In last week's issue of Entertainment Weekly they listed the overall ratings for the entire 2007-08 TV season.
Out of the hundreds of shows that aired, I watched... 16. And out of 160 positions (although many slots have shows that tied, so it's more than 160 shows), I only watched two in the top 25.
And while that clearly indicates I am out of step with what is popular in this country, entertainment-wise, and that should certainly indicate that when it comes to TV my opinion is not worth reading, below I list those shows.
In an effort to compromise, I offer only a brief note about each, which you can use as a gauge to see whether your tastes are similar, and thus whether you should regard any of my opinions on anything. Ever.
Anyway... Let's begin:
19 - Heroes (not very good--of course, I wasn't all that impressed with the first season either, to be completely honest; unless next season starts strong I'll easily find something else to do at 9 on Mondays)
25 - The Amazing Race (this I merely started watching because my fiancée was, but it pulled me in)
34 - Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (actually pretty decent)
43 - Bionic Woman (could have been good... but was not)
50 - Ugly Betty (novelty wore off by season's end)
59 - Chuck (this I didn't expect much of, and it proved surprisingly worthwhile; reminded me of the action-comedies on USA)
64 - How I Met Your Mother (not as strong as earlier seasons but still had its moments)
64 - Family Guy (we completely gave up on this before the end of the season; wasn't funny)
73 - The Office (they pulled off a good season even with Jim and Pam getting together)
73 -The Simpsons (stronger than last season; its heyday has clearly passed, but I'll still take it over most of what has ever aired on TV)
83 - My Name Is Earl
(not something I'd record, but still a good show when I was home for it)
102 - 30 Rock
(best new show of the past couple years)
122 - Monk
(consistently good but not great)
139 - Psych
(not as strong as Monk, but a worthwhile follow-up for that time slot)
150 - Everybody Hates Chris (somehow the CW marketing folks need to convince everyone this isn't just a "black" show)
155 - Aliens in America (I knew it had no chance of surviving, but it deserved a better chance than it got--I mean, the CW has the audacity to air Farmer Wants a Wife, and they gave up on this)
(I suppose I must note that:
11 - Grey's Anatomy
was on while I was in the room on numerous occasions, but to say I watched it is giving it too much credit)
However, in a world where The Moment of Truth finished at 13, is it not likely that TV as an art form is on its way out?
Perhaps by watching so little TV I am merely preparing myself for the time when it's completely unwatchable. (It's so rare that I'm on the cutting edge of anything. I'm not sure I can handle this.)