There is too much television.
There are also too many books, too many plays, and way too many films. So much so that it must surely be impossible for the ordinary person to keep up with all the best pop culture and literature. My housemate — made of much stronger stuff than me — managed to get through every episode of Breaking Bad. Apparently, it got decent a few seasons in. Myself, I can’t justify sitting through two awful seasons just on the off chance that it eventually gets better.
And it’s worse for science fiction fans. Our television shows last decades. If you were to watch every single episode of Star Trek (in each of its different series), it would take you 533 hours, 45 minutes to watch them all. That’s about 22 days of doing nothing but watching Star Trek, including the absolutely terrible Enterprise seasons.
What we need is a guide. We need the fans to admit that not every single episode of our favourite shows are essential, enriching viewing. We need people to sit down, scratch their chins and answer a simple question: ‘Which six episodes should I watch?’
Here’s my Futurama list: