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When TV shows overstay their welcome

/ 12:10 AM September 07, 2017

Most TV shows do their utmost best to stand out by pushing their exciting “plus factors” for being seen, but some achieve the opposite effect and make viewers wonder why they’re on the boob tube at all.

One such type of show recycles for the nth time the old yarn about the Sasquatch or the Abominable Snowman.


It’s supposed to be a giant, ape-like creature that walks upright and inhabits the wilds, occasionally terrifying a few humans now and then, who lose no time hysterically reporting their unexpected encounters.

TV shows have been tantalizingly “investigating” those creepy encounters on the boob tube for many years now, but factual evidence has been hard to come by.


All viewers get are rumors, snatches of eerie sounds and movements, a creepy sense of humans being watched by the “monsters,” etc.

Like the Loch Ness Monster, the Sasquatch may or may not exist—but, the “evidence” has been so paltry that it’s time to interest ourselves in more productive viewing endeavors, from here on in!

Also overstaying their welcome are shows that set out to “prove” that aliens have been visiting our planet for many centuries.

Those shows are hosted by supposed “scientists,” but after a few minutes of watching them, we notice that they come up mostly with speculations and presuppositions instead of facts.

In addition, they pepper their narratives and explanations with unscientific statements like, “It’s entirely possible that … ,” “Could it be that … ,” “It’s clearly possible that … ”—etc.!

It’s like they’ve come to the conclusion that aliens have been transforming and “guiding” our planet, and are bending facts to suit their imaginative and speculative theses. Are we going to cluelessly accept this kind of “logic”? Careful.

A third group of TV shows we should guard against, for fear of being snookered and bamboozled, is made up of programs that go the “gross” and “extreme” routes.


They include programs about hoarders, who fill their houses to the ceiling with detritus and garbage, and have to be shamed into cleaning them up. Oh, how “normal” viewers love to look down on them and their addiction!

As for the gross-out shows, they’re mostly focused on food, with their big-bellied hosts flying all over the world to find the most orgiastically huge meals or smorgasbords—for gluttons only!

Our last citation is about a show that appears to be in a class all its own:

We have many productions about weight loss on the tube, but “Fit to Fat to Fit” goes one step further:

To make fat contestants feel better and more “understood,” the show’s resident personal trainers gain weight even as their wards are losing it, and the trainers end up fat and unhealthy themselves—only to lose that added weight with their wards!

While we admire the show’s personal trainers for being so heroically “understanding,” we feel that the sacrifice is too much of a self-imposition—and gaining and losing all that weight in weird “yo-yo” fashion could be—unhealthy in its own right!

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