How many episodes does it take to get hooked on a show - what hooks you?

Canada
December 19, 2006 3:49pm CST
What makes a good television show for you? Are you an action junky? A romant-a-holic? How about a comedy freak? When you start watching a show, how long does it take for you to get hooked on it? I didn't start watching Lost until about 2/3's of the way through the first season. I downloaded the pilot and was immediately smitten with the show. It was just a great idea and the characters were completely believable and the actors are all great. My only concern, which I now know was unfounded, was that "where are they going to take this? They're lost on an island, what can they possibly do now?" But that was quickly answered and before I knew it I was downloading Lost like crazy. It was very similar to 24. What a great show. I didn't start watching this until the 3rd season, or Day 3 as they call it. I downloaded the first few episodes as a friend told me it was a great show and that I should download the first few episodes before I start watching, because once I do I'd "have" to keep watching. And he was right! What gets me hooked to a show? It has be good, and of course that's subjective because everyone's idea of "good" is different. For me it's believable characters, a good premise and flawless execution. Whether it's a comedy or an action show or whatever, as long as it fits those three criteria, I'm hooked. What about you?
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• United States
19 Dec 06
1 for me!
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• Canada
19 Dec 06
Most of the time it's 1 for me as well. Usually you can tell when a show has eitehr got what you like or not. There's a rare occasion where it takes 2 or more episodes to get into it (my example would have to be Prison Break - which I now absolutely love), but most of the time it's like first impressions - you only get one chance!
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@Duvessa (914)
• United States
20 Dec 06
Well it depends on the show I guess.... But I usually don't watch something unless i'm sure I'll like it. like I watched the first episode of Prison Break and Buffy The Vampire Slayer & I was sucked in, can't get enough, enough is NEVER enough with these shows (God I miss Buffy!!!!) Now I love NCIS also, and I watched it with my mom a couple of times but I never really got sucked in untill after I started paying attention to Abey, then once I was into the gothy girl on there I started paying more attention to the rest of the characters and realized the show has alot to offer and now I love it, although I don't watch it as much because I tend to forget about it coming on, Prison Break is my main focus now, lol
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• Canada
20 Dec 06
Prison Break is a great show. My dad absolutely loves Abbey from NCIS, so I found your response funny.
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• India
20 Dec 06
no idea
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• Canada
20 Dec 06
Then why answer? I'm sorry, but people like you who answer questions presumably just because you think it'll add to your earnings makes me sick. You didn't add anything to this discussing by responding with a simple "no idea." Sorry to everyone else for this person's post.
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• United States
20 Dec 06
If the show is good it takes one episode to get me hooked. My favorite show is Lost. I was hooked from the first episode. I can't wait until February for the next season. Shark is a new series that I was hooked from the 1st episode. Others include all the Law and Order series, CSI and CSI NY. CSI Miami just doesn't do it for me. The 9 holds my interest too, although I can never remember the night and time it is on.
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• Canada
20 Dec 06
That so made me mad they Lost is taking a 3 month hiatus!!! Especially the way they left it. I hate cliffhangers, even though they're necessary to hold your interest from one season to the next. Though I think shows like Lost or 24 don't really have to worry about things like that. They have my attention no matter what, just like I know they have a lot of other fans' undivided attention!
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
20 Dec 06
Usually one episode hooks me or at least intrigues me enough I'll watch a 2nd or 3rd time. I've started out watching shows I thought were good, but 1 or 2 shows later it's not as a good as I thought, so quit watching. I like a good story line, some humor and a cast that works well together. Greys Anatomy does that for me.
• Canada
20 Dec 06
Day Break was like that for me. I gave it a few episodes but so far it hasn't impressed me and I'm wondering where or not to watch it anymore. I gave up on Eureka.
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• Canada
20 Dec 06
Battlestar Galactica (2005) - Brilliant retelling of the Battlestar Galactica stories.
It can really differ for me. With some of my favourite tv shows, it took several shows for me to decide I wanted to keep watching. And example of that is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I wasn't immediately hooked, but because I had friends who loved the show, I ended up watching 4 or 5 episodes in a row and really enjoyed it. It was such a fantastic show! Other shows had me hooked at episode 1, such as the new Battlestar Galactica, Dexter and Heros. LOVE those shows! ~Wyrdsister
• Canada
20 Dec 06
I'm ashamed to say this but for me it was the same with Star Trek: The Next Generation. I became a Trek fan but not before watching like, 10 episodes. Then I really got into, bought the tech manual and everything. Not a Trekkie, but definately a Trekker!
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@mjgarcia (725)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Usually it takes one to know if I'm going to be hooked on it. If I watch once and I'm not sure if its just a bad episode or if its the show thats bad - i may watch it a second time. For me I like the drama sort: CSI, Law and Order, Criminal Minds, that sort of thing. I like characters that I can relate to, at the same time they must be believable for what they need to do. I also don't like predictable plots. If I can tell from the beginning what is going to happen, I'm not interested for long.
• Canada
20 Dec 06
There's nothing worse than knowing what's going to happen before it happens. That's why I love Lost and other shows like 24 and Heroes. They keep me on the edge of my couch or computer chair the entire time!
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@freesoul (3024)
• Egypt
20 Dec 06
1 is enough to say good or bad but "hooked' might take more than 1 episode, there's many good shows but very few can get me hooked, "Friends" was phenomenal, "Survivor" was love at first sight but some things I just watch casually although I still consider them very good.
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@michele609 (1687)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I have to watch it about 2 times and then if it interest me then I will watch it all the time!
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• Pakistan
20 Dec 06
well it depends how interesting the drama is if its boring i can't get hooked even if i c dozen episodes
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• United States
20 Dec 06
It usually only takes one episode for me to know if a show is going to hold my interest. I like a show with an intelligent plot, great character development, an ever evolving story line that connects like a giant puzzle without a lot of contradition, actors who know their characters and make them believable, and of course a show that gives me that feeling that if I miss an episode, I've missed out on something extra special. Shows like Lost, X-Files, Pretender and JAG all share these qualities. I want a show that allows me to completely escape to that world for an hour, or 30 minutes. Yes, I also like action, drama, comedy, and lots of other elemental devices that build on a story. It is also important that the relationships between characters are well defined so that you understand how each character is connected and how that connection affects their behavior and interaction.
@jotace (2094)
• Spain
20 Dec 06
If the series are good (interesting or funny) I like them very much since the first episode. And usually the more I see it the more I like it.
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• United States
20 Dec 06
just one
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• United States
20 Dec 06
Watching one episode of a show can get me hooked. If I like it from the beginning, I will start to watch the show all of the time. I got hooked on Lost just like you. It really is a great show.
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@Jshean20 (14374)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
Typically I can tell with the first episode as to whether or not this is a show I will enjoy. I'm a soap opera junky (Days of Our Lives in particular) and a comedy junky..(I cannot get enough Family Guy!!). I guess I'm attracted to these two shows because I love to laugh to the point of crying and I'm also a bit of a drama queen...so soap operas are certainly my cup of tea lol. I also like shows involving excitement. I'm hooked on Deal or No Deal, it's such a simple game but I love the excitement of it all...
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@srhelmer (6934)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
19 Dec 06
It usually takes one episode for me to decide whether I like the show or not. Most of them don't qualify for a second viewing.
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@TasksGirl (216)
• United States
20 Dec 06
24 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course THAT show hooks you after 5 SECONDS! I have been watching since season 1 or 2 (I forget) and have seen season 1 on DVD at LEAST twice. I can't WAIT for the next season!! Most shows only take a few minutes to hook me and I know if I will like it or not. I have never seen lost I don't think I would like it.. Then again I never thought I would like Desperate Housewives and now I LOVE it .. I also like Ugly Betty.. You should give both of those a try!
• United States
20 Dec 06
I also LOVE America's Next Top Model, King of Queens, Family Guy, Simpsons, Dr. Phil, Oprah, True Life, Two & A Half Men, Everybody Loves Raymond, Everybody Hates Chris .. Basically I am a "ANYTHING ON TV OR IN THEATRES" junkie.. Action, Comedy, Reality.. You name it! Thank god for my TIVO !!
• Canada
20 Dec 06
24 is one of my ultimate favourites!!! You'd probably like Lost, should at least give it a try. I started to watch Ugly Betty and I find it funny and like it, but not as much as some other shows. Desperate Housewives is not a favourite of mine, I've got a few episodes and just can't get into it.
@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I'm not a big TV watcher; most of my TV watching from September through June is Hockey games, because I am addicted. But,the shows that I do watch consistently have to have believable characters, the episodes have to be believable and not far-fetched or in "soap opera land", and there has to be some continuity from episode to episode; what I mean is that the show has to have a way to develop and keep me coming back. I like to see the characters come together, develop personalities and style,and mesh. For me, I can usually tell pretty quickly whether or not I will be hooked on a show- generally from 1-3 episodes. The first 5 minutes of "Will & Grace" had me hooked and laughing out loud. That series was casted perfectly, and they meshed together so well. I know that the plot isn't deep or anything, but for a 30 minute comedy it's fantastic. In fact, I have all of the seasons on DVD in my collection, and if I want to watch something mindless just to relax and laugh,I can watch those episodes over and over. I love all of the CSI series, although they seem to be getting competitive and repetitive this year. CSI NY is my favorite. And of course there's Grey's Anatomy... I missed the first season completely, but watched an episode on reruns the following summer and knew that I would love it. As a medical person, I appreciate that the characters are real, the emotions they experience with and about patients are well-portrayed, and the medical situations and facts are very accurate. I have caught up on all of the past episodes, and now wait anxiously for the new ones. But of course the BUFFALO SABRES hockey games take the #1 spot in my schedule- even when they lose...
• Canada
20 Dec 06
That's where having a PVR (Tivo) comes in handy!!!
@flex90 (1443)
20 Dec 06
If the show is good, it will not take many episodes to get me hooked. If the show is very good, then one episode is all it takes. Take for example CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) the first time I saw it, I was instantly hooked and wanted to see more. I loved the way that the shows were laid out and how detailed each and every crime scene is.
• Canada
20 Dec 06
I too love CSI. I personally want to see Catherine and Warrick get together, but that's just me :)
• United States
20 Dec 06
if i dont like the first episode i see of a show i usually give it a second chance, cause not every episode is gonna be good. i love comedies. if a show makes me laugh more then twice in one episode im hooked.
• Canada
20 Dec 06
It's true that some pilot episodes of some truly great shows have been crappy, but that's why they invented second chances!