Friday, March 6, 2015

Breaking up

With real friends I tend to commit and stay loyal.  But with TV friends?  Not so much.  I have a huge history of falling truly, madly, deeply (that was a good movie btw) in love with a TV show, only to dump it somewhere down the road.

Sometimes I even turn on it.  I offer Downton Abbey as Exhibit A.  I loved, loved, loved it.  Until I didn't.  And then when I didn't, I said snarky things about it and bullied it online.

But mostly I just make a new plan, Stan, and slip out the back, Jack.  Generally there are no hard feelings when I do this, so that when I run into my former TV friends again--like Phil and Claire Dumphy, for instance--I'm happy to see them for a bit.  But I don't feel compelled to take up our relationship on a regular basis again.

Meanwhile--and I do hate to say this--I am perilously close to breaking up with The Good Wife this year.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe I'm just bored with the Alicia-is-running-for-office-and-turning-into-Peter-in-the-process story arc.  Maybe I know that Kalinda is going away at the end of the season, which makes her appearances now almost seem beside the point.  I don't know.  I have loved this show dearly and think it's super smart.  And I like that we've see Alicia grow and change.

But whatevs.  The break-up could happen.

Anybody want to comment?  Or talk me down?

I might write a column about this, actually.


Lisa B. said...

DO NOT BREAK UP WITH THE GOOD WIFE. I'm being entirely selfish here. I need to be able to talk to you about it. Also, I think you just need to see an episode that doesn't have that wife-murderer in it. Frls. But re Downton Abbey: I concur.

James said...

I still like the Good Wife, but I sense the writers are reading some of their clippings and to be clever for the sake of being clever. I also agree. I don't like Alicia running for State AG.

Counterintuitive said...

You nail it: I've broken up with the characters on all three of these shows. I was sad to say goodbye but they got tiresome and silly. And heaven knows I do not need tiresome and silly TV friends...must save that energy for a few real life friends and family who can't be dumped.