People keep telling me that I'm missing out on lots of good stuff, but every time someone recommends a program and I watch it I feel like I'm reading a Dan Brown novel-- caricatures rather than characters, racecar-paced plots, no subtlety, little artistry, and yet somehow addictive. TV seems like the ultimate in mental empty calories. I think it may be the fault of the format more than anything-- 25 minutes isn't a lot of time to tell a complex story and do it well.
Want to try to convince me that I'm wrong? What would you recommend that I watch? Anything science fiction is probably right out, and I'm obviously not looking for sports, documentaries, or reality shows, but beyond that I'll leave the field wide open.