You wake up with all the tension from previous night, the meeting with the boss and the bill your are supposed to pay. Among all this, you want to forget that your life is a mess. You get a message from your love that he is upset and you are feeling angry.
Lots of problem to deal with. The more you obsess over the things to do, the more to do list piles up and you feel if there was an escape from all this. Something where people don’t call you and there is no pressure. And you think — it is only fair. Life without tonnes of problem probably would be boring. And then you obsess over rich people, fantasize about all the money you would have if you win a lottery and the chain reaction starts. You dream about getting that promotion, getting lucky and being recognized. You wish — only if all this could happen then you would be a lot better person.
But you can’t change your fate overnight. It requires work day in and day out, vision and a lot of hard work. There isn’t any easy way to get out of this. And then you find your escapism. A great show where you can lose yourself for the moment and become the hero you always wanted. There is only one problem. Thousands of shows are great and you are lost — which one to watch or skip. What if you miss the greatest show of all time.
There are thousand of shows and all of them are great according to someone out there. Is there a way to watch all the important ones?
The truth is — you can afford to not watch as many shows as you want. Don’t want to watch ‘Rick and Morty’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Friends’, then skip them. Watch any other shows you want to binge on.
It is humanely impossible to watch all the content out there. And 80 percent of them are decent ones. But you need to pick the 20 percent ones which are popular in your group and piques your interest. Rest of them can be ignored by you. And there is another aspect of your deep desires. You might want to watch a certain show which no one in your group have watched or will watch. Go ahead and binge on them. You will find the community online to talk about it anyway.
THE BASIC IDEA
There are some shows which you need to watch irrespective of your interest. Because they will keep you engaged in the social group you hang out with. For example, if you hang out with 5 friends all the time and they all have watched ‘GOT’ then you should too.
It helps when they would make a reference joke and there will be a common TV show which you all can talk anytime in midst of a boredom to bring some amusement. There is no concrete maths here — just make sure you have at least 5 to 10 shows in common with your friends to help keep you in loop. And you should watch other shows which teach, make you laugh, cry and all sorts of emotion which you like. It is okay if you miss what the world tells you. As long as you have watched the common shows in your social circle, you are good to watch any show and skip the rest as per your wish.
You are going to miss a lot of shows and so is everyone else. It all depends on your interest and the social circle.
You go to a party and see many pretty faces. You feel shy and there isn’t anyone to introduce you. How do you start a conversation?
Words don’t come out of your mind — you fumble, shake nervously and go to the washroom. The sheer confidence you need isn’t nowhere to find. You feel you will be lost with no conversation to follow. There doesn’t seem to be any story which you can tell which would bring in the smile, connection and the good time. And suddenly you see your friend talking with group of unknown people cracking jokes, giving high-five and being a rock star. You are jealous and want to do everything you can to be that person. You are lost as to what his superpower is. He smiles and tells you — there ain’t. Just he has the bag full of stories to pull. Because he watches a lot of reference TV shows which are popular in the culture. So out of 5 people, 3 would have watched the show and there is a common ground to talk, laugh and give reference to.
Watching a good amount of shows gives you the content to talk about. You can go to meet-ups or committee or show themed party and use your knowledge about the show to break the ice.
Initial talk if based on common liking tends to develop huge interest. So TV shows are important but not necessarily all of them. Choose them based on your interest, locality, friends and political situation. By doing so, you will find yourself in a comfortable place to know enough of the good TV shows which matters to you.
And there are many shows which are themed similarly. So you don’t miss on the idea, perspective or the humor. For example, there are many shows which depicts good humor, takes on friendship and depict awesome dramatic narrative.
Pick one depending on your social network and enjoy the show. So you don’t miss out from not watching ‘GOT’ because there are other intense drama series. Or you can be okay by not watching ‘FRIENDS’, there are other good shows which brings in the humor and take on life. You now have the choice to ignore and the ability to do it for most shows.
FOLLOW THE CROWD
No, you don’t have to follow the crowd. It is okay to be not in the zone. You can survive by not watching any shows which are hyped and you will be alright. The assumption that the top 10 shows should be watched by everyone is lame.
It all depends on what is accessible, marketed to you and piques your interest. In the end, if all you do is watch shows after shows then you might end up losing your productive hours. Yes, watching TV and relaxing is a thing but you need to focus your time on the productivity aspect too. So, don’t binge only because you have nothing else to do. Do it when you want to do it explicitly. Many people complain of no time to get the desired result and end up seeing the TV shows for 8 hours straight. Cut that from your routine to keep up from the hyped intelligence. And do something which is important to you — do the work, it can be dancing, singing or any business. You need to do the dirty, hard, slogging work. There is no way around which is easy, magical or some fairy tale.
YOUR VERSION OF THE SHOW
Remakes happen all the time. And if they don’t then there exists show on similar idea, backdrop or humor. This is the reason we can compare movies or tv shows from a foreign country to your own.
So the chances are there is a version of the good TV show in your own culture which you have seen or can see. And chances are you can relate to it more easily. After all it is something you have been growing and remembering. The culture, dressing, accent and all the local stuff helps it become you go to show. And it helps even in social circles. Because the references are easy to understand rather than a show which was shot overseas.
So, it is okay if you see the your version of the show. Sometimes it does the trick and sometimes you watch it without knowing how many variation of the show exists. Which is a good thing, by the way.
Go ahead and go crazy…