If you let a show stack up on your DVR each week and the very thought of watching it makes you cringe, it might be time to break up. Breaking up is hard to do, but man is it good for the soul. And it can be good for your viewing pleasure too.
I realized a few months ago that I was watching some of my shows out of a sense of loyalty instead of enjoyment. Shows I once couldn’t wait to watch each week were now filling up precious space on my TiVo. I once loved Grey’s Anatomy so much, I obsessed over it, but I realized now I could barely stand to sit through an episode. Most of the time I spent the entire episode playing on my computer rather than absorbing any of the content of the episode. This was not the only show I was still watching even though I hated everything that was happening on it. Some others included: Glee, Gossip Girl, The Mentalist, and Revenge. I realized I was now only watching out of some misplaced sense of loyalty.
So I decided to do something drastic and stop watching shows that had once been my favorites. I have to tell you, it was liberating. I felt free. I no longer dreaded my TiVo show page. And I now only watched shows I enjoyed. The best part was that I now had time for new shows. And I found new favorites to love and obsess over. Shows that I probably wouldn’t have had time to watch if I hadn’t broken up with the old ones.
So my advice to you is of you have a show you have come to hate instead of enjoy, Break up! It will be the best thing you’ve ever done. I promise. And you’ll find that there are good shows out there to love and obsess over.