5 Reasons Why Watching Bad TV is Better than Watching Good TV

Nov 18, 2021
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Do you prefer watching bad TV or good TV? You might be surprised to learn that bad TV can be better than good TV in some ways, and we're not just talking about entertainment value. Bad TV provides educational and motivational benefits that good TV doesn't, and in this article, we'll tell you five ways why watching bad TV is better than watching good TV. Learn how to create your own bad television by reading on!

1) Bad TV makes us smarter

You learn far more from Bad TV than good TV. Watching bad TV should help you identify the difference between good and bad. That is rather important for creative success. Here is my issue with good TV. It puts people into a creative mindset. It makes you want to emulate rather than create. It's much better to see what doesn't work and use those lessons to develop your own sense of "better. Emulation can also set you up for failure. What if your film isn't the next Citizen Cain?

2) Bad TV is more creative

There's no doubt that some of the most talented people in Hollywood are behind many of today's biggest TV shows. But while shows like The Sopranos, Lost, and even M*A*S*H had their moments, I would argue that there was more creativity (and thus better writing) in Big Brother Season 1
CBS. "Five days a week of people in a cramped house full of Ikea furniture is like a bad college flashback." — Variety.
But eventually, it was one of the longest-running, with the most loyal fan base, of any show on Channel 4 in the UK. Understanding the creativity behind the casting, the challenges, and the invention of the Voice Over in Particular is key to understanding why. The pilot for "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" was a car wreck, and we are talking a multiple pile-up here. Identifying what was good at the core and how to make that shine was the key to its subsequent success. Believe me, the creativity around that transformation was unique.


3) We learn from bad tv

Taking a great book and seeing it turned into an awful movie is heartbreaking but, again, very informative. Should we "Talk Bonfire of the Vanities" or "The Hobbit"? Well, I will talk neither, but they do feature pretty high in this category! The problem with a loved book is that the book is loved and lives in the mind's eye. If a Hobbit or protagonist doesn't live up to expectations, no hardened fan of the book will ever forgive you even if the height is wrong. But we learn from bad TV. "Money Ball" is a new quiz/game show on ITV. It is just too repetitive, yet we can repeatedly watch, against all the received wisdom, "Ninja Warriors" compete on precisely the same course, so go figure out why that is.

4) Understanding the Difference is crucial

Like life, the difference between Good and Bad is fundamental. If you want to break into television writing or show development, it's helpful to know what separates a good TV series from a bad one. There are many reasons how bad TV comes to be: bad TV shows don't understand that what they create has to be different from what already exists in pop culture. In fact, that's their problem—they don't think about how their product will fit into existing trends at all. They simply try to make something that will appeal to as many people as possible.

5) Good TV is Bad for you

With so many channels, there's a lot of great TV. But it turns out that great TV isn't good for you. Though it may be entertaining, or thought-provoking, or inspiring, chances are it's not actually good for you—but bad TV might just be one of your healthiest habits. If you want to be creative rather than emulative.

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