If it's somehow not completely obvious, here at Wetpaint Entertainment we're completely obsessed with TV. We watch a lot of it. Like, a lot. Our friends worry for us. While following the lives of fictional characters and reality celebs brings us joy, it's not all fun, all the time. In fact, sometimes TV slips into trends that just plain annoy us.
Like what? You ask. Well, we've got an answer — actually, five of them. So read on for the TV trends we'd make disappear with the wave of a wand, if only we had the power.
Splitting Seasons in Half
We're looking at you, AMC. The home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men has decided to split both of shows' final seasons in two. So, for example, Breaking Bad aired one eight-episode "half season" last summer, and the final eight episodes aired this year. It's a move based on economics, and we hate it. We hate it so much.
Yes, it means we get an extra year of TV goodness, but the quality suffers for it, if Breaking Bad is anything to go by. Sure, it's still one of the best shows on TV, but the pacing of the final season was warped by having to provide two premieres and two finales — last summer’s "first half" seemed most off. And we've actually seen the same problem on British sci-fi staple Doctor Who; its plots have gone off the deep end now that the writers feel obligated to throw in two huge event episodes for every seven they produce.
The fact is, calling two separate seasons "one" season doesn't make it so, and when a show is normally structured in 13 or so episode seasons, knocking it back to short seven or eight episode chunks throws things off in a big way.
Don't get us wrong. We love us some Tony Soprano. And House. And Don Draper. And Walter White. And... You get the point. Listen, we like conflicted characters with complicated motivations, but at some point, all the male anti-hero leads that have been thrown our way since The Sopranos broke onto the scene have gotten repetitive. Yes, he's angsting. Yes, he's conflicted. Oh look, he did something morally shady. We get it already. The more shows break out of this mold, the happier we are.
High Quality = Dark
OK, this one is about the critics and award shows as well as the actual TV content, but we're tired of the idea that dark, gritty TV shows are inherently more high quality than ones that revolve around something other than violence, murder, and the corruption of the human soul. Again, it's not that we dislike shows like that, but there's a reason shows like Netflix dramedy Orange Is the New Black feel like such a breath of fresh air. It's possible to make quality TV that packs a real punch without everything being depressing.
Men and the Modern World Sitcoms
If we never see another sitcom whose premise is, "Oh, men, they just don't know how to fit into today's modern world," it will be too soon. Honestly, that's all we have to say on the matter.
We're actually excited about a lot of the upcoming spin-offs this season — The Originals! Once Upon a Time in Wonderland! — but with the news that AMC is also working on Breaking Bad and Walking Dead spin-offs, we're starting to get spin-off overload.
What TV trends bother you? Sound off in the comments below!
Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!