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. It pains me to think that some people are paying an extortionate cable bill so that they can watch these shows regularly. Now, hopefully, they use some cable bill negotiating tips to help them get a better deal for themselves, although not too many people actually do this sort of thing despite the money-saving advantages it brings.

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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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