Strictly ENTERTAINMENT!! What's your take?

@mommyboo (13191)
United States
September 13, 2008 1:15am CST
I prefer to use my tv viewing time for strictly entertainment! What is your choice? To explain a bit, this is what I mean. If I'm going to spend the time watching the ol boob tube, I want it to be worth my time. Worth my time to me is primetime entertaining tv, which is generally hour long first run shows of a dramatic nature. It is usually fiction or reality based tv, but NOT talk shows, news, stocks, sports, etc. My OPINION is that other things are somewhat of a waste - if there is nothing else on, I will watch OTHER things that have entertainment value, but say for instance I was curious about something in the news, I would go look it up online, read an article or two and be done with it. I would be very very unlikely to watch it on tv.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
14 Sep 08
My take is more or less the same - with a few differences here and there :) There are some sports events that I like to watch, so I include those as entertainment. I love to watch documentaries - on anything animals, history, science.... really anything - .I have a handful of shows that I enjoy watching but I don't have patience for talk shows, soap operas, reality shows - survivor, whatever race thingy, etc. etc. etc. just can't spend my time with those - I enjoy watching movies and some series as long as each episode is a complete story, no waiting for next time to see the rest. I don't usually watch the news. Like you I just check online if there is something I want to know with more detail. I don't find the things that I don't watch a waste of time - I'm sure other people enjoy them immensely. It's more that entertainment is different things to different people.
@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
17 Sep 08
You're right. I really need to understand though why some people find things that are clearly and purely UNENTERTAINING.... well... entertaining. Like news. What the heck is even one iota entertaining about it? I can't think of anything except maybe on local news to see how the various anchors are dressed lol. For global news and things such as CNN and things that are like 24/7 news, it's information, sure. I never said it wasn't, but entertaining, like CSI or something that somebody would record to watch on a tivo? Straight information sharing is just not entertaining.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
17 Sep 08
Yeah, I have trouble seeing news as entertainment as well. But as hubby's uncle said to me once when I suggested that he read about whatever news he was watching : "But that wouldn't entertain me as much" SO I guess some people can see it that way. Apparently for him the whole news watching thing is about checking what they're wearing, what their expressions are, if they make mistakes etc. even more than the news themselves. ANd he is entertained by it. Go figure :)
@myklj999 (49490)
• United States
13 Sep 08
When I had a TV (back when the grass was tall, and the horses ran free across the land) I watched three types of shows; pretty much anything dealing with science or animals, and CSI:Miami. At the moment I don't have one, but I do watch some stuff on the Internet.
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@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Hehe.. why don't you have a tv? I'm not a tv junkie but I would be unhappy if I didn't have one at ALL. Just like possession is 9/10s of the law, as long as you have something to use if/when it strikes your fancy, it's good. Then you don't overuse it, hoard it, or kill people over it.
@myklj999 (49490)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Well, I guess technically I own one, but there's not enough room in the RV for it so I loaned it to someone else until I get another apartment or something bigger.
• United States
13 Sep 08
i like a little of every thing.. but 99% of reality tv i hate.. i hate talk shows.. stock and sports.. home improvement shows.. lol.. tv styles and channels have changed a lot in the past couple of years.. and mostly in ways i dont like
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@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I really wish they offered an 'entertainment' package only - which had the networks, the basic cable fluff stations, premium cable fluff stations, and movie channels. Sorry but I think all the things like CNN and MSNBC and FOX News and other assorted things should come in a separate package and you can buy it if you want it. I don't want it.
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• United States
17 Sep 08
i have heard rumors that they are gonna start having it in the future where you get to pick out a lot of the channels yourself.. i like msnbc but i do not watch any other news channel so i could definitely do away with cnn and fox and all their little knock off channels!!
@34momma (13891)
• United States
13 Sep 08
i am a total tv junkie. yeah there are things on tv that's crap, but there are so great shows on that i love to watch. all of the law and orders is a must for me. i lvoe heroes and of course house. i like to watch cooking shows and things like property ladder. i love. i even watch the nonsense stuff when there isn't anything else to watch. i will watch basketball which i love, but like you i don't watch the news. i may see what the weather is going to be like but that's about it
@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Yeah, my problem is global news and politics, things that I couldn't influence IN A MILLION YEARS on my own, even if I WANTED to. Why watch it if it's going to make you angry, sad, or something inbetween if there's nothing you can do positively or negatively about it? These people who report it act like they are so self important, as if there's something special about them because they are reporting it. In my opinion they are a bunch of idiots. I'd have more respect for them if they animated a show, wrote a show, or did costumes or backgrounds or sound stages for a show.
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
I watch a lot on tv, but mainly movies and educational stuff. My favorite channels are the movie channels and the discovery channel. I also like tv shows but not reality tv. I try to make my tv viewing as educational as possible because i'm really lazy at reading stuff. I learn through expariencing, and watching it on tv is as close as experiencing it.
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@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
17 Sep 08
See, if I want educational things, I get online. I like some things, like Discovery and TLC, both of those have lots of interesting educational yet still entertaining programs but in reality, my favorite tv things are purely entertaining, thrillers, adventures, comedies, dramas, things that move me. Things that are works of fiction, where they pay excellent writers and fun actors that I like to watch lol. TV is one of my fantasy outlets, the other one being gaming when I do it. It really would devalue my tv and my time to use it for other purposes.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Hey mommyboo! Of course, as usual we agree again! I don't like to watch the news, I read what I want online and what I don't read I don't want to know, except maybe the local news. It's good to know what's going on in the County. As for what I watch, also hour shows that entertain like my favorite which I believe starts this week (at least someone told me it does) House, Grey's Anatomy, 2 1/2 Men (sometimes I just need funny and stupid!), NCIS, Ugly Betty. I never said that they were the best, but they'll do and they're what I like and what entertains me! Otherwise, I don't really want to sit in front of the tv just watching to watch! I don't have the patience to sit still that long except to mylot!
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@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I hate hate hate news channels. It's like those people, stupid **** talking heads who think they are something special are just preening in front of the camera talking about things that make as much sense as a 12 month old trying to read a speech. I do sometimes like to watch local news, but local news is stuff that's happening in my community, maybe even in my town or neighborhood, and I can have some influence if there's a reason to get involved. Global and political crap? I can't do anything there, nobody listens whether I support or complain, so I just don't care. Because I don't care, I don't want to waste my time hearing or seeing it, I'd rather shove it all under the rug. House is starting tonight, and Fringe is on after it, I am looking forward to 8 o clock, truly. I don't watch a lot of tv during the day because there's nothing on.