My wife and I watch a lot of television and as a result we generally try out new shows each year when they come out. The problem is that sometimes the shows are good and sometimes they are bad. I have a general rule for myself when trying out a new show that I’ll give it 5 episodes before I pull the plug. A couple of shows I’ve watched in the past were really slow starters and I’m glad I stuck with them past the pilot because otherwise I would have missed out on some decent television. For example Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, and Bones were all shows that I had a hard time getting into right off the bat, but eventually they won me over.
I’ve noticed that the 30 minute shows tend to have a much harder time catching my attention while the 60 minute shows can grab me pretty easily. I think that has something to do with the longer format allowing for more character and plot development. The shorter format lends itself more to self-contained plots that don’t arc from episode to episode as much. I like plots that have a little more heft most of the time.
Right now I’ve got Friday Night Lights, The Client List, and Doctor Who in my stable of testing to see if I want to keep going. The first two on that list are looking pretty good that I’ll give them at least a full season before making a final decision, but Doctor Who is definitely still on the fence. My best friend is a massive Doctor Who fan though, so I might make an exception and give it a little extra leeway since he promises me I won’t be disappointed if I can make it to the halfway point of the first season.