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What have you hate-watched and why?

aco175

Legend
My wife and I try to have a show or two we watch, which is mostly her shows but she is starting to like History Channel. She did get me to like Friends and I found Gray's Anatomy ok at this point. Strange she leaves and not gives Walking Dead or GOT a chance though. She does watch General Hospital upstairs away from me since I keep asking questions about who is who and the affliction known as SORAS (soap opera rapid aging syndrome) that affects the children on these shows. She never let me down with wasting 90 minutes of her life with Monty Python over 10 years ago.
 

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GreyLord

Hero
If I don't enjoy something I normally stop doing it.

With video game RPGs I DO keep playing even if I dislike it. I normally have what I call the 24 hour rule. I play the game for a total of 24 hours. Thus, I've given it a chance. If I am still not having fun at that point, I drop it and never look back. There have been times when I was hating the game at the 4-6 hour mark, but ended up loving it by the 24 hour mark. Other times, it's just as dreadful.

TV shows have less leniency. If I don't enjoy it after anywhere from 1-3 episodes, I drop it. I don't want to waste time watching TV shows I really don't enjoy.
 

Worrgrendel

Explorer
"Hate" may be too strong a word for most cases. But "hate-watch" is a pretty useful way to condense "Watching something that you know you don't actually take pleasure in but end up sitting through the whole way for some other reason" down to 9 letters. If you have a better term, I'm happy to hear it. As to the "why?", I think I gave four pretty reasonable answers in the opening post.

No. I do not have another term that fits the bill but I think "hate watch" overshoots the mark by a mile. So let's go through the "why's?"

- Being semi-forced to watch by a significant other, family member or friend group.

I love my wife and vise versa and we have a lot of interests in common. That being said I have shows I like that she does not and she has shows that she likes that I do not. We do not force the other to watch shows we do not have interest in. That's leading down the road to therapy and marriage issues. :)

- Completion.

I have done this one time for as long as I can remember and I have regretted it for every day since. When the live action movie The Last Airbender came out my wife and I and a large group of friends all went to see it. My wife, bless her heart was the only one of us smart enough to leave the movie 5 minutes into it and get her money back. She had to sit and listen to us Nerd Rage about it for hours. Again, if it's that bad why continue to watch it?

Edit: damn it. I did do it again. Curse you Rise of Skywalker! Man what a dumpster fire. Why did I do that?!? To my credit it had been about 15 years in between screw ups.

- Giving it a (long) chance.

See, this to me does not fall even remotely close into the category of "hate". I have given many shows a (long) chance and have been rewarded on some (Legends of Tomorrow) and not so much on others (The Cape). Some shows start out slow. On all of them that I have gone past an episode I never really felt like I hated them. They just never scratched my itch. I have ended several shows only part way through the first episode or movies only a little bit into them. Basically, I hit the "I hate it point" and that was the end of it. No need to go any further. Life's too short.

- Wanting to understand cultural norms (or: know your enemy). When Twilight came out, it was huge. I knew it would suck. But me and my spouse wanted to at least experience some of it to have a reference point. We made it through the first two movies with a lot of rum. I've also watched movies like Birth of a Nation purely for educational/historical purposes.

If you are using movies as reference for educational/historical purposes I think you can find a better (more accurate, less biased, not Hollywooded up) source for that.
To the understanding of cultural norms: I would hardly classify Twilight as a "cultural norm". Those books/movies turned back teenage social skills by decades by normalizing abuse (both physical and emotional) because its portrayal is deliberately apologetic for it. It exploits behaviors that most people would consider unethical and wrong as romantic and sexual, and she accepts all of those horrible behaviors because she thinks shes in love and that makes it all okay. Oh and suicide is okay too kids, look Bella tried it. She just wasn't that good at it. Unfortunately for the rest of the world. But, hey kids! You can do it better! Just don't be a loser like her!
Sorry for the rant. Basically if I am close enough on a daily basis to need to "know my enemy" I should be rethinking who I am hanging out with.
 


Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Season 8 GoT

The great thing about digital TV though is that I can watch when I’m othwerwise bored, fast forward the terrible bits Or leave it in the background while I distract myself with ENWorld
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest
When something with the quality of "Ripper Street" gets cancelled and replaced with "I'm a Celebrity; Get Me Out of Here" (IIRC), the UK isn't far behind.

Since a lot of our "reality TV content" is an Americanized version of UK programming, I'm not really sure anyone can say the UK is behind us at all. We seem to be in the same handbasket.
 

Eltab

Hero
I liked The Pretender until they were given the "your final season" notice and they decided to triple-complicate their existing plot threads, plus torment the main characters into lashing out at each other.

Given the premises of the show, the best ending would have been Jared (a super-genius who can do any job for a week even though he is untrained and inexperienced) working as a Congressional staffer and arranging a hearing into how The Centre has embezzled and bamboozled $Millions of Government money. At the end of the hearings, the existing leadership is exposed as frauds / crooks and forced to resign (or get sued into oblivion) and self-"exile to Siberia". Sydney (Jared's father figure and the only sympathetic Centre employee) becomes the new Head of the Centre, with instructions to clean it up. Those instructions are written by and hand-delivered - with a mutual knowing wink - by Jared.

Of course the scriptwriters actually did nothing of the sort, and watching what they did conceive was a form of self-torture.
 

MarkB

Legend
The only one that comes to mind for me is Lost. I watched most of the first season, but once I realised that most of the show's central mysteries were just as mysterious to the writers as they were to the rest of us, I wrote it off.

However, I had a flatmate at the time who loved it, and since both the TV and my PC were in the living room, I wound up basically watching it by proxy from about season 3 onwards. I never did come round to liking it.
 

The only one that comes to mind for me is Lost. I watched most of the first season, but once I realised that most of the show's central mysteries were just as mysterious to the writers as they were to the rest of us, I wrote it off.

However, I had a flatmate at the time who loved it, and since both the TV and my PC were in the living room, I wound up basically watching it by proxy from about season 3 onwards. I never did come round to liking it.
I recently watched Lost. I liked it, but it was very slow paced.
 

Ulfgeir

Adventurer
My answer is nothing. I don't even watch all the stuff I WANT to see...

That said, I will have to continue watching Spiderman Homecoming. I do not care for the cringeworthy Peter Parker in the beginning.
 

The last season of Game of Thrones, but that was mostly because I had been watching the show since the beginning, so I felt I had to see how it ends. Who knows if George ever finishes the Winds of Winter, let alone the book that is supposed to come after it. But I wanted to know the ending, and now I don't think this is how the books are intended to end at all. What a mess.

Prometheus. I heard the movie was bad. But I realized pretty quickly just how bad, and yet I watched it in its entirely and hated almost every minute of it. I skipped on Covenant though. This is one of the most stupid blockbuster movies I have ever seen.

The Last of Us 2. I had never been a big fan of the original, but I was curious after all the negative backlash and wanted to form my own honest opinion about it. I watched a friend (who is a big fan) play through the entire game, and it was just terrible. I think she was a little bit more forgiving to the game than I was, but we both strongly disliked it.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Since a lot of our "reality TV content" is an Americanized version of UK programming, I'm not really sure anyone can say the UK is behind us at all. We seem to be in the same handbasket.

Somehow the Americanized versions manage to step up the awful to levels above the originals.
 

Campbell

Legend
Mostly for me this comes from shows that I initially loved, but that got worse or fell into repetitive patterns over time. Examples include Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Bleach, Arrow, Flash, and Smallville.
 

Arrow, Flash, and Smallville.

That's a rough review for DC TV. I have to admit, I dropped all those shows pretty early (Smallville around season 4 or 5, Arrow after 1, Flash and Gotham after 1 or two episodes).

The Last of Us 2.

I intentionally didn't mention video games in the beginning because I believe it's a very different media for this kind of thing (e.g. Everybody has played against a boss that they hate. Everybody who plays a traditional CRPG has hated the grind at some point or another). But that seems like a hate-play all the way through. Impressive.
 

I intentionally didn't mention video games in the beginning because I believe it's a very different media for this kind of thing (e.g. Everybody has played against a boss that they hate. Everybody who plays a traditional CRPG has hated the grind at some point or another). But that seems like a hate-play all the way through. Impressive.

Oh yeah, I mention it specifically because the game relies so much on its story, and its exactly the story and all its characters that are so awful (its fine if anyone reading it does like it). I read all the hate online, and I never hate a thing just because everyone else does. However, I didn't feel like buying it either, but was still curious to see if the hate was justified. And in my opinion, a lot of it was. It is a curious thing when a sequel is made (whether that be a game, book or movie) that takes all the stuff you know and love, and then puts it through a blender and ruins it. It was both interesting from a game design and narrative point of view to watch this trainwreck (to be fair, it wasn't all bad of course, but I won't get into all that again).
 

payn

Explorer
There are a number of series that start out great, but end up terrible. Somehow living well beyond their expiration dates; much to my chagrin. At some point, you feel invested enough to keep going to see it all end. On a few occasions, I manged to avoid the trap. Though, there were several I didnt.

Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
True Blood
Heroes
Battlestar Galactica
Ray Donovan
Shameless
The Sopranos

Sometimes, these shows fall victim of their own success. Walking Dead for instance, at some point felt less like a story and more like fan service. Other shows, like Heroes, launch perfectly and then falls victim of inconsistent writing and constant rest button smashing. (Yes, to be fair Heroes suffered the writers strike). Game of Thrones was an interesting outlier in that they had excellent material that ran out, and along with it the quality. There are numerous reasons it happens, but when it does, love turns to hate...
 

cbwjm

Hero
I don't think I've ever hate watched anything. Normally if a series doesn't grab me I stop watching. There are a few movies that I've never finished for the same reason.
 

ccs

40th lv DM
I guess the last thing that'd qualify would be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

After seeing garbage that was The Last Jedi, & only having liked 1/2 of Force Awakens, I vowed that the only way I'd be seeing IX in a theater was if:
A) I pirated it for some unfathomable reason,
B) Someone else paid for my ticket. My $s not going to support this crap.

*Now once it hit D+ it's just on the list of incidental bonus content & is costing me a fraction of a fraction of a cent/month. That doesn't bother me as I consider that I'm PAYING for the Mandolorian & Marvel stuff. I get more than I can ever watch the as a bonus. Wether I ever watch 90% of it....

Well, about a week after it launched a group of friends & I were going out to dinner & then a movie. I was out voted.
So I stated that if they wanted me along one of them would have to buy my tkt as I'm not paying for that. I did buy the person their popcorn. But that's supporting the theater, not rewarding Disney for a steaming pile of Bantha poop.

Yeah. SW:epIX - a complete waste of my friends $ & my time. Sitting there with good company was the only positive that movie night.
 

The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones

GoT seems to be the most common answer here, with WD not far behind.

My spouse and I actually took turns doing WD duty. One would watch, and tell the other if it was one of the episodes where anything actually happens. With GoT, my experience is the more you liked the beginning, the more you hated the end. I only kinda enjoyed the beginning, and I didn't really mind the end.
 

GreyLord

Hero
The last season of Game of Thrones, but that was mostly because I had been watching the show since the beginning, so I felt I had to see how it ends. Who knows if George ever finishes the Winds of Winter, let alone the book that is supposed to come after it. But I wanted to know the ending, and now I don't think this is how the books are intended to end at all. What a mess.

Prometheus. I heard the movie was bad. But I realized pretty quickly just how bad, and yet I watched it in its entirely and hated almost every minute of it. I skipped on Covenant though. This is one of the most stupid blockbuster movies I have ever seen.

The Last of Us 2. I had never been a big fan of the original, but I was curious after all the negative backlash and wanted to form my own honest opinion about it. I watched a friend (who is a big fan) play through the entire game, and it was just terrible. I think she was a little bit more forgiving to the game than I was, but we both strongly disliked it.

I'm not sure how the events will transpire, but I think it ends in how Martin told them it must end. That means the fates of the characters in the final episode of season 8 is exactly where they will be at the end of his series, IF he ends it how he instructed D&D to end it.

Of course, HOW they get there may be completely different, as I don't think he went into that much of detail and they were left largely on their own to come up with the in between ideas.

Seeing fan reactions to the series might also make Martin reconsider the direction he is intending on ending the series in (though, remember, the entire series is sort of dour with the worst of the worst being the ones who decide how the world turns), or he may decide with such reactions that writing toward that is pointless and simply never finish the series.

PS: I think he should change how he saw it ending and make the white walkers end. It's an apocalyptic end of the world and the living are all killed off because their machinations caused such travesty their weakened state allowed them to either kill each other, or die by the oncoming cold.
 

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