting and I lost interest. I also let Season 3 of Nurse Jackie languish on my DVR for a year and I think I’m just going to delete it since Season 3 is now on.

      • Katie Kat

        Oh my, me too. I still am into “Nurse Jackie,” but my Sunday 3–NJ, GoT, and Mad Men–are no longer the excitement it had been. :/

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    • Katie Kat

      “Game of Thrones” at the moment actually. I can’t believe I am even saying this.

      Also, “Mad Men.” With no replay of season 6, I barely remember the show, and I even more barely care. With it ending, it’s whatever. I do hope I care about “Game of Thrones” again because this hurts.

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