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Old 10-19-01, 09:14 AM
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Spoiled by HBO?

With all the incredible HBO series (Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Oz, etc) I think I've come to the point where I have alot of trouble watching network TV. I've tried a few of the new shows but they all end up seeming like watered down crap.


Anyone else in this boat?
Old 10-19-01, 09:36 AM
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the main problem i have with network tv is the commercials, i can't stand commercials and i usually come surf the net during commercials and go back when i hear the show back on, i really don't watch any network tv anymore though, the shows suck mostly, nothing compares to oz and the sopranos
Old 10-19-01, 09:41 AM
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Record the stuff then watch it later (you can skip the commercials )
Old 10-19-01, 09:46 AM
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Originally posted by Blaster1
the main problem i have with network tv is the commercials
TiVo shall set you free, my friend.
Old 10-19-01, 09:49 AM
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It's not the commercials, it's the content....How can anyone watch a show such as "Friends" and not cringe....
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Now that I have HBO, I cannot see me going back to not having HBO.
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I Complete understand.

I heard that the Sopranos won't be on for about another year!
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I know, that sucks.

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Originally posted by zooroaster
I Complete understand.

I heard that the Sopranos won't be on for about another year!
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Yes. If Showtime's new series go the way of HBO's (read: best on television), the networks are going to have a rough road ahead.

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Old 10-19-01, 12:28 PM
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Originally posted by JaxComet
It's not the commercials, it's the content....How can anyone watch a show such as "Friends" and not cringe....
Me! I love the show. And just for your information, I tried to watch Six Feet Under, but I couldn't get past the first couple episodes. Networks have great shows that I watch (L&O, west wing, friends) and so does HBO. So I don't think it's fair to say networks suck.
Old 10-20-01, 02:17 AM
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Originally posted by huzefa

I don't think it's fair to say networks suck.

How about we say the HBO standard is way better than any of the networks?
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Originally posted by MrN



How about we say the HBO standard is way better than any of the networks?
That works for me. It's simple: you cannot beat HBO. With miniseries like Band of Brothers, great dramas like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, and funny comedies like Sex and the City and The Mind of the Married Man, I find my television to be tuned to HBO more often than most of the networks combined.
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Originally posted by MrN



How about we say the HBO standard is way better than any of the networks?
That's more like it.
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Originally posted by JaxComet
It's not the commercials, it's the content....How can anyone watch a show such as "Friends" and not cringe....
I gotta say that I love friends and think it has improved this year.
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I got HBO so I could watch Band of Brothers and The Sopranos... I'm interested in some of the other shows mentioned, like Sex and the City, and Six Feet Under, and Oz... what days are those on?

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Originally posted by zooroaster
I heard that the Sopranos won't be on for about another year!
And it only has one or two more seasons until it's finished too.

I respect how HBO handles their series. When it's over, it's over. The networks would run the Sopranos into the ground like anything else.
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I hate to use the cliche, but they're right when they say it:

It's Not TV ... It's HBO.

bdshort, the HBO original shows air on Sunday nights. Right now it's BoB, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mind of the Married Man. As these shows finish up, they'll bring back Oz and Sex and the City, and later, Six Feet Under and The Sopranos. Plus they have a few more series in the works.

I don't know when they'll branch out past Sundays, but it can't be too far away. They're getting to the point of having way too many good shows. Reruns of some of these shows air on the other HBO networks, like HBOP and HBOS. It all depends on what's in season, and it's kind of hard to keep up with. Check their web site and search your listings for more info.

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The problem with HBO is all they have are 3 shows at a time. When was the last time you got excited by anything else on HBO. The movie selection is mostly atrocious Pan and Scan junk. Althoug it's not their fault that very few good movies are being made anymore, and then they have to be split 3 ways.

Of course when you add the NFL show. Real Sports, Championship boxing, and Real Sex. I think it's rediculous to compare HBO to the networks it is simply not fair. They do not cater to the same audience. It's pretty much like Widescreen DVD versus Joe Sixpack .

Actually for Network excellence I recomend

West Wing, Alias, The Practice, Boston Public,
E.R., Philly, NYPD Blue, C.S.I., All three Law & Orders.

Malcom in the Middle, The Simpsons, King of Queens, Raymond, Friends, Drew Carey, My Wife & Kids, Frasier.

The Networks really have some good shows if you are deligent enough to find them and give them a chance. the also have plenty of crap and always have. The hollywood talent has really been diluded. Too many hours to fill too few good ideas.

And right now HBO is in a position to skim the cream off the top, with the added advantageof providing americas favorite things, gratutious nudity and sensless violence. Dont forget plenty of profanity.

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