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TV Shows We Can't Quit, No Matter How Bad They Get

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 12th 2011 12:00PM
'Entourage'Have you ever continued to watch a TV show long after you knew you should've just given up on it? Don't lie. We know we're not alone.

After some particularly lackluster season finales, and a few recent underwhelming season premieres, we thought we'd share our TV grievances with you. (And, yes, they include 'Entourage,' whose final season cannot come and go soon enough for us.)

Here, the list of shows we just can't seem to quit, no matter how bad they get.

Of course, this list contains our own personal opinions about said allegedly bad shows. You might love some (or, god forbid, all) of them, but that's the fun of it. Feel free to defend the honor of any of our borderline shows, and chime in with your own why-can't-I-look-away nominations in the comments.

'Weeds''Weeds' (Showtime)
I tweeted this exact sentiment while catching up on this season of 'Weeds' the other night: why the hell am I still watching this show? Not surprisingly, I got quite a few responses echoing my frustrations with the once-clever Botwin family antics. Serves me right though -- I should've known Nancy breastfeeding Andy was only the tip of the bad idea iceberg with this outlandish crew.
-- Maggie Furlong

'Glee''Glee' (Fox)
Season 2 was a disappointment, so much so that many people I know have given up on the show. I want to be one of them, yet I'm drawn back week after week with the memory of how good the show used to be. You guys remember the first half of Season 1, right? -- Chris Harnick

'30 Rock''30 Rock' (NBC)
At this point, I keep watching for my female-bound obligation to love anything Tina Fey does rather than actual enjoyment of the show. Most weeks, a mediocre '30 Rock' is relegated to laundry TV (I half-pay attention while folding clothes and doing other chores), but occasionally that old wit and cleverness shines through. I don't think I'll ever be able to delete the season pass from my DVR.
-- Jean Bentley

'The Killing''The Killing' (AMC)
Yes, Linden and Holder make Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes. And yes, there was something unnecessarily cruel about the carpet-yanking finale. But for some reason, I just can't get enough of those moody helicopter shots, the rain-soaked hoodies and Joel Kinnaman's freaky wangsta dialect. If David Lynch and David Simon had a child who refused to give a straight answer about anything, his name would be 'The Killing' -- and who, in the end, can resist that? -- Mike Hogan

'True Blood''True Blood' (HBO)
Every year I threaten to give up on this overheated supernatural melodrama, and I think this is the year I will cut the cord. More than half the story lines this season (especially Jason's werepanther nonsense) are so irritating that even Lafayette's fabulousness and Eric's hotness may not be enough to hold me for long. I love me some vampire silliness, but life's too short for storylines that feel like last year's leftovers. -- Mo Ryan

'The Office''The Office' (NBC)
I have this strange sense of loyalty when it comes to some shows. I haven't thoroughly enjoyed 'The Office' -- apart from an episode here or there -- in about two years. However, I feel like I have invested so much time into the lives of the Dunder Mifflin employees that I have to see them through to the end ... which is hopefully soon. -- CH

'Entourage''Entourage' (HBO)
My gripes with 'Entourage' have stayed pretty consistent throughout the series' run: there's not enough character development, huge season-wide conflicts repeatedly get resolved with random strokes of good luck, and as College Humor summed up with their brilliant parody video, Vince always gets the part. But I've stayed watching this long, and I can't quit now. Here's hoping the final eight episodes can finally fulfill the promise 'Entourage' has always offered, but hasn't quite been able to deliver on. -- Alex Moaba

'Gossip Girl''Gossip Girl' (The CW)
I actually did stop watching 'Gossip Girl' because it's become boring, inane and insists on building stories around Jenny and Vanessa, its two worst characters. But then I was really bored one Sunday and marathoned the six episodes I couldn't bear to delete unwatched from my DVR. And I'm back! -- JB

'Parks and Recreation''Parks and Recreation' (NBC)
This show is so Internet popular that Bill "Sports Guy" Simmons can't stop tweeting about the opening credits ... so how come I've never met a fellow fan in real life? And if I can't convince anyone I actually know that Aziz Ansari and Amy Poehler are supposed to be annoying, then how can I be sure that I'm right? It's gotten to the point where instead of laughing at the jokes, I just check a mental box that says, "See? I told you this was funny." Frankly, I'm not sure how much longer this can go on. -- MH

'Private Practice''Private Practice' (ABC)
I adore Shonda Rhimes -- I really do -- but 'Private Practice' is hitting every last one of my nerves. I give 'Grey's Anatomy' a lot of leeway because (barring any horrific musical episodes) it rarely steps over the line of complete and utter ridiculousness. But I can't say the same for its Southern California cousin, which has become known for its melodramatic suckerpunching of emotions. And yet, I still continue to watch ... *sigh.* -- MF

'One Tree Hill''One Tree Hill' (The CW)
There's a reason the totally okay 'One Tree Hill' is in its ninth season after continually riding the bubble year after year: it's completely ridiculous. Just when you think you can't take any more of the contrived drama and awkward dialogue, the main characters have a drunken condom water balloon fight with Dave Navarro or lip-synch 'Mah Na Mah Na' with an infant. -- JB

Which shows do you wish you could quit?

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Andrea Y

gossip girl, I can't believe I still watched that series, I almost cut it, but then dan/blair happened,and I watch it again, it still suck, but dan/blair kinda funny,,such a guilty pleasure, I feel a shame. I stopped watched OTH after season 3, ugh there was so much cheesiness, I almost throw up because of it. still watching true blood though (and planning to keep watching it, at least until this season over) , how can you refuse eric northman? please tell me!! I addicted to him, he's too hot too refuse, damn him.

July 28 2011 at 6:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isabella L

Oh dear god, Gossip Girl. The story lines are so stupid, and whatever story lines there are so so abbreviated that it leaves so much unexplored. The bed-hopping is insane (didn't someone make an actual web depicting the serial bed-hopping on the show?), and the relationships are borderline emotionally abusive.

And yet, every week I turn on the TV and watch the beautiful girls swan around in those gorgeous clothes. Help please?

July 27 2011 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mikey M

Shows I took off my tivo playlist within the last few months:
Gossip Girl, The Killing, The Office and Weeds.
I've replaced them with The Good Wife, the old show, Queer as Folk on DVD and Damages.

July 26 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keith jenks

You're saying you want to stop watching P&R because your friends are dumb? Get better friends.

July 24 2011 at 5:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I LOVED the first season of Glee. I much rather watch my DVDS of the 1st season than see 'Holly Holiday' all over Mr. Schu. Pleaseee. Ryan Murphy was focused too much on issues... religion, sexuality, teen drinking and lost what the whole music and fun part of the show. I really wanted to stop watching as well... but I kept on watching. Hopefully this next season will be better and Quinn will stop being a beezy. Besides, after Lea Michele is gone, I don't know if i'll watch it. Sorry, she IS Glee for me.

July 24 2011 at 2:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

90210. The show is so terrible yet I keep coming back for more...even after three seasons of bad writing and terrible storylines.

July 24 2011 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with you Weeds and Entourage. Weed is now a car wreck from which I can't turn away; Entourage is like a Celebrity Home Tourbus Ride in which I'm just sure that my favorite house will be the last one, even though I couldn't care less about the ones we're seeing presently. (Watch THAT not be true.) I *was* able to cut the cord on 30 Rock and Gossip Girl. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are great. The rest of the cast? Sure, there are moments of brilliance, but most of the time -- meh. Tracy Morgan in particular has become one-noted and boring and unfortunately the show gives him waaay too much screen time. Gossip Girl become uninteresting once everybody had slept with everybody else. Bringing in new people to sleep with is just obvious and lame. And, yes, the actress who plays Jenny suuuucks. I still love Glee even though I probably shouldn't. While I can understand your feeling on TrueBlood, thing is, there's nothing like it (nor has there ever been anything like it) on tv, and the overheatedness of which you speak is exactly what brings me back week after overheated week. I'd mainline TrueBlood if it were available in that format. I then flat out disagree with you on Parks and Recreation, which has only improved. How you think it should be in this category is beyond me. It makes me question your taste credentials. Truly. Lastly, and if anything should ever make us question your taste credentials, it's that you ever watched Private Practice and One Tree Hill in the first place. Shame on you.

July 22 2011 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marisa Harewood

You must have watched some Blair/Dan episodes of Gossip Girl to have pulled you back in. That is the saving grace of that show.

July 21 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ricardo Leal

Parks and Rec? Really?

July 21 2011 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ricardo Leal

Sorry for the double post. Please delete.

July 21 2011 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ricardo Leal

Parks and Rec? Really?

July 21 2011 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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