Pilate: Can I just say something here? Like an intro or something like that?

Reynard: No.

Pilate: Not even…

Reynard: Nope

Pilate: Okay.

Reynard: Okay so. Let’s get straight to it yeah? Yeah.

Well then, at the risk of sounding repetitive, how exactly am I supposed to watch all these shows? “Which shows?” You may ask. Well in case you hadn’t noticed, there is just too much content on US TV these days (and that’s not even counting cable TV or the online content). I kid you not. I have recently come to the realization that the amount of TV in existence is overwhelming, from scripted shows to reality shows to talk shows. It’s just too much. To give you a clearer picture of what I’m saying, throughout the fall season of 2015, over 120 new shows and seasons premiered, 47 of those during the week of September 21st. You see where I’m driving at?

In the face of so much content, the one thing that offers some method of coping is the DVR – you know, the Digital Video Recorder. This lets consumers store video for future use and in some way, addresses the issue of the wide and varied content. Then again, one would need a valid subscription to use that, and, well, let’s just say some people prefer different methods when it comes to TV shows (suivez mon regard). Anyway what I’m trying to say somewhere in all this rambling is that these days, there is a pressing need for quality in the midst of all the quantity that we’re being provided with (yes, being – as I write, a bunch of other shows have premiered/are set to premiere, and more are returning). So I figure that the only way to cope is to choose wisely – quality over quantity.

Yeah, I said quality. I won’t get into the whole “absolute or relative quality” thing here, of course. It’s not like I’m out here trying to recommend what you should or shouldn’t watch (not yet at least). Sure, there are the “critically acclaimed”, “crowd-pleasing” types on every corner. There are procedurals and crime dramas (and comedies), a lot of foray into genre dramas as well; there’s the staple sitcom fix, the superhero-fanfare, the rare gems (who knew clones could be so cool). In short, there’s something for everyone, and then some; no really, we’re talking live musicals here. So honestly, in as much as there might be a tad too much content to breeze through, there’s also the added bonus of content that caters to particular needs, although that’s if, unlike yours truly, you’re not a greedy couch potato who just can’t get enough.

Now, a better person would probably have gone into the “why” of all this TV we’re bombarded with on a daily basis. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to see that primetime TV shows are the new cash cows for TV networks. Add to that the pressing need to compete with the mind-blowing success of online streaming companies (seriously, these guys just can’t do anything wrong), and you begin to get a glimpse of the logic, albeit ridiculous, behind the excessive TV content. But hey, on the bright side, viewers get to benefit from some really entertaining scripted shows (note how I carefully avoided the disaster that is reality TV).

So yeah, there’s too much content on TV. How you approach that is entirely up to you. As for me, I’ll just keep complaining while devouring as much of it as I can, ever the ungrateful consumer.

À la prochaine. And until then…

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