You will almost definitely (especially if you’re bothering to read this) be aware of Parks and Recreation, the surprise hit from NBC which has just completed it’s 5th season in the US.
It’s creepingly growing a vociferous and passionate audience in the UK and elsewhere now, and the well realised and acted characters are taking on cult status, along with the astute and intelligent scripts.
I watched an episode a week or so ago and thought it was great. Very funny, cleverly structured, well acted and skilfully written and directed.
I’ll never watch it again.
So, why, you may ask?
These comes a point in one’s life where you have to decide what you’re going to spend your time on, and what you just can’t give over your time to. You also need to accept that you just can’t do everything that you want to do, especially when you gain more knowledge about more and more interesting shit, and you no longer have enough time in your life to explore it all.
Television is a growing and expanding power in the entertainment universe, housing the most talented writers, directors and actors that the world may have ever known. Huge amounts of money get spent on television programs. Millions of dollars per episode. Therefore it shouldn’t be any surprise that there are amazing television programs being made.
That’s the issue. Yes, Parks and Recreation is very funny, clever, well-acted, shot and produced and everything else. But, so is Breaking Bad, Dexter, Justified, Suits, Arrested Development, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and dozens more. I can’t, and won’t watch them.
There are too many books to read, too many films to watch, too many walks to go on, too many drawings to do, too many conversations to have, too many runs to do. I can’t spend my time watching television anymore, no matter how good it is. It’s just television – it’s just a bit funny and clever, or thrilling and scary, but it’s over in 40 minutes and is worth nothing.
Not entirely ‘nothing’ of course, but it’s nothing in the long term. Lots of brilliance on the television eventually means that none of it is brilliant – it’s just television.