My favorite TV show ended…hold me. I fall into a funk when my favorite shows go on hiatus. Yes, when that season ends I get down. Really down.
Down like the time my BFF left the entire summer for sleep-a-way camp, and I was stuck in summer school doing Folk Dancing. It was a heck of a summer. But I digress.
Tuning into my favorite weekly shows is like visiting with good friends each and every week. Friends that don’t judge, friends that are deliciously flawed or incredibly brave, friends that show up no matter what – well, except during award season, state of the unions, and unscheduled pregnancies, but still.
I always knew regardless of how my day went I had these guilty pleasures to look forward to to soothe my weary soul. Yes, this might sound pathetic, but I know I’m not alone. In fact, I found these handy tips to help you cope when your favorite TV show ends. And, for all those wondering -why yes, yes I do have friends in real life.
But, I miss my TV friends. I miss my kids too when they’re away, but at least they text or call once in a while. But this? This is torture. Waiting for next season to begin is a test of patience. When a beloved show has been cancelled, it’s nothing less than a test of strength and will.
You see when the season ends it’s like a bad breakup. You’re just not ready for it to be over even though you knew it was coming. You go through withdrawal. Maybe watch some old episodes. Search online to watch their interviews to find answers of why, oh why, it happened, what they’re doing now and, most importantly, how they look? (Maybe that’s just me.) Totally normal, right?
It is easy to get entwined in their lives of our favorite characters, even the ones we love to hate, and live vicariously through their craziness and drama and messy lives without ever lifting our collective tushes off the couch, unless it’s to replenish the snacks. Sometimes I visit the graveyards of sitcoms past: Friends, Sex and the City, 30 Rock, and of course, Seinfeld.
What pulls me into these romcoms and sitcoms, you ask? It’s a mixture of wonderful comedic writing, vibrant acting with likable, or even better, unlikeable, charismatic characters, a great story line, and most importantly, because I love to laugh. Laughing is good. Modern Family and The Mindy Project are pure unadulterated bliss delivered in half hour segments. Every word delivers. Light dramas are a delight too. Nashville and the recently cancelled Hart of Dixie are fun, sexy, southern dramas that satisfy like a large glass of sweet wine.
So what to do when your favorite TV show ends? Find a new one! I always do. When Gossip Girl went off the air I was devastated. What would I do without Blair, and NYC, and the love triangles, and the clothes? Lucky for me, Mini-Me, my muse and partner is crime, was still living at home and turned me on to The Mindy Project. So many of my sitcom love affairs started while curled up on the couch with my sweet girl.
It’s just a matter of time until I start binge watching a new show on Netflix until my beloveds come back in the fall. So what to watch, my friends? Downton Abby, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Game of Thrones? Please share your favorites.
When one TV show ends, another one begins. Pass the popcorn.
Carol Cassara says
Hubby and I talk about this all the time, it IS like they are our friends and part of our social life, in a way.
Lisa at Grandma's Briefs says
I’m still devastated by the ending of LOST and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. More recently, BREAKING BAD. I’m dreading the final episode of DOWNTON ABBY. Oh, my. I think I need to get a life. (Or just be glad BLOODLINE might be back. And that OITNB will still will be around for a tad longer.)
I feel the same way when a show I love ends totally or goes on hiatus. I just started watching “Younger,” you should give it a try. I think it’s pretty funny. I also love vagina humor, which it has, so that’s a plus for me.
Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) says
I always try not to start another series… and I always fail. Orphan Black and Game of Thrones are both showing right now, so I am in heaven. I do like how series now start at different times of the year unlike when we were kids and everything was a go in the fall.
Karen D. Austin says
I just binged watch House M.D. at the start of the year. I was so sad when it I finished. I haven’t found a suitable replacement yet. *sniff, sniff*
Tam Warner Minton says
Game of Thrones just started back up! It is always over too soon!
Sandra Sallin says
OMG, you haven’t watched “House of Cards?” Get thee to a remote! How about “Doc Martin?”
Sandra Sallin says
What are your favorite TV shows this season?
Hayley Kaplan says
Time for a serious chat, my friend. Let’s talk about getting you some help, LOL!
Doreen McGettigan says
I love Downton Abby and watched every episode in 2 days while recovering from surgery. I hated when this season ended and I’m already dreading the end of that series and the end of Mad Men but Hell on Wheels is coming back in a few weeks.
Ruth Curran says
It would be nice if, like our wandering kids, those we invited in our houses every week would text or call or send an email. That is a nice idea and maybe one someone will latch on to! What do you think? Notes from your favorite characters as a business model?
Oh my gosh, I just hate it when my favorite shows end, or worse yet, are taken off the air which happens more than I like to admit. I always search for something else entertaining and with Netflicks it’s easy to find something worth watching. It’s nice hearing that others get equally as annoyed when our shows leave us.
Lisa Endlich Heffernan says
The answer to your problems….Wolf Hall
Lois Alter Mark says
I hear you! I hate when Downton Abbey and Orange is the New Black come to an end each season, and I was distraught when Brothers and Sisters ended for good.
Helene Cohen Bludman says
You must have been reading my mind! I’ve been thinking of this a lot lately. I still can’t believe that Friday Night Lights is over. Boo hoo.
Stephanie Marsh says
YOU HAVEN’T SEEN OITNB OR GOT? Get to it. You have a lot of Netflix binging in your future.