Cookie-Cutter Shows

I often make fun of my parents for watching shows such as Numbers and The Mentalist.

They are cookie-cutter shows that simply present a problem (Think: A murder) and a solution (Solve the case, bring a bad guy to justice). Each week, this is done in a formulaic method that is dreadfully predictable and offers the viewer nothing more than a sixty-minute waste of time — a gift-wrapped box-of-nothing, complete with a bow. The thing that I hate the most about them is that almost no plot development occurs from one episode to another.


So yeah. I make fun of my parents and try to convince them to watch shows with depth and drama. Shows that leave you hanging and wanting more. Shows that don’t offer you a gift-wrapped package, but instead light it on fire. Shows that leave you heartbroken for the next 6 days and 23 hours. Anything on Netflix, HBO, or AMC would suffice.

I have even tried to get them watching TV shows from abroad by using a VPN. In case you did not know, more and more people now use VPNs to bypass the geographical restrictions put into place by streaming services like Netflix. Using a VPN service such as IPVanish has a number of other benefits too that you can read about in this IPVanish review. For example, a lot of my friends from other countries where censorship is rife also use VPNs to watch shows from America.

But then I realized that I am a hypocrite.

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