TV Seasons


A Disappointing TV Season Is Hard To Define

We’ve all had the experience of feeling that a show we like has jumped the shark. But I think we’ve also had the opposite experience — thinking that a show is about as good as it always was, when the consensus is that it’s having a bad season. It’s hard for me to come up with a current example, because this year most of the trainwrecks deserve their reputation for trainwreckishness; I’m not about to defend Heroes season 2 or 3. But sometimes I’ll hear that a show has collapsed, or isn’t as good as it was last year, when I haven’t noticed much of a difference myself.