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Originally published Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

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TV manifesto: Resisting ‘Game of Thrones,’ and other vows

A TV fanatic expresses very individual criteria for what to watch — or not.


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We are legion!

TV fanatics who, after a day mired in social media viral videos and flotsam that calls itself entertainment, opt for shows with character. We’re the masses rejecting HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Yes, we consider action and story progression the antidote to an inane existence in TV land, but as boob-tube connoisseurs we are sticklers for what we consume.

We set bars we will not sink below. In other words, we take vows on what we will not lay eyes on, no matter how many collective eyeballs have seen it. And just like promises made to a significant other, these are actions to which you hold firm, no matter the amount of pressure from outside forces.

I refuse to be peer-pressured into watching “Game of Thrones.” That show, while majestically multilayered, seems a bit too convoluted (read: tiring) to catch up on, even on a binge.

No, I will not go along blindly for Season 10 of a show that should have ended in Season 4. Cases in point: “How I Met Your Mother,” “Glee” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” (not the reboot). As for that ’90s Beverly Hills show, I didn’t find the college experience as exciting as the training wheels that the high school years provided. As soon as all the important characters started attending California University, it seemed all the plots were stretched to make sure paychecks continued.

No, I will not get sucked into a show just to have it canceled before it reaches the end of its last story arc. How do I know it will be canceled? Two prerequisites: It’s usually on a cable network, and I like it. Cases in point: USA Network’s “The 4400” and Syfy’s “Alphas.”

I also refuse to be an active participant in anything that looks, smells or tastes like ABC’s “Lost.” It was my favorite show for a long time until mysteries stopped being explained on a regular basis.

And if a series has too much hype, I’m out. (Unless I get into it before the hoopla began. “Mad Men” is a prime example. That show has only grown in critical acclaim, and I have been there for the entire ride.)

While I regret not getting on board with History’s “Vikings,” I was, however, pressured into watching “House of Cards” and am thankful for the nudge. I withdraw from a show when it takes too many liberties (the characters are too dumbed down and make illogical decisions) or the writing goes from point A to point D without a believable explanation as to what points B and C were. “Prison Break” did that a lot. An intricate plan on how to evade authorities dissolved into a law enforcement official being able to look at one piece of the puzzle and know where the escapees were. I mean, come on!



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