So The Wire has come to its finale. I can only hope that people will now stop telling me to watch it. I wonder what the new "best show I'm not watching" is.
Don't get me wrong; I'm sure it was a fine show. But first of all, I'm just not that into cop shows. And second, years of being told "This is the best television show that has ever been on television in the history of television" has the wrong effect on me. I think people are trying to make me want to watch it when they say things like that, but what really happens is that I roll my eyes and privately declare that I'm never watching it. And then I decide to myself with no evidence that these people are probably just overexcited about the show because it's on the air right now. I mean, I remember when people said The Sopranos was The Greatest Show Ever, and it pretty clearly had serious flaws. I never hear anyone make a substantive argument about why today's Greatest Show Ever is better than Cheers or M*A*S*H or, um, Gunsmoke. Possibly that's because nobody young enough to be able to operate an email account has ever seen an episode of Gunsmoke.
Anyway, my point is this: I got through the entire Wire era without seeing a single episode. And now it's off the air, so people can stop telling me how great it is. I promise I'll try to watch the next critically-acclaimed, low-rated show. Unless it's on at the same time as something I actually enjoy.