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A reflection on the forgotten shows we swore we'd watch

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MAY 18, 2021

As summer is approaching, I’m ready to spend some days just lying in bed flipping between streaming services. I can’t wait to go on binge-watching sprees of shows. Recently, I was doing as Virgos do and making a list of shows I wanted to watch. Then, I remembered all of my forgotten shows. The shows that I swore I’d watch. The shows that I most definitely had never seen. And I felt bad for them as they collected dust on the side of my brain. Those poor forgotten shows. I’m so sorry to have ignored you.

We’ve all been there where we see everyone on Twitter talking about the latest Netflix special and we tell ourselves we’ll watch it this weekend. And we’ve all let down our friends by promising that we’d check out their Hulu suggestions. But, in reality, we just let those shows go unwatched in the “My List” section. While I’m sure those shows are fantastic and very binge-watchable, I was never quite intrigued enough to actually press play. Sometimes, I was so tired of watching the internet talk about a certain show that I couldn’t bring myself to actually watch it. Other times, I fully intended to start a show until a different show grabbed my attention or added a new season. It’s just so much more comfortable to rewatch something you know you’ll love than take a chance on something new. Every once in a while, streaming services actually remove a show before I ever got around to watching it — definitely a sign that I don’t need to watch, right? Whether I learned of the show when I was feeling lazy, unfocused or just irritated at whoever suggested the show, my forgotten shows have remained unwatched.

I wish nothing but the best for the forgotten shows. Hopefully, others are remembering and enjoying them. I’m sure they’re fantastic and that the actors and producers of the show put a lot of time and energy into creating great content. Some have gone off to win awards and have entire fan bases surrounding them. My forgotten shows can’t be that upset with me, can they? Of course, summer is just over the horizon. I have three months to cross “Stranger Things” or “Adventure Time” off my list. There’s clearly nothing wrong with them and I’m quite certain I’ll enjoy them! Except … something tells me that as guilty as I feel about ignoring these shows, they’re more than likely to remain forgotten.

As much as we rewatch the first episode or as frequently as we assure our friends that we’ll get into it, some things just don’t stick. And that’s okay. I am sorry for those forgotten shows, but I’m sure they’re doing just fine while I rewatch “Parks and Recreation” for a sixth time.

Contact Marissa Boling at [email protected].
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